Q&A with Celine Ng, One of the 2017 Design STARS

Get to know the only Singaporean designer included in this year’s prestigious showcase of the most talented designers across Asia and Europe.

Updated on June 30, 2017 10:06 am

Jemma Chiu

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This 25-year-old Singaporean designer believes that furniture forms the soul of any interior space. “I wanted to spend my days conceptualising and crafting furniture pieces that are meaningful to its owner,” gushes Ng Mei Ling, founder and designer at Fraction Design Studio.

Simple joys for the young Celine included running her fingers on velvet stools and watching it change colours as well as knocking on tabletops and hearing the sound differences between a solid wood top and a glass top. “I admired the beauty of products and furniture. Years later, something clicked in my mind and triggered my change from an all-science stream in college to pursue design in NAFA.”

Breathe Lamp by Celine Ng

In her second year in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, she designed and shaped a lamp by hand. Her “Breathe Lamp” project featured a pump replacing the light control, and a balloon stretched over the LED bulb. Celine explains, “By pumping more air resulting in a bigger balloon, ‘Breathe’ would diffuse more light into the space. As the balloon slowly shrinks, it becomes a more concentrated light source.”

Celine is the only Singaporean in this year’s prestigious list of Design STARS who will showcase at the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2017. “I am immensely humbled and honoured, having admired works of designers who had showcased their works through this platform over the past years. I am thankful towards all my mentors and collaborators who have always pushed me to deliver better work and for seeding this opportunity to showcase my works in Singapore, my home ground, on an international stage,” she says.

Learn more about this talented young lady:

What is the most memorable furniture item you designed?
This upcoming "Hide and Seek" cat furniture collection to be launched and showcased in IFFS 2017 is the most memorable furniture collection yet. Hinging on my collaborative partner’s expertise, we’ve crafted a collection to integrate cat ownership into our lives seamlessly.

How is your creative process like? Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
At Fraction Design Studio, we believe that no man is an island. Instinctively, we reach out to people from various trades, and engage in a collaborative design process through creative explorations. Through many coffee sessions, these conversations and sharing of experiences naturally gives much inspiration.

Sketch of the upcoming "Hide and Seek" cat furniture collection

Design rule you love to break
My design process is not hindered by any rules, and often encourage my peers to do the same.

If you could live in a famous person’s home, whose would it be and why?
Charles and Ray Eames! I love this dynamic duo and their experimentations in various medium across different areas of design. Given the opportunity to be within their home, I may perhaps get a glimpse into more intimate areas of their lives.

Interior design trend you’re glad that happened
The use of vegetation in interior spaces. Be it green walls, modular planters, or furniture-plant hybrids, I love the notion of bringing nature into our homes in a curated, orderly fashion.

If you would be reborn in another country, where would it be and why?
Scandinavia. It would be a blessing to be brought up in an environment where the design norm is to embrace durable, functional and modern furniture that would integrate seamlessly into our lives.

City or country?
Country

Traditional or contemporary?
Contemporary

Morning or evening person?
Morning

Comfort food when conceptualising and designing
Instant noodles

Favourite place and why
Japan, for the love of ramen and their culture

Favourite furniture piece in your home and why
Bed. After a long day at work, it provides comfort and rest.

3 tips for homeowners when designing their home

  • Understand your needs, and your daily ritual. This would be essential in the spatial planning and design of your home.
  • Coordinate colours well. Stick to a colour palette or set of colours that look good together. Avoid too many bright and loud colours which may potentially clash in the space.
  • Choose a designer and contractor you trust, and negotiate the pricing with them instead of picking the cheapest quote out there. The design process will be more enjoyable and satisfying.

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