Discover Design Inspiration and Spaces in Singapore

26 Aug 2020  •  20 mins min read


The National Design Centre proudly presents the #designspottingsg online series, where we invite you to discover design inspirations and spaces in Singapore through the eyes of local design professionals and celebrate how design is everywhere. We hope this will inspire you to create your own design trail in Singapore - feel free to share it with us! #designspottingsg on Facebook and Instagram.

In August and September, we celebrate our local designers right here in Singapore: Our Home. Explore their favourite spots, peek into their houses or work spaces, and uncover how design can be everywhere, in our everyday lives!

Episode 1: Tan Jiahui of Fable

What do you see when you walk around your neighbourhood? Jiahui is inspired by the fonts on hawker stall signboards and even parking lot numbers. In the first episode of #designspottingsg, check out what inspires Jiahui in his design journey and what advice he has for young designers.

Destinations featured in the video:

  1. Sing See Soon
    5 Simei Lane, Singapore 528710
  2. Basheer Graphic Books
    Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain St #04-19, Singapore 180231
  3. Lola’s Café
    5 Simon Road, Singapore 545893

Share your design trail with us! Tag us @designsingapore and use #designspottingsg on Facebook or Instagram.

About Jiahui

Jiahui Tan is the Founder and Creative Director of Fable, a multi-disciplinary design agency that has worked on regional projects for Google, Rolex, EDB Singapore, Deloitte, Far East Organisation, and also a slew of clients from the food and beverage, hospitality, fintech, lifestyle industries. He has won a couple of D&AD pencils, and was also invited back to be D&AD's jury panel in London. Fable's work has been featured across 200 international and local platforms such as Monocle, It's Nice That, AIGA, The Straits Times, Singapore Design Week, and more. Most recently, Fable started the Fable Type Foundry – committed to making design more available and driving businesses and culture forward via a slew of typefaces they are launching.

Episode 2: Keat Ong of Keat Ong Design

Which hawker center is the best designed in Singapore? Keat Ong tells us more about his favourite hawker centre, and also shares a lot of other personal and professional anecdotes. Keat is the Founder/Design Principal of Keat Ong Design, President of Society of Interior Designers Singapore, and Vice President of Asia-Pacific Space Designers Association.

Destinations and brands featured in the video:

  1. Tan Boon Liat Building
    315 Outram Rd, Singapore 169074
  2. Sam & Sara (IpseIpsaIpsum)
    Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road #11-02, Singapore 169074
  3. Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
    49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945
  4. Holland Village
    Holland Avenue, Singapore 278995
  5. 2am: dessertbar
    21A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277733
  6. Azimuth Watch
    M38 Building, 38 Jalan Pemimpin #06-01, Singapore 577178

Share your design trail with us! Tag us @designsingapore and use #designspottingsg on Facebook or Instagram.

About Keat

Architect by training and multidisciplinary designer by profession, Prof. Keat Ong is a celebrated, award-winning designer in Asia. He is the founder of Nota Design Group and Keat Ong Design as well as the current president of Society of Interior Designers, Singapore (SIDS). Keat has been named one of Asia’s Top Designers in Singapore Design Awards 2014 and as Designers of the Year 2016/2017 from the famed INTERIOR DESIGN Magazine. He is also Visiting Professors to many universities in Asia.

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