Ministry of Design was created by Colin Seah to Question, Disturb & Redefine the spaces, forms and experiences that surround us and give meaning to our world. An integrated experiential-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, one project at a time!
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.
The response to our ethos has been overwhelming and we’ve received critical acclaim with a multitude of international award wins and key media coverage – these include winning Best Office in WAF Barcelona 2011 for our own Barcode office, being crowned Designer of the Year by the International Design Awards, USA 2010, Rising Star of Architecture by the Monocle Singapore Survey 2010, Gold Key Award Grand Prize Winner 2008, and President’s Design Award 2006 & 2008 as well as feature appearances in Wallpaper, Frame and Surface. True to our inter-disciplinary profile, we’ve also won the Grand Prize in Saporiti Italia’s design competition, and Luxury Tower was manufactured for display at the prestigious Milan Design Week 2010.
MOD’s integrated experiential design approach has resulted in wide-ranging local and foreign projects such as the TANGS Flagship Store, New Majestic Hotel, The Club Hotel, Leo Burnett Office, BBH Office, Zig Zag House, SOHO China Sanlitun Condominium, The Mark Business Park, and Vanke Triple V Gallery.
Architecturally trained in the US, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. He also spent 4 years at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture researching design pedagogy and serving as design critic. As MOD’s Founder & Director of Design, Colin has been named Designer of the Year by International Design Awards USA 2010, and is a two-time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the President’s Design Award. He was also a Grand Prize Winner of the Gold Key Award, the highest international hospitality accolade, named Hong Kong Perspective’s ‘40 under 40 architects’ and Marcus Corporation Foundation Prize 2007 ‘emerging architect with potential for greatness’. Recognized as “Rising Star in Architecture” by Monocle, Colin Seah has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond.
Colin Seah: “ I have always believed in the power of experiences to transform – the banal into the poetic, the everyday into the sublime. My work seeks to create such experiences by redefining and distilling the elements of Place, Ritual & Perception to its core – I term this approach Essentialism. ”