A showcase of original, one-off pieces and unique design collaborations commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine and created by internationally renowned talents, the exhibition’s ‘MultipliCITY’ theme acknowledges Singapore’s heritage of adaptability, versatility, diversity and invention.
With Singapore’s 5.78 million, multicultural residents living in just 719 sq km of land, space is at premium and a profound urban transformation has engendered an environment of high-density accommodation. To maximise living space, Singaporeans adapt by creating a multiplicity of micro solutions to the problems of high-density living.
Singapore + Wallpaper* Handmade MultipliCITY is a specially curated collection of ingeniously conceived designs, some that playfully acknowledge the unique parameters of the contemporary Singaporean lifestyle, others that simply delight and amuse with through their handcrafted beauty.
Collaborating with London-based furniture collective Joined+Jointed, shoe designer Beatrix Ong has solved footwear storage problems with her Shoe Tree project, a modular, high-rise of handcrafted black walnut that grows like a Jenga stack as more pairs of heels and sneakers are added.
To replace the bulk of a domestic cooker, Michael Elmgreen, one half of artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, has designed and produced a compact and easily stored rice cooker in collaboration with British model makers and prototypers Solve 3D.
Inspired by Marquis de Montesquiou’s fine armagnacs, designer Christian Haas aimed to create a contemporary tasting cabinet for spirit connoisseurs. This minibar features five decanters, made of clear and smoke-grey crystal by Theresienthal, in a mirrored box, delicately lit from underneath.
Smaller living environments have no space for bulky hi-fi and wardrobe-sized speakers. Designer Steffen Kehrle’s invention creates big, domestic sound by adapting portable, Master & Dynamic headphones to a simple cone structure that recalls the shape of an old-fashioned megaphone to create instant amplification.
Full details of 15 designs featured at the exhibition, click here.
Tour of the Wallpaper* Handmade Classics Exhibition
Find out how objects might project a culture and its people’s way of living and thinking with design researcher Justin Zhuang.
Justin Zhuang is a design writer and researcher. He has authored several books on Singapore design, including Independence: The history of graphic design in Singapore since the 1960s and Mosaic Memories: Remembering Singapore’s Old Playgrounds.
Date: Saturday, 29 April
Time: 1.30pm and 3.30pm
Place: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
Link to 1.30pm tour
Link to 3.30pm tour
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