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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Singapore, Hans is a practising designer, curator and educator. He studied industrial design at the National University of Singapore, then at the Masters course at the Design Academy Eindhoven under the direction of Gijs Bakker (Founder, Droog) and graduated with Cum Laude. His practice focuses on contextual research that yield conceptual propositions through design, with investigations that employ function as a medium, making objects that often explore the values of identity and materiality.View Profile »
In 2009, Hans was nominated for the Design Miami Designers of the Future Award and was spotted by Designnet magazine Korea as one of 36 Young Asian Designers. He was a winner of the Martell Rising Personalities Award 2009, which honours individuals from different creative fields who are passionately driven to push beyond the boundaries of success. His works have been shown in exhibitions such as “Singletown” at the Venice Biennale, “Surface art/design” in Dortmund and Cologne, and “No Boundaries” at ArtStage Singapore. His work, Spotted Nyonya, was awarded with the distinction of “Les Découvertes” (best innovative product) at the the fall edition of Maison et Objet 2012 in Paris, and most recently been conferred Design of the Year at the President’s Design Award 2012, Singapore’s most prestigious design accolade. In 2013, he was named as one of Perspective’s 40 under 40, an award that recognizes design talent from the Asia- Pacific region.
Hans has also actively engaged in curatorial work, and has produced exhibitions with a keen interest in local design culture such as “Rest & Relax” for Singapore Changi Airport and co- curated “MadeForSam” for Singapore Art Museum. Through school projects with the works of students he has produced exhibitions most recently as “P for Paint” (2010/11) for NUS Museum, and “L for Luxury” (2012) at Singaplural. His penchant for design pedagogy includes developing imaginative thinking tools that provide novel approaches to the design process based on generative deformations, use of language and systematic reflection. He is an assistant professor at the Division of Industrial Design, National University of Singapore.