MIFF: an Asian design experience, pt. 2
The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) turned 25 years old in 2019, and the industry’s largest marketplace in Southeast Asia continues to bring international buyers and designers furniture of excellent quality and competitive pricing from a talented and growing local design scene.
At MIFF an interesting mix of locally manufactured and designed pieces, created by Malaysian emerging talents, appear alongside products made by Malaysian and internationally established companies interested in growing their export to a consistent global buyer community who visits the show yearly. And this edition showed real growth in that area: not only are sales over $1 billion for the first time, with an international buyers increase of four per cent, but the quality and design of the products are getting better year by year.
Due to fantastic Malaysian hospitality, MIFF is not only a show, it is an experience. Buyers love this event as they are driven through two venues and multiple events by an outstanding organization, enriched in the last two years by the addition of Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), a modern and comfortable new venue, this year at full capacity.
For the second year, a group of Canadian interior designers led by IDC were invited as guest buyers to visit the show and source new products. The mission was a success and will be surely replicated in 2020 for the third time, to build a durable business exchange between the two countries.
Habitué collection: Canopy Lounge Seating│Oasis
This modular sofa allows you to choose your own privacy level by selecting the number of screens to be placed on the seating. Designed by Jasper Jian Lee and b.o.design, to allow various configurations or island sizing for group discussion, this is a simple yet stylish lounge seating solution.
Designed by Sujak Hasbollah, this agile modular furniture fits into any environment and supports various kind of activities with the integrated functions such as projector box, power box as well as media wall for better data sharing.
Rica Rejuvenate & Rica Swivel│Oasis
Rica Rejuvenate and Rica Swivel aim to provide a respite from a busy and stressful office environment. Stay alone in the semi-private pod to enjoy the inner peace and get some light task done. Rica Rejuvenate is well-integrated with USD charger supply, a writing surface and storage, as well as lighting and power. Oasis was a Platinum award winner for the Office Furniture category at MIFF.
Ximu collection: Somerset Lounge Chair│IDT
Made with rattan and a curved metal frame, this light and stylish lounge is suited for both indoor and outdoor use. The shape and the loose weave allow for good air flow, making it comfortable even in a very hot weather.
Ximu collection: Aloha Lounge Chair│IDT
An attractive fishbone pattern and elegant combination of natural materials representative of traditional Malaysian weaving, this lounge chair has an authentic look that is also modern thanks to its light and open structure that can be easily used indoors and outdoors.
Ximu collection: Pango Swing│IDT
The Pango swing has a soft seat cushion that helps create a comfortable sitting position, and the natural colour of the rope and the wood beam are typical for a traditional hammock.
Habitué collection: Caveman Private Pod│Oasis
Designed by Jasper Jian Lee and b.o.design, this sculptural pod supports various private activities while also commanding attention in the office.
A coffee table in dark wood with a circular rattan inlay designed by Dan Chua, a simple, unembellished rounded form allows the beautiful wood grain and rattan weaving pattern to stand out, giving a Malaysian colonial taste to a piece of contemporary furniture.
“Bian,” which means “weave” in Chinese, is made of merpauh, a Malaysian FSC-certified forest hardwood, and paired with rattan, a material designer Dan Chua wants to reintroduce into contemporary spaces.
Mix&Match collection│Pattern Banyak by Element Furniture
Made of matt black powder-coated SS frame and PU wicker and suitable for outdoor use, this series, designed by Wen Yee Kok, encourages users to shuffle components around and create their own preferred clusters of furniture settings. By being skeletal and solid, polished and textured, opaque and transparent, monochromatic and vibrant, the furniture showcases the juxtaposition of traditional Southeast Asian craft and au courant sleekness in detail.