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Design Anthology #19

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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Hong Kong SAR China
Fifth Black Media Limited
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Before I co-founded Design Anthology, my career, like many others, travelled along often-dimly lit, winding roads that forked and turned and twisted. I spent my early career in the textile industry before eventually moving into what I felt was my destiny and my dream job: interior design. I had no idea that the universe had one more option for me… As an interior designer, it helps to have clarity of vision when it comes to your own aesthetic. Although good taste and an educated eye are not enough to cut it in this industry, I think my weakness was that I liked too many styles, never happy with one particular look, and ultimately wanting to change my own living space time and time again. In hindsight I have enormous respect for…

6 min

Archive Studio Just two years after Amsterdam-based Archive Studio began making bespoke ceramic tableware, the studio is now producing a series of functional and durable ceramic pieces in collaboration with local artisans working in Vietnam. These artisans are able to execute the technical and challenging process of preserving the raw texture on the outside of each vessel while achieving a crisp glaze on the inside; a unique felling technique then allows the rough and smooth edges to meet perfectly on its rim. Pieces in the collection are available in a variety of matte finishes and shapes. archivestudio.nl Gejst × Michael Rem Danish design team Gejst has launched a new collection in collaboration with award-winning German designer Michael Rem of Studio Rem. A modular shelving system, Sceene is designed to house the objects that tell…

7 min

Civilization: The Way We Live Now by William A Ewing and Holly Roussell (Thames & Hudson) In this ambitious work, author, lecturer and curator William A Ewing and China-based curator and art historian Holly Roussell set out to uncover how contemporary art photographers approach the astounding complexities of modern civilisation. More than 400 images have been selected from 140 eminent photographers, including Cindy Sherman, Edward Burtynsky and Walter Niedermayr, with a number of images never before published or exhibited. In his illuminating and thought-provoking essay, Ewing charts the rise of hypermodernity and reminds us that while we frequently celebrate the individual, we increasingly live a collective life. He itemises dystopian realities alongside mankind’s unprecedented power for progress and the greater good, and the images that follow — spanning the critical, neutral, celebratory, epic…

3 min
the spirit of clay

‘At fifteen years old, I realised that I wanted to use my hands to create something,’ says Nagoya-born, Paris-based artist Yoshimi Futamura. Ceramics seemed a natural choice, as from an early age, Futamura was fascinated by the Buddhist ceremonies her parents hosted for family and friends. ‘The day before, everybody started to prepare food and organise the house,’ she recalls. ‘As a child, it was a big event.’ Guests used ceramic and lacquer tableware, and often concluded these memorable events with a tea ceremony using beautiful bowls. Futamura has loved ceramics ever since, both for their appearance and their functionality. From 1979 to 1981, Futamura trained at Japan’s Seto School of Ceramics, where she embraced historic techniques. Then, newly graduated and wanting to broaden her horizons, she applied to be a…

2 min
thoughtful simplicity

Collaboration between designers and makers is a common part of creative life, but a recent partnership forged between Japanese furniture workshop Ishinomaki Laboratory and Hong Kong-based Studio Adjective extends this alliance of imaginative forces beyond practical considerations — material, form, function — to help a seaside community recover from one of the worst natural disasters in Japan’s history. Ishinomaki Laboratory, an independent, community-based furniture workshop, was created after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami devastated large swathes of north-eastern Japan, including the town of Ishinomaki, in March 2011. In the aftermath, Japanese architect Keiji Ashizawa saw the opportunity to help residents affected by the disaster repair or make their own furniture following a simple DIY process using Japanese cedar. The workshop has since evolved into a collection of easy-to-make furniture pieces conceived…

3 min
critical narratives

Telling stories through design is nothing new, and there are plenty of creatives who continue to do it well. Companies like Droog and Studio Job have built a reputation around imbuing everyday objects with narrative, allowing their designers to better inform, engage and entertain the end user. It makes a chair, rug or utensil appear all the more intriguing and certainly doesn’t hurt from a marketing point of view. However, what sets design production house Broached Commissions apart is the rigour invested in its storytelling. The Melbourne-based studio was launched in 2011 by creative director Lou Weis and his business partner Vincent Aiello to create limited-edition collections of objects and furniture. Each piece is more work of art than product, the result of research-driven curatorial processes that leave no stone unturned…