Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Furniture, arts combo show



Furniture, arts combo show

Furniture, arts combo show

A N exhibition of elegant hand-made Cambodian furniture and paintings by renowned Russian artists is on display at the No Problem cafe until Oct 30.

The brainchild of Belgian Dirk Duchateau and Russian Sergei Naumov, the joint artistic display stems from the friendship developed between the two since their arrivals in Phnom Penh several years ago.

"I saw some of Sergei's paintings," mused Duchateau, "and so we thought that displaying the artworks and furniture together would make the exhibition more attractive."

Duchateau first arrived in Cambodia in October 1991 and was initially working with a firm that cleared imported containers through customs.

After two years he says that he was not only wrestling with containers during the day but found himself dreaming about them at night.

With $200 in his pocket, Duchateau decided to break out on his own. His company, Carnath Pte Ltd., now employs up to 20 carpenters full time and is producing custom-designed furniture from Cambodian hardwoods.

"Everything is made by hand," says Duchateau. "We use no nails, only dowels in all our pieces."

Furniture on display includes mahogany chairs for $50 to an exquisite roll-top desk that has already sold for $2200.

Sergei Naumov is the general manager of Casotim, the Russian timber company that operates a sawmill south of Phnom Penh, which also supplies the hardwoods for Duchateau's furniture.

Naumov has secured paintings from such artists as Vassiliy Lenivkin, Viacheslaff Shmaguin and Robert Papikian, all of whom have displayed their works in galleries around the world.

He notes that all of the paintings have been legally exported out of Russia, which accounts for what some might say are hefty prices for the pieces due to a 100 percent export duty on all Russian art. The paintings range in price from $400 to $8,000.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Kingdom one of safest to visit in Covid-19 era’

    The Ministry of Tourism on January 12 proclaimed Cambodia as one of the safest countries to visit in light of the Kingdom having been ranked number one in the world by the Senegalese Economic Prospective Bureau for its success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In rankings

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he