Stephanie Ng – Industrial Designer
When it comes to getting things right on the first go, Stephanie Ng has it down to a fine art. The first lighting piece she ever designed – the Halo Modular Light – won the EDGE Best Concept Award at the Australian International Furniture Fair in 2013, while she netted the grand prize at last year’s Malaysian International Furniture Fair Furniture Design Competition for her first furniture piece, Mick’s Deck Chair. “I must be on a really lucky streak!” she jokes.
Her love of design manifested itself early – “I enjoyed making things with my hands in high school,” Stephanie recalls – and she went on to complete a Diploma in Product Design at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. However, it took almost six years before she decided to pursue design again, following a successful career in marketing. She headed to Swinburne University of Technology to study Industrial Design – acquainting herself with Australia’s tightly-knit, supportive creative community along the way – and eventually kick-started her own studio, Stephanie Ng Design.
“Beside experimenting with new materials that aren’t normally used for applications like lighting or design, I like creating products that people can turn into their own – it has to be versatile and reflect their personality. In that, designing for emotion is very important because that person should be able to feel something when they see the product,” she says. It’s an approach that’s given rise to fun, whimsical pieces with a signature dose of quirkiness, including the ice cream cone-shaped Scoop Pendants light, the Luna Lana light wrapped in merino wool, and the Trieg Coffee Table, capable of multiple configurations.
Stephanie’s project-based interior work can be found in places as diverse as Romania, New York, Paris, and various Australian cities, while she’s wholly enthusiastic about the local design scene here: “It’s a different ball game – there are a lot more project opportunities to create amazing spaces now. Malaysia is still a blank canvas in the sense that design has just started becoming important in people’s lives, and they value that.” In other words – watch this space, and wait for Stephanie to work her magic.