Born in Singapore and having studied Industrial Design in Australia, Patrick Chia’s designs have been exhibited and represented by galleries in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. Since 2002, he has collaborated extensively with the Japanese company Time and Style. In 2006, Patrick was awarded The Best Breakthrough Act by the influential international design magazine, Wallpaper*, during its 2006 Annual Design Awards. In 2013, Patrick received the Designer of the Year Award at the President’s Design Award for his body of work, which includes his practice, research and teaching.
Since 2006, Patrick has been the founding director of the Design Incubation Centre (DIC), National University of Singapore. The DIC was recently voted by Surface Asia magazine as one of the most progressive design laboratories in the Asia Pacific region. Under his direction, the DIC has conducted design research and investigations into new tools and processes that explore and expand new possibilities for design practices in Singapore.
Projects developed by the DIC have been published extensively in design journals and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the AMC Siggraph. The collection of table top objects developed by the DIC under the d.lab brand has been represented by major galleries and retailers around the world and was awarded the Design of the Year at the President’s Design Award in 2010. In 2013, Patrick wrote Design Incubator: A Prototype for New Design, a handbook on design strategies and workflows applied by the DIC, published by Laurence King Publishing, UK.
Patrick has also been appointed Jury member for various competitions and awards such as the Red Dot Design Awards, James Dyson Award, the Singapore Furniture Award and the President’s Design Award Singapore, for which he served as a Jury Chair in 2015 and 2016. He is also a member of the Design Advisory Panel as well as the International Advisory Committee for the Singapore Furniture Industries Council.