Collaboration with Olivia Lee for Wallpaper Handmade with Salone del Mobile for Singapore Design Week 2018
For the last five years Wallpaper Magazine has annually selected the finest artists, designers, craftsmen and manufacturers across the globe to create unique works of art for the international stage, as part of their Handmade platform.
For this year’s exhibition Nature Squared were honoured to collaborate with the innovative Olivia Lee to showcase their work at the 5th edition of Singapore Design Week (5-18 March), as well as the world-renowned Salone del Mobile (17-22 April).
Each year Wallpaper choose a theme for their artists and designers, with this year’s brief being ‘Wellness and Wonder’. Within this collaboration Olivia Lee drafted the original plans and then worked alongside the Nature Squared design team in the Philippines, to bring her vision to life. Olivia Lee’s designs primarily focus on the rituals and behaviors of people and cultures.
The collection has been titled ‘The Secret to Longevity’. The items include, the Elixir cabinet, a partition that has a series of hidden doors only to be opened by a magnetised key. It has a multipurpose functionality, combining a medicine cabinet, vanity, room divider and valet. The Adonis (below right) is an emergency caviar kit with a mother-of-pearl dish and spoon set, and The Hedonist (below left), a clutch with slide away mirror and serum compartment.
The materials selected cover a range of natural surfaces, including puffer fish skin, farmed shagreen, mother-of-pearl and pawa shell, all of which reflect Nature Squared’s devotion to sustainability.
The collaboration will continue to be on display throughout the world and is a beautiful example of combining traditional techniques and natural materials with contemporary design.