The U Press Nº9

The U Press Nº9 is now available at more than 250 galleries, schools, retail outlets, restaurants, bookstores and cafés across Singapore.

This issue sees four visionary magazine makers—Penny Martin (The Gentlewoman), Theseus Chan (WERK), David Lane (The Gourmand) and Rob Alderson (Printed Pages)—take the cover to share their respective publishing journeys. Nguan gives us insight into the creative processes that underlie his signature style of photography, while Japanese curator Yoichi Nakamuta shares his thoughts on the art scene in Singapore.

Vincent Teng, owner of cafés like Punch and Ronin, talks about the importance of ambience in his establishments, while Elodie ruminates on the unique beauty of cookbooks. The centrefold features A Thing of Beauty by Dawn Ng, and is followed by conversations with Letitia Phay of gown atelier Time Taken to Make a Dress, Frederik Frede, co-founder of Freunde von Freunden, as well as the Teng family, who’ve been serving up their famous Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pancake since the sixties. Guest contributor Lucky Peach introduces us to the street sausages of the world, while illustrator Lydia Yang (Oak & Bindi) rounds off the issue.

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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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Making its debut as part of The U Factory, SIGNALS is our first ever range of CNC furniture designed and developed in collaboration with materials finishing specialists PROSPEC SURFACES. SIGNALS includes furniture, in varied sizes and finishes, ranging from dining table, work desk, side table, bench, stool and counter.


With no nails or brackets required, all parts are flat packed for easy delivery, simple insert and snap-on assembly or disassembly for convenient storage.

The first collection focuses on the material study of phenolic boards, with its tough and resistant ability to withstand humidity, making it ideal for daily outdoor usage.

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The U Press Nº4

The U Press Nº4 Singapore Edition is now available across our humble island in cafes, bookstores, galleries, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and schools.

Front page covers an interview with Tyler Brûlé, editor-in-chief of Monocle, on his thoughts regarding spontaneous freedom. Art highlights include a conversation with Susie Lingham, director of the Singapore Art Museum on our current evolution of contemporary art in Singapore, an interview with artist Umeda Tetsuya as he prepares for his exhibition at OTA Fine Arts, and stories on art books through interviews with Hiroshi Eguchi, founder of Utrecht and NOW IDeA, as well as a feature on local book makers, Eriko Hirashima, Adeline Koh and Pooja Makhijani. Coverage on quality craftsmanship goes back to basics with a story on Chanel’s Little Black Jacket and its evolution throughout decades, and a discussion with Grafunkt‘s founders on constructing a future built on relationships.

Recurring columns include Elodie Bellegarde on her simple and delightful journey of jam making, chwee kueh hawker, Mr Lee in NEIGHBOUR, Sawa Osaki: Calligrapher originally published in Acne Paper in GUEST, Yishan Lam’s column and finally, Mindflyer’s illustrated comic on boundaries in EXHIBIT.

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The U Factory

We are now working on The U Factory, a temporary experimental platform curated by Underscore, dedicated to discussion, exchange and execution of shared visions.

From October 2013 to January 2014, the entire HJGHER/Underscore office will be relocated to Gillman Barracks, where we will be co-working and generating new bodies of work, in collaboration with partners and sponsors. With close to 20,000 sqft of indoor and outdoor space, The U Factory will play host to series of workshops, exhibitions, festivals and concerts, including our very own The U Café, The U Store and The U Gallery.

We aim to build an assembly of like-minded local and international creatives to showcase their works and skills, foster new relationships and build an overall spirit of creativity dedicated to the arrival of independent craft, the need for experimentation, and collaboration for progression.

Please write to us, if you are interested to be a part of The U Factory or if you want to be kept in the loop of further developments. We look forward to having you with us!