(jiří macek) Singapore-based d-lab presented another phase in its research into the world of objects at Maison et Objet in Paris. The ultra-minimalist collection, entitled Objects Around The Tablescapes, contained easily overlooked, yet exceptional lights in the form of simple structures that all children build from cubes.
This simple installation of objects on a long table seemed to merge basic shapes only – at first sight, the objects were very powerful, yet often without evident use. The table was simply a landscape, an opening of a story that is pure and sometimes unexpectedly disrupted by impropriety at the same time. The three cubes, standing one on the top of the other, can represent a house, an architectural study, or a haphazard torso. One goes back to the basic meaning of objects and newly defines the function of shapes –all this under the leadership of Patrick Chia. Lamps are like statues, but with a perfectly tuned-up function. “Odd objects”, as Patrick Chia calls them, are not so odd at all. “Unable to explain themselves, they together come on the same table,” he states. These objects are pure, charismatic, and comforting.
D-lab, headed by Patrick Chia, is an independent commercial brand that presents the results from the Design Incubator Centre at the National University in Singapore.
bic and boc, design: d-lab