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Melvin Ong

Upon graduating with a Diploma in Furniture Design in 2008 at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Melvin left for London to pursue his degree in Product Design and graduated with First-Class Honours from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design in 2010.

During his stay in the UK, Melvin had the opportunity to be under the tutelage of established designers such as Chris Lefteri and Reiko Kaneko. He then went on to work with London design agency Brand42, where he was involved with projects from CNN, Johnnie Walker and Mailonline.

Melvin has also exhibited his personal work as part of a collaborative at Tent London 2010 and the Milan Salone Satellite in 2011. With these experiences that quietly moulded him, he made a decision to relocate back home to Singapore in 2012 to establish his studio, Desinere.

Desinere saw its debut into the world, launching its first collection in Design Tide Tokyo 2012 and later at Tortona Design Week in Milan in 2013. In the same year Melvin was part of the team which won the President’s Design award for best product under the label - Democratic Society by local retailer, Supermama.

In 2014, Melvin was recognised for his efforts and was awarded the title of 'Rising Asian Talent' by Maison et Objet Asia.

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