A New Layer II Crafting Identities: Design Stories from Taiwan
Led by NTCRI (National Taiwanese Craft Research and Development Institute), A New Layer Taiwan aims to foster new partnerships between international designers and Taiwanese craftsmen. From 2012-2016, A New Layer I was led by the Swedish designer Matti Klenell with TAF Architects, Stina Löfgren and Carina Seth Andersson. In 2017-18, the project has moved into its second phase of research and development: “A New Layer II: Crafting Identities / Design Stories from Taiwan”.
Art Director: Lise Coirier, Pro Materia – Scenography: Julie Richoz
In order to transform traditional Taiwanese craftsmanship products into contemporary design objects and furniture, the NTCRI invited Belgium-based curator Lise Coirier as Art Director and 7 internationally based designers from France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland to Taiwan to work with some of the most talented local craftspeople on the island.
The Taiwanese craftspeople, who specialize in Koji pottery, bamboo bending, lacquerware, ceramics, and indigo dying, were partnered with a designer or design team, to develop their cutting-edge design concepts. As part of the research phase of A New Layer, the designers traveled throughout Taiwan for numerous weeks, visiting not just the craftspeople’s workshops, but also sites of cultural or historical significance in Taiwan.
“The overseas designers and Taiwanese craftspeople worked together to conceive, materialize, and finalize their design, with the craftspeople revealing in the numerous challenges and new visions presented to them in their craft by the designers,” says Coirier.
Browse the Catalogue here
Discover the 7 projects:
- The New Koji by Anton Alvarez (Sweden) and Zhong-Zheng Chen, and Chi-Li Hsiao (Taiwan), which revisits the classical forms presented in the traditional Koji pottery.
- The Bridge Bamboo Bench by Sebastian Herkner (Germany) and Ming-An Wu (Taiwan), a technique-testing project inspired by the colorful steel bridges dotted across Taiwan.
- The Bamboo Chair by Jin Kuramoto (Japan) and Jian Cheng Lin (Taiwan), which combines both the handmade bamboo bending process with the natural indigo-dying technique normally applied to textiles.
- The Cong Collection by Julie Richoz (Switzerland/France) and Chin-Mei Huang (Taiwan), lacquerware inspired by a Cong vase at held in the collection of the National Palace Museum.
- The Clay Table by Wonmin Park (South Korea) and Wen-Yi, Kung for the large scale pottery (Taiwan), & Chin-Mei Huang (Taiwan).
- The Fruit Tower by BCXSY – Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto (Israel/Netherlands – Japan) & Zhong Jian-Fu for the ceramics (Taiwan), and Wen-Yi, Kung (Taiwan).
- The Neolithic Collection by Jin Kuramoto (Japan) & Zhong Jian-Fu and Clay+art & craft co (Taiwan).
See the gallery of projects here
“The cross-cultural dialogue that has taken place between Taiwanese craftsmen and international designers during the course of A New Layer has enlightened and challenged both. We are really pleased to see that all the participants in the project enjoyed the process, with the designers bringing a contemporary mindset to high-quality Taiwanese craftsmanship. A New Layer has not only pushed the boundaries of both craft and design in Taiwan, but also created tangible objects and furniture that the general public can engage with,” says by the director Keng-Hsiu, Hsu of NTCRI.
Lise Coirier – Art Director
Founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of TLmag (°2008), Lise Coirier is running her Creative Design Consultancy Pro Materia since 1999 between Brussels and Paris, which actively promotes contemporary art and design. With Masters in Management & Finance and History of Art, she is also the driving force behind many specialist projects in her field of expertise, acts as art director for private and institutional clients and is often speaker at conference while curating new con- cepts and exhibitions. She has opened since April 2016 Spazio Nobile Gallery in Brussels with her partner Gian Giuseppe Simeone that is specialized in contemporary applied arts, design and photography and organizes four to five exhibitions per year. She also participates to fairs like Collect (London, UK), Collectible, Art Brussels, Art On Paper (Brussels, BE) and Design Miami/Basel.
National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI)
Taiwan possesses a rich, natural and cultural diversity, it has successfully brought together foreign and local arti- sans into the island. With the complete transfer towards agricultural industrialization, Taiwan has experienced an interesting and unique worldwide craftsmanship development. To present Taiwanese crafts to the world, the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) actively promotes collaborations between artisans and designers in order to develop a contemporary craftsmanship. The creativity from the island mixed to the creativity from oversea countriesare di erent yet complementary visions, that we greatly appreciate, and have enriched today’s Taiwanese craft. The NTCRI echoes to the current trend on revival by contributing through its activities, to develop a more aesthetic world and to improve the human well being.
By opening Spazio Nobile in April 2016, in the dynamic and cosmopolitan Ixelles neighbourhood of Brussels (Belgium), Lise Coirier and Gian Giuseppe Simeone have united their passions for design and art history, initiating a dialogue between contemporary applied arts, design and photography. Commissioning installations that are both experimental and artistic, with a particular sensibility to everything connected to nature and minerality, the gallery organises four
to five exhibits each year, dedicated to both rising
and established talents. Without creating borders between the disciplines, the visual arts interact with the fine arts.
Centre Culturel de Taiwan à Paris