Peranakan Tiles of Singapore

In
2015
Scope
Print Design

This is a self-published coffee table book by Aster by Kyra. Initiated by tile aficionado Victor Lim, this book is the first in Singapore to talk about Peranakan tiles exclusively. Anne Pinto-Rodrigues was roped in to write the book, and Octopus to design it.

In the early part of the 20th century, decorative tiles popularly known as maiolica or majolica tiles across the world, found favour with the affluent Peranakan community of a Singapore. The Peranakans decorated their houses, furniture and other surfaces with these colourful tiles. Soon enough, these tiles became a distinctive feature of this community and they began to be referred to as Peranakan tiles. This book attempts to showcase some of these exquisite tiles seen across Singapore today. It also aims create awareness about this fragile legacy that needs to be conserved for the generation to come.

The book

Cover for Peranakan Tiles
The cover is made of a collage of many 'flower' tiles, cropped in hexagons.
Chapter 1 divider: History of the Decorative Tile
Section dividers are colour-coded with a feature image spread.
Spread – German & French tiles in Singapore
Tiles pages typically features 4 tiles.
Spread – Tiles of the ancient world
Historical examples aplenty.
Map of Iberian peninsula
Map of how the import/export of tiles moved around.
Tiles found in Tanjong Pagar
Local landmarks with tiles are also featured.
Family portrait of Ong Peng Hock
Some notable Peranakan personalities.

The book is available from the Peranakan Museum, Chillax Market (Bukit Timah) as well as Katong Antique House and Kim Choo in the East. Also available online (currently sold out!).