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In honour of Mother’s Day, we reflect on some of the lessons our designers have learned from their mothers that have influenced their lives and careers.

If we started listing the things we’re thankful for in our mothers, we’re sure it would have no end.

From constantly being there for us to being our treasured role models in life and our careers, they’ve taught us so many life lessons that have shaped us into the person we are today. 

This Mother’s Day, as we honour the love and dedication shown to us by our mothers, we ask six interior designers and architects to share a lesson they’ve learned from their mothers and how it has influenced their lives and design practices today. Read on below.

Evonne Chan, Founder, Novec Holm Design

“To me, I think it would be the “art” of my mother’s multitasking skills as she effortlessly juggled household chores while taking care of her family and working a 9-to-5 job. 

From her, I’ve learned to balance and manage multiple projects at the same time while navigating the unpredictable nature of design challenges – all thanks to her example of patience and adaptability.”

Kashfi Emir, Founder, Studio Three

“Ever since I was a kid, my mother always dressed exceptionally well. I’ve always loved how she would carry herself style-wise. She was bold and daring with the colours and patterns she chose with her outfit, from the different hair colours and looks she would experiment with, to the eclectic selection of her jewellery and accessories. She executed it with such great panache and yet despite the loudness, there was this absolute subtlety in her aesthetic. So through observing my mother, I try my best to emulate the same level of confidence and boldness when working on my designs. I only hope that I’ve done it with the same humility and gracefulness that she’s always had.”

Miki Ee, Founder, Longface Design Atelier

“My mom is a hairstylist who loves dressing up and was also an entrepreneur when she was younger! She has a strong sense of beauty when it comes to hairstyles, a keen eye for design balance, and meticulous attention to detail. Her patience and passion for her career inspired me in the field of design and art, and I’ve always maintained a passionate and dedicated attitude towards learning and working! Love you, Mom!”

Nicholas Tan, Founder, Pocket Square

“When we were younger, and had our place renovated twice, we didn’t have any designers.

As I’m sure my mother would have given her basic requirement of the kitchen to the contractors, not everything was planned to the T, as there were no construction drawings. 

My mother still made do with it without any complaints. This taught me a lesson that we, humans, are more adaptable and flexible than we give ourselves credit for.

While attention to due during design and planning is crucial, a compartment that is short by 2cm is not the end of the world.”

Kathy Fong, Managing Director, Stoked Associates

“My mother shows me her work ethic, courage and passion for whatever she does. She is the most hardworking woman I have ever met who works mostly 7 days a week at age 63 as a hairdresser. I don’t see her stopping anytime soon – she is unstoppable. Still, she cooks almost every dinner and handles household chores like a superwoman. That moulds me into who am I today as an interior designer and business leader.”

Annie Low, Design Director, Apieceofart

“As an interior designer, I often find myself involved in remodelling projects where we have to discard old furniture, flooring, and more. While it’s common to let go of these items, I always strive to salvage anything that can still be repurposed. I believe this inclination is partly influenced by my mother, who embodies the traditional yet innovative spirit of past generations. Despite facing material scarcity in her time, she ingeniously repurposed her old clothes for us and transformed worn-out tables into vibrant pieces with a fresh coat of paint.

As designers, we continuously evolve with the times, introducing clients to new design concepts and trends. However, we should also embrace environmental consciousness and promote sustainability. Transforming old items allows them to find new life in new homes, imbuing them with extraordinary meaning.”

It’s clear that our mothers have a tremendous influence on us whether through imparting a keen eye for design and style or teaching us to multitask and adapt. Thanks to them and their inspiring nature, they help bring out our greatest potential and shape us into who we are today. 

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Why you should care

In honour of Mother’s Day, we reflect on some of the lessons our designers have learned from their mothers that have influenced their lives and careers.

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