25 January 2013
Bringing us closer to you, Scanteak collaborates with Isetan for a limited-time Pop-up store at Isetan Scotts Level 4 (next to Tonkichi Restaurant). The store features a range of our best-loved collections and will be there till end March 2013.
From special offers to exclusive 3-Day Isetan Card Member privileges, you are sure to find something to spruce up your home for the Lunar New Year. So POP by our store and check out the latest deals today!
For more information, click here: http://www.scanteak.com.sg/promotion/isetan-scotts-pop-up-store-promotions
13 December 2012
We've successfully launched our first-ever Designer Range, PROLOGUE!
The new Prologue collection is the result of a 2-year journey of extensive R&D and tedious prototyping. Launched at Isetan Scotts on 7 Dec 2012, the Prologue collection has received positive feedback and many queries from media and customers alike! Pictures of our Launch Event are available for viewing on our Facebook album (PROLOGUE Launch). The event was graced by esteemed guests, such as:
- His Excellency, Yoichi Suzuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Singapore, Embassy of Japan in Singapore
- Mr Ted Tan, Deputy CEO, SPRING Singapore
- Mr Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council
- Mr Lim Tien Chun, Managing Director, Isetan (Singapore) Limited.
Other highlights of the event included the presentation of a S$100,000 cheque, from Scanteak's MD, Mr Lim Pok Chin and Isetan's MD, Mr Lim Tien Chun, to His Excellency, Yoichi Suzuki, who received it on behalf of the Singapore Red Cross Society. The cheque was a pledge of the first S$100,000 worth of sales from the Prologue collection, to the Japan Disaster Relief Fund.
Why the Japan Disaster Relief Fund?
The answer lies in the R&D, and the idea behind Prologue.
Scanteak saw that there was a market trend for more design-savvy products, as well as a growing need for creative solution to smaller living spaces. And there was no better role model for this than Japan. Our design partners for Prologue, Outofstock Design, then spent time in Japan researching lifestyles, habits and preferences of the Japanese market, and all this was amidst the recent Earthquake and Tsunami crisis. Wanting to give tribute to the country that inspired the Prologue collection, Scanteak has pledged the first fruits of Prologue sales to help the rebuilding efforts in Japan.
What's so special about Prologue?
The difference is in the design story, and keeping true to it.
The Outofstock team found that in Japan, due to the smaller living spaces, larger, chunky furniture would make apartments look cluttered. To avoid the claustrophic effect, most Japanese homes would keep their furniture minimal, lithe and sleek. Keeping furniture designs thin and minimal would then make a home look more spacious, and hence more comfortable. Being mindful of budget, and valuing the furniture they keep at home, Japanese families like to find ways to make their home pieces look brand new, according to preference, or even according to the season. Hence, the Outofstock team devised a clever way of changing the look and feel of certain pieces, though the use of cushion fabrics, in colours not usually available for other Scanteak pieces.
Normally, during product development, it's a common practice to include an additional strip of wood, or an additional support beam, to ensure that all products are stable and durable. However, with Prologue, challenge met was to keep each piece as stable and durable as every other Scanteak piece, while staying true to the designers' initial designs. It was tough, but we are proud to have achieved that balance.
Who are Outofstock?
Our design partners for the Prologue collection, Outofstock Design is a collective of international award-winning designers, based in Singapore.
Outofstock is a design collective, born out of a fortuitous meeting in Stockholm, hence the name Outofstock. Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua from Singapore, Gustavo Maggio from Argentina and Sebastián Alberdi from Spain met at Electrolux Design Lab 2005. They connected, kept in touch, and after a reunion in 2006, decided to collaborate. This collaboration grew into an integrated studio offering interior and product design services. (excerpt from outofstockdesign.com)
For more about Outofstock, please visit their website: http://www.outofstockdesign.com/html/
Where can I view/purchase Prologue?
Following the Launch sale at Isetan Scotts, the Prologue collection will be available for viewing and for sale only at SCANTEAK Signature, at The Star Vista.
We will be updating our Facebook page with introductions to each product, so stay tuned! :)