Cheng Ho Chair

Third prize ( RM2,500, tro­phy and cer­tifi­cate)

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SPACES -

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.

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