ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Ms Tan is a multi-disciplinary practitioner specialising in wearable and spatial structures. Her experimentations often combine design, art and mathematics. Formally trained in fashion design, Ms Tan has accumulated an extensive fashion portfolio as well as collaborative projects. In 2003, she started kwodrent, an art and design practice.
The kwodrent series is Ms Tan’s pivotal artistic and experimental expression. It consists of a progressive collection of spatial and wearable designs that stems from the study of rectangles, materials and construction methods. The kwodrent series has been exhibited in the Singapore Art Museum, ICA LaSalle, as well as represented Singapore at international events such as the London Design Week, Venice Biennale, State of Design Melbourne and Designtide Tokyo.
Ms Tan is also a teacher at School of The Arts, Singapore and an associate artist with The Substation Associate Artist Research Programme. Born in Malaysia, Ms Tan is currently based in Singapore.
Mr Chan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a Bachelor in Architecture. He pursued further architectural studies for one year at the Sophia University, Japan. He then returned to Singapore to practise architecture. In 1999, Mr Chan started his first architectural practice, Zong Architects, leading the design for a spectrum of projects ranging from houses and condominiums to exhibitions, stage design and competitions.
As one of Singapore’s leading young architects, Mr Chan has been profiled in various design-related publications, among which is the 20 under 45 Up and Coming Architects book published in 2004 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. He was a Gold Award recipient at the 3rd SIA Façade Design Excellence Awards in 2006 for his work on the Singapore Pavilion at the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. He also received a Gold Award at the 10th SIA Architecture Design Award 2010 for a residential house in Holland Park.
Mr Chan is currently the principal architect of Zarch Collaboratives. His belief in the arts and creative collaboration has inspired him to co-found a graphic arts gallery and a bar. These collaborations constantly offer new perspectives, design elements as well as spatial experiences.
A professional member of the Singapore Institute of Architects and a jury member of the 9th SIA Architectural Design Awards 2008, Mr Chan takes a multi-disciplinary approach to his projects. He specialises in the convergence of art and architecture.
Advice for emerging designers:
Grace Tan: “Be truthful to yourself and others. Believe and hope even when the odds are against you. Be tenacious and never stop working hard. Be humble, open and accepting.”
Randy Chan: “Believe in hard work and perseverance. Be mindful, conscious and practise these attributes every day. Be respectful of nature and the environment. In the face of a bombardment of information in this day and age, be discerning.”