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Jakarta Post

Singgih S. Kartono: Designing with awareness

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 13 2009   /  10:37 am

JP/Ferdianto PamungkasWorking in a profession dependent on industrialization and consumption often means a product designer sees only two aspects: product and design. But Singgih S. Kartono chooses to integrate his ideals into his designs and his life.“I tend to go against the mainstream trend that a designer should produce as much as possible. People have been fed with so many products already that sometimes they lose the basic idea of buying a thing,” he says.“They should buy something only if they need it and can take care of it. One should not buy a product just because one has money.”And Singgih’s internationally acclaimed wooden radio Magno reminds us of exactly that.Made from around 80 percent wood, Magno is an electronic appliance that one cannot simply turn on and off without caring for it. It is intentionally finished and polished only with wax so that anyone who owns...