The Life Interview: President's Design Award winner Hans Tan is a designer 'who can't draw'


Hans Tan is known for works such as his Spotted Nyonya collection of vessels which re-interpret local themes.
Hans Tan is known for works such as his Spotted Nyonya collection of vessels which re-interpret local themes.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - He may have won a President's Design Award (PDA) three times, but Hans Tan, 38, will be the first to admit that he can't draw.

In fact, his drawing skills were so weak that he left the drawing section of his admissions test to design school at the National University of Singapore (NUS) blank, fortunately getting in anyway.

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