IFFS 2017: Destination-inspired furniture from Nathan Yong and Lanzavecchia + Wai
India's a city of hues in a rainbow that isn't just present during the annual Holi festival in March. The subcontinent's cities are synonymous with colour: Pink for Jaipur, blue for Jodhpur, white for Udaipur and gold for Jaisalmer. Walking through the streets, you'll pass by forts, havelis and stepwells that bear signatures of India's grand Mughal and Hinduism-influenced architecture.
To recall the craftsmanship of India's storied past, furnishing brand ipse ipsa ipsum has tapped into the mind of local furniture designer Nathan Yong to showcase what creative head Saurabh Mangla describes as "A new India waiting to happen". Based on clean lines, The Nathan Yong Collection is a travelogue through India evident in the materials used (green marble and cut glass) and the shapes formed (arches and curves) in the sofa, table, mirrors, chairs, lamps and accessories such as trays, light holders and candles.
Closer to home, design duo Lanzavecchia + Wai continue to add playfulness in six additions to the PLAYplay collection. A collaboration with Journey East, the Italy-based Francesca Lanzavecchia and Singaporean Hunn Wai have once again borrowed the muted, candy-coloured spirits of Singapore's shophouses and heritage buildings into the collection. The bright blues and reds seen in the soon-to-be destroyed Rochor Centre coat the metal piping, a new material that's introduced to the collection. Framing the Rail console with round corners, the accent colours of the low-lying piece also alternates with the wooden strips on the the front sliding panels.
As bases go, the duo has gone lighter by switching from Indonesian mahogany to oak — although the former is still an option. The line-up now includes a sofa, tall shelves, consoles and desks that can either be used as a worktop or a side piece to place memorabilia and household minis such as keys and aroma diffusers.
The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2017 runs till 12 March at the Singapore EXPO. For more stories on furniture, click here.