Handmade 2018: Wellness + Wonder, the projects

Handmade 2018: Wellness + Wonder, the projects

For our annual salute to craft and creativity, we bring together the best designers, artists, and manufacturers to make one-off wonders. Here, browse all the fruits of Handmade 2018

Squeezy lamp by Edmund Zhang

‘Squeezy’ lamp
Edmund Zhang

When Wallpaper* launched an open call across Singapore for designers to join our Handmade exhibition, Edmund Zhang’s ‘Squeezy’ lamp charmed us the most. The designer spent hours researching the beneficial qualities of the act of squeezing, and this exploration resulted in an everyday product that conveys a sense of wellbeing. The LED desk lamp gets brighter with every squeeze, but then gradually dims to a pleasing therapeutic glimmer over time when you stop squeezing. This piece tells the story of the Handmade creative process – from the research, design and development of the lamp through to prototype, as seen here.

Edmund Zhang
Zhang’s preferred approach to design is one that lets us have an inquisitive look at other people’s experiences, transforming them into ideas. A formally trained industrial designer, Zhang favours a multidisciplinary approach, which he has been developing through experience with studios such as Outofstock, Torafu Architects and Lanzavecchia + Wai. edmundzhang.work

Anti-stress objects by Zoë Mowat and Casone

Anti-stress objects
Zoë Mowat and Casone

Promising relief for the anxious and fidgety, Canadian designer Zoë Mowat has created sculptural stress cubes and foot massagers with the help of stone specialist Casone. The textured stone foot massagers rock back and forth to provide orthopaedic release for weary soles. Similarly, the multi-textured cubes offer nervous hands a sense of ease and can be used to relieve tension around the body. Casone’s calming green kryptonite and white Carrara marble provide a sense of luxury.`

Zoë Mowat
Founder of Zoë Mowat Design in Montreal, Canada, Mowat explores various media to create intuitive pieces that are both accessible and durable. Her sculptural take on form results in refined, geometric pieces. zoemowat.com

Based in Firenzuola, in Italy’s Appenines, Casone specialises in the acquisition and refinement of its own special sandstone, Pietra Forte Fiorentina, as well as marble, onyx and travertine. It prides itself on utilising both manual and mechanical techniques in order to produce the finest materials. casonegroup.com

Cleansing plinth by Studio Juju and Fox Marble

Cleansing plinth
Studio Juju and Fox Marble

A single block of marble becomes a poetic fountain in the minds of Studio Juju’s duo Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui. ‘With the monumental scale of the daily cleansing ritual refined to the essential forms, the cleansing plinth exerts a quiet assurance in the quest for contemplative rejuvenation,’ explains Wong. The pair’s sculptural design features two mirrored circles – a bowl contrasted by a raised dish, which are both abstract and functional. The plinth, an altar to the daily ritual of cleansing, was made by Fox Marble in Alexandrian White, a fine-grained Dolomitic geological marble, a material which lends itself well to intricate carving.

Studio Juju
In just under a decade together, Singapore’s Studio Juju has worked with international brands such as Desalto and Living Divani, on furniture, products and spaces. The studio’s accolades include being named Designers of the Future by Design Miami. studio-juju.com

Fox Marble
A British company with an international calling, Fox Marble sources its material in Kosovo, working closely with Carrara-trained experts to establish fully functional quarries that also contribute to the surrounding areas, thanks to the company’s engineering and infrastructure works. foxmarble.net

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