Space Furniture Singapore in partnership with Kartell Italy invited students from Lasalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to design a graphic interpretation of Singapore’s iconic Merlion, the mythical creature, half lion and half fish, that is connected to Singapore’s history as a fishing village and its original name ‘lion city’. Like other Kartell collaborations, Barbie’s 50th anniversary for example, the transparent Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chair was selected, lending itself to the illustrative application of the designs. The winning design (pictured) by Zheng Meisi from Lasalle College was selected by the judges for its unique interpretation of the Merlion. The vibrancy in colours representing the convergence of culture, the clean design details representing the orderliness of our society, and the bold use of colours in line with the Kartell brand, were seen by the judges as resonating locally.

Merit prize winners Kimura Mei, from Lasalle College of the Arts, and Williana, from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, were commended for the detailing, design rationale and sheer amount of thought process that went into each entry. Zheng Meisi’s winning design was produced as a one-off and presented at the launch of the Space Asia Hub.