Spotted! ARMORE




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”.”


ONE by VOORT Studio




Designers Yong Kang and Kevin are VOORT Studio, a collective that focuses on designing clean and minimalist timepieces. As they launch their first line of watches on Kickstarter, Kevin walks us through the technical details.

“While lifestyle products have drastically changed over the years, the user experience with analogue watches has not really changed much. In fact, the jutting watch crown can sometimes be a bother. We thus wanted to create a timepiece that is not only visually beautiful, but also pleasurable to use, fiddle and wear.

Setting the time …
Instead of a protruding crown, ONE presents the element in the form of a button that is integrated towards the back, resulting in a perfect circular symmetry. With a single push and hold, the watch hands rotate smoothly in place. To set, simply release your finger once you have reached your desired time. It’s as easy as that!

Glow in the dark …
The watch hands are specially treated with a luminous phosphorescent (also known as lume) such that it emits a soft, warm glow in the dark. This way, you can tell the time naturally under low light conditions. At the end of each watch hand is a deliberately contrasted colour tip. Using that as a reference marker, you can tell the time. As the lume treatment is only done on the white portions of the watch hands, it is easy to differentiate the hour hand (shorter lume) from the minute hand (longer lume) even in the dark.

The mechanism …
At the heart of ONE is a carefully selected Swiss Quartz mechanism which matches perfectly with our design. We went back and forth with professional watch manufacturers to ensure that the mechanism works seamlessly with the watch body. The watch body is machined from high grade surgical steel which is extremely tough, durable and corrosion resistant.

Water resistant …
The toughest challenge, which turned out to be our greatest achievement, is optimising the watch case and mechanism to be water resistant. We were told that with a button of our size, water resistance is almost impossible. Yet, after numerous months of trial and error, we finally have our first water resistant prototype with a working seal.

Customize …
We recognise the fact that everyone shares different tastes and preferences.  The watch is designed to work with NATO or leather straps such that people can easily transform it from a casual, fashion watch into a formal, dress watch with a quick tuck, slide and pull.”


Furrie & Shortie by Neighbourgoods




Last week, Neighbourgoods duo Yvonne and James revealed a new project; a fun comic on the adventures of a pessimist and an optimist as they try to make the best out of society and each other’s idiosyncrasies.

To Be The Most Wonderful You / 做最美好的自己 is the title of Issue #1, and it contains special illustrations by Holycrap, James Tan, Messymsxi, Theseus Chan and Wu Yanrong.

So what is the comic about then James?

“At some point of our life, many of us may ask ourselves ‘How did my life turn out this way?’. Sometimes, it is just hard to accept who you are, and the situation that you are in.

When Yvonne and I made the comic, somehow Furrie is usually the pessimistic one, while Shortie became the ultimate optimist. They are ol skool comic oddballs who stick out a little from everyone else. That’s why Furrie in one chapter has an identity crisis and wanders into the jungle! And in another, they encounter some troubling behaviors in society today, and in their own small and hopefully funny ways, they act – for good!

One thing for sure, we wanted people who read to believe that life – no matter how dark – can still get better if you allow yourself to be the most wonderful you.”

During the book launch this Saturday at K+ (Scotts Square level 3), you can pick up a copy of the book. And when you bring along an old tee or a tote bag, Yvonne will draw Furrie and Shortie on it for you! Alternatively, you can email to pre-order a copy at the early bird price of $28.


Bag It! The GIOVARE Clutch



When it comes to finding a Christmas-worthy accessory for your boo, you can’t go wrong with this unerringly appealing clutch bag. Splash and scratch proof and crafted from supple Nappa leather, the RFID blocking GIOVARE is finished with a pocketed interior that’s spacious enough to stow his toys and keep his cards, pens and cables organised.

The designers behind the Singapore made GIOVARE are Teddy Fernando and Febrian Pottanobu. “We both love traveling and usually carry a lot of things. We realised that we were carrying our things around the wrong way. Our stuff was always tangled and disorganised inside our bag, and even little things like grabbing our earphones was troublesome.”

The clutch bag comes in a variety of color options and is funding on Kickstarter.


Why we love the KIN Wallet


If you’re itching for a new wallet to hold your cards, notes and coins, look no further than the KIN Wallet. 2000% funded in less than 2 weeks, KIN is the world’s first wallet to separate your cash and coins for you.

“We’ve all experienced the pains of holding up the queue while fumbling with change. And thus, KIN was born – an elegant solution to this everyday dilemma to bring greater ease and convenience to our lives. Everything – yes, everything – goes in from the top. Coins are easily retrieved from the pocket on the side. But the wallet holds more than just coins – keys, memory cards, you name it, KIN’s got it.”

KIN was conceptualised by Cheryl Ho, Lim Li Xue, and Ng Ai Ling and hit Kickstarter on November 1. Go ahead and check it out, you’ll love it!




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