Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto

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Both exhibitions meet at an interactive area for visitors to customise virtual woodblock prints, try photo editing and make wishes at the make-a-wish wall. Adopting an open concept, the interactive area recognised the need for space, and translated this in the use of anti-reflective glass screens for uninterrupted viewing from a distance. In light of the Covid-19 situation, all touch-screen multimedia devices were coated with anti-microbial treatment to ensure the safety of visitors. 

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Showcasing Russel Wong in Kyoto on deep-coloured panels, the vibrancy of his photography was brought to life as visitors were taken on a visual tour of the sights and sounds of Kyoto. On the other end of the exhibition, visitors experienced the sights and sounds of the Edo period in Life in Edo, with the variegated paintings and woodblock prints illuminated against the tastefully-hued exhibition panels that facilitated a thorough exploration of the exhibition.


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Eye-catching standalone stores are ideal sites for brands to capture shoppers and passer-bys’ attention. In Harajuku Japan, the three-story Desigual feeds fresh flavours to the brand’s style.

A vision created with artist Ran Tondabayashi combines to bring a brillant palette and brand image.

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The poppy themed store concept is layered with decorative petal panels throughout the walls. Beyond aesthetic, the three-story space also leveraged on workshop spaces and customisation corner, keeping design layout expansive for interactive retail possibilties.

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While the Harajuku store emulates a vibrant and youthful atmosphere, its counterpart at Ginza district of Tokyo represents an edgier, urban design.
Also a three-story boutique, the facade is clad in sleek black, illuminated by the reversed ‘D’ lettering of Desigual rebrand icon. In its interiors, LED rods line the ceiling in zig-zag pattern and black mesh. Mimicking an urban factory, this similar design was later implemented in Desigual at Changi, Jewel Singapore.

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Keep reading about Desigual's rebranding efforts.

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience was dedicated to the remembrance of two hundred years of history that made a nation, with messages crafted, curated and devoted to its people. This two-part showcase beckoned with stimulating perspectives into history told in a variety of formats, bringing to life snippets of history going as far back as 1299.

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From Singapore to Singaporean
 takes visitors on a journey through time to explore history as a series of visually audacious yet emotionally engaging adventures. Each act was conceptualised as a unique, exhilarating dive into Singapore’s past. Designed to resonate with visitors of all ages, the storytelling tone was intended to foster a participatory atmosphere and break the fourth wall, so that visitors would feel more like eyewitnesses, rather than simply passive observers.  

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The team set out to tell a story that would spark curiosity in people, and encourage them to embark on a journey of discovery.  

Split into five acts spread over two levels of the Fort Canning Centre, the hour-long experience reaches back over a thousand years in time. The prologue opens on a rain installation that reverses dramatically to symbolise the journey into the distant past. This sets the scene for the dramatic rise and fall of settlements and port-cities across South-east Asia. The opening is mirrored in an emotionally charged finale on a rain-soaked Padang, with dark clouds giving way to warm sunshine over the modern metropolis Singapore has become. 

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The Bicentennial Experience opened from 30th May to 31st December 2019 to the public. For more behind-the-scenes, view our 45th Anniversary Book.

The entire exhibition was a collaborative work only made possible with passionate inputs from fellow creative minds - MET Studio , ZARCH Collective, multimedia partner - Anomalyst, and film partner - Zhao Wei films.
The project is also featured on Wallpaper*, CNA, and The Straits Times.