Tell us about your creative process.
Pamela Tan (PT) The design process is my favorite part of a project because it is a time of discovery; I never know what the end result is and that’s the exciting part. I love how the end result can still surprise me every time.
My design process varies depending on the type of projects I’m working on, but usually it starts with finding a topic or a story. These could include elements of history or research based on studies of colors and materials. These results were then translated into design features, taxonomy or modular parts. This is where I started my experimental phase; I experiment with different materials, build prototypes and understand them through a process of trial and error. The end result of the design is literally the final prototype.
What do you hope to achieve through your creations?
TP I like to express details in a skeletal way that highlights the essence (of an object), (combined with) layers of meanings. I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate with people from different fields. They each have their own values and philosophy, and it’s interesting to see if I’m able to layer these elements and meanings into my designs.
What motivates you ? Who are the designers and artists that you admire?
TP At the project level, I would say my research findings and storytelling are the main inspiration behind all of my work.
I admire artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Banksy, Olafur Eliasson, Antony Gormley, Jeff Koons and David Hockney, as well as architects and designers such as Frank Gehry, Le Corbusier, Lebbeus Woods, Snarkitecture, Virgil Abloh, Sou Fujimoto, Loose Leaf Studio and many more.
What are you working on now?
TP I am currently working on large scale ceiling installation for a private hospital and am designing several small scale objects.
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