Unveiled by André Chiang as he announced the news of Restaurant André’s closure early next year (at its peak), symbolically the design features a photorealistic collage of objects representing eight years of memories from the restaurant's rich culinary history. Fittingly, Chiang describes each tangible object chosen as an intangible memory, and a homage to cooking in Singapore that over nearly a decade has earned him two Michelin stars and a host of fans.
The idea for the collaboration coincided with Space celebrating its 16th year in Singapore, while the broader concept developed from an interest in exploring the meaning of design democracy. So instead of engaging a designer, a photographer, or an artist, the project became a quest to collaborate with someone unexpected.
Chef André Chiang has worked with some of the most acclaimed restaurants in France including L’Atelier Joel Robuchon and Le Jardin de Sens, it is where creatively he developed his passion for seeing and appreciating the beauty in things. Beyond taste and composition, his dishes are also exquisitely designed, so moving from the culinary world to the design world became a natural extension. Responding to the brief with ideas close to his heart, André's concepts were presented almost instantaneously, and from there the project took off.
For André Chiang the project comes as the next phase in his creative life is unfolding. In the new year he will close Restaurant André and head home to Taiwan to run restaurant Raw and focus on another passion, the education of young chefs in culinary culture. A passion that is perfectly balanced with the collaborative approach of the Space x Moooi Carpets project.
Only two 'Chapter 2' carpets designed by Chiang have been produced by Moooi Carpets; one will go to auction with all proceeds donated to charity, and the second will be presented to the chef to commemorate the contribution he has made to the culinary culture of Singapore.
Moooi Carpets are available exclusively from Space Asia – and Space Australia.