Anecdotes: Asian Design
Anecdotes
Design objects inspired by Asian values
2010

These were part of a concept exploration that culminated in a forum-presentation and exhibition at Interieur 2010 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Asian design is often stereotyped as kitschy ornamentation. These concept explorations attempt to dig deeper to extract the Asian values that will be resonant, without resorting to so-called 'Asian-styling'. 
Hometree explores and visualizes the notion of 'home' and 'family'. In Asian culture, family is in the center of life; we are comparatively less individualistic. Even as we strike out on our own, whether at work or in school, we find solace at home after a long day. 

Each bird represents a family member, who will return to the home-tree to roost everyday. As the tree is filled, the family is reunited. This visual and poetic symbol resonates with our shared sentiments – that there is no better place to be than home.

It is also markedly more interesting than the purely-utilitarian hooks that we commonly find along inner doorways.
Shared rooms are common – for instance, among siblings. Living in such close quarters require one to pay extra attention to being considerate: for example, when reading while someone else is sleeping. 

This table was inspired by just such a need, and introduces a new interpretation to the ubiquitous table-lamp: the light source is simultaneously its own shield. Such a gesture is both practical, aesthetically pleasing and symbolic. The virtue of being aware of our action's impact – and taking the necessary compensatory steps – will bring greater harmony.

Anecdotes: Asian Design
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Anecdotes: Asian Design

Design objects inspired by Asian values & cultural heritage; exhibited in INTERIEUR 2010, Belgium
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