Bean There, Done That
Milan, Bean Bag Chairs –
Singapore-based designers win with their unique Sacco Bean Bag Chairs
UNDER THE HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE of the old Excise Buildings in Milan the three winning designs of the iconic Sacco bean bag chair were displayed for all to see during Milan Design Week 2019. These three pieces impressed judges with their creativity at the design competition organised by Zanotta and W. Atelier together with Design Council Singapore.
The three sacco chairs particularly stood out for the way they preserve tradition while reinventing form with the theme “Urban Living the Asian Way”. The top designers who masterfully integrated an Asian essence and a personal story into their creations are Jarrod Lim, Karyn Lim and Tiffany Loy.
Re-created using zips, beads and yarn, the three Sacco winning chairs impressed viewers with the Asian inspiration behind their unique designs. The three chairs will be displayed at the National Design Centre for from 4 July – 28 July 2019.
Trained in Industrial Design at the National University of Singapore (NUS), with a semester on exchange at ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Paris, Lim’s final year project, ‘Transformation Bags’ were a part of ‘The Alchemists’ that showcased 15 contemporary designers from Singapore. ‘The Alchemists’ debuted at the Triennale di Milano during Milan Design Week 2015 and returned home for the Singapore Art Week 2016 at the Singapore Art Museum. She has an ongoing collaboration with Indonesian designer Fani Atmanti which started when they met while showing their works separately in Jakarta. Their collaboration was exhibited at Tokyo Design Week 2016. She manages communications at Singapore-based brand and producer of contemporary design furniture, Industry+.
With a wide diversity of cultural influences the designer was born to a Singaporean father and an Australian mother, and grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where he also trained in Industrial Design. Travel and cultural differences have continually influenced Jarrod throughout his developing career from Milan to Melbourne and Singapore. Jarrod has worked with Patricia Urquiola, one of the most sought-after designers in the world; and SCP, one of the UK’s top design and furniture manufacturers. His European experience cemented a solid foundation to launch his own design studio. Jarrod now operates his studio from Singapore with an enticing gallery space at the front and his office tucked away at the back.
The Singapore-based designer trained in industrial design and textile-weaving. Her current work revolves around surface design and textile experiments. She explores alternative production methods, as well as the use of existing processes to generate unexpected results. Since the set-up of her studio in 2014, she has exhibited her experimental works at museums in Singapore, Kyoto, and Milan. Her approach to design is focused on materials, fabrication, and the experience of the physical object. She believes that the designer plays an important role in pushing the boundaries of material applications, and in creating relevant discourse on new technologies for the future.