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VIDEO: The Designer Explains: with Hans Tan

18 May 2020  •  8 min read

Sometimes, you don't have to pay to own a designer product. Hans Tan, recipient of the President*s Design Award (P*DA) 2018 Designer of the Year, shares how his design is for everyone.


In this very candid video, Hans watches as some Singaporeans react to his work. We then asked Hans to talk about his works that deal with everyday objects, something interesting and relatable to the public. Hans received the P*DA because he is an outstanding product design educator at the National University of Singapore. He also made big impact on many students by helping them become better designers. 

He was awarded for a large body of design works and if you'd like, you can visit this page to see some of them and find out what the jurors thought about his work.

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Hans Tan

Founder • Hans Tan Studio

Hans Tan is a designer and an educator based in Singapore. His work tiptoes on the boundaries between design, craft and art. He believes that design not only helps us “do”, design also helps us “understand” – his practice deploys design as medium, making use of utility as a pretext for visual discourse, while maintaining a keen focus in developing materials and processes. The embedded narratives in his works comment on design and its industry as a phenomenon, especially in the context of heritage, consumption and waste.


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