Future Living Studio (FLS) was a temporary EU funded project in Phnom Penh. As tourism is booming local craftsmen are having troubles competing with more developed neighboring countries. Khmer craftsmanship takes pride in amazingly detailed work, so our goal was to keep this tradition alive while developing products for a shifting market.
We got to meet amazing people; from experienced craftsmen to energetic business women who all had a surprisingly strong sense for sustainability. Throughout a couple of weeks we got to know their way of working to understand how we can help them best.
Our goal was not just to help local businesses, but also to transfer knowledge between the European design team and our Cambodian colleagues. Many of them were students eager to learn more about the ideation and development process.
Because our partner craftsmen were working quite differently from one another, we split up in several groups to spend quality time understanding the partners’ needs and the techniques they use. We successfully partnered up two craftsmen, who are now running a successful collaboration.
We showed our partner companies the value of collaboration and demonstrated options of getting in contact with the tourist sector. Together we developed and exhibited 18 amazing products in form of a collaborative trade show and managed to get follow up projects for our partner craftsmen. I can’t describe how happy I feel about having been part of this project…