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Nature & Senses I: Coming Together

What happens when an interior designer, architect, jewelry designer, and fashion designer come together to make one interactive art exhibition?

Paperspace Singapore and the studios of National Design Center Level 3 are excited to find out with our upcoming multi-sensory pop-up exhibition, Nature and Senses.

When Carrie K, who is curating the Keeper’s Playground of Infinite Happiness, asked us to lead an art collaboration on level 3 with the other tenants of the floor, we jumped at the rare opportunity to embark on an exciting experiment – a cross-industry project that will bring designers of different fields together.

The Keeper’s Playground of Infinite Happiness is a two-week takeover of the National Design Center showcasing the works of over 100 local artists, designers and creatives organized from 27 July – 5 August 2018, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!

Sam Ang of Grey Canopy presenting the broad idea of 5 Senses.

Our pop-up exhibition, “Nature and Senses”, sees a rare collaboration between multidisciplinary studios, including Paperspace (Interior Design Collective), Gin Lee (Fashion Design), Nipek (Lighting Design) and Orcadesign (Design & Innovation).

“We’re taking collaboration to a whole new level,” says Narita Cheah, director and co-founder of Paperspace. “This project will push designers out of their comfort zone. We’ll learn to see and understand each others’ points of view.”

Touch team brainstorming for ideas.

Nature and Senses

The result of multiple brainstorming sessions has resulted in one overarching concept: Nature and Senses.

Level 3 of NDC will be divided into the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, scent, and touch.

Reconnecting with nature through our senses is one of the concepts Sam Ang, Design Director of Grey Canopy, wanted to explore. Her goal is to awaken the senses through a renewed and intimate connection with nature.

“We collect and process data with our five senses, and this data inevitably builds a relationship,” said Sam. “Will we be able to reconnect with nature through our senses then? And will this reconnection soothe our inner soul in this bustling, fast-paced city?”

The designers aim to reflect nature in a built environment through interactive installations, as well as interweave a message about social responsibility.

Highlights will include 3M Super Sticky post-it walls where the public can share their responses to thought-provoking questions, immersive sound corridors, a boom table upcycled from a water container, an interactive sand installation, and a virtual park simulation in the foyer.

Ideation and planning is already well underway.

Eavesdrop (hearing) team performing a site recce.

As with all worthy adventures, it is about the journey as much as it is about the end product. We are really excited to document the process from ideation, development, and finally the installation of the finished projects, through a series of blog posts that will be posted here.

There will be over 15 studios involved in this project:

Visit Nature and Senses at National Design Center Level 3 from 27 July – 5 August, 2018!

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