Asian designers are in the spotlight at this fall's edition of Maison & Objet, one of the world's largest design shows which is taking place in Paris(September 7 -11).
Every year Maison & Objet offers visitors the opportunity to discover a selection of six young talents with their section called Talents à la Carte.
This year Talents à La Carte is 100 percent Asian. Several editors of the Asian editions of ELLE magazine have selected designers to present their work to a public of industry experts, members of the media and potential buyers. Each selected designer was sponsored by one of the editors from the Decoration edition of the magazine.
The group of selected designers has created products using traditional oriental techniques re-imagined in a contemporary way.
Zanun Nurangga, selected by Janto Wihardja, editor of ELLE Decoration Indonesia was born in Bandung in 1984. Founder of the studio Sorcery, he has worked in furniture design as well as residential and commercial development project including hotels. The studio was recognized in 2012 by Elle magazine for its work involved in styling shop windows.
Ko Kado was chosen by Ryuko Kida, editor of ELLE Decoration Japan. Kado is a 30-year old craftsman who makes paper using updated versions of Karakami traditional techniques, a technique which has remained unchanged for 400 years. Karakami technique involves pressing pigment onto paper using patterned wooden blocks.
Heewon Kim was selected by Julia Juyeon, editor of ELLE Decoration Korea. Kim's portfolio includes his works as a designer, photographer and graphic artist.
Decha Archiananun was chosen by Rungsima Kasikranund, editor of ELLE Decoration Thailand. Archiananun's collection of furniture ‘Cover Crop' designed in 2007 was highly acclaimed. He has founded the studio THINKK which specializes in interior architecture and product design. Decha has received several awards, including the Furniture Design Award in Singapore.
Grace Tanutama was selected with the help of Sharon Lim, editor of ELLE Decoration Singapore. The young designer's work has been inspired by the work of Nendo and Jaime Hayon, her designs are playful, colourful and simple.
San Sheng Wu Xing, sponsored by Chu ManLu, editor of ELLE Decoration China, is a group of young designers, all of them graduates of the universities of Jiangnan and Zhengjiang. Their designs reveal a contemporary view of Chinese culture and especially of Taoism.