Team Highness is focused on promoting the local hip-hop scene in Singapore. Founded by Rauzan Rahman and Rafidah Rahman, the duo has branched out into podcasts, live events and their own online tv on youtube. They also have the support of rappers Shigga Shay, Mean, G-Preme, Sweetch, Rifat Lockshire, Kira and many more. We spoke to Rauzan to find out more about what they do and the different segments they are covering.
Averinewyou also known as Amanda Ong, does digital illustrations, paintings and sketches. Her understanding of contours is evident in her painting of The Fault in Our Stars, with attention to details of hair curls and the shadowing of facial features.
We spoke to Leonard and Jean of Visualtroop and were heartened to learn about them. We don’t find many with similar scopes of what we do, thus were delighted when we found out that they dedicate their job to helping artists as well. Visualtroop offers a platform for artists to have their works printed on a variety of items; Art Prints, Frames, Tote Bags, T-shirts, Cards, Throw Pillows and more, which are then sold through their online store. They get it manufactured for you, so all you’ll have to do is provide the artwork. We asked Jean and Leonard a little more about Visualtroop.
Most of us are working day jobs and pursuing our passion at night. Caleb Yeo is no exception. His illustrations remind us of events happening in the local context. His first series, Life of a Recruit speaks of what every Singaporean man goes through in National Service and the different phases just in Basic Military Training alone. His other series is of sketches inspired by the Japanese anime’s concept of Titans. He says it’s “like giants fighting right in our midst but invisible to the human eye. An amalgamation of various characters that I personally like”. Its also coupled with a local backdrop of HDB’s and rivers. Caleb tells us more.
Catherine Ramos’ Daily Grind: Everyday Colour reminded us that pictures are meant to capture a moment – that particular moment where you spot something worth capturing. Some of us would usually move away from that very spot, in hopes of capturing a better composition. Her shots bring us through the view of hers. Her very eyes and not that of the surroundings. That of a story, an experience that we can almost immediately feel and not take a second to absorb what’s going on in the shot. We see ourselves being there at that spot where she was.
Emile Dumont is a lecturer at LASALLE as well as the founder of Creative Fitness SG. Catered more for the performing arts, he conducts classes for individuals who want to explore and increase their freedom of expression. Appreciation for the performing arts have gradually been increasing but the amount of work that goes behind putting up a performance often goes unrecognized, let alone the work that takes to groom the performers. We found out more about Emile and the classes he conducts for these performers.
Joshua Wang is a wall muralist. His work titled Fantasy Red Sea, is based off the biblical event from the parting of the Red Sea. What we like about his story is that doodles and illustrations need not just be expressed through posters or left in sketchbooks. They should make a difference in someone’s life. Art and creativity should be put to better use, whether it’s adding value or for aesthetic purposes. Joshua explains more about Fantasy Red Sea which he drew on the wall of his friend’s living space.
Annamei Forbes creates bracelets made from beads and other embellishments. Her made to order bracelets started out as something she enjoyed doing for herself and soon after became sought after by her peers. She’s currently taking a degree in biotechnology, as her passion lies in biology. Which is also why we like her story as individuals need to know that craft and its creativity is not limited to professionals. Everyone has a creative story to tell, whether you’re a doctor, a banker or a teacher. Read a little more about her latest collection inspired from the Greek Gods.
SAN BY THANG WL is a high street menswear label by Thang Wei Lun. He has been making waves in the region, as well as having his pieces shown at the recent Digital Fashion Week. Apart from his fashion pieces, he also collaborated with famous Mexican illustrator Mario Mendez to come up with illustrations for his collection. Mario has illustrated for brands like Dior, Givenchy, Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garçons. We really like how the facial features of the different ethnic groups were cleverly portrayed. Not to mention how they are all emotionless alongside their distinct hairstyles. These factors really helped complement the collection and accentuate the whole look.
Kit Min talks about her project, Beneath The Abyss, a continuous illustrative piece which was hand drawn. It was the meaning behind it that we really liked apart from the style and it being on a scale of over 1 metre long. What we got from it was how one will only be able to find one’s true self upon total solitude. No distractions, influences or any other external factors. Kit Min explains more about it.
Sebastian Erazo Fischer from Berlin works with wood to create furniture pieces by hand. It’s such bespoke craft and expertise (or the lack thereof in the world) that we hope more will appreciate. He started off as an Architect but soon found his love for wood and went into learning more in depth about the material. What started off as a hobby has since evolved into projects for clients. We’ve chosen to feature one of a custom bedroom unit and another done just recently in a bar.
White Black by Hao Xin, is a dance narrative which speaks about conformity. Something everyone has been through especially when you yearn for acceptance. His idea evolved and changed dramatically from one without any character, to a more choreographed piece. It’s not uncommon for creatives to have a completely different approach after an initial draft, though time might be of an issue then. We are still in favour of Change, his initial narrative concept but we can see why he shifted to a dance piece. He brings us through his creative process through this feature.
We spoke to the creators of Coldsteam, a short visual effects (VFX) film based in a post-apocalyptic world about a girl’s struggle for water in a world infested with mysterious creatures. It was screened just yesterday at Cartoons Underground along with a few other shorts. The team behind Coldsteam; Nicholas Chia, Yeo Shiyun, Goh Peng Fong and Yang Sishuo, were the pioneers from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design & Media’s Visual Effects course. Coldsteam is one of its first ever VFX final year projects, and also one of the few examples of a multi-disciplinary collaboration across different majors. They collaborated with the school’s film students and it was shot entirely in front of a green screen with an ARRI Alexa Camera. Watch the trailer below.
Clarence Sim highlights his views on gender oppression and how one is stereotyped into the gender he or she was born in, with regards to behaviour, mannerism and appearance. We like how strong and visually appealing his graphics are. Especially since its ambiguity also appears androgynous, in line with his concept. There’s an interactive visual installation he produced as well if you’re interested to see how he integrates it with projection mapping.
Nightmares Are Made Of This by Trivia Goh is a children’s book for adults. Initially published in a size of 1.6m, it’s now printed and published in a friendly size of 12cm by 18cm, due to popular demand. We like how she has taken a step further and come this far. Many of us have a passion for what we do and what we stand for. Taking it to the next level and actually making it a reality is the next step, however hard that may be. We also like how she’s spreading the word that lying to children should not be encouraged at all with illustrations and her own rhymes.
Flats Become Flat by Doreen Lau emphasizes on the characteristics of flats. We’ve seen architectural icons being portrayed the same way but never in our local context of high-rise buildings. They might seem to be nothing more than monotonously repetitive blocks but not to Doreen. Showing a balance between her studies of Interior Design and her interest in Graphic Design, she created two dimensional vectors for the different flats in Singapore. We like how she sees them as people, having their own colour and personality. She also takes it a step further and offers the print version of it where you can fold and have it look like a building block.
We have Alvin Chan the maker of Concrete Everything. With a background in Architecture and Industrial design, Alvin and his partner Vanessa started crafting unique pieces with concrete. They have since explored with integrating other materials as well but we’re still intrigued by their earliest piece, Miss Moony. Their passion has pushed them to do this on the sides apart from their full time job. We know exactly how tough that must be that’s why we’re featuring not only what they stand for, but also their craft and perseverance to do what they are truly passionate about. (Image of Alvin: 7BraidStrong)
Our first feature Rowell Tan, explores the subject of nature with a series of images through Ultraviolet(UV) light photography titled Abyss Sea of Wonders. We like how he sees the unseen, the less observed with everyday objects. Objects which we consume and use without paying any form of attention to it, at all, other than it’s purpose. These images are also not digitally manipulated in any way, which we appreciate more considering the digital age we live in. We find out more about him and why the use of UV light.
As designers ourselves here at FUSSY, we understand how it’s like getting our name out there, whether it’s for freelance opportunities or career prospects. Or even if it’s just to show people what we can do, what we are. We’re all unique, we all have our own style, and we all have a voice, an opinion that we want to be made known. We’ve seen friends who have moved on from doing what they initially planned on pursuing due to living expenses, bills and other commitments. Moving on to higher paying jobs albeit different from what they truly want to be doing. We too got caught up living lives which paid the bills and thought that would suffice. But it wasn’t enough for us.
We released the FUSSY x Bull & Stash, Stash notebooks earlier and we’re currently selling smaller sized ones! Now if you don’t already know, these are the LAST notebooks you’ll ever need since the papers are refillable. There’s a hardware inside the notebook which allows you to unscrew it to add more papers or remove the ones you no longer need. You can keep the ones you’ve used and still be able to use the same leather cover, which has marks of the journey it has been through with you. Read more about our previous Stash notebooks!
When your passion and what you stand for is at risk of succumbing to mass ideals and how things are believed to be, it’s time to gather your supporters and fight for what you believe in. Lush 99.5fm, the only music station in Singapore playing indie music and continuously big on supporting local acts, has not reached a satisfactory number according to a recent Nielsen survey. Although the survey could have been executed more appropriately, it’s a survey nonetheless and the MDA has caught hold of it.
Walking distance from Somerset MRT, Lloyd’s Inn is located right in the heart of Singapore but offers an experience distant from the bustling city life. The rebranding of Lloyd’s Inn was done by FARM in 2014 with regards to their new logo, collaterals and spatial appearance. The new logo represents the individualities of their guest travelers but what FUSSY saw from it was a playful and vibrant revamp, with the Y representing the trees and lush greenery it was surrounded with, and the minimalist L’s representing the clean and simple pathways and structures they had, which also looks the part from a floor plan. Intrigued, we booked ourselves a one-night stay over at their Garden room.
As design evangelists and designers ourselves, we fully understand the amount of effort and work that goes into producing the final product. The process should not be discredited and it really bothers us when people steal the credit for works that aren’t theirs. Processes should be conveyed to consumers to better understand the value of the product. It’s probably why many Singaporeans are buying ‘replicas’. Although FUSSY generally regards them as fakes, let’s place them nicely at ‘replicas’ whereby businesses would say they carry, just to appear legitimate. Especially if it’s copies of designs which can no longer be protected by law since the designs by Arne Jacobsen are more than 50 years old. We spoke about the “Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy Fakes“. We’ll now tell you shocking news of where ‘replicas’ are located right here in Singapore, even though we’re considered a very law abiding society.
We learnt more about Republic of Fritz Hansen‘s craft and we realized that consumers are unaware of the craft and details of designer pieces thus not thinking twice about buying a fake. Fakes should not be considered as an alternative to a designer piece and FUSSY gives you the Top 5 Reasons you should not purchase another fake or if you put it undeservingly pleasant, a ‘replica’.
There are many furniture design companies in the world. But when we first saw Dario Reicherl at Singapore Indesign 2015 during the BIZLIFE segment, we knew we wanted to learn more. He generously agreed for a meet up recently and we gathered a lot about him and his company, Republic of Fritz Hansen, which we will be talking about over the next few days.
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.
Introducing you to your last notebook, handmade from the folks at Bull & Stash in Oregon, USA. The one thing that grows better as it ages, leather. Marks and blemishes add to the character of your notebook. With it comes the experiences it has been through with you. Made from thick oiled leather, every single book is handmade and embossed individually, installed with a metal hardware that allows you to unscrew easily with just your fingers and add more paper refills. Paper selection include lines, grids or blanks.
So this weekend we were over at Music Matters Live 2015 in Singapore which took place at Clarke Quay. In general, we liked the concept of artistes coming over here, but playing at pubs and bars just didn’t really do it for us and I guess not so much for some of them(artistes) either. They weren’t really given the full respect they deserved since those at pubs just happened to be there drinking on a typical weekend instead of actually wanting to see the act. If you missed it, here’s 3 acts you definitely need to start listening to.
Nakagin Capsule Tower is the world’s first capsule architecture meant for practical use. Completed in 1972 by architect Kisho Kurokawa (1934-2007), it’s a rare form of architecture (Japanese Metabolism), which still exists today. However, it’s on the brink of demolition.
Bomber Barrel, released by Bomber & Company in San Francisco, is a durable military grade duffel bag suitable for everyone. Whether you’re a businessman, an athlete or in the military, this bag suits your image for every occasion. Bomber Barrel duffel bag is extremely lightweight at only 390g. Made of ultra high quality N4004-AC2-6 Ripstop Nylon, it has military grade clips and emergency paracord zipper pulls. Its durability can be assured even more with wraparound rivet which reinforces padded velcro grip carry handles and resistance to water.
Brick Lamp has been developed by the guys over at HCWD studio in the States. With its minimalistic design focusing on concealing and revealing the moment of light, it does not have any wires, or any form of switch which makes it very portable.
FOJO has created a kit for photography enthusiasts who’ve always wanted their very own dark room. You can now develop photos right in the comfort of your own room at a very affordable rate.
Coil is everything we’ve always wanted for, for iced coffee. We’ve always wanted cold coffee but not if the coffee becomes diluted due to the ice melting. Coil allows you to pour freshly made hot coffee into it and in under 4 minutes, you get cold coffee while preserving the taste of the coffee.
UNITI stand, the only thing you’ll need for your desk. For iMac users who think that is all you ever really need, you definitely have a messy table. If you’re a creative, don’t go all ‘creatives can only work with messy tables’. Clean the mess with UNITI stand as it allows tugging in of both your keyboard and mouse.
Colour blindness affects 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women. That’s nearly 300 million people in the world! To them, the image of the leaves do not appear in the colours green to yellow to red to brown. They appear just green or red. Not, green to red. Colour blindness (also known as red-green colour blindness or colour vision deficiency) is the spectral overlap of the red and green spectrum, which results in a duller vision. It’s something most of us take very lightly but to the many who are affected, they feel shortchanged. They learnt to live with it but knew that they never saw the world the way others saw it.
// The underlying idea (of The Alpine Review magazine) is that the pace of everything is accelerating (it’s been called the ‘new normal’) and we all seem to be operating without a map. The Alpine Review magazine intrigued us a few months back at Basheer. We looked at the front cover and saw “Observing the things that matter”. Then the back which shows,
“Throughout the years in business, I found something. Which was, I always ask why you do things. And the answers you invariably get are, oh that’s just the way its done. Nobody knows why they do what they do. Nobody thinks about things very deeply in the business.” (18:00)
// Somewhere, somehow you’ll be recognised, soon enough. WEEKLY CURATE: Straight up disrespect isn’t cutting it for us. Recent Kanye West stint over at the Grammy Awards was uncalled for. Just cause Beck isn’t that much of a commercial crap as most are doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve an award any lesser than Beyonce. Beck was classy to not get affected by it at all. Let’s not forget what Kanye did to Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, interrupting her speech when she was receiving an award.
// Indie rocker who actually sings, not sing. We’re hating on judges Pharrell and Adam ever since they booted out Taylor Phelan. But this isn’t gonna be about them but about the one who got eliminated before his time. Taylor Phelan’s cover of Sweather Weather during the blind auditions of The Voice 2014 was phenomenal. It has since been added to our playlist and do note that our playlists are also fussily curated. Despite being wanted by all four judges, his journey came to an early end when he didn’t make it past the first live rounds.
Instrmnt Watch (pronounced as Instrument) is a year long project by the trio from Glasgow which saw a very successful Kickstarter campaign and it garnered more than £90,000 from the community. Kickstarted by Pete Sunderland, Ross Baynham and Thomas Potter, its design boasts of a very sleek and minimalistic look which we are absolutely obsessed about. We have always been on the lookout for watches which are simple, tells the time and the date. That’s all. We didn’t need elements found in a chronograph watch like the metered bezels, rattrapantes and flybacks.
What better way to start off our first post than with what we stand for, our ideals. We found what defined us with the help of a song. Paolo Nutini, a scottish singer-songwriter exudes soul in his tone. His single Iron Sky simply struck a chord with us. Everyone has their story. Paolo was trying to convey his message to politicians in general. Whereby questions that need answers are answered with a certain arrogance, with a laugh and a smile, and it’s sad.
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