Is it the appropriation of local references and motifs into mediums such as porcelain wares, clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, and whatnot?
Can Singapore designed goods be more than just merchandise? Can we be less superficial in our demand for identifiers?
We don't have an established style like the Scandinavians or Japanese. But our advantage is the freedom from a fixed design language.
Formlessness is an excellent starting point. Singapore designers need their senses on the ground, have empathy for the needs, values, and lifestyles of people in the local context, reconfigure manufacturing constraints into creative forces, to develop specific forms we can intuitively see as deriving from within us.
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About Grounded Series:
The Grounded Series is Zhen Feng Object Workshop's debut line of practical home goods and is designed with dwellers of small Singapore apartments in mind. In support of sustainability, we choose to use bamboo composite as the primary material for our furniture. Bamboo is a type of woody plant which belongs to the grass species, it grows rapidly and is abundant. Engineered bamboo composite panels have good tensile strength and flexibility, their density and hardness are well suited for CNC machining. These properties combine to encourage creative exploration in furniture design.
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Materials and Production:
Bamboo composite, clear polyurethane finish
Designed and crafted in Singapore
Seat Width: 36cm
Seat Depth: 28cm
Seat Height: 40cm
Indoor use only
Wipe clean with a cloth dampened in a mild cleaner
Wipe dry with a clean cloth