Describe your personal design style.
I don’t have any particular style and it’s something that I feel is an individual preference. One of the architects I really like is Bjarke Ingels, and he says “having a style is like a straitjacket which confines you to your limitations and doesn’t let you grow”. That resonates with me as I aspire to grow as I learn… For me, it’s all about the users and the context, so not having a particular style actually works for my clients, and the people I design for.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Something that my dad always tells me is that you always have a choice in anything that you do, and that in a way, the power lies with you. I would say that is my best piece of advice because at the end of the day, when I feel helpless or something is not going right for me, I always think about what my dad said and then I am able to reflect on the situation and then move forward with a decision.
Name one cause you will fight for and why, and which organisations you work with.
I’ve always said that one day I will start an organisation to help women and children who come from underprivileged backgrounds or difficult circumstances. Last year, I started helping a non-profit organization in Afghanistan that supports sexually abused women. This is something that is really close to my heart and hopefully one day I can dedicate myself to help women in those situations around the globe.
On a professional front, I’m part of the Design Business Chamber. I was very lucky to have found this organisation and have been part of them for over five years. It’s our ethos is to merge design and business as much as we can. I think everyone is a designer in their own sense and every designer has to be a businessman in their own sense.
Which room in the house do you spend the most time in and why?
I would say my balcony. It’s a big balcony with the right orientation, so no direct sun, and an unblocked view of the Singapore skyline. I would give kudos to the architect who designed it. I think it has been great for me during this last lockdown and having to work from home. I used to travel so much before the pandemic that I never got to experience my own flat, my own house.
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to try but have never summoned the courage to?
Ooh easy – skydiving. I really, really, really have been wanting to do that and I think that is definitely on my to-do list. One day, somewhere, maybe not my next route but at some point I would definitely want to do that.
What is one thing you had to learn the hard way?
This is a tough one. I guess it’s about coming to terms with, or just learning that, all individuals have different strengths and weaknesses and there is a certain pace that people work at.
What’s one thing you’d like to happen this year?
I would like Covid to go away. The negativity that has come into the world to go away. The world was one before we could travel anywhere anytime and then this pandemic forced the world to create boundaries and barriers. So I would love for that to go away. Borders opening, ability to travel freely. Can’t wait for that, I really hope it’s going to happen this year.
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