Cover Alvin Tan of art and design collective Phunk and Laank founder Cherin Tan team up for Laat, a new furniture brand with collections made from upcycled materials

Alvin Tan and Cherin Tan, co-founders of furniture brand Laat, pick out head-turning pieces and inspiring conversation starters

Cherin Tan, founder of Singapore-based interiors firm Laank, and Alvin Tan, the acclaimed co-founder of art and design collective Phunk, have come together to launch Laat, a design label that specialises in furniture pieces with cleverly repurposed elements.

We asked the dynamic duo to share their favourite picks from Laat’s debut collection, together with other inspiring designs they admire.

Laat Keys of Life table

Inspired by the late countertenor Klaus Nomi, this table features upcycled materials such as steel parts resembling antique forked keys, as well as salvaged wood. “Keys of Life is about embracing new possibilities,” says Cherin.

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Laat Total Eclipse table lamp

The designers pay homage to Nomi again with this lamp, which subtly alludes to the singer’s iconic black and white tuxedo suit.

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Angel of Mercy incense chamber by Neighborhood

This gothic work is a collaboration between tattoo artist Dr Woo and cult streetwear label Neighborhood. “Double-helix snakes, ancient symbols and spider webs are motifs that make it extra special,” says Alvin.

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The Jester wine opener by Marcel Wanders

“I love how Wanders cleverly conceals the corkscrew’s functional parts and how the jester’s hat forms the handgrip,” says Alvin. This quirky piece expands with a flourish to remove the cork from the wine bottle.

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Arflex Botolo chair by Cini Boeri, from Space Furniture

Alvin cites this chair design by the late architect Cini Boeri as another covetable classic. “Everything about this piece is fun and forward-thinking; there are wheels hidden in the tubular legs for easy movement,” he says. 

Available at Space Furniture

This story was adapted from the October issue of Tatler Homes Singapore; read it online with our compliments on Magzter