Rediscover; Recreate: A Found MUJI talk by Naoto Fukusawa

Being huge fans of MUJI and even bigger fans of Naoto Fukusawa, we were enthralled when our boss Justin Long, was invited to present together with him on stage at the Rediscover; Recreate: A Found MUJI talk by Naoto Fukusawa held at SOTA. Things got a lot more exciting when we found out a week before the event that tickets were SOLD OUT to the 500+ seater auditorium.

The talk was held in conjunction with the opening of the biggest MUJI flagship store in Singapore at Plaza Singapura, the only store to have all the extended companies of MUJI, Found MUJI, IDEE, MUJI Labo, MUJI Cafe.

Brought to you by MUJI x Underscore

Justin representing Hjgher at Rediscover; Recreate: A Found MUJI talk by Naoto Fukusawa, along with Edwin Low, Supermama and Suzy Annetta, Design Anthology.


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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The U Press Nº14

The U Press N˚14 is out now and available across more than 300 galleries, bookstores, cafés, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools in Singapore.

Icelandic band Sigur Rós covers this issue, and are joined by Javier and Joshua of Series of Intentions (the collective behind the Kilo group of restaurants), Chinese couturier Guo Pei, homegrown musician Sam Rui, as well as gelato boutique Birds of Paradise.

In collaboration with MUJI Singapore, we present a guide to achieving a simple, pleasant life, and look into the ideas that have gone into design festival SingaPlural. Contributor Rachel Ng shares her thoughts on solo dining, while Mr Zeng explains the technique that goes into the making of cane and rattan furniture. PERDIZ magazine tells the story of Xavi Bufa, and illustrator Rachele Ho joins in with her interpretation of the local climate.

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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 Nº13

The U Press N˚13 is now available across more than 300 galleries, bookstores, cafés, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools in Singapore.

In this issue, we speak to illustrators Jean Jullien, Mattias Adolfsson and Mindflyer ahead of Singapore’s inaugural Illustration Arts Fest, and showcase Mightyellow’s (Adeline Tan) poster for the festival in our centrefold. Fresh off their 3rd anniversary, Gwen of Brawn & Brains Coffee recounts the fortuitous beginnings of the café, while 65daysofstatic’s Paul Wolinski shares the band’s experience with designing the soundtrack for video game No Man’s Sky.

In conjunction with MUJI Living in a Garden City—an exhibition presented by Underscore—we delve into the process of growing and harvesting organic cotton, one of the brand’s core materials. We speak to the owner of Sing Hon Loong bakery, Mr Lai, and welcome Dirty Furniture on board as guest contributors. Illustrator Aida (Yellow Mushmellow) offers her perspective on what the ideal family unit means in Singapore.

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The U Press Nº12

Hot off the press: The U Press N˚12, featuring artist-designer Jaime Hayon on the front cover, is out now and available islandwide. Interviews in the issue include conversations with Kith café’s Jane Hia and co-founder of PTT Family (the collective best known for their Potato Head F&B outlets), Ronald Akili.

We look back on the second edition of The U Symposium with Jeremy Leslie, and speak to participants of Noise Singapore both past and present. Regular contributor Elodie recounts how the various items in her food basket gave her a way of understanding pregnancy, while Mr Cheng (owner of Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee) reveals the sheer effort that resulted in his success with the business today. Guest contributor Wrap magazine explores the creative process of Atelier Bingo, while illustrator Wu Yanrong prompts reflection on the subject of gratuity.

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The U Press Nº11

The U Press N˚11 is out now and available across more than 250 galleries, bookstores, cafés, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools in Singapore.

On the cover is Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton of CEREAL magazine, in conversation with Rob Alderson. They are joined by Joanne Lim of The Letter J Supply, Clement Tan, co-founder of Anthem Indoor Cycling, as well as Philip Chin and Peter Teo, two of three founders who started PS. Gourmet. Pann Lim, of design and advertising agency Kinetic, shares what he has in mind for K+ Curatorial Space, while Elodie elaborates on the beauty of incorporating herbs and flowers into our food.

Artist Donna Ong takes the centrefold with her installation The Forest Speaks Back (II), while designer Nathan Yong discusses his new book BEING: The Thoughts and Work of Nathan Yong, 2006-2014. We look back on the inaugural edition of Neon Lights Singapore, and speak to the Tham family about the story behind their curry puffs at Rolina. Guest contributor Future Perfect magazine sheds light on why probability is likely not one of our strongest suits, with illustrator Esther Goh rounding off the issue with her thoughts on what the Merlion would do given a day off.

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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.