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Wandering Bartender in Tokyo

Wandering Bartender is going to 21_21 Design Sight Tokyo; a foundation founded by Issey Miyake, Naoto Fukusawa & Taku Satoh

September 11th, 2014

The place is founded by three designers; Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT was born as a venue to redirect our eyes to everyday things and events, and create various proposals and communicate numerous discoveries from the design point of view. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT focuses on exhibitions and runs a diversified program that includes talks and workshops.


In fact, the Wandering Bartender is me. I work fulltime as a designer almost 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. I desperately needed a non-design related hobby, and I found the art of mixology very creative and therapeutic. Let alone the fact that he might become an alcoholic, this bartender works very hard trying to balance the aspect of work and play. His dream is being able to combine his career as designer, art-director and part-time mixologist somehow in the future.


If you are a nine to five salary man like I am, you’re probably very familiar with street food vendors nearby your office. At least that’s where me and all my colleagues buy our meals from. Fruit sellers, key makers, noodle shops, steak on wheels, you name it. I am very impressed by how they operate and move around with just simple structures. As I fervent drinker myself, I can’t help thinking how it would be to have a small bar that can just pop up anywhere stylishly, functional, compact and aesthetically not looking like those on Khaosan Road. So that’s what I try to explore.

Representing the only Thai Designer

SINGAPORE, Saran is going M.A.D

August 20, 2014

It’s official! Singapore’s one of a kind art space, the award-winning Museum of Art & Design is now bigger, better and insanely bolder in what it plans to achieve in the coming years. The Museum of Art & Design is celebrating its move to a larger space, which is still in the heart of Orchard at Tanglin Road.


With eighteen artists, 10 countries and 19,000 sq. ft. of art and design space, the Museum is celebrating its new chapter with a big bang. Established as well as emerging artists from all over the world including Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand and France

will be showing their collections in the various spaces within the new two-storey building.


From paintings,sculptures, furniture to graffiti, the genres of art and design presented at this opening promise to be diverse and dazzling. A special tribute will be presented to show love to the late Taiwanese artist Chiu Ya Tsai who

passed away in April of 2013. Also expect heavyweights in the industry namely, Song Wei (China), Kim Robinson (Australia/HongKong), Wu Yong Ping

(China), Danny Yung (HongKong), Lee Kiyoung (Korea), KONGO Cyril Phan (France) as well as emerging upstarts like Yuji Mizuta (Japan), Wu Tung-Lung (Taiwan), Saran Yen (Thailand), Li Shi Guang (China) and Bruno de Caumont (France).


There will also be familiar names like Hans Tan (Singapore), Jeffrey Ho (Singapore), and Ismadi Sallehudin (Malaysia). Also, sculptors to watch out for like Hsu Yung Hsu (Taiwan),

Shi Jian Min (China) and Yang Fan (China) will also be present to make the launch a very comprehensive and thought provoking affair.


‘Go MAD!’ will be held on the 13th September 2014 at 10 Tanglin Road. Come celebrate this special day with us at the Museum of Art & Design.

Triple Exhibitions in Milan

MILAN, Exhibition at Milan Fair 2013 Ventura Lambrate & Very Designers’ Block Sponsored by Heineken

May 26, 2013

Who’s going to Milan ? We are!
We are carrying heavy parcels, fully packed with “Cheap Ass Elites 4th Edition” which

are going to be revealed at the fair.

Catch us in 3 spots in Milan.


1. Ventura Lambrate : Political Artifacts by 56thStudio
Ventura Metro Station
Tuesday 9 April – Saturday 13 April, 10:00 – 20:00
Sunday 14 April, 10:00 – 18:00


2. Very Designers Block, Selected by “ARTthread” in collaboration with “HEINEKEN”
9 – 14 APRIL 2013


3 MIART fair : Cheap Ass Elites by Saran Yen Panya (Represented by Spazio Swing Gallery)
miart 2013. 5 – 7 April, 2013
From 12.00 am to 8.00 pm
Vernissage and Preview (on invitation):
4 April, 2013


Hopefully we will see you there.

Solo Exhibition in Italy

Cheap Ass ITALY, Cheap Ass Elites Solo Exhibition @ Spazio Swing Gallery

January 12, 2013

On the day believed to be the end of the world, according to the Mayans, 21:12:12, was the opening day for our first Solo Exhibition in Italy at Swing Gallery. The preparation process had been quite hectic for we had to collect back almost every pieces from our stockists and shipped it directly to the Gallery.


Nevertheless, we are very thrilled to be part of Swing Gallery, that have shown amazing contemporary designs created by upcoming designers from all over the world. Thank you Angela, the owner of Swing who has been very kind and extremely supportive throughout the process.


I love the installation that goes perfectly with the pieces and the space, how about you ?

Cheap Ass Elites debuted at Rossana Orlandi

MILAN, Spazio Rossana Orlandi

March 2, 2012

This April, we are selected by Ikko Yokoyama, to take part in Konstfack Exhibition, which showcases fresh designs from the students of Konstfack University. ( Including Alumni like us )


The event will be held at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, a must visit of Milan. The theme for the exhibition is “Design for a Liquid Society.” If you happen to be there, please stop by and we guarantee that your perception of Scandinavian Design will be shaken.

Selected by Nelly Rodi at Trend Forum

PARIS, Sweet Freaks Exhibition, Maison et Objet : Trend Forum Selected by Nelly Rodi

January 27, 2012

Even before our official launch, we were contacted by Nelly Rodi, to exhibit  our “Cheap Ass Elites” collection in one of the most well known home decoration fairs, Maison et Objet, in Paris.


Of course we were delighted and very excited that our collection was shown side by side with great products from other design studios in the so called "Trendiest Space." curated by Nelly Rodi, the Trend guru.


We discovered “Puff and Flock”, design studio from London that exhibited their “Sofa So Good” at Sweet Freaks exhibition as well. Of course, we love their playful approach to textile and furniture and aspire to be like them one day.

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