It took five years to meet each other again. Singgih Kartono and Oliver Errichiello organized a workshop for Indonesian designers in order to strengthen them on international markets. We were very happy for the warm welcome by the whole Magno team. Thank you all!
How a wooden radio is crafted.
The story of Singihs MAGNO wooden radio made german tv-station ProSieben and its editor Elena Bruhn fly to Java. The team produced a great documentation on the “making of” … have a look (even if you do not understand german – we are sure that the pictures speak for themselves):
We are happy to present a new MAGNO item:
We will soon launch a new product: The klock 01. A table clock with a simple form, combining pinewood and Sonokeling. This will be Singgih`s first design since 2006. He points out: “I try to hold myself to not produce too much design works, as ultimately design works will become such waste. So, my challenge as a designer now is how to create as little design as possible with as high quality as possible.” We will soon keep you updated.
In the production each member of Singgih’s team uses two trees each year – making a total of 80 trees a year. Due to an own tree nursery on the production ground more than 8000 trees are being planted in Temanggung and its surrounding which shows that a wood manufacturer can be a forest creator as well.
Singgih starts organic farming in his home village
Due to the success of the MAGNO wooden radio it became possible for Singgih to buy about three hectars of land just beneath to Temanggung village. Together with two local experts for organic farming Singgih starts a flagship-project in his region. For the next five years the aim is to improve the health of the soil and create some water reservoirs. Singgih dreams that the agriculture activities get their vitality again.
ELLE DECO Italia awarded MAGNO wooden radio for “slow design 2009“
Magno wooden radio is again nominated for two highly reknown design-awards
- INDEX-Design-Award in Copenhagen
- German Designaward 2010
Magno wooden radio in Brazil
Brazils Design-genius, Sergio Rodrigues ("Mole Chair"), is also a fan of the wooden radio.
Magno wooden radio wins the 2009 British Design Award of the London Design Museum
We are more than happy to announce: After winning several design awards an other famous design award can be added – The wooden radio is the prize-winner of the British Design Award in 2009. The ceremony will be held on the 18th of March in the London Design Museum with the designer
attending. The jury wrote: “The idea is to drag radio closer to our personal range. Meanwhile, regarding electronic advancement, the tendency is towards the compactness and miniaturization of the radio. This will give an opportunity to re-interpret the product form from a human-machine
interface issue to a human-cultural icons relation. Looking at the radio as the sound box/entertaining mate, we have transformed the idea into the essential form of radio with more changes to experiencing it as a personal man-made thing. Part of the idea is to bring closer and more
personal treatment to the user. Natural materials are also meant to give the rightness of sense toward nature.”
It was a long way from a one-man-project in the jungle of Java to the hip designcapitals of the world. By the way, it is the first time in his life that Singihh will be travelling to Europe.
Another 2000 young trees could be planted
With the profits generated in 2008 we were able to support Singgih and his tree nursery: 2000 new young trees (rosewood, albasia and teak) could be bought and will be raised in the tree nursery within the next months before being replanted outside the village.
Just a few months ago Singgih and his helpers were able to plant 2000 trees near Temanggung.