Among the exhibitors at Maison & Objet Paris 2017, an outstanding booth showcased weaving, a contemporary Indonesian craftsmanship which is used to wrap up architecture and even bigger massive urban project. The display was curated by Byo Living which has been reviving Indonesian weaving culture and bringing it to the attention of the international market. Directed by its founder, Lim Masulin, Byo Living has continued to promote the eco-living theme after their successful exhibition “Earth Dwelling” at Maison & Objet Paris 2016. This year, Byo Living highlighted how environmentally-friendly master crafts can be used in bigger scale projects to provide energy-efficient architecture, using ultra functional ecomaterials, progressive stone craftsmanship and groundbreaking concepts in both buildings and public spaces.
Byo Living was founded in 2013 by Lim Masulin, as he was concerned with the steady demise of the weaving culture in Indonesia. “The product is considered a tangible heritage and the weaving-making culture is considered an intangible heritage, yet it appears only in small products and at a low price – meaning that people don’t appreciate it that much. I believe that we can use it in a bigger scale to beautify bigger objects and to solve bigger problems, just as we saw started by several architects,” shares Lim.
Byo Living is best known for its synthetic rattan products, but it actually makes woven products out of a diverse range of materials, including steel. It is not only appreciated by designers because of its intricate hand-made process and highly skilled craftsmanship, but also for its flexibility and durability. The raw materials are taken from industrial leftovers to reduce waste and to contribute to a better environment.
Byo Living exhibited works by celebrated Indonesian architects who have been keen to support this heritage initiative, and who have already found applications for this art-form in their projects: architects such as Andra Matin, Budi Pradono, Heru M. Prasetyo, Irianto Purnomo Hadi, Jeffrey Budiman, Riri Yakub and Yanto Effendi. They told Indonesia Design about the benefits of using the woven products and how they applied them into their projects.
Andra Matin (Principal of andramatin)
Known for his clean and modern take, Andra Matin, the principal of Andramatin, sees his passion for travelling and his love of contemporary jazz music and art house films as the underlying inspirations for his projects. In search of fulfilling experiences, Andra strives to continuously develop and evolve his ideas. He has been featured in various international media such as Amsterdam-based MARK magazine and Japanese architecture magazine GA Houses, and he has published a collective architecture journal about Japan Haikk! in 2007. He has also won numerous awards including the Association of Indonesian Architects (IAI) in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2011.
The region of Tubaba in Lampung sits in an area of natural richness including large rubber plantations. The area inspired Andra to create a well-designed contemporary market where up to 850 vendors can meet up with local buyers to ply their trade. Andra has translated the landscape into his architecture style. “For example, the rubber tree trunks inspired the high, thin umbrella-like columns inside the market,” he says. Meanwhile, the façade was intentionally designed to be open and partially covered with woven rattan, allowing natural light and air flow, hence ensuring a bright and well ventilated space. In his search for woven rattan products, Andra has partnered with BYO Living not only for the light weight and durability of their panels, but also because of their overall attention to detail. “The master weavers at BYO Living are easy to work with and willing to customise their product the way we wanted it.”