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Asia's Local Mesh Material: 18 Projects that Explore the Versatility of Rattan

Over the past couple of years, many designers have voiced their commitment to ethical and ecological sourcing, resorting to frugal designs through local materials, traditional techniques, and equitable architecture. Having this approach in mind, many found inspiration in their cultural heritage, reimagining ancient designs in contemporary contexts.

When thinking of recycled design trends, we can't overlook one of the most well-known and popular materials that was shared by nations all around the globe over the span of 100 years; on balconies, outdoor patios, gardens, and indoor living spaces: rattan. It is estimated that almost seven hundred million people worldwide use rattan, with many countries presenting it as an integral part of their cultures. In this article, we look at how architects and designers integrated rattan in their designs and found numerous ways to make the best out of Southeast Asia's popular local material.

© Hoang Le© Dirk Weiblen© Chao Zhang© Chi, Ireen Sit+ 22

Agency in Factory Office / Absence from Island

© Chi, Ireen Sit© Chi, Ireen Sit© Chi, Ireen Sit© Chi, Ireen Sit+ 12

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1100 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Plyterra group, Robert McNeel & Associates, Shan Shui Po Leather Shop, Tai Kok Tsui Factory Hardware Store

Rattan in Concrete Jungle Apartment / Absence from Island

© Chi, Ireen Sit© Chi, Ireen Sit© Chi, Ireen Sit© Chi, Ireen Sit+ 17

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  40
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Grespania, "Shenzhen Zhencal Meijia Wood, K'antie Terrazzo, McNeel, PS International Bamboo & Wood