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Interview: Larry Peh

The founder of &Larry and Designer of the Year winner at the recent President’s Design Awards tells Stephanie Peh about the local scene

Photo: Darren Soh

What have you noticed about the role of design in Singapore over the years?

The industry seems to be shifting focus from commerce to self-expression. It has also been more patriotic. This is partly due to the SG50 initiative, as well as a growing desire to celebrate on a global stage our heritage and newfound confidence. While there is still catching up to do with regards to design research, experimentation and discourse, I see the industry changing with more multidisciplinary and research-based studios setting up bases in Singapore.

What is a common ‘designer’ myth that you hope to dispel?

That designs and creations alone are enough to change the world.

How do you think creativity can be nurtured?

By offering alternative points of views on the same subject, and varying it from time to time at an early stage. There is always another angle. To me, creativity is about finding refreshing points of view.

If you could redesign anything in Singapore, what would it be?

Haw Par Villa. We should enhance this old attraction and add a roller coaster ride through the 18 levels of hell.

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