Interview With Oi Lin Irene Yeung From Hong Kong

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Interview with the 2022 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Oi Lin Irene Yeung

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

I am a Hong Kong based designer and studied marketing & graphic design in tertiary education. After graduation, I was self-taught in product design while having over 20 years working experience in sheet metalworking industry.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?

I wanted to be an artist in childhood, and now working in my dream job as a artist and designer.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

I set up a design studio in Hong Kong, Derangedsign, and deliver projects with minimalist designs and philosophic ideas.

4What does “design” mean to you?

Design is a way to bring creativity and artistry to daily lives. It's also a solution to improve people livings and making a better world.

5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?

Metalware. Because there is no greater satisfaction than seeing your design being translated into something that can last forever.

6To you, what makes a “good” design?

This question leads to another question to me always:

How can I make use of my designs to inspire others of treasuring our precious moment of living & working, cultures, the loved ones & our motherland?

7Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

Minimalist Metalware. Simple designs that stand the test of time with a durable, flexible, and beautiful material.

8Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

Definitely! I try to put elements of culture and philosophy in my design works.

9Congratulations! As the winner of the 2022 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

Great honor to be accredited by the MUSE Awards, and it means a lot to us and encourage us to design more products with meanings and messages.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2022 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

Coexistence is a set of 2 stainless steel trays, it has a lots inside, just like an art sculpture but not only a simple tabletop item.

11What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The design of one unique mold to make 2 different trays should be the biggest challenge.

12How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

Our brand gains more recognition from the international design awards and more exposure and opportunities of cooperation offered from different countries.

13What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?

Design is very interesting and I just can’t stop brainstorming and super eager to develop the images from my brain into the real items, full of satisfaction.

14What makes your country specifically, unique in the design industry?

I was born and living in Hong Kong, where is a place “East Meets West”, this is unique I think. The Hong Kong Culture inspires me to create some designs of metalware mixed with Asian philosophy.

15Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?

There will be more interaction and cooperation without boundaries in the future, in different aspects of regions, races, cultures and technologies.

16If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?

Be confident of own design and also take a look of more previous awarded designs from MUSE Design Awards pages.

17What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?

Learn more from all international exhibition and awards about design.

18Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I can’t think of any… Seems that I don't have secrets...

19Who has inspired you in your life and why?

I meet different people and things at different stages in my life, and these all have different degrees of influence on me. For the deepest influence, it was my father. He introduced me to metalworking techniques and taught me a lot of valuable experiences and truths that are difficult to express in words...

20What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

There is no formulator of being success.... just be true to myself and get to know more of others and the place we are living, be respectful and humble.

21Do you have anything else you would like to add to the interview?

Thank you :)

Thanks for all prizes and your interests in my work.

Winning Entries

Coexistence | 2022


Stainless steel tray is a set of two tabletop items. This set includes two trays, each is designed as a landscape shape and also like an art sculpture. Each piece is polished with a crisp, mirror finish on the exterior. Each tray can be individually used for table serving, and two trays can be set upside-down to each other in different variations…
(read more at MUSE Design Awards)

Oi Lin Irene Yeung

Understanding the importance of both sides of good and bad, Oi Lin Irene Yeung takes this in careful consideration and implements them into her designs!

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