Asian Champions of Design

An article series highlighting Asian brands that make particularly effective use of design. Contributed by Katie Ewer, strategy director at JKR Global in Singapore

Apr 20, 2015

Asian Champions of Design: Uniqlo

With stores that feel like walking through an extremely cheerful computer program, the clothing retailer Uniqlo has cultivated a design aesthetic that is consistent without being confining.

Mar 19, 2015

Asian Champions of Design: Blunt Umbrellas

A simple observation about eyeballs in peril led to a true innovation that's not only functionally elegant but also visually distinctive.

Feb 4, 2015

Asian Champions of Design: TWG Tea

TWG Tea's delicious blend of luxury and old-world glamour is capturing the imagination (and taste buds) of tea drinkers from Singapore to New York City. Does anyone care that despite the brand's colonial-era trappings, it only dates back to 2008?

Jan 15, 2015

Asian Champions of Design: Hello Kitty

In which we ponder how the innocuous character (who is NOT a kitty, according to her owners) continues to enthrall millions and make billions.

Dec 16, 2014

Champions of Design 4: What does the future hold for homegrown Asian brands?

The author of the 'Asian Champions of Design' series comments on why finding companies worthy of that status has been disappointingly challenging.

Dec 12, 2014

Asian Champions of Design: Mikimoto

Is nature the ultimate designer? For many centuries in fine jewellery and fashion, that was the prevailing wisdom. Kokichi Mikimoto disagreed.