Behind each body of work is a lens of consideration, quality and timelessness. We are continuously seeking, uncovering, discovering, deeper truths and connections.
We take the overlooked in relation to style and design and put it under the microscope to discover essences, nuances and universalities that have yet to be discovered or that have been sleeping concepts.
The LABO style is a sensorial realisation of our lens of enquiry. Just as we purpose to meaningfully deconstruct the elements that dress our lives, our aesthetic is designed to articulate a stripping down to the foundations, a veneration of the value and beauty of oft-overlooked essences. This is presented through our harmony of visual contrasts – the organic, the imperfect, the raw edges so to speak, structured on a canvas of minimalism, simplicity and visual order.
This desire to deconstruct and organise articles, objects and ideas into new, meaningful orders speaks of the quintessence of LABO as a laboratory for deeper inspection. In both form and substance, manifestations of our mission are thus highly conceptual, purposeful and clear. Stylistically, we value sensorial richness, desaturated tones, balance and restraint.
As LABO grows, it will undoubtedly change, metamorphosing to ride the current of evolving ideas and influences. No matter the trajectory, however, our determination to create elevated, sophisticated and compelling pieces that speak of intrinsic truths will remain. We seek always to balance sensorial richness with purpose and depth, fashioning meditations that are as beautiful as they are insightful.
At the core of LABO is the acceptance of a single truth: nothing exists in isolation. Just as style is a notion comprised of many parts, parts not confined to a manner of dress, our identity is expressed, filters out from and informs the objects, articles and ideas we subsume and surround ourselves with. The cognitive and sensorial inspection of such materials cannot be defined as shallow or meaningless. Contrarily, it is through the deconstruction of the spaces that we inhabit that we are able to understand who we are as individuals and as elements of a larger whole.
Each member of the LABO community is driven by the eager desire to create something that moves beyond hype and spectacle. Our multiform meditations are nourished by the passion and excitement of creative individuals that work to produce content of value and resonance. We are endlessly curious of our surroundings, both personal and collective, and seek to document the nuances glimmering just beneath the surface of our reality.
LABO is a digital publication that advocates a culture of finer inspection. We are a creative community that seeks to navigate quality articles and objects, as well as the ideas that underpin such, believing unequivocally that meaningfully examining the oft-overlooked enriches us and improves our lives. Our purpose is not merely to inquire; rather, it is through our methodical deconstruction of form, function and process that we are able to consider the abstractions that lie behind the everyday.
The universalities that underpin the human condition cannot be treated as independent of the articles and objects that dress our lives. Style and design are manifestations of our values, beliefs and lifestyle, our identity in practice. Our work thus deals not with mere abstraction but rather uncovers ideas expressed through “practice, exercise or action”.
Through rigorous analysis and discussion, each manifestation of LABO seeks deeper truths and new, resonant understandings. Discernment speaks of our desire to perceive, to espy and to deconstruct. It tells of our raison d’être – of our mission to cultivate a body of work that meaningfully inspects the overlooked elements of our everyday with sophisticated diction and an unorthodox approach. In a society saturated by mediocrity, considered ideas and quality content lay at the fore of the LABO mindset.