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Responsible Lifestyle Products Showcased in Chiang Mai Design Week 2016, Thailand
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Responsible Lifestyle Products Showcased in Chiang Mai Design Week 2016, Thailand

Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 presents Wonderground, a curated exhibition of responsible lifestyle products that represent the richness of sustainable products from the ASEAN region.

Rempah Rumah Karya. a laboratory of sustainable creativity and design with a workshop that produces various products and designs made from used wood. They combine used wood with other materials, creating quality handmade pencil cases, stools, trays and home decors. Image: Ayip Budiman
Rempah Rumah Karya. A laboratory of sustainable creativity and design with a workshop that produces various products and designs made from used wood. They combine used wood with other materials, creating quality handmade pencil cases, stools, trays and home decors. Image: Ayip Budiman

Not just an exhibition of products, Wonderground literally means ‘beauty grounded to the earth’, a theme which is reflected in the selection of designers whose work is showcased. It is about a creative exploration and experimentation, products with aesthetic design, function and quality produced through a process that integrates community development and environmental awareness.

Mango Wooden Radio use craft making as an alternative economic activity, that has the potential to be developed and to growin villages (Kandangan Village, Central Java, Indonesia). Its production requires minimal technology and investment, while utilising the abundant local materials. image: Ayip Budiman
Mango Wooden Radio use craft making as an alternative economic activity, that has the potential to be developed and to growin villages (Kandangan Village, Central Java, Indonesia). Its production requires minimal technology and investment, while utilising the abundant local materials. image: Ayip Budiman

Wonderground is a an experimental laboratory for developing and learning about sustainable design, while bringing together a network of designers and artists who collaborate with local artisans and small-to-medium-enterprises to create ‘responsible lifestyle products’.

Amygdala Bamboo use bamboo as their core material, which they’ve developed into a wide range of products – from home decor, furniture, to fashion accessories. Amygdala’s focus is craft knowledge, preserving bamboo’s integrity and creating social impact for local craftspeople. image: Ayip Budiman
Amygdala Bamboo use bamboo as their core material, which they’ve developed into a wide range of products – from home decor, furniture, to fashion accessories. Amygdala’s focus is craft knowledge, preserving bamboo’s integrity and creating social impact for local craftspeople. image: Ayip Budiman

‘Responsible lifestyle’ encompasses products that use organic materials, with production processes based on fair trade and ethical principles, avoiding excessive use and production of carbon. 

Spedagi Bamboo Bicycle uses bamboo as the material for their bike frames, which are handcrafted in rural areas (Kandangan Village, Central Java. Indonesia). image: Ayip Budiman
Spedagi Bamboo Bicycle uses bamboo as the material for their bike frames, which are handcrafted in rural areas (Kandangan Village, Central Java. Indonesia). image: Ayip Budiman

 

Wonderground is beyond an exhibition title and theme — it is positioned to become a unique space for ongoing exchange on developing responsible lifestyle products, and the creation of a better society, environment and economy for our region and the planet.


Source : Ayip Budiman, Curator for Wonderground Exhibition

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