Spotted! Olivia Lee

THE DESIGN

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‘A Stream of Light’ is a reinterpretation of the classic sofa, and was designed by Olivia Lee in collaboration with her good friend and colleague, Alienor de Chambrier. The sofa is made from four separate items of furniture wrapped and bound in silk, wool and horse hair.

Olivia explains, “The D&AD Students Awards 2008 recently nominated us for a collaborated entry, responding to a design brief set by Vitra. We had to produce a piece of furniture that was unencumbered by commercial constraints and took inspiration from the latest Vitra Edition. Our approach started with a re-examination of the sofa and it’s being defined as a piece of upholstered furniture. We took the idea of upholstery and started to play with other kinds of traditional craft techniques such as crochet and knit – exploring ways of making comfort part of structure as well. We also began collecting a huge array of unusual materials (including horse hair, uncarded wool and unwoven silk) which we felt would build on the uniqueness and eccentricity of the piece. It was quite an organic process with both Alienor and myself agreeing that it was almost as if we were having a dialogue with each other through our weaving.

THE DESIGNER

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(From left) Olivia Lee and co-designer Alienor de Chambrier.

Olivia Lee was born in 1985. She studied BA(Hons) in Industrial Design at the NUS for two years until an overwhelming desire to widen her horizons compelled her to move overseas. Olivia explains, “In 2006, The DesignSingapore Council awarded me a design scholarship at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. I moved to London where I am now graduating with First Class honors in Product Design.”

Olivia plans to stay on in London after graduation and is currently seeking work.

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