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'Ang Ku Kueh Girl shows her spunk and sprightliness in her moves, akin to the nimbleness of a young nation, standing tall on the shoulders of pioneer giants.' - Ang Ku Kueh Girl creator Wang Shijia

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SPUNKY LINE: Apart from designing an exclusive collection of merchandise for Singapore Airlines’ KrisShop, Ms Wang has also created another Ang Ku Kueh Girl series for Changi Airport Group (CAG), such as distinctively peppy umbrellas; a garden tote bag (above) ; and a cosmetics pouch.

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SPUNKY LINE: Apart from designing an exclusive collection of merchandise for Singapore Airlines’ KrisShop, Ms Wang has also created another Ang Ku Kueh Girl series for Changi Airport Group (CAG), such as distinctively peppy umbrellas (above); a garden tote bag; and a cosmetics pouch.

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SPUNKY LINE: Apart from designing an exclusive collection of merchandise for Singapore Airlines’ KrisShop, Ms Wang has also created another Ang Ku Kueh Girl series for Changi Airport Group (CAG), such as distinctively peppy umbrellas; a garden tote bag; and a cosmetics pouch (above).

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ARTY TO A TEE: Ng Yong, founder of Somewhere Else.

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ARTY TO A TEE: Somewhere Else, the only local studio to be chosen to collaborate with Japanese fashion retailer GU, was picked for its unique point of view, such as its edgy T-shirt designs.

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PERMUTATIONS OF AN ICONIC CHAIR: The Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chair is re-interpreted for its 60th anniversary by Si Jian Xin (left) and Leong Hon Kit from WYNK Collaborative as the Horizon Chair, replete with rungs.

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PERMUTATIONS OF AN ICONIC CHAIR: By Sam Ang and Sal Chua from Grey Canopy, which shows the chair hung up to be admired.

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PERMUTATIONS OF AN ICONIC CHAIR: Colin Seah from the Ministry of Design who sheathed the chair in a chrome mirror film.

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ECODESIGN AT PLAY: (from left) Sebastian Alberdi, Wendy Chua, Gabriel Tan and Gustavo Maggio of Outofstock have bagged top awards including the Maison & Objet Rising Asian Talents Awards 2015.

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ECODESIGN AT PLAY : The team's sand play set which uses bamboo fibre, in collaboration with French brand Biobu by Ekobo.

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SERIAL TIE-UPS: Singaporean designer Hunn Wai and Italian Francesca Lanzavecchia (left), have helped put the country on the international design map.

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SERIAL TIE-UPS: At this year's Milan Design Fair, they debuted three collaborations including Taco, a side table with two table tops (above), one on top of the other, which was designed for Cappellini.

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SERIAL TIE-UPS: They were also invited to design a collection of two rugs, following a successful collaboration with Nodus High Design Rugs in 2013. Among this year's designs is a rug with a dragonfly motif (above) under their Mutazioni 2.0 collection .

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CREATING A NEW ARCHETYPE: Designer Nathan Yong, who's also the co-founder of furniture retailer Grafunkt, says his latest collection is done with Belgian brand Ethnicraft under the Nathan Yong label, which includes dining tables, chairs, armchairs and beds using the key materials of metal and solid wood.

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CREATING A NEW ARCHETYPE: Designer Nathan Yong, who's also the co-founder of furniture retailer Grafunkt, says his latest collection is done with Belgian brand Ethnicraft under the Nathan Yong label, which includes dining tables, chairs, armchairs and beds using the key materials of metal and solid wood.

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GOING PLACES: German label Rimowa, which will launch its inaugural Pop Art collaboration in Singapore next week, has teamed up with fashion designers Keith Png and Kevin Seah (above).

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GOING PLACES: German label Rimowa, which will launch its inaugural Pop Art collaboration in Singapore next week, has teamed up with fashion designers Keith Png (above,) and Kevin Seah

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GOING PLACES: Candice Phang created The Garden of Puffs, which is a whimsical depiction of Singapore flora and fauna.

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GOING PLACES: Candice Phang created The Garden of Puffs, which is a whimsical depiction of Singapore flora and fauna.

Canny collaborations

Local designers are making their names beyond our shores by teaming up with international brands.
Jun 13, 2015 5:50 AM

LIKE most Singaporeans, the cute and loveable Ang Ku Kueh Girl has caught the travel bug and is going places. Ang Ku Kueh Girl is part of a series of food characters created by Singaporean designer Wang Shijia. Previously, the series of merchandise which includes brooches, necklaces and totebags

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