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Les Raconteurs is an interactive artefact that depicts archaeological drawings found in Burkina Faso that have never been deciphered.

Hans Tan’s colourful table is cast upside down without a mould.

Outofstock, comprising Singaporeans Wendy Chua and Gabriel Tan, Argentinian Gustavo Maggio, and Spaniard Sebastian Alberdi, have made their name designing furniture for brands such as Ligne Roset and Bolia. What looks like a quirky pin cushion is actually a ceramic scent diffuser (above).

Olivia Lee created a collection of tools personifying mankind's yearning for beauty and meaning in the world.

We often don’t think much of galvanised corrugated steel sheets, but Singaporean Hunn Wai and Italian Francesca Lanzavecchia think otherwise. They chose to work with the roofing material and chrome car wrap vinyl for their Fools' Gold collection (above).

Karyn Lim's creations are a series of bags that magically transform from a flat object to one with volume in one quick motion.

Ancestral and contemporary materials such as copper and resin have been chosen for this sensual set of lamps (above), which explores the overlapping and transition of patterns formed by light passing through perforated surfaces.

Melvin Ong is best known for his pleated paper creations. This time round, he’s used that same concept in creating a lamp (above).

Designer Tiffany Loy shows that acrylic is not just good for making display cases, but can be worn as well. Textile Transmutations is the creation of three-dimensional forms on textiles (above).

Ming 647 chair, a steel wire seat inspired by the silhouette and gravitas that the traditional timber Ming bow back chair commands, but made into the total opposite - a chair that is light, and airy.

Challenging the status quo

BT Weekend picks out 10 works by local design studios at this year's Triennale di Milano which references the Italian movement of the 1970s, Studio Alchimia, known for pushing the boundaries of design.
Apr 18, 2015 5:50 AM

FIFTEEN design studios and designers are flying the Singapore flag high at this year's Triennale di Milano at the ongoing Milan Design Week. Their works are part of the show titled The Alchemists, curated by Stefano Casciani, an Italian editor, writer and designer, and award-winning Singapore

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