ALL DESIGNERS

Everyday Objects

DECEMBER 2014

“My sincere gratitude is extended towards the designers and artists involved in this project who were all very generous with their time and effort.”

BY HANS TAN, FOUNDER, HANS TAN STUDIO

After completing the predecessor project (MadeforSam) to Everyday Objects, one of the most common question we received was the likelihood of a second instalment. There was a considerable pool of designers and artists that remained untapped, and the consumer’s appetite for affordable local design objects was insatiable.

Encouraged by the supportive response, we launched Everyday Objects with design briefs for 8 everyday objects, inviting more local designers and artists across a wide range of disciplines to respond to them. The objects were: a vase, a plush toy, a charm, a T-shirt, a timepiece, a bag, a box and an accessory. Although the design briefs remained culturally neutral, many designers responded with designs that encapsulated an authentic local flavour or message.

This unplanned, yet strangely concerted effort took us by surprise. Some designs were solutions to everyday problems while others contended with issues regarding identity. Although not all the designs were produced for physical consumption due to constraints in manufacturing and budget, I believe that it is just as engaging for us to consume the ideas and messages presented through each design.

BRIEF & DESIGN

T-SHIRT

IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON DESIGN BRIEFS ONE CAN IMAGINE, SO WE IMAGINED IT.

MOST OF THE TIME, A T-SHIRT DESIGN BRIEF OR COMPETITION IS LIMITED TO A GRAPHICAL ARTWORK SLAPPED ONTO A STOCK T-SHIRT VIA SILKSCREEN.

HOWEVER, EVERY DESIGNER’S DESIRE IS TO AFFECT THE FORM AND STITCHING DETAILS INSTEAD. HENCE, WE ARE ACCOMMODATING TO THAT PLEA. YES, AS LONG AS IT IS WEARABLE EVERYDAY, GO AHEAD AND SHAPE THE T.

TIME PIECE

ANALOGUE CLOCKS AND WATCHES PRESENT TIME BY MOVING THREE NEEDLES ACROSS A SURFACE.

THIS COMPOSITION REPRESENTS THE FACE OF A TIMEPIECE, A COUNTENANCE DESIGNED TO GREET US FAITHFULLY REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION WE ARE FACING EVERYDAY; BE IT HOPING FOR TIME TO PASS QUICKLY IN AN AWKWARD OR DREADFUL SCENARIO, OR YEARNING THAT TIME COULD COME TO A STANDSTILL TO FREEZE THAT GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE.

ACCESSORY

RING, NECKLACE, EAR-RING, BRACELET, BROOCH, BUCKLE, HAIR-PIECE, TOE-RING. THESE ARE PERSONAL ADORNMENTS WE ACCESSORIZE OURSELVES WITH, OFTEN WITH NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO LOOK ATTRACTIVE.

WITH 100,000-YEAR-OLD BEADS MADE FROM SHELLS THOUGHT TO BE THE OLDEST KNOWN JEWELLERY, LET US CONTINUE TO SATISFY THIS PRIMORDIAL URGE TO DECORATE OUR BODIES EVERYDAY.

CHARM

CHARMS TODAY ARE A FAR CRY FROM THE SUPERSTITION AND MAGIC THAT USED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH A TALISMAN THAT COULD BE AN AMULET, BRACELET, TRINKET OR STONE.

INSTEAD OF WARDING OFF ENEMIES OR BAD LUCK, CONTEMPORARY CHARMS TAKE ON A LARGER APPEAL AS AN EMBELLISHMENT, OFTEN ATTACHED TO A HANDBAG, MOBILE PHONE STRAP, BRACELET, NECKLACE OR KEYCHAIN.

LET’S RESTORE THE “MAGIC” THAT HAS FADED THROUGH TRENDS, AND RECOVER THE ALLURE, CHARISMA AND FASCINATION OF WHAT CHARMS COULD BRING US EVERYDAY.

BAG

ATHLETIC BAG, BACKPACK, BAGUETTE BAG, BOWLING BAG, BUCKET BAG, CLUTCH BAG, COSMETIC BAG, DUFFEL BAG, DOCTOR’S BAG, FEED BAG, HOBO BAG, MESSENGER BAG, SATCHEL, SLING BAG, TOTE BAG, WRISTLET

THE MOBILE NON-RIGID CONTAINER FOR PERSONAL BELONGINGS TAKES ON MANY FORMS, SERVES DIFFERENT PURPOSES AND GIVES US AN IDENTITY EVERYDAY. GIVE THIS BAG A NEW SHAPE, FUNCTION, OR IDENTITY.

PLUSH TOY

THE STUFFED CLOTH FIGURE IS ONE OF THE MOST ANCIENT CHILDREN’S TOYS IN EXISTENCE, WITH A ROMAN RAG DOLL DATING 300BC.

THE PLUSH TOY PROVIDED CHILDREN WITH COMFORT AND ENTERTAINMENT EVERYDAY, AND LIKE CHILDREN BOOKS, ITS APPEAL EXTEND WELL BEYOND KIDS AS THEY ROUSE THE IMAGINATION, INNOCENCE AND DREAMS IN US.

IF THERE IS A PLUSH TOY FOR EVERY CHILD, AND A CHILD IN EVERYONE, THEN THERE IS A PLUSH TOY FOR EVERYONE, ADULT OR CHILD.

VASE

THERE ARE VASES THAT HOLD FLOWERS, AND THERE ARE VASES THAT ARE FLOWERS.

WITH THE TREND OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN PLACING GREATER EMPHASIS ON THE VISCERAL VALUE OF THE OBJECT ITSELF RATHER THAN ITS ORIGINAL FUNCTION, THE VASE IS OFTEN IMBUED WITH ITS OWN ABILITY TO DECORATE AND COMMUNICATE, FREQUENTLY AT THE EXPENSE OF FLOWERS IT WAS ORIGINALLY MEANT TO HOLD.

SHOULD THIS FAILING RELATIONSHIP BE RE-ESTABLISHED, OR SHOULD IT BE PERMANENTLY ANNULLED FOR OUR EVERYDAY USE?

BOX

THE RECTANGULAR RECEPTACLE FOR THE EVERYDAY USE AS A STORAGE MAY LOOK SIMPLE. HOWEVER, IT IS AS EFFICIENT IN MAXIMIZING SPACE AS IT CAN PROBABLY GET.

THE FACETS OF THE BOX UPHOLD THE CONTENTS WITHIN AN AREA DEFINED BY ITS WALLS, AT THE SAME TIME KEEPING EXTERNAL DISORDERS AT BAY.

CONSIDERING THE FRUGALITY OF THE BOX, HOW WOULD ONE ENVISAGE PANDORA’S BOX, ONE, WHICH MAY BE SMALL AND INNOCUOUS, BUT OPENING IT INCITES FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES?

EVERYDAY OBJECTS IS A COLLABORATION BY MUSEUM LABEL & THE FARM STORE AND IS CURATED BY HANS TAN & THE FARM STORE. A TALENTED ASSORTMENT OF 40 ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS WERE ASSEMBLED AND TASKED TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN VERSION OF A T-SHIRT, TIMEPIECE, ACCESSORY, CHARM, BAG, PLUSH TOY, VASE, BOX.

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A Vase By Any Other Name
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Olive Branch
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Picture Perfect Perpetual
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Singlet In A Shirt
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Snap Flap Bag
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by Roy Poh
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by Yvonne Chia
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