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Singapore designers reimagine an iconic chair

A sneak peek of P5 Studio x Frag’s collab project AR_T, where eight local architecture and design practices reinvent the Ele side chair, one of Frag’s signature chairs.

P5 Studio is at it again! Following up its successful collaboration with Danish brand Montana Furniture and eight local design practices last year, the boutique furniture retailer has partnered with Italian brand and leading leather expert Frag for AR_T.

AR_T (pronounced ‘art’) has invited eight local architecture and design practices to reinvent the Ele side chair, one of Frag’s signature chairs, into an object that exists in the realm between art and design. Designed by Michele di Fonzo, Ele features a sinuous silhouette and is upholstered completely with saddle leather.

Saddle leather is arguably the most durable type of leather which requires considerable skill to craft into furniture. The versions of Ele created by the eight practices will be the embodiment of what heritage and craftsmanship mean to them.

P5 Studio and Frag will unveil the eight objects on 26 September 2019. And we’ve got a sneak peek just for you:

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Atelier Ikebuchi

Babaro by Atelier Ikebuchi draws from the feelings of attachment to objects.

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Right Angle Studio

Elemental by Right Angle Studio imagines leather as a form of viscous matter.

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Super Fat Designs

The Impossible Chair by Super Fat Designs sees the chair as the society’s ideal woman’s form (and perhaps, the impossibility of it).

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Studio IF (Formwerkx Architects)

Fragments by Studio IF (a studio of Formwerks Architects), is woven from scrap leather, illustrating the spirit of the five studios in its parent firm.

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Studio Wills + Architects

17 by Studio Wills + Architects plays with knitted material and the idea of an outfit for the chair.

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Parenthesis Studio

ChopChop Chair by Parenthesis Studio highlights the issues of trademark, identity and quality by stamping the chair.

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - PRODUCE

Jacket Chair by INDE.Awards 2019 Best of the Best winner Produce and Superstructure explores the idea of tailored skin.

P5 Studio x Frag AR_T chair - Architology

Umbra by Architology features leather vines growing over and around its frame, embodying its creator’s green approach.

After the unveiling at P5 Studio next week, all the eight AR_T pieces will be displayed at P5 Studio’s booth at Saturday Indesign on 12 October!

Registration is open! Secure your spot and see these one of a kind objects with your own eyes!

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