May 28, 2012
Space Furniture and Vitra, together with the DesignSingapore Council, are pleased to announce that Ng Shin Luey from Nanyang Technological University and Loh Jia Hui from LaSalle College of the Arts have emerged as winners of the inaugural Space Nurtures Programme after an intensive 10-week design competition. The Space Nurtures programme is a collaboration between Space Furniture and the DesignSingapore Council which aims to build the capabilities of young designers in Singapore. Vitra is the inaugural international brand partner of this programme.
2. Both winners will get to attend a week-long summer design workshop – ‘Experience Design’ from 8 to 14 July at Domaine de Boisbuchet, France followed by a week-long attachment with Vitra from 15 to 21 July in Weil am Rhein, Switzerland. Please refer to Annex A for details of programme.
3. The two winners are selected due to their ability to express their creative interpretation in an effective manner. Please refer to Annex B for profile of the two winners and their winning projects.
4. The design competition comprises two phases. More than two months ago, the call for entries for the Space Nurtures competition was open to design students of local tertiary institutions. The participants were required to submit a conceptual sketch of their reinterpretation of the iconic Vitra Panton chair. The design brief given was to apply 21st century design sensibilities onto a design icon. The response was overwhelming with close to 100 entries received.
5. For the first round of judging, a panel of representatives comprising Mr. Syddal Wee, General Manager of Space Asia, Mr. Mark Ormsby, Director of Mark Ormsby Interiors and Mr. Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director of DesignSingapore Council, shortlisted 12 most creative and original concepts from the sea of entries. These finalists were then given one white Vitra Panton chair each to realise their design concepts and another three weeks to complete the prototype with a budget of S$150.
6. At the second round of judging held on 9 May 2012, the finalists were interviewed by design leaders Mr. Chan Ee Mun of WOHA, Mr. Mark Ormsby of Mark Ormsby Interiors and Mr. Edmund Wee of Epigram, whom were invited by Space Furniture, Vitra and DesignSingapore Council respectively. The finalists were judged not only on their final prototypes but also on
their personal design portfolio and the ability to articulate their ideas.
7. Upon completion of the Space Nurtures programme, the two winners will share their learning experience in August. All 12 prototypes will also be exhibited at a venue to be announced later.
"It's an honour to judge this show. I was delighted by the entries and wished we could have given away more prizes. I congratulate the eventual winners and wished them a fantastic experience in Europe with Vitra," said Mr. Edmund Wee from Epigram.
“To review the fresh ideas applied to a design icon was a delightful experience,” said Mr. Chan Ee Mun from WOHA. “The winners demonstrated a clear understanding of the simplicity of form and multiplicity of purpose that encapsulates the Panton chair. Their proposals enhanced the intrinsic qualities of the chair beyond its aesthetic origins and add a
touch of sublime. Not too much, just enough!”
Mr. Mark Ormsby from Mark Ormsby Interiors said “The Space Nurtures Programme is a wonderful example of how the design community can combine forces to promote and showcase the raw talent of our young Singapore designers. It was an honour to be asked to judge this inaugural competition on behalf of Vitra and a pleasure to work with both Space, and DesignSingapore Council whose combined efforts have resulted in a fantastic opportunity for all the participating students. I congratulate the winners on their success and in the way they accurately articulated their designs and solution processes. I am sure they will gain greatly from their European adventures with Vitra.”
“The inaugural Space Nurtures Programme has proven to be very encouraging. This marks the first step for Space in contributing back to society by encouraging young designers who have displayed creative potential. We envisage this to grow into a larger initiative next year,” said Mr. Syddal Wee, General Manager - Space Asia. Mr. Richard Killip, Vitra sales director Asia commented “Vitra relishes the opportunity to forge ties with the creative designers of tomorrow. The overall standard of the entries was outstanding and we are convinced that the process was a useful learning experience for all
“As the national agency for design, the DesignSingapore Council has been developing and supporting young designers through our Capability Development Programme. We hope to see more of such international industry partnerships that will enable and nurture these young talents to gain greater creative and business insights from these overseas exposures,” said Mr Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council. Space Nurtures Programme was launched in November 2011 in conjunction with the official launch of the Space Asia Hub showroom. In line with Space Furniture’s philosophy in cultivating the next generation of designers, Space Nurtures Programme was conceptualised with the aim to expose students with potential to the multi-faceted world of design on an international level that is beyond the textbook. Inaugurated with Vitra as the supporting brand partner, the
Space Nurtures Programme is supported by the DesignSingapore Council. The programme will run annually and aim to see more brand partners of Space Furniture partaking in the meaningful exercise. ISSUED BY
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28 MAY 2012
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T: +65 415 0057 / +65 9363 8053 About Space Furniture First launched in Sydney in 1993, Space Furniture expanded progressively with five showrooms, operating across Australia – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane - and in Asia, within Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The core business comprises three main divisions – Space Retail, Space Contract and Space Projects. With a wide stable of distinguished brands such as Poliform, B&B Italia, Maxalto, Flexform, Giorgetti, Moooi, Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen & Son, Kartell, Flos, Emeco, Vitra and Space Accessories under its belt, it has established itself as a premium retailer of luxury lifestyle contemporary designs. In particular, Space Singapore, which started in 2001, has developed into South East Asia’s largest retailer for contemporary designs. Space Furniture’s excellent track record is also well-documented with the fittings of high-end residential projects since 2001 by leading developers like CDL, Ho Bee, Capitaland and KOP amongst others in premium Orchard Road and Sentosa Cove precincts. In November 2011, Space launched its S$50m Asia flagship showroom, Space Asia Hub, which spans 40,000 sq ft across three distinct yet conjoined blocks at Bencoolen Street. About Vitra Vitra is a furniture company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, the home and for public spaces. Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in Switzerland by applying a diligent design process that brings together the company’s engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. It is our goal to create products with a high functional and aesthetic life expectancy. The Vitra Campus architecture, the Vitra Design Museum, workshops, publications, collections and archives are all integral elements of the Vitra Project. They give Vitra the opportunity to gain perspective and depth in all of its creative activities. About the DesignSingapore Council The mission of the DesignSingapore Council is to develop Singapore into a global city for design where design innovation drives economic growth and enhances the quality of life. DesignSingapore promotes and develops the design industries as a creative cluster, encourages the adoption of design by enterprises and nurtures a climate of co-creation and
innovation through design.
The DesignSingapore Council is the national agency for design and is a part of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
More information about the DesignSingapore Council is available at www.designsingapore.org About the Capability Development Programme (CDP) The DesignSingapore Council’s Capability Development Programme (CDP) aims to raise Singapore’s level of design excellence and global competitiveness by providing funding support for short-term training for design students and designers.
The Space Nurtures programme is supported by the DesignSingapore Council under the Capability Development Programme. Through this collaborative approach between the DesignSingapore Council, industry partners and international design brands or manufacturers, young and emerging designers could hone their skills for professional development, be engaged through hands-on attachment programmes in international design studios and develop further opportunities for collaboration and employment.