Design is a means to solve problems

Design is a means to solve problems
VW+BS' design for Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class suites includes a bar with shifting mood lights that offset the bar's neutral hues.

SINGAPORE - Singapore-born design director Voon Wong's acclaimed works - including that for the Upper Class suites in Virgin Atlantic's planes last year - have clearly earned him a place among big-league players in the industry.

The 50-year-old multi-disciplinary designer of VW+BS, who was awarded the President's Design Award for Designer of the Year last year, is back to curate the interiors exhibition, 100 per cent Design Singapore, for the second year.

My Paper spoke to the London-based designer on perceptions on design here and using design to tackle the problem of space in Singapore.


What is the link between design and cultural identity?

Increasingly, there is a decoupling of the old link between design and cultural identity. Everything is getting increasingly global.

Forty years ago, it was possible to say that there was a specifically Italian design identity that matched the Italian cultural identity. Today, this is not always possible.

There certainly are some identifiably Singaporean designs, especially when you look at the small collection of products created for the brand Supermama.

But, ultimately, Singaporean culture and identity are international in feel; so are the rest of the world's.


How has perception towards design grown among Singaporeans in recent years?

There is definitely a growing understanding of the importance of design in Singapore.

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