With its 20-year history as a teak importer and subsequent reinvention as a well-respected furniture retailer and interior design house, The Shophouse Singapore needs no introduction. Owners Jamie Gorman and John Galligan are fired with the passionate belief that finely crafted products are ones that seamlessly blend functionality with style.
This unwavering ethos has birthed an exciting collaboration with Bali-based Gaya Ceramic and Design. The prolific community of more than 70 artisans works with porcelain, stoneware, raku clay and other ceramic materials to arrive at artfully sculpted objects of beauty. Looked upon as maestros in their field, the Gaya collective of dedicated artisans have created individual product lines for some of the most distinguished clients in the world such as the Aman, Bulgari and Four Seasons hotels and resorts.
This new range of hand-thrown ceramic tableware and accessories conceived uniquely for The Shophouse is modern and contemporary yet unmistakably handmade. They perfectly sum up the feel and sensibility of The Shophouse’s eclectic Continental-meets-Oriental style.
Backed by a strong background in retail and interior styling, the concept of the collection came easily to Jamie. The idea was clear in his mind: It was to be clean, modern and multi-functional. Instead, it was the choice of colour scheme that demanded more thought, as the pieces had to allow intermixing and flexibility of use. For instance, the cups could double up as vases and the plates were deliberately scaled larger in order to be utilized as serving platters.
Some standouts from the collection were the large cups with a shard-like graphic and mottled vases found in both a lovely teal blue and deep charcoal. Indents were made with rice grains and sticks during the production process to elicit a sumptuous texture. Accompanying that is a set of dinner plates and bowls in glossy and matte varieties. These are found in either eggshell or sage green and accentuated with a smooth glazed rim.
We ain’t gonna lie… These pieces are hard to come by. Well-known artistic institutions such as Gaya don’t typically agree to collaborations on such a large scale and each piece of the collection was individually hand-thrown and finished to perfect imperfection. Like it but don’t love it? Subtle customisations can also be made by special enquiry. Visit The Shophouse to be the first to own this gorgeousness!
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