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Jul 25, 2007


I seldom blog about product design originating from Singapore. And I really need to be hung for that, given that I'm based right here in Singapore. But in case you don't know, there are many industrial design talents to be discovered in our country.Take for example Patrick Chia from Squeeze Design. His work has been discovered and chosen by design maestro Philippe Starck for his Mondrian Hotel a few years back. From then on, Chia's curriculum can pride itself with numerous shows and publications all over the world. He currently designs for B.R.F. too.

Kudos to the Singapore Furniture Industries Council for churning out numerous local up-and-coming designers via its annual Furniture Design Award competition. I've seen some great stuff coming out from the competition every year, and the shows just get better and better with each year. So far, nothing beats the beautifully-sculptured Crater table from then-student Han Kiang Siew in 2003. Inspired by the varied topography of our natural landscape, this is one of many designs that lingers long in my mind after I first set eyes upon it. Crater is currently carried by homegrown furniture design studio and retailer Urban Foundry.

Meanwhile, TRIBE is another creative studio in Singapore 'created out of the necessity to inject colour and life into everyday products'. Their designs can be described as quirky at best, while never straying from the main objective of design - that of serving daily functions while looking good (or in this case, fun). Their whimsical wall hooks are worth a look or two.

We'll cover more on made-in-Singapore designs as we move along...


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dt said...



gotta love that TRIBE. Brilliant folks.

berry said...

Agree with imedagoze.

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