Saturday, April 26, 2008

Feet Unbound

FEET UNBOUND, the feature-length documentary about the unknown story of China's Long March will open at Cathay's The Picturehouse in Singapore on Thursday 17 April for a limited season.

It is an all-Singaporean independent effort featuring music performed by the T'ang Quartet. Shot in remote locations across China, including the Chinese Himalayas, the Gobi Desert, and the highland marshes of western Sichuan, the film takes you on a 5,000 km journey in search of history and identity. It is a virtually unknown story that needs to be told.

Without any advertising and promotion budget to speak of, small independent films can, however, be just as successfully publicised via grassroot means such as this. The film has already been seen by audiences in 20 different film festivals around the world including Amsterdam, Hawaii, Montreal, Sydney, Seoul, Greece, Adelaide, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Leeds, Mexico City and many others. For more information visit or


Monday, April 14, 2008

Record number of Singapore designs at Milan International Furniture Show

Thanks to a press release from our diligent Design Singapore counterparts, we got news of:

Biggest showing of Singapore design presentations ever

Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan International Furniture Show)
16 to 21 April 2008

Part of the largest-ever Singapore contingent at the show, nine designers, and five design-led companies will be supported by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts’ DesignSingapore Overseas Promotion Partnership Programme (OPPP).

Who's who?
Recipients of the DesignSingapore Scholarship in 2005, Hans Tan and Hunn Wai have since completed their studies at Design Academy Eindhoven. Hans’ works will be showcased at STILL, one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in Milan; while Hunn’s pieces have been selected for inclusion in the Design Factory Brainport Milano 2008.

Singapore-based product designers Jason Ong, Jarrod Lim, Gabriel Tan, Wendy Chua, P.C. Ee, Brian Law and Tan Sixiu will also be presenting cross-collaborative designs resulting from their partnership with fashion designers as part of the DesignSingapore Studios project, Blueprint 2008.

Presentation of works by Singapore design companies – Air Division, Getz Brothers, The Life Shop, Star Furniture Industries and Koda Ltd under the Singapore Mozaic brand

The Singapore presentations will take place at three different locations: Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2008 for trade visitors, the youth-oriented Salone Satellite 2008 and the Zona Tortona which is the most popular location for individual shows.

Voonwong&bensonsaw who will be collaborating with British company, Decode. Their presentation at the Design+ exhibition at via Tortona 20 will feature three new products: the Ribbon coatstand, Slicebox table and a new barstool named Tripod.

- Zi Wong
Design and travel journalist

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