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Asia designs its future

Building a modern Asian identity in furniture is a key to more sustainable growth for the region’s producers.

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  • Newspaper section: Asia focus
  • Writer: Nithi Kaveevivitchai
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By global standards, the furniture design industry in Southeast Asia is still considered to be in its infancy. Everyone in the industry is struggling to find a foothold. For decades, the region has long been a production base for the world’s furniture, relying mostly on ample raw material availability as well as relatively cheap labour costs. 

One of the many examples of furniture showcased at the Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2013 (MIFF), in Kuala Lumpur.

However, the economic weakness that has persisted in Europe and North America ever since the 2008 financial meltdown has eaten into export volumes from Asian markets dramatically, forcing furniture makers to shift their focus and start building up new strengths.

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