Design studios from the island-city take the stage at Milan Design Week 2013. Rachel Lee-Leong reports.
12 April, 2013
In a first-ever showing, seven Singapore design studios present their works at Zona Tortona, one of the independent design districts in Milan during Design Week. Housed within a warehouse and titled Singapore Lah!, the showcase attracted curious visitors from the world over as they stepped in to get a taste of Singapore design. A total of 60 pieces of furniture were displayed in the 400sqm warehouse, each one offering a unique point of view.
Material exploration is the name of the game at Acidstudio. While the studio worked with material mixes like wood, steel and PVC, it was the Fortune Five series of dining room pendent lamps that stood out. The steel cut-out plates are an abstraction of traditional Chinese lanterns that are displayed to usher in good fortune.
The young design studio presented, along with other things, Mappa, a collection of tableware inspired by the traditional Asian practice of folding leaves into serving plates and bowls. Here, paper is meticulously folded into sturdy forms of tableware.
Jarrod Lim Design
Jarrod Lim Design
Hinika is the new brand of furniture that Jarrod Lim presents to the world. The inaugural collection offers a complete set of furniture for interiors including the Torii lounge chair, dining chair and table, the Logg cabinet and the Kikari coffee table.
Kelvin Teo’s Kapsule attempts to strike a chord with pieces that are clever, witty and humorous. At the show were products like the SuperKross bookshelve, and the Doggy Heart magazine rack.
Going by the theme “habits x forms”, NextofKin Creatives (top image) designs objects that respond to human habits. The Loveseat is a double bench that offers a place for important things like reading glasses. The Landscape table offers a place to rest or put out a cigarette bud.
Two collections, Artifeq Collection and Nuuzo, represent the varied personalities of the design collective. Artifeq is a collection of lighting, furniture and tableware that is closely tied to ideas of cultural relevance. Nuuzo, on the other hand, is a collection of soft furnishings and accessories that explores the relationship between space and mobility in the digital workspace. Here, felt is used to create desk holders for electrical devices and stationery.
The new design studio releases a range of chair and benches that go by the concept of “environmental furniture” – furniture that responds and adapts to various situations. Different materials also come into play, each one informing the different expressions of the furniture.
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