Coconuts Singapore article here
The New Old Light
The simple shape of lampshade comes from traditional Chinese paper lantern; it mixes complex industrial style and soft shapes, eastern and western styles, old and modern aesthetics. In our life, we all need different lamps to meet our decoration styles. The New Old Light is able to be adjusted for different lighting effect by simply pulling down the lantern part to switch the lighting effect from directly spot-light to soft-light effect. Meanwhile, due to the flexibility of lantern structure, you can change the length of the lampshade according to your demand. The New Old Light aims to combine culture difference into culture balance perfectly and to create more possibility of your life style.
“When we started, people thought all graphic designers could do were design ‘Big Sale’ flyers and lay out text on posters."
Very readable piece in Design Observer about graphic design in Singapore:
SPUR Hauswerks is now stocking GSH Conserves' Jams, Spreads and Condiments.
GSH Conserves come in a variety of seasonal flavours. Locally grown, locally made, and a bargain at just $10, you can't go wrong.
After Kenzo Takada in Mauritius and Christian Lacroix in Bangkok, Karl Lagerfeld signs the third hotel along with Isabelle Miaja, a Singapore-based, French interior designer. Located on one of Singapore’s most prestigious avenues, the 5-star hotel conserves the neo-classic facade of a 1927 building with its adjoining structures and adds a new five-floor wing. The standard “So Cosy” rooms mix classic and modern wall decors under three-meter high ceilings topped by a cupola. The colors and sumptuous materials evoke refined Parisian apartments plus add a few decadent, 18th century overtones. Decorative touches that appeal to a Singapore aesthetic like orchids – the national flower – are depicted in a modern way on the headboards. A trendy French-Asian style luxury.
35 Robinson Road
The Design Film Festival returns to Singapore from 05 - 14 September 2014 at Shaw Lido.
Conceived in 2010 as a film festival dedicated solely to design, A Design Film Festival is the leading event for Asian premieres of international features, documentaries and short films on design and its subcultures. This year, the festival will be held over 9 days and will feature 23 screenings of 12 films and a conference.
SingaPlural 2014 returns for a 3rd edition from March 12 – 16 to showcase the best design elements from the multi-faceted creative spectrum – Advertising, Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, as well as Interior, Furniture, Graphic and Fashion Design. Organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council, SingaPlural 2014 is the anchor event of the Singapore Design Week and is held in conjunction with International Furniture Fair Singapore 2014/31st ASEAN Furniture Show , The Décor Show 2014 and Hospitality 360⁰.
Together with 8 other network partners of DesignS, this week-long design celebration features Singapore’s very own home-grown talents across the creative industries. From Singapore EXPO to the new National Design Centre and the streets of downtown, local audiences and international visitors are in for a visual treat in March 2014 with installations and exclusively curated design spaces, symposiums, competitions and many other activities to engage and evoke their design senses.
SingaPlural 2014 is supported by the DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, SPRING Singapore, the National Parks Board and American Hardwood Export Council. The Singapore Design Week is organised by the DesignSingapore Council, a part of the Ministry of Communications and Information.
This book offers a rare chance to read what graphic designers feel about their education and profession. 50 influential designers give the low-down about their student days and their professional lives. A piece of their college work is shown alongside an example of current work. Each designer also offers a key piece of advice and a warning, making this a must-read for anyone embarking on a career in design.
The book looks at the process a designer goes through in finding their 'voice'. Topics addressed include how ideas are researched and developed; design and other cultural influences, then and now; positive and negative aspects of working as a designer; motivations for becoming a designer; and whether it's really possible to teach design.
Contributors include Stefan Sagmeister, James Goggin, Karlssonwilker, Studio Dumbar, Daniel Eatock and Hyperkit.
About the Authors
Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou met while studying graphic design and set up Brighten the Corners after graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1999. They now have studios in London and Stuttgart. Frank is Professor of Graphic Design at Darmstadt University.
Gehry Partners has been selected over David Chipperfield, Adjaye Associates and seven other practices in an invited competition for a 300-unit residential tower in Berlin. The winning proposal, deemed “the most compelling” by jury for its rotating stacks of sculptural, stone-clad cubes that rise up to 150 meters, is expected to be Berlin’s tallest skyscraper and Germany’s tallest residential tower.
“Gehry’s design is strong in visual expression and introduces an unusually eccentric, new pattern for this location. Nevertheless, the façade radiates agreeable tranquility. In addition, the design blends well with the neighborhood and conveys all aspects of metropolitan living,” commented Regula Lüscher, Senate Building Director.
The majority of the Hines-developed, 500,000 square foot structure will be dedicated to a mixture of apartments and penthouses, however a portion of the tower will be used as a hotel.
This will be Gehry’s third project with the real estate giant, as the pair also collaborated on the Hines’ DZ Bank in Berlin and the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
© Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines
Gehry’s design is currently on view alongside the competition’s second and third place proposal, by Kleihues + Kleihues Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH and Barkow Leibinger Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, in a public exhibit at the annex to the Lichthof at Köllnischer Park 3, 10179 Berlin, through February 12, 2014.
© Gehry Partners, Courtesy of Hines
Building a modern Asian identity in furniture is a key to more sustainable growth for the region’s producers.
Fei Zhiwei Architects: Slow Architects
Location: Beijing, China
SPUR pop-up shop, December 2011