Made in Asia by Andreas Saxer


Swiss designer Andreas Saxer has designed a colection of furniture and lighting inspired by photos he took while living in East Asia.

Called Made in Asia, the collection includes a clothes rail called Chop Stick, made of four wooden pieces held together by an aluminium bar (above).

With Shining lanterns (below) the designer intends to pay homage to traditional Chinese paper lanterns.

Here's some information from the designer:



A selection of photographs taken while the designer lived in East Asia served as a starting point and inspiration for four designs in furniture, lamp and accessories design. Using new manufacturing techniques for traditional goods and in close interaction with Taiwanese craftsmen, Andreas Saxer developed four prototypes called Snow Blossom, Tofu, Shining and Chopstick. The four objects reflect the author‘s personal view of East Asian styles of living and are a tribute to preserved local handcrafts.

CHOP STICK wardrobe edition 4 pieces

Chopstick is a wardrobe inspired by traditional Japanese wood joinery methods and the daily-used chop sticks. Four wooden sticks are loosely connected with an aluminum profile. The loose system gets very stable by the weight of the clothes.

Material: aluminum anodized, American oak

SHINING lantern, prototypes 3 pieces

Shining is a series of lampshades and renders homage to Chinese paper lanterns. The double-sided fabric appears different when lit.
Material: ceramic, white glaze, cotton textile

Above: the photograph that inspired the Shining lamps

When Andreas Saxer considers form and evaluates materials for a new furniture product, his background in product and fashion design comes to the fore, with the worlds of the catwalk and showroom fusing together and complimenting each other in his work. “I always saw my degree in fashion design as a basic education in carpentry and as a way to increase my creativity and spatial sense”, he explains, “but, maybe because of my fashion background I very often choose tactile and sensuous materials”.

Above: the photograph that inspired the Chop Stick clothes rail

Preferring to set himself challenging specifications before the start of a new project, one recurring theme in his work is the notion of evolution - taking a common item and reworking it into a still recognisable but aesthetically altered object. As well as creating novel design solutions, Saxer, who started his own business in 2003, is attracted to the idea of mobile and improvised furniture. His coat rack “chop sticks was inspired by traditional Japanese wood joinery, “I want to reduce things to their minimum but not work as a minimalist. The process and the theoretical part behind a product have always been very important in my work of telling stories through shape and material.

Posted on Sunday November 1st 2009 at 10:55 pm by Jasmin Gunkar. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    Nice job Andreas. I specially like the clothes rail!

  • I from china .I think the change is very interesting .nice job, especially the Shining lamps. purely and warmly

  • ambroise

    “four wooden pieces held together by an aluminium bar ”
    How ?

  • Gollumpus

    # ambroise Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “four wooden pieces held together by an aluminium bar ”
    How ?

    If you look at the second picture, you’ll see two things.

    1.) There is an angled cut in the wood pieces.
    2.) There is a slight groove in the aluminium bar.

    The pieces of wood are slid down the bar to certain spots on either side. The weight rests on the bottom edge of the wood while the “hooks” hold them in place. Nice and simple design. Kudos on this, guys.


  • The clothes rail is very attractive and no doubt useful. I do have some doubts on the load bearing capacity o0f the joint. Can a groove in the wood to lock the Aluminium rod take the weight of wet clothes on along term basis? I would have liked a ring to be slid down to hold the joint.
    Perhaps this product is for short term and the wood can find other uses.

  • the clothes rail is so danish, swedish, swiss…far from Asia…may be Japan

  • meme

    cloth rail does not have any respect to the inspirational source …

  • To amish and danish…for me.But nice try

  • Pitu

    White lantern for death people…