STUDENT WORKS ON DISPLAY
Works of design students from two educational institutions here are on show.
At the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, students team up with their peers from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok to create their versions of a daybed.
The students were mentored by three established designers - Jitrin Jintaprecha and Pote Nilsaard from Thailand, and Melvin Ong from Singapore. After they came up with their designs, their prototypes went into production by Thai manufacturers Hawaii Thai and Deesawat.
Interesting pieces include a daybed modelled on a leaf.
These daybeds are part of FurnitureOrigins 2016, a collaborative showcase between both schools that is taking place for the third time. The previous two collections are also on display. The free exhibition ends tomorrow.
Next week, 450 final-year projects from students at Temasek Polytechnic go on display at The Design Show 2016. New ideas and works will be presented across design fields such as architecture, graphic design, fashion and film.
For example, apparel design and merchandising students Denise Gow and Dorcas Lum have worked magnets into garments - to help wheelchair-bound women get dressed easily.
And with Puff Pal, Nur Syahidah Roslan and Tay Jing Ying from the product and industrial design course made an asthma inhaler that children can hold with their small hands.
The inhaler comes in various animal shapes and is linked to a mobile app that informs parents when the dosage is running low.
What: FurnitureOrigins 2016
Where: 80 Bencoolen Street, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Campus 1, The Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries 1 & 2
When: Today and tomorrow, 11am to 7pm
Info: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries
What: The Design Show 2016
Where: 21 Tampines Avenue 1, Temasek Polytechnic Auditorium Foyer
When: Next Friday and Saturday, 11am to 8pm
Info: Call 6780-5133
SPACE CREATES OWN LABEL
Multi-label retailer Space Furniture, known for carrying famous furniture brands such as B&B Italia, Kartell and Moooi, has come up with its own furniture line, SP01. The name is a blend of SP - a nod to the first two letters of Space - while 01 signifies a new start for the brand.
Working with famed Milan-based studio Fattorini+Rizzini+Partners - it has been rebranded as Metrica this year - the retailer has a launch collection with eight items such as chairs, dining tables, armchairs and coffee tables.
The pieces are made in Italy and feature materials such as solid ash timbers and hand-finished wood. Products have a variety of finishes and some come in different sizes.
Prices range from $960 for a Clarke dining chair in natural ash; from $6,755 for the Max sofa; and $14,060 for a Ling three-seat leather sofa.
Where: 77 Bencoolen Street, Space Furniture
Info: Call 6415-0000
AXOR'S INTERACTIVE SHOWER CONTROL
Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe, the German specialist for mixers and showers, has teamed up with London-based industrial design studio Barber & Osgerby to create a sleek device that simplifies bath time.
With the Axor One, users can easily turn multiple water outlets on or off at the same time, while the temperature can be adjusted by turning the central dial. There is also an "eco mode" that reduces water consumption by up to 50 per cent.
And no more guessing which outlet water will flow from - there are clear symbols on the device such as the overhead or hand shower.
The sleek-looking shower control, with curved surfaces and a minimalist interface, was launched in Singapore two weeks ago. The Axor One has already won awards for its design.
Prices for the Axor One start at $1,550.40 for a standard chrome finish. There are 15 other bespoke finishes such as red-gold and brushed brass.
Where: 69 Mohamed Sultan Road, Hansgrohe
Info: Call 6884- 5060
LEXINGTON OPENS IN SINGAPORE
Swedish brand Lexington opens its first South-east Asian outlet with a 1,700 sq ft store in Dempsey.
Its products, from home accessories to fashion apparel, are influenced by the typical New England style - a cosy country look, mixed with coastal chic and a nautical vibe.
New England is the north-eastern region of the United States and comprises the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Prices for homeware accessories range from $16 for a small towel to $600 for a bedspread. Fashion items cost from $65 for a cap to $1,100 for a leather jacket.
Aside from its classic concept range Lexington Icons, new products will be added during the spring, summer, autumn and holiday seasons such as Christmas.
Where: 26 Dempsey Road, 01-03A, Lexington
Info: Call 6472-1019
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