Relying on natural materials can be a style unto itself. When the line between workdays and off-days becomes increasingly blurred, it is important to appear well-dressed in your normal everyday clothing.
Meet Kiat Ng, a designer and an educator with works and teachings that cross disciplines between furniture and spatial context. His interest in design pedagogy centers around the notion of dissolving disciplinary margins and bridging correlations between the design industry and academia. Read on as Kiat share with us what comfort wear means to him and breaking it down for us on how linen wear makes him feel.
Can you describe your profession / line of work?
I am a designer and an educator. I co-founded DAZINGFEELSGOOD with my wife, where we can work together to explore, practice and collaborate on projects guided by design fundamentals across disciplines. I am also teaching in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) at the 3D Design Programme.
As a designer, is the type of materials, form and texture something of great considerations?
Yes, very often it is the driving and accompanying factor to actualise a good piece of work. It changes the function and its outcome.
In the same context of texture and form, can you describe how MUJI linen wear feels?
MUJI linen feels soft and intimate to the touch; it doesn’t have that itchy prickly feeling that some linen clothing will have. Interestingly, the softness doesn’t compromise the structured form of the clothing, and the structured form is able to provide a nice natural silhouette. This unique contrast is what I like about MUJI linen.
Your home is pretty monochrome themed; does that extend to the way you dressed as well?
Yes, you may say so. I’m dressed in neutral tones often as they are versatile and easy to complement with daily functions. I kept this ideology in mind when designing the apartment too. It’s a space that serves as a home and working studio, so we wanted to achieve a cohesive relation between function, space and time.
Tell us about your typical WFH days and how do you dress comfortably at home and at work?
My line of work involves sitting long hours in front of a laptop for meetings, lessons, paperwork, or drawing. Comfort and versatility are my preference in home clothing. I tend to wear cotton t-shirts and shorts as it provides the comfort at home, and I’ll slip into a cardigan should I feel cold from the rain. On days that I’ll need to attend meetings or hold classes, I’ll opt for linen tops as it also provides the comfort yet looking semi-casual.
Can you tell us a little about the unique wooden table that we saw in the photoshoot?
LATCH is a low coffee table that took reference from topographic patterns of landscape terrains. It’s one of the projects where my wife and I explored for a competition held by Danish furniture company Bolia. The piece won third place and subsequently went into production with them.
Do you find MUJI wear versatile and comfortable as a daily wear?
Yes, it is. MUJI wear uses textiles that are soft, natural, and comfortable. It is suitable for daily wear especially with the collection of garment types in soothing neutral palettes to complement daily functions.
Can you share with us about the linen pieces you have chosen?
My choices were for functional reasons. I picked out pieces with contrasting colours—white, beige, grey and navy—of various types so that it’s easier to coordinate different looks. The cutting for this collection fits me nicely without feeling too tight or loose.
What is one favourite piece from this photoshoot you’ve worn and why?
Among the outfits, I like the grey linen shirt the most. I find the box-cut of this shirt creates a nice silhouette that fits my body. Short-sleeved shirts fit well for my activities at home, and yet make me look professional and ready for a meeting anytime.
What do you hope to see in MUJI in the future?
I think a wider range of garment collection will be great, especially for kids or sportswear. Also, MUJI has a well-designed range of household electrical products that are not brought in, it’ll be great to have them in Singapore.
In year 2021 what are you looking forward to?
To the end of pandemic and a speedy recovery worldwide.
Anything you would like to tell the readers?