Local designers share what they love and adore about Singapore
Singapore is unique in so many ways, but what do the locals love about it? We got 10 designers to tell us what they love about Singapore. From its diverse cultures to array of food and unique neighbourhoods, it turns out that there are countless reasons why they are inspired to base their business out of this country.
“I love Singlish. That is probably the one thing that is 100% authentically Singapore. Not a copy. Not trying to be another award-winning concept; it is birthed from our real, everyday lives, and is really endearing when used correctly. But I must emphasise, there is a distinct difference between bad English and Singlish.”
“I love Singapore’s lushness because it keeps me feeling zen. I jog around my neighbourhood near the Botanic Gardens, and MacRitchie Reservoir regularly — and love that nature is so integrated with the city.”
“I love having so much greenery around. This is so easily taken for granted. I am reminded of this when I arrive at Changi Airport after overseas trips, and the first thing I see on the way home are lovely tree-lined boulevards.”
“What I love most about Singapore has been growing up in a neighborhood that is the culmination of my family’s history, spanning generations; for me, Joo Chiat is the confluence of years that embodied youth, growth, happiness and most importantly, love.”
“I love the preserved buildings in Singapore. For example, Saint Joseph’s Church, which is next to our studio at the National Design Centre. It’s so beautiful to see these historic buildings in the midst of modern Singapore, with all the skyscrapers.”