Showers Forecasted by Andrew Loh

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CLEAR SKIES – Inspired by sun loving plants. Pure glycerin soap leaves are infused with a variety of scents. Pick a fresh new leaf and scent for your shower each day.

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MONSOON RAINS – Multiple layered soap. Various natural exfoliating bath fibers are mixed into the various scented layers of soap. The layers erode away with each shower, revealing a new surface of exfoliating texture and scent.

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SUNNY WITH ISOLATED RAINS – Twin set of hand made shower soaps with points to blissfully massage your daily cares away. Mild goat’s milk soap with a exfoliating merino wool felt outer layer.

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PARTLY CLOUDY – Hand made mild goat’s milk soap with a felted merino wool outer layer. Wool fibers are excellent as an exfoliating agent and its natural antibacterial quality renders it completely hygienic throughout its life. No more soggy soaps, it air dries completely after every shower by standing on its legs which doubles as handles when bathing.

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LIGHT WINDS – Elegant and delicately scented shavings of soap petals.

SHOWERS FORECASTED is a series of handmade soaps devised by visual artist and industrial designer Andrew Loh. Based around meteorological terms, the minimally chic soaps will bring visual happiness and a sensorial experience for those who lather up.

“In tropical Singapore, the weather is reassuringly constant, some may say it is even boring as it is routinely either hot or raining outside. However, upon closer observation, we find that the weather has many distinct states and personalities. Similarly, SHOWERS FORECASTED is my re-imagination of how mundane daily rituals can offer moments of fun and delight. These objects will inspire a new appreciation for our daily showers, these rare and valuable moments of quiet respite in our buzzing fast paced, always connected lives.”

Andrew runs a design studio and his portfolio is full with engaging art, design installations and carefully crafted objects. Check it out!

The Sheer Jacket by The Minimalist Brand

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The Minimalist Brand is made up of Shawn, Alphonso and Edwin. Together they started out designing minimalist wallets, launching their first Kickstarter campaign in 2014. “Fast forward to 2016, we felt that we were limiting our creative juices to just wallets; we could do more. Since then, we have been designing, tinkering and prototyping all sorts of crazy ideas and bringing the best of our innovations to you.”

Using water-resist, anti-odor and heat regulating technology, the boys are equipping the traveller with a cover-up that comes with plenty of practical features.

“The jacket incorporates convenience and cutting edge technology to ensure wearers enjoy optimal comfort during any activity in multiple weather conditions. It is highly versatile, uniquely portable, and the sheer, lightweight design allows you to fold it into a small, space-saving bundle when not in use.

Available in black, blue and grey, the jacket has an exterior made of waterproof fabric, even the zippers. It’s lined with organic bamboo fabric that has a variety of premium qualities. Bamboo fabric is breathable, has thermal regulating and insulating qualities, and contains innate anti-bacterial properties that enable the fabric to fight the growth of bacteria that leads to odors.

A zippered, detachable hood is integrated into jacket’s design that’s equipped with a sleeping mask. A hidden zippered pocket contains a travel pillow that’s easily inflated with just two breaths and is equipped with a quick-deflate mechanism. Wearers will find a pair of attached hidden gloves for warmth that fold back under the cuffs when they’re not needed or individuals can simply keep their hands toasty in the warming pockets.

The minimalist jacket is designed with eight utility pockets for essentials that include a wallet, passport, pen and keys. The phone pocket is large enough to accommodate an iPhone 7 Plus with room to spare and the pocket for sunglasses includes a frame loop to hold them securely in place. A cable opening facilitates earphone management and the jacket contains a magnetic earphone holder. A combination detachable clip and bottle opener completes the jacket.”

Support Sheer on Kickstarter.

Project Coal by Crystal Lee

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Calico fabric dyed in madder, stretched on wooden frames, 2017. Showcased at Gillman Barracks during the Singapore Art Week curated by Supermama Store and Design Nee Standard.

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Calico fabric dyed in black tea, 2017. Showcased at Gillman Barracks during the Singapore Art Week curated by Supermama Store and Design Nee Standard.

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Fabric swatch, calico dyed with henna and black tea.

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Dye swatches from personal sketchbook.

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Project Coal’s naturally dyed drawstring bag, dyed in logwood.

One look at Project Coal during Design New Standard, got us wanting to know who produced this beautiful work.

Crystal Lee graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2013 with a diploma in Fine Arts. From there, she headed to  England where she focused her attention on exploring the process of natural dyeing. When she returned to Singapore, Crystal launched Project Coal, a platform that showcases her dyes and inspirations.

“Project Coal focuses on the exploration and experimentation with natural dyeing on textiles. I am highly influenced by the japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic. We value the perfection in imperfections, therefore no two dyed products are ever exactly the same. Natural dyeing creates stains that are inconsistent, raw, and to me, beautiful.”

Naturally we love this. Very much.

PLAIN SUPPLIES’ Everyday Watch

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When you want to add some affordable-chic attitude to your look, this timepiece is the answer. Courtesey of accessory label PLAIN SUPPLIES, the watch just launched on Kickstarter.

“We know it’s never easy to find the perfect watch: a timepiece that suits your individual style and is durable enough for daily wear and frequent travel. We wanted a pocket-friendly all-rounder that takes away the need to own several watches.”

Refined by listening closely to customers’ feedback over the years, the watches are designed to be versatile, durable and affordable …

“The watches come with a clean watch face and an unlabelled dial. Each of the three interchangeable wrist straps creates a different look to suit any occasion and outfit.
The watches are encased in 316L stainless steel, water-resistant up to 30ATM or 30M, made using Japanese Miyota GL15 quartz movements and come with a one-year international warranty. The three watch straps – mesh, leather and nato – are made of durable stainless steel, genuine cow leather and soft nylon nato.”

Click here to support the project.

Spotted! ARMORE

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Jacqueline Loo, Irene Taniady and Yip Fang Ting a three second-year students from the Diploma in Design (Object & Jewellery) course under the 3D Design Programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ School of Art & Design.

Their handcrafted designs were recently showcased at the Academy’s Open House.

“We conceptualised “ARMORE”, a play on the French word “amour” for love, and “armour” from the military reference in English. Two pairs of accessories – a leather pin set and a silver medallion set – are fashioned to mimic the aspects of the military uniform, with the lapels and dog tags respectively. They are meant to be used as a pair, or conferred to a significant other. It comes as no surprise that the pieces identify the respective partners as either the “Best Recruit” or “Best Commander”.”

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