So I have just returned from my first trip to Singapore. Such a beautiful, cleans, lush and friendly place. Every thing is so green and beautiful. It is also super clean. You even see people cleaning at all hours of the day. Not to mention that 99% of the people are uber polite. People go out of their way to help you out and say your welcome and hello. It was just so lovely.
Now being a patchworker to say I notice hexagons would be an understatement. My husband thinks it is a bit strange… When we arrived at our hotel (So Sofitel) there were hexagons everywhere. I was in heaven. I took heaps of photos and even sketched a few ideas. They were used in the art, in lighting, in tile designs and even in the menu pages.
See below a few pictures I took at the So Sofitel
As soon as I started to move around Singapore I saw hexagons everywhere. Mostly in tiles and carpet patterns but also in wall fittings and art. I think everywhere we went there was a touch of hexagon somewhere.
As I sat in the plaza lounge at Changi airport I could see hexagons in the carpet design, privacy screens and in the lighting designs. So I thought I must google this. It can’t just be random.
Now I have a better understanding as to why hexgons are everywhere. It all relates back to feng shui. In room design it helps to project a longer life. It represents longevity, expansiveness and celestial power. Within its six facets the hexagon supports your home and introduces the notion that things will last. The number six is one of the luckiest number for the Chinese community.
The Singapore $1 coin is a hexagon shape inside an octagon. It is said that when they were building the underground MRT railway tunnels, that these tunnels would cause bad feng shui. So rather than rely on the people the put a bagua on their houses the government introduced a coin to counteract the negativity.
I think this gives me even more of an excuse to use hexagons in my patchwork and around my house. Maybe it is also why I am drawn to them in the first place.