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The Red Dot Design Museum, a showcase for the best designs from around the world, has found a new home.
The Red Dot Design Museum, a showcase for the best designs from around the world, has found a new home.PHOTOS: ATELIER HOKO, RED DOT DESIGN MUSEUM SINGAPORE, VITRA BY GRAFUNKT
Swiss furniture brand Vitra - in collaboration with lifestyle company Grafunkt - has opened its first standalone store (above) in Singapore at Millenia Walk.
Swiss furniture brand Vitra - in collaboration with lifestyle company Grafunkt - has opened its first standalone store (above) in Singapore at Millenia Walk.PHOTOS: ATELIER HOKO, RED DOT DESIGN MUSEUM SINGAPORE, VITRA BY GRAFUNKT
The cup experiment
The cup experiment, the design researchers sketched prototypes and worked with a ceramist to make the cups.PHOTOS: ATELIER HOKO, RED DOT DESIGN MUSEUM SINGAPORE, VITRA BY GRAFUNKT

RED DOT DESIGN MUSEUM REOPENS

The Red Dot Design Museum, a showcase for the best designs from around the world, has found a new home.

Previously located at the Red Dot Traffic Building in Maxwell Road from 2005 to this year, the attraction is now housed in a glass building along the Marina Bay Waterfront that used to be the Marina Bay City Gallery.

This is one of two Red Dot Design Museums in the world and features work from the international winners of the Red Dot Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the design field.

The new space in Marina Boulevard has several galleries - with different themes such as sustainabilty and new materials - a retail shop, a cafe and bar. It is a good spot for night owls to pop into as the whole attraction is open till 2am.

On show now are winners of this year's Red Dot Award: Design Concept award, including Halo City, a working prototype of a micro-electric foldable scooter by Chinese company Beijing Onemile Technology; and Kin Wallet by Singapore's Kin Studio that easily separates coins and dollar bills.

Where: Red Dot Design Museum, 11 Marina Boulevard, tel: 6514-0111; open: 11am to 2am daily

Admission: Singaporeans pay any amount they want, but each ticket for non-Singaporeans costs $6.


PROOF LIVING CARRIES THREE NEW BRANDS; VITRA OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE

Luxury home furniture and accessories retailer Proof Living has added three brands to its catalogue.

They are American design company and manufacturer Knoll, known for classics such as the Bertoia Diamond Chair by Italian artist Harry Bertoia; Italian company Living Divani, which has worked with Singapore designers such as Nathan Yong; and Porro, which is synonymous with great craftsmanship.

The brands are available at Proof Living's Ion Orchard showroom, which is carrying them until its sister store Dream finds a new home. The Dream showroom in River Valley Road closed last month.

Meanwhile, celebrated Swiss furniture brand Vitra - in collaboration with lifestyle company Grafunkt - has opened its first standalone store in Singapore at Millenia Walk.

The 1,937 sq ft store is set up like parts of a home, with a living and dining room, home office and an outdoor space. You will find models such as the Panton Chair Classic ($1,980) by Danish furniture designer Verner Panton, which was designed in the 1960s; and contemporary pieces such as French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's Softshell Side Chair (from $890), which has soft upholstery.

Vitra by Grafunkt also stocks a collection of knick-knacks and accessories such as stickers, greeting cards, notebooks, trays and lights.

Where: Proof Living, 04-16 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn; and Vitra by Grafunkt, 02-32 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard


THE CUP EXPERIMENT

Following its debut at creative showcase Singapore: Inside Out in Tokyo in August, independent research laboratory Atelier Hoko has brought its latest work home.

Cafe Cup is a "drinking laboratory" where visitors get to test how cups of different shapes and sizes change drinking behaviour.

It is held at new indie art space Supernormal in Kreta Ayer Road. Those who sign up for a tasting session can pick two vessels from a 17-piece collection to savour a hot cup of black coffee or tea.

Cafe Cup takes place this and next weekend. There are 15 sessions a day - each lasts 30 minutes and costs $15.

The idea for Cafe Cup came from Atelier Hoko's publication, Science Of The Secondary: Cup, which studied how people interact and behave with cups.

Then the design researchers sketched prototypes and worked with a ceramist to make the cups.

Expect quirky offerings such as a cup with a hollowed handle for the hot beverage to flow into and warm it up; and one that is a hybrid of a cup and saucer.

The researchers hope the experiment will get people thinking about how they use cups daily.

Where: Supernormal, 03-20, 333 Kreta Ayer Road

When: Today, tomorrow, Nov 4 and 5, 11am to 10pm

Price: $15 for a 30-minute tasting session and $33 for a session and a copy of Science Of The Secondary: Cup

Info: Go to cafecup.eventbrite.sg to register.

Walk-ins are not allowed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Design News'. Print Edition | Subscribe