Eight Taiwan brands, including four established by indigenous designers, are set to feature at Maison et Objet in Paris, one of the largest home and lifestyle trade shows in Europe, according to the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute Aug. 15.
The Taiwan Crafts and Design pavilion at the Sept. 6-10 show is co-organized by the Cabinet-level Council of Indigenous Peoples and NTCRI under the Ministry of Culture.
Participating brands from the nation’s indigenous tribes comprise Atelier Unique Tapa, which creates objects from tree bark; Dipong, a studio founded by Amis sculptor Iyo Kacaw that crafts household items using driftwood; clothing and accessories firm Lihiya; and Warmstone and Life, a maker of decorative stone ornaments.
Also displaying products at the pavilion are Bao Xiang, a ceramic art studio; Celement Lab, a producer of cement-based household goods; Hunshen, a ceramic tableware designer; and Mufun, a wooden stationery brand.
NTCRI Director Hsu Keng-hsu said that the government is committed to bolstering the international profile of Taiwan’s vibrant cultural and creative sector. Attendance at world-class events like Maison et Objet is crucial in helping local brands expand overseas and raising awareness of the country’s design prowess, he added.
Launched in 1995, Maison et Objet brings together buyers and sellers from across the world to Paris, with last September’s edition featuring over 3,100 brands from 72 countries and territories. NTCRI has led delegations to the show since 2008. (CPY-E)
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