This Week in Interior Design: 16 March 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, real estate, and everything in between

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Check Out the Latest from Singapore Design Week 2015!

We were kept busy the past week attending events in and out from the Singapore Design Week roster, but we didn’t mind it at all! So many things to learn, so many cool stuff to see from established names and up-and-coming designers from both here and abroad—who doesn’t love design? It’s all around us, and we’re loving how it’s changing lives for the better.

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We took a step back into time to glimpse at some of the best local contributions that came out of Singapore’s past 50 years and picked 7 uniquely Singaporean designs that we loved. Pictured above are Phillips Singapore’s Le Cube Portable Radio Cassette Recorder, and Singapore star architect Tan Cheng Siong’s Pandan Valley.

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We can’t anymore count how many times we had to bend over to pick up the jaws we dropped on the floor at the Maison&Object Asia 2015 exhibition, which happened from 10 March to 13 March at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. We viewed over 300 exhibitors of the most stunning furniture and home accessories from all over the world! It was hard to pick just 30 of our favourites.

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You know what else gets us excited? Discovering new talent in the world of design. You never really know what great and awesome things they’ll be inventing and reinventing next! You should definitely check out these 20 rising stars from around the region.

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Who says design is just for designers? It’s approachable, accessible, and definitely a lot of fun—that’s the message we got from SingaPlural 2015, which showcased the best design elements from the multi-faceted creative spectrum: advertising, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, interior, furniture, graphic, and fashion design. Find more of what we saw and learned here.

Disastrous Disaster-Inspired Architecture From All Over the World

Tulsa Tornado Tower by Kinslow, Keither & Todd, Inc., based in tornado-ridden Oklahoma, USA

A “broken-in-half” home proposed by MVRDV for New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, post-Hurricane Katrina

Seoul Municipal Building, what online critics viewed as a tsunami wave crashing over the original 1926 city hall, which was built by the Japanese

The Dresden Military History Museum Extension, which critics lauded for its “overtly confrontational symbolism” of how war destroys cities, and even the European continent

“The Cloud,” two adjacent skyscrapers proposed by MVRDV for Seoul, Korea, which the online public saw as the 2001 explosion of New York City’s World Trade Center Twin Towers

Ever heard of Disaster Regionalism? It’s a new trend in architecture that’s been gaining traction in both architectural circles and online for its unusual source of inspiration: natural and man-made disasters. Think tornado- and tsunami-inspired buildings, a somewhat literal interpretation of war-torn historical landmarks, and even structures that eerily look like iconic images of terrorist acts. The images above either impress or enrage; what do you think? Here’s what we have to say: They definitely get people talking.

When Fashion and Furniture Meet

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Don’t you just love it when fashion and furniture designers and brands work together to come up with home items that are so, well, fashion-forward?

Fashion brand G-Star Raw has collaborated with well-known furniture company Vitra to update a range of original designs made by Jean Prouvé. The French designer was known for his impressive metal works during the middle of the 20th century, and was often consulted by Le Corbusier for his technical knowledge of industrial materials. We’re loving how G-Star Raw and Vitra’s collab is satisfying the demand for beautiful, midcentury modern-inspired furnishings for the office with these updates of Prouvé originals—but we think a lot of people will want to have these in their homes too.

Cover photo by Jerni Camposano

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