Cover Mirazzo collection by Robert Sukrachand

The Emerge @ Find pavilion at Find - Design Fair Asia will showcase the work of notable industrial designers in Southeast Asia—here, we highlight the names to watch

Running in Singapore from September 22 to 24 as part of Singapore Design Week 2022, the Find (Furniture, Interiors and Design) - Design Fair Asia brings together international brands and designers as well as homegrown talents to showcase a vibrant mix of their new collections and novelties. Organised by Fiera Milano and DMG Events, it is held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 

Among the highlights of the find is the Emerge @ Find pavilion, which will exhibit pieces by designers in the region. Here, we highlight some of the notable names and their work, as seen at the fair.

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1. Robert Sukrachand

Often shuttling between New York and Chiang Mai, the Thai designer Robert Sukrachand has created mixed-media pieces that reflect his heritage and cross-cultural influences. 

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Sukrachand’s imaginative designs include the Mirazzo collection, comprising tables that feature shards of terrazzo, marble, and antique mirror, and is loosely inspired by Italian palazzos and chess tables found near the Haroon Mosque in Bangkok.

2. Vũ Hoàng Anh

Having formally trained as a sculptor, the Vietnamese designer’s creative approach fuses his practical understanding of both the manufacturing and design processes with his fine-art background, starting from his initial sketches to the development of furniture prototypes.

His creations feature elegant forms and poetic concepts; these include the Dzieu shelving system, inspired by the form of flying kites, and the Centre Rays chairs that take a cue from the Vietnamese word for “human”.

3. Jim Zarate Torres

As the founder of Filipino retail lifestyle brand Zarate Manila, Torres has designed and retailed a contemporary mix of furnishings, lighting and home accessories that combine artisanal craftsmanship with modern forms and elegant details.

These include metal tables and benches that take inspiration from the woven look of traditional rattan and bamboo furniture, clad in vibrant, youthful colours that will bring a dose of fun to any room.

4. Karyn Lim

From furniture to bags, packaging and clothing, the Singaporean industrial designer’s creative output has been wide and varied; aside from running her eponymous firm Studio Karyn Lim, she also co-runs local design brand Industry+.

Her pared-back approach is paired with luxurious details that celebrate the art of hand making, be it the collapsible Transformation bags (above) or a capsule linenwear line for homegrown brand Our Barehands.

5. Tan Wei Ming

The Kuala Lumpur-based founder of Aureole Design first practised as a graphic designer for several years before her foray into the realm of industrial design.

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Today, Tan is known for creating custom furnishings, lighting and home objects for hotels and residential spaces, drawing influences from her graphic design background with the use of geometric forms, and a balanced mix of textures and materials in a space.

6. Alvin Tjitrowirjo

The Indonesian designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo makes rattan and other woven materials at the heart of his practice, breathing new life into time-tested craft traditions with colourful contemporary furnishings produced by his namesake brand, AlvinT.

Tjitrowirjo is also the creative director for Indonesian furniture brand Vivere Group, and is known for designs such as the Lumping rocking horse and the Loop stools (above) that pair traditional techniques with playful forms.

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