Every Month JUICE gets down with a trendsetting, jetsetting type and asks them to unearth their favourite pieces of pop culture. Founding member of Syndicate SG Cherry Chan just played alongside Flying Lotus in Melbourne last January, that alone makes her enough of an authority on all things cool…
NENDO CABBAGE CHAIR
Nendo designed the cabbage chair for XXIst Century Man exhibition curated by Issey Miyake to commemorate the first anniversary of 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi, Tokyo. The cabbage chair is created by peeling away the layers of a roll of pleated paper one layer at a time. Unforgettable.
BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE “MARTHE”
O, the beautiful grotesque. Marthe (2008) shows a body in duality, disgusting but still half-human, a hand found in its twig-like limbs reminiscent of Ovidian-style transformation; it too, despite its lifelike physicality, is sexless, headless, inert, a re-imagined object. “It is not because you never see a head that it looks like it has been cut off. It is, rather, that I no longer think the presence of a head is necessary. The figure as a whole is a mental state. The presence or absence of a head is irrelevant.” – Berlinde Debruyckere
FREDERIC PLATEAUS “MAGNETO”
Magneto, enemy of X-men and beautifully sculpted by Frederic Plateus. He also deconstructs Rubik’s cubes into even stranger galactic forms which you wish you can sit and fly in.
HAND-POURED ARTISAN PURE SOY CANDLES
Receiving beautiful soy candles like the ones above turned into a love affair with soy candles. Beyond ownership, it transformed into a mad-hatter’s obsession as my lounge is now filled with organic aromatherapy oils, soft crumbly soy wax, thermometers & pretty recycled tins. Hand-pouring your own soy candles are strangely scientific & calming as it melts into a world of flash-points and calculations.
LIGHT + SPACE
There are days which I find it hard to breathe. The walls appear too close, traffic too loud, there are too many human beings rushing around for nothing. On those days, I look for light + space.
In 2012, the northern lights will shine its brightest ever in 50 years. If it is big enough, phones, GPS, national grids might all hiccup and disconnect us. I have this little wish that maybe if the world really did blackout for an hour, we can collectively lift our heads to the skies and see wonderful stars & colours in the skies. For a short moment, we will have a glimpse of how skies look like before there were man-made lights.