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Brief Published: 10 Oct 2012

Asylum’s DIY Architecture


Singapore-based design studio Asylum has created an installation for luxury furniture store Dream Interiors in central Singapore, which explores the potential of ‘Do It Yourself’ architecture – in this case, using materials including common and industrial household products.

Known as the DIY House, the surprisingly deluxe-looking but also playful structure is actually formed from multiple strands of coloured packing tape wrapped around a metal framework, creating a shed-like shelter. Gaps between the stretched panels of tape leave scattered openings for shoppers to peak inside.

The installation demonstrates just how successful an imaginative reuse of mundane and inexpensive materials can be. It reflects ideas discussed in the retail report The Makeshift Mentality: Flexible Concepts Reinvent to Survive our spotlight on ingenious fast-fix store reinventions implemented by creative retailers.

For more on new forms of DIY design as a larger discussion, see the reports Marc Fornes: Architecture by Numbers and Best of the Design Blogs: DIY.