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Turtle Chairs and Sampan Bathtubs

Turtle Chairs and Sampan Bathtubs

Singapore, Furnishings –

WOHABEING presents furnishings and accessories inspired by regional nature and traditions

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WOHA FOUNDERS Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell are known for their benchmarks in sustainable design that integrates environmental and social principles in architecture. They continue in this same vein with their design collections of homeware with wohabeing.

The Turtle Chair is part of the Bintan Collection, which takes inspiration from the island in the Riau Archipelago with its pristine white beaches and beautiful wildlife. The Turtle series of chairs has legs reminiscent of turtle flippers.

Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell:

The objects around us must draw together our cultural history, our sense of place, and our contemporary needs, in doing so, they will be authentic and possess their own unique beauty. We design our objects with care and thought – they need to be meaningful – and of course, delightful.”

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Ulu Dining Chair in wood and leather, and Centric Dining Table
The Turtle Chairs are made with hand-block-printed cotton fabric

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Named Ulu, Bintan, Sampan and Diaspora, each collection has a distinct personality and style and encompasses a different combination of objects. These collections of furniture, rugs, lights, bathware and tableware are designed by Wong and Hassell and developed with wohabeing’s collaboration partners that include Luzerne, Wewood and Apaiser.

Bintan Collection Chairs and Tables. Inspired by Bintan Island, which lies just a boat ride away from bustling Singapore, with its white beaches and ancient forests, the collection features two series of objects: the Turtle series and the Crab series. The Turtle series has legs reminiscent of turtle flippers whereas the objects of the Crab series stand on elegant, thin metal legs.

Sampan Collection Bathware suite. Created in collaboration with apaiser this Collection applies the elegant tapered shapes of the traditional sampans to a series of baths and vanities. The objects of this series were presented in a crisp white tone reminiscent of origami paper boats. The Sampan Collection alludes to Singapore’s story as a thriving port city.

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Corak Collection Handmade rugs. Asia is home to a rich tradition in textiles and patterns. This Collection was inspired by nature and designed using new geometries, such as fractals and aperiodic tiling. While the patterns are complex to create and dif cult to calculate, the eye easily delights in the combination of repetition and difference in these patterns. The Corak Collection was created in collaboration with The Rug Maker.

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The Diaspora Collection Lidded Tea Cups. This Collection was inspired by the Chinese people, who, in search of their fortune, have migrated to other regions for centuries. At Maison&Objet Paris, a small preview of the full collection was shown in the form of the Chinese Tea Cup and Saucer Set. The Diaspora Collection is made in collaboration with Luzerne.

Ulu and Oli Collection Indoor and outdoor furniture, lamps. Inspired by the Bukit in Bali, a wild landscape of cliffs and rugged savannah landscapes, the Ulu Collection features both indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as lamps, that were originally designed for a WOHA project in Uluwatu, Bali, and have been adapted for this collection.

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Oli is named after the Sanskrit word for the “glow of a lamp”. Inspired by ancient Hindu and Buddhist sacred geometry and architecture, the contemporary modular lighting system in hand-blown glass and bronze provides beautiful possibilities from a single lamp glowing in the darkness to complex assemblages floating in space.

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Story compiled by Carol Kraal. Wong and Hassell portrait by Amarinthine Photos; interior styling photographs by Periphery; All photographs courtesy of WOHA



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