Magno Wooden Radio, Indonesia

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Designer Name: Singgih Susilo Kartono, Magno Design

Project Name: IKoNO Wooden radio

Design Concept: Simplicity, deletion of all unnecessary functions, human connection with objects, local craft.

Its not so much the product I admire, it’s the story and intention behind it. After he received his degree in industrial design, he didn’t want to work in the city as it was too far from his hometown, but there was no work in his hometown, so he decided to make small wooden objects and sell them. Eventually he developed a range of wooden radios that are constructed using traditional techniques and provides work for up to 30 locals craftsmen.

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Week 8: Design, Development, Culture, and Cultural Legacies in Asia.

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The paper starts by comparing two definitions of Asian design; one as the adoption of western design as a discipline to stimulate economic and industrial growth; the second as the idea that each nation has it’s own unique cultural identity that is evident in it’s traditional arts, crafts and architecture.

A brief history of the west’s influence on Asian countries through design and the complexities of balancing economic growth, social/cultural structure, and the environment are explored and discussed with thought provoking examples.

After reading I was given the impression that there is huge potential for nations of Asia to flourish, and for that to happen requires better communication between all concerned ie, designers, governments, manufactures, and the people.

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Indonesia Project 9: Bamboo Modular Furniture for Post-Disaster Shelters

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Designer: Artha Sanjaya, Bandung Indonesia.

Project (student): ” ..concerns not only the ‘new’ treatment to bamboo as a constructional material, but also how bamboo can be quickly acquired, built and used in a post-disaster condition (provided the availability of abundant bamboo groves). Artha has conducted a number of experiments in forming bamboo for construction purposes; he also contacted an Indian designer whose construction type “Truss Me” inspired him, who allowed him to develop and modify the treatments and applications.” (

Why I like it: Cross cultural collaboration. Use of local materials for disaster relief instead of relying on foreign aid which is costly and sometimes ineffective. Potential to empower local communities in the event of a natural disaster.


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China Project In Depth: Mountain Band-Aid

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Brief: The mountains of Southern China and the Yunnan Province have been home to the Hmong people for centuries. Recently their traditional way life has become increasingly threatened as industrialisation and mineral extraction has led to the deterioration of the natural landscape which the Hmong rely on for food, housing, and cultural and social structure. Consequently  more and more Hmong societies are migrating to the cities to look for an income. (


Design Intent: In response to this, Chinese designers Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia, Zihan Wang developed what they describe as a ‘dual recovery’ sustainable city plan called Mountain Band-Aid. According to the designers, the government is starting to pay more attention to effects the of over mining  in the Yunnan region, but so far any ideas or projects to preserve the natural environment and the human settlements are looked at as separate problems. The Mountain Band-Aid plan…

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