WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA FOR BINARY STYLE SCARVES?
SARI: Binary Style came out of our personal obsession with scarves. They’re so versatile and keep you warm in Singapore’s freezing malls. We were trained as architects, and love drawing urban scenes, and thought that there’s no better medium to present them than on scarves. One of our first designs depicting urban scenes is the Tiong Bahru scarf, and it proved so popular as people were fascinated by the level of architectural details they could find.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SELECTING A LANDSCAPE TO USE IN YOUR DESIGNS?
SARI: We’re always drawn to present something that we personally love. For me, that’s the historical districts, such as Chinatown and Joo Chiat. I also have a fondness for the nature reserves of Singapore. I want to be able to capture all the things that I can see, feel and smell in the design.
SANTHI: I try to imagine the landscape on a scarf. Something can be interesting in real life but not necessarily make a nice pattern on scarf. I also like choosing sites that are easily recognisable.
WHAT ARE SOME ARCHITECTURALLY UNDERRATED NEIGHBOURHOODS IN SINGAPORE?
SANTHI: As an architect, I get frustrated when I see a place that doesn’t live up to its potential, and I try to imagine how it