The Village Designer
So who is Pak Singgih which means Mr Singgih in Indonesian.
It’s Indonesian product designer Singgih S Kartono who loves the village life.
After graduating from Product Design study in Bandung, Pak Singgih asked himself the same big questions that most of us ask ourselves: “Where should I go? What should I do?” His decision to return to the village was spurred by the simple thought of passing on the knowledge he has acquired to where it is most needed.
It was this simple thought that inspired him and his wife to establish Magno Design - a design company whose thinking revolves around the village community of Kandangan. The company aspires to encourage young people to work in the village, giving them the opportunity to earn a good living to sustain themselves and their families.
Magno Design is more than design and production; it’s also about the value of social responsibility for people and the environment. The compound of their office includes:
A school that teaches the villagers useful skills
A tree nursery where they grow and replant trees that they have used for the products
Simply by looking at the beautiful detailing of a Magno Design product, we can easily sense the respect that goes into every aspect of its creation: the detailed handicraft work, the use of sustainable materials, the honest intentions of the company and the purpose of the product’s use. We hope that you see it too!
Kudos Magno Design for your amazing work!
THE LOWDOWN on Pak Singgih ...
Where do you live Desa Kandangan, Temanggung, Central Java-Indonesia
Basic, Casual, Simple Personal style
Android Iphone or Android?
I love to cycle, especially riding the bamboo bike I designed and produced Travel
My workplace Magno studio just 30 second walk from my home
Office pet Cat
Latest project Bamboo Bike - Spedagi
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Fave designer / project Victor Papanek
Good design Traditional products such as a bamboo basket. It is the best example for good design: made from single local renewable material, made with local technology, repairable, functional, beautiful, 100% biodegradable.
In your work bag Laptop, pencil, sketch-book
Local eat Local food, my favourite is fried tempeh (fermented soybean), chilli sauce
Drink Local coffee, my area has one of the best place for Javanese coffee
In your fridge Fruits, vegetables,
Munchies Local snacks from Pasar Papringan
Pasar Papringan is the local traditional market that sells local culinary, crafts and agricultural goods in Dusun Ngadiprono, Desa Ngadimulyo, Temanggung. Apart from being a market, which is one of Spedagi's environmental and social movement. There are also preserved bamboo grove areas as you would see in the video.
Online shop Local online shop: Bukalapak, Traveloka
Fashion My daily wear is a grey T-shirt with casual pants or jeans
Fave local shop Traditional market
Village, internet, wood & bamboo, bicycle I can’t live without
No magazine. Just national newspaper Kompas Magazine subscription