Felix Low

PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AND APPRECIATION FOR CRAFTWORK. 对完美的追求和对工艺的欣赏.

I have a thing for design. I guess it’s always been like this, and my academic path just made it more and more evident. I love everything from chairs to lamps to vases to coffee machines – yes, everything that has a character, a personality. Felix Low shares this love with me.

我对设计情有独钟。一直以来都是如此,我的学术道路使之更为明显。我爱极了任何有特点有个性的事物,从椅子到台灯,从花瓶到咖啡机。Felix Low在这点上和我情投意合。

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We met at Foundry [www.foundry.com.sg], the curated shop he owns and runs in the heart of Singapore. Well – for me it was like stepping into design nirvana. White and airy space with selected tableware & furniture pieces from all over the world. I didn’t know where to look at and kept going from one corner of the store to the opposite one just because something even more beautiful caught my attention – I had to rely on Felix to guide me through the wonders of what he is doing.

我们在Foundry [www.foundry.com.sg] 见面,这是他在新加坡市中心所经营的一家买手店。对我来说,这里就像设计的极乐世界。白色且宽敞的空间里陈列着精心挑选的来自世界各地的桌椅和家具。我的眼睛都不知道该看哪里,刚从这个角落发现惊喜,却又忍不住被另一边更美的事物所吸引 — 我必须依赖Felix的引导来走进这个奇妙的空间。

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We sat down on one of the sofa Foundry‘s team designed – yes, Foundry is a multi-faceted design-centric company and yes, it is both a retailer and a producer – and chat about how Singapore is growing a taste for independent design and what is Foundry‘s role in this process.

我们坐在Foundry团队设计的一款沙发上聊天 — 对的你没看错,Foundry是家以设计为中心,多面发展的公司,它既是经销商也是生产商。我们一起畅谈了独立设计品牌在新加坡的发展及Foundry在这个过程中发挥的作用。

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Is it easy to educate the audience when it comes to independent brands?

When I started it was really hard – there was no space at all in people’s lives for design. Even today they are still very suspicious and they want to know what’s behind every single piece they buy. But this is a good sign – and moreover there is more and more awareness about local designers, which makes my job easier and definitely more interesting. Of course, there will always be people who want to buy a certain brand, but nowadays more and more individuals actually care about quality and design.

公众对于独立品牌的接受和认知程度高吗?

当我刚开始进入这个行业时并不乐观 — 人们的生活和设计是绝缘的。哪怕今天,人们还是持保留态度,他们想知道任何一件购买的设计产品背后的故事。但这是个乐观的信号 – 而且这有助于提高当地设计师的知名度,使我的工作更容易且有趣。当然,肯定还有很多人想买特定的品牌,但现在更多的个体开始关注质量和设计。

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How do you select the brands you work with?

Initially we had an international studio with members from all over the world as a consultant: they were helping us with the curation and the selection of pieces. Now I have a better knowledge of the design world and we can manage this within the team – the most important thing at the moment is that the different pieces fit the overall philosophy behind Foundry.

你选择合作品牌的依据是什么?

一开始我们有一个国际工作室,来自世界各地的咨询同事提供了宝贵的建议:他们帮助我们选择品牌和设计产品。现在,我对设计有了更深的了解,我们自己的团队可以做出筛选 — 目前最重要的事情是确保不同的产品都符合Foundry背后的哲学理念。

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So – what’s the philosophy behind Foundry?

The idea is that of Foundry being a factory for furniture and accessories, but beyond products we are also about inventing fresh ideas, forging new creative narratives and moulding a contemporary design culture. We value craft, quality and from a design perspective, we love ‘fresh’ products. In working this way, we’ve also seen some of the best inspiration and creative work emerge when talents and skills come together. This organic, synergistic collaborative process between designers and artisans is also a reflection of what Singapore is right now: a skyscraper city gleaming with modern achievements but also built upon a foundation of heritage, tradition, and values.

那么,Foundry背后的哲学理念是什么呢?

Foundry是个家具和家居产品的工厂,但在产品背后,我们激发新鲜的想法,编织充满创造力的故事,并造就出符合当代设计的文化。从设计的角度来讲,我们重视手工技能和质量,我们热爱“新鲜的”产品。在这种理念下工作,当天赋和技能所结合时,我们见证了一些最棒的灵感和产品的诞生。这种设计师和手工技师之间有机的、和谐的合作模式也是当代新加坡的一种折射:高楼林立的城市里充斥着现代文明,但同时又建立在文化、传统和价值的基础上。

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What’s your personal background?

It has nothing to do with design! I went through the usual process: got a degree and a stable job and then got incredibly bored with my life and felt the urge to change it. But I’ve been creative since young. So this all came pretty naturally – it was just about going back to what I’ve always loved. I started by designing and selling some furniture pieces and then went on by introducing more and more designers to my shop. The rest is history [and Felix laughs].

给我们介绍一下你的个人背景吧?

和设计完全不相干!我经历的都是老生常谈:拿到学位,开始一份稳定的工作,对生活感到极其无聊,急需想要改变现况。但我从小就很有创造力。所以发生的这一切也是自然而然的事情 — 我只是绕了一圈回到了原点 — 做我一直热爱的事情。一开始我设计并出售一些家具产品,随后引进越来越多的设计师品牌到店里,就这样逐渐发展起来。剩下的故事都是历史啦[Felix笑着说]。

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How is it going?

It’s been ups and downs, but it has been very fulfilling, with an extremely steep learning curve. It’s been quite a journey and every day I also learn something new about myself. As Singapore matures, there is more and more good work coming up and people become more and more aware. I guess we are going in the right direction.

感觉如何?

有高潮也有低谷,但总体说来是很有成就感的,尽管学习曲线非常陡峭。这是个漫长的旅途,每天我都对自己有新的认知。随着新加坡的发展,工作越来越多,人们也展现了越来越多的认同。所以我认为我们发展的方向是正确的。

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How important is it for you to have local designers in your portfolio?

It is extremely important! part of my job is to promote local culture. I try to meet all the designers in person: behind every piece there is a story and I love to hear it directly from the source. That is exactly the same story I’m happy to share with my customers.

对你来说,跟本地的设计师合作有多重要?

这重要极了。我工作的其中一部分就是去推广当地的文化。我尽量跟每位设计师都亲自见面:每件产品背后都有自己的故事,我希望听到第一手资料。我也乐意跟我的顾客分享故事。

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What’s your dream for Foundry?

Foundry is still evolving and I can see myself still growing more and more with it: it could be in a design, business or production perspective. I would love to be able to reach a wider audience. To do so I would need more stores here in the region. As you grow, you need to grow organically and consistently and be able to keep it in control. And I’d like to keep my life simple!

你寄予Foundry的梦想是什么?

Foundry还在不断地改进中,我自己也跟其不断进步:从设计、商业甚至生产的角度来说。我希望可以接触到更广大的客户群。要达到这个目标,我需要经营更多的店面。这种发展和扩张是生态的和可持续发展的,且要在掌控之中。我希望越简单越好。

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Felix is the perfect host – smiling and knowledgable. As he says, he wears many hats: he guides the customers who need his help in the labyrinth that is furnishing a new house and leaves the ones that have specific ideas alone. He’s very respectful of everyone’s taste and at the same time he is always there to support them. He believes it’s the personal touch that makes a shopping experience at Foundry different from other ones.

Felix是位完美的主人,他既友善又博学。就像他所说的,他头上的责任挺多的:既要指引那些迷失在他的设计迷宫里想要装修新房的顾客,又要尊重有自己想法的客人。他尊重每个人的品味,同时他又会尽全力帮助他们。他坚信,使Foundry和其它店铺区分开来的,正是这一丝独特的私人接触和人文体验。

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Born and raised in Singapore and educated in the UK, Felix is the perfect blend of elegance, energy, adventure and business acumen. The culture of Foundry is no different: their outlook is broad, contemporary, and global; yet their roots remain deeply anchored in local traditions and time-honoured values.

出生并成长于新加坡,在英国接受教育,Felix完美地融合了优雅,活力,冒险精神和商业上敏锐的嗅觉。Foundry的文化也是如此:它的愿景是广阔的,现代的,全球化的;而它的根却深深地扎根在当地的传统和历经时间磨砺的价值中。

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Felix Low e’ il proprietario e la mente creativa dietro Foundry, concept store di pezzi per l’arredamento nel cuore di Singapore. Con un occhio sofisticato e la passione dell’outsider, Felix seleziona pezzi disegnati da designer locali e internazionali e li espone nel suo showroom bianco e arioso. Ce ne e’ per tutti i gusti. 

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For the chat with Felix Low at Foundry I was delighted to wear:

和Felix Low在Foundry交谈时我的时尚搭配:
Black silk dress黑色丝质裙子: COS
Sneakers鞋子: Adidas Originals
Watch手表: AppleWatch
Nail colour 指甲: Chanel #455 Lotus Rouge

 

The pictures in the store were taken with with my Sony NEX-5T.

在Foundry的照片由我的索尼NEX-5T拍摄。

 

For all the other pictures, special thanks to Felix Low.

其它照片感谢Felix Low的提供。

 

Translation by Vivian Zhou.

翻译由Vivian Zhou完成.

 


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