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Milan: Singapore Lah!

Design studios from the island-city take the stage at Milan Design Week 2013. Rachel Lee-Leong reports for IndesignLive

Milan: Singapore Lah!


April 12th, 2013

Milan Indesign

In a first-ever showing, 7 Singapore design studios present their works at Zona Tortona, one of the independent design districts in Milan during Design Week. Housed within a warehouse and titled Singapore Lah!, the showcase attracted curious visitors from the world over as they stepped in to get a taste of Singapore design.  A total of 60 pieces of furniture were displayed in the 400sqm warehouse, each one offering a unique point of view.

Acid studio milan singapore lah



Material exploration is the name of the game at Acidstudio. While the studio worked with material mixes like wood, steel and PVC, it is the Fortune Five series of dining room pendent lamps that stood out. The steel cut-out plates are an abstraction of traditional Chinese lanterns that are displayed to usher in good fortune.

Desinere singapore lah milan paper

Mappa Tableware – Desinere


The young design studio presented, among other things, Mappa, a collection of tableware inspired by the traditional practice of folding leaves into serving plates and bowls in Asia. Paper is meticulously folded into sturdy forms of tableware.

Desinere singapore lah milan mappa detail

Desinere singapore lah milan mappa

Mappa Tableware – Desinere

Jarrod Lim Design

Hinika is the new brand of furniture that Jarrod Lim presents to the world. The inaugural collection offers a complete set of furniture for interiros including the Torii lounge chair, dining chair and table, the Logg cabinet and the Kikari coffee table.

Jarod Lim colleciton singapore lah milan

Jarod Lim singapore lah milan

Jarrod Lim Collection

Kelvin Teo

Another designer to present its brand of furniture to the design world is Kelvin Teo. Kapsule attempts to strike a chord with pieces that are clever, witty and humorous. At the show, it presents pieces like the SuperKross bookshelve, and the Doggy Heart magazine rack.

Kelvin Teo singapore lah Milan

Kapsule Collection – Kelvin Teo

NextofKin Creatives

Going by the theme habits x forms, NextofKin Creatives design objects that respond to human habits. The Loveseat is a double bench that offers a place for important things like reading glasses. The Landscape table offers a place to rest or put out a cigarette bud.

NextofKin Creatives singapore lah milan

NextOfKin Creatives


Two collections, Artifeq Collection and Nuuzo, represent the varied personalities of the design collective. Artifeq is a collection of lighting, furniture and tableware that is closely tied to ideas of cultural relevance. Nuuzo, on the other hand is a collection of soft furnishings and accessories that explores the relationship between space and mobility in the digital workspace. Here, felt is used to create desk holders for electrical devices and stationery.

Creativeans felt singapore lah

Creativeans milan singapore lah



The new design studio releases a range of chair and benches that go by the concept of “environmental furniture” – furniture that responds and adapts to various situations. Different materials also come into play, each material informing the different expressions of the furniture.

studioorigins milan singapore lah



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