The Jakarta Post
Among the participants are Abie Abdillah, Budi Pradono and Cosmas D. Gozali. (Shutterstock/Adriano Castelli)
Twenty-seven Indonesian furniture designers are set to bring a taste of signature local elements to the Salone del Mobile Milano (Milan Furniture Fair), slated for Apr. 17-22.
The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) along with the Indonesian Furniture Designers Association (HDMI) together curated the works of local designers in line with the theme of "IDentities", a play on Indonesia’s abbreviation and a reflection of its diverse identity.
"It is important to highlight designers and brands that carry a unique Indonesian element in their work, whether it is reflected through their techniques or materials," Joshua Simanjuntak, Bekraf's marketing deputy, said in Jakarta on Thursday.
Last year, Indonesian furniture designers for the first time exhibited in Milan. As many as 28 people participated at the Tortona Design Week, a space just outside the central fair grounds.
Locally inspired handicrafts, such as those made of wicker and rattan were especially noticed abroad, Joshua said, adding that this had inspired this year's theme, which emphasizes Indonesia’s roots.
Unlike in 2017, the upcoming exhibition will be included in the exclusive Milan Fairgrounds in Rho.
Achmad Kurnia, designer for Siji Lifestyle, will be among those participating at the upcoming event. With experience in designing furniture for luxury hotels, Achmad said he would continue to incorporate natural materials in Siji's signature designs, such as those using banana stems and enceng gondok (water hyachinth).
"The local materials have the potential to be developed into luxury goods," Achmad said.
"Enceng, for example, is generally used for anyam [wicker], but it could actually be developed into furniture paneling, for example headboard paneling for hotel projects, and that's what we do," Achmad added.
Bekraf's curation process divided participants into two categories, namely creative talent and industry. The creative talent category consists of 14 individual candidates. The remaining 13 fall into the industry category, which consist of brands that work closely with a designer to create a strong profile and signature products.
Among other participants are Abie Abdillah, Budi Pradono and Cosmas D. Gozali.
Established in 1961, the Milan furniture fair has grown to become the largest furniture trade fair in the world. The annual event showcases furniture and accessories by designers and brands from around the world. (mut)