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Winner of The Project: People’s Choice Award

The people have spoken, with the most popular project at Singapore Indesign going to DREAM and Topos Design Studio for their life-sized prism installation.



BY Janice Seow

5 November, 2014


The Project is traditionally one of the most highly anticipated and talked about feature at Singapore Indesign, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do they stir the imagination, and surprise and captivate the audience, they oftentimes also provoke thought on a pre-determined theme.

This year’s The Project raised the bar with a diverse range of installations centred on the theme of ‘Future’. Visitors have taken their vote, and we’re happy to announce that the winner of the People’s Choice Award for 2014 goes to DREAM and Topos Design Studio for their large, prism installation.

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In this project, faceted cut-outs in the prism allowed visitors a peek in while mirrored surfaces offered a unique all-round perspective of the limited edition Cassina LC4 CP chaise -longue – a unique collaboration between Cassina and Louis Vuitton in homage to Charlotte Perriand.

On their decision to partner with TOPOS Design Studio, DREAM explains, “Topos Design Studio knew our brand extremely well and they inspired us with their creativity and boldness.”

We find out more about The Project from Topos Design Studio’s Design Director, Alan Fan.

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How does the concept of this project correspond to the theme of Future?

In our brainstorming sessions, we realised that as each person has a different view of what the future is, the imagery of the future can be interpreted and even distorted in many ways. We decided this would be where our concept would stem from.

We liked the idea of a prism because firstly, when viewed from different angles, a prism seems to change its shape and move. Secondly, and more importantly, a prism distorts light that shines into it into different directions. Just like our ideas on the Future – from the outside, we look at it from different angles, but once we go through time, and emerge many years later in the future, we realise that our future is likewise distorted by the effects of time and our experiences.

For TOPOS Design Studio, the concept of a prism exemplifies the vision of the future as the complexity of our ideas and views change through time.

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What is it made of?

The shell of the prism is made from plywood. For the inside we used gold-mirrored laminate, kindly sponsored by EDL, to reflect and distort the interior views and the featured DREAM product, the LC4 CP chaise-longue designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. To represent the rays of light emanating for the prism, we used coloured silk ribbons and vinyl stickers in the four collection colours featured in Charlotte Perriand’s designs.

Why do you think it got the people’s vote?

We feel that our installation got the people’s vote by creating a concept that people could relate to. The prism itself drew people’s attention by having many colourful details leading across the floor and up to the pillars – it was eye-catching even from the road. The LC4 CP chaise-longue hidden inside allowed the visitors to view the product and installation in a unique ‘peek-a-boo’ way making it interactive and playful. At the same time, the mirrors highlighted parts of the chaise lounge which would normally not be seen from normal viewing angles, making the entire installation stand out as people tried to figure out what they were looking at!

For more coverage of Singapore Indesign visit: http://www.indesignlive.sg/category/articles/in-review

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