Cheng Ho Chair
Third prize ( RM2,500, trophy and certificate)
Architect Kaylynn Low Kah Ling’s fully merpauh wood Cheng Ho Chair is an interpretation of the olden day junks that ferried China’s Admiral Zheng He in his voyages.
Inspired by his success story, Low’s high back piece has strong hints of these boats and “eludes a sense of nostalgia through its form”.
“I was reading up on Malaysian history and how Admiral Cheng Ho first arrived in Malacca. What caught my attention was the junk boats which they used to travel in,” said Low, 24, from Klang.
With a segmented backrest that resembles masts, the chair’s seat curves upwards to form the armrests while rear tapered legs meet to create a single spine.
“The seat and armrests integrate two elements into one, like the crew of a ship working as a single unit to ensure a smooth journey,” explained Low.
It was history that inspired Low’s cheng ho chair, which won third prize.