Singapore design week 2014

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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National design centre, the hub of Singapore design week 2014


The official hub of the Singapore design week took place at The National design Centre. This was where several design exhibitions took place like the President's Design Award 2013 Exhibition, Furniture Design Award (FDA) 2014, Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) Exhibition and Design Incubation Centre: Design Futures etc.

I think it is fair to say that Singapore is not especially known for its design and creative industry. Both Singapore and Hong Kong may be the financial giants and the wealthiest in Asia (often seen as competitors), their design and creative industries have been largely overlooked by both locals and outsiders until recent years. Finally, the governments/ local design organisations of both places are taking design more seriously and are investing more into the industries and design education, which is encouraging and more than welcome.


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Top left: Franceca Lanzavecchia's Bilik; top right: Agnieszka Klimowicz's Stool; 2nd row left: Clement Zheng's Torus Lamp; 2nd row right: Hans Tan’s Spring Tray; Bottom left: Clement Zheng, Jessica Toh and Gloria Ngiam's 3D printed Dress Code; Bottom right: Clement Zheng's 3D printed Fusilli bracelet


Back at the design centre, work by the Furniture design award winners from from around the world were displayed and I was very intrigued by Francesca Lanzavecchia's 'Bilik'. The designer employed the traditional South East Asian rattan weaving technique to create a beautiful but functional room divider with various sized pockets. Meanwhile, Singaporean designer Clement Zheng demonstrated the endless possibilities of digital technology in his 'Torus lamp', a pendant lamp digitally fabricated from sheet materials. Clement also worked on two other 3-D printing projects in the Design Futures exhibition: 'Dress code' and 'Fusilli', a wrist accessory generated from a simple algorithm during an exploration of mathematical oscillations and their three-dimensional paths.

Outside of the awards section, Industry+ launched it s debut collection featuring a new wave of contemporary designers working in Singapore today. The curated collection feature experimental production techniques with artisanal craftsmanship. I particularly like Hans Tan’s ‘Spring Tray’, a fruit 'bowl' composed of 3D printed springs, varied in thickness according to the profile of a bowl.


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Kapok's pop up shop at the National design centre


It was a bit of a surprise to see Hong Kong's cool independent lifestyle/design/fashion shop, Kapok's pop-up shop at the centre during the design week. Since its launch in 2006, Kapok has been expanding gradually and now the this pop up shop has gained a permanent space at the design centre selling established and up-and-coming designer brands from around the world.


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Pick a bench, pick a place exhibition at the Urban Redevelopment Authority - Top middle: Aesop Unbreakable by Donovan Soon; Top right: Lumber by Hans Tan; Bottom right: The Coil by LOOK Architects


At the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Centre, an exhibition provided a chance for the public to see the 24 benches designed by the local designers for the Pick a bench, pick a place project. The benches are located in 24 locations and when the voting is over, 15 public spaces with the most votes will have up to four unique benches installed. The project aims to involve the community to celebrate and enliven public spaces through good design. Singapore is best known for its urban planning, and this project shows their vision and commitment in creating a better environment for their citizens. I wonder when will the Hong Kong government understand this concept?


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30 LifeStories: Remembering parks and Design larger than life exhibitions at Dhoby Ghaut Green - Top left: Log by Rodney Loh, NextofKin Creatives; Top right and main: Spectrum by Claudio Colucci; 3rd row left: Never knew his name by Anthony Chin; 3rd row right: Log horn bench by Woon Tai Woon; 4th row left: Hive by Chua Aik Boon; 4th row right: Flock by Asylum; Bottom row left: Doodle by Woo Mun Seng; Bottom row right: Intimate Dreamscapes by Commune


Out of all the exhibitions I attended, my favourite at the design week was 30 LifeStories: Remembering parks curated by SingaPlural at Dhoby Ghaut Green. 30 Singaporean designers and artists have been invited to specially design furniture made from tree logs which were removed from the parks due to damage by inclement weather. The project enabled them to recapture memories of times spent in parks and gardens, and the results were playful, meaningful and captivating! On site there was also another SingaPlural-curated exhibition, Design Larger than life and one of its main installation was the colourful Spectrum by Claudio Colucci, which certainly attracted a lot of attention.

I especially like the fact that these installations were placed in the middle of a busy shopping district near the shopping malls. Many passenbys were curious about the installations, and it was very interesting to read about the stories that inspired the creations. Designs are made for people and should be accessible to everyone, so I hope we will be seeing more designs catered to the public in the future.



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