H&D Hotlist #093: New design products, furniture and accessories
With so much waste generated by unsold items in the furniture industry, do we really need yet another new brand? In the case of LAAT, the answer is a resounding yes. The brainchild of Cherin Tan, co-founder of architecture firm LAANK, and Alvin Tan, co-founder of art and design collective PHUNK, the bespoke label turns waste materials into one-of-a-kind lifestyle objects of desire.
LAAT’s inaugural collection is a tribute to German countertenor Klaus Nomi, whose highly stylised aesthetics have inspired legends such as David Bowie and Lady Gaga. Customised editions in different colours are available upon request. Part of the proceeds from the sale of pieces will be donated to Action for Aids.
The inaugural collection ranges from $380 to $1,850 and is available from Art Now.
Qeeboo, together with pet product sepcialist United Pets, gas unveiled the Cat Cave, a sleek, sculptural and snug hideout for feline friends.
Designed by founder Stefano Giovannoni, the floor of the bottom chamber is fitted with a scratcher for a spot of claw-sharpening while the top is hung with a ball. The Cat Cave is available in two colours, Bordeaux and Dove Grey.
A mix of geometric shapes and patterns make an appearance in the Mutina Numi tile collection dreamed up by porcelain tile manufacturer Mutina and German designer Konstantin Grcic. Glossy patterns are paired with matte, dusty-hued surfaces, making it perfect for those after a subtle yet graphic presence in their homes.
The Mutina Numi tile collection retails at Rice Fields, 213 Henderson Road #01-03, price upon request.
Thai Street Style
Ikea has launched Sammankoppla, a collection co-created with Thai fashion brand Greyhound Original. Inspired by the Thai street style, it has been designed to be affordable, multi-functional and adaptable.
“Thai street style is ‘anything goes’, and nothing goes to waste,” says Greyhound Original founder Bhanu Inkawat, citing plastic jerrycan upcycled into lampshades as an example, which made it into the final collection as the Sammankoppla LED Multi-Use Lighting.
The collection includes rugs and bags made with woven PET waste, shelving units inspired by scaffolding and a jacket for chairs, a wink to Greyhound Original’s fashion root.
Sammankoppla collection retails at Ikea, prices range from $1.90 (zip case) to $129 (shelving unit).
Luxury handmade wallpaper atelier de Gournay has co-created a collection inspired by the Joseon dynasty with Seoul-based interior designer Teo Yang. The two designs, titled The Art of Learning and Steps for the Flowers, drew from the architectural and still-life painting of the celebrated dynasty.
The former features a composition of book piles and rock formation symbolising the dynasty’s chaekgeori (“books and things” – a school of still life that highlighted the importance of learning) while the latter depicts the royal hwagye (terraced rock garden) populated with peonies, butterflies and frogs. The artworks are hand-painted on antiqued rice paper.
In Singapore, de Gournay is exclusively distributed by Tatum . Visit www.degournay.com to find out more about the collection.