CMDW18 Keynote Presentation:
Redefining Traditional Craft, Refining Contemporary Design
| Hans Tan
Date: 8 DEC 2018
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Venue: TCDC Chiang Mai
Hans Tan is a designer and an educator based in Singapore. His work tiptoes on the boundaries between design, craft and art. His practice deploys design as medium, making use of utility as a pretext for visual discourse, while maintaining a keen focus in developing materials and processes. The embedded narratives in his works comment on design and its industry as a phenomenon, especially in the context of heritage, consumption and waste.
He was awarded with the distinction of “Les Découvertes” (best innovative product) at the fall edition of Maison et Objet 2012 in Paris, and he is a two-time winner of Design of the Year at the President's Design Award, Singapore's highest design accolade. In 2018, Hans was honoured with the Designer of the Year at the President's Design Award 2017/18, Singapore’s highest recognition for a designer, for the impact of his body of work and his contributions to the design community through education.
Hans’ works have been shown in various international exhibitions and are held in private and corporate collections, as well as public permanent collections at the National Collection of Singapore; M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong; the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; and the Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics Leeuwarden, Netherlands.