James is a young designer with a background in Product Design (NTU) and Interior Design (SP) who has a keen edge in interdisciplinary explorations to create works that integrate design and technology; Creating interesting conversation between users and spaces in the context of products.
Area(s) of Focus
Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Toy Design, UX/UI Design, Web Design, Interior Design
Award(s) and Recognition
2016 — Certificate of Commendation for ADM Internship, School of Art, Design and Media
2016 — NTU President Research Scholar, with Distinction, URECA – Undergraduate Research Programme
2015 — NTU HASS Dean’s List, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
2011 — SP Roll of Honours, Singapore Polytechnic
2010 — SP Director’s Honours List, School of Design
Final Year Project(s)
For centuries, secret compartments have been built into boxes to conceal the owner’s most valuable belongings and private documentation. As technology advances, these compartments became an Art of Concealment to illustrate the ability and ingenuity of a box maker. The project seeks to rekindle the crafts of hidden spaces in a modern piece of private furniture to improve storage problems and reminisce the memories of our valuable everyday items.
EnCube is a piece of personal private furniture that can only be opened effortlessly with the user’s knowledge. With the aid of a decoding passage and collection of curios, it invites viewers through a journey of cryptic conundrums and rediscover the secret compartments within. Upon emptied, the EnCube remains as a fine piece of containment that provides hidden spaces to our daily lives.