Fresh Taiwan – the best of Taiwanese design at Tent London. Returning to Tent London after 2012’s inaugural pavilion sponsored and organized by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan and Taiwan Design Center, Fresh Taiwan will present pieces by 12 of the country’s most innovative studios, showcasing its dedication to craftsmanship, culture and heritage through contemporary design.
The country’s pride in its domestic design talent, together with its logistical expertise, make it ideally placed to drive its creative industries into new territories. The Fresh Taiwan space at Tent London will again forge new relationships and raise the country’s profile as a design hub. The 12 brands chosen showcase design from a Taiwanese perspective, looking to the past to inform new thinking for the future, moving centuries-old techniques in new directions, with a dedication to materials, innovation and longevity. The homeware, furniture and accessories blend domestic practice with global influences to create a unique 21st century aesthetic. Here are a few of the 12 brands showing at Fresh Taiwan at Tent London.
Rüskasa draws influence from Scandinavia and Japan, creating modern heirloom pieces, where materials – maple, beech and walnut – are the focus. Each is built by hand, using labour-intensive techniques given up by many companies seeking quick turnarounds. The results are clear to see in its Carved bench, with its trompe l’oeil wooden upholstery seat.
Pinyen Creative specializes in contemporary uses of bamboo, with its Hemera woven lamp, Take Breath tea set and playful Tutu stool.
Kimu Design’s New Old Light collection combines a simple aluminum shade with a traditional paper lantern, mixing modern minimalism with an ancient design, and eastern and western aesthetics. The paper interior can be pulled down, diffusing the light, or tucked inside the shade for a brighter space.
The Goldfish X Clock by Haoshi Design is an update on its Swallow X Clock, shown at Tent London in 2012. In this version, nine goldfish swim leisurely around the clock face as a symbol of good luck.
Fresh Taiwan is organised and sponsor by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan and Taiwan Design Center. Ministry of Culture was founded 2012, promotes various cultural and creative industry development plans. Taiwan Design Center was established in 2003 by the Taiwanese government to promote homegrown design, international exchange and strengthen market competitiveness in the creative industries.