Month: November 2014

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CAPTAIN DAVY JONES’S TABLEWARE

Japanese and English pottery trained Mary O’Malley‘s porcelain tableware seems like it has come out from the set of Pirates of Caribbean used by Captain Davy Jones specifically. Like pieces of shipwrecked ceramics, these porcelain tableware were encrusted with ocean life ranging from mussels, corals and seaweed. All out of which came from the nifty […]

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TAPE PARIS

Tape Paris is a part of an extensive group exhibition titled “Inside”, which has taken up residence in the Parisian Palais de Tokyo until January 2015. Conceptualised and produced by Berlin-based art collective Numen / For Use, the curatorial concept deals with the idea of self and immersion. Participants examine the territory of both physical and psychological interiority […]

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I LOVE CORKS TOO.

Previously, I mentioned that I love corks in Ostwald Helgason’s S/S 12 runway collection where the material was being utilised into many wearable pieces. Now the cork has returned again. This time round product designer Todd Bracher was invited by Wallpaper* magazine to create an object made from cork for the handmade issue and he […]

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NO. 21 S/S 2013

Easily, one of my favourite designers out there is No. 21 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Just cos’ of his effortless designs mixed with elements of surprise, grunge and manly shapes. But today’s post won’t be a Suzy Menkes hardcore fashion review. Instead I want to share with you guys some pieces from his S/S 2013 show […]

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THE CREEPING GARDEN

Cover Image: Screen cap from “The Creeping Garden” by Tim Grabham and Jaspar Sharp – NOWNESS If you are constantly fascinated by Mother Nature and her wonders of organisms, please take a moment and gawk at this stupendously wonderful trailer of “The Creeping Garden”. So beautiful it makes me want to watch the whole film […]

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HE DIED FOR OUR (SAFETY) PINS

Christmas is almost here with another month to go and here in Singapore, shops and malls have all geared up and decked with sparkly Christmas decorations. I personally enjoy sipping my favourite Toffee Nut Latte from Starbucks and just gazing at the Christmas decoration like a cat who sees a laser point. Oooo, that sparkly […]

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BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES

“My aim is to create each and every project in both worlds. Material world or not is less important. In the case of most projects, the conceptual strength will remain exactly the same and the spectators will experience just a minimal change in their mental perception. Of course there is, in a certain way, a […]

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ICE WATCH

Cover Image: Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing, City Hall Square, Copenhage Photo: Anders Sune Berg Literally. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson presented his latest installation art at the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th Assessment Report on the Climate in Copenhagen where he invites the public to watch the ice melt. Collaborating with Mink Rosing a professor […]

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CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY

When Parsons School of Design alumni Ximon Lee showcased his thesis project S/S 14 titled “Children of Leningradsky”, It was no doubt a rather foreign topic to me. Was it a fantasy world created by Lee or a certain city in East Europe? I had to find out what it was and truly enough, a […]

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HEALING JEWELLERY

The phenomenon, resin produced by trees to protect from mechanical or insect damage, is abstracted in a collection of pendants and rings that prominently feature a broken piece of maple wood complemented with a novel bioresin. Each part consists of a broken piece of maple wood, hand-sorted is loving and unique, hand-poured, hand sanded and hand-packed. […]

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INTACT

I have always been obsessed with the act of collecting whether its for my own personal artwork or simply just a hobby. I feel that the act of collection and showcasing them in a entire new entity gives users and audience a glimpse of what the other ‘world’ could be. “Intact” is a contemporary recreation […]

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KACAMA

KaCaMa Design Lab is a Hong Kong-based product designers who specializes in reusing post-consumer waste materials. Not only delighting people’s lives but they also hope to instill eco-awareness and establish connections with local enterprises , handicraft and local cultures.  In one of their projects titlted: “The Colour of Waste”, they explored the usage of natural […]

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THE WILD KING OF THE N.O. WONDER HORSE

The people from the Scandinavian region are among the most romantic people I think I’ve seen. Their attitude towards their environment and lifestyle has been such an aspiration for all and not to mention their stunning natural landscapes. It seems like a perfect place for nature and man to co-exist. Yes it does. I came across […]

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PROUD TO REPAIR

If you guys can remember Dave Hakkens, he was the brainchild who started this project to replicate industry standard machinery to start recycling and producing plastic locally. Now he is at it again, this time repairing things. Repairing things, used to be a way to keep our products longer. Adding a new shoe sole, use some glue […]

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ASHISH SPRING/ SUMMER 2014

Born in Delhi, Ashish Gupta studied fine art in his native India before moving to Middlesex to complete a BA in Fashion Design. Now a fashion designer based in the UK and having a high-street label under his name, this energetic and flamboyant designer has designed several outfits for M.I.A (my one and only.), Madonna, […]

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NEPTUNE’S DAUGHTER

Using very intricate techniques along with unconventional materials, such as transparent tube knits, perler beads (I think), plastic aquarium moss and crystal spiked beading, Cassandra Verity Green a graduate from Central Saint Martins gives the wearer a luxurious but fun experience. She strongly believes that fashion is an “experience” that the wearer should have with the clothes […]

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FANTASTIC MISTER FINCH

Cover Image: Textile Hares by Mister Finch Enter the world of Mr. Finch as he unravels the secrets of his fantasy world. Believing in shape-shifting witches, moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil, Mr. Finch is ready to invite you to stray from the path. Mr. Finch hails from the land of the Queen’s […]

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BECOMING AGAIN BY RAN HWANG

Cover Image: East Palace, H150cm x W300cm – 2 panel ( H60in x W118in – 2 panel ), buttons, pins, beads, 2011 I was very honoured to have been invited for the ‘Becoming Again’ exhibition by Ran Hwang presented by Fondation D’Enterprise Hermès on the opening night. Held at the third floor of the Hermès store at Liat Towers, Singapore, […]

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPIC WORLD OF DIATOMS

Diatoms are single-celled algal organisms, that are some of the most ecologically significant and abundant, and are also some of the most distinctive, displaying beautiful, natural forms, thanks to their cell walls made of silica. UK-based microbiological artist and “diatomist” Klaus Kemp has been working with these microscopic forms for years, arranging diatoms into fabulous microscopic patterned artworks. At […]

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VIRAL DRESSES

With Ebola raging across West Africa and killing countless of people, everyone is getting paranoid and wants nothing to do with any form bacteria, viruses and all that. But one artist’s obsession with the unconventional subject matter began with an elementary school project on the plague, leading her to later work with microbiologists after her art […]

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AS THEY BREATHE ONCE MORE

I always love old places, whether its abandoned or not. I love the stories and memories that is attached with it. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei currently has an exhibition on Alcatraz, the notorious island used as a military fortress and federal penitentiary. Among the many works presented is “Blossom” which caught my eye and definitely peak […]

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LAMPS THAT SAY SUCK IT.

If they could talk, that is. These vintage vacuum cleaners have been given a second life by Danish artist Kristian Linneberg Sørensen who recycles them into lamps that is both made to function and be on display. Vacuum cleaners are often considered as mundane machines to help out with the chores at home but to recycle them […]

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JUST GROW IT.

“In these works, one can read a certain dichotomy between the marketing and media world in which we live and ethical values ​​that are dear to me. This is an invitation for all of us to contemplate, to rediscover the beauty of a single seed of a wild grass, the delicacy of a flower, or the smell of […]

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WELL PROVEN CHAIR

Extracted from the Well Proven Chair Official Site: Understanding that processing wood from planks to products incurs 50% to 80% of timber wastage during normal manufacture, Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw looked at ways of incorporating waste shavings into design using bio-resin. A curious chemical reaction occurs when it is mixed with the shavings, […]

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CRY ME A RIVER

A massive riverbed has been installed in Copenhagen’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Taking up a large part of the museum’s space, is Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson where he has installed a rocky riverbed all over the floors. Visitors like Hansel and Gretel walked along the river bed among the stones and pebbles, with the occasional crawls under gallery […]