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Our philosophy


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Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to Question, Disturb & Redefine the spaces, forms & experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world. An integrated spatial-design practice, MOD’s explorations are created amidst a democratic ‘studio-like’ atmosphere and progress seamlessly between form, site, object and space.

We love to question where the inherent potential in contemporary design lies, and then to disturb the ways they are created or perceived – redefining the world around us in relevant and innovative ways, project by project. This, we declare, is real change, not change for the sake of novelty. Fortified with these aspirations, we begin each distinct project anew by seeking to do 2 things – to draw deeply from the context surrounding each project, but also to dream freely so that we might transcend mere reality and convention. Each MOD project endeavours to be delightfully surprising but yet relevant, distinctly local but still globally appealing.

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Our service


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ESTABLISHING
THE
NORTH
STAR

 

At MOD, we provide our clients a service that transcends mere design skills or technical prowess. We prefer to start far upstream by employing design thinking that is both strategic and conceptual, avoiding the immediate impulse for groundless downstream solutions. With each project, our aim is to establish a relevant design “north star” – a central notion and idea potent enough to guide us definitively through the entire design process.

This upstream approach translates into a wide variety of possible downstream design solutions and media — be it architecture or product design, graphics or interior design, even the weaving of diverse disciplines into a single project. As a result, our work is holistic as well as bespoke. We call this entire process North Star Design —

NORTH STAR DESIGN

1. BRAND STRATEGY

2. MASTERPLAN

3. ARCHITECTURE

4. LANDSCAPE

5. INTERIOR

6. INSTALLATION ART

7. PRODUCT

8. GRAPHIC

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Our portfolio


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MORE THAN
THE SUM OF
OUR PARTS

 

We would like to believe that when perceived as a whole, MOD is more than just a sum of its many projects. Survey our diverse range of project genres and design disciplines and you may discover for instance, that our interest in a variety of project genres is largely due to an extreme curiosity for things we’ve never designed before. Also, our inter-disciplinary approach stems from a belief that good upstream design thinking is the mother of all Design, whatever the discipline. So the clearer and cleverer our upstream thinking, the more confidently we wield and weave diverse design disciplines into a single project—see for yourself…

2017

RACE ROBOTICS LABORATORY
Singapore
Office
288 sqm
Built, 2017

KYO PROJECT
Singapore
Product
Completed, 2017

VUE BEIJING
Beijing, China
Hospitality
5,420 sqm
Built, 2017

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Our clients


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WHEN
PATRONS
BECOME
PARTNERS

 

We produce our very best designs when our clients are as keen as we are to transcend mere “patronage” to become real “partners”. As partners in crime, we blaze new design trails together and stare convention in the face, suspicious of its cloying familiarity.

Bolstered by the faith that there must be more to be discovered beyond, our partners cover the gamut of fellow design junkies from established multi-national developers to virgin boutique hotel owners. A single passion binds us – to question, disturb and redefine the experiences which surround us.

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Selected
List of Clients:

Loh Lik Peng, Unlisted Collections

UOL Group Limited

Vanke

SOHO China

Ascendas

1919 Global Sdn Bhd

PP Asia Sdn Bhd

CEL Development

Starwood

Hyatt

BBH

Leo Burnett

OCBC Bank

C.K. Tang Ltd

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Our partner


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Our partner

WHEN
PATRONS
BECOME
PARTNERS

 

We produce our very best designs when our clients are as keen as we are to transcend mere “patronage” to become real “partners”. As partners in crime, we blaze new design trails together and stare convention in the face, suspicious of its cloying familiarity.

Bolstered by the faith that there must be more to be discovered beyond, our partners cover the gamut of fellow design junkies from established multi-national developers to virgin boutique hotel owners. A single passion binds us – to question, disturb and redefine the experiences which surround us.

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Our team


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PART STUDIO
PART SUPPORT
GROUP

 

The MOD team is passionate about lyrical Johnny Cash music videos, cups of caffeinated coffee or coke, defying gravity rock climbing, anything Muji, sweating through hot yoga, cruising on winding back roads, partying all night & through the morning, ping pong face-offs, celebrating birthdays with way too much cake, absolutely everything Apple, our families who are close by our sides or far away but in our hearts, calming macha tea, enigmatic Peter Greenaway movies, taking pseudo family portraits, globetrotting anywhere & everywhere, monochromatic dressing, polka dots, installation art we can only dream of owning, and yes, a life-long addiction to Design…

We are Design Junkies who also happen to be Interior Architects, Visualisers, Architects, Office managers, Interior Designers, Technical Experts, Project Managers, Business Directors, Graphic Designers and whether we come for a season or stay for many moons, WE ARE MOD.

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