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6 Singapore designers exhibit their sustainable creations at Milan Design Week

Six of Singapore’s most progressive designers exhibit their sustainable creations at Future Impact in Milan.

6 Singapore designers exhibit their sustainable creations at Milan Design Week

Future Impact exhibition. Photography by Stefan Giftthaler.

DesignSingapore Council puts local design in the global spotlight with its exhibition Future Impact at this year’s Milan Design Week. Open to public from 18 to 23 April, Future Impact debuts six new works from Singapore’s most progressive designers at the historic and iconic Casa del Pane (Bastioni di Porta Venezia), which will be the new home of the Museo dell’Arte Digitale in 2025. The featured designers are Forest & Whale, Gabriel Tan, Nathan Yong, Studio Juju, Tiffany Loy, and Viewport Studio.

Bastioni di Porta Venezia where Future Impact is held.
Bastioni di Porta Venezia where Future Impact is held. Photography by Stefan Giftthaler.

Co-curated by global design thought-leader and consultant, Tony Chambers, and Milan-based author and curator, Maria Cristina Didero, the exhibition highlights Singapore as a hub of innovation and creativity, where design solutions and technology converge to shape a brighter future with a focus on sustainability.

Dawn Lim, DesignSingapore Council Executive Director, emphasised Singapore’s reputation as a futuristic and visionary city and highlighted the unique creative slant of Singapore design, which is transformative, impactful, and focused on making lives, cities, and the world better through design. “The breadth of work from these forward-looking designers represents Singapore’s contributions to sustainability, the evolution of craft, and the role of technology in design.”

Bent Onyx by Nathan Yong

Onyx is known to be one of the most fragile and brittle natural stones. Yet Nathan Yong took it upon himself to create furniture and interior objects from said stone. He adopted a patented technology to reduce waste during the production process, allowing the blocks to be thinly sliced into sheets and laminated to create dramatic shapes and volumes.

Nathan Yong Portrait Photo by Nathan Yong Design
Nathan Yong. Image courtesy of Nathan Yong Design

OO Collection by Studio Juju

Studio Juju constructs the entire collection from Dekton Pietra Kode series – an ultra-compact stone slab material that has achieved its carbon neutrality for its entire life cycle. The OO collection consists of five sculptural objects punctuated with circular holes, leaving viewers to imagine their purpose.

StudioJuju-hi res profile. Photo by Khoo Guojie
Studio Juju. Photography by Khoo Guojie.

Aiming for Peace: The Carnation Lamp by Gabriel Tan

Gabriel Tan is no stranger to giving new life to unwanted objects. The Aiming for Peace lamp, inspired by the Flower Power movement, is no different and symbolises hope and harmony in today’s world of strife. The lamp’s ash wood base is made from furniture production offcuts, which supports the recycled steel pipe stem and 3D printed lampshade made from recycled plastic.

Aiming for Peace: The Carnation Lamp by Gabriel Tan at Future Impact. Photography by Stefan Giftthaler.
Aiming for Peace: The Carnation Lamp by Gabriel Tan at Future Impact. Photography by Stefan Giftthaler.

Building Futures Line by Line by Tiffany Loy

Textile designer Tiffany Loy collaborates with Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD) to develop advanced automated textile construction for additive manufacturing. They combine weaving and knitting with digital technology to create multi-material, pliable 3D forms, filling a gap in current 3D printing options. This allows retention of material properties in the final product, envisioning a future world built with lines.

Tiffany Loy Portrait-photo credit Fabian Ong
Tiffany Loy. Photography by Fabian Ong
Building Futures Line by Line by Tiffany Loy at Future Impact. Photo credit Stefan Giftthaler
Building Futures Line by Line by Tiffany Loy at Future Impact. Photography by Stefan Giftthaler.

Rinnovare by Viewport Studio

Voon Wong of Viewport Studio explores the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on sustainable design by creating two sculptural room divider screens from waste metal parts in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Equilibri. One screen is designed based on conversations with the manufacturer while the other is generated through AI (Chat GPT). Viewers are encouraged to reflect on the role of AI in design and its future potential.

Voon Wong Portrait
Voon Wong. Image courtesy of Viewport Studio.
Rinnovare by Viewport Studio. Photo credit Stefan Giftthaler
Rinnovare by Viewport Studio at Future Impact. Photography by Stefan Giftthaler.

Wallflower by Forest & Whale

Wallflower is an interactive wall poster composed of multicoloured chips embedded with seeds to create evolving artwork that can be torn off, planted, and grown into herbs, leaving no waste behind. Forest & Whale also collaborated with Fab.Pub to create limited edition 3D printed vases with a root-like surface, elevating the form of the ubiquitous pot and drawing attention to the ritual of kitchen gardening.

Future Impact at Milan Design Week promises to be a platform for Singaporean designers to showcase their innovative and sustainable design solutions to a global audience, and to inspire new perspectives and visions for the future. As a hub of creativity and innovation, Singapore continues to push the boundaries of design and make a positive impact on the world stage.

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