In the Spotlight with Today’s Design Leaders

Behind every visually compelling space, lies a creative mind. Through monthly featured interviews, Distinguished Design Personalities brings in the spotlight design personalities who play a crucial role in shaping the global interior architecture and design scene.

We speak with influential designers and industry leaders who have in common stand-out works to flaunt, and a stellar career denoted by accolades and prestige, as well as academia thought leaders who shape design pedagogy and practice, to glean insights into prominent design personalities of our time.

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Dai Kun

October, 2021

Dai Kun is China’s famed architect and interior designer. A multi-awarded designer, Dai Kun’s works are widely publicized in China’s media and showcased in the international design scene. He has authored several design books and …

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Shabnam Gupta

September, 2021

One of the most acclaimed and awarded interior designers in India, Mumbai-based Shabnam Gupta is globally recognized for her stellar portfolio of iconic Bollywood celebrity homes and stunning commercial projects. Founder of The Orange Lane, …

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Kenneth Cobonpue

August, 2021

Kenneth Cobonpue is an internationally-renowned Filipino furniture maker who showcases high-end hand-crafted furnishing made of rattan, bamboo, and abaca. A multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Kenneth Cobonpue studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute …

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Co-Founder and Chief Executive Designer of Malaysia-based Blu Water, IDr Lai Siew Hong is the creative lead in award-winning projects such as The Edison George Town (Penang), EQ Kuala Lumpur and Hard Rock Hotel at …

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Once the Federal President of the Design Institute of Australia in the 1980s and founder of one of the leading interior and museum design practices in Australia, Desmond Freeman is now an artist, author, and …

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Tony Chi

May, 2021

Tony Chi is the Founder of tonychi studio, a global design practice based in New York. A design maverick best known for collaborations with international luxury hospitality brands such as Rosewood Hotels, Ritz Carlton and …

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Ryu Kosaka

April, 2021

Ryu Kosaka joined Japan-listed Nomura Co. Ltd in 1985 and has since risen the rungs to become the executive creative director of its Commercial Facilities Division and the head of Aoyama Nomura Design (A.N.D), the …

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As the founder and CEO of P49 Deesign & Associates, Vipavadee leads one of the largest interior design companies in Thailand and South East Asia. Boasting a stellar career, Vipavadee earns global acclaim for stand-out …

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Steve Leung

February, 2021

Lauded as a prominent architect and designer in Asia, Steve Leung impresses as a multi-faceted creative whose works have garnered many international awards. He established his practice in 1987, before founding Steve Leung Design Group …

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Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, founders of internationally-acclaimed Neri&Hu are a power couple and an unmistakable force in the global design scene. They founded inter-disciplinary architectural design practice Neri&Hu in 2004, after having worked for …

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