Over a weekend at the end of May, Singapore’s creative community will be coming together in a majestic takeover of an iconic heritage building, the New Majestic Hotel, before its conversion into a new hospitality venture.
Curated by Carolyn Kan, Founder of KEEPERS and Carrie K., and jointly organised by Straits Clan, Multiply: A Majestic Playground will feature over 50 of Singapore’s most inspiring artists, designers, makers and craftsmen who will be taking over the building, telling their design stories and plying their wares.
“I have always found that when we bring the right people together, magic happens,” shares Ms Kan, Chief Curator of KEEPERS.
“We’ve gathered a very special collective of like-minded souls who share a common passion and desire to deepen appreciation and mutual respect for our growing pool of Singapore creative talent. This is an immense opportunity to showcase design in the least traditional sense of the word, and what better way for everyone to experience design in a relatable, and accessible, way than play?”
Making Way for the Straits Clan
Eleven years ago, the New Majestic Hotel shone a spotlight on Singapore design and on some of the city’s top creatives. The city’s first Design Hotel invited nine of Singapore’s then-emerging artists to integrate their brand of artistry into the hotel spaces, and also gave five top creative individuals from unique disciplines free rein to personalise a room each, in a tribute to and showcase of Singapore’s creativity and design vision.
Come end of May, the hotel will be making way for what will become Straits Clan, Singapore’s first private members club for entrepreneurs, creatives and persons engaged in social change. To mark this milestone and to honour the hotel’s creative roots, KEEPERS is excited to partner Straits Clan on this momentous design affair. Multiply is a Straits Clan series celebrating the multiplier effect of creative ideas when collaborations take place across or within disciplines. For its first edition, Straits Clan is working with Keepers to bring together the disciplines of art, design, drink, fashion, food, and music. This community of collaborators has been given the creative license to personalise every space within the historic building, and are taking this one-time-only opportunity to inject a sense of discovery, and play, into their installations.
The result, Ms Kan adds, is unpredictable, and the possibilities are endless. It also provides a fresh experience for audiences, who get the opportunity to rediscover a venue, and products, they think they’re familiar with, in an unexpected way.
Journey Around the Majestic Playground
The Majestic Playground will take you on an enthralling journey through four different themes across the four floors of the hotel.
The first floor invites you into a welcoming dream home. Reflecting the elements of the comforts you look forward to come home to, we start with desserts! Be tantalized by an array of specialty ice cream by Creamier, handmade chocolate truffles by Demo Choco and wash it down with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee by Choice Cuts Goods. All while they make you groove uncontrollably to sweet tunes by guest DJs as you add to your collection of rare vinyl records or shop local designer wares at the KEEPERS pop-up.
PONG TABLE BY PLAYplay
If savouries are more your thing, Jeremy of Preparazzi will be working with two other Singaporean chefs to create a selection of delectable pick-and-go dishes with a refreshing twist. When you’ve satiated your tummy, burn them calories off with a ping pong challenge on the specially designed Pong table by PLAYplay, surrounded by floral and art installations, a collaborative project by a florist and two artists.
Meander through the second floor and be transported into the world of art as you explore a collection of individual studios created by artists, craftsmen and design studios. Take a voyeuristic look into Lucinda Law’s live studio and watch her create life-like watercolour paintings, or experience Code Deco’s Singapore Stories through smell. Check out Carrie K.’s installation of stories told through jewellery, all the while keeping hydrated with some very unusual cocktails by The Little Bastard. Before you make your way to the third floor for some retail therapy, get yourself a bold henna tattoo of your vertebrae with Tiffany Lovage.
“JOURNEY OF EXPLORATION” BY YING THE LABEL
Get ready to be transformed as you enter the third floor, the fashion floor, which features a host of local designers touting different styles for both men and women. Get crowned with Singapore’s own milliner Eskpade while you vary your wardrobe repertoire with pieces by award winning designers Max Tan and Biro, Gin Lee, Matter Prints or RÊVASSEUR. Or find out what it takes to create fabric prints from art pieces with Li Ying of Ying The Label and walk away with a matching painting with your purchase of a limited-edition “Journey of Explorations” dress.
CHAMPION COLLOQUIAL BY SAM LO
Finally, on the fourth floor, meet more talents in the Artists’ Attic and immerse yourself in the interactive art installations by renowned local artists like the ‘sticker lady’ herself, Sam Lo, or see Dia, the lady behind the golden stairs, back in action. For some permanent art you can wear, get inked in The Tattoo Parlour featuring a roster of female tattoo artists from renowned tattoo studios including Vagabond Ink, The Bold Fox and King Kong Tattoo.
This collaborative show-and-sell showcase will take place on the weekend of 27 and 28 May from 11am to 10pm. Discover over 50 independent designers, artists, craftsmen, and chefs from fashion to food in the 2-day pop-up featuring retail, exhibitions, workshops, tastings.