Meet designer and architect Felicia Toh, recipient of the DesignSingapore Council’s Good Design Research initiative
Between Two Worlds was a spatial sculpture that brought together the multiple facets of Singapore’s cobblestone reality in one busy passage; exterior mirrors reflect and dissolve into its glitzy surroundings, while an interior passageway inscribed with shadowed lines from the sonnet whispers alternate narratives.
We undertake community impact projects every year, and we are currently collaborating with Agency, a design think tank, to reimagine worker dorms and improve their living conditions.
We built a dormitory prototype with the Agency team. This project is spearheaded by Dormitory Association Singapore Limited and the Ministry of Manpower, and is a meaningful co-creation process that we hope will improve the lives of guest workers in Singapore in the near future.
ON YOUR WEBSITE, YOU SAY YOU LIKE TO EXPECT INTERIOR DESIGN EXPERIENCES THAT ARE NARRATIVE. CAN YOU DEVELOP THIS PLEASE?
We are fascinated by the idea of creating an immersive world from the moment you enter a space, similar to Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Design has the power to evoke sensations and create immersive experiences, and our favorite projects are those that allow us to design details from space to graphics so we can tell these stories in new ways.
YOU STARTED NOST IN 2019. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW IT HAPPENED?
I started NOST in 2019 after traveling to India and meeting families of artisans who create beautiful, heritage textiles in the heart of their homes – families of weavers, block printers and master hand dyeers. indigo. As a designer based in Singapore, it was a dream to be able to partner with them to create something new while using completely traditional techniques.
NOST comes from “nostalgia”, which in its root etymology means “the desire for a home”. The idea was to celebrate the feeling of being at home wherever you are, producing quality and comfortable pieces that are handcrafted from the artisans’ homes to yours.