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Internationally acclaimed Indonesian artist Arkiv Vilmansa debuts in Singapore with his solo exhibition, One or Nothing, a graphical take on Singapore’s relentless pursuit of being number one. Singapore's first designer toy-inspired exhibition ‘One or Nothing’ is a series of twelve paintings that are based on uniquely Singaporean icons. The exhibition invites art and toy enthusiasts to explore the distinct Singaporean way of living through the perspective of an international artist. Arkiv's signature style incorporates fluid and curvaceous lines paired with bright vivid colours which is seen in many of his paintings. ‘Arkiv Instant’, his first vinyl toy figurine, is also one of his most recognised works. The exhibition runs at the FLABSLAB gallery at One Commonwealth from 16 November to 30 November. >>
By Invite Only™ presents its inaugural pop-up store at Nana & Bird with jewellery pieces that sums the year, yet welcomes the future. From all-time favourite pieces of the Nature//Nurture series that feature eye-catching crystals and stones, to new arrivals yet to reach stores, there is something for everyone. 26th & 27th November.
11am to 6pm. Nana & Bird. Blk 79 Chay Yan Street #01-02, Singapore, Singapore 160079. >>
Wake Me Up Music, Singapore's premium indie record label, is taking a long long nap after more than a decade of contribution to the Singaporean music scene. Before we take that nap, let's bring back the old times and have one hell of a party! The two-day show will feature current and past Wake Me Up Music bands and also other bands who have been such great friends to us. This will probably be the LAST TIME you'll see bands like Surreal, Sky in Euphoria, Vertical Rush, Marchtwelve, My Squared Circle and Pension State come together for a show like this. Show Details: Venue - Home Club (20 Upper Circular Road) Date & Time - 10 December 2011 (Sat): 8.00pm-10.00pm 11 December 2011 (Sun): 4.30pm-10.00pm Charge - $10 for 2-Day Pass (Tickets sold at door) >>
We all should be rejoicing when Singapore is being awarded a UNESCO Creative City of Design and especially so when we are one of the first two ASEAN cities to get the designation, alongside Bandung of Indonesia.
With so many the red tape and its restriction, campaigns championing Singlish and majority of work are unsightly, while most of our citizens don’t value or know good or bad design, I don’t think we deserve this for now, came a bit too early if you were to ask me.
On an external outlook, we may seems to have Thomas Heatherwick’s The Hive at National Technological University, Mofie Sadie’s Marina Bay Sands, National Gallery and Esplanade, PARKRoyal on Pickering by WOHA, Toyo Ito’s Vivocity, Zaha Hadid’s d’Leedon. But is it healthy when two third of our landmarks have been designed and awarded to foreigner companies?
And for applied graphic design projects, you might have heard of these from award shows—Theseus Chan’s WERK, &Larry’s 7 Letters, H55’s A Guide To The Flora And Fauna of the World, Holycrap’s Rubbish Famzine, and a few not so popular ones like Bureau’s Door Wedge, Hair How by Edlo Kawa but how many of these award winning projects are not pro bono or self initiated projects? Probably none. To note, not slamming or shaming anyone cause I am probably the same too.
We still can find hope in very meaningful project in Bishan Park where they turned a lokang into a neighbourhood into a park, Spotted Nyonya Collection by Hans Tan, The Browsing Copy project by Beautiful who he made browsing copies in bookstores and gave them second life.
Singapore Insider, published by Singapore Tourism Board
Inside spreads of Singapore Insider
Covers of A List
Inside spread, A List
Biblioasia, published by National Library Board, Singapore
Inside spread, Biblioasia
Challenge Magazine by Public Service Division
Heritage Trails by National Heritage Board
Inside spreads of Heritage Trails
You will be disappointed if you are hoping to see nicely designed currency notes and passport like the Norwegian in us. And it seems like our media has been populating the best works but none of the above have been circulating around. Are these good? Does the clients or initiator even know what is good or bad? Are these bad because most are civil sector or corporate work? Whose fault is it? Client? Designer? To me, choosing to hire a cheaper and bad designer are it’s a keen to going to a bad but cheap dentist. And you probably need two or three fixes to get things correct. Why not spend a bit more and get a better and slightly more expensive one to get things done once? I still don’t think there are bad designers or clients. But the work shown below are probably better direction or strategy. Or perhaps they are nicer because the clients are in the art or creative industry.
Sandra and I made these posters for the Typoyanchi Newsletres in Seoul, South Korea. Later they went to go on display at the Chaumont Festival in France… In a way they are some kind of follow up of Success and Uncertainty, the poster series and publication we made in 2011 when her and I did a residency in Cairo.
Big Trouble was opened in the Fall of 2014 as a collaboration between Chefstable and Public-Library. Big Trouble is located in Portland’s ever-evolving Chinatown. The branding is inspired by plastic bags, maximalist strip mall signage, and inaccurately appropriated Chinese Culture. Traditionally-styled illustrations were mixed with loud, red, recklessly manipulated typography to voice the arrival of Big Trouble.
What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system: a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that does not allow for the transfer of matter or energy.
The history of twentieth century architecture, design, and engineering has been strongly linked to the conceptualization and production of closed systems. As partial reconstructions of the world in time and in space, closed systems identify and secure the cycling of materials necessary for the sustenance of life. Contemporary discussions about global warming, recycling, and sustainability have emerged as direct conceptual constructs related to the study and analysis of closed systems.
Closed Worlds, curated by Lydia Kallipoliti with exhibition and branding by Natasha Jen and Pentagram, exhibits an archive of 41 historical living prototypes built over the last century that present an unexplored genealogy of closed resource regeneration systems. The exhibition also features Some World Games, a virtual reality ecosystem by Farzin Farzin that presents a contemporary 42nd prototype selected as the winner of the Closed Worlds Design Competition hosted by Storefront in November 2015.
Kith, Sentosa Cove. All images courtesy of Hjgher.
Kith, located on the heart districts of Singapore in Park Mall, Sentosa Cove, Millenia Walk and Robertson Quay, is a cafe where coffee meets food meets people.
It launched its first outlet in 2011 that sits by the Singapore River, along Robertson Quay. Its interior and branding was designed by Singapore based Hjgher.
In a landscape that is so fast-paced and constantly evolving, where the locale’s past-time is either food, shopping or movies, how do you start a shop that can stand out? A shop that is at stage—creating ambience and to give pleasure and to sell.
Perhaps it was a budget constraints or a conscious effort to be organic as possible or a marketing strategy to make things modular and hand-done to further compliment the cafe’s ethos. An ambience has been created with 10,000 blocks of plywood, trimmed, then hand layered block by block and affixed with an absolute precision.
These, not just make them stand out from the market where usually it’s either the nostalgic, or the old-school decor or the white-washed walls, exposed hanging bulbs, dark wooden tables. Set with dried flowers. If not, communal table with industrial chairs or stools. The choice of the interior became value-adding; became a marketing tool on its own where it made its way into websites like RetailDesignBlog or Dezeen that bags million of viewership and winning design awards. This proves to be crucial as a business plan as you don’t just rely on reviews and word-to-word mouth for a start-up that doesn’t have a media buy budget.
Kith, Robertson Quay.
The visual identity and its first logo came in an classic tartan pattern that symbolises the fabric of community that comes together for a common purpose—matched with a yellow colour palette that is most luminous and captures most attention and seen from far. A colour optimism, enlightenment, happiness sunshine matched with a cool grey that when used together looks light, easy and warm for the eyes. Perhaps it was done to bring in the lifestyle in fashion into cafe, with that familiar tartan that we can see on clothing or it was chosen so that the printed paper cups can make its way to the Instagram world.
A rebranding exercise, by GNU, was called last year in 2015. The new logo appears to have a shape which resembles a sun or a octagon. The typeface and yellow palette retained but the colour of the sans serif has been changed to black where the contrast might be more.
Branding of Kith by Hjgher.
New logo of Kith by GNU.
In a cafe business where it probably can self-sustain without making much marketing and promotions, where should the plan lies now? Expand and franchise? Or is it better to start a new business like the owner of Creamier has in Sunday Folks? Or will the cafe culture just die down like bubble tea and frozen yoghurt in years to come?
I first come across the word ‘cafe’ almost a decade back and my understanding was that it’s usually fronted in places in Paris, Melbourne or Taipei, where the lifestyle is a more laid back, and have a place where you stop for food, drinks and a chat. No atas restaurant setting and non pretentious. Simple decor, functional interior. And to quote an article on Wikipedia: “A cultural standpoint, coffeehouses largely serve as centers of social interaction: the coffeehouse provides patrons with a place to congregate, talk, read, write, entertain one another, or pass the time, whether individually or in small groups.”
Few years later, we started to see more and more cafes that it became a culture. Was the cafes of today spun off from thematic restaurants or bar though? Back in the earlier days, you could find bars with waitresses dressed up as nurses and serve alcohol in injection tubes or servers as cosplay maids. If you are lucky, you could be sitting at a toilet bowl to dine or a walls of dungeon or jail cell. Did this experiential experience influence the cafe culture of today? One where customers eat with their eyes, a cafe isn’t just about getting the right look anymore or serving the best coffee. Or creating the best experience.
Starting a cafe or F&B business, used to be just a job where one loves cooking, eating and coffee. Not sure what is it now. Even KFC and Soup Spoon are refurnishing and trying to position themselves to fit in. And sad to say, to me, cafe isn’t a cool thing anymore.
We were commissioned by Galeries Lafayette to concept, design, and produce its comprehensive retail windows directive on the famed Boulevard Haussmann.
Galeries Lafayette’s “Quoi de Neuf” has become, throughout its many seasonal editions, a must-see event for the discovery of new trends in fashion. This time, the department store was guided by the theme of the “white page”, to immerse the spectator in a surrealist universe, punctuated by purity and minimalism. In order to illustrate this concept, we created 16 window installations that highlights a thematic detail of the pure page, a characteristic that renders each product exceptional.