What is quintessentially function in materiality?


In this context, is the tarpaulin a dust bag or an outer finishing that speaks of utilitarianism? Made of woven polyethylene, the ubiquitous blue striped tarpaulin is commonly used at construction sites in Asia to serve its function as a protective canopy. Incorporated in the re-design of the Sacco chair, the industrial material is now placed in discourse, prompting the user to question its existential purpose.


The exploration of tarpaulin denotes a symbolic representation of recurring themes in Asian context — nostalgia and modesty.

Year: 2018

Dimensions: w800 x d800 x h680 mm

Material: Industrial tarpaulin with polystyrene beads


Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Sacco bean bag chair by W. Atelier and Zanotta with the support from the DesignSingapore Council, Tarp was one of the shortlisted design amongst.