Topic De­sign Stu­dio’s orig­i­nal art­work achieves a grace­ful bal­ance of ge­om­e­try and colour

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When asked to re­call the most mem­o­rable projects un­der­taken at Topic De­sign Stu­dio, de­sign di­rec­tor Tan Sze Ling men­tions the clients who owned a mu­seum-wor­thy col­lec­tion of an­tiques and art. “We had to cre­ate a space that threads through dif­fer­ent gen­res of art and styles, while still stay­ing rel­e­vant to con­tem­po­rary liv­ing and re­tain­ing the fa­mil­iar­ity of a home,” she shares. It is this de­sire to cre­ate per­son­alised spa­ces, which are equally lux­u­ri­ous and thought­ful that pro­vides the guid­ing phi­los­o­phy for ev­ery project the de­sign firm takes on. Since found­ing Topic De­sign Stu­dio in 2006, Tan and her team have gone on to win re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades for their pol­ished work, which in­cluded com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial projects in Sin­ga­pore and be­yond. The prac­tice’s holis­tic de­sign ap­proach also em­braces time-tested prin­ci­ples from mul­ti­ple schools of thought in­clud­ing Max­i­mal­ism and the Bauhaus move­ment. “We are con­stantly search­ing for the mean­ing of time­less­ness in de­sign, and we hope to achieve that through our works by cre­at­ing a di­a­logue be­tween these schools of thought,” ex­plains Tan.


Ap­ply­ing the firm’s de­sign phi­los­o­phy to­wards pro­duc­ing an orig­i­nal art­work, Topic De­sign Stu­dio cre­ated a Cu­bist-style tableau in­spired by a paint­ing by late ar­chi­tect Lau­retta Vin­cia­relli. “We chose to ex­plore the art­work via a theme of in­ter­nal spa­ces of equi­lib­rium and bal­ance,” says Tan. The art­work thus de­con­structs the pre­ci­sion and colour sat­u­ra­tion of Vin­cia­relli’s wa­ter­colour paint­ings and re­con­fig­ures

them into a geo­met­ric in­ter­pre­ta­tion. The har­mo­nious bal­ance of light, space, and di­men­sion ev­i­dent in the paint­ings is de­picted here us­ing laser-cut Arova lam­i­nates in gra­di­ent hues, sug­gest­ing three-di­men­sional depth and the planes of light and shadow cre­ated by nat­u­ral day­light. Bear­ing el­e­ments of ab­stract art, ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings, and chiaroscuro, Topic De­sign Stu­dio’s lam­i­nate art­work is a vis­ual bal­anc­ing act—par­tic­u­larly fit­ting, it seems, for this de­sign firm.

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