A novice takes on an artisanal trade

An episode from the series ARTISANS REBOOT

Format: HD
Duration: 26’
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Available version: English
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide


Years ago, rattan was turned into a lifestyle statement as it was seen as exotic, casual and fun. It then became the subject of nostalgia.

Dess Chew, the owner and head designer of an interior design company in Singapore, is always on the lookout for ideas that fit his philosophy: make the old look new again. In a world of steel and glass, rattan no longer had a place. Where streets once housed proud furniture makers, now they hide their craft from view.

Dess goes to Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, to take up the skills from curved line maker Master Zeng whose specialty includes the making of rocking chairs.