In Malaysia, Kedai Bikin (kedai means store and bikin means to make) is reviving mid-century designs of rubber string chairs and other locally made furniture, aimed at filling the gap between Ikea at one end and imported designer furniture at the other.
But don’t call it a throwback. “This is the complete opposite of nostalgia,” says Farah Azizan, who co-founded Kedai Bikin as an offshoot of her architectural practice, Studio Bikin. “We are trying to remake and give it a modern take. The process is traditional but the product is new.”