Hans Tan

Hans Tan is a designer and an educator based in Singapore. His work is occupied with the authenticity of the contemporary design artifact being a deliberate gesticulation of material culture. He deploys design as medium, making use of utility as a pretext to comment on design and its industry as a phenomenon. With a keen interest in developing materials and processes, he explores ideas concerning identity, heritage, and consumption.

In 2009, Hans was nominated for the Design Miami Designers of the Future Award and was spotted by Designnet magazine Korea as one of 36 Young Asian Designers. He was a winner of the Martell Rising Personalities Award 2009, which honours individuals from different creative fields who are passionately driven to push beyond the boundaries of success. His works have been shown in exhibitions such as “Singletown” at the Venice Biennale, “Surface art/design” in Dortmund and Cologne, “No Boundaries” at ArtStage Singapore, and “Beauty” at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, Smithsonian Design Museum New York. His work, Spotted Nyonya, was awarded with the distinction of “Les Découvertes” (best innovative product) at the the fall edition of Maison et Objet 2012 in Paris, and has been conferred Design of the Year at the President’s Design Award 2012, Singapore’s most prestigious design accolade. In 2013, he was named as one of Perspective’s 40 under 40, an award that recognizes design talent from the Asia- Pacific region, and in 2015 won the President’s Design Award Design of the Year for the second time with Pour. His works are in the permanent collections of M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, and the Peranakan Museum, Singapore.

Hans has also actively engaged in curatorial work, and has produced several exhibitions with a keen interest in local design culture. His penchant for design pedagogy is guided by the concept of deformative inquiry, developing imaginative thinking tools that provide novel approaches to the design process based on generative deformations, use of language and systematic reflection. He is an assistant professor at the Division of Industrial Design, National University of Singapore.



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2014.12   Industy+, Singapore Design Centre.
2013.03   Bench, Dhoby Ghaut Green (Singaplural) and URA Centre, Singapore.
2013.01   Closure, Block 8 Teban Gardens, Singapore.
2012.11   Creative Cultures: The Singapore Showcase, DesignTide Tokyo.
2012.10   100% Design Singapore.
2012.03   30 Chairs Lifestories, Singaplural Design Week, Singapore.
2011.09   Maison&Objet, fall edition, Paris.
2011.05   INTER_PLAY, ChanHampe Galleries, Singapore.
2011.01   No Boundaries, ArtStage, Singapore 2010.
2010.12   Focus on Singapore, M.U.H. Gallery, LINEART Art Fair, Ghent.
2010.07   Help Save Paper, Iluma Singapore / Airport Tempelhof Berlin.
2010.08   Rest & Relax, Singapore Changi Airport.
2009.11   V for Vase, Singapore Design Festival 2009.
2009.11   Singapore Souvenirs, Singapore Design Festival 2009.
2009.11   Useless Gallery Exhibition, Singapore Design Festival 2009.
2009.09   ’t BUURTHUIS, KOP, Breda.
2009.07   On Arrangement, The Substation Gallery, Singapore.
2009.02   SURFACE art/design, WestfalenForum, Dortmund.
2009.01   SURFACE art/design, Rheintriadem, Köln.
2008.10   SINGLETOWN, 11th Architectural Biennale, Venice.
2008.10   STILL - Design Academy Eindhoven, Design September, Brussels.
2008.04   STILL - Design Academy Eindhoven, Salone del Mobile 2008, Milan.
2007.11   Hark! Singapore Design Festival 2007.
2007.07   Master Pieces 2007, Droog Gallery, Amsterdam.
2006.10   Lingering Artefacts, Dutch Design Week 2006, Eindhoven.
2006.03   Hatch, Milan Salone Satellite 2006, Milan.
2005.04   Furniture Design Award 2005 Finalists Showcase, Singapore Esplanade.
2005.03   Singapore Evening (work featured in multimedia presentation), London.
2005.03   International Furniture Fair Singapore 2005, Singapore Expo.
2004.10   Tokyo Designers Block 2004, Japan.