Palm in Palm

Suggesting visual effect and tactility of under-utilised material (found palm leaf) through everyday product.

Surrounded by concrete jungles and characterised by fast-paced living, the modern society of Singapore might tend to lose close connection with the natural environment.  The project seeks to connect people to local nature through the utilisation of locally-found natural materials. Occasional jaunts to the neighbourhood park led one to observe the abundance of discarded materials, spurring investigations into the botanical uses of our cultivated landscapes.

Based on availability, fallen palm leaves of the Roystonea regia were chosen to demonstrate ways of using under-utilised materials. With the designs guided by the material’s properties, Palm in Palm is a collection of holdable objects exploring the unique visual and tactile qualities of the palm leaf sheath. The making process incorporates both mechanical precision afforded by modern technologies and the sense of vitality expressed through handcraft. 

These works are intended to invite one to appreciate the flora around us as a provider of beauty, inspiration and resources.


Batteries are so readily available in our everyday lives but have we ever questioned ourselves the over reliance we have on them and the impact that might bring? More importantly, we should also spare a thought for the poverty-stricken at a shockingly 90% of the world’s population. Strongly inspired by the Design for the Other 90% movement, this project explores and highlights the interconnectedness between the ethics of battery usage and an alternative energy that could possibly aid everyone in terms of emergency, especially in regions of flood-prone areas.


Through the use of hydrolysis, electrical energy can be harnessed to light up homes in times of darkness and tapping on the advancement of technology, signals can be sent to relevant authorities to render help to affected homes, hastening rescue processes and improving lives.


Many of us goes the extra length to protect our body and health by eating organic/healthy food and exercising. However we are unaware and take little concern of toxic and chemicals that are exposed in our clothing. Our skin is the largest organ and it absorbs about 60% of products applied to it.The chemicals used in our conventional clothings can diffuse through our skin and cause harm to our health in the long run. In a fast fashion world that we are living in,clothes that we wear have an untold story behind its manufacturing process. Lives are lost and environments are sacrificed for the sake of fashion. My project focuses on sustainability through habits of organic clothing and have a positive balanced outcome for both consumers and the environment.

Alami is a kids clothing line that creates awareness and showcases the idea of sustainability through choice of material and the design of the textile. There are three collections of clothes in the line and they aim to nurture the habit of eco clothing at a young age and get the kids to be comfortable to the tactility of natural fabric. The collections recreate nature in the product through the design of the textile. Besides using organic fabric (bamboo fabric), natural ingredients are also used to dye the garments.  Parents play a huge role in influencing their kids choices so with these collections of natural dyes and bamboo fabric, the new generation can pick up this habit and continue to choose eco friendly clothing over non eco friendly ones in times to come.

Transformable furniture

Buaian chair is a transformable furniture for users of all age groups. Designed to be a cradle, it allows the user to change the configuration into an armchair when the child grows. Generally, people tend to dismiss cradles when not needed anymore to prevent clutter. Buaian chair is designed to last and to remain in the family as an important piece of furniture and as a valuable memory.

This piece of furniture is made primarily out of bamboo, rattan and plywood. The concept behind the choice of materials is to create a furniture which carries tradition and modernity. Bamboo and rattan were traditionally a popular choice in the region for their durability while plywood is the favored option today for the industrial and the sustainable aspects of the material. These choices signify a shift towards being environmentally friendly.

Similarly, the name “Buaian” adopts the idea of traditional and modern-day elements. “Buaian” is a Malay word for cradle. With the increasing use of English in the population, the English language can be considered as an element of modernity while the conventional Malay language is a mother tongue that is only used natively, giving it a sense of tradition around it.

Living Lace

The clothing industry is one of the largest contributors to the earth’s pollution. Fashion fads go out of style just as quickly as they start trending, resulting in tons of textile waste being dumped into landfills. The effect of fast fashion is rapidly diminishing how we value clothing, the environment and ourselves. There is an urgent need to seek eco-friendly alternative materials and methods of production that are sustainable. While many have turned to growing bacteria cultures, straining soy waste and pressing dried fungi, I have approached this issue with a living material that will continue to grow with the wearer.

Living Lace explores our symbiotic relationship with nature by integrating fauna into fabric, creating a dynamic organic lace that transforms and evolves with time. Instead of deteriorating like conventional materials, Living Lace is an example of additive aging; it grows with the wearer. How the plant embroidery changes size, shape and colour is a direct reflection of how we take care of ourselves and, in turn, our environment.

Judge’s Choice for the ADM Sustainability Award 2017

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