Singapore furniture designers focus on new works during Covid-19 disruptions

(Clockwise from top left) Smoke Signature, Roger&Sons, Scene Shang and Secret Life of Trees.
(Clockwise from top left) Smoke Signature, Roger&Sons, Scene Shang and Secret Life of Trees.PHOTOS: SMOKE SIGNATURE, ROGER&SON, SCENE SHANG, SECRET LIFE OF TREES

SINGAPORE - For the last eight years, Mr Marcus Wang has been blowtorching wood to make his signature furniture pieces.

"Charred is the new black," says the founder of Smoke Signature at the Esplanade Mall, the flagship store of Mr Wang's Smoke by Shou Sugi Ban Gallery furniture brand. The method, which originated in Japan in the 1900s, involves carefully charring and oiling wood, rendering it both water- and fire- resistant, with the added bonus of staving off termites.

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