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Design Students Share Their Experiences at Shaw Singapore

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SINGAPORE, 23 October 2015 —
As part of Shaw Contract Group’s social responsibility efforts in Singapore, Shaw welcomed the bright young minds and their mentors to its newly opened space for a night of networking evening in commemoration of Temasek Polytechnic’s Mentor Apprenticeship Pilot Program on 21 October 2015.

Temasek Polytechnic’s Mentor Apprenticeship Pilot Program was designed to provide the rare opportunity to eight eager Interior Architecture and Design Year Two students of the School of Design to shadow an industry leader and to work closely with him/her on a current project. It is a unique program designed to connect students with an industry leader on a one-on-one mentoring opportunity giving them an eye-opening experience beyond the confines of their school walls.

The program at its pilot stage has seen huge support from the Design and Architecture industry with big names such as Simon McDonald, Design Director at Studio HBA, Simon Raper, Director of MMoser Associates, Matthew Burke, Regional Leader Asia at Geyer, Camy Tan, Director of Marketing and Design Communications, Matilda Sung, Design Leader at Woods Bagot, Vanessa Lin and Archie Cruda, Brand and Communication Manager and Head, Design Excellence Centre at Space Matrix, taking part as mentors to help steer the programme to a more robust regular offering to Temasek Polytechnic design students.

The networking event was the first time where all stakeholders of the program came together to collectively share their experiences and provide feedback for the pilot. Each student apprentice gave a short presentation on their key  takeaways from the first-hand experience in the industry during their last semester break. The student apprentices spent their last vacation break shadowing their mentors and are expected to continue to work with their mentors again in their next vacation break in March.

As a design hub and catalyst for design excellence, Shaw Contract Group hopes to continually attract more creative minds to its creative space where the local economy will have access to and come together to collaborate, share and exchange ideas and applications.

With the take-off of this pilot, Temasek Polytechnic hopes to have student apprentices tagged to their mentors throughout their three year diploma program, including their compulsory six-month internship during their third year. This unique program is designed with the objective that student graduates will have the opportunity to gain relevant background and work experience for them to integrate into the workplace seamlessly.

Based on insightful feedback from students and mentors, it was agreed that the pilot has gotten off to a good start. One apprentice even had the rare chance to tag along for an interior design photo shoot. Student apprentices also expressed their appreciation and gratitude for their mentors by presenting them with heartfelt gifts at the end of their presentations. The mentors also commented on the potential of the program and the students, such as building their confidence in sharing their ideas or creativity in design, a critical skill required in the workplace.

Two Temasek Polytechnic scholars also had the opportunity to showcase their installations on that same evening. These students spent about three weeks prior specially designing the installations which were inspired by Shaw’s latest collection – Hand Drawn and Altered.

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Inspired by Shaw’s Hand Drawn carpet collection, Muhammad Nor Nazul created ‘Hand Drawn’ to to depict how imperfections and irregularities can be transformed into beautiful designs. There were markers alongside the art installation, urging people to add on and “complete” to the ‘imperfect, unfinished’ installation. The piece was the artist’s attempt to convey the beauty in imperfections.

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Inspired by Shaw’s Altered carpet collection, Darren Ng created ‘Altered’ with the mind-set that everybody has a different perspective. The curved surface of the installation allows one to have changing perspective from every angle with the reflecting mirrors, creating a sense of illusion.

The evening concluded with mentors and mentees both feeling inspired to do more and better when the next semester break happens in March 2016.

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Young Talent Takes the Floor at Shaw Singapore

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As part of Shaw Contract Group’s social responsibility efforts in Singapore, Shaw welcomed the bright young minds and their mentors to its newly opened space for a night of networking evening in commemoration of Temasek Polytechnic’s Mentor Apprenticeship Pilot Program on 21 October 2015.

Temasek Polytechnic’s Mentor Apprenticeship Pilot Program was designed to provide the rare opportunity to eight eager Interior Architecture and Design Year Two students of the School of Design to shadow an industry leader and to work closely with him/her on a current project. It is a unique program designed to connect students with an industry leader on a one-on-one mentoring opportunity giving them an eye-opening experience beyond the confines of their school walls.

The program at its pilot stage has seen huge support from the Design and Architecture industry with big names such as Simon McDonald, Design Director at Studio HBA, Simon Raper, Director of MMoser Associates, Matthew Burke, Regional Leader Asia at Geyer, Camy Tan, Director of Marketing and Design Communications, Matilda Sung, Design Leader at Woods Bagot, Vanessa Lin and Archie Cruda, Brand and Communication Manager and Head, Design Excellence Centre at Space Matrix, taking part as mentors to help steer the programme to a more robust regular offering to Temasek Polytechnic design students.

The networking event was the first time where all stakeholders of the program came together to collectively share their experiences and provide feedback for the pilot. Each student apprentice gave a short presentation on their key  takeaways from the first-hand experience in the industry during their last semester break. The student apprentices spent their last vacation break shadowing their mentors and are expected to continue to work with their mentors again in their next vacation break in March.

As a design hub and catalyst for design excellence, Shaw Contract Group hopes to continually attract more creative minds to its creative space where the local economy will have access to and come together to collaborate, share and exchange ideas and applications.

With the take-off of this pilot, Temasek Polytechnic hopes to have student apprentices tagged to their mentors throughout their three year diploma program, including their compulsory six-month internship during their third year. This unique program is designed with the objective that student graduates will have the opportunity to gain relevant background and work experience for them to integrate into the workplace seamlessly.

Based on insightful feedback from students and mentors, it was agreed that the pilot has gotten off to a good start. One apprentice even had the rare chance to tag along for an interior design photo shoot. Student apprentices also expressed their appreciation and gratitude for their mentors by presenting them with heartfelt gifts at the end of their presentations. The mentors also commented on the potential of the program and the students, such as building their confidence in sharing their ideas or creativity in design, a critical skill required in the workplace.

Two Temasek Polytechnic scholars also had the opportunity to showcase their installations on that same evening. These students spent about three weeks prior specially designing the installations which were inspired by Shaw’s latest collection – Hand Drawn and Altered.

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Inspired by Shaw’s Hand Drawn carpet collection, Muhammad Nor Nazul created ‘Hand Drawn’ to to depict how imperfections and irregularities can be transformed into beautiful designs. There were markers alongside the art installation, urging people to add on and “complete” to the ‘imperfect, unfinished’ installation. The piece was the artist’s attempt to convey the beauty in imperfections.

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Inspired by Shaw’s Altered carpet collection, Darren Ng created ‘Altered’ with the mind-set that everybody has a different perspective. The curved surface of the installation allows one to have changing perspective from every angle with the reflecting mirrors, creating a sense of illusion.

The evening concluded with mentors and mentees both feeling inspired to do more and better when the next semester break happens in March 2016.

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2013 Market Winner: Clifford Chance by Space Matrix

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Shagufta Anurag, Founder and Managing Director of Space Matrix, talked to us about influence from travels, vibrant colors and designing for your location.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
I always had an inclination towards design. I initially started my career with the aspiration to be a fashion designer but soon changed by mind after some coaxing from my father. It was a good decision and I have no regrets. I love what I am doing now, which is very important to being happy and successful.

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How did you find your love for design?  Is there anyone who played a major role in that?
Throughout my career and early design school days, I’ve been influenced by my travels and day-to-day experiences. A series of arches, a flight of rugged steps, the texture of a mossy wall are all clues stored away towards a bigger creative inspiration for me.

For me, great design is intuitive, inspirational, and practical, yet poetic in its approach. It has a quality which leaves little to be said. Design creates experiences — visual, spatial or tactile — for us to enjoy. I have strived to imbibe these aspects in my work, and the quest continues.

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Did you ever stray from this path or think about changing course?
Once I made the decision to enter the design profession, I stuck to it. Running a business is difficult; and today I do multiple other things that involve making Space Matrix a successful company, but design remains my true passion.

Tell me something that was unusual about the project.
Here we created a collaborative work environment and we pushed the boundaries by introducing vibrant colors instead of the traditional timber palette used in many law offices. This helped give them a modern, up-to-date look.

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How do you think interior design is different in Singapore than in other parts of the world?
Interior design needs to be localized to respond to the needs of the user as well as the climatic and economic environment for which you designing. Local construction, knowledge and availability of materials will also impact the final output. Therefore, yes, designing a project differs based on location and it is the duty of an architect or interior designer, to understand these nuances and implement details flawlessly.

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Singapore: Asia’s New Art Capital

During the 4th edition of Art Stage Singapore last month, more than 45,700 visitors crowded the three massive halls of the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre. At the crossroads between Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, Art Stage Singapore has become a top global marketplace, where the world’s most prominent private art collectors and enthusiasts, corporate buyers and VIPs can experience Asian contemporary art at its finest.

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Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre

Anchored in Singapore, Art Stage Singapore is also a showcase of the city-state’s rising importance as an art centre for the region. The fair’s Founder and Director Lorenzo Rudolf said, “There is really a [growing] momentum for Southeast Asian [art]. And I think we can be glad that we are a part of this movement and also a catalyst for this movement. Singapore is also becoming more and more a centre for contemporary art. Many of the local galleries are not [only] going to show you Singaporean artists, but artists from the entire Southeast Asia region.”

Korea Platform

Korea Platform

Bounpaul Phothyzan's Controlled Desire' exhibited in the Southeast Asia Platform

Bounpaul Phothyzan’s ‘Controlled Desire’ exhibited in the Southeast Asia Platform

Showcased in a museum-like exhibition layout, Art Stage Singapore’s new fair format, Platforms, offered visitors the opportunity to discover exciting artists from various countries in Asia Pacific. The eight regional Platforms were curated by experts of the respective markets who guided the exhibition presentation and content of individual Platforms: Southeast Asia, Australia, Central Asia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Continue to explore highlights of the 2014 fair by visiting the Art Stage Singapore Facebook page.

China Platform curator Huang Du

China Platform curator Huang Du

Nobuhiro Nakanishi's 'Layer Drawing – Cloud/Fog' as part of the Japan Platform

Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s ‘Layer Drawing – Cloud/Fog’ as part of the Japan Platform

Bird’s eye view of the exhibition hall

Bird’s eye view of the exhibition hall

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Singapore Office Brings Cheer to Local Hospital

Earlier this month, employees of the Shaw Industries Singapore office turned up in full force to bring some festive cheer to the HCA Hospice Care in Singapore. HCA Hospice Care is a non profit organization that understands and provides specialized care and support for the medical and psychological needs of terminally ill patients, caregivers and their families.

During the event, Shaw employees hosted games of BINGO while others helped the patients with the game. Instructions and winning numbers were announced in multiple languages and dialects as patients are from diverse race and ethnicity. Shaw employees also led the patients in karaoke and dance, the energy level was high and patients even participated in dance moves from the popular Korean song “Gangnam Style.” In celebration of year-end festivities, packages filled with daily essentials as well as festive goodies were also prepared for each patient.

Overseas and in the United States, Shaw Contract Group is committed to making the communities in which we work and play better. Learn more about the work we are doing to make a difference in our local and design communities.

 

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