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SingaPlural 2015

SingaPlural, the anchor event of Design Week, returns with its fourth edition. Stephanie Peh sifts out the highlights

We have visited a defunct airport, railway station and warehouses for the sake of exhibitions (or, for some, to nail that #ootd shot). Now, adding to that map of underexplored postal codes is an old police station.

SingaPlural, the anchor event of Design Week, returns with its fourth edition: 13,500 square metres’ worth of design installations within a single locale. Themed ‘Process’, this year’s affair traces creative journeys in architecture, interior, furniture, graphic and fashion design. Here are the highlights.

Project X 
It’s Project Runway for lifestyle products. Four designers across various fields were tasked to create everyday objects with only laminates, a material commonly used as a product finishing. See the results here.

Tours 
On March 14 and 15, join a tour and follow the journey of a product’s genesis. It begins at a creative studio – Ministry of Design, ACRE and Porsche Design are among the participants – where attendees learn how ideas are made. A visit to a manufacturer’s production house is next for some machine-on-machine action to flesh out those ideas. And finally, the tour ends at a design retail outlet, featuring Bynd Artisan and Noden, where an idea completes its odyssey from the mind of a designer to a shelf in a shop, price tag and all. 

There are two sessions each day: 9.15am to 1.30pm and 2.15pm to 6.30pm. Get your tickets ($20) from the SingaPlural website.

Pop-up madness 
It’s not a complete event without pop-ups. Papa Palheta, The Quarters and Gorilla Press quench thirsts and feed tummies. After filling yourself, pick up local designer goods at the Catch, Naiise and Make Room stalls.

Design installations 
Thirty-three reinterpretations of public spaces are on show. Imagine sitting on a stool shaped like a pelican or an outdoor bench that drums like a cajón, responding to finger-tapping. 

SingaPlural is at 99 Beach Road from Mar 10-15. Free unless otherwise stated.

Three cool installations to see

‘Pack’ by wynk
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‘Pack’ by wynk

It’s a series of modular pet houses that can be customised in colour, texture and reconfigured in size. Designed to be shipped flat-packed for easy assembly, this is like IKEA, but for our furry friends.

‘Let the Papers Sing to You’ by Roots x Edwin Toh x Victor Low
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‘Let the Papers Sing to You’ by Roots x Edwin Toh x Victor Low

Love the tactile feel of paper? Imagine it singing to your touch like a musical instrument. This sound installation made out of paper responds to hand movements, heightening the comforting wonder of paper textures.

‘Clayground’ by Weekend Worker
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‘Clayground’ by Weekend Worker

Go on a journey of clay-making with pottery enthusiasts Weekend Worker as they break down the various stages of wheel-throwing, presenting stages that reflect the working and thinking processes behind the delicate craft.

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