Kawoong, a coffee table and modular shelf unit that laser cut with batik pattern made from laser cut mild steel with automotive high gloss paint.
Perched on a three-seater white synthetic rattan bench, a young man waits for people to drop by his corner in a creative industries exhibition. When someone approaches, he invites the newcomer to share the bench with him and starts explaining what that bench is all about: “If you sit here and someone else takes another spot, you’ll immediately notice each other. Even if you’re looking in another direction.”Mingle, the bench he was sitting on for the exhibition, is a featured work, his brainchild and his proof that a young man can successfully be idealistic even in the increasingly commercial furniture design business. “Mingle is based on the idea that a piece of furniture can set off a social interaction,” says the 26-year old Jakarta-based designer. “By distorting the balance of the bench, making it rock slightly as a person sits down, it generates the probability that people will start a conversation as they notice one another, be it about the bench, or about most anything.”