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Interview with Tan Si Yuan

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Tan Si Yuan (TSY) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Tan Si Yuan by clicking here.

Interview with Tan Si Yuan at Monday 13th of April 2020

FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
TSY: i was graduated from New Era College in Malaysia , major in interior design . i was always feeling like to be a design and improve our life style . yes i always wanted to be a designer

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
TSY: Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Pins Studio is composed of a group of professionals that love design and quality lifestyle. We specialize in interior design, architecture and product design. Our ambition is to create designs that not only looks good, but is functional too. Pins Studio is an ultra dynamic designer team that will perfectly understand your needs in order to build functional spaces made for you and adapted to your expectations. Our capacity to work by thinking allows us to answer to the requests of a diversified clientele. With its young, passionate and dynamic team, Pins Studio thrives on an innovative and contemporary design. Thanks to the designer’s creativity and perspicacity, we develop a taste of quality, elegance, functionality and aestheticism.

FS: What is "design" for you?
TSY: Design to me is create or solving problem & improve our life

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
TSY: i like to design interior design involved most challenges .

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
TSY: i like modern minimalism design , because the idea modern & minimalist need to be very functional & very practical and yet have to be beautiful or good experience .

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
TSY: a small bed room

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
TSY: my favorite material for now is natural stone material , white marble & metal

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
TSY: when i was doing a sketches or starting to design that moment i feel the most creative

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
TSY: functional , nice looking , form , space , feeling , experience & movement

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
TSY: i feel great when i was designing

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
TSY: i will always find it very satisfy

FS: What makes a design successful?
TSY: when function meet emotion make me feel my design is a successful design

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
TSY: i will consider the practicality & user experience

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
TSY: as a designer is our responsibilities to improve our society & environment make sure the world always get improved to bring the world to next level

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
TSY: i think the future design will be involved on technology & nature a lot . i believe is a combination of super technology & nature .

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
TSY: non

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
TSY: the inspiration of my work if come from white , i combined the natural marble to a very modern minimalist house . the sources of inspiration is from winter & a japanese house .

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
TSY: i will describe my design style is modern minimalist design style . Being practical , functional & good experience is the key .

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
TSY: i leaving in malaysia , Kuala Lumpur city . i think the diversity of our couture affected my design a lot . i think is good so that i can have more open mind thinking to accept new things

FS: How do you work with companies?
TSY: i think working with a company is great can have a lot of discussion with team to create new idea or solving problem .

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
TSY: i will suggest company need to be very open minded to accept new idea from designer and prove space for them do mistake , because when we are designing or create some thing new we will always learn from our mistake and improve . companies should looking for some designer with passion about design .

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
TSY: normally i will start with a sketch then go in to more detail and back to the sketch again .

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
TSY: computer , pencil , paper , color pencil & camera

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
TSY: sun day morning i will cook breakfast with 4 half boiled egg 2 for mr 2 for my girl friend and coffee with her siting in our balcony enjoy the green and fresh air . after the breakfast me and her will do some planting to beautify our garden with a some tea to enjoy our sun .

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
TSY: i think young designer don't always putting too much attention on using technology to do the design , i think need to involve some part by hand sketches and as a designer we always learn from our mistake don't be too worries about the out come always need to be 100% perfection .

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
TSY: i think the positive part being a designer is always can created some thing and make others proud , the negatives part of the designer is always we have to keep making trying things that we don't even know the end result is untill we completed the project .

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
TSY: i think is when you are recognize or accept a problem only can solve a problem , but a lot of us don't dare to face some of the problem .

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
TSY: i think to have a good communication skill is important , so we can present our idea to normal people who don't understand what is our view about future .

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
TSY: computer , pen , pencil , paper . auto cad

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
TSY: i am really not good on time management of my self , i think the reason is being when i am in the mood of designing i will try to be very focus to finishing with perfect status .

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
TSY: normally i take about 3 month to 4 month some time take about a years

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
TSY: can this design still improve to be better ?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
TSY: when i was joining my 1st design company

FS: Who are some of your clients?
TSY: house or home owner

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
TSY: house or home owner , because that involve a lot of challenges and got to face different of people or owner

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
TSY: there's no future plans for now , i wish i can get more recognition from the world .

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
TSY: we work as a team

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
TSY: currently i don't feel like talk about it

FS: How can people contact you?
TSY: they can contact us tru our facebook & web

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
TSY: no thanks


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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