As the na­tion cel­e­brates the 52nd an­niver­sary of its in­de­pen­dence, it’s a good time to find out what Sin­ga­pore style is. We ask six tal­ented lo­cal de­sign­ers to share their unique in­ter­pre­ta­tions of these fa­mil­iar ob­jects.

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Working closely with many Sin­ga­pore de­sign­ers and Ja­panese craft fa­cil­i­ties, Supermama is a gallery shop that cu­rates, col­lects and pro­duces gift­ware rep­re­sent­ing con­tem­po­rary Sin­ga­pore cul­ture.

Sou­venirs From Sin­ga­pore ( SS) is a la­bel by Supermama de­signed for peo­ple who are liv­ing in or vis­it­ing Sin­ga­pore. The col­lec­tion from SS seeks to en­cap­su­late one’s ex­pe­ri­ence in Sin­ga­pore, and its de­signs make it hard to re­sist bring­ing home a piece. This cup and saucer brings back mem­o­ries of old HDB flats.flats While sip­ping cof­fee, spot the many things that Sin­ga­pore­an­sSing place out­side the apart­menta blocks’ long cor­ri­dors!


David Tham is the founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Stu­dio Norm De­sign Con­sul­tants, a firm that cre­ates au­then­tic and re­fined de­signs in­spired by ev­ery­day liv­ing.

“As I con­tem­plated the theme of ‘ Cre­at­ing the SG style’, it seemed that look­ing at mag­nif­i­cent ar­chi­tec­ture and struc­tures, or cul­tures and char­ac­ters of lo­cal liv­ing, were ob­vi­ous sources of in­spi­ra­tion. But I wanted to take the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on and ap­pre­ci­ate what has laid the foun­da­tion for all of the above to pros­per.

“This de­sign pays trib­ute to Sin­ga­pore’s late found­ing prime min­is­ter, Lee Kuan Yew; us­ing the black rib­bon and its sym­bol­ism of remembrance and mourn­ing, as a ma­te­rial to be ap­plied to the struc­ture of a lamp­shade with a weav­ing tech­nique. The four main weaved strips con­tain per­fo­ra­tions of Mr Lee’s four pil­lars of ideals in words. When light passes through, the words are cast onto the sur­face be­hind it.

“The lamp­shade and light’s over­ar­ch­ing place­ment in a room serves as a metaphor of Mr Lee’s in­flu­ence, pres­ence and guid­ance. Happy Na­tional Day, and thank you, Mr Lee.”


Lo­cal de­signer Mark Tay cre­ates uniquely Sin­ga­porean pieces and is the founder of On­lewo and con­tem­po­rary art space Fla­neur Gallery. His work is of­ten in­spired by his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Stir­ring up sweet mem­o­ries of child­hood, this de­sign com­bines a danc­ing kueh pat­tern with the very pop­u­lar tingkat, which my fam­ily used to col­lect kueh-kueh in for tea breaks. In­spired by the food her­itage in Sin­ga­pore, I cre­ated this de­sign with my bril­liant in­tern, Amelia Han from Lasalle Col­lege of the Arts, to wish our coun­try an­other year of ‘abun­dance’ and ‘ joy’!”

For read­ers who wish to own this piece of “joy”, the lim­ited- edi­tion cush­ion cover is avail­able for $ 85 per cover and is lim­ited to 30 pieces. The fab­ric used on the front is linen cot­ton and a poly mix fab­ric in blue was used for the back. The cover mea­sures 40cm by 65cm and has a five­week wait­ing time from place­ment of or­der.


A mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist who is ac­tively in­volved in the Sin­ga­pore and in­ter­na­tional de­sign scene, Casey Chen cre­ates pieces with a story to tell, bet­ting on nov­elty and fresh ideas.

“The de­sign of the ‘ Singlish Only A True Blue Sin­ga­porean Will Know’ ther­moflask stems from want­ing a more di­rect trans­la­tion be­tween the de­signs and how I see Sin­ga­pore and Sin­ga­pore­ans. Not ev­ery­one speaks Singlish, but be­ing the au­thor of two Singlish books led me to re­alise that it is widely known all over the world as a unique “lan­guage”. Hence, it brings a lot of laugh­ter and joy in shar­ing and teas­ing at the same time. En­joy, lah!”


Grow­ing up with di­verse cul­tural in­flu­ences, Jar­rod Lim has worked for sev­eral big de­sign houses world­wide and is the cre­ative di­rec­tor of Hinika, where he cre­ates per­son­al­ity-filled fur­nish­ings.

“I call my creation ‘ the most treasured chair’. Cafe cul­ture has changed world­wide. Whereas, pre­vi­ously, cafes were a place to have a cup of cof­fee and chat or read the news­pa­per, they are now used as ex­ter­nal of­fices, fa­cil­i­tat­ing meet­ings, blog up­dates, or for catch­ing up on home­work.

“And the most treasured seat in most cafes? It’s the one with a power point nearby. Lo­cal cof­fee shops have been less af­fected by this evo­lu­tion, re­main­ing much the same as they have over sev­eral decades. But even for peo­ple who cher­ish the at­mos­phere and tra­di­tions pro­vided by the lo­cal ko­pi­tiam, the fear of a low bat­tery re­mains real.”

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