Marvel at creative works by local talents and pick up some chic curios for your home while you're at SingaPlural.
Held as part of the Singapore Design Week at the F1 Pit Building this year, the fair’s new Pop-Up section features a curated selection of limited edition merchandise by local brands that you can purchase or pre-order while at the event.
Here’s a peek at a few of the top finds you can buy at the design festival.
Onlewo x FLIQ: BUBBA Dining Chair
Add a touch of Singapore-inspired kitsch to your home, with these quirky seats from lifestyle brand Onlewo. The local label has teamed up with design consultancy FLIQ to create dining chairs upholstered with six of its signature prints. The featured fabrics were inspired by Peranakan heritage and other uniquely Singaporean touches. If you can’t get enough of these prints, you’ll rejoice to find them on cushion covers, stools, lampshades and even cute clutches (created in collaboration with bag brand Ling Wu) at the design fair. Another tip: The fabric and wallcovering specialist will also reupholster old furniture, in case you’re thinking of giving a classic piece a brand new look.
Scene Shang x In Good Company Rice Bowl Set
For this collaboration, the furniture purveyor teamed up with local fashion label In Good Company to create a set of rice bowls. The prototype of the porcelain bowl was first shaped by pressing knitted fabrics from the clothing brand, to create the ribbed lines on each tableware. These were then sent to artisans at Jingdezhen in China, a city known for producing Chinese porcelain. “Previously, all pieces from Scene Shang were designed by me, but we felt it was time to start collaborating with other local talents,” explains co-founder Jessica Wong. “SingaPlural provided us opportunities to work with other designers who offer a different perspective to furniture and homeware.”
Image courtesy of SingaPlural
Scene Shang x Forest&whale Brass Chinese Chess Set
Want to own a playable chess set with uniquely Singaporean elements? Designed by local designer Wendy Chua of Forest&whale for local furniture brand Scene Shang, each of these chess pieces are pretty hefty in weight and were inspired by actual automotive parts. Each chess piece has been cut from solid brass, and is sold together with a maple wood board. “The 69 year-old auto parts specialist was so proud of his craft, that he would measure these pieces with calipers to show the precise diameters it was made with,” shares Jessica Wong, co-founder of Scene Shang. “We wanted to make the chess set a collector’s piece to celebrate his work.” Presently, there are just two chess sets available for sale.
The Porcelain Shop By Supermama Mamezara Porcelain Plates
Make your new tableware pieces talking points, with this selection of porcelain plates from Supermama. Its new “Mamezara” series come in a floral shape, featuring designs by local illustrators Adeline Tan, Anngee Neo, Kaiyee Tay, Lee Xin Li and Wan Xiang Lee. What you can expect to see on the plates: an eclectic mix of local flora and fauna, as well as scenes inspired by festivities and recognisable icons of our city.
Ette Tea x MessyMsxi
If you need to take a break, slow down and savour the newest Seri Kaya flavour from tea purveyor Ette Tea. You'll get to enjoy fresh brews in a quaint teahouse setting. The local tea brand has teamed up with multimedia artist MessyMsxi to create the Beauty in the Vernacular installation, which serves as a serene space for tea drinkers. More than 6,000 strips of pandan leaves form the green ceiling of the tea hut, to create a cosy setting within the fairgrounds.
Image courtesy of Ette Tea
SingaPlural is held from 7-12 March, from 11am to 10pm at the F1 Pit Building. Visit singaplural.com for more information.