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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

Issue 60

The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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Colin Seah
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Colin Seah

A curator of ideas; a designer of experience; a follower of rationality. Madhavi Tumkur meets Colin Seah.


All of the above fit in least with a definition of a designer. Instead they fit the bill of a research scientist who takes on an experiment with some knowledge, but not always certain of the outcome.

Inside the dark womb-like ‘brainstorming room’ of Seah’s Ministry of Design, a graphic depiction of a series of question marks (?????), followed by a series of symbols (*#@&%) and then a series of exclamation marks (!!!!!) offers some clue about his design practice.

“This is an illustration of our way of thought process,” informs Seah. “To question, find ways to disturb the status quo and be surprised at the response.” Seah, who worked with Rem Koolhaus, was inspired by OMA’s typological and research-based rational process of arriving at an architectural solution.

“It is not so much a subjective stroke of genius; it is a clear and analytical way of arriving at a solution. I was very drawn by OMA’s approach simply because it allowed for an exploration beyond one’s whims and fancies. It is one of the key characteristics of our practice.”

Seah’s fine portfolio of design projects ranges from architectural, interior design, product design, all the way to branding.

“I am interested in the design of experiences,” says Seah. “Because of this way of thinking, we are able to explore quite a wide variety of genres as well as disciplines to move quite fluidly from architecture which is form-making to interiors which is place-making to product design and ultimately branding.”

From hotel projects such as the New Majestic to designing the interiors of Leo Burnett and BBH office, to architecture projects in Beijing and more recently product design for Saporiti, Seah has continued to redefine the perimeters of design and its experience.

“If you look at our work, it is a little stripped. There is always one thing that gets you over the others and that to me is success.”

Ministry of Design
modonline.com

 

Bintong Park Residences, 2004

The Club Hotel, 2010, In progress

 

Leo Burnett office interiors, 2009

 

Ashley Isham interiors, 2008

 

Ontario Residence, 2009                                        Face to Face, 2009

 

Beijing One, 2011, In progress

The Club Hotel, interiors, 2010, in progress

 


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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

Issue 60

The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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