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5 Minutes With… Outofstock

The design collective ‘takes 5’ to chat with us about their design inspirations and latest projects.

5 Minutes With… Outofstock


22 May, 2012

Outofstock is a design collective made up of Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua from Singapore, Gustavo Maggio from Argentina and Sebastián Alberdi from Spain. The team believes in “an honest approach to materials and visual form”. They also have a common interest in crafts, which recently led them to launch The Workshop Gallery at Telok Ayer Street to explore fresh new ways to highlight age-old skills.

Projects you are busy with at the moment.

The Workshop Gallery, a shop we launched recently to explore self-initiated collections and the revival of small batch production. We have also just completed the design of the second Hatched restaurant at Holland Avenue.


Copper and brass hanging vases, done in collaboration with a Singaporean metal craftsman

Top 3 influences.


Alvar Aalto.

The Bouroullec brothers.


Laputa installation in the city


Harvesting moss for the Laputa installation

Dream project to work on – real or imaginary.

A project that brings us on a journey around the world.

Dream person to collaborate with.

An astronaut.

Favourite decade of design.

The Scandinavian movement of the Fifties, where everyday art is created by the likes of Hans Wegner, Kaj Franck and Poul Kjærholm. Till today, you can find the Kartio glasses in every Finnish home, a timeless and understated piece that was created for the people.



Favourite chair.

The Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner.

Number 1 concern for the design industry.

Designers have the perfect tool and skills to make sense of the exponential growth of technology and science that [will] influence future generations and the voracious appetite of the modern consumer. Yet, we do not question enough.


I lost my pen! Aer Desk

One item in the workplace you can’t live without.


The most interesting thing about the way you work.

We work out of different cities, up to 4 at one point in time. The different time zones, geographical locations and cultural identities define the work we do, our love for travel and our approach to design.

Top image: Outofstock in Milan


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