Jansen Tan’s desirable Coastliner

Images Coastliner in the wild (Ryan Davis, Yaer Productions)

Today we herald the arrival of the Coastliner, a beautifully crafted bicycle for the fashion-conscious urbanite designed by former national “BikeTrial” athlete and industrial designer Jansen Tan. The meticulously engineered bicycle has the power to help you brave the urban environment with peace of mind, and it will transform you into the most stylish biker as you whizz around the dot.

“Designed to be clean and uncluttered, the Coastliner is the first bicycle with all the unsightly brake lines hidden inside a 100% seamless aluminium frame with no visible welds. This is made possible with the patented “Stealth Internal Cable Routing”, an innovation by Jansen.

Made for the busy urbanite, the Coastliner has no user serviceable parts. With a carbon belt driven system made of stretch-free carbon fibre tensile cords, the system is completely rust proof with no need for extraneous lubrication. The advanced urethane technology allows the belt to be weather resistant, flexible and durable.

Urban and leisure cyclists seek comfort and ease of maintenance. The Coastliner is fitted with comfortable soft touch foam grips and microfibre saddles that work well with our humid weather. With its seamless aluminium frame, hidden brake cables and the carbon belt driven system, the bicycle can be cleaned easily, and virtually maintenance-free.”

The Coastliner comes in Matte White, Satin Chrome, Grey and Pearl White. For more info, visit Coast Cycles.

Jamie Yeo’s Ascend Cane Tip

Jamie Yeo is just about to graduate from Industrial Design at the NUS School of Design & Environment, and she designed a system for the elderly to understand quantitatively about their walking.

“For the elderly, having to use the walking stick feels like it will lead to a deterioration of health. But that is not the case! A walking stick is meant to help increase their physical capacity. ascend is an adaptive cane tip that senses the walking information of the elderly and gives feedback in a form of an app for the elderly to show them the positive effects of using a walking stick. This data can then be shared with the physiotherapist and they can also use it to aid them to understand more of the patient’s progress and recovery.”

About Jamie: “I am often intrigued by narratives and meanings found in our relationship with objects and the environment. Through research and observations, I often gather insights that inform and build upon this constant discovery. By translating these discoveries into design, I hope to bring about delightful realisations, surprise and wonders in relationships between people, things and our environment.”

Find out more about Jamie’s design at the NUS DID Grad Show which runs from 23 through 25 May at The Plaza – National Library Building.

Project Plug: Sin City by Kult

Walk on the dark side with the new ’Sin City’ series of tote bags and t-shirts by Kult. With a local, playful take on cult film classics, each piece is a mash-up of familiar local street names such as Last Tango in Pasir Ris, The Desker Chainsaw Massacre, Big Trouble in Little India, Geylang Vice Squad, Balestier Galactica and Buona Vista Social Club.

The tote bags are available in editions of 15 and t-shirts in editions of 20. They can be purchased at the new Kult online store or from the gallery on Mount Emily.

Spotted! Rianne Wynn

Rianne Wynn loves working with vibrant organic forms, and the complex yet simple designs of nature are a source of endless inspiration. “Combined with the narrative and metaphorical meaning we can draw from the myriad of life in the world, nature-inspired design touches both my heart and senses. Also, I enjoy getting hands-on and exploring new ideas, and often find myself blurring the lines between art, craft, and design.”

About her Lotus tableware set: “It is a dining set is made up of a cup, bowl, and plate. Inspired by the rich meaning as well as the form of the lotus flower, Lotus tableware hopes to enrich our dining experience, encouraging it to be an oasis in the midst our hectic urban lives. Its elegant yet dynamic design, hand-crafted in wood, reminds us of the lotus’ graceful strength as it blossoms out of the murkiest waters.”

Rianne is a graduating product designer from the NTU, school of Art, Design & Media.

The Hare & the Flying Tortoise by Gnome & Bow

“What if bags could be more? What if bags could tell stories?” The idea spawned and I became engrossed with challenge of seamlessly telling a story not through writing, but through a bag, a marvel that’s certainly the first of its kind.” – Quanda Ong.

Over the week-end I was cruising crowdfunding platform Pozible when I came across Gnome & Bow. There’s lots of things I like about the brand after spending some time on their project page. I like the designs, I like the colourways, I like the quirky details. But most of all I like the ‘storybook’ idea.

Founded by Quanda Ong, swapping a career in banking for design, he describes “we relish the challenge of seamlessly telling a story not through writing, but through our bags, a marvel that’s certainly the first of its kind.  As you use our bags, you’ll discover subtle details that reveal a story you’ll find familiar but also with something different you’ve yet to encounter. At the same time, these very details make our bags beautiful to look at and fascinating to use.”

Inspired by the tale of The Hare & the Flying Tortoise, Gnome & Bow just released their debut collection consisting of a folio, a briefcase, a duffel, a backpack, a cardholder, a card sleeve, a billfold wallet and a bracelet. The bags are made of a 12oz cotton canvas in Camouflage, Navy and Camel and matched with a Mahogany leather. Wallets are made of Oxblood leather and the bracelets are made of a chestnut leather. Nice!

Spotted! James Chin

There is nothing so soothing as sitting on a park bench surrounded by cooing pigeons pecking greedily at bread crumbs. James Chin perfectly captures this feeling with his Pigeon outdoor furniture. “With the furniture set I hope to promote communal activities by inviting people to come together and sit to have chats or meals. The set is made up of two different recycled carbon fibre pieces. Most of the pieces in the set are seen in a feeding frenzy while only one piece looks up curiously, as if inviting curious passerby to join in.”

James is a graduating product designer from NTU, school of Art, Design & Media. “My design encompasses practicality and function, with a preference for minimalistic beauty. My works that I do constantly challenge the existing normal. Most of my creativity is inspired by humour and the observation of life’s quirk.”

Singapore Design Week: Design Futures

(from the press release)

An exhibition by the Design Incubation Centre, Division of Industrial Design, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore; The Design Futures exhibition will be held at the National Design Centre of Singapore, in conjunction with the Singapore Design Week 2014.

What is the future landscape of design in Singapore? What new possibilities are there for the practice of design and what are the tools that will be relevant to the new generation of designers to navigate this changing terrain? These are some of the questions the Design Incubation Centre (DIC) has set out to investigate since its inception.

The exhibition will showcase research, projects and capabilities developed both in the Centre and in the Division of Industrial Design. Featured projects include Roly Poly, which touches on the realm of augmented sensibilities; Fusilli App, which allows users to customise bracelets through hand gestures, medical projects such as Functional Prosthetic Finger and interactive games like Pump-O-Mania.

The exhibition also features a 3D Scanning Event; “Collective Consciousness in 3D – An invitation to be digitised in 3D”. Part art installation, part documentation, part archival, the event invites the public to have themselves digitised in 3D using the 3D Scanning Technology. These 3D versions are available on a website for viewing, downloading or 3D printing.

The exhibition runs from 8 till 16 March at the National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road.

Spotted! Lucien Ng




Lucien Ng‘s just graduated with a Diploma in Communication Design from LASALLE, College of the Arts and he is now working towards a degree in Advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Lucien about his work: “Over the years my work and ideals have evolved many times, but now I would say that the most important thing for me/us – the younger generation – is tradition/history. We need to have a clear understanding of what tradition is before we can innovate. To make something new but at the same time respect the classics.”

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