“We want to be just like water. Calm, essential, always nearby giving us rest and richness. It has not the brilliance of liquor, nor does it attract us like perfume.”
We found ourselves attracted to meaning and details this year, more so than previous years. Here’s 3 of our favourite pieces at Art Stage, along with some shots of pieces we enjoyed!
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.