If you’re one who loves to party and Instagram, then you’d most likely have stumbled upon and – even shared on Instagram – the work of Tina Fung without realising it. This Denmark-born set and prop designer is behind some of the most photogenic, trippy installations to have popped up around the island in the past year.
Her latest project that her year-old company Space Objekt spearheaded already sounds exciting on paper. Launching this month, the multi-disciplinary project, Nineteen80 is a new concept bar in Tanjong Pagar which blurs the line between interior design and set design. Expect plenty of ’80s references and reclaimed elements like cassette tapes. The entrance is said to be decorated by a pink light vortex that plays with mirrors and lights.
An interior designer by training, 35-year-old Fung (dad’s Hong Konger and mum’s Filipina) left London where she was working at that time for Singapore where she started her gig as a set designer for the old Zouk. The human-sized paper plans installations and the diamond-shaped light strobes, you have her to thank for that
Post-Zouk, Fung’s work got more experimental and playful. Neon lights and experiential design became more prominent. Some of her most memorable works include a gin chamber that envelops guests in the alcohol’s vapour and giant booths that looks like you’re in a giant kaleidoscope. Fung has also dabbled in creating sets for the small screen. Singaporean singer-songwriter Charlie Lim‘s whimsical alien-inhabited space-themed music video Conspiracy (2016) featured an extra-terrestrial landscape designed by Fung.
In a fashion landscape dominated by grand, dramatic and OTT setups and lighting displays that could pass off as mini Biennale pieces, the work of set and prop designers are coming more into focus. Just take, for instance, the Burberry S/S ’18 show in February which featured a rainbow-dripped light installation by London studio United Visual Artists which included kinetic swinging pendulums.
We talk more with Fung on her inspirations.