I was pretty stoked for the Singapore Design week/end. Finally some free solo time to roam around without work on my mind, let my mind wander and seek inspiration from what the local design scene was up to.
Temporium was first. The late morning light pouring through the windows bleached the iconic shophouse interior in a warm, welcoming white. Washed out walls coupled with the wandering souls caught mid-thought in Rebecca Toh’s last photo exhibition, ‘Alone in The Universe’ made the fact that it was the last day for this concept space all the more poignant. I’ll really miss this place and the wonderful exhibitions that were held here.
The second place was also a hidden find. Nong x Naiise nestled itself in a carpark space up on the 6th floor of People’s Park Complex.
It’s really quite a valiant effort, seeing so much green amongst the concrete because of these people passionate about bringing urban farming to our city.
They were also part of the Creative Circuits trail that day, and held a workshop on letterpressed coasters by The Fingersmith Letterpress for people visiting that day. Quite a workout though I must add, but there’s really nothing like seeing the rich debossed texture on thick white card!
My final stop before dinner was the recently refurbished National Design Centre. It’s nice to see them chronicle and highlight the efforts of various people in the creative industry. Hope this really incubates our design scene and brings forth how there are actually a lot of things going on in Singapore to the public and the world!
Design Incubation Centre, love their selection of materials, colour and texture.
The People’s Bench by Anonymous. Looks mighty comfy, someone was already sitting on the end of it when I took this photo.
Olivia Lee’s beautiful Float table and Revere glass vases for Industry+. Anything with natural materials just tugs at my heartstrings, especially when it’s in a beautiful well-thought form.
Seeing so many people strive so hard for what they love doing makes me yearn to refine the skills in anything I do, be it in work, in how I treat other people, in how I see the world.
I can’t quite put it into words yet, but I guess I sense out of all I’ve seen over the weekend, these local crafters and makers embody an attitude of honesty, hard work and humble pride to put out something they’re genuinely happy with to the world. Whether it’s in the study of plants, photography, food, furniture, we all want to do something we love, start somewhere and do it well to the end.