Asian design plays a defining role in the richness and cultural diversity in contemporary design as it is rediscovering itself and imposes its own unique traits and origins on the design landscape.
In the era of global aesthetics and internationally dictated design trends, retaining the local identity through craftsmanship and by preserving the integrity of traditional forms is essential and remains a powerful, positive influence.
But in itself the fact that an object reflects a culture or the history of a region doesn't constitute great design. In our selection high-end, luxury pieces flirt with eclectically bold and unexpected design object that can surprise us with their uniqueness and eccentricity.
‘Unearth Asia’ presented leading-edge contemporary Asian designers and international brands collaborating with designers from Asia.
Through the exhibited pieces the organisers explored the affiliation of each product to a specific culture, and demonstrated its fundamental impact on the world of international design.
DREAMLAND TEAHOUSE for ZUMA
Dreamland teahouse for Zuma
Tea houses in Asia are striking examples of traditional architecture, reflecting the culture and history of the region. Design Pier is re-imagining this concept. They create for Zuma a sanctuary of tranquility featuring enchanting design pieces from the most cutting edge Japanese and Taiwanese designers.
The pieces surprise us with their uniqueness and eccentricity. They transport us to a dreamland where the rocks are made of wool, the walls are made of Washi paper, where you can comfortably sit on a giant tea whisk protected from curious eyes by a fan-shaped screen.
EXHIBITORS AYA KAWABATA HIROKI TAKADA KAD / nada KIMU DESIGN FOR INDUSTRY+ TOMOHIRO SHIBUKI
ARCHITECTURE MEETS DESIGN
DESIGN WITH CHARACTER
The influentials, the well-knowns, the audacious new generation, the designer-artist who create unique and precious pieces and last but not least the architects who use paper to create enchanting spaces…
Design Pier presented its new compilation of 16 creative talents. These are people who define design today.
They are from all over the world. They challenge the homogeneity of commercially made objects and bring a refreshing perspective on shapes, materials and dimensions.
Exhibitors: Carl Dau, Christina Peel for Artasy, Fadi Sarieddine Design Studio, Hiroki Takada, Katagiri Architecture+Design, Kimu Design for Industry+, Lorenza Bozzoli for Dedon, Mario Ruiz for Punt, Sebastien Herkner for Dedon, Sofia Beilharz, Takusei Kajitani for Consentable, Verner Panton for Montana, Vito Selma, Zaha Hadid for B&B Italia, 2-LA Design
Design Pier - Design with Character
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THE BEST OF EAST AND WEST (partner event)
The best of east and west - Opening cocktail - Full HD (1)