This March, DREAM collaborates with Italian biggest trend-setter in contemporary furniture – Cappellini, and 5 influential local artists who will be creating 5 distinctive works that encapsulates the label’s avant-garde ethos.
Over the years, Cappellini has worked with leading designers of international repute (such as Marcel Wanders, Jasper Morrison , Bouroullec brothers), making the company known for talent scouting. This round, DREAM has hand-picked these 5 local design mavens, to reinterpret the soul of Cappellini by creating an exclusive art piece inspired by a Cappellini furniture of their choice. Their creations will be showcased during the exhibition.
About the Artists – PHUNK
PHUNK is a Singapore based art & design collective. Founded in 1994 by Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee, Jackson Tan and William Chan. PHUNK’s creative vision embraces a broad range of media, from painting, print, sculpture, video, and sound to typography, graphic design and animation.
PHUNK’s works has been displayed in various solo exhibitions, in the Singapore History Museum 2005, Museum of Contemporary Art 2007 Taipei. PHUNK has participated in group shows in Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan 2013, Singapore Art Museum 2012, Design Museum, and London 2007.
PHUNK received the President’s Design Award in 2007, the highest accolade for designers in Singapore. Inspired from the Cappellini Proust Geometrica Chair, PHUNK will be developing an object d’art that incorporates the color of the fabric upholstery that was originally designed by Alessandro Mendini.
About the Artists – Desinere
Upon graduating with a Diploma in Furniture Design in 2008 at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Melvin Ong left for London to pursue his degree in Product Design and graduated with First-Class Honours from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design in 2010. During his stay in the UK, Melvin had the opportunity to be under the tutelage of established designers such as Chris Lefteri and Reiko Kaneko. He then went on to work with London design agency Brand42, where he was involved with projects from CNN, Johnnie Walker and Mailonline. Melvin has also exhibited his personal work as part of a collaborative at Tent London 2010 and the Milan Salone Satellite in 2011.
With these experiences that quietly moulded him, he made a decision to relocate back home to Singapore in 2012 to establish his studio, DESINERE. The label saw its debut into the world, launching its first collection in Design Tide Tokyo 2012. Inspired from Cappellini Ribbon Chair, which drew its inspiration from the laces of a ballet shoe, Desinere will craft a sculpture inspired from the form and movement of ballet dancers.
About the Artists – Darren Soh
Since 2001, DARREN SOH has been a full time independent photographer doing a mixture of personal, editorial and commercial work with particular interest in architectural and landscape photography. Darren’s first monograph While You Were Sleeping, a collection of nocturnal landscapes from Singapore was published in 2004. Subsequently, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay presented the images from the book as an exhibition.
In 2007, a folio of Darren’s architectural work on public housing in Singapore was shown at the Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery. The project, titled Building Blocks, is still ongoing. Darren’s work from the Singapore General Elections 2011 was also showed at both the Leica Store in Singapore and the prestigious Noorderlicht Photo Festival in The Netherlands in 2011. He published his second book For My Son, a folio of vernacular architecture in Singapore threatened by impending demolition.
Over the years, Darren has been placed in several international photography awards including the Commonwealth Photographic Awards,the Prix de la Photographie, Paris and the International Photography Awards. He was also listed by Photo District News Magazine (PDN) as one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to watch in 2009. His photographic work is collected by the National Museum in Singapore, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and numerous corporate and private collectors from around the world. Known primarily for his documentation of public housing flats in Singapore, photographer Darren Soh will feature a collage of images that is reconfigured in the vein of Shiro Kuramata’s iconic design.
About the Artists – Ian Woo
Born in Singapore in 1967, IAN WOO is a painter working in the language of abstraction. Influenced by forms of modernism, perceptual abstraction and the sound structures of music improvisation, his work is characterised by a sense of gravitational and representational change.
In 1999, Woo was the recipient of the UOB Painting of the Year award in the Abstract category. He was also the Juror’s Choice for two consecutive years in South East Asia’s Philip Morris Award in 1999 and 2000. His works are in the collection of major institutions such as ABN AMRO, Singapore Art Museum, The Istana Singapore, The National Art Gallery Singapore, UBS, and the Mint Museum of Craft & Design, USA. Woo’s paintings were recently featured in the publication “Art of the New Cities: 21st Century Avant-Gardes”, a publication by Phaidon 2013.
Inspired by the clean and minimalist lines of the Cappellini Sekitei Chair, Ian Woo will work on an art using “lines” as the structural fulcrum of his drawing.
About the Artists – Vincent Leow
VINCENT LEOW is an artist and an art educator whose practice spans a wide range of genres from sculpture, installation, performance art to painting and mixed-media. He has exhibited internationally and regionally, his works has been collected and commissioned by various public institutions such as museums, corporate companies and private collections both locally and internationally. Vincent was also awarded the Culture Award (2002) by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for his contribution to the arts in 2002.
In 2007, Vincent represented Singapore in the 52nd Venice Biennale of contemporary art. Vincent obtained his Master of Fine Art (MFA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1991, Doctorate of Fine Art (DFA) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology In Melbourne (RMIT) in 2005. Vincent has taught art at LASALLE, College of the Arts (2003-2007) and Sharjah University, College of Fine Arts and Design in the United Arab Emirates (2008 -2013).
Inspired by a statement from Cappellini Fish Chair designer Satyendra Pakhalé, “The Fish Chair is a furniture as an object – a companion”, Vincent Leow will create an art piece titled “Shoe”, a companion to the “Fish”.
Since its establishment in 2006, Dream has been at the forefront of style and design for modern European furniture and accessories in Singapore. Each piece of furniture represented in the showroom has been carefully handpicked from 25 exclusive international brands for its modern design yet classic appeal. DREAM’s 18,000 sq feet showroom exclusively houses the most innovative luxury brands in Singapore and South East Asia. Our portfolio of brands includes Cassina, Knoll, Cappellini, Living Divani, Porro, and De La Espada, showcasing pieces by some of the greatest designers in modern design history, such as Eero Saarinen, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Jean-Marie Massaud and Phillipe Starck. With frequent introductions of the newest brands, there are always new inspirations to be found at DREAM. The blend of eclectic and modern collections of international brands makes DREAM a one stop destination for both designers and decor enthusiasts.PHUNK: Contemporary Art and Design Collective
DARREN SOH: Landscape and Architectural Photographer
IAN WOO: Abstract Artist and Painter
DESINERE: Design consultancy Studio
VINCENT LEOW: Contemporary Imagist Exhibition Launch Event: 12 March 2015 , DREAM
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: DREAM, 456 River Valley Road, Singapore 248342
RSVP required: http://goo.gl/2j3l5n
Exhibition will continue to run till 31 March 2015 at DREAM