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Fascinating Works by Cambodian Artists

Fascinating Works by Cambodian Artists

Cambodia may not be the most vibrant art scene in the world. The country that’s known for the most iconic temple Angkor Wat is fast making its presence felt as an artistic destination. Inspired by a new sense of confidence, three Cambodian talents have risen to fame around the region and across the globe. Let’s meet them.

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Photo: crow collection

Sopheap Pich

Born in Battambang, Cambodia, Sopheap Pich moved with his family in 1984 to the United States, where he later graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. He returned to Phnom Penh in 2002, and has been based there since. Pich is known for creating works of art using local methods and materials, such as bamboo, rattan, and earth pigments gathered from across the country. He also made sculptures inspired by bodily organs, vegetal forms, and abstract geometric structures. Among his masterpieces are “Reliefs” in 2013, “Compound” in 2011, and “Morning Glory” in 2011.

Sopheap has had exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Singapore Biennial (Singapore) and the Venice Biennale 2017 (Italy).

photo: crow collection
Photo: www.sopheap-pich.com
Photo: designed for living

Link: http://sopheap-pich.com/work/

http://crowcollection.org/exhibition/hidden-nature-sopheap-pich/

http://www.designedforliving.com/editorial/finds/weaving-wonderment/

 


 

Visoth Kakvei

An illustrator who mixes abstract patterns, fantasy imagines, and doodle art in his own style, Visoth Kakvei created extraordinary art by simple black pen and presented it online as if it were everyday art from his sketch book. Nowadays, he has more than 850,000 followers on Instargram. Watching him draw is really an amazing experience.

 

 

Link: https://www.instagram.com/visothkakvei/


 

Lisa Mam

The first female street artist of Cambodia, Lisa Mam is one of the hottest emerging artists in Phnom Penh. She and her associate, Peap Tarr, presented Khmer patterns and ornaments in graffiti style. Lisa got her inspirations from ancient arts of the Angkor period, including ornaments at Angkor temple, the dancing Apsaras, and goddess sculptures. Her works have been on view not only at Boeung Kak and hotels in Phnom Penh, but also at the art gallery Lotus Arts de Vivre, the discotheque Bed Supperclub, the hip hotel Cacha, and the premier shopping center Siam Discovery in Bangkok. The Cambodian artist duo also produced the street clothing brand “REPTILE”.

Lisa Mam’s work at Starbucks flagship store in Phnom Penh

 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/LisaMamArt/

 

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Introducing a plain and simple loft with an amazing interior. Step inside and be enthralled by bamboo design and craftworks showcasing artistry and individuality. Bamboo lovers, check this out.

/// Thailand ///
Story: Otto Otto /// Photography: Sungwan Phratep /// Design: Chan Sippasattra, Yutthana Bumrungkit

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

The homeowner is a nationally renowned painter. When his old house was receiving so many visitors and friends that it could not deal with, he decided to build a new one to accommodate visiting houseguests.

The first floor is a trendy open concept living room with dining space done in the loft style. The well-proportioned room houses a collection of paintings that dominate bare concrete walls. If visitors should feel like spending the night here, guest accommodation is only a flight of cantilever stairs away.

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Boasting a touch of the exotic, the bedroom is designed by award-winning designer/carpenter Yutthana Bumrungkit. He thinks this modern building needs a bit of craftworks to create a delightful local ambience. Ceiling treatments are fashioned from cleaved bamboo paneling, while the walls are covered in flattened bamboo poles arranged horizontally to highlight a naturally split pattern and nodes in rustic amber color.

Even the doorknob is crafted of a bamboo gnarl.
Even the doorknob is crafted of a bamboo gnarl.
Light switches are hidden in plain sight behind knotted bamboo sticks put together in a miniature lattice.
Light switches are hidden in plain sight behind knotted bamboo sticks put together in a miniature lattice.
Rustic handrail is crafted of a giant bamboo pole, part of the designer’s rare collectibles.
Rustic handrail is crafted of a giant bamboo pole, part of the designer’s rare collectibles.

Loft House with Entrancing Bamboo Design

Ceiling treatments combine strand woven paneling with braid design, ideal bathroom décor of bamboo aficionados.
Ceiling treatments combine strand woven paneling with braid design, ideal bathroom décor of bamboo aficionados.
An ultramodern chandelier fashioned from sheets of mulberry paper fills the interior with an orchestra of electric lights.
An ultramodern chandelier fashioned from sheets of mulberry paper fills the interior with an orchestra of electric lights.

The raw look of lofts and warmth that comes with bamboo design combine to give this house modern rustic appeal while showcasing the owner’s passion and individuality. In a nutshell, the giant woody grass of Southeast Asia still has plenty of room to grow in the world of modern design.

 

Link: https://youtu.be/3ck17vXj2yU

Modern Tropical Bamboo House

Modern Tropical Bamboo House

With bamboo as its main material, the architect has integrated the modern tropical design to the nature.

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Architect: Design Unit Sdn Bhd /// Story: Ekkarach Laksanasamlich /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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A concrete roof spanning 15 meters across provides protection for the sitting room, dining room, and bedrooms.

The house is located in Selangor state, Malaysia. The design was responsible by John G N Bulcock of Design Unit. Though the theme is modern tropical, Bulcock preferred not to limit his idea only to the word. “Actually, I’m not interested in defining it. I’m more curious to look into the floor plan, the atmosphere, the functions. And I like it the way it is.”

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The swimming pool and terraces lie at the low end of sloping ground surrounded by full-grown trees.  /// The door is especially made to open wide from one end to the other. So, the view is not blocked.

Fung Kai Jin, the homeowner gave Bulcock freedom to design. The only request was to feature bamboo into the work, although the material has some flaws of its own. “Bamboo is a gift from nature,” said Fung.

“It is strong and durable to a certain extent. But it has some weaknesses. It doesn’t last as long as other kinds of wood, or steel and concrete masonry and it requires more maintenance than other materials. But for those who have a penchant for bamboo, I think it worths the effort. After all, you get to spend time in the house that you love every day.”

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The sitting room has high ceilings. The upstairs TV room is protected from the sunlight by a bamboo lattice.
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Spaces between the walls promote good air circulation.

Bullock then decided the house has to be an integrated one. “The main idea is to make the house an integral part of the nature, he recalled.

“Meaning, it has to blend well with the land features and trees around it. So the plan calls for plenty of open spaces and undisturbed materials, such as plain concrete finishes, glass, and bamboo.”

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Imitating nature with a rain garden, the architects put in a nice little green alfresco oasis on the second floor.
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A semi-outdoors area stays cool and comfortable all day thanks to leafy plants and underground vapors.

The three-storey house was set on a slope. So, Bullock placed a carport and a main entrance on the second floor for a practical use. The floor consists of a dining room, a kitchen, a TV room and a wide balcony overlooking a swimming pool. The lower floor includes a home office, a living room, a storage room and a maid’s quarter. Private area is reserved on the third floor.

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The bedroom is adorned with simple decoration. Plain concrete walls and white ceilings spice up the atmosphere. The floorboard is made of a hard wood for durability and a stress-free environment.

The house is kept small and uncluttered by dividing into rooms connecting through a roofed hallway that spans over 15 meters across the area. A small interval between the roof and the building is allowed for the rain and sunshine in.

There are also gaps between the main roof and nearby rooms to promote a good ventilation system. Fresh air circulates throughout the day through passageway and gaps in bamboo lattice. Courtesy to the tropical weather, there is no need for an air-conditioning machine.

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The architects install bamboo lattice in the interiors as well to create visual continuity.
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Fixed windows at the top edge of dining room walls allow light to shine through, while effectively keeping the heat out.

“As it rains, a fine spray of water descends upon bamboo lattice. When the owner chose this kind of material, he accepts that wet weather is normal. Call it living close to nature. We need to plan which part can be exposed to the rain and vice versa to avoid damage to the structure over time,” Bullock said

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Large windows in the son’s bedroom make the interior very light and airy. The swimming pool below can be seen in full view from here.

All things considered, this modern tropical house is a good example of what living close to nature should look like.

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For maximum exposure to the natural surroundings, stair railings are crafted of glass panels.

 

link: http://designunit.com.my/ / http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/17-worlds-most-amazing-tropical-houses-that-will-leave-you-breathless/

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