Monocle on Design

Singapore special: design in the little red dot

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25 October 2016

Episode 263

28 minutes


Photo: Tan Hai Han

This week we’re in Singapore to discover what the Lion City can teach the world about doing a lot with a little in the fields of fashion, architecture, product design and city-building.

25 October 2016

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Chapter 1

9 minutes


Photo: Pomeroy Studio

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Chapter 1

Jason Pomeroy

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Architect and TV presenter Jason Pomeroy gives us the lay of the land in terms of Singapore’s built environment and suggests how other nations can learn from the city-state’s unique take on green space and city-building.

9 minutes

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Mud Rock ceramics

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Ceramicists Michelle Lim and Ng Seok Har founded Mud Rock in 2013. Singapore may be light on resources and crafts but there’s a growing customer base of those keen to take home a genuine piece of design that’s made right here in the little red dot.

7 minutes

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Chapter 3

6 minutes

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Priscilla Shunmugam

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From her airy atelier-cum-showroom in Chip Bee Gardens – a colonial-era estate in well-heeled Holland Village – Priscilla Shunmugam designs tasteful womenswear made from Southeast Asian textiles under the brand Ong Shunmugam.

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Chapter 4

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Takenouchi Webb

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A partnership between British architect Marc Webb and Japanese interior designer Naoko Takenouchi, Takenouchi Webb is an integrated design firm that develops architectural and interior environments specialising in restaurant, hotel and bar projects.

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