Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture -

( Phaidon) was re­cently rein­tro­duced to the word ‘prove­nance’. It has made it­self so rel­e­vant with re­gards to what many of us value in an ob­ject or a space th­ese days. Be­ing aware of her­itage, in­te­grat­ing the past, or ac­knowl­edg­ing some­thing’s ori­gins when pro­duc­ing in the present seems to be very ap­peal­ing at the mo­ment.m Peo­ple want to know the his­tory or the specifics of where things come from. My de­sign com­pany, Bi­lamana, was a dream I had to­wards the lat­ter part of my time in New York City. The re­al­i­sa­tion of it just proves to me that hav­ing a vi­sion, be­ing fo­cused, and work­ing hard makes any dream a re­al­ity. I grew up around my fa­ther’s de­sign sen­si­bil­ity, and he was very much hands on when it came to restor­ing or build­ing mo­tor­cy­cles, cars, and houses. He al­ways made some­thing tech­ni­cal and dry look fun and art­ful. I spent hours watch­ing him draw lay­outs of hy­po­thet­i­cal spa­ces and build­ings. When he was not around, I would take a roll of trac­ing pa­per, draw over his lay­outs, and cre­ate de­signs of my own. It all started there, in my dad’s study, when I was just a lit­tle girl. Then came other forms of in­spi­ra­tion. Peter Zumthor, for ex­am­ple, is an ar­chi­tect but an artist at the same time. His phi­los­o­phy of what ar­chi­tec­ture is about and how it should be ex­pe­ri­enced is very unique and res­onates with me. I am em­bar­rassed I have never seen his work in real life! How­ever, that’s part of his bril­liance. I can still imag­ine the way I would feel in one of his spa­ces, merely through his words, sketches, and draw­ings. He cre­ates el­e­gant and so­phis­ti­cated struc­tures, and I al­ways feel an emo­tional yet calm con­nec­tion to his work. Same goes for Hélène Binet; she cap­tures ar­chi­tec­ture so elo­quently. Her con­trol of light and shadow is mes­meris­ing. Her­zog & de Meu­ron (in­no­va­tive with­out look­ing kitschy) and The Mon­o­cle Guide To Bet­ter Living al­ways in­spire”. Health essen­tials

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