Design Stars 2016: 20 Furniture Designers To Watch For

Statement-making and timeless furniture pieces are what you can expect from these rising designers.

Updated on June 13, 2017 10:06 am

Jerni Camposano


For this year's International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), the Design Stars Showcase features 20 talented designers from across the world who have made a significant impact through their works.

With the theme "Celebrate Inspirations", they exhibited their works of art for the home. Check them out and their masterpieces:

Jessica Wong and Pamela Ting

Modern, relevant, personal, and relatable homewares and furniture are what local brand Scene Shang is known for. Its founders, Jessica Wong and Pamela Ting, believe that despite modern progress, concepts and values of yesteryears—classic Asian lines, artistic elements, luxe sensibilities—should not be forgotten. Hence, these elements are embedded in their pieces.

Ivan Ho

A former interior and furniture design lecturer, Ivan Ho founded tizumuka, a multidisciplinary design studio that focuses on artisanal craftsmanship. He believes that furniture connects with users both physically and emotionally. Read more about Ivan here.

Kok Yih Ming

At 36, Singaporean designer Kok Yih Ming of Kudzu has already showcased his creations in Milan and New York. His "Cannibalize" collection features military vintage-themed luxury furniture pieces inspired by the 1960s anti-war slogan "Make Love, Not War." Read more about Kok Yih Ming here.

Michelle Nathania

In a bid to promote clutter-free and minimalism in modern living, Indonesian designer Michelle Nathania established Pureline Living in 2013. She specialises in interior and furniture solutions with contemporary design, clean lines, and simple details.

Joseph Rastrullo

After taking postgraduate studies in Business Design in Milan, Filipino designer Joseph Rastrullo established Rastrullo Design Studio, which focuses on transforming materials such as acrylic, rattan, mahogany, wicker, iron, and metallic wires into works of art for the home.

Rayteng Pai

Taiwanese designer Rayteng Pai set up his own studio Singular Concept in 2014 after working in several international design agencies. A multidisciplinary designer, Rayteng has designed a variety of products, including household appliances and industrial electronics.

Jungmo Yang and Seungyeon Shim

Korean designers Jungmo Yang and Seungyeon Shim have been working together since they set up their design studio in Seoul in 2014. Believing that high quality craftsmanship and production are of utmost importance, the duo worked on the "Yongmaru" collection that is inspired by the traditional roof ridges of Korean palaces.

Daisuke Ikeda

After working as an assistant of furniture designer Paul Kelley in London, Japanese designer Daisuke Ikeda went back to Osaka to become a product and furniture designer. In 2013, he set up Norg Design, which specialises in wooden furniture and objects.

Alex Petunin

Based in St. Petersburg, Russian architect, industrial designer, and sculptor Alex Petunin designs pieces that reflect ergonomics. He is the founder of Oneione Design and has already showcased his designs in Moscow, London, Milan, and Beijing.

John Green
United Kingdom

An award-winning furniture and lifestyle products designer, John Green creates pieces that are innovative and functional. Peg, one of his designs, is a wall-mounted coat rack made from solid oak and painted birch dowel with a concealed ledge for your mail.

Daisuke Kitagawa

Last year, Japanese designer Daisuke Kitagawa founded Design for Industry Inc. Prior to that, he worked as an in-house designer for a household electronics company in Japan. His works include furniture, lifestyle and commercial products, and electrical appliances.

Henry K.T. Hsiao

Henry K.T. Hsiao is the founder of nbt.STUDIO where different professions collaborate to offer sustainable products and solutions. On display at the IFFS 2016 is the "Nebbia," a decorative wall light that used LED as the backlight and is composed of parts collected from recycled electronic waste and LCD televisions.

Tarek Elkassouf

Already an accomplished architect and urban planner, Lebanese designer Tarek Elkassouf dabbled in furniture design in 2014 when he launched "The Edge" series of furniture and lighting. His works reflect a lot of his inspiration: Middle Eastern geometric patterns.

Wonseok Jung
South Korea

Based in Seoul and London, Korean designer Wonseok Jung studied Design at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. He marries art and design in his creations using engineering technology.

Shunya Hattori and Tetsuya Ozawa

Shunya Hattori is a Spatial Design graduate from the Nagoya University of Arts School of Design while Tetsuya Ozawa is a skilled ceramic artist. Together, they created exquisite collections of pottery and ceramics. The "Shudei" stool is a revival of the shudei, a traditional Japanese clay used to create small porcelain tea pots.

Hsin-Chun Wang and Ye Liu
United States of America

Hsin-Chun Wang and Ye Liu co-founded HCWD Studio, a New-York based studio producing art, furniture, and architectural designs. Their works aim to rediscover how everyday objects are used. These two talents create design with meaning and provide solutions for improving lives.

Arturo Erbsman

French designer Arturo Erbsman is known to show the delicacy of distinct aspects of water—ice, snow, stalactites, condensation, and vapor—through his handmade lighting products. He is inspired by faraway travels and observations of natural phenomena of everyday life.

Satsuki Ohata

A graduate of Tama Art University, Japanese designer Satsuki Ohata believes that design should allow users to design for themselves, by themselves. He is known for original avant-garde creations that are based on his experiences and experimentations.

Sahil Bagga and Sarthak Sengupta

Ethic, ethnic, and ecology are interwoven with contemporary lifestyle in the pieces of Sahil Bagga and Sarthak Sengupta. They are the founders of Sahil & Sarthak, a New Delhi-based design studio specialising in customised furniture, lighting, and interiors using Indian craftsmanship materials.

Luis Luna

Mexican designer Luis Luna, through Namuh Studio, aims to reinterpret products through modern forms and contrasting materials that will last the test of time. Simple, functional, and filled with character are some words to describe Luna's works.

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