Jes­sica Wong and Pamela Ting, Singapore

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In an in­dus­try dom­i­nated by Dan­ish and Ital­ian de­signs, Scene Shang is a rare gem. Founded in 2014 by Sin­ga­pore­ans Pamela Ting and Jes­sica Wong, both 34, the home­ware and fur­ni­ture la­bel puts an in­no­va­tive spin on tra­di­tional Chi­nese fur­ni­ture.

Af­ter the for­mer school­mates took on sep­a­rate in­tern­ships in Shang­hai 11 years ago, they were in­spired by the bustling city’s vi­brant mix of tra­di­tion and modernity, which in turn sparked their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Chi­nese cul­ture. They left their day jobs in 2012 and spent the fol­low­ing year and a half in Shang­hai to learn the fur­ni­ture trade, source for Chi­nese crafts­men, and re­fine their brand ethos. The la­bel met with re­sound­ing suc­cess af­ter launch­ing on­line in 2014, and Scene Shang’s brick and mor­tar store de­buted on Beach Road in April 2016.

One of the duo’s most pop­u­lar fur­ni­ture pieces is the Shang Sys­tem, which takes its vis­ual cues from the Ming dy­nasty. Boast­ing a set of stack­able hand-carved draw­ers, the mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture sys­tem al­lows clients to cus­tomise colours and com­po­nents. It re­ceived a spe­cial com­men­da­tion at the 2014 Pres­i­dent’s De­sign Award and won a Golden A’ De­sign Award at Italy’s A’ De­sign Award and Com­pe­ti­tion in 2016.

Last year, Scene Shang col­lab­o­rated with a tat­too artist, an in­die de­sign stu­dio and a fash­ion la­bel to cre­ate an elm wood bench etched with koi and lo­tus pat­terns on the leather up­hol­stery, a Chi­nese chess set with brass pieces carved by a lo­cal auto parts maker, and ribbed porce­lain rice bowls made in east China. They also launched a Mid-au­tumn col­lec­tion last Oc­to­ber, of which the most no­table pieces are the TANG ta­bles. In­spired by the hue of duck­weed in a rus­tic pond, the ta­bles’ sur­faces re­sem­ble jade and are con­structed from brass­plated rods, tem­pered glass, and handfin­ished pati­naed laser cut steel sheets.

The beauty of Scene Shang’s de­signs is that they blend seam­lessly with both vin­tage and con­tem­po­rary interiors – a per­fect mar­riage of old-world charm and in­no­va­tion.

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