Singapore is a concrete jungle where homes are built high and small without much nature surrounding us. While living in a metropolitan city has its benefits, it sure can be daunting on our state of mind and emotions, which is why one of the most common themes for homes revolve around bringing the “outside in”.
Furniture and light fixtures moulded and sculpted after environmental structures can evoke a sense of tranquillity unlike any other – up"I would sketch scenes from nature when I was a child. I never sketched anything that was conventionally beautiful. Instead I would focus on things in decay, or shapes and forms in contrast." - Isac Elam Kaid, in his interview with Philia Galerielifting one’s home from a place that we simply eat and sleep into an oasis that we long to return to at the end of the day. Based in Vancouver, Canada and Tel Aviv, Israel, artist and designer Isac Elam Kaid is a master at incorporating natural elements into thoughtful centre pieces for the home. "I would sketch scenes from nature when I was a child. I never sketched anything that was conventionally beautiful. Instead I would focus on things in decay, or shapes and forms in contrast." - Isac Elam Kaid, in his interview with Philia Galerie
The sculptor is classically trained in architecture design and established his own studio where he started taking private commissions on objects in 2019. Since then, he has exhibited his own work in America and Italy.
Some of these pieces are also up for sale and each one embraces the uniquely beautiful and bold of the raw materials leaned on in his practice, which are handcrafted to be as perfectly imperfect as it could be.
Through the exploration of the materials used, where they originated and how it is processed creates a dialogue that examines the experimental relationship that an object can have in terms of matter and form, its value based on the way it is made.
Many of his works are also inspired by his travels in Israel and the Middle East, soaking up the culture and allowing it to seep into his creative production such as the Mono Block Chairs that resemble puzzle pieces.
This standout design is inspired by chairs that Kaid observed in villages, which were made with sand, straw clay and wood that were pressed together in primitive moulds. Another eye-catching piece would be the shell wall light sculptures. This oceanic-inspired series is made from diluted materials, such as gypsum, that is layered onto a clay form, creating a stunning marbled effect.
Not only does it make for thought-provoking decor, but it is also functional – providing a soft illumination that spotlights a particular corner of the home that you want guests to pay more attention to.
Isac Elam Kaid’s amazingly detailed work can be viewed at the Galerie 5 showroom in April, where they can be experienced in its truest glory.