Cahaya Ramadan at Kampong Gelam

Parklet Project at Sultan Gate

The temporary conversion of roadside parking lots along Sultan Gate into a parklet is part of a community project led by precinct association, One Kampong Gelam (OKG), in collaboration with Roger&Sons and with support from the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Street furniture is installed on the lots to create a community space for visitors of Kampong Glam to relax at. Through this initiative, we hope to encourage people to re-think the use of our public spaces, as well as create more outdoor spaces and a better street experience for the larger community to enjoy.

‘Community-driven’ outdoor furniture pieces supported by OKG.

The furniture placed at Sultan Gate parklet are pieces crafted by Roger&Sons by upcycling local wood from old trees. With the intention of showcasing the wood’s natural beauty, Roger&Sons kept the design simple, retaining as much of its organic form as possible. Handcrafted from the local wood, Khaya senegalensis, also known as African Mahogany, it’s easily distinguishable by its boastful deep reddish and bronze hues. Native to the region of tropical Africa, it’s a favoured roadside tree that was introduced to Singapore in the late 1970s. A medium hardwood, it is dense and sturdy, and suitable for making various types of furniture.

In repurposing the parking lots into communal seating spaces for the public to enjoy, it was important to weave in elements that are special to the neighbourhood. We wanted to reintroduce a sense of community into the seating arrangement. As such, seats are grouped in a manner conducive for face-to-face conversations with one another. To encourage engagement through the furniture, interactive features such as sound and kinetic elements are also incorporated.

These two unique seating installations are the ‘cajón’ and ‘spinning top’. The ‘cajón’ seating was inspired by the concept of a drum circle, where people come together to make music from percussion instruments. The seat takes on the iconic box-shape of the cajón and is fully crafted out of solid wood. A segment of the seat is hollowed out and covered with a plywood cap, generating a sound when struck with one’s palm or fingers. The spinning top seating, on the other hand, was loosely inspired by the gasing, the Malay term for spinning top, and introduces an element of play into the seats. Using dense wood as a base to hold down the seats, the spinning-top seat is light and revolves on ball-bearings.

About Roger&Sons

Roger&Sons is a team of ethical makers and mavericks who craft fine furniture and thoughtful objects. Their work is driven by inquiry and spans disciplines: furniture, industrial, and product design, as well as woodworking. The team also spearheads The Local Tree Project—an initiative that salvages trees that have been felled for urban development. It rehabilitates these abandoned logs by turning them into durable, future-proof objects and furniture.

About Roger&Sons

Roger&Sons is a team of ethical makers and mavericks who craft fine furniture and thoughtful objects. Their work is driven by inquiry and spans disciplines: furniture, industrial, and product design, as well as woodworking. The team also spearheads The Local Tree Project—an initiative that salvages trees that have been felled for urban development. It rehabilitates these abandoned logs by turning them into durable, future-proof objects and furniture.

Photo credit : Roger&Sons

Cahaya Ramadan at Kampong Gelam

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