LivingPod Interviews Thriza Teo
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go?
Definition of Passion to me: going beyond the time & hard work, going the extra mile to make things happen; enjoying the process & the fruits it bears. This is how design has nurtured me, captivated me.
What are your sources of inspiration in your work and life?
Work: successfully injecting lives into the still structure or elements & let it speak for itself again & again; with new approach, new challenge, new language; refreshing end results.
Life: Little girl at the age of 5 is learning lots of new stuff & facing lots of challenges every day. It would be a shame to stop progressing myself & expect her to push for it. Making achievement after achievement with this little girl would life be more fulfilling.
How did you come up with the idea of the organic concept design?
Definition of design to me: formless, no axis, no rules . . . full of life; with the ability to interact with the audience by itself.
Your work has a certain universal appeal and yet it is shaking traditional notions of interior design themes practiced by most Singaporean Interior Designers, what kind of clients do you think will be responsive to your ideas?
As a rapidly developed nation, is universal advancement or comparable not what the people moving towards. Are Singaporeans not ready for the evolving design. Singapore major prominent architecture & interior is dominated by foreign architects, is it not time for Singapore to re-look into what they have in the locals. It boils down to the confidence levels & the definition of design to Singaporean.
Tell us about your design process . . . how do you make things? Do you ‘invent’ your own work or is your work normally a specific reaction to your client’s request?
To enhance, strengthen, build on and expand on the personality & character of the client’s desire and bring about collaboration by determining and injecting the ‘soul’ into the creations.
Adaptive creativity to client’s request: Is it a compromise or a creative response to client’s needs?
Balancing is needed. It lies on the proportion to collaborate, what are the main character that the clients want to capture, all results in different concoction.
What kind of project do you work on?
I guess designers would like to experience varying challenges & processes. The thirst for creation and invention would extend from Residential, commercial, hospitality, education for 3D; business cards, webpage, logo design etc for 2D; furniture or products design etc for solo items to business designs . . .
Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas?
Every creation is its own invention. No relation to the previous or future works. Each piece is created with the main concern and criteria to achieve. All we want to do is design a new language for every project we are task. We want to create the uncreated. Yes, I love to bring life into all elements.
What kind of value added service can you bring to your client?
Varying collaboration between aesthetics inventions and technical aspects; producing functional art pieces. The experience of the whole process; the excitement; the end product.