Just when many local designers believe that remaking local images equates to local creativity, Singapore's newest furniture and lifestyle brand, SCENE SHANG, emerged with a unique view of Chinese culture. SCENE SHANG was founded by Pamela Ting and Jessica Wong, who were inspired by traditional Chinese culture, combining the Nanyang way of life as well as life in the tropics to boldly produce a series of furniture and household items.
The reporter of this article has had many opportunities to interview the founders at SCENE SHANG's store at Beach Road, and was attracted to a three-dimensional work of art. Pamela Ting mentioned that the artwork is called 'Moonlight', which is her father (Arthur P.Y. Ting)'s favourite piece. It was created in 1978. The reporter wondered if this artwork has inspired SCENE SHANG's line of furniture and lifestyle wares. As a result, the reporter asked to interview Pamela's family as well. Pamela, who is very close to her family, revealed that she has two younger sisters, one of whom is the founder of a clothing brand.
Arthur P.Y. Ting's artistic journey is a remarkable one. He was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At age 7, he was already starting to paint on his own. At that time, his family could not afford to buy paper, and so Arthur would draw on newspapers. When he was 15 or 16, he heard about the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore, and so he asked for $50 from his father and got on the 9pm train to travel down to Singapore. Life was hard, but he eventually graduated and held a joint exhibition with six other graduates. His was the only artwork that was sold for $1,000, which was enough for him to buy a plane ticket to London. This sum of money also covered the first few months of his living expenses.
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Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.