Explore This Neo-Tropical Exhibition For Decor Inspiration

Art & Design

February 7, 2018 | BY Hong Xinying

Turn your urban space into a cosy cocoon with verdant details—visit the first-ever exhibition by Singapore Tatler Homes which features displays inspired by our tropical climate.

What does it take to craft an interior that’s uniquely yours, while being attentive to the needs of our tropical climate? It’s a question that designers often ponder upon—and the focus of the first-ever exhibition by Singapore Tatler Homes.

Titled Neo-Tropical: Designing In The Time Of Climate Change, this exhibition examines the ways in which design can shape our urban spaces while being in harmony with its surroundings. Running from now to February 25 at National Design Centre, the exhibition is also an extension of the Tatler Design Awards, our inaugural signature event which celebrates the achievements of the local design scene.

(Related: Introducing The Tatler Design Awards)

Designed in collaboration with local interior design firm New Nyew, the exhibition features a few key elements that help urbanites create a tropical cocoon—with the goal of creating a home that exists harmoniously with nature, one step at a time. 

Through careful consideration of how an interior is conceptualised and realised, the exhibition features decorative details inspired by the tropics, as well as products crafted with thoughtful design details, eco-conscious functions as well as technological innovations that help create a better space. It celebrates living sustainably, even in the smallest of ways, such as opting for well-crafted, timeless designs and energy-saving appliances. 

Participating brands at the exhibition include British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins, Italian furniture purveyor Flexform, South Korean electronics brand LG, art gallery Ode to Art, local ceiling fan brand Spin, homegrown rug specialist The Rug Maker, art and design e-commerce platform The Artling and French upholstery brand Pierre Frey.

Scroll through the photo gallery for a closer look at the exhibition in the images below:

Local rug specialist The Rug Maker is known for its bespoke pieces, each personalised for the space it decorates. The rug tiles displayed on the wall show a wide range of its past designs, next to the Lautan rug created in collaboration with architecture firm WOHA.

Headquartered in Meda, Italian furniture brand Flexform produces collections that pair timeless styles with made-in-Italy craftsmanship, all the while conveying a quiet elegance that fits beautifully into myriad interior schemes.

Each of these ceiling fans from local brand Spin feature an Ultra Dynamics DC Motor that make them more energy-efficient than traditional AC fans; its N-mode is also able to simulate the wind flow similar to that of a calming sea breeze.

Interior design firm New Nyew designed this feature wall, which features a hexagonal array of wood grain-effect laminates.

This area features a painting of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam by Hanoi-based artist Hong Viet Dung, from Ode to Art. Next to it are a pair of LG Stylers, which utilise a chemical-free steam technology to sanitise clothing; its SmartThinq technology lets you track its energy consumption, while its dehumidifying function also refreshes your closet and indoor spaces. On the right is a botanical wallpaper from Pierre Frey, and the LG 77” Signature OLED TV—the latter renders a billion vivid colours without any light leakage and its energy-saving function is also able to adapt the screen’s brightness to the ambient light in any room.

Located at the entrance of the exhibition is an artwork by Miami-based artist Rainer Lagemann from Ode to Art. Made from melded steel squares, it celebrates the strength and delicacy of the human body.

Audio equipment from British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins plays music inspired by nature, as well as classic tunes to create a calming mood. This selection is accompanied by an array of complementary decorative objects and design tomes.

Displayed on the top shelf is a set of acrylic vessels by local firm Studio Juju for Industry+, available from The Artling; it rests above a quartz countertop from Aurastone.

Watch the making of the exhibition in the video below:

For the first-time ever, Singapore Tatler Homes has mounted an exhibition that brings the magazine to life. Devoted to Neo-Tropical living, it shows elements that can help urbanites create a tropical cocoon one step at a time.

Neo-Tropical: Designing In The Time Of Climate Change
Date and Time:
February 2-25, 12pm-8pm on weekdays and 12pm-6pm on weekends; the exhibition is closed during the Lunar New Year from 15-18 February
Venue: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Level 1, Design Gallery

Photography: Benny Loh 
Art direction: Khairul Ali

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