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BENCH – Remembering Singapore’s National Stadium

Bench National Stadium 2013

BENCH
SHELTER BENCH by Lanzavecchia + Wai Design Studio

For 37 years until its closure in 2007, Singapore’s former National Stadium held a special spot in every Singaporean’s heart – it was the place where we cheered on our national football team during the Malaysia Cup, where the Kallang Wave was born, and where many National Day Parades were held. For me, it was the place where I saw my first Michael Jackson concert – and when I still qualified for the kids’ ticket price. I sat in the second row, and went into an epileptic frenzy when the King of Pop smiled at me and my friends. That was also the first time I camped at Hard Rock Café to buy concert tickets.

Opened in July 1973, the National Stadium was closed on 30 June 2007 to make way for the Singapore Sports Hub and the new Singapore National Stadium in 2014. In an effort to keep this piece of Singapore heritage alive, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore Furniture Industries Council and creative practice FARM invited the public and 25 commissioned local creative talents to reinterpret their memories of the national icon by designing benches using 15 wooden planks each salvaged from the stadium during its demolition. These 30 benches will then be placed in various parts of the city. It was pretty interesting to see how the designers interpreted how a public bench would look like.

Bench National Stadium

BENCH/STADIUM by Andrew Crombie, MKPL Architect Pte Ltd
One of the more intricate designs, its shape reminded me of a whale.

Bench National Stadium

Seeing their happy faces convinced me that it is as good to sit on as it looks. Success.

Bench National Stadium

KALLANG BENCH by Studio Juju

Bench National Stadium

The duo from Studio Juju

Bench National Stadium

A TROPICAL TORTURE RACK by Jason Ong
This is the most humorous interpretation of them all – multi-disciplinary artist Jason Ong was inspired more by the the structure and space, rather than memories of the events that had taken place at the Stadium. To him, the idea of sitting on a park bench in hot and humid Singapore is akin to a form of mild torture (I agree), and a parallel to the blinding stadium lights and hot atmosphere at the Stadium.

Bench National Stadium

These kids look pretty comfy to me, self-engrossed in their own virtual worlds

Bench National Stadium

THE KALLANG RAW by Chang Yong Ter / Chang Architects

Bench National Stadium

I am always intrigued to observe how the public interacts with the public space, and I think it’s a success when you see smiley faces.

Bench National Stadium

AESOP | UNBREAKABLE by Donovan Soon
This reminds me of the teaching that a chopstick on its own is feeble, but in a bunch is indomitable

Bench National Stadium

THE BENCH by John Clang

Bench National Stadium

FREE SEATING by Ip : Li Architects
Me like. Chairs for little people!

Bench National Stadium

PLACK BENCH by Rico Firmansyah

Bench National Stadium

BENCH AS SCULPTURE by Tang Guan Bee
This piece by the award-wining architect was inspired by the shape of a fallen leaf on the stadium grounds. I loved its elegant look and practical design.

Bench National Stadium

1973 by Peter Chen / Nanyang Technological University

Bench National Stadium

BOND by Sapp Cheng

Bench National Stadium

BENCH by Raymond Hon
This piece is most true to its name – a bench. Simple as it is, I think this piece by the NUS student (seated) will also be the most durable public furniture amongst its peers.

Bench National Stadium

UNITY by Air Division
This design consisting of 4 identical sections of wood seating locked together mimics the 4 major races in Singapore.

Bench National Stadium

FULL CIRCLE by Terence Tang

Bench National Stadium

COMMUNITY by Nathan Yong
The designer wanted to encourage eye contact amongst people sitting on this bench and to communicate with each other. I think the intention is awesome seeing how most people are so engrossed with their mobile phones now, but the designer needs to put in an opening in the bench cos’ I ain’t climbing into the bench in my dress.

Bench National Stadium

Students from The National University of Singapore’s Division of Industrial Design also interpreted their impression of the National Stadium through their works

Bench National Stadium

Pencils were created to encourage the public to jot down their memories of the National Stadium

Bench National Stadium

The National Stadium – where many medals were won. I think these would go pretty well with a white shirt – erm, are they for sale? :p

Bench National Stadium

Applying chromatography to the extract obtained from boiling a plank, the outflowing rings resembles a core memory of the Stadium that remains deeply rooted despite the gradual reduction over time.

Bench National Stadium

Transforming a concrete landscape into delicate paper/ephemeral memories

Bench National Stadium

Jenga!

Bench National Stadium

These woodblock prints carved from the planks were pretty interesting

Bench National Stadium

The Sewing Kit

Bench National Stadium

Vessels of memories
They look more like Hawaiian coconut bra cups to me :p

Bench National Stadium

An acrylic frame not to be seated on

Bench National Stadium

THE KALLANG WAVE
This piece is really fun! Like dominoes, push on one end and the planks will topple towards one direction – akin to a Kallang Wave. With the National Stadium gone, I guess this is what will suffice for now, until the new Sports Hub is completed. With so much more socio-political issues on Singaporeans’ mind, I wonder if we can feel the spirit of the original Kallan Roar again. Time will tell.

To find out more about BENCH, visit www.bench.sg

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Let’s go MAAD!

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Market of Artists and Designers

Whenever I have the time, I like to check out flea markets and arts & craft bazaars for unique handmade creations and super-good buys. One of my favourites is the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD) at the Red Dot Design Museum. Started July 2006, MAAD takes place every first Friday evening of the month. It is a platform where artists, designers, architects, craft makers, illustrators, photographers, performers or anyone with a creative passion can participate to showcase their works, gather feedback or test the market. It also means you are likely to score unique creations not available elsewhere, or snag a very, very good buy when sellers clear past season stock. Most of the sellers make handmade craft & accessories, plush toys, bags, illustrations, photographs or offer creative services. I have also seen F&B owners using MAAD as a test bed for new flavours/ideas, and you simply pay whatever you want for it and give them your feedback. Everytime I go there with a set amount of cash to shop as a control mechanism (most of the stall owners only accept cash), I always end up looking for a bank to get more cash. Sigh.

Red Dot Design Museum

The Red Dot Traffic Building was built in 1928 as a police barrack. The conservation building was designed by Public Works Department architect F. Dorrington Ward. It housed the Singapore Traffic Police Headquarters for some time until 1999, and was refurbished to become a creative hub in 2005 to house creative companies of various disciplines as well as the Red Dot Design Museum (free admission during MAAD) showcasing more than 1,000 award-winning exhibits from the International Red Dot Design Award, one of the world’s leading and largest design competitions. All the tenants are located in offices that used to be the police investigation rooms, rifle shooting range, canteen, armoury as well as jail cells!

And here are some of my favourite MAAD folks:

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

By Invite Only
By Invite Only is an indie Singapore-based jewellery house where items are mostly handmade by the designer Trixie Khong herself. All jewellery pieces are sourced from all over the world and come in limited numbers of less than 200 pieces. It is currently available in in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Jakarta.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Aura Quartz Necklace

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

The designs are largely inspired by 18th century circuses and the Victorian era. I have my eye on the gold bracelet with a floral motif.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

My eyes lit up when I saw this tray – 50% off! Resist, resist the urge to sweep the entire tray…

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

I settled for a classy 24 karat gold plated agate druzy necklace. At 50% off the original price of S$69, it was a definite steal. *Absolutely pleased*

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

These really cute felt brooches and acrylic necklaces are from a lady seller. They are really well-made, and best part is – they cost less than S$10 each! She’s also one of the reasons why I visit MAAD in anticipation of her new creations. She’s quite shy though, I haven’t been able to make conversation despite buying from her a few times by now. I better not terrify her more lest she runs away, haha.

MAAD Bazaar

Spotted these lovely origami earrings from Conetira and went home with them. Can you believe these are made by a man? Such attention to details! I had to peel myself away before I bought the entire stall. I bought another pair shaped like a lotus – that’s art. Wanna see them? Stay tuned to the blog *wink*

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Quirky eco accessories from recyclofashion
I met Harng from recyclofashion when his quirky designs made from recycled materials caught my eye. Harng is currently pursuing a degree in visual communication in the School of Art, Design and Media at a local university, and creates eco jewelry with two friends Yong Zhi and Ash.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

This necklace made from melted plastic bottles vaguely reminds me of a Marni.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

The Plumber’s Wife got bored
This is definitely the first time I have seen anyone making jewelry out of a kitchen sink sieve. I would wear that; it will be a natural conversation piece.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

The coloured beads came from Harng’s granmother’s tea coasters which she was about to throw. He took them apart, added pearls and made them into bracelets.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Made from a plastic tubing, sewing thimble, paper roll and wooden parts

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Upcycling is certainly the trend these days. I think with a bit of refining, these accessories are set to wow more folks.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

You’ll never be caught in a bad hair day with this necklace made with hundreds of black hair pins

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

I was quite excited to see Kang at MAAD – the first time I saw him was at a flea market almost six years ago. He only had one product  then – bangles made from old vinyl records. Look how many creations he has now! A nostalgic moment indeed.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

I bought a vinyl record brooch which will go very well with my jackets

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Guess what these necklaces are made of? The humble cable tie.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

You can wear the necklace in various ways too

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Loving these super pretty clutches from Latitude ONE Degree

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Designby Mysa
I like their dainty dresses which make me look saccharine sweet (not an easy feat, trust me). At S$45 a dress (buy one get one free!), it’s a no brainer at all.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

MAAD

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Fashion is not the only thing you can get at MAAD – there are prints and photos for sale as well

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

While you are there, do take a look at the award-winning designs from the International Red Dot Design Award – this entire space is decorated with Tupperware products, how innovative! I have half a mind to re-decorate my mum’s kitchen…

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

Fancy a toilet bowl which doubles up as a wash basin? While it is probably a great space-saving idea, I don’t think I will be washing my face where I crap anytime soon. Ewww.

MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum

I am naming this the Nipple Lamp.

I’m already looking forward to the next MAAD, and discovering more great buys!

Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD)
Every first Friday of the month
5:00PM to 12:00AM
28 Maxwell Road
Red Dot Traffic Building
Singapore 069120
Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar