Furniture Designer Receives Final Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship


Furniture Designer Receives Final Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship



Young furniture design talent, Abbie Lim, was awarded the final Takashimaya-National Arts Council (NAC) Scholarship at a presentation ceremony at Drama Centre today. The 2008 Scholar joins 20 other talented individuals who have benefitted from this Scholarship and contributed to the creative industries in Singapore and overseas over the past 16 years.


The latest recipient, Abbie, has her eyes set on gaining international exposure and venturing outside her comfort zone. The 23-year-old currently heads a furniture design company, and aims to construct original pieces of furniture which encompass both functionality and aesthetics. The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts furniture design graduate has impressed with her outstanding talent at several design competitions like the 3rd and 4th Furniture·Lifestyle·Innovations·Perspectives (FL!p) Challenge organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council. She won the PLATFORM Best Product Award at the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2008, and was a finalist at 3rd City Developments Limited Singapore Sculpture Award 2007. With the Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship, Abbie will study furniture design in Japan, where she aspires to broaden her horizons and create more innovative works.  


The Scholarship was first administered by the Economic Development Board in the early ‘90s. Given NAC’s strategic focus on the arts and creative scene, the administration was later transferred to NAC in April 2002. The Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship has since been providing support for aspiring individuals to undertake courses in applied or media arts in Japan, ranging from product design and multimedia studies to fine arts. The Scholarship includes full subsidy of a one-year Japanese language course to equip the scholars with a strong foundation in the language and a two-year full-time Diploma programme.


With the introduction of the Creative Industries Scholarships (CIS) in 2006 as part of the national effort to develop Singapore into a global city for arts, heritage, media and design, the support for creative arts learners are now adequately met.


The Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship has served its initial purpose of plugging the gaps in capability development in the creative arts industry, and will be discontinued this year.


Past scholars have had the opportunities to gain invaluable experiences during their time in Japan, like David Kua, who participated in the Tokyo Fashion Week. The 1994 scholar has found his immersion in Japan helpful to his understanding of the needs of the Japanese market in his current role as a regional apparel buyer for an outdoor brand Timberland. For 2003 scholar, Martin Heng, his stint in Japan opened his mind to the lyrical and poetic elements in Japanese advertising methods. He is now an art director at an international advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather. Another scholar, Vong Yong How, pursued professional studies in movies and videos. He is currently involved in creating animated commercial films, including works by celebrated anime master Katsuhiro Otomo.


To mark the final year of this Scholarship, a commemorative booklet will be published, featuring past scholars who have benefited from this scholarship.


Annex: Takashimaya-NAC Scholarship