April 18, 2011

MALAYSIA TRULY ASIAN RIP-OFFS


Zeppelin S1 Chandelier by Marcel Wanders (2005), based on the Cocoon series of suspension lamps by the Castiglioni brothers in the 60s... (one brother designed the Arco, an UGLY MALAYSIANA favourite!) These are sculptural lamps with a 'normal chandelier shape' core sprayed with a 'cocoon' of resin... quite a haunting diffuser shape!

It is RM20,000+ if purchased from FLOS (I think, correct me if I'm wrong). For affluent readers who are interested in owning an ori one, you can go to XTRA in GARDENS Mid Valley to inquire — they are the official distributors in Malaysia. If you cannot afford it but macam interested in how it's made, you could look at a posh-looking video documentary thing in the shop itself... You may also touch one, provided your fingers are clean).

However, if you feel Malaysian and you want a TOUCH OF LUXE in your home but don't want to pay for design because design has no value because all your nieces are doing design these days in college since they couldn't go into science-stream, then: 

UGLY MALAYSIANA is pleased to announce that the rip-offs have started emerging out of their cocoons of exclusivity~*~*~*~*~* 

SPOTTED IN IPOH
DISCLAIMER: STRETCHY SYNTHETIC FABRIC IS USED 
INSTEAD OF WHITE COCOONNY RESIN.

 SPOTTED IN PWTC AS PART OF SOME HOME FAIR WITH THE TITLE PERFECT LIVIN'... RM1,680 BUT BIG DISCOUNTS MAKE THIS ITEM AFFORDABLE AT ONLY RM890 SIAPA CEPAT DIA DAPAT YO....

SPOTTED IN A LOCAL RENOVATIONS AND HOME ACCESSORIES GUIDE BOOK
NOTICE IS THE SAME DISTRIBUTOR: "ALFO".

BEHOLD! A screenshot of the ALFO website:

 

Standard look for corporate websites in Malaysia hor? Got people receiving awards or stuff (in this case, a very 90s-hotel looking table lamp), poor logos, horrible navigational buttons, Datuks in batik... 

KEPALA PECAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I seriously wonder what the salesmen from Alfo would say about the rip-off... I can imagine these words used to lure the rich customers:

"Veli special design... veli modern... new look... special construction... see, inside is chandelier, but outside got moden treatment, wrap in cloth, like kuih... if u buy dis, sure many come yr mansion will b amaze... never see dis type of new desin before... young people like dis look now..."

2 comments:

  1. what a badass post! hahaha <3

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  2. at 1 Mont Kiara new jewelry shop open and they have the original lamp but the contractor ah pek go and tear and koyak the resin...he thought its packaging..20k down the drain...the company need to reorder from Denmark

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