Furniture Design Award 2011
Our Panel of Jury
Lim Choon Hong
Lim Choon Hong is the Founder & CEO of XTRA Designs Pte Ltd. Together with XTRA Office Pte Ltd; the XTRA Group is recognized as a renowned high-end furniture purveyor in the Singapore and Malaysia market.

Choon Hong’s exposure in high-end design furniture industry started in the mid 80s with Knoll and Abraxas. Abraxas was then a market leader in a niche industry where there was a fusion in furniture design, lifestyle and fashion. Subsequently, he spent three years as an Interior Designer in Space Partnership.

Choon Hong received his Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Singapore.
Ben Wu
Ben Wu’s collections are a chain of working processes, with each collection evolving and developing from his previous work. Choosing to forgo excessive embellishment in favour of displaying the myriad possibilities of manipulating fabric, Ben focuses on using quality fabric, utilitarian tailoring to express fashion that transcends time and space.

Ben WU is the new premium fashion label from Singapore's crop of avant-garde trend-setters. Bearing influence from his earlier architectural studies, his design are inspired by contemporary architectural fundamentals that delve into the re-morphing of graphical structures, layers and lines; boldly inventing, redefining, and discovering new ways to interpret feminism, as opposed to the rigidness of structures as one may have easily perceived.

With works showcased in New York, Milan and Paris, benWU designs bear signature morphed shapes and structural lines that are feminized and fashion forward.
Peter Tay
Peter Tay is the founder and principal of Peter Tay Studio, which specializes in high profile projects such as The Sail, Aardmore Park, The Rivergate, Nassim Mansion and the St Regis. Previously known as P THREE, the firms has also completed numerous penthouse projects in the Orchard area, build showflats for SC Global and Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) locally and overseas, as well as designed good-class bungalows, including sea-front bungalows at Sentosa.

Peter received his AA Diploma and RIBA II from the Architectural Association in London in 1999. During his studies, he worked for Stefano De Martino, former associate partner of Rem Koolhass (OMA), and Raoul Bouschoten, founding member of CHORA.
Tai Lee Siang
Tai Lee Siang is an award-winning architect and Director at DP Architects.
He has worked on a number of key projects, including The Bayshore, Far East Square and The Central, which have all won the FIABCI Prix d¹Excellence in their respective categories.

Before joining DP Architects, he worked for the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and he continues to devote much of his time to large-scale urban planning projects such as the Orchard Road Experience Guide Plan.

Elected President of the Singapore institute of Architects in 2007, Lee Siang inaugurated ARCHIFEST, a festival for promoting and advancing architecture excellence amongst professionals and the general public. He also started the first Practice Convention in 2009 ¬ a strategic forum to address practice concerns of Singapore architects. The Architecture Professional Course (APC) was also established during his tenure.

Lee Siang graduated with honours from the National University of Singapore in 1987.
Jason Ong
Jason Ong started Jienshu in 2005, an independent studio engaging in multi-disciplinary design. Prior to that, he spent six years in Kay Ngee Tan Architects in Singapore and London before attaining his Master in Design with Distinction from Domus Academy in Milan in 2002. Among his accolades includes the Grand Prix award at the Nagoya International Design Competition in 2000 and the selected artist for the President’s Young Talent exhibition in 2005.

Jason’s recent commissioned projects include the set design for the production of Optical Identity for the Glasgow-based Theatre Cryptic in collaboration with the T’ang Quartet, the artwork for the Circle Line Art Programme for HarbourFront Station as well as a lighting design for the Italian brand Driade. Besides developing his own work, he lectures part-time at the Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Michael Ian Buckley
Michael Buckley is an acknowledged expert on the uses and market applications of hardwood species and products. He has a Masters in US and EU hardwoods; is a Fellow of the Institute of Wood Science, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Advancement of the Arts in London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, an ancient craft guild in the City of London.

In 2003 he launched the Wood Awards, now the leading UK award for design and installation in wood. Resident in Singapore he takes a keen interest in designing with timber, working with leading furniture designers and many architects and continues close ties with furniture and wood industries in the region. Michael is a member of the Design Development Committee of SFIC.
Phillips Connor
An interior design pioneer in Singapore, Phillips Conner has been responsible for over a thousand commercial projects for corporate office, public space, retail, and F&B over the course of his career.

Widely traveled for business & pleasure to every country in the world & over 350 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Phillips continues to be intrigued with progressive design & detailing, adventure travel, digital videography, tribal art, games and improvisational comedy. He is also obsessed with total solar eclipses.