We love Asian design and are dedicated to highlighting rising talents and emerging designs. Here we celebrate six of the best design products to come out of Asia recently. What do we like the best? The way they twist and play with Asian heritage and tradition.
Mr Rieveld Chair
Studio KDSZ is based in Beijing and modernises the Asian aesthetic. As Chi Hsiao-En puts it, they re-interpret the tradition with modern languages. That new spin is expressed not only through the outside shape but also by clearly conveying the concept behind the tradition, which can be easily understood by users. This can be seen in the Mr Rieveld chair, a post-modern take on the classic Ming Loop chair.
Li Wai Vases
Studio KDSZ plays with the Asian tradition of tea drinking with their Li Wai cups and vases. Here, classical Chinese porcelain shapes are inverted and produced in glass. Highlighting the traditional shape in a new way is typical of the heritage revival aesthetic that the Studio plays with.
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Three Generations in One Stool
Three Generations in One Stool is a fresh take on the traditional wooden Taiwanese stool. The shapes interlock, allowing three stools to be stored together. The design and name comment on the changes in Taiwanese society, as the culture moves away from three generations of one family living together.
Dim Sum Candles
These Dim Sum candles by BeCandle are an unsubtle celebration of the pan-Asian appreciation for good food. In Beijing, Singapore or Hong Kong you don’t have to go far to chow down on some dim sum, and now you can enjoy the aesthetic everyday in your home with BeCandle’s creations.
Hailing from Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Veny Lydiawati creates beautiful bespoke, handcrafted candleholders. Her designs are inspired by traditional Asian aesthetics and bring a real charming warmth and intimacy to a living space.
Biscuit Box Speakers
Jonas’s work effortlessly combines curiosity, humour, and functionality. These speakers and iPod docks are created from old Chinese biscuit tins, complete with original advertising artwork. The hollow metal shapes create good acoustics, while the charming designs are sure to brighten up any living space. The perfect upcycle marriage of functionality and fun.