DesignSingapore Scholars 2017: Congratulations to you!

Aug 11, 2017

The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) welcomes a new cohort of four scholars that are primed to be design leaders and changemakers for design. They are Ms Poonsiriwong Yu Wen Rachel, Ms Rebekah Elza Ong Lin, Mr Shawn Ng Ding Xiang and Ms Teh Yu Xuan.

(Left to right) Ms Rebekah Elza Ong Lin, Mr Shawn Ng Ding Xiang, Ms Teh Yu Xuan and Ms Poonsiriwong Yu Wen Rachel.

Rebekah Elza Ong Lin
Course of Study: Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in Fashion Design and Development
At: University of the Arts London in UK

Rebekah Ong graduated from Temasek Polytechnic in Apparel Design and Merchandising. She will be pursuing a bachelor degree course in Fashion Design and Development with the University of the Arts in London where she will hone her capabilities in design and brand development.

She aspires to be a game changing ready-to-wear womenswear designer in Singapore. “I want my designs and clothing to be more than just stitches and cloth. They should be representations and expressions of my values, ideas and imagination,” said Rebekah.

Rebekah’s selected work


The Awakening – A knitwear collection that has 15 interchangeable pieces for five different looks. It explores hibernation in relation to the human sleep cycle. The collection uses thick fabrics, knits and fur to mimic body temperature, movement and brain activity during the different stages of sleep.

Shawn Ng Ding Xiang
Course of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design
At: National University of Singapore

Shawn Ng believes that designers are generalists that can work across industries; they think holistically and create products and services that meet the needs of users.

“I believe a good product design is not about coming up with a myriad of features but reducing them to a minimal and making it functional for the user to experience. I think that is most difficult to achieve when I design,” said Shawn.

Shawn’s selected work


Omi – a humidifier that has a LED indicator which blinks red when water is running low, and blue when water is refilled to the full. Pairing with a mobile Omi application, users are able to ensure that humidity is kept at the optimal level. The funnel-like design at the top allows users to refill water easily.

Teh Yu Xuan
Course of Study: Master in Architecture
At: Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK

Teh Yu Xuan’s design approach in architecture places emphasis on materiality, light and shadow within a space, and how people will experience and use the space. She has always been interested in the study of the relationship between architecture and the natural environment. She will be furthering her research on natural elements and aims to bridge the urban and the natural through architecture.

Yu Xuan holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture. She will return to the Bartlett to pursue her Master degree.  The school is acclaimed for its innovative research and interdisciplinary approach.

Yu Xuan’s selected work


The Little Prince Film Studio – The design is inspired by the well- known story, The Little Prince. The process involved careful study and observation of sunlight and various experimentation using large scale interior models to test out the design.

Poonsiriwong Yu Wen Rachel
Course of Study: Bachelor of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interaction Design
At: California College of the Arts, USA

To Rachel, an aspiring interaction designer, design gives a purpose and meaning to everything. She hopes to use design and technology to promote business innovation in Singapore and influence human behaviours towards making ethical choices in their daily lives. The bachelor programme that Rachel will be pursuing in California College of the Arts provides a strong learning foundation in interaction design, cultivates collaboration and innovation. Those are essential skills that will help her to work towards her goal and collaborate with thought-leaders, engineers and technopreneurs in the future.

Rachel’s selected work


Paralympics Stool – Rachel was actively involved in designing a stool for Team Singapore para-archer Syahidah Alim to sit on when she competes. Rachel’s project brief was to design a reliable chair that is lightweight and sturdy, water-resistant and reduces sinkage into muddy ground within the competition ground.

Since 2005, the Dsg Scholarship has been awarded to a total of 51 scholars. Find out more about them, here.