Green design in the hot seat

Seven home-grown companies have received funding from the DesignSingapore Council to look at how design can help solve real-world problems such as sustainability

Home-grown bespoke woodworking company Roger&Sons turns logs from felled local trees such as angsana and suar into durable home decor items and furniture (above).
Home-grown bespoke woodworking company Roger&Sons turns logs from felled local trees such as angsana and suar into durable home decor items and furniture (above).PHOTO: ROGER&SONS
Singapore-based multidisciplinary design practice Forest & Whale has created a salad bowl container (above) made from water-soluble and compostable materials that is reusable and reduces reliance on non-biodegradable plastics.
Singapore-based multidisciplinary design practice Forest & Whale has created a salad bowl container (above) made from water-soluble and compostable materials that is reusable and reduces reliance on non-biodegradable plastics.PHOTO: FOREST & WHALE
Womenswear designer Ginlee Studio is experimenting with a new pleat mould (above) that can be applied to old blouses and fabric pieces to give them a new texture to reduce wastage.
Womenswear designer Ginlee Studio is experimenting with a new pleat mould (above) that can be applied to old blouses and fabric pieces to give them a new texture to reduce wastage.PHOTO: GINLEE STUDIO
Offcut Factory is an initiative which aims to turn construction waste - such as marble offcuts (above) - into source material for desirable lifestyle objects.
Offcut Factory is an initiative which aims to turn construction waste - such as marble offcuts (above) - into source material for desirable lifestyle objects.PHOTO: OFFCUT FACTORY
Produce Workshop, a design studio with precision prototyping machines, is researching the potential of its Sandwiched Variable Eggcrate Structure (above), made from mass-engineered timber, to cut material wastage, production time and on-site man-hour
Produce Workshop, a design studio with precision prototyping machines, is researching the potential of its Sandwiched Variable Eggcrate Structure (above), made from mass-engineered timber, to cut material wastage, production time and on-site man-hours. PHOTO: PRODUCE WORKSHOP

Industrial designers Edmund Zhang and Esli Ee see beauty in waste marble, ceramic and wood thrown away by renovation contractors after the completion of a project.

These "offcuts" can be upcycled by craftsmen and technicians into a home decor item, says Mr Zhang, 29, who co-founded Offcut Factory with Mr Ee, an initiative that turns construction waste into source material to make contemporary lifestyle objects.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2020, with the headline 'Green design in the hot seat'. Print Edition | Subscribe