Playscapes

It is vital that young children are constantly able to partake in interactive traditional play in their early childhood to nurture their motor (fine and gross), cognitive, emotional, social, and communicative skills and developmental domains, which can be achieved from engaging in their distinct play pattern: role-playing.

Playscapes is a set of mutable furniture designed for use in small homes that can be repurposed to form many permutations of archetypes or scenarios for young children to utilise and partake in their imaginative world of make-believe through role-playing. The set contains 2 stools, 1 table and 5 panel dividers (3 designs: spots, bars, stripes).

Furniture toys are another scale of architecture. They will allow the child to experience their role-play as part of their environment while allowing existing toys to be repurposed in Playscapes to enhance their role-play. The set of furniture is made entirely out of wood hence is 100% recyclable.

Vessel

Vessel is a sleeping implement designed as an object of meditation. Its purpose to focus the user’s consciousness onto their immediate reality and increase involvement through its austere design and changeable forms to correspond to the user’s stages in life. In contrast to most products whose functions centre around comfort and convenience, it requires maintenance and provides a basic usage without much in the way of comfort. This changes its usage, which in other products is a usually unconscious process, into one of mindfulness and awareness.

Beyond the Tiger Cage

Racial tension between the ethnic Chinese and Indonesians has been prevalent in Indonesia, yet a topic not often touched upon for its controversy and fragility. Hoping to highlight this issue, Beyond the Tiger Cage is a social commentary inspired by the walls in Indonesia: social segregation and its physical manifestation—the gates called the ‘tiger cage’. The tiger cages are cage-like gates constructed often over the front terrace of Chinese shophouses, which rose in trend in 1998 when racial attacks were at peak. Though the tiger cage dotted around the city are a reminder of the times of chaos and insecurity, they are more commonly viewed as a norm in the urbanscape. The project aims to overturn the negative connotations of walls by deconstructing a symbol of isolation and reconstructing them into a communal bench—a product usually associated with congregation and interaction.

Shophouse (organizer)

To encourage a greater appreciation of heritage buildings that are important to Singapore. Paying homage to the architecture and memory of shophouses, adapting it in a new context and use.

 

While shophouses were originated to “prevent the sporadic and confused proliferation of buildings” (Architectural heritage: Singapore, 2004), the organizer is designed to keep your clutter at bay, providing free space for work. Multi-functional shophouses are used for business and residential purpose, segregating spaces to display merchandise while providing privacy for the inhabitants. The desk is also a public but personal space; while storing and organizing, there is also a need and time to display your items for use or hide them from the prying eyes.

 

Reflecting the ever-changing architecture styles throughout history, the organizers are customizable with various facade designs and floor tile patterned bases. To accommodate various storage requirements, they come in different tiers with removable interior partition. Similar to these heritage buildings, Shophouse organizers reflect Singapore’s creative adaptations to changes.

Mindful Sitting – BALANCE Stool

With the increasingly prevalent use of technology,
movement seems to be missing from our
increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The purpose of
this project is to let users work with the Balance
stool to achieve a better sitting posture as they try
to find the most stable position. Balancing on the
furniture will introduce ‘bearable discomfort’ to
the users, encouraging users to take a short
break after sitting for a period of time. In doing so,
the chances of experiencing pains and aches
caused by muscle strain due to prolonged sitting
will be reduced. By rotating the chair on its sides
will allow for two modes of sitting, the Occidental
chair sitting mode and the Oriental floor sitting
mode.

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