Singapore Shopaholic: FARM

It’s that time of year. I’m on the hunt for uniquely Singaporean holiday gifts for my family and friends back home. (Please, no Merlion tchotchkes.)

Since 2005, FARM has supported community projects which promote the arts, such as competitions and artists’ talks. Beginning in 2007, FARM has collaborated with artists and designer on a diverse range of projects. These include architecture and interior design, product design and merchandising, graphic design and branding, art installation and sculpture, and exhibition design and curatorial work.

The organization’s online store is a treasure trove of locally-designed, Singapore-inspired products. My faves? Singlish Notebook by John Chan (S$32), Mooncake Paper Weight inspired by the National Museum of Singapore (S$18), and Spotted Nyonya (below) by designer, curator, and educator Hans Tan.

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I’ve documented my penchant for traditional Nonyaware before. These re-imagined vessels are “subjected to a surface treatment which overlays the original multicoloured pattern with a new dotted pattern. The technique is an industrial re-interpretation of the traditional resist-dyeing technique used to dye fabric patterns. A masked pattern is sandblasted so that areas protected by the mask are preserved, while the original glaze from unprotected areas are erased to expose the white porcelain beneath.” Breathtakingly beautiful.

FARM debuted Tan’s collection at Maison et Objet earlier this year in Paris; there he was awarded the “Les Découvertes.” a recognition for the best new product presented at the show. More about FARM at the biannual show here.

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