Construct Magazine by TWC

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Construct Magazine caught our eye for obvious reasons. A quick scroll through revealed it to be an in-house publication by The Working Capitol.

Editor Sal Seah spoke to Culturepush about how the publication evolved.

“It began as Capitol Press, a biweekly print publication we produced in-house for about a year. It was an 8-page digest, with community profiles, upcoming events, and various guides to the neighbourhood. There were 25 editions of Capitol Press, but they were only ever distributed from within the walls of The Working Capitol. When it started becoming rote and like clockwork we stopped and took stock. It was then that we decided we were going to have to go bigger and bolder if we wanted to challenge ourselves.

By ourselves I’m referring to Samantha Pang, the Art Director, and myself. With this relaunch of the TWC magazine we wanted to push ourselves and the brand in the fields of content and design. We took a very intentional but also process-driven and experimental attitude towards both these elements in the making of the magazine. The goal was to be provocative, in the sense of making people question things they take for granted and then galvanising them into some kind of action or to make some kind of change. It’s very much an extension of what The Working Capitol stands for. This is also where the name comes from, by the way. ‘Construct’ as a verb is to build or create, but as a noun it refers to a hypothesis, or a product of historical or social circumstances. Basically, a man-made concept that can—and should—be challenged.

The theme we settled on for this issue of Construct was ‘Time’ and was the biggest influence on the magazine. That and all the collaborators we worked with along the way, from contributors to advertisers, illustrators to tech critics. That said, design was done in house, by our very lean design team.

The magazine does touch on things like technology, business, and work, and I think in its bones it is entrepreneurial. However, it’s meant for a larger community of fundamentally curious people, culturally-aware, appreciative of good design, and who love to think and learn and do. That’s why it can also in certain cafes and other select establishments around central Singapore.”

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Michael Sng’s Schnauzer Armoured Walker

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Michael Sng, owner of Machination Studio and creator of the Codename Colossus, just launched a kickstarter campaign for his newest  mechanized dieselpunk walking tank scale model, the Pzkpfl.I Schnauzer Armoured Walker.

After a successful launch of the British Empire’s Mk.I Cyclops Colossus last December, this light armoured walker is the first Colossus from the Imperial German faction.

(from the kickstarter page)

Standing at 8¼ inches (21 cm) tall, the tank comes fully assembled, and professionally hand painted and weathered. Besides looking great, it features a realistic walking motion, a spinning gatling gun, and a cannon motion through a series of mechanical gears and cams, powered by a single motor and 4x AA sized batteries. A little technology to bring the model to life.

The tank is available in two colours; Green in the Grenzjäger (Border Patrol) markings, and Grey in the Kaisergarde (Imperial Bodyguard) markings.

The project is a collab with the team at Mighty Jaxx.

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Coup de Coeur by Cody Chua

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Time is on your side with these automatic watches from Coup de Coeur. Founder Cody Chua loves horology, a passion that began at a young age.

“I love the intricate world of mechanical movements but they often come at exorbitant prices. With Coup de Coeur, I wanted to create an affordable and sound alternative,” Cody tells us.

The brand utilises the 24 jewels Japan automatic movement and has a triple-hand date function. Add a swap-out-the-strap option to it and you’ve got yourself a time-telling piece that isn’t going to break the bank.

”Watches need a personal touch, which is why I keep swapping the straps on my watches. It is not that easy to find a leather craftmaker in Singapore. And when you do, the prices are high, reason being that leather straps cater to watches for the high-end market. It makes sense of course that people who purchase high-end watches are willing to spend 10% of the total value of the watch on the strap.”

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Daphne Cheng’s 8-in-1 Handbag

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One of the highlights at the ADM Show back in May was Ocht, an 8-in-1 transformable handbag designed by Daphne Cheng. Her design garnered a lot of attention, and became part of the display at the National Design Centre.

In Singapore, up to 822,200 tonnes of plastic waste are generated each year was the brief of the design,” Daphne explains. “My project focuses on recreating the design of a bag, which shifts towards a more sustainable production process, with materials chosen to reduce wastage to the environment. Hence, polyester recycled from PET bottles is incorporated to give environmentally-conscious consumers an option to look into when purchasing a handbag.

The unique folding system enables the classic handbag to be transformed into a cross-body sling, tote bag, or shoulder bag with customizable carriage capacity. The bag’s transformable feature removes the frustration of having to switch between different bags for different needs and occasions, and reduces unnecessary clutter at home. The bag utilizes a changeable strap system that is easy to secure, and is designed to be comfortable for every user. The easy-access zips and magnetic folds not only allow the bag to be expandable and retractable, but make storage space economical as well.”

Want one? Look out for Daphne’s Kickstarter project launching August 1.

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Spotted! Yu Hua Liew

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While political science graduate Yu Hua Liew had no former woodworking experience, she realised she wanted to work with her hands and do something practical. She enrolled in the Chippendale International School of Furniture in Scotland from which she recently picked up her degree.

One of Yu Hua’s signature pieces is a mirror with a beautifully-carved limewood surround gilded in white gold. “My design was inspired by the ocean and is reminiscent of Japanese art of the Edo period. The breaking wave carving features a polar bear looking out to see but, look closely, and you will notice a seal hiding in a cave.”

Yu Hua also designed a writing desk in wych elm and sycamore, with traditional dovetail joints to withstand any climate, and designed for easy dismantling – making it ideal for transportation. “The writing desk is called 根 which means root in Chinese, as it is the first piece of furniture I built and is a representation my first experiment in the field of woodworking.”

Also featured is her tabour slide tripod side table called the “鼎立” Ding Li Side Table. “It’s a Chinese term used to describe a tripartite confrontation, and its literal meaning is “to stand like three legs of a tripod”. Besides the obvious tripod stance of the side table, the name is also a nod to the contrast between the 3 different types of wood used: yew, sycamore and oak.”

Yu Hua’s plan is to return to Singapore to work as a furniture designer and maker and to open her own design studio.

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