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Ester Manas, Balthazar Delpierre et Wisharawhish Akarasantisook - Universal Workware

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Asean Design

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Since 2017, the post in Bangkok has been developing, in partnership with the Institut français Paris, the posts in Jakarta and Hanoi, a multi-year cooperation project in design.

 Between 2017 and 2020, 8 workshops have been organised in Thaeland, Indonesia and Vietnam.

 French and local designers were hosted by companies in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Hanoi. Reworking traditional forms and questioning practices around materials, it was about putting artisans and art forms at the heart of the creative and manufacturing process.

 A hundred or so objects resulted from these exchanges between young designers and experienced talents. Often working in pairs, they encouraged each other to take risks, sometimes questioning the use of a material, transforming it, inventing other uses for it. All these objects made from ceramic, silk, lacquer, copper, bamboo, leather, teak … are being presented at the Paris Design Week from 3 to 12 September 2020 at the galerie Froissart.

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Ester Manas, Balthazar Delpierre et Wisharawhish Akarasantisook - Universal Workware
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Ester Manas, Balthazar Delpierre et Wisharawhish - Akarasantisook Universal Workware

For this final workshop in Thailand, the designers base their work around indigo. Ester Manas and Wisharawhish Akarasantisook chose a silk textile made in the Surin province and played on the Blue jean aspect to redesign work clothes. They are unisex and suit all sizes.

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Ester Manas, Balthazar Delpierre et Wisharawhish Akarasantisook
Universal Workware © Ploy Phutpheng
Bangkok, Thailande, novembre 2019 chez Ruenmaii Baimon
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Deconstruction handbag
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Sandrine Rozier et Namfon Laïstrooglai - Deconstruction handbag

Sandrine Rozier is one of the designers in France recognised for her knowledge of indigo and her great mastery of the baths that reveal all their shades. With Namfon Laïstrooglai she also worked around the material which, when cut out then re-assembled, gives rise to this bag with an idea of lightness and softness

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Sandrine Rozier et Namfon Laïstrooglai
Deconstruction handbag © Vanessa Silvy
Bangkok, Thaïlande novembre 2019 chez Inpaeng Indigo
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Violette Vigneron et Coth Studio - Bronze and indigo Chandeliers

Within the framework of this workshop in Chiang Mai, it was above all a question of carrying out tests, combinations, questioning materials and taking the artisans the designers worked with away from their reflexes. When Violette Vigneron teamed up with Coth Studio they experimented on new possibilities with bronze. The lightness and grace of these chandeliers is the surprising result.

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Violette Vigneron et Coth Studio
Chandeliers en bronze et indigo © Rafaël Martinez
Chiang Mai, Thaïlande, septembre 2019 chez Charoen Foundry
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Florent Revellin & Natthapong Kanchoei - Table elements in turned wood

The tandem became involved in the life of this community which brings together more than 30 families of artisans who have been producing turned wood for more than 100 years. Combining wood with indigo was a first. Each time the result is unique, the indigo adhering to the wood in a different way depending on its thickness, original colour, age…

 

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Florent Revellin & Natthapong Kanchoei
Éléments de table en bois tourné et indigo © Ploy Phutpheng
Chiang Mai, Thaïlande, septembre 2019 chez Baan tong Kai wood turning
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Christian Ghion et Jutamas Buranajade&Piti Amraranga O.D.A. -Thaï-Tie & Love seat

All the designers involved in this first workshop organised in Bangkok had the idea of working on materials that are reminiscent of the streets of Bangkok, that are so colourful and lively. Thai-Tie and Love seat are made in rattan, a material used a lot in Thailand. The motifs recall local traditional ornaments. Christian Ghion chose a simple design so that Yothaka can easily produce the two designs.

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Christian Ghion et Jutamas Buranajade&Piti Amraranga O.D.A.
Thaï-Tie & Love seat © Rafaël Martinez
Bangkok, Thaïlande, mai 2018 chez Yotakha
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Teerapoj Teeropas - Air Vases serie

At Chiang Mai, the Thai and French designers worked side by side on personal designs. Teerapoj Teeropaas who worked, among others, with Lauriane Beaunier and Alexandre Dubreuil at Prempracha, convey the slow pace of rural life through this series. The chiselled texture is reminiscent of bamboo, speciality of the other factory that also hosted this group of designers during this workshop.

 

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Teerapoj Teeropas
Air Vases serie © Ploy Phutpheng
Chiang Mai, Thaïlande, décembre 2017 chez Prempracha
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Patcharada Inplang - Selvage vases

Patcharada Inplang is an architect who is interested in artisanal production methods and local materials. She took the opportunity of this workshop to work with ceramic, which she is not so familiar with. By concentrating on the moulding technique, which is one of Prempracha’s great crafts, Patcharada wanted to highlight raw details of the edges from the moulding process. The story of this factory is therefore what she showcases here in her final pieces.

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Patcharada Inplang
Selvage vases © Ploy Phutpheng
Chiang Mai, Thaïlande, décembre 2017 chez Prempracha
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Pascaline de Glo de Besses - Fern, bath elements

Established in 2001, the Kayu Manis furniture company specialised in producing bathroom furniture in 2007. By working in this company, Pascaline de Glo de Besses discovered another production model: teak wood is worked mainly by hand, assembly being done according to woodworking rules. The major advantage of this exchange for the company has been to analyse the current trend for bathroom furniture which, in Europe, are all light. Materials such as terrazzo are also highly appreciated. By working teak as slats, as in constructing boat decks, Pascaline achieved a lighter finish that just by working with the mass.

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Pascaline de Glo de Besses
Fern, éléments de bain
Yogyakarta, Indonésie, novembre 2018 chez Kayu Manis
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Guillaume Delvigne - Vase Sepale

Within the framework of this workshop, the Hanoia company hosted Guillaume Delvigne, Pierre Charrié and Marie-Aurore Sticker-Metral. They were able to discover the lacquer savoir-faire that the Hanoia company masters perfectly. Having carte blanche for the purely creative aspect, they started the project before their stay which enabled the Hanoia team to produce a first series of raw prototypes. Workshop visits, work meetings, exchanges with artisans and technicians, work on plans, choice of colours, reflection on material effects... This workshop gave the 3 designers the opportunity to have a quick view of all the stages of the lacquering process.

 

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Guillaume Delvigne
Vase Sepale © Hanoia
Hanoi, Vietnam, octobre 2019 chez Hanoia
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Pierre Charrié Série Brush - Wall lamp and table lamp, shelves, clock and hook

The classic development process was accelerated so that each designer could achieve technically finished projects in the time available. It was an exploit, even more so because the process of working lacquer is especially long, the prototypes were therefore finished off after the stay. This very intense workshop pushed them to shake up their usual work habits, make fast choices and refine their propositions rapidly. Each designer proposed five projects, their development was carried out collectively and shared with the Hanoia teams.

 

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Pierre Charrié Série Brush © Hanoia
Lampe murale et lampe de table, étagères, horloge et patère
Hanoi, Vietnam, octobre 2019 chez Hanoia
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L'Institut français et le projet

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L'Institut français accompagne ce projet dans le dialogue avec l'Ambassade de France en Thailande et le commissaire général, dans la recherche de partenaires pour la diffusion de l'exposition en France et en apportant un soutien financier au projet.