Hello folks! We have just arrived home in Hong Kong after an exciting trip to Jakarta where we attended IFEX 2018, Indonesia’s flagship event and international showcase for the furniture industry. IFEX is strongly supported by the industry and the government of Indonesia as it is recognized as one of the leading furniture exhibitions in South East Asia.
The theme of IFEX 5th edition was “The Essence of Infinite Innovation”. The event was very well displayed in the 60,000-square-meters space of the Jakarta International Expo venue conveying the growing strength and popularity of Indonesian Furniture and showcasing an incredible variety of products.
IFEX is considered as one of the must-attend furniture & craft shows in Asia and we experienced in person how strong and variegated is the local offer of fine outdoor furniture and home décor made, among other materials, of noble wood essences and rattan.
In general, we were impressed to meet so many different Suppliers of high-quality furniture. Many factories exhibiting at IFEX are owned or managed by western designers and this clearly reflects a specific kind of product design which is easily intelligible and appealing to western buyers.
Among the young western designers that are trying to capture and reinterpret the Indonesian millennial heritage of furniture design and craftsmanship, we must mention:
- Bastiaan Spil of Elements Concept: his creativity, the quality, and the range of his products and the sophistication on the display really conquered all our attention. Way to go Bastiaan!
- Vincent Cantaert of Mamagreen: good quality and original design for modern outdoor furniture with an Indonesian twist. Miss Ratna Juwita Sari explained us in details, and with a lot of passion, how this brand takes care of all the productions steps to ensure high-quality standards and to guarantee a high degree of originality in its design. Thanks, Ratna!
But, of course, we met also many extremely valuable local designers that conquered our heart such as Panca Indah Rotan, a Javanese factory delivering classic furniture with a lot of taste, and CV Racak, a company specialized in recycled teak furniture and decoration from Yogyakarta. Please feel free to drop us a line if you need their contacts.
If you are looking for a wicker lounge chair or a solid teak furniture or decoration product to perform as the next best seller in your shop then do not delay any longer and go to next IFEX in Jakarta, all you need is there!
This is it from Jakarta but please stay tuned and continue to follow us: next days we will be traveling to Shanghai where we will attend Design Shanghai 2018 and meet a lot of friends and clients!