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MISC: Meet the Man Behind the Woods
/ 30 April 2013

We finally set up time to have a face to face conversation with Gempa Trimuryono, better known as Gege. We found a quiet spot outdoor at a café and sat talking about random stuff like clubs and DJs, he doesn’t drink “I drink when I’m on a plane, if the flight is more than three hours just to loosen up.” He explains, before finally jumping in on the topic of his furniture line MISC.

Hello! Would you introduce yourself to our readers
Well, my name is Gege from the Baptist name Gregorius and I’m 29 years old. I would describe myself as being more than a Mac fanboy, I’m totally maniac for Apple. I waited in line and stood for seven hours, alone, for one of their products. I’ve never lived in Jakarta, I’ve always moved around. The benefits are wherever I go I can always build a connection and have a connection.

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What is MISC?
It’s always hard for me to describe MISC.  MISC is from the word Miscellaneous, obviously. Our website is now online, and we hope to reach a certain kind of market from there. I think what MISC is roughly “Two friends, ex-housemates, and one good company using resources around them.”

Tell us more about it
My (business) partner Irine Roba and I used to be housemates in Melbourne, we used to go out and see nice restaurants or cafes and laugh at their furniture. The funny thing is, none of us study design or art. But we believe in our taste and that’s what we believe in.

We got our woods from used crates there’s this area in Yogyakarta where all the wood came from all the used crates originating from a harbor in Semarang. The woods have all these stamps where the crates had been, including China and where all the imported stuff came from.

We took it and did re-sanding, that’s how we get the color white off the wood. We wanted to create a product that is environmentally friendly and how, if possible at the very least, not to make anything “new”. So, if we could get our hands on some wood from demolished houses, crates, why not give these woods a second chance to live? So their live didn’t end as just being pillars for homes and crates.

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When did you guys start?
It started in 2010 when we both said “let’s make something.” We started frequenting IKEA like twice a week, that’s how it started. We want MISC to become a household item. We want to make furniture that isn’t only good on the design but also comfort and functional as well.

I actually like your furniture the first time I saw it – it was finely made and I really like the wood
We used Oak-wood for the tables in Bitcribs, we re-sand the wood to make it whiter

Who or what influenced your designs and furniture?
Good places influence me. My partner and I are the type of people who likes to try out new places like maybe new hotels and check out (again) their products. *laughs* As for who . . .Steve Jobs? *laughs* like everyone else I suppose.

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What does your furniture represents / what do you want your furniture to reflect?
Well, it’s hard to explain. I’m the kind of person who, when creating a product, I want it to represent its function whole fully. I’d be big-headed if I say MISC is all about the details, but we are trying really hard to get there. We’re going there.

How long does it usually take you to work on a piece of furniture?
Well that depends, if you want to use the best material there is, which is old teak wood at the moment, then you’d have to wait around two weeks. So far, MISC is built to order, we don’t do mass. So we let clients order a maximum of five pieces per design.

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How much would it cost to own a MISC?
Around IDR 3.000.000 – IDR 7.000.000 for a table, but again, it depends on the type of wood and materials used

What’s the best thing about your job?
No two clients are the same. We (my partner and I) have the advantage of that, being people who live everywhere with different backgrounds and such.

So what are you working on at the moment?
We’re making drawing table for this lady who does retro batik. How awesome is that?

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Tell us about your clients. Anything out of the ordinary; are they picky, indecisive, were they pleased, unsatisfied, etc. .
We have this client who doesn’t know what to do with their money. It’s, well *chuckles* not weird but interesting enough. There are clients who complain. I mean, we tried building prototypes but shit happens, what can I say. We’ve had our failures and complaints, but luckily we have good clients up until now. Friends or friend of a friend.

What is the weirdest piece of furniture that you’ve ever made?
Actually just last night *laughs* someone asks me to build a mannequin. I mean, it’s not even a piece of furniture.

Any plans for the near future?
We really want to have our very own integrated workshop, with shower rooms and stuff.

For more information about MISC, click here

Interview by Vita Aviandhono

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