by Michele Adriaens, 15 Jan 2015 |
Industrial Designer Delane Foo was pursuing a degree at NUS Industrial Design, when she decided to take leave of absence and co-found Novelsys. Her first product, the ampere wireless charging phone sleeve launches today at 8.10 pm on Kickstarter. Wireless is one way of describing Delane’s first product; another way is ‘just-drop-and-charge-works-every-time’. The sleeve is made for Android and iPhone, comes in a petite or plus size and is available in blackest black, blushberry, brogue and -my choice colour- midnight black.
Here’s Delane, getting all technical on us: “ampere’s easily-accessible USB ports enable you to recharge the sleeve, charge an additional device, or to fast-charge your smartphone when you urgently need more power. Charging is four times faster than a normal USB. Designed with the highest build quality, ampere has a battery slimmer than a pencil, encased in unbending aluminium to dissipate heat, wrapped in premium, durable fabric that can weather the pressures of daily use. ampere includes a battery and wireless charger so you can keep your smartphone going all day. You can control when charging begins, monitor ampere’s battery levels in minutes and hours, use your phone to find ampere when you’ve misplaced it, and password-protect ampere.”
by Michele Adriaens, 3 Jan 2015 |
A hand-marbled U-shape Swing Necklace with round beads strung with gold-toned hardware, a Triangle Necklace mixing a series of hand-formed beads in a contrast of cylindrical and triangular shapes and even a solid hand-marbled Glow Lunar Necklace.
These are just some of the architectural-chic pieces that make up the modern-urban collection by Basic Unit of Matter x CAVALIER.
Shop for them in the CAVALIER Vault.
by Michele Adriaens, 15 Dec 2014 |
Pixie from Of Trying Times and Indigold‘s Lisa Lee met at The Local People night market in Chinatown where they decided to collab on a 4-dimensional Christmas jewel candle gift bundle.
Lisa: “Inspired by the concept of the Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, imagine opening up a gift to find your own golden ticket. The Golden Amber scented candle is adorned with a beautifully hand-marbled resin necklace designed by Pixie. To retrieve your necklace, you have to light the candle which slowly melts away to a gold sachet. Peel off the layers of foil and you’ll find the rest of your necklace.”
Only 12 pieces will be made, and they are now available for pre-oder on HAYSTAKT.
by Michele Adriaens, 6 Dec 2014 |
Forced to spend all your time searching for the perfect present for ‘That Friend Who Hates Stuff’? Let’s see them try to resist this selection from The little dröm store. What’s not to love?
‘Steady Pom Pipi’ Tote.
‘Huat Ah’ Badge.
‘Kan cheong Spider’ Badge.
Sounds of Singapore Glasses.
SGIFF x dröm: Eric Khoo – 12 Storeys pin.
Strangely Singaporean Pencil Box Set (of 10).
by Michele Adriaens, 4 Dec 2014 |
We continue the countdown to Christmas today with seven papergood ideas we’ve picked out for your shopping list this year. Here goes …
2015 ziggysmalldust x iloveweekends photography print wall calendar. Foodie Pattern Notebooks by wheniwasfour.
EZ Office Aide stickers by Somewhere Else. Available at Allscript Magazines and The little dröm store.
Christmas in Singapore Coasters by The Coaster People. Chapalang Special Christmas Goodie Bags by Ella Zheng.
Kampong Kards (also available at Naiise).
The Fingersmith Letterpress Christmas Cards (also available at Cat Socrates, the Red Dot Design Museum shop, Naiise and SPUR. Hej Juni Christmas Cards (also available at Naiise).
by Michele Adriaens, 3 Dec 2014 |
Suit by Coupe Cousu. Dress Aijek by Danelle Woo.
Suit – Evenodd by Samuel Wong. Dress Light by Sabrina Goh.
Jewellery by Yuki Mitsuyasu.
Bag by Ling Wu.
Shentonista has a reputation for getting that all-important outfit just right. We asked them to go down to W.E. #3 at 313@Somerset, and round up some of their favorite pieces for the festive season.
by Michele Adriaens, 2 Dec 2014 |
Our first gift inspiration guide is courtesy of our friends at HAYSTAKT . They offer seven stylish and practical items for this holiday season ranging from prints to soft colorful socks to memory sticks and even a DVD.
1. Limited Edition Handwritten RISO Prints by The Letter J Supply
2. HEXA Pins by Rhombus Designs
3. Goodpair Socks by Medium Rare
4. Transparent Boxy Clutch by Envet
5. “Being” The Thoughts and Works of Nathan Yong 2006 – 2014 by Nathan Yong Design
6. DADO Laser Etched Wooden Memory Sticks by Etch
7. Innocents DVD by analog robot and Objectifs films
by Michele Adriaens, 25 Nov 2014 |
Fahmy Ishak fell into the business of making aprons after crafting his first piece for a barista. “I was busy sewing an apron whilst working in a retail store when a client walked in. He was intrigued by my work and asked whether he could get it for his upcoming competition. From that one purchase came a slew of orders from baristas, bartenders, chefs and tattoo artists.”
Mid 2012 he launches FIN, yielding a range of patched and mended (boro) messenger bags and clutches and hand stitched aprons of soulful beauty. Other offerings include bags in timeless and sturdy materials like waxed canvas with bright and bold static rope handles, and denim bags with hickory lining, leather handles and dead stock brass YKK’s.
“My materials are mostly sourced from Japan and Bali. I love working with dead stock fabrics and hardware as it adds to the value to the product. As for the totes, I love them and use them more than any other genre of bag. Prior to FIN I already owned two dozens of totes. I love simple products made beautifully, and most importantly products that can stand the test of time.”
Lovely gear and – take note Santa - customizable!