I am Zavier Wong Zhen Rui. I am a Singapore born maker and thinker based in the Netherlands. I like to see myself as someone gardening in an industrial wilderness. Interior objects has been my medium. It has led me to tinker with a range of mediums and materials I tend to gravitate towards materials that are seen as imperfect, discarded, unwanted or things that are rejected by industry or seen as useless. Using its perceived weakness as an invitation to transform it.
My practice uses the process of making and creating to discover new ways of engaging and experiencing the materials around us. I achieve this by playing with materials and discoverning new ways of working with it.The process brings me in to negotiate with the material to unravel its qualities. By reflecting on the qualities it presents in relation to our perception of it, the material is given form to bring it to life. Through that i hope these objects are given the potential to move people in ways unexplainable and hopefully bring a sense of wonder and beauty to people.
2022 | Priveekollektie Gallery | Art Miami 2022 | Miami
2022 | Priveekollektie Gallery | PAD London 2022 | London
2022 | Isola Design District |" No Space for Waste" | Milan
2022 | Yksi Expo |" Made in Eindhoven" | Eindhoven
2022 | Priveekollektie Gallery |"New Year Group Exhibition" | Heusden , Netherlands
2021 | Beursgebouw | Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show 2021 | Eindhoven
2021 | Kazerne | Impromptu Mini Graduation Show #2 | Eindhoven
2019 | Kazerne | Ongoing Dialogue curated by Annemoon Geurts | Eindhoven
2019 | Reframing Textiles | Textiel Museum Tilburg x Design Academy Eindhoven
Instead of it being hidden, it is being shown. Instead of working with it with speed, the process asks for slower , longer hours and more care . Instead of seeing the cracks and gaps as something to be filled and hidden, it becomes an invitation to be highlighted
In this collection, the materials that are usually hidden is revealed, their perceived lack of value is revalued, their incomplete parts draws the maker in to making the piece more beautiful.
Revalued Foam is an exploration into the characteristics of various forms of EPS and PU Foam. Foam carries a quality to me that is cheap and easily discarded. When used by the construction industry, it often is hidden. I reform the perceived value of foam by pairing it with an expensive material - gold leaf. Pairing it in a way that they are in harmony with each other. Together, they come together to form a new value.
In the early church, people from different backgrounds came together at one table, to share a communal meal known as the love feast. Reflecting a contemporary desire for unity, Zavier Wong has designed a long table for the same purpose. It is composed of five separate tables embodying five different people. They are made of found materials: scrap wood, steel, brick, styrofoam and plastic. All materials are broken down into smaller pieces to represent a common feeling; regardless of language, race or religion, we all go through devastating moments in life. However, Zavier believes that crushing experiences always carry the seeds of growth. Hence the organic form of this symbolic piece of furniture: the irregular bits and pieces all seem to grow and come back to life.
Today, society is ever more polarized and individualistic. Mash up! is a collaborative platform as a response to the moment we are in,. In this phase, Zavier collaborated with 8 people to arrive at 8 outcomes. This platform has 2 goals – Our differences were meant to allow us work together with each other rather than against. To allow each participant to be renewed by the creative process. Each person is approached organically. The creative process happens through dialogues where medium, material, shape are discussed. Through this process, each individual is able to open new ways of seeing and doing for the other.
“Junk to funk” is a series of tables for lounge
areas made from bricks/metal obtained from
area 51, Strijp-S as they go through renovation
and demolition. This project questions our
perception of broken things and reassigning
value to them.
It applies the principle of “valued based performance instead of what we traditional know as “performance based value”.
In Singapore, there isn't really a lot of craftsman working with glass. Hence Zavier is always interested in the processes around glass. The voice of glass is a research into the production processes surrounding glass. Merging European traditions of Stain glass techniques and Chinese traditions of burning, He created an object made up of glass panels that resembles a bubble. These fluid-like uncontrollable details are a result of the glass fusing technique. This echoes an idea where the controlled elements of a design are determined by uncontrolled outcomes in a time where we always want to control things.