by Michele Adriaens, 27 Oct 2015 |
Sometimes it’s the simple things that change our lives. Such was our surprise with NOAH, a functionally clever desktop cable organizer devised by Industrial Designers Kevin, JY and Ryan.
Kevin tells us what the organizer is all about (apart from looking terrific) …
“NOAH houses your cables with a simple twist. Designed with basic necessities in mind, it can efficiently store, organise and shorten laptop and phone cables on the tablescape. The secret lies in both the internal zig-zag structure and a quick looping gesture. Combined, this is the key step that gives NOAH the magic touch to extend or retract your cables. The internal zig-zag structure is cleverly designed to perform more. The taper form first organises cables on 3 distinct levels. It also doubles as a springboard that pops the lid off when one nudges the structure. Last, even when flushed against a flat wall, NOAH can still support cable storage with ease thanks to the tapering. All this, in a small package.”
Visit the Indiegogo campaign page for more details.
by Michele Adriaens, 7 Sep 2015 |
There is nothing simple about this bicycle. This is an experience of its own which will force you to indulge in comfortably riding. The design is by Eugene Tan, and you can check it out at ARTEFACT, an exhibition of product design works by the Class of 2015, NTU School of Art, Design & Media (Major in Product Design).
Eugene about his project …
With Singapore’s population growth over the years, transport systems have been tested to their limits, seeing increased cases of breakdowns. Solutions perhaps could be found overseas where countries with established cycling culture, successfully rent bikes to ease congestion while going green at the same time. The Dandy Project therefore seeks to investigate the feasibility of a bike sharing system within NTU, starting with terrain specific bicycle designs.
The usage of bike escalators installed at the sides of the hills to sling riders up hill for more convenience. This idea was initiated in parts of Europe will hilly terrain yet was still successful in encouraging the cleaner mode of transport, cycling. With the introduction of the bike escalators along these grueling terrain to cycle up, it not only makes going up hill a breeze but would also mean that once the cyclist is up there, he or she could practically cruise down hill to anywhere else in campus.
Having this opportunity to throw aside conventional design and reconstruct a bike from the ground up, it is essential that every single aspect be specifically chosen to live up the expectations of a sharing bike in campus. Components would have to be designed with each other in mind, ensuring that their key roles do not hinder one another. The final outcome of the campus bike would then have to be able to meet these requirements as listed below. The solution eventually came in a form of a swivel chair with its pneumatic adjustment pump. The pump was able to solve the intuitive and highly adjustable issue while adding the extra benefit of absorbing road vibrations and also eliminates the need of a seat post hence eliminating the problem of it every getting stolen. A new seat post design has been thoroughly thought through to be able to accommodate the three main issues of high adjustability to fit 95% of the population, intuitive adjustability as well as eliminating the need for a seat post, increasing its anti-theft abilities. The parallelogram structure was then added to ensure that the seat post is always horizontal to the ground, thus delivering the most commonly comfortable saddle position for any height of riders.”
The initial design took a minimalist approach to let the function control the form of the bicycle. The main aim was still to allow the bike to be built to incorporate the rear parallelogram while keeping the pneumatic pump hidden within the frame and out of sight. Upon further development, lighter materials and newer production processes were being looked into for the final design. To produce a highly complicated form for the campus bike, the ideal process of manufacturing would therefore be hydroforming aluminum. Adding the faceted designs to the frame not only adds aesthetics to the frame but it also where form meets function and serves to strengthen the frame.”
ARTEFACT runs until 27 September at the National Design Centre.
by Michele Adriaens, 5 Sep 2015 |
Huiyuan is only a few weeks out of her BA Fine Arts (Visual Communication) course at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design & Media, and today she here to inject some happy colours into your grey brain with her FYP titled D:AMTWOTP, which stands for “Distraction: A Mind That Went Out To Play”.
“D:AMTWOTP presents a range of playful and light-hearted distractions that fit into a fictional workstation. Through diverging user’s attention to seemingly mindless activities, the project intervenes the tendency to constantly seek after a desired outcome (objective). This project hopes to trigger user’s curiosity as a form of motivation through this intervention. Ultimately, it questions existing negative connotations of the word “distraction”, and invites users to rethink their expectation of “distraction”.”
More of Huiyuan’s project can be (and definitely should be) viewed here.
by Michele Adriaens, 31 Aug 2015 |
Pek Shun Ping is a product design graduate from the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) NTU. The featured Twist Bench is his final year project which will be exhibited in a collective exhibition, ARTEFACT at the National Design Centre from 5 till 27 September.
About the design: ”The project aims to circumspect the design process with materiality in mind and translating it into a furniture piece. The project was based on materials and bamboo was chosen to explore in order to focus and better facilitate the design process. The choice of bamboo is due to its myriad of desirable characteristics and the rich history of how bamboo is used as a raw material.
Twist bench was conceived through the exploration of materiality. It translates the inherent qualities of bamboo – flexibility, lightness and strength, through its form and function. The flexibility of the bamboo parts has allowed the individual strips to form distinct individual curves simply by hand without the need to create specialized parts that forms each curvature. Sense of lightness is reflected in the perforation between the bamboo strips generating spatial gaps and creating visual lightness echoing the repeated void in anatomy of the natural bamboo plant. The suspension of the whole structure on the stainless steel stand gives creates a floating quality to the bamboo structure. The strength of the bamboo strips has allowed minimal amount of material to be used yet retained the structural integrity of the bench for seating.
The concept for the twisted form was developed from the exploration of human interaction with the seat. This idea was largely influence by the idea of the oriental design in comparison to occidental design. The idea of ergonomics was a concept developed from the west as a signifier and comfort for the user when using products. However, in eastern design the focus was not on creating the most comfortable seat but rather the seater could decide on the most comfortable way of seating. Thus creating the variation of choice in seating option serves an exploration on the way the user interacts with the product. The variable seat height along the “twist” caters to the different heights of the users and allows the user to find the most comfortable seating position.”
ARTEFACT is an exhibition of product design works by the Class of 2015, NTU School of Art, Design & Media (Major in Product Design). Make sure to pop by.
by Michele Adriaens, 29 Aug 2015 |
Following up The Hare & the Flying Tortoise series, Gnome & Bow presents a new line up of stylish bags ahead of Fall/Winter.
Entitled Jekyill’s Hyde, the collection is described as a “modernized interpretation of the Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, exploring and reinterpreting the ideas of duality, change and acceptance. The range of bags and wallets are designed to showcase the two contending faces of human nature; the rational, reserved side versus the wilder, more spontaneous inner self. This idea manifests itself in the form of reversible bags, that allow one to keep up with both sides. One side features a classic and lustrous nylon for that go-getting professional while the flip side features a custom printed cotton canvas for that inner rebel.”
Available Friday 4 September from selected outlets.
by Michele Adriaens, 22 Aug 2015 |
If you’re looking for the next best thing in necklaces, pop by ACTUALLY between 2 and 5.30pm today (Saturday) for the launch of MYRRH, a jewellery line by Melissa Tong.
Intrigued by the intricacy of jewellery-making, the LASALLE Fashion Design graduate decided to do a short stint in Experimental Jewellery at Central Saint Martins. Her debut collection -Small Things- is inspired by geometrical shapes and structures …
(from the press release)
MYRRH is an accessories label that embodies a quiet feminine strength, intuition and faith that steeps deep within all the complexities and intricacies of the female mind and form. The name of the label takes reference from ‘myrrh’ as a medicine and anointing oil used in the bible to cleanse and purify women. The label, MYRRH, symbolizes a reawakening. After a long period of darkness, desolation and destructive tendencies in the years of her youth, MYRRH was birthed out of the designer’s innate desire to testify God’s healing power and the transformation in her life. Just as pure liquid myrrh is extracted through a slow distillation process from its resin, MYRRH is a significant representation of the designer’s healing process. From the deep and shadowed valleys, life emerges through a platform that doesn’t just provide for creative expression and design, but also serves as a place to inspire and encourage.”
MYRRH is stocked exclusively at ACTUALLY, Orchard Gateway #03-18.
by Michele Adriaens, 17 Aug 2015 |
There’s a bright blast of colour going down on our site today thanks to Graphic Designer and Illustrator Vera Lee. Vera graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NTU, School of Arts, Design & Media, majoring in Visual Communication, and according to her bio Henri Matisse is her hero and she loves Fauvism.
“Discovering Patterns of Interconnectedness is my final year project. All life is interconnected, forming a single living whole. Upon investigating nature’s fundamental energy pattern (the torus), this project reveals the findings of an interconnected universe visually, inferring the Chinese cosmology of the Five-Element theory (the study of five basic cosmic elements that make up the universe namely as metal, wood water, fire and earth). Using the five cosmic elements as a metaphor of the universe, prints/patterns are derived systematically according to interpretations and translations of the term “interconnectedness”. Through appreciating these prints/patterns and their underlying meanings, an interconnected worldview is conveyed in an interactive and light-hearted manner to the audience.”
by Michele Adriaens, 9 Aug 2015 |
Jonathan is a multi-disciplinary designer who only just graduated from NTU School of art design media with a Bachelor of Fine arts (Visual communication). “I believe in the carpe diem mentality and never miss an opportunity to live life to the fullest. Of course, every hero has his downtime, so occasionally, I indulge in being an armchair warrior when the discovery channel is on.”
The featured work, Seasons in Singapore, won him bronze at the 2014 Young Guns International Awards (Student Design category) and was included in issue 31 of the Chois Gallery magazine.
“People have long marked the change in seasons through observance and celebrations. Even though Singapore is a tropical country, the chinese in Singapore still charts the seasons through the chinese almanac and celebrates the seasons through the foods eaten that reflect the changes within nature . The foods eaten corresponds to the seasons and this editorial explores the intimate relationship between foods and season, thus bringing forth the meaning of celebrating the seasons.
This editorial is divided into five major chinese festivals celebrated in Singapore, each chapter with different booklet size casading down from one season to the next, to emulate the idea of a timeline as the 24 chinese seasonal terms are being told. A moon phase icon leads the viewers from the first month to the next while the colours of the seasons guides the viewer through the different chapters of the book. The photos and colours of each chapter are connected to the senses of the seasons, bringing meaning to the design elements in the editorial.
The book also has a calendar attached that allows the viewer to chart and follow these changes. The Calendar measures 30cm (H)x 250cm (L) when unfolded, or it could be tucked behind the book, acting also as a chapter marker for each of the seasons for the book. This serves as a meaningful way to mark the seasons and take note of the changes within the nature around us, thus gives a deeper meaning to celebrating the seasons in Singapore.”