ReLabs interview

I got a chance to visit Darren O Connell’s weekend sanctuary in Qingshan Village, an hour away by car from Hangzhou. A beautiful village where Darren envisages a unique experience of workout with fitness equipment made out of bamboo. Of course we did the bamboo workout!

Link to interview can be found here:

Darren documents active interviews with entrepreneurs and inspiring people (and me). Here is a bit of me and my fascination with bamboo 🎋 Did the interview a few days ago at Qingshan Village. Head to ReLabs Wechat account to have a read at the rest of interviews.

This village is also home to an amazing architecture firm Pinwu. Check out their Rongsheji Design Library, full of catalogs of craftsmanship.

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KALA at Jing’an Courtyard Festival, Shanghai

KALA is here this weekend with Boomi eco-platform, come by if you are in the vicinity. We want to hear about our design and your feedback on them. Designed and produced by our team of artisans.

5% goes to Boomi’s scheme to plant trees in Tongliao city in Inner Mongolia, they have planted 2000 trees in February 2020. Still a long way to go!


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Superjury 2020

Truly honoured to be re-connected with familiar faces and reminiscing old times in Petra Christian University, Indonesia. One proud alumna, indeed. Remembering when I was one of the nominee for the same exercise (architectural final theses) many moons ago. These best of the best students will be presenting their design and am excited to learn from them.

Schedule as follows:

Superjury presentation.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Time: 12:00 (GMT +7)

Google Meet link :;
Live Streaming link (if you cannot get in to G-Meet) :

Guest lecture and winners announcement

Monday, 10 August 2020

Time: 10:30 (GMT +7)

Edo and I will be sharing our wee experiences, particularly I will be sharing my views of Digital Craftsmanship. Links-TBC.

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KALA in Eco Pop Up Shanghai

KALA is our in house home decor and accessories dual brands. We are in Life Hub, Shanghai until 9 August. If you are around, please pop by! Otherwise you can also follow us in Wechat Official Account: kala_artisanal or IG: @kalaartdecor . Design and made in Indonesia.

These are our favourites: the bamboo coffee filter and bamboo tea strainer.

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Our new brand: KALA

Find us in Instagram @kalaartdecor, in Wechat: kala_artisanal

As a subsidiary of Aksen (Indonesia and China), we launched our dual line brand, KALA. This brand is for our mum, who passed away in November 2019. Her sudden passing was (and still is) difficult for us and it led my sister and I decided to get back to our root. My sister moved back to our home city not long after my mum’s passing and she became the anchor of our brand in Indonesia.

KALA provides high quality stylish home decor and accessories that highlight a few simple attainable changes towards an eco friendly lifestyle that keeps both environmental and human safety at the core of our philosophy. There is always an Indonesian touch ensuring we empower our craftsmen and promote Indonesian culture and craftmanship.

Based on the etymology referring to Wikitionary , KALA means
waktu” in Indonesia or “time” in English. While in Hindi origin word means “arts” or “a skilled craft”. The Javanese handwriting in the logo reflects our roots, our ancestors in Yogyakarta sultanate.

Our products are also in GoEco online platform, an Indonesian based platform for sustainable products.

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Call for Donation: 100 coveralls from Indonesia

Edit: donation has been raised in 24 hours, thank you for your kind help.

Hi all, I am running a small donation campaign to send coveralls to frontliners in Indonesia. If you are in position to help me with the cost of one or two coveralls, please donate. QR codes are available on the flyers for those who live in China or familiar with Chinese payment methods (Wechat Pay or Alipay). Otherwise, donation can be received through my: Indonesian BCA account, British Barclays account or Chinese BoC account. I will bear other costs such as delivery and tax, the 85RMB price is the price from factory for one piece.

Contact me on Whatsapp and Wechat: +8613884434131 and I will share my honest plan and information in hand. Thank you for reading.

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Happy Christmas

This Christmas I made some laser cut baubles, putting my rusty AutoCAD skill to use at last 🙂 Made around 650 of them in total for the Christmas market and personalised orders. 22 meticulous design and A-Z. Anyway, here is hoping for a Merry Christmas and have a fantastic 2019! Cheers.

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DCC18 conference: list of papers

List of papers could be found here:

Bringing artificial intelligence, cognitive science and computational theories to design research. July 2018. Politecnico di Milano, Italy.


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