Hans Tan: “Design can be a cultural driver for Singapore”

Hans Tan has just been crowned Singapore Designer of the Year 2018 (Product & Industrial design) at this year's President's Design Awards. He was already the recipient of two Design of the Year awards, in 2015 for his Pour table and in 2012, for the now famous Spotted Nyonya series.  Having studied design in both Singapore and the Netherlands, where he graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, his works show a balanced combination of finely tuned industrial processes and knowledgeable artistic references, that is still too rarely seen in the Singapore design scene. Early on in his career (with the meaningful Petrified Victoria series in 2008, for instance, and probably earlier while studying at DAE), Hans Tan started using the most recent, refined technologies to write modern stories that can be read, each in a different way, as a testament to a rich, multi-layered cultural heritage (past, present and future). Observed carefully, his designs also reveal intricate tales of social evolution. In an interesting interview with the Business Times, Tan discusses the delicate topic of design as a thing of beauty and culture, as opposed to the general Singaporean view of design : "The DesignSingapore Council has played a tremendous role in improving the design scene, with scholarships and businesses opportunities. However, there is one thing I feel that can be improved. We tend to see design as an economic driver. In many other countries, design is a part of art. One way to push Singapore design further is to start seeing design as a cultural driver rather than an economic one. If we can get design to be more culturally driven, we can get people to appreciate their culture more. Perhaps we could have a design museum. When we display design outside of a shopfront, we will see design differently, and not just an item to be sold. It's the same with stamps; have them in a museum and we see them as part of history and culture." Words of wisdom...

Marije Vogelzang to teach “Food Non Food” at Design Academy Eindhoven

From next September on, students at Design Academy Eindhoven will be able tograduate in a completely new specialisation: "Food Non Food". Renowned "eating designer" Marije Vogelzang (who graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2000) will be the Head of this new department, working together with Earlwyn Covington (who previously launched "Thinking Food Design" with Marc Brétillot and Jean-Charles Amey), Arne Hendriks, Mara Skujeniece and Robert Adolfsson.

Birgit Severin, Lifetimes & Ashes

From 16th century Vanitas paintings to contemporary design: Berlin-based designer Birgit Severin, currently exhibited at DMY Berlin and at the Bensimon Gallery, Paris, found inspiration into Flemish 16th and 17th centuries still lifes for her "Lifetimes" series. The Design Academy Eindhoven graduate intended her rubber vases to show different stages of the inevitable decay of life and beauty, underlining "vanity" as vacuity - mixing up-to-date production techniques with handcraft. "The process uses 3D printing, rubber rotation casting and freehand modeling to produce a flowing, matte surface overlayed with a sparkling pattern of jewel-like dots", the designer details. (...)

Maarten de Ceulaer, Leather Collection

Le designer belge Maarten de Ceulaer a présenté à l'occasion du salon de Milan 2013 une "Leather Collection" dans la veine de ses travaux de fin d'études à la Design Academy Eindhoven (exposés en 2008). Des tiroirs tendus de cuir, dissociables les uns des autres, s'assemblent pour créer des combinaisons variées. Maarten de Ceulaer a créé le design, tandis que l'artisan Ralph Baggaley, spécialiste du travail du cuir, a réalisé la fabrication de la "Leather Collection". In the same vein as his Design Academy Eindhoven's graduation work in 2008, Belgian designer Maarten de Ceulaer introduced his "Leather Collection" during the Milan design week 2013. The separate leather, suitcase-like drawers can be stacked and arranged to create various combinations. Maarten de Ceulaer designed and created the "Leather Collection" in collaboration with leather artisan Ralph Baggaley.

Joao Abreu Valente, Teapot

Le designer industriel Joao Abreu Valente (diplômé de l'école des beaux-arts de Lisbonne et de la Design Academy d'Eindhoven) a réalisé son service à thé en céramique à partir d'un unique moule. Industrial designer Joao Abreu Valente (who graduated from the Lisboa School of Arts & the Eindhoven Design Academy) manufactured his series of teapot and crockery from a single mould.

Alicia Ongay-Perez, Inside Out II

Deux silhouettes incongrues, ventres enflés et pattes en l'air : au milieu de la d'exposition des travaux de diplômes de la Design Academy d'Eindhoven, le projet "Inside Out" de la designer britannique Alicia Ongay-Perez figurait au nombre des plus intrigants. They cut two big-bellied, legs-in-the-air strange silhouettes in the middle of the show: Among her fellow graduated students from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Alicia Ongay-Perez's "Inside Out II" creatures were among the most intriguing pieces.