Moderated by Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore), Associate Professor and Co-director, MA Museum Studies and Curatorial Practices, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University (NTU ADM)
Dedicated to spatial and furniture design, this panel brings together designers and manufacturers who use traditional weaving techniques guided by an environmental consciousness. These specialists are also at the forefront of innovating the traditional uses of rattan on an international scale.
Paola Bellani (Italy) is the Deputy Editor and Founder of disegno, a biannual paper magazine dedicated to design culture. Her interest focuses on design communication and contemporary design culture. She has worked extensively as a consultant on brand communication and creative direction. Among her clients are Yamakawa, a Japanese company specialising in hand-woven rattan furniture; and Fritz Hansen, the historical Danish furniture brand. Bellani is also an educator and currently teaches Culture of Project at NABA University in Milano.
P.C. Ee (Singapore) is Co-founder of the Singapore-based furniture brand Industry+ that constantly works with designers and manufacturers to produce and promote Asian design products for the international market. P.C. Ee edits and produces works of Asian designers including Jun Yasumoto, Studio Juju, and Nendo, in a collaborative process for the brand’s collection. Industry+ also creates a collection of outdoor furniture for WOHA’s new brand WOHAbeing. Industry+ strives to push the boundaries of materials, manufacturing, and craftsmanship in Asia, producing pieces that carry traces of influence from the culture of its designers to collectively represent a subconscious Asian aesthetic.
Lim Masulin (Indonesia) is “ASEAN Senior Mastercraft Designer” known to invent the BYO Living weaving technology for energy saving architecture like Toyota Headquarter’s 4,000m2 LEED Platinum ventilation weaving panels, East Java power plant’s cooling façade, ad Maldives Halaveli’s outdoor furniture. On sustainable materials, he uncovers regrow-able rattan with durable silica skin, tear-proof grass from CO2 absorbing peatland, and weatherproof upcycle waste. At the World Economic Forum, he shared how to make a social impact with weaving’s circular sustainability. You can visit his latest work on Indonesian architect Andra Matin’s pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which received a Special Mention Award for reflecting on material/form of traditional vernacular structures.
Laura Miotto (Italy/Singapore) is Associate Professor at NTU ADM and Design Director of GSM Project in Singapore. With 15 years of experience in the design field, both as a creative director and an architectural designer, Miotto has worked on permanent and temporary exhibitions, focusing on heritage interpretation and sensorial design strategies in the context of museums, thematic galleries, and public spaces. Among her projects are the new Sarawak Museum in Kuching and the Living Galleries at the National Museum of Singapore that explore local cultures in a phase of transformation. In 2010 she received the President Design Award for the exhibition Quest for Immortality: The World of Ancient Egypt.
Image credit: Tokyo Tribal Collection 15. Photo by Akihiro Yoshida. Courtesy Industry+.