What caught our attention and got us talking
16 March 2017
The sixth edition of SingaPlural, held from 7 to 12 March 2017, saw an enthusiastic response over the past weekend as visitors (us included!) thronged the premises of the F1 Pit Building to take in the sights and immerse themselves in design. With installations and exhibits spanning three halls, there was much to see and do. Shortlisting our favourites was no easy feat, but here they are – the eight installations that really got us talking.
Working together with design outfit Creativeans and 26 second-year students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), surface design company Admira invites visitors to rediscover the art of gifting. Alongside a display of the students’ work, visitors are encouraged to exercise their own creativity by creating objects that tell unique stories.
Donum Naturae by Loo Xing Yu Jacqueline, using laminates from Admira
Shadow Play Story Lamp by Lin Wei Fang, using laminates from Admira
Conceptualised by Italian architect and designer Egidio Panzera for Ewins, the hundreds of overlapping acrylic sheets represents a sequence of events, making up a storyline. Each storyline is different and comes with a surprise as you step closer.
Storytelling Surfaces by Ewins x Studio Architetto
Stepping into the dedicated space of this installation is an experience in itself. Then, ten local designers and ten illustrators come together to answer this question: What would a day in Singapore look like come 2065? They present their visions of how we would communicate, connect, dress, eat, learn, play, relax, travel and work.
Interior design by LAANK
Showcasing newly-created items, the Scene Shang pop-up booth caught our attention with its clean lines and lush spaces. One of their new creations is a brass chess set. Designed by forest&whale, the chess set is machined and polished by local auto parts maker Hup Yick.
Another item, the gate bench, is intricate in its making. An illustration of Koi is imprinted in gold on a piece of leather and then stitched to form a cushion for an elm wood gate bench. A set of porcelain rice bowls was also created in collaboration with In Good Company.
Gate bench by Visual Orgasm x Scene Shang
This installation by Bynd Artisan integrates human and robotic elements to create a personal item on the spot. Visitors get to customise their own notebook cover through drawing with the help of a drawing machine. While we seek to control the drawing machine, we also experience a loss of control as the machine “draws”.
Drawn from Our Own Device by Bynd Artisan x &Larry, Modular-Unit
A truly interactive installation, Sole makes use of shoes, deconstructed mannequins and audio notes for visitors to, quite literally, step into the soles of another. It evokes excitement and also a sense of apprehension – how many of us are actually willing to experience life through the skin of someone else?
Sole by Muhammad Syaiful Hairi bin Abdullah
Despite being tucked in a discreet corner, this installation had crowds of people all enthusiastically tapping their EZ-link cards on these familiar-looking card readers. Inspired by the humble EZ-link card, this installation encourages visitors to explore the Singaporean identity in transience through sounds.
Stored Value by Loh Zhide & Lim Ke Wei Matthew
This exhibit comprises a range of well-designed glasses, textiles, mats and a vegetable-themed playground. A collaboration between Singapore designers and Japanese traditional craft makers from the Kanto region, the Kyo project presents a series of furniture and lifestyle products created by melding Japanese craft with modern interpretations from Singapore designers.
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