Interview with designer Andy Tan (AT), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design The Past Residential House.

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Interview with Andy Tan at Sunday 22nd of December 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AT : Inspired by the simple life in the past, I want to recreate my memory and bring out the essence of the raw materials that were used to build houses back then.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
AT : I want to recreate a part of Singapore's past and showcase it on an international stage.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
AT : Hopefully, this concept can inspire other designers (of other countries) to share a part of their country's tradition as well.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AT : A month.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AT : My client and I were reminiscing about the olden days, when the idea strike me, and I decided to put my thoughts into action.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
AT : I have no intention of selling this concept away.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
AT : One have to live through it to be able to fully understand the essence of it.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
AT : No.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
AT : The usage of materials that were used in the olden days of Singapore's housing and the layout design of the space.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
AT : The Past, affectionately known as "The Old School", is a representation of memories that has been hidden away or nearly forgotten.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
AT : 3D Max, Autocad, and not forgetting the traditional method of drawing with a pencil and ruler.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
AT : The finishes.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
AT : No.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AT : The use of 3D visual gives an outline of the finished project.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
AT : No.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
AT : Some of the materials and items have to be improvised for practical usage and easy maintenance. Accessories have to be carefully selected to blend in with the concept without looking too modernized.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
AT : After receiving overwhelming responses from our customers as well as the local media, I decided to bring this design to the next step, which is international recognition.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
AT : Apart from pushing my creativity to another level, I also learnt what it means to have items of sentimental values.