IFEX 2023: Tropical Thunder

IFEX 2023 showcases Indonesian craftsmanship and material preferences in the country’s growing furniture segment.

One of the largest international trade exhibitions in Southeast Asia for the furniture and craft industries, the Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX) was held in early March at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran (JIExpo). Part of the Asia Furniture Show Circle of exhibitions, it succeeded in attracting 12,118 visitors and buyers from 115 countries and unsurprisingly put particular emphasis on the beauty and application of Indonesia’s natural resources in various furniture products such as woodcraft and rattan furniture.

Volare | Vivere

Designed by Abie Abdillah, this lounge chair and ottoman pair combines a traditional rattan weaving pattern and natural rattan frame with the modern design of a wing chair concept, hence its name, Italian for “to fly.”

Concrete Collection | Kusmin Antiek

One of the biggest recycled antique furniture makers in the Jepara region of Indonesia, Kusmin Antiek uses a varied palette of materials for its furniture lines, including reclaimed teak materials, solid wood, veneer, metals and even GRC concrete, which creates a striking textural counterpoint in a sea of traditional rattan.

Stripe Collection | Otazen

From the minds of Lagranja Design, a Barcelona-based multidisciplinary design studio primarily focused on interiors and products, comes this teak outdoor furniture collection that showcases intricate weaving and clean lines, suitable for any outdoor setting.

Wave Side Table | dBodhi

A tabletop made from reclaimed teak wood and a body made of organic rattan, this accent piece is handwoven according to an ancient Javanese technique into a detailed, organically shaped pattern.