BY SCENE SHANG
It’s now been 5 weeks since we’ve all been working from home due to the Circuit Breaker, 3 months since Singapore saw our first case of COVID-19, and 5 months since the world has been battling this virus. I hardly remember the last time our news highlight was not about this pandemic. The way we go about our daily lives have changed and adjusted so quickly is scary; picking up both socks and mask on the way out to buy groceries, stopping exactly 10cm away from the thermometer for the lady to take temperature, stand where the lines are drawn to make payment, taking out our canvas tote bags to pack our groceries…
"We begin to reflect on the things we really appreciate and are afraid to lose; watching a new leaf grow from a dormant plant, the birds flying pass briefly in a flock, the smell of fresh air in the morning."
These regulations & routines have made us become a lot more conscious of our actions, especially if it leads to wastage. We begin to reflect on the things we really appreciate and are afraid to lose; watching a new leaf grow from a dormant plant, the birds flying pass briefly in a flock, the smell of fresh air in the morning; how our actions will affect them and how we can help to preserve them on this earth, to prolong life and the living, if only for a little longer. Perhaps just perhaps, this pandemic is a blessing in disguise for a recalibration of the things that are dying on earth as a result of extreme human intervention.
Earlier this year, our team discussed that we wanted to do more, albeit starting small, for Mother Earth, by being more conscious of our carbon footprint. Other than making slight adjustments to the way we live and work, we wanted to find exciting ways to produce in harmony with nature. Those lines of thought come to fruition in our new collection that uses sustainable materials like cane and wicker to craft beautiful modern pieces with a traditional narrative, which we will be launching soon.
"Other than making slight adjustments to the way we live and work, we wanted to find exciting ways to produce in harmony with nature."
We have also, in this journey, discovered materials that are synthetic, treated without chemical wastage, recyclable; to design furniture pieces that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and more importantly, to last us a much longer time.
We are extremely excited about this new collection as it sits comfortably with our SCENE SHANG DNA of creating meaningful pieces, as well as pieces that can be passed down through generations. We don’t just wish for our furniture and homeware pieces to become a part of your family heritage, we also hope that they become heritage pieces for Mother Earth; that when our daily lives go back to normal, we will remember not to take things for granted, and still slowdown from time to time to appreciate life and the living.