A New Layer Taiwan

A New Layer II: Design stories from Taiwan to the world Designers from across Asia and Europe partner with Taiwanese craftspeople to produce highly experimental new design works. Led by NTCRI (National Taiwanese Craft Research and Development Institute), 
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A New Layer II: Design stories from Taiwan to the world

Designers from across Asia and Europe partner with Taiwanese craftspeople to produce highly experimental new design works.

Led by NTCRI (National Taiwanese Craft Research and Development Institute), A New Layer Taiwan aims to foster new partnerships between international designers and Taiwanese craftsmen. From 2012-2016, A New Layer I was led by the Swedish designer Matti Klenell with TAF Architects, Stina Löfgren and Carina Seth Andersson. In 2017-18, the project has moved into its second phase of research and development: “A New Layer II: Crafting Identities / Design Stories from Taiwan”.

In order to transform traditional Taiwanese craftsmanship products into contemporary design objects and furniture, the NTCRI invited Belgium-based curator Lise Coirier as Art Director and 7 internationally based designers from France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland to Taiwan to work with some of the most talented local craftspeople on the island.

The Taiwanese craftspeople, who specialize in Koji pottery, bamboo bending, lacquerware, ceramics, and indigo dying, were partnered with a designer or design team, to develop their cutting-edge design concepts. As part of the research phase of A New Layer, the designers traveled throughout Taiwan for numerous weeks, visiting not just the crafts people’s workshops, but also sites of cultural or historical significance in Taiwan.

“The overseas designers and Taiwanese craftspeople worked together to conceive, materialize, and finalize their design, with the craftspeople revealing in the numerous challenges and new visions presented to them in their craft by the designers,” says Coirier


The projects

The New Koji

Designer : Anton Alvarez (Sweden-Chile) & Craftsmen : Zhong-Zheng Chen and Chi-Li Hsiao (Taiwan)

the new Koji pottery

New koji

The Bamboo Chair

Designer : Jin Kuramoto (Japan) & Craftsman : Jian Cheng Lin (Taiwan)

the bamboo chair craftmanbamboo chair

The Clay Table

Designer : Wonmin Park (Korea) & Craftsmen : Wen-Yi Kung (Taiwan), and Chin-Mei Huang (Taiwan)

Wonim parktha clay table

The Bridge Bamboo Bench

  Designer : Sebastian Herkner (Germany) & Craftsman : Ming-An Wu (Taiwan)

the bridge bamboo bench

bridge bench

The Cong Collection

  Designer : Julie Richoz (Switzerland-France) & Craftsman : Chin-Mei Huang (Taiwan)

julie richozthe cong collection

The Fruit Tower

Design : BCXSY – Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto (Israel /Netherlands – Japan) & Craftsmen : Jian-Fu Zhong (Taiwan), and Wen-Yi, Kung (Taiwan)

the fruit tower

The fruit tower

Contacts & Press

In Europe

Pro Materia, Lise Coirier, manager / art director,
A New Layer II : Crafting Identities / Design Stories from Taiwan*
rue Franz Merjay, 142, B-1050 Brussels / 7 rue Roy, F-75008 Paris
M. +32 (0)475 53 19 88 / T. +32 (0)2 768 25 10
lise@promateria.org

Asia and other regions

Taiwan Designers Web, Ben Chiu, Executive Director
2F., No.89-4, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan
. +886 931065842 / T. +886 2 2388 -9366
ben.chiu@twdw.org

PRESS MATERIAL & IMAGES

  • Download the press release here
  • Download here the appendices I & II with a more detailed outlook on the 6 ongoing projects and prototypes as well as the art director and designers’s biographies

For more information about the projects click here

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Design Curio A New Layer Taiwan at Design Miami/Basel, 12-17 June 2018

 

https://tlmagazine.com

 

Photography by Maciej Korbas

 

 

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