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POR T FO L I O

LEE HAN XI | 2017


HAN XI With an innate flair for aesthetics and a sharp eye for detail, Han Xi has always believed that it is the minute subtleties and the little wondrous moments, that makes a product exquisite. She believes that the best design always has that spark of freshness; the sweet spot where poetic beauty comes alongside pragmatic innovation. Above all, she sees beauty in the moment things are made. Most definitely a maker at heart.


N UN O Derived from the confluence of Fashion and Product Design, Nuno creates a new way of looking at furniture upholstery as separate wearables - washable as they are dirtied and changeable as styles and seasons come and go. Nuno is a line of chairwear, which when worn on the nondescript Vago easy chair, provides a tactility that is simply a joy in user experience and whose quirky silhouettes are a bold accent to any living environment. Featured on Culturepush.


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PLOP BLOB Blobs on the seat and backrest enhance comfort while pockets at the sides and back lets you store your unorganisable knick-knacks like your favourite book, or headphones, or more.


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NOOSE Made from rope that is painstakingly coiled and sewn together to form a piece of wearable, Noose lets your hang your scarf or drape your favourite sweater on its backrest.


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SNUG Snug is made for colder climates. It has sleeves which you can actually put on, to act as a scarf for days when it gets too cold.


D E TA I L 01 NUNO Nuno comes in three very distinct silhouettes, but each with a handcrafted visual appeal, exuding a sense of individuality that is perfect for homes, as well as public spaces which aim to project a personal and cosy ambience, such as cafes and boutique hotels. They might look a little strange, or awkward, triggering an emotional response in people as the chairs acquire a certain human quality as they are dressed up.


The principal idea behind Nuno is the belief that we do not need to create another designer chair, because we can simply dress up an ordinary one into an extraordinary, fun, and joyful statement piece to own.


DESIGN PROCESS 01 NUNO


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C R I NK LE A custom-made contraption is used to enable the delicate process of casting liquid porcelain on a piece of tensioned cloth, and in the process, capturing its drapery, tension and texture. Once vitrified in the kiln, the resulting porcelain ware is preciously thin and light with a captivating texture that flows and ebbs just like cloth. With this artisanal technique of production, each piece is beautifully idiosyncratic. Exhibited at the National Design Centre. Featured on the newspaper Today. Purchased by NUS as a Guest of Honour gift for the event Vertical Cities.


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MAKING Each step of the production process is perfected with utmost care, precision and familiarity, exemplifying the very qualities of an artisanal product.


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Slip casting directly on cloth, instead of traditional plaster moulds, was experimented and tested in a large variety of ways, before the final concept was formed. Then followed trials upon trials, tests upon test, to perfect its production process.


DESIGN PROCESS 02 CRINKLE


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GIFT O F L I F E In 50 years, dying will be a choice. The “Gift Of Life� is a social fiction commentary on the future of the ageing society in Singapore. We speculate that in year 2050, senior citizens in Singapore will take ownership of their life and deaths. Designed with Lim Zhi Ying


B A C KG R O U N D 03 GIFT OF LIFE In 50 years, we postulate that Euthanesia would have been widely accepted. 61% of senior citizens think that society sees them as a burden. Elderly suicide is on the rise due to loneliness and depression (Singapore). Would you want to preserve your dignity in old age?


D E TA I L 03 GIFT OF LIFE In 50 years, planned synchronised dying will be an exclusive right for senior citizens in Singapore. You will plan for your death with your spouse or chosen partner, and choose a death date.


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On your planned death date, you will receive your synchronised death device from your official doctor on your planned date. After the doctor has placed the lethal micro-needle device in your hands, you will then hold each other’s hands, squeezing the other tight. 5 minutes later, you would have indirectly caused each other’s death.


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MUSE An ideal solution for space constrained homes, Muse is a poleless garment steamer with an efficient storage system. Reduced to its essentials, the steamer handle and clothes are hung on an accessory instead of a pole. Putting it away after use is easy with all parts kept within the body of the steamer.


D E TA I L 04 MUSE Flimsy pole for hanging clothes and steamer handle

Pole unable to retract fully for storage

Inconvenient storage - unable to store hose

Awkward aesthetics with two elements protruding from main body


Muse makes use of the otherwise empty space (highlighted in purple) in a conventional garment steamer to store its parts and accessories. Iron with ease, then store it without fuss.


D E TA I L 04 MUSE Using Nanosuction technology, the accessory to hang the steamer head can be attached to any smooth surface, including wood, metal, marble, tile, glass, and painted walls. It works using the potential of millions of nano-sized suction cups to create a peel and stick, reusable and washable adhesive surface.


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V ID E In a product category crowded with touting of features and aesthetics which strive to shout power, functions, comfort and speed, one wonders if there might be room for an iron that was simply approached as a sculpture, as an object of beauty?


D E TA I L 05 VIDE The desire to express minimalist beauty, visual harmony and the unashamed pursuit of an exquisite, luxurious desirability was balanced with the tensions of pulling this object towards the realities of manufacturing constraints, human factors, usability and accceptability.


D E TA I L 05 VIDE The result is a well-judged set of compromises and synergies, composing together a highly desirable and mature product as a unique offering to the market landscape of irons.


DESIGN PROCESS 05 VIDE


Distinct Confident

Refined

TA S T E F U L LY G R AT I F Y I N G

Graceful


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L’Or é a l T F WA E xh i b i t i on St a n d Developed in consideration of the large, bustling crowd that was expected at the TFWA fair, in contrast with the relative small booth area, the concept for the L’Oréal exhibition stand is centred around spatial transparency. The modular system of construction also allows for efficient transportation, storage and re-assembly - well in line with L’Oréal‘s sustainability efforts. The concept was chosen as the winning design by L’Oréal Travel Retail, constructed at Marina Bay Sands, and will be used for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018).

Designed in collaboration with L’Oréal Travel Retail APAC (Hong Kong) Designed with Cheng Jun Hoe


D E TA I L 0 6 L’ O r Ê a l E x h i b i t i o n S t a n d Windows on every booth provide long perspectives throughout the exhibition layout, giving a sense of openness amidst the crowd. At the same time, cosy alcoves dotted throughout the exhibition space allow for small group discussions.


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Each modular booth comes furnished with and semi-private space for informal discussions, ensuring easy access to the products on display. By carefully positioning these booths throughout the exhibition space, a dynamic space is created, one in which visitors can meander through, evoking a sense of discovery at every turn. In this way, the booths themselves demarcate walkways and segment spaces, eliminating the need for additional walls and dividers.


The eighteen brands of L’OrÊal are equally represented throughout the exhibition. Each brand has equal booth space with a standardised display system, which however, allow different brands to customise the configuration of product displays according to their needs.


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The arch provides the shelter needed to create the ambience for a dimly lit atrium, one that is a cosy space perfect for mingling and informal discussions. The long bar in the atrium also serves as a flexible meeting space for four to eight people.


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D E TA I L 07 Cosmetic Pop-up Stores Hanwha Galleria, Hanwha 63 City, Seoul


Lotte Duty Free, Incheon Airport, Seoul

Responsible for the design and execution of High Profile Promotions (HPP) for all L’Oréal Travel Retail brands in Korea. Featured are selected Kiehl’s HPPs in Korea for Christmas 2016, with the “Kiehl’s Xmas x Jeremyville” collaboration as the main theme.


Photography Project: Lenses, Exchange Programme at Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)


C ON TAC T +65 9182 6803 hanxi@ymail.com


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