5 questions with Kelvin Bing, design director of Renaissance Planners & Designers

Design director Kelvin Bing jokes about being married to his job. It’s hard not to be when you “work 365 days in a year”, as he puts it. each sets a new benchmark for the skills of the team of artisans and technicians that made the is branching out to Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Yet, the father of two remains humble. The company has not even changed its name since it was founded in 1994; many companies which have evolved tend to do so. We chat the milestones in his career that has spanned over two decades.

What is one of your most memorable projects?

The one on Watten Close (above). We completed it 17 years back. It was a contemporary and minimalist all-white space the heavy wood styles of that few designers to introduce an all-white concept then. It also had these huge, 6m-tall folding doors. I got the idea for the doors during reservist, when I saw the British barracks’ massive yet light doors and I did it. It was featured in Decor, too. The adrenalin rush of problem-solving, such as in this case, keeps me going.

Name one challenge when designing the homes of today.

With Wi-Fi, people have phones plastered to their hands. Designers need to create areas of congregation so family members can interact more and strengthen ties.

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What is an embarrassing moment that has taught you a valuable lesson?

I was a lead consultant on a project where, instead of getting waste to go downwards and meeting the main sewer the other way. The client was very upset and so was I, as it of his powder room. It was so embarrassing but it really taught me to focus on the small yet important details, rather than only on the big concept.

 (Read: A sophisticated penthouse, designed by Renaissance Planners & Designers)

Designing: Is it art or science?

Both. Art, because you want people to feel good about what they are seeing; science, because achieving this requires many technical aspects to be met.

What design style are you drawn to?

A balance between modernist and minimalist. Removing the non-essentials and focusing on subtle details like shapes and colours are important to me.

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