For 23-year-old Abbie Lim, furniture design has been quite an experience. A NAFA Furniture Design Major Graduate of 2007, she received the best of Product Award at PLATFORM 2008. “It was a great exposure as I received feedback and comments,” Abbie adds. “I did not expect my design to be selected for the ‘Best Product Award’ from among the outstanding participants. This has definitely value-added to my brand and has raised my confidence to a higher level. Through the award, I was given the opportunity to be featured in several magazine interviews.”
Abbie is currently the key designer of one : five. Through this process, she discovered her strength and passion for hands-on modeling. “Design to me lies in an individual sensitivity and gut feel,” Abbie explains. “I want to create furniture that evokes different kinds of feelings, furniture that has the ability to comfort someone both physically and emotionally.” Abbie strives to create her models through the use of her own hands. This personal touch brings her closer to her creations and she believes that this would stimulate the emotions of the users as well.
Abbie’s ‘Sponge’ collection was recently on display at Tokyo Designer’s Week, ZERO EXHIBITON 2008, an event for discovering new and young designers. “In my mind, the idea of having a group of people sitting, having a conversation, reading, relaxing, enjoying each others’ company was what kept me to design my first collection. ‘Sponge’ is the interpretation I hope can just do that. It is also through this observation that it focuses on the way one lives has evolved around people around us through the use of basic material – high density foam – polyurethane foam (PU foam) and felt.”