Preview: Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness
This July, not only will Carolyn Kan of atelier Carrie K. be launching her newest jewelry collection; the founder of local creative collective Keepers will also be curating the second edition of Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness at the National Design Centre!
Held over ten days from 27th July to 5th August, Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness is an exhibition that will showcase over 100 Singaporean and Singapore-based designers, craftsmen, artists, chefs, mixologists and inventors. Alongside these creatives, also expect to see art installations from local artists as they explore and tell the Singapore Story. Each weekend of the festival will take on different themes – from 27th – 29th July, expect a greater focus on fashion, retail, and food; while the second weekend from 3rd – 5th August will place the spotlight on Singapore-designed products and food.
Start your initiation into the Playground with a round of art installations. Over at the Tunnel of Giggles, witness a collection of psychedelic artwork by Tina Fung and Reza Hasni, before heading over to Kristine Hakim’s Magic Mushrooms installation. Visit the two-story House of Happie HDB flat, containing all manners of Singaporean-ness and is a collaboration between architects and 32 artists brought together by Project XIV led by SKL0, or ‘sticker lady’, AD Labs, Lightrus and Tyvek. SKL0 herself has designed an interactive game of musical hopscotch visitors can play with and which produces different ambient sounds when hopped on. Other interactive installations include Ideas Empire’s Rewire, where traditional brick-and-mortar shop fronts are transformed into visually dynamic surfaces that create immersive and reactive content, an Virtual Reality preview of Funan’s new lifestyle mall, and Playhouse, a mini living installation making commentary on what landscape urbanism can do with the freed space.
Baëlf Design, Mighty Yellow and Papypress come together to each present a unique work of art that brings fashion and functionality together. In Baëlf Design’s Beeing Human, the collective reimagines furniture and articles of clothing such as the Sabot de Venus, a cape made with a fusion of innovatively 3D printed parts and intricate crystal embellishments sponsored by Swarovski. Mighty Yellow’s The Tiger Orchid takes inspiration from the world’s largest Orchid and uses it as the base when designing a proposed future, while Papypress’ Topsy-Turvy Paper City is a paper installation representing mundane city life, blooming into colourful flora as visitors progress through it.
The discerning shopaholic will also be interested to note that a huge range of curated goods from local designers and craftsmen will be available from the many pop-up installations on the second level of the National Design Centre. Get your shopping fix on with brands such as handbag designers Ling Wu, savvy sneaker-maker YSNEAKERS, and unique local memorabilia makers The Farm Store, with different retailers over each of the two weekends.
Plus, it wouldn’t be a Carrie K. event without including some of Carrie K.’s own products, including soon to be launched Changing Star collection of fine jewelry, part of the brand’s interchangeable and versatile Modern Heirloom Collection inspired by the melting pot of cultures and multiethnic people of Singapore. Carrie K. will also be selling a matching set of SNAP cards based off the Star Collection – play a game of snap and you could even win some irresistible goodies such as chocolates, alcoholic beverages or vouchers worth up to $100.
Food is of course, going to be present at the playground. Look out for Tanuki Raw housed at the National Design Centre already, local pastry chef Daniel Tay’s cookies and cakes from Old Seng Choong (including laksa and cereal prawn flavours!), as well as Fossa Chocolates, Singapore’s first bean-to-bar chocolate company, who will be launching a limited edition flavour and packaging during the playground.
In addition, Keepers itself will also be launching exclusive, limited edition merchandise in collaboration with local labels. Scarf designers Binary Style will be releasing two limited edition Keepers Infinite Happiness prints in 2 colourways to be launched at the Keeper store in the National Design Centre, while Pin Tea will be retailing a special edition of Spearmint Sencha blend in collaboration featuring the Infinite Happiness print in a limited edition packaging as part of the event. For those with a sweet tooth, local artisanal gelato maker Butterknife Folk will retail their very own version of the Neapolitan, with their limited-edition ‘Yakult Swirl’ comprising of 3 different flavours, all swirled up in single wonderful scoop.
Finally, an eclectic mix of hands on workshops and activities have been carefully curated to schedule your playground experience around. From learning about edible flowers to embroidery-making, to creative writing from Singapore Literature Prize nominee Ning Cai to even making your own robot, there’s family friendly fun for everyone waiting over each weekend.
Find happiness through play at the second edition of Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness as the National Design Centre transforms into a joyful wonderland and you shop, eat and explore your way through two wonderful weekends.
Keepers Playground of Infinite Happiness runs from 27th July to 5th August at the National Design Centre from 11am to 9pm daily. It is strongly recommended you bring enough cash to make purchases, Admission is free, for more information and full list of participants, visit Keepers