Taiwan Pavilion in Milan are by ©Matteo Cirenei.

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Design—Who will ask the right questions in this age of complex transformations? The first Taiwan Pavilion at Milan Design Week showcases products and solutions by fifteen Taiwanese studios and brands, aiming to raise the right questions for a sustainable future. Archipanic has met the pavilion’s curators, who have also selected five projects that exemplify the country’s smart attitude toward design. [April 16-21, h- 10.00-18.00 in Via Maroncelli 7, Map].

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The products on display range from home accessories to furniture, from sustainable textiles and materials to recycled and post-industrial resources. They all examine the role of design in contemporary society and the value of design thinking in asking questions correctly.

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Taiwan is a resilient, wealthy island nation in the Pacific Ocean with a future-driven, high-tech imprint. It is also exposed to climate change. “We are vulnerable to rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and changes in precipitation patterns, which impact agriculture, infrastructure, and coastal communities.Eric Yu, Atelier SUPERB and Tsung-Yen Hsieh, curators of the Taiwanese Pavilion, told Archipanic.

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Additionally, we view design in Taiwan as a microcosm of the world. Our approach to design considers more than just the issues within the island; we also address climate change. Through the Taiwan brands and projects we have selected, it is evident that sustainability extends beyond the products themselves. These companies operate within sustainable or circular systems, making a significant impact globally, not just in Taiwan.”

Archipanic asked the curators to select five innovative projects that best reflect the state-of-the-art of design innovation in Taiwan.


ARCHChair by S2studio

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S2studio presents the sustainable ARCHChair project, which is made entirely of digitally crafted bamboo, the most common material used in Taiwan. “This breakthrough marks a shift towards using bamboo for small-scale mass production.” S2studio specialises in bamboo furniture and home decor, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern digital design and CNC processing technology for innovative designs that break industry norms and open new possibilities.


Coral Chair and Tabouret Cannelé by Dot Design and Green Footprint International Co. Ltd

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Can the storyline for “Toy Story” be rewritten? The Coral Chair and Tabouret Cannelé give new life to broken toys, which can be repurposed as a design material. The furniture pieces also help children to understand the importance of recycling and promoting environmental education. 


Bloom Chair by JC Architecture, Studio Kiichi, and Ryyosuke Nagata

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Bloom Chair ingeniously utilises Kobe beef leather, a byproduct typically discarded due to its minimal commercial value. Exemplifying a harmonious fusion of traditional craftsmanship, modern techniques, and a profound commitment to environmental responsibility, the seat also solves packaging challenges through its flat-pack design.


Polli-Ber™ Bricks by MINIWIZ

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MINIWIZ recycle wheat husks from local breweries to create a modular building material combining recycled plastics and a patented Lego-like interlocking system. The innovative design allows various applications, including embedding shelves and incorporating illuminating features, allowing it to adapt to diverse environmental requirements.


Sample Mt. by Qiuyun Hong and Fangxi Lin

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Sample Mt. is a student project portraying Taiwan’s natural landscapes through delectable desserts. Qiuyun Hong and Fangxi Lin artfully transformed elements of mountains and forests into themed snacks that take their audience on a culinary journey through Taiwan’s diverse terrain. The snacks are made from locally sourced ingredients encapsulating the essence of the land.


The first Taiwan Pavilion is promoted by the Taiwan Industrial Development Administration, Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs, with the support of Taiwan Ministry of Culture, and produced by the Taiwan Design Research Institute.

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All the photos of the first Taiwan Pavilion in Milan are by ©Matteo Cirenei.