Tradition meets the contemporary
Artisanal chocolate with a touch of Southeast Asian culture comes in a series of exclusive chocolate bars wrapped in artwork and craftsmanship that brings together heritage and contemporary design. The collaborative Mauro & Co. chocolate series by local progressive retail and F&B destination Gallery & Co., Vietnamese creative agency Rice Creative and Vietnam’s Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat, showcases art inspired by architectural elements of the National Gallery Singapore and the Vietnamese Dong Ho printing technique – a traditional art form that is exclusive to Dong Ho in northern Vietnam, that uses natural resources, organic paints and engraved woodblocks, to hand-press designs onto paper. The Standard bar with 65% single origin dark chocolate, which also forms the base flavour for the series, spot designs that draw from the gallery’s distinguishable flooring, while the striking fiery Chilli bar looks to reflect a modern take on the tree-like structures found in the museum and the Sea Salt bar’s design mimics rays of sunlight that span the museum’s atrium. Each bar is made from carefully selected beans grown in Vietnam, which are then handpicked, house-fermented and churned into bars, giving the chocolate authentic quality and flavour unlike other types of chocolate. Visitors can also take part in a visual journey to learn more about the Dong Ho printing technique in a special showcase held in conjunction with the launch of the trio pack, presented by Marou Chocolate and Rice Creative that displays materials, tools and processes involved in the process. S$29.90. Available at Gallery & Co.