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Design Anthology #17

Design Anthology is a luxury interiors, design, art and architecture magazine, with a strong focus on Asia and it's burgeoning creative scene. Aimed at a sophisticated, well-travelled audience, we aim to provide a reading experience that will transport and inspire you.

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from the editor

It’s said that a change is as good as a holiday. We set out to bring you both with this issue — a slightly refreshed layout, courtesy of our new art director (the change) and a bevy of wanderlust-inducing locales (the holiday, or at least a virtual one). Among the line-up of features in this issue that you can enjoy from the comfort of your armchair are the latest happenings from Semarang, Singapore, Jakarta and Seoul — and that’s just our Dossier section. Also, don’t miss the excerpt of an interview with legendary Japanese designer Kenya Hara. You’ll find the rest of the conversation on our website. We’re excited to report on the growing trend — of which we wholeheartedly approve — of heritage properties in China being restored and redeveloped into…

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B&B Italia, Shanghai In partnership with distributor Area Living, B&B Italia has inaugurated a new 700-square-metre space spread over two floors in Shanghai’s Xintiandi district. The space was designed by Citterio-Viel & Partners, headed up by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel, and is the brand’s first in Asia to adopt the exhibition concept first introduced in its headquarters showroom and subsequently used in its flagship New York, Paris and London stores. bebitalia.com Flexform, Jakarta In conjunction with local partner Prodotti, Flexform and Mood have opened a new showroom in South Jakarta. The capacious 250-square-metre space occupies the entire ground floor of the building and is divided into three Flexform living spaces and three Mood living spaces, including living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. The style is in keeping with the Flexform and Mood…

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Studio Lim Taiwan-based Studio Lim describes itself as material-driven and focused on merging craft with industrial manufacturing. The duo behind the brand, Yun-Ting Lin and Patricia Lip, has realised this in a beautiful collection of tableware called Fibrewood Objects. Made of sustainable materials such as flax fibre and scrap wood, the handcrafted pieces are created using a similar process to lacquerware, producing light, durable and truly unique pieces. studiolim.co Nathan Yong Singaporean designer Nathan Yong’s work spans industrial and product design, interiors, architecture and more. His latest product collection, P.O.P.U.P, was created in collaboration with build lab SUPERSTRUCTURE as a series of furniture objects that, through an integrated design and manufacturing process, can be flat packed and assembled by the user without fasteners. The components simply ‘pop’ into place to create a designer…

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Barber Osgerby, Projects by Jana Scholze (Phaidon) Long-time collaborators Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio just over a decade ago, based on a research-led approach to creating improved everyday design objects, from furniture and household objects to public installations. This monograph represents a comprehensive catalogue of the duo’s portfolio so far, including a number of designs created in partnership with some of the world’s leading manufacturers and institutions. Six essays based on conversations with leading figures in the art and design world accompany the imagery-driven text, providing insight into the studio’s process and working method. Iconic designs such as their Loop table, the London 2012 Olympic Torch and the Tip Ton chair are but a few of their outputs discussed in this 360-degree view. Contemporary Korean Photography edited by Suejin Shin (Hatje…

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a designer’s quest

Design Anthology: When did you first know that design was your chosen career path? Furong Chen: A few years ago, I participated in an exhibition called Metaphysics. We drove a van and travelled more than 10,000 kilometres across China looking for special local creators. We shot a documentary throughout the journey and in the end made an exhibit in Shanghai of all the ‘designers’ we encountered. One was disabled, and he developed mechanical prosthetics for himself and people all over the world. Another was making a mechanical walking elephant for his sixtieth birthday, and another was living in the mountains and doing a lot of sculpture just for fun. I thought they were all good designers and living a very natural life. I love design too, and I want to devote…

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night and day

Despite being Central Java’s capital and largest city, Semarang still manages to fly just under the international tourism radar. Blame this on the city’s blue-blooded sisters Yogyakarta and Surakarta (better known as Jogja and Solo), who have been hogging the spotlight. Next to these two genteel cities, the port of Semarang comes off as a business hub and industrial centre. But it’s not without its charms and a vast cultural offering, from its UNESCO-listed Old Town to delectable cuisines to exquisite batiks. And more recently, a thriving cafe culture and dining scene. ‘Semarang’s local food and beverage scene has really flourished in the last three years,’ says architect Chrisye Octaviani of Bitte Design Studio. The Jakarta-based practice was founded by Octaviani and fellow architecture graduate Agatha Carolina in 2013 after a…