TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
 
TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
oct 11, 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

 

 

 

ben chiu is executive director of taiwan designers’ week. he states that ‘taiwan’s design is the meeting point of the centuries-old chinese culture (with a japanese influence) and that of western civilization’.

 

the TWDW taiwan designers’ week aims to educate the public within its relatively small population and to promote the local talent overseas. the emerging design festival TWDW has had a significant growth in the last five years, and ben has an increasingly difficult role in curating the many events and exhibitions involved. ‘the nation has a relatively small market for its design industry to develop within and if you ask me what my dream is, I can tell you that I want to be an agent of taiwanese designers. I wish to collaborate with them on special projects and to act like a bridge between designers and the outside world,’ he said.

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
straw stool by gina hsu of dhh (see her lace bowl)
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stimulate more various cooperation mechanism in Taiwan design industry, including cooperated developments, fundraising for the development or attracting more sell channels. – See more at: http://www.designdaysdubai.ae/news/design-alliance/2013/09/taiwan-designers-week/#sthash.dTGzFLxs.dpuf 

taiwan’s industrial design sector had been developing for over 40 years’, ben adds, ‘and yet there had been no exhibition specifically providing a stage for taiwanese designers to showcase their talents. we do not have government resources or money to hold this event. I thought I was just going to be volunteer for the 2009 edition, for a week. somehow, five years later, here I am still working for the TWDW.’

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘ching chair no.2’, bamboo stool by lin, da jhih and sie, yi fan
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many taiwanese designers are working in big corporations (most of them in the tech industry) and when a small group of them wished to express themselves with their own creations (as individual designers) they volunteered for an united design event and started enrolling their companies to become sponsors for the first edition of the taiwan designers week, held in a 330-square meter showroom of the eslite bookstore xinyi branch. now we are holding the 2013 TWDW at the 5,900-square meter taipei expo with 250 taiwanese designers, 90 companies, and international designers attending.

 

ben wants to encourage other creative people to do events around the TWDW. his plan is to show more international exhibitors, and to partner with institutions such as the taiwan design centre, TATE taipei and the red dot mueum in taipei, which has just opened recently.

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘bubble’ easy chair by kevin yu jui chou for HAN gallery (see also the ‘bubble’ sofa)
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taiwanese designers often lack confidence and the necessary communication skills, both in english and mandarin, to promote their products to local and foreign clients. the TWDW is not yet a trade show, but more and more taiwanese designers are showing their work at the furniture fair in milan, participating in designboom marts in trade fairs in new york, stockholm and tokyo, at the 100% design fair in london and in the maison & objet fair in paris.

 

designboom is media partner of the event and has been invited to participate as foreign speakers in the talk series ‘let’s talk design‘, together with the dutch designer gijs bakker.

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
bamboo lattice-work is a traditional architectural feature of taiwanese homes, see the new collection by scope design
image © designboom

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
this is a light design that refers to the bird keeping activity dating back to the ching dynasty, design by li, shih-yao and tang, ching-wen
image © designboom

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
paper made new old light by kimu design, the collection of pendant lamps combine a simple wooden shade with a traditional paper lantern, commonly found in the asian cultures

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
detective notebook by kimu design

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

‘boogie’ bike by gearlab
image © designboom

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘bike and bite and more’ accessories by gearlab
image © designboom

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘tap dance’ touch lamp by pega design
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘lucky fruits’, pili wu re-interpretes traditional chinese paper (pineapple-shaped-ball) lanterns, usually seen at opening ceremonies
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

‘plastic plastic’, limited edition of 99 chairs in solid wood with lacquer for HAN gallery, design by pili wu

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
the bitplay ARCHI Classic series  brings the facades of xinhua old street, located in southern taiwan, right to your desk, design by hsunli huang

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘bendboo’ bamboo lamp by camo lin of drii design

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

bye pei’s fabric vase is decorated with traditional oriental floral embroidery designs that would more commonly be seen on a ‘cheongsam’ or ‘qipiao’, the traditional tight-fitting dress
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
the silhouettes of mountains, depicted in traditional chinese paintings, are re-interpreted as wire structures to create a range of vases and bowls, design by move the mountain
image © designboom

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
shots by female photographer miki chang
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
display of a socks vending machine by 25togo, socks are turned into soft balls with different patterns
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
tzulai home goods

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
book sculpture by chun-tai chen

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
rotating ripple lamp creates a variety of shadow play, design by poetic lab

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
strelka tool book

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
‘4th dimension wall clock’ by shen-yao yu & yi-ting cheng of 22 design studio

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
the ‘tealeidoscope’ by lanto

 

 

TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013

ben chiu is executive director of taiwan designers’ week, this year’s overall theme  is ‘AROUND’
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
the TWDW / taiwan designers’ week 2013 took place from september 27th to october 6th
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TWDW taiwan designers’ week 2013
taipei has been shortlisted for ‘world design capital 2016’ – in november 2013 the final announcement will be made at the IDA congress in istanbul

 

  • Wow, so many beautiful, clever designs. The bamboo in particular, the way its been manipulated with the green stool and the lamp.

    douglas says:
  • The chair design by Pili Wu is Plastic Classic ‘Loop’. The chair is edited by LIMITEDunLIMITED Editions | ilivetomorrow Design Gallery based in Hong Kong. The limited Edition lacquered is a co-edition within ilivetomorrow + Han Gallery.

    ilivetomorrow says:
  • Since a couple of years I regularly cooperate with Taiwanese companies and institutions…my respect and gratitude goes out to the people involved in Taiwan’s lively design scene!

    Alexander Pelikan says:

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