The Transformer
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The Transformer

Edmund Liau, Design Director of BLACKRICE design studio, is an advocate of making spaces versatile so they can easily undergo metamorphosis.

Low Shi Ping

Why did you decide to become adesigner?

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the arts. I appreciate colours, forms and lines. I loved to draw as a kid, even though I wasn’t very good at it. This was probably nurtured by the fact that my parents were always bringing me to the National Museum and National Library. While I wanted to be a vet, the cost of the degree programme was too high, so I opted to pursue my studies in my next true love: Architecture.

What is your design philosophy?

My designs are guided by the words of Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

What is your design style?

Contemporary, easy and warm. An architecturally-trained interior designer views spaces differently. We advocate for clean lines and a simple form because they are versatile. I like my projects to be multifunctional. This means a living room that can sit anything from five to 10 people, just by making the right decisions when it comes to furniture selection. I sell the idea of transformation and metamorphosis to my clients all the time.

Where do you draw inspiration from tocreate your designs?


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