Florist blooms as Designer of the Year

Florist blooms as Designer of the Year
Mr Harijanto and his work, Furry Botany, on display at the Istana for the President’s Design Award prize ceremony Tuesday night.

A florist known for his work at society weddings has bagged a top design accolade at this year's President's Design Award, becoming the first floral designer to do so in the award's eight-year history.

Mr Harijanto Setiawan, 41, was one of six winners in the Designer of the Year category at the annual awards.

The Indonesia-born, Singapore permanent resident was over the moon when he was notified of his win. It was the third time he was nominated.

Taking home this award tops off a good year for the architecture-trained designer.

In May, he won the Silver- Gilt award at the Chelsea Flower Show, the most prestigious horticulture show in the world. The Silver-Gilt award is given to participants with potential to be a Gold Medal winner in future.

Mr Harijanto, who runs his shop Boenga at Harding Road and is the president of the Floral Designers Society Singapore, said: "Not many people appreciate or even know about the floral design industry. Winning is a good signal to the industry."

The five other winners are:

  • Mr Patrick Chia, 44, director of Squeeze Design and the Design Incubation Centre, and creative director of d.lab.
  • Mr Richard Ho, 57, principal architect of RichardHO Architects.
  • Mr Alfie Leong, 43, designer and director of fashion label The Little Voice.
  • Mr Pann Lim, 40, creative officer of Kinetic Design and Advertising.
  • Mr Yip Yuen Hong, 54, principal architect of ip:li Architects.

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