Quirky fur­nish­ings

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - By DINESH KU­MAR MAGANATHAN star2@thes­tar.com.my

YoU might as well have stepped into Ikea. Lin­ing the floor from one end to another, grandly dis­played in aes­thetic splen­dour, are chairs, ta­bles, car­pets and ar­moires and a whole ar­ray of fur­ni­ture. But don’t ex­pect the norm. For, un­like the Swedish fur­ni­ture re­tailer, this is no or­di­nary pre­sen­ta­tion of house­hold para­pher­na­lia.

Pre­sented by the Ger­man In­sti­tute for For­eign Cul­tural Re­la­tions and de­signed by 45 Ger­man, Euro­pean and Amer­i­can de­sign­ers, 60 fur­ni­ture pieces are part of a trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion called New Olds: De­sign Be­tween Tra­di­tion And In­no­va­tion.

Last year, this ex­hi­bi­tion also showed at RMIT in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. For the next two months, the New Olds fur­ni­ture will take up res­i­dence at Ga­leri Petronas, KLCC. What this ex­hi­bi­tion as­pires is sim­ply to ex­am­ine the re­la­tion­ship of tra­di­tional de­signs in mod­ern fur­ni­ture ap­pli­ca­tions. In other words, New Olds can be viewed as a so­cial and aes­thetic ex­plo­ration on how mod­ern fur­ni­ture de­signs, al­beit sold as new, ac­tu­ally have a his­toric and cul­tural un­der­gird­ing.

Ga­leri Petronas’ cu­ra­tor and head of ex­hi­bi­tions Badrol­hisham Tahir said: “We hope that the ex­hi­bi­tion will mo­ti­vate and nur­ture lo­cal de­sign­ers to em­brace the con­cepts and in­spire them to in­cor­po­rate varied Malaysian cul­tural tra­di­tions into

Werner aisslinger’s books, which re­de­fines a book as a com­po­nent of this piece of fur­ni­ture as well as a cul­tural icon. It is fea­tured at Ga­leri Petronas’ newOlds:de­sign­be­tweenTra­di­tio­nandIn­no­va­tion, a trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion from Ger­many which ex­am­ines the re­la­tion­ship of tra­di­tional de­signs in mod­ern fur­ni­ture ap­pli­ca­tions.

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