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1KM: Jalan Besar


1KM: Jalan Besar
View of Heritage Shophouses in Jalan Besar. Image Courtesy of Do Not Open.


In the spirit of innovation and creativity, 1Km is a pioneer initiative that uncovers and brings together like-minded creatives who live and work with one kilometre radius in the same neighbourhood. From 5-8 October 2017, entrepreneurs in art, design, architecture, retail and F&B will be not only collaborating with some of Asia’s most imaginative minds but also presenting events for the curious and hands-on workshops to expose the public to their world of specialities.




Organised by Industry+, a Singapore based furniture brand and producer, 1KM is a project that celebrates and encourages passion, which has helped transform this island city into a creative landscape for art and design. This creative discovery features 21 operatives from across disciplines including Bhatch Architects, Brawn & Brains x Momofuku, Habitual, Light Collab, Studio Juju, biro Shouten, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Crater Ceramics x Audace x Craft Varies x Do Not Design, Design Pier x Industry+, Freight, Mitä Kuuluu x Ivan Lee, Quirk, SCENE SHANG, Stray (Arthua Chua), Supermama x Somewhere Else, The General Co., The 1925 Brewing Co., The Machinist, Tiffany Loy, VXX Co- operative x FIN Crafted Goods, and WOHAbeing.


The Cross Junction at Jalan Besar.
Image Courtesy of HabboBites.


Meaning ‘Wide Road’ in Malay, Jalan Besar brings to mind rows of charming, low-lying buildings that house a mix of  dwindling traditional hardware stores, factories and coffee shops amidst new and emerging trades and businesses. This area is a hidden gem of creative happenings soon to be unravelled to the world.

Lets take a look at some of the satellites that are involved in this creative curation!


Image Courtesty of DesignPier and Industry+. ©Apiwat Chitapanya for Masaya.


Unearth Asia


1A Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207522
5-8 Oct, 11am-7pm
Opening reception: 5 Oct, 7pm til late. Panel discussion 8pm - 9pm


Co-curated by Design Pier and Industry+, Unearth Asia is  a contemporary design exhibition of luxury design pieces that represent a marriage of boldness and youth. In additional a special panel discussion will be in session, moderated by Suzy Annetta of Design Anthology with guest speaker Takenouchi Webb.


Photo by Henri Frachon. Image Courtesy of Studio Juju. 


Also a part of this design exhbition is the ‘Lulu Collection’ by Studio Juju. Led by Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui, Studio Juju creates beatifully crafted furniture, design products and spaces. The studio designs aims at being freshly playful  and optimistic with a touch of simplicity, functionality and refinement. With the ‘Lulu Collection’, the products are whimsical and sculptural, all in the name of curves.


Image Courtesy of Crater Ceramics.


The Madeleine Moment: A Story of Scent and Remembrance


Wanderlust Hotel
2 Dickson Road
Singapore 209494
5-8 Oct, 11am-11pm
Opening reception: 7pm-11pm


An exploration of ceramics, calligraphy, hearbs and paper as tools to heighten senses and memories, The Medeleine Moment is a exhibition of calligraphy by Craft Varies, paper settings by Do Not Design, and vessels by Crater Ceramics containing herbs handpicked from the Alps by Chef Jeremy of Audace for sampling. Don’t miss the free special tapas menu on the opening night!


Image Courtesy of Light Collab.




Light Collab
85 Maude Road, #03-01, S208357
Sat, 8 Oct, 7pm-10pm
Closed on 5, 6, 7 Oct

Light Collab x Darak Light art workshop:
1.30pm-3.30pm (Children from ages 8-12)
4pm-6pm (above ages 12)
4pm-6pm (above ages 12)
Workship fee of 50SGD per person.
Limited to 8 paces.
(Register here)


Light Collab is founded by Toh Yah Li and it is a project dedicated to enhancing visual enviroments an experiences through the use of light. Their unique projections have attracted both commercial interest and are used as public installations to engage the physical surroundings with the people. This time, Light Collab will be working with Darak_An Attic for the Mind to create workshops that allow participants to make their own artworks from everyday materials. During the opening night, there will be a special display of light art works and a rooftop light party (RSVP here) along with a sharing session with the founder.


Image Courtesy of Tiffany Loy.


Open Studio


Tiffany Loy
1a Tyrwhitt Rd, S207522
Thu, 5 Oct, 11am–9pm Fri, 6 Oct, 11am–7pm


Tiffany Loy is a designer trained in industrial design and prototyping. Her current work revolves around industrial craft and processes, experimenting with different surface design and appliation of textile, timber, laminations and prints. Take this opportunity to enter the studio space of the designer and see where her artistic creations take place.


Image Courtesy of Freight.


Lumen in Adspectu


336D King George’s Avenue,
King George’s Building, S(208572) Thu, 5 Oct, 6pm–9pm
Fri–Sun, 6–8 Oct, 10am–5pm


'Lumen in Adspectu’ is a 2-part installation that spurs participants to contempolate and explore the relationship between visuality and materiality. With a heavily textured wall and a dynamic light structure trickling from ceiling to floor,  this interactive showcase is not to be missed. Freight was founded by Chen Kian Khiong, Tan Kian Teck and Kee Jing Zhi as they unamiously believed that architecture is driven by cross-disciplinary synergy, collecting ideas and skills ranging from interior design to branding.


Image Courtesy of The General Co. 


When Craft meets Design


The General Co.
115 King George’s Avenue
#03-02, S208561
7 or 8 Oct, 12pm to 2pm
(Register Here)


Opening up their three storey creative studio for craftsmen and designers, restaurant cafe and speakeasy bar to the public, The General Co’s team aims to demonstrate how they hope to improve user experience in this modern age, while incorporating traditional trades and heritage crafts. The public will also be able to meet and interact with some of the talented craftsmen and designers like woodworker Morgan Yeo, Marquage artist Cherin Sim, shoemaker Keith Poh, industrial designers Melvin Ong and Olivia Lee!



The Artling is proud to be a media partner of 1KM.  For more information head to, or Facebook and Instagram @the1km. Alternatively, pick up a copy of its guide book at any satellite or selected locations. Please direct your enquires to

Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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