Remember those ubiquitous chairs and stools using steel and woven PVC cords found in many a Malaysian home in the 1960s? They're getting a refresh by MAD3 Studio, a design collective comprising of Tang Mun Kian, Desmond Phang and Bernard Chong. While these seats still utilise traditional techniques to craft them, they're given a contemporary spin with new shapes, colour combinations and weaving patterns.
"We grew up surrounded by steel/PVC cords and rattan furniture. They are comfortable, flexible, light-weight and strong," explains Chong. "We love seeing these pieces around, so we thought why not make it contemporary, more fun and cheerful to suit our needs and tastes.