Winter has passed…

We’re back from Tokyo (and our respite), only just. Can’t reveal much yet about another interesting project we’re currently working on there, but any project that involves Tokyo means we’ll be there often enough, which is good enough for us.

Here’s an image shot when we dropped by, Spectrum by Tokujin Yoshioka, described as “Resonant rainbows radiate from prisms”, at the Shiseido Gallery in Ginza. In a white vacuous control environment, Tokujin Yoshioka’s large scale works seem to have a transcendent control over the weather with his mastery of light and prisms.

… and with colours of Spring, we return, ready to start anew.

The U Press Nº15

The U Press N˚15 is out and available at 300 locations across Singapore. This issue is fronted by Singaporean sculptor Han Sai Por, who is joined in the rest of the pages by English band Glass Animals, fromagerie The Cheese Artisans, homegrown electronic producer Intriguant and botanical fragrance atelier Candles of Light.

We continue our pursuit of a simple, pleasant life with MUJI in ‘A Clean Sweep’, speak to clockmaker Mr Wong, and find out more about l’apéritif with Elodie Bellegarde. Sidetracked magazine comes on board to share a story about surfing in Iceland, while artist and illustrator André Wee presents his reflection upon the in-between spaces hidden in our daily lives. Launched in conjunction with Singapore Design Week’s anchor event SingaPlural, this issue also comes with a festival map to complement your visit, and features conversations with some of its participants.

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Hjgher Culture

It’s official. We made it to the end of our 10th year here at Hjgher.

In celebration, we’re all taking a break, a sabbatical for some, a hiatus for others and for the rest of us, a chance for us to slip into the quiet of the night.

As such, we won’t be accepting any new commissions till we’re back and ready for the next 10 years, give or take another 10 years or so.

We’d like to leave with a worn but never forgotten memory of a quote by a mentor/friend/educator/academic, something we’ve lived by since we started here at Hjgher.

“From the 1st to the 3rd year, work like hell. From the 3rd to the 5th year, build your systems, and by the 10th year, establish your culture.” Thank you Mrs. Lee, and everyone who believed in us more than we did ourselves. See you all for the next decade.

The U Press N°10

After launching The U Press at two of our favourite cities this year—London and NYC—we are back home with a bumper issue. The U Press N°10 is out now and has been dropped off at over 250 spots across the island. Be sure to hunt them down during your cafe- and gallery-hoping this weekend!

Launched in conjunction with the ongoing Singapore: Inside Out homecoming exhibition at Tan Quee Lan Street, this issue features cover stories ‘Under the Skin’ and ‘Path Less Taken’: interviews with five creatives from the internationally beloved AESOP on the principles upholding this ‘living’ brand.

The U Press Nº7

The U Press Nº7 Singapore Edition, now available in more than 250 locations across cafes, bookstores, galleries, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools.

Front page cover features an interview with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, who is seen as the model curator for the millennial era, with inside articles on Guo Yi, co-founder of establishments Sugarhall and Jigger and Pony; Annabelle Fernandez, co-founder and curator of independent magazine retailer Magpie and the founders of Necessary Provisions, as well as highlights at The Monocle Summer Fayre and an advertorial with Levi’s.

The U Press recurring columns discover Elodie Bellegarde‘s ode to Barley, Everton Park Ang Ku Kueh artisan, The Tohs in NEIGHBOUR, Gillman Barracks from Cereal Magazine in GUEST, Abigail Goh’s illustration on the game we all play when we board the MRT in Singapore in EXHIBIT and finally, Yishan Lam‘s column discussing “Shore to Shore” in BUBBLE UP.

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The U Press Nº6

The U Press Nº6 Singapore Edition, now available in more than 250 locations across cafes, bookstores, galleries, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools.

The headline features an interview with Tom Dixon, on his own international eponymous label, with inside articles on Arnault Castel, owner of Hong Kong’s originated Kapok, Sean Lee, owner of Bali’s hu’u Bar and now hu’u Villas – Seminyak Bali and Singapore’s champion of homegrown products Supermama.

The U Press recurring columns discover Elodie Bellegarde‘s take on monochromatic food, Holland Village noodle hawker, Mr Lim in NEIGHBOUR, Tokyo Immigrant Enclave Guide from Too Much magazine in GUEST, Amaris Chen’s illustration of how to stay on top of things when life’s full of hot air in Singapore in EXHIBIT and finally, Yishan Lam‘s column discussing “Bloom where you’re planted” in BUBBLE UP.

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In conjunction with the 2014 Singapore Design WeekKapok has collaborated with Underscore on a pop-up store at the ground floor of the newly opened National Design Centre. Kapok is a lifestyle shop from Hong Kong, offering a variety of products sourced internationally with a focus on quality and creativity.

As part of an Underscore special edition, Creative Cultures: The Singapore Showcase will form part of the pop-up with a retail exhibition of products crafted by local creatives across disciplines, alongside other local and international brands such as Grafunkt, Rains and 78%. Kapok will also be retailing their inaugural shirt collection.

To complete the overall retail experience, The U Café returns to celebrate good coffee and great reads with coffeehouse Dapper Coffee bringing on its signature blend, as well as Magpie with a selection of internationally sourced independent magazines, sharing the love for the printed craft.

As part of the pop-up store’s retail furniture, SIGNALS, our first ever range of CNC furniture developed in collaboration with materials finishing specialists, PROSPEC SURFACES, will be utilised, showcased and available for purchase.

Visit the Kapok pop-up store from 10 – 29 March 2014, and The U Café from 10 – 16 March 2014. This pop-up is a lead up to the official opening of Kapok’s flagship store in April. Come by for a preview of what to expect in time to come. We hope to see you there.


ASPECTS is Democratic Society’s first glassware collection, made in collaboration with Shotoku Glass Company. Established in 1922, these traditional craftsmen from Tokyo started off by manufacturing the glass portion of electric light bulbs. Based on the same technique and knowledge gained in their past experiences, the “Usuhari glass” series was developed. These are remarkably thin drinking glasses, each carefully hand crafted and individually mouth-blown.

Five design studios were commissioned to design the glasses, taking on an aspect of Singapore’s society with the famed thin glass as a canvas. HJGHER is proud to be one of five alongside our friends at Lanzavecchia + WaiSUPERMAMAThe Little Dröm Store and The Press Room.



#forthewin #aspects #ftw #wearethechampions #no1 #firstplace #numerouno #noplaceforlosers #forwinners #forchampions #forgold #forglory #forhonour #legendary #stronger #better #smarter #faster #harder #hjgher

We were assigned to interpret the aspect of Sports and we thought it is apt to create something only fitting for the champion; For The Win.

Democratic Society is a design label that creates contemporary goods and giftware. The entire collection will be launched during the inaugural Singapore Design Week 2014 at SUPERMAMA, 8 Queen Street at the Singapore Art Museum. Grab yours today!


The U Press Nº5 Singapore Edition is now available across our humble island in cafes, bookstores, galleries, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools.

Front page features an interview with Ute Meta Bauer, founding director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, on being true to her core intentions of community building. Music highlights include a conversation with Danny Rogers, co-founder of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and a brief chat with Laurent Brancowitz, guitarist of French alternative rock band, Phoenix. A double spread feature on local coffee roasters reveals the inspiring journeys of coffee houses, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Highlander Coffee, Maison Ikkoku and Nylon Coffee Roasters.

The U Press recurring columns discover Singaporean curator, June Yap in FIRST PERSON, Elodie Bellegarde‘s take on milk as an ingredient in FOOD, back alley barber, Mr Lee in NEIGHBOUR, The Breath Sound of Seawomen from Shoppinghour Magazine in GUEST, Mightyellow‘s comic illustration of simple tips to self-improvement in EXHIBIT and finally, Yishan Lam‘s column discussing “when what happens next is more important” in BUBBLE UP.

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