Jun 01 2017
Design in Malaysia is easily one of the understated and under-appreciated craft and topic for most of us. What many of us do not know is that there are actually a lot of designers, crafters and artisans who have created amazing original products. Beauty, prints, clothing, food... You name it, they've got it. Hunting down and discovering design across the border, we have got 10 Malaysian emerging brands that demands your attention right now.
Inspired by Malaysian heritage and culture, The Great Indoors has created various home furnishings and accessories, and stationery items that brings back nostalgia instantly.
Probably one of the most popular Risograph printers in Malaysia, a good reason helps budding designers with Risograph printing, while making and designing their own products seasonally, like the above Fish-Prawn-Crab (or Yu-Har-Hai), a game that many Chinese indulge in during Chinese New Year.
Speaking of printing, The Alphabet Press is one of the leading letterpress printing companies in Malaysia and it's not hard to understand why. With full dedication on perfecting every product, they have earned the love for letterpress among its audience. From in-house products to bespoke projects, these guys are definitely your go-to folks if you want to bring home something pretty and practical.
Also available on Naiise.
Drawing exceptional influence from a multitude of artistic innovations, from Moorish architecture to Japanese origami, Repleat is brought to life in 2011. If you are into iconic bags and clutches, Repleat will be your answer to owning a statement piece.
Started in 2009, Medium Rare Eyewear is founded on the belief that one should not compromise fun, akin to their childhood. A peek into their eyewear collections definitely reminds us that style complements function, and the choice is yours to make.
Also available on Naiise.
6. MAD3 Studio
When you look at the furniture by MAD3 Studio, you might sense familiarity with what you've seen when you were younger. Indeed, MAD3 Studio believes in preserving and rediscovering traditional handwork, while keeping their design modern enough for the current generation to use in their homes.
With a strong belief in less in more, Root Remedies selects a few natural ingredients, coupled with the power of empirical enquiry to bring you products that are effective for your skin. From healing oils to body scrubs, you will be able to give your skin the best with Root Remedies.
The passion and interest in wellness, from an individual to the world we live in, kickstarted Daya Botanica's journey into the beauty scene. Believing in only selling quality products, Daya Botanica has put in a lot of effort in their research to ensure that their products are strictly plant-based, giving the consumers a peace of mind when they use the products. Plus, they also contribute a percentage of their profits to Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC), a Malaysia NGO that is dedicared to reforestation and conservation of endangered plant species. Awesome, guys!
When the wanderlust bug bites us hard, Musotrees will be the temporary remedy and take us on a virtual trip, away from work and school. Inspired by mobile photography and constant idea of travelling, this magazine features interviews and stories based on various themes per issue.
10. GUNG Jewellery
Minimalistic, intrinsic, and versatile - GUNG Jewellery is your go-to for extremely wearable jewellery that fits every occasion. Be it work or play, GUNG Jewellery enables you to complement your outfit for any functions or events.
More Malaysian design to be found here.