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Apr 22

2015

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5 Singaporean Design Talents to Watch

Influential online design journal Core77.com graciously includes OLIVIA LEE in a list of 5 Singapore Design Talents to Watch. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Inspired by the radical approach of Studio Alchimia in the 1970’s, Singapore Design: The Alchemists presents  the work of 15 young Singaporean designers who are leveraging technologies, processes and unusual materials to develop, as the co-curator Stefano Casciani posits, “a more contemporary attitude for designing in the global context.”

Image by Franco Chimenti courtesy of The Alchemists. All other images courtesy of The Alchemists. (Re-posted from Core77.com)

Drawing from the sights, smells and shapes that define a Singaporean landscape, these designers are performing modern alchemy, transforming the mundane into the exquisite. Here are five to watch…”

To view the full article, please click here.

 

Apr 20

2015

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La Triennale di Milano

Instruments of Beauty” a collection of brass mathematical instruments by OLIVIA LEE was presented at the prestigious La Triennale di Milano between 14-19 April. OLIVIA was among 15 Singapore designers handpicked for the Singaporean showcase entitled The Alchemists at Milan Design Week 2015.

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PRESS RELEASE

15 talents from Singapore explore the magic in design through the looking glass of a new alchemy: a selection of tools and objects inspired by the alchemical process of transforming substances such as lead into gold.

The ‘Alchemist’ is a nod to the Italian movement of the 1970s, Studio Alchimia, whose members’ experimental design pieces resulted in a design language and creativity that challenged the status quo. It was a radical design movement that pushed the boundaries of design, and changed the global design landscape for the future.

The title also aims to convey a seemingly magical element, or role, that exists in the act of designing or making. The alchemist of yesteryear dedicated their life to the transformation of materials, from the ordinary to the precious, most commonly from metal into gold. The starting point for The Alchemist project was ‘the designer as alchemist: what can be designed by applying the process of transmutation?’

A new generation of designers from Singapore embarked on a creative investigation through design – of language, mythologies, and philosophies. The Alchemist project is curated by Italian editor, writer and designer Stefano Casciani, and co-curated by designer Patrick Chia, who is also the founding director of Singapore’s Design Incubation Centre.

The Alchemist showcase is the result of a lecture and workshop series. These design prototypes will be shown in a 5 day exhibition at the Triennale di Milano in April 2015. 

 

Mar 24

2015

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Designboom features The Marvellous Marble Factory

“The Marvellous Marble Factory” catches the sharp eyes of Philip Stevens from Designboom and is highlighted for Singapore Design Week 2015.

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This project was commissioned by the curators of Singaplural and done in partnership with Singapore’s leading stone cutter and importer – Polystone. SingaPlural 2015 is the anchor event of the singapore design week and is held in conjunction with international furniture fair singapore 2015/32nd ASEAN furniture show, the décor show 2015 and hospitality 360ºSingaPlural celebrates design, in all its forms, functions, stories and inspirations.

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Apr 22

2014

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“Float” in Surface Asia April/May 2014

The debut collection of Industry+ is featured in Surface Asia’s Apr/May 2014 issue. The handsome 8-page spread includes a well-considered write-up from Asih Jenie as curated by Adele Chan. The Float table gets an honoured spot on page 144.

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“We told the designers to create something dear to their hearts. Something that reflects their Asian subconscious” – Yoichi Nakamuta

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“We want the end products to blur the boundaries of art and design; hence we collaborate not only with product designers but also players across all fields of the creative industries. These cross-discipline collaborations enrich the industry and push our manufacturing capability.” – PC Ee

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Feb 26

2014

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“Struck” featured at Singaplural 10-16 March 2014

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Breathing new life to pruned tree logs salvaged and collected 30 LifeStories – Remembering Parks is a meaningful exhibition that enables Singaporeans to recapture memories of times spent in our many parks and gardens. A total of 30 creative installations by Singapore designers and artists will reflect themes of the park environment, communal spaces and social events.

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Struck by Olivia Lee will be showcased at “30 LifeStories – Remembering Parks” on Dhoby Ghaut Green during Singapore Design Week 2014. This invite-only showcase was made possible through the generous efforts of Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Sculpture Society (Singapore) and National Parks Board.

Struck has also been proudly shortlisted to be featured in a media preview of “30 Life stories – Remembering Parks” at The Foothills of Fort Canning Park next month.

 

Exhibition Details:

 
March 12-16, 2014
 
30 LifeStories – Remembering Parks
Dhoby Ghaut Green
10 Penang Road
Singapore 238469
 

Transport
Nearby Stations: Dhoby Ghaut
Bus Lines: 7, 36, 65, 77, 124, 128, 167, 502, 518, 700

 

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Feb 20

2014

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Filial Piety

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How could she ever look at Mother the same way again?

Illustration by Olivia Lee