|Amanda Peters|||||written on: 27-09-2021 08:00am|
Named ‘Designer of the Year Asia 2017’ this September at Maison et Objet Paris, Singapore-based WOHA debuted its lifestyle brand WOHAbeing. This means that if you ever fancied the bespoke furniture pieces at the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali or the Park Royal Hotel in Singapore, they can now be yours.
Showcasing six collections spanning across furniture, lighting, rugs and bathware, each was developed alongside a specialist collaborator. Ulu, Bintan, Sampan, Corak, Diaspora and Oli – the names for the collections come from places and cultures that carry a significant meaning to WOHA. Each collection thus has a distinct personality and style.
Bintan is a group of chairs, tables, and lamps named after and inspired by the rural area of an Indonesian island. The collection features two series of objects – the Turtle and the Crab. The Turtle series has legs reminiscent of turtle flippers, whereas the objects of the Crab series stand on elegant, thin metal legs.
Lamps originally designed for WOHA’s Uluwatu project in Bali were adapted to form part of the Ulu range that also extends into indoor and outdoor furniture. Developed with Industry+, the cast stoneware of the Ulu Collection thus fuses modernist design with motifs drawn from Bali’s ancient cultures.
WOHAbeing works with WonderGlass for Oli, a contemporary hand-blown glass and bronze lighting system. Named after the Sanskrit word for the ‘glow of a lamp’, the series was inspired by ancient Hindu and Buddhist sacred geometry and architecture.
Created in collaboration with The Rug Maker, Corak is a hand-made rug collection that pays homage to Asia’s rich tradition in textiles and patterns.
Sampan is an Apaiser bathware collection. The elegant tapered shapes of the traditional sampans were applied to baths and vanities for this range. In addition, these objects were presented in a crisp white tone reminiscent of origami paper boats. The collection also includes a bathtub designed to overflow like an infinity pool.
For the Diaspora collection, WOHAbeing collaborated with Luzerne – a ceramic tableware brand with production facility in China’s porcelain capital, Dehua. The collection draws from Peranakan and other ‘overseas Chinese’ cultures with classic colours and geometries that tell the stories of the Chinese diaspora. At Maison et Objet Paris, a preview was shown in the form of the Chinese Tea Cup and Saucer Set. The Diaspora collection will be on full show this December at an exhibition at the National Design Centre in Singapore.
|KBB Ark Staff Writer. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).|