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The Alchemists The exhibition at the Milan Design Week 2015

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The Alchemists The exhibition at the Milan Design Week 2015 it has been modified: 2016-06-06 di Benedict Flowers

It took place during the Milan Design Week Triennale exhibition The Alchemists.

15 new talent from Singapore explore the magic of design through the mirror of a new alchemy: a selection of tools and objects inspired by the alchemical process of transformation of materials such as lead into gold.

The title of the exhibition "The Alchemists" is specific expression in nod to the Italian movement of the '70 Alchemy Studio, Within which the experimental design pieces are conducted in a formal and creative language that challenged the status quo. It was a radical design movement that expanded the boundaries of design and changed the overall design scenario for the future.

The title is also meant to convey a seemingly magical element, or a role that exists in the act of drawing or creating. The alchemist of the past devoted his life to the transformation of materials, from the ordinary to the precious, most commonly from the gold metal.

The starting point for the project "The Alchemists" was "the designer as an alchemist: what can be designed by applying the transformation?" "The Alchemists" process is conducted by the writer, publisher and Italian designer Stefano Casciani and co-curated by designer Patrick Chia who is also the founding director of Singapore's Design Incubation Centre.

A new generation of Singapore designers embarked on a creative research through design on language, mythologies, and philosophies of transformation of matter. "Different materials and techniques have been explored, from nylon laser sintering to the casting resin, the ceramic color printing of acrylic fabrics. The aim of the exhibition is, however, not only to show surprising production technologies, but also to develop a more contemporary approach in the design in the global context, "said Casciani, curator of the exhibition itlaliano.

"By selecting designers that vary by age and experience, the exhibition offers a reflection on the current state of design from the perspective of Singapore state. And, more importantly, this project hopes to serve as a starting point for greater dialogue and greater collaboration between this group of designers and for future generations of designers, "said Chia.
The exhibition "The Alchemists" is the result of a series of lectures and workshops. The design prototypes will be exhibited for 6 days at the Milan Triennale. The project is organized by Industry + with support from DesignSingapore Council.

Fools' Gold

Lanzavecchia + Wai

Containers, according x 43,5 43,5 180 cm h; basic x 120 36, 65 cm h
chrome vinyl film for car wrapping, corrugated galvanized steel, mild steel frame powder-coated.

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Drawing inspiration from the laminates used by the Studio Alchemy between the years 70 and 80, Lanzavecchia + Wai using a chrome casing in gold and purple tones, applied to simple containers made of corrugated steel sheets.
So increases the perception of the value of the object, at the same time revealing the humble matter of origin: the ripple not only gives structural strength to the sheet, but also maximizes the surface for the application of the car wrapping, which can be metallic vinyl printed, cut and textured laser: the concept can be assimilated to car tuning, the technique used to play car body with colored vinyl bands textured, customized according to the owner of the fantasies, creating objects / sculpture by Pop suggestions .

Fool's Gold (fool's gold) is the popular English name of pyrite, a mineral with golden highlights but also a favorite basic materials groped by some alchemists to create gold.


Hans Tan

Coffee table, according x 50 50, 60 cm h resin, fiberglass, ABS, powder-coated steel

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In this case, the table top is made in reverse through the resin casting that forms the surface of the same floor. Shape and size of the various "pools of color" are the result of gravity and tension of the resin, of which each casting
It is realized individually, without using any mold.

Of the laminate resin curing time it is precisely controlled, so as not to mix a splash of color with the adjacent one and give the top multi-color composition, completely innovative for the infinite possibilities of formal and chromatic variations.

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Jolene Ng & Lee Si Min

multifunctional elements, basic x 20,1 20,1, 22 cm h
Laser-sintered nylon


The King series stems from long studies for creative optimization of 3D molding techniques. Starting from structural plots only achievable with these techniques, you get a series of four functional elements made in one production cycle: a basket, a bowl, a vase and a lampshade.

Laser sintering allows the creation of very free form, but the same freedom to push the extreme limits of the objects thus produced leads to create forms too fragile to survive the printing process and subsequent
extracting from the printer.

MATR redefines the support structures that enable these facen-dole forms in turn become products in their own right, which together give life to an "object inside the object": one of the most advanced technologies today molding thus also evokes the memory of certain decorative objects of eastern craft tradition, articulated in multiple layers made from a single block of starting material.







Instruments of Beauty (Divine Tools)

Olivia Lee

9 set of tools of different sizes Gold plated stainless steel, brass, acrylic, mirrored glass, ash, paper


"Instruments of Beauty: Divine Tools" is a collection of sophisticated drawing tools that personify the human aspiration to beauty and patterns of meaning in the world. Just as the alchemist pursued enlightenment through the quest for immortality, the ancient Greeks sought the divine in the correlation between mathematics, science and arts. They believed that the gods could be found in the golden section, an ancient geometrical relationship as the spiral of the Nautilus shell and propagated always in iconic artifacts.

This set of accessories that follow the golden ratio represents the convergence of disciplines (mathematics, engineering, art) and ideals (spirituality, technology) and the promise of eternity through the perennial and universal beauty. These tools invoke the mysterious force that encodes a universe with an innate sense of proportion. The nine tools apply the principles of the golden section through different formats and functions, each tool is designed to facilitate the use and discovery of the divine proportion in new or existing jobs.





Textile Transmutations

Tiffany Loy

Textile / Clothing sculpture invention, x 75 95 2,5 cm x

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"Textile Transmutations" is the creation of three-dimensional textile forms. The project uses a heat control technology and modifies it to suit small-scale productions. acrylic molds are designed to increase the form of polyester fabric, obtaining a rich texture that flows throughout the material.

The 3D tissues are cut following the trend of circular pattern composed of "dots" that are repeated with three-dimensional concentric shape, giving strut-tural strength and resistance to stress in shapes modeled on the size of the body.

The forms thus obtained can be worn as "suits" strong gestural and symbolic value, emphasizing the presence of the human figure - often overlooked - in the general scenario of living and it needed items.

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