The ascendance of young designers and architects is a multifaceted endeavour that combines a keen eye for detail with hard work and sheer grit. Backed by years of experience, these enterprising designers are now taking charge of their own studios, while being firmly grounded in the principles that they espouse.
Sponsored by local laminate brand Arova, the new Designers on the Rise category of the Tatler Design Awards 2021 shines the spotlight on three young firms and the promising talents that lead these practices. These rising stars will also create sculptures inspired by their creative ethos for the new Arova showroom, slated to open in April.
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The ability to find joie de vivre in every project—that’s the exuberant philosophy that Sean Hafiz embraces. “I find joy in designing for clients and making sure that they have a very enjoyable home to live in,” says the principal designer of ArchLuxe.
Although he initially did not plan to become an interior designer, he gradually fell in love with the discipline during his studies at Temasek Polytechnic. In the past six years of his career, Sean has crafted many luxurious homes around the city; he’s known for sumptuously tactile interiors that combine the bold use of colour with rich details.
“As a designer, you shouldn’t be afraid of experimenting; I love blending all the colours and textures together to make it work,” says Sean.
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