You’ve now read about how we swear by neoluxury artisans, FEIT. In this article, we speak with Josh Price, Co-Founder and FEIT brother, who is based out of Sydney Australia. What’s a typical day like for you? 7am – I wake up and do an hour or so of Qi Gong as soon as I get out of bed. 8am – I have a cup of tea and then once I’m psychologically prepared, open the computer and start going through my emails. I’m based in Sydney and most of our team is in NY, so there tends to be a lot of catch up on what has happened, on the previous day in NY.
FEIT. We’ve seen our fair share of leather artisans and they are ones which we swear by. A New York based company founded by Australian brothers Tull & Josh Price in 2005, with their products made in Italy. As minimal neoluxury footwear and accessory artisans, FEIT uses only the highest quality natural materials. The leathers used for their products are sourced from Italian tanneries and made mostly from vegetable tanned leather which does not retain sweat or odour.
The hot topic brought across this session by the panel of furniture industry professionals was ‘replicas’ or when bluntly said, fakes. We were shocked when we heard Singapore was big on fakes since we thought we were a law-abiding society. But I guess there just aren’t any regulations (or reinforced ones) about intellectual property here. We’d also like to give everyone a benefit of the doubt that not many can distinguish fakes from the real thing considering even showrooms in Singapore are displaying fakes. Yes, even legit companies in retail spaces and nothing is being done and understandably we get why Dario got a little upset when talking about it. He added, the moment you step into Singapore, you’re able to see fake ‘swan chairs’ in the airport. He would know since he brings the real ones into Singapore.
Now in this session, the panel of architects talked about tropical living – in relation to the impact of Architecture to the community of Singaporeans and not keeping the identity of a tropical sunny island.
When asked about the transition over the years, they said that recent years were a horrible period for Singapore in terms of Architecture. That Singapore tried too much to follow trends and styles even though some were ingenious. The less we try, the better we look.
Singapore Indesign conversation two started with Karen mentioning that hospitality design is no longer how it used to be. The experience of checking in and out is shifting from a forward facing over the counter exchange to a side-by-side one. Similar to the example by Matthew in conversation One about Ace Hotel, Karen talked about Langham Place Hotel in Hong Kong where she converted a business area to a restaurant/bar, Alibi. Alibi features a L-shaped concrete bar with a seating area and serves shared plates like canapés. This also not only generated revenue for the hotel but also made a better use of the space.
Singapore Indesign 2015, the annual event did without the bus tours to the different showrooms this year. To us, that saved time and elevated the quality of displays. The showpieces were at Red Dot Design Museum and National Design Centre, across a two-day span, which started earlier this week, 9-10 July. They also held intimate conversations at the auditorium in which we managed to catch all 4 conversations between industry professionals on the panel. Here’s what you missed.