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Design Anthology #16

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

When we launched Design Anthology four years ago, we were routinely informed that nobody would take notice of us until we’d made it to the one-year mark. Understandably so — many magazines barely make it past their first issue, and businesses in any industry often struggle to survive the first year. First milestone, tick. Then we were informed that the real test was in fact two years. Second milestone, tick. But then because we only publish four issues per year, it would be when we’d published ten issues that we would start to be taken seriously. Well, third milestone, tick.With the publication of this issue (our sweet 16th!) we’re happy and relieved to be celebrating our four-year anniversary. I think, or at least I hope, it’s safe to say…

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FlexformItalian luxury furniture brand Flexform has been busy the last few months, opening several new showrooms throughout the region from China and Taiwan to the Philippines. A 220-square-metre space in Beijing and 450-square-metre space in Hangzhou will expand the brand’s presence on the Chinese mainland to a total of five showrooms, while a standalone 800-square-metre space in Manila designed by local architect Ed Calma will bring more visibility to the brand in South East Asia. flexform.it Stellar Works, Hong KongInspired by long-standing craft traditions combined with cultural heritage, Shanghai-based furniture brand Stellar Works is at the very forefront of an emerging creative renaissance in Asia. Champions of what ‘Made in China’ now means (hint: not cheap copies), the brand has, despite a relatively short history, already…

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Addition StudioAustralian lifestyle brand Addition Studio was founded by Ryan Hanrahan, a trained graphic designer who found the transition to product design was natural. The latest addition to the studio’s selection of lighting is the Stratosphere lamp (seen left). The external elements consist of half a cylindrical concrete block enveloping the tubular light source. Each piece is handmade in Australia and is available in a variety of coloured concrete and metal finishes. additionstudio.com Vibia x Ichiro IwasakiTeaming up with Japanese designer Ichiro Iwasaki for the first time, Barcelona-based lighting company Vibia launched the Pin lamp series, available as a wall sconce (seen right), floor lamp or table lamp and in matt white, black, cream or khaki green finishes. Powered by LED, the light emitted is a…

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Androgyne: Fashion + Gender by Patrick Mauriès (Thames & Hudson) ‘Ladies and Gentlemen…and others’, starts one chapter in this book on the topic of androgyny, in which author Patrick Mauriès delivers the compelling cultural history of gender bending and blending dating back to the late 19th century with the writings of Oscar Wilde up until today.Pairing contemporary fashion photography with 19th-century fine art and complemented by occasional deep delves into literature, Mauriès explores with great insight what he identifies as the ‘timeless human drive to escape from defined categories’. Not coincidentally, it’s become an obsession of contemporary fashion houses as of late. Think Jean Paul Gaultier’s winter 2011 haute couture runway show that ended with a willowy blond man-bride in a diaphanous gown or the 2016 Diesel…

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material girl

(Image courtesy of The Fabrick Lab)(Image by Stanley Cheng) Broadly exploring how innovation can advance heritage crafts, Elaine Ng Yan Ling’s work with The Fabrick Lab ranges from working with village matriarchs on batik creations for Lane Crawford to creating sinuous installations that respond to ambient sound for Art Basel (Image by James Ambrose) Elaine Ng Yan Ling is a self-described ‘material girl’, but the British-born, Hong Kong-based textile designer is by no means materialistic. ‘How do we humanise it?’ is the question she asks herself when embarking on a project.And there have been many projects. Sitting in her Kwai Chung studio on a bright Tuesday morning, Ng is surrounded by batik-printed stools, shimmering cushions and rolls of leather. A couple of workers are weaving on a hand-operated electronic jacquard…

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all the fun of the fair

Forward-thinking fashion brands are increasingly getting in on the action of Salone del Mobile with installations such as last year’s award-winning collaboration between COS and Studio Swine (images courtesy of COS)) the stenographic work of Nendo for Jil Sanders The fashion pack has never been known for restraint, so it’s no surprise that soon after turning its sartorial eye on the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the biggest furniture fair in the world began to morph into a celebration of creativity on a broader — and grander — scale.There is no doubt that the fair remains the most important appointment in the global furniture design calendar. Over six days last year, 343,602 people from 165 countries visited the fairground in Rho, where more than 2,000 exhibitors were on show.…