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Upcycling: converting a disused object or waste material into something of greater value without degrading the material with which it’s made.


The third and final book I wrote for an\b editions has been on sale for a little while now. The concept sprang from the observation that while upcycling has gained popularity as an at-home craft, it holds immense potential for reduced material use when applied to the design and manufacture of consumer objects.

Additionally, as demonstrated by some of the early 1990s furniture and lighting designed by Tejo Remy, ‘upcycling’ can thoroughly challenge preconceptions about the aesthetics of form. Remy’s early work (distributed by Droog) focused on radical reinvention and memory, but today it could also be viewed trough the lens of sustainability.


Upcycle! presenting products, accessories, furniture, and lighting by designers in twenty-five countries, whose work reuses materials in the following general groups: cardboard and paper; cement, ceramic, and clay; cork; glass; metal; plastic; rubber; textile; and wood.

I made some delightful discoveries while compiling the contents – the ability of designers to make beautiful jewellery out of discarded bicycle inner tubes (Nikolay Sardamov, Bulgaria) or old tins and coasters (Melissa Cameron, Australia); to make tables from slices of old furniture (Oormerk, The Netherlands); or to make creature-like lights with the bases of old office chairs (Giovanni Delvecchio and Andrea Magnani for Resign, Italy).

One of the other joys of the research was discovering how witty designers could be in their efforts. Here are some examples:

Animal Skin Rugs by Agustina Woodgate (USA), made with the fur of pre-loved stuffed animal toys.


Stitch by Studio Pepe Heykoop (The Netherlands) – discarded chairs nurtured back to life with new hand-stitched covers and stuffing.


Relumine by mischer’traxler (Austria) – altering the character of old found lamps with a new and energy-efficient light source.


Multi-vase Lighting by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen (The Netherlands) – compositions of glass objects that seem to have been thrown in the air and frozen in time.


Thanks to all the contributing designers and photographers, and to Jacinta Sonja Neoh (co-publisher) and Lara SH Loi for their art direction, design and layout.

Good reads at The Plain

Thanks to The Plain – one of my favourite cafes in Singapore – for adding Interior Pop! and Cardboard Book to its fine collection of reading material.

I undertook the editorial coordination and text for these books while working at an\b editions. Big thanks to Vincent and Laura for giving them a loving home at The Plain!

The U Cafe international magazine exhibition is almost over. Catch it at The Plain and other quality local cafes before it ends on 23 October! >> UPDATE: The U Cafe has been extended to 27 November.

Interior Pop! and Cardboard Book can be purchased at Basheer Graphic Books, Workshop, and other good bookstores. And by the way, the third title I worked on at an\b editions, Upcycle, will be released in the coming months. Look out for it!

Interior Pop! On sale now!

The second book I worked on at an\b editions is back from the printer and on sale. Interior Pop! presents interiors from around the world that juxtapose visual art, installation, graphics, pattern, and space.

As opposed to the brown tone of an\b editions’ first title, Cardboard Book, the pages of Interior Pop! practically explode with colour. The book grew from the observation that the makers of interior spaces are having to work ever harder to attract and maintain our attention. These days, we can customise our expression of identity at an instantaneous pace. Similarly, many interiors are being individualised through art and idiosyncrasy.

Interior Pop! surveys how brands and enterprises are using space as their canvas and making a big impact.

The 57 projects are each presented with a text description and multiple photographs (as well as drawings where appropriate), and are thematically grouped in five chapters: Playful, Illusionary, Illustrative, Abstract, and Fantastical.

Featured designers and artists include:
Formavision (USA)
Keiko + Manabu (Japan)
Asylum (Singapore)
Ab Rogers Design (UK)
Tjep. (The Netherlands)
Dizel&Sate (Sweden)
Gloss Creative (Australia)
Zaha Hadid Architects (UK)
Nomad Ink (Brazil)
Buj+Colón Arquitectos (Spain)
Glowacka Rennie Architects with Felice Varini (UK)
Electric Dreams (Sweden)
and many others!

The book has just hit the shelves at Basheer Graphic Books. You can also look for it at Workshop. I’m only going to show you the cover. To see its 320 pages, you’ll have to go and find it in the shops!

A co-edition (with a different cover) is being released by Gingko Press for the USA and Europe.

Cardboard Book – reprinted and translated!

While working as the editor at an\b editions, I undertook the editorial coordination for Cardboard Book, and wrote the text within it. The an\b editions version (for Asia) and the Gingko Press co-edition (for USA and Europe) were released in late 2010.

I’m ecstatic that both an\b editions and Gingko have reprinted, and that Spanish publisher Links Books has translated and released the book in Spanish and French!

Cardboard Book has been favourably reviewed in Australian and Singaporean magazines (Artichoke, Houses, (inside) Interior Design Review, Cubes, and d+a), and has received great coverage on habitusliving.com.

designboom.com also reviewed it, saying “If you are interested in the radical use of material and the exploration of forms and stability of cardboard, this book is for you.” Cheers all!