(3 October 2015, Saturday) Last month, furniture store Journey East teamed up with award-winning studio Lanzavecchia + Wai to create a living room furniture series named PLAYplay. The 20-year-old store in Outram’s Tan Boon Liat Building is known for selling recycled and restored eco-friendly furniture. Among the brands it carries are local manufacturer d-Bodhi and Ho Chi Minh City-based District Eight Design. Six-year-old outfit Lanzavecchia + Wai, on the other hand, has done work for brands such as Cappellini and Mercedes-Benz. Last year, it won Young Design Talent of the Year at the Elle Decor International Design Awards.
The design duo comprises Singaporean Hunn Wai, 35, and Italian Francesca Lanzavecchia, 32, who is based in Pavia, a city 30km south of Milan. Inspired by Singapore’s colourful landscape and traditional cakes and fruit, PLAYplay’s five retro- tinged pieces each has a twist.
Mr Wai, who is an adjunct lecturer for 3-D Design at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and experience and product design at Singapore Polytechnic, says: “Each piece is built with intelligent flexibility, such that it can be transformed for various uses. There’s a succinct balance between fun and practical.”
Media: The Straits Times, Life, Page D6