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By The Weekly | August 17, 2016
Not many design graduates manage to set up a respected studio, launch products into the international market and win major awards – but Stephanie Ng has accomplished all three in just a few short years.
Ironically, she would not be where she is today if she had not been fired from her job at a glass artist’s studio for demonstrating too much initiative.
Despite having had no business experience, Stephanie started her design studio with a modest range of bespoke lighting products. With time to focus fully on the creation process, her studio caught public attention with its daring products and solutions – lights made from treated merino wool, pendants reminiscent of an ice-cream cone and even a kinetic light installation dancing in tune to local jazz.
In the process, Stephanie discovered her inner entrepreneur. When her Scoop lighting pendants were highly sought after in America and Europe, she saw an opportunity to expand the series into furniture using key design elements, such as colour, curves and the minimalist appeal.
Those same pendants won the prestigious Malaysia Good Design Mark awards.
Last year, she also scooped the top prize in the 2015 Malaysian International Furniture Fair Furniture Design Competition, cementing growing industry consensus that she is one of the most talented designers of her generation.
Her works have been exhibited in major cities like London, Melbourne and Bangkok as well as at the prestigious annual Salone del Mobile in Milan. Stephanie Ng designs can now be found in Paris, New York, Bucharest and Australia.
What makes Stephanie’s designs so enduring are their versatility and synergy.
“Integrating pieces produces a total effect that is greater than the individual pieces themselves. Good design should have cohesive synergy rather than simply being a stand-alone object,” she says.
Text: Alexandra Wong /Shoot Coordinator: Jasnitha Nair / Styling: Sabrina Salehuddin / Photography: Brian Fang/ M8 Studio / Hair: Cindy Hor / Make Up: Zoee Low / Elizabeth Arden / Clothes Accessories: Zara and Bowerhaus
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