Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks (GB) is Asia’s up-and-coming destination for contemporary art. It will be distinguished as a vibrant centre in Asia for the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art.

Named after British general Sir Webb Gillman, GB is set amid lush greenery and was once a stronghold to the First Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. The conserved colonial barracks now houses galleries and creative businesses, as well as the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).

Inspired by a quote from artist, Paul Klee, “a drawing is simply a line going for a walk”, BLACK designed the brand identity of Gillman Barracks (GB) based on the concept that “art is the line that can go across all walks of life”. The project was done in collaboration with Singaporean artist collective, PHUNK and the TRANSMISSION apprentices.

 

 

 

 

The Crostini Bar

Like the unplanned and irregular stamping of the logo, The Crostini Bar is a spontaneous and happening place where you would let go, munch on your toasts, enjoy your beer, while not having to worry about the mess you create. Menus and namecards have a hand-written and personal touch to make sure every customer feels at home and relaxed.

Fidgets

Play is a natural instinct. Children learn more about the world and themselves through play. At Fidgets, a holistic approach is taken to engage the young inquiring minds of children.

Inspired by the brand name and kids’ never-ending movement, the identity was created using moving hands and feet. Patterns as well as warm bright colours further reinforce the brand as a fun, safe and exciting learning journey for kids and parents alike.

MAD

MAD is a new dining concept that brings together 5 leaders in their own fields – Tung Lok, Bakerzin, Bar Stories, Top Wines and last but definitely not least the Mad Chinaman himself – Dick Lee. Inspired by the Mad Chinaman’s persona – MAD is colourful, diverse, passionate, eclectic, creative and cheeky all at the same time.

BLACK worked closely with Dick Lee & Tung Lok, as well as in collaboration with Formwerkz Architects to bring to life this riot of colours and personality.

OCF

Bringing back the old beauty and charm of the historic rooms in the former Empress Place Building, restaurant OCF reminisces the courtship days of Sir Stamford Raffles and his little-known first wife—Olivia Cassivelaun Fancourt.

The branding and menus are kept elegant, mysterious and personal, like the secret love letters that we imagine they would exchange.

TungLok XiHe 同樂 羲和

A Culinary Collaboration between TungLok Group and Beijing’s renowned XiHe Group – with it’s modern asian interior designed by Formwerkz Architects, BLACK complimented it with a graphical spin on the story of the Peking Duck!

Spa Artisan

The Spa Artisan is a new concept spa at the historic Fullerton Hotel Singapore that celebrates the tradition and heritage of asian spa treatments, elevated and delivered with a contemporary touch. BLACK worked on the branding as well as the environmental graphics in collaboration with Formwerkz Architects to create a garden spa in the heart of the city.

Table Manners

A casual restaurant serving comfort food, Table Manners is the least expected place to be called that name. Always staying gracious – but sometimes irreverent – Table Manners promotes proper dining etiquette through engaging and entertaining ways. From the napkins, to the quirky quotes, and down to the staff uniform, everything comes with a mischievous twist. The acronymic logo mark of the restaurant also secretly hopes to ‘trademark’ everything it can possibly own. Interior by Formwerkz.

President’s Design Award 2011

The theme for the President’s Design Award 2011 was “Multipli-City”. It not only celebrates the multitude of talents, ideas, and designs that this award has recognised through its six-year history, but also the “multiplier effect” the award recipients have generated with their designs.

BLACK curated and designed the awards presentation at the Istana, and the exhibition showcase at ION Art Gallery, SPACE Asia Hub and URA Centre.

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 晚晴園

The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 晚晴園 was refurbished and reopened on the 100th anniversary of the Chinese revolution. BLACK worked closely in collaboration with DesignAct and National Museum of Singapore on content, visual direction and signage to create a coherent experience. The museum tells the compelling story of Sun Yat Sen’s stay in Singapore and how he inspired many well-known Singaporeans in the Chinese community.

Herman Miller Reach 2011

We had the pleasure of working closely with the Herman Miller team on the branding of, and visual merchandising in the Retreat zone, for the annual Herman Miller Reach 2011, held at the Hong Kong Design Institute. Jackson also spoke alongside the likes of Eames Demetrios, Don Chadwick and Steve Frykholm. – Images courtesy of Herman Miller Asia Pacific. Illustrations in collaboration with Pigologist.

Noise Singapore 2011

Noise Singapore is a platform organised by the National Arts Council, that gives youths the opportunity to express, develop and showcase their talent. BLACK worked on the advertising, publication, and exhibition at ION – a ‘Noise City’ filled with the works of Noise artists.

Shiok! 超! 新加坡

BLACK was invited to curate and create the premise and concept for an exhibition to represent Singapore design at the inaugural Asia Design Conference organised by the centre of creative communication (CCC), in Shizuoka City, Japan. Shiok! A Gastronomy of Singapore Design featured local contemporary design and art inspired by and about food – from the likes of Royston Tan, Jing Quek, &Larry and FARM just to name a few. It introduced and shared over 15 local works and ideas (as well as Singapore’s favourite pastime) with the audience. Organised by ccc and supported by DesignSingapore Council. Artwork images courtesy of respective artists, Jing QuekMindflyerDon Low.

ICSID World Design Congress 2009

The Icsid World Design Congress 2009 was the parallel event to the Singapore Design Festival 2009. BLACK played a key role in the branding and visual communications of the congress, working on a seamless system of graphics that gradually evolved and depicted the underlying message of ‘Design Difference’. Collaterals included printed materials such as the congress book, brochures, nametags to badges. As well environmental design, infographics and signages for the congress venue.

NTUC Foodfare

BLACK worked on the brand revamp of NTUC Foodfare’s corporate identity as well as the interiors and brand outlook of its food outlets. The design process focused on thoughtful usability for the consumers, from comfort of seating and visibility of stalls, to specially designed hooks located under the tables, for patrons to hang and tuck away their bags.

UseLess Life 無用生活

UseLess Life 無用生活 was featured in the Kaohsiung Design Festival 2009, in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. ‘UseLess 無用’ is a thematic design project that presents ideas, works and exhibits by leading international designers and creators unified in their exploration on how design can create positive value for the self, society and the world. The concept engages the audience in presentations that dramatically highlight the role and direction design plays in creating a sustainable future.

 

Peranakan Museum

This project was a collaborative effort between W Architects and BLACK. BLACK developed the graphic content, multi-media content including the signage system and decorative graphics for the museum. It is the first museum in Singapore to use graphic design intensively within its environment as both content and decor.