Calling themselves, The Little Thoughts Group, the designers comprised practising professionals, working for automotive, electronic, furniture, computer and sports fields, among others, across Singapore and various parts of Asia. The work exhibited reflected their diverse backgrounds and personal perspectives.

With products ranging from electrical appliances to furniture, fascinating gadgets to decorative ornaments, the displayed works included experimental installations, models, idea sketches and artworks – revealing a conceptualised look into a designer’s mind when not at their day job.

A fringe activity of the Icsid World Design Congress 2009, organised by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), the event demonstrated that even the smallest of sparks have the potential to ignite into big ideas.

The Rocking by Leonard Tan Bahroocha is based on the idea of creating an animal in furniture, in the tradition of the age-old rocking horse.

Rocking animals have a long-beloved history with children, yet they have not evolved much over time to fit the contemporary living environment. Tan Bahroocha’s three-animal series – My Rocking Pony, My Rocking Croc and My Rocking Elephant – uses modern materials and manufacturing, with clean aesthetics in controlled forms and curves, to evolve this timeless concept into the modern age.

Tan Bahroocha, who has also worked at Philips Design and the Dell Experience Design Group, is Singaporean born of a Parsi Indian and Chinese heritage and believes that Singapore is a perfect melting pot for diverse cultures and that Singaporeans should embrace this diversity.

Celia Law’s Weed calendar allows you to experience the four seasons through different scents. Uniquely designed like potted plants, adding visual appeal to home or office, by plucking a stalk, a scent is released, and as more stalks are removed, the scent becomes stronger, allowing the user to be immersed in the season, and rejuvenated like a breath of fresh air.

Winner of the Good Design Award of Japan, IF Design award, red dot design award and the Singapore Furniture Design award, Singaporean designer Law has had several years of working experience with Lawton & Yeo Design Associates, PSB Corporation, Panasonic, Sony and Dell.

Law’s forte is in dreaming and complaining about imperfections around her, which gives her the drive and inspiration to work towards better relationships between people and objects.

Singaporean Lee Yun Qin presented a couple of notable designs. TeaStick seeks to redefine the form of a teabag so that it can also act as a stirrer, allowing the user to easily stir the tea while also enjoying it. The stick can be hung from the side of the mug to avoid dropping the tag into the boiling water.

Along the same theme, SugarBloom, also by Lee Yun Qin, allows sugar sachets to become attractive displays on the table. With a subtle change in form, the design reinvents the basic sachet into something alluring, which also works to remind the user not to use too much sugar, and hence disturb the pretty arrangement.

Working as an in-house designer for companies such as Nakamichi and Dell, Yun Qin has also received design awards from the Japan Design Foundation and the International Design Centre in Nagoya. 

For further information, go to littlethoughts.org/showcase09

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