Desinere (dare-seen-ner-rey) is a furniture & object design studio based in Singapore, founded by Melvin Ong in 2012.
Desinere saw the launch of its debut furniture collection at DesignTide Tokyo in 2012. The following year saw a more extensive collection featured during the Tortona design week in Milan.
In the same year Desinere’s Tembusu porcelain plates that were part of the Singapore Icons Studio Project by Supermama was collectively awarded the President’s Design award under the ‘Design of the year’ catagory.
In 2014, the studio was awarded and recognized by Maison & Objet Asia as one of the Rising Asian Talents.
Melvin Ong . Founder
Melvin graduated First-Class Honours from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design with a degree in Product Design in 2010. Upon graduation Melvin had the opportunity to be under the tutelage of established designers such as Chris Lefteri and Reiko Kaneko. He then went on to work with London design agency Brand42, where he was involved with projects from CNN, Johnnie Walker and Mailonline.
Melvin has also exhibited his personal work as part of a collaborative at Tent London 2010 and the Milan Salone Satellite in 2011. With these experiences that quietly moulded him, he made a decision to relocate back home to Singapore in 2012 to establish his studio, Desinere
‘The latin root of the word silence is desinere, meaning “stop”. The type of stopping at the roots of silence is that which enables an individual to take the sensory measure of the world. ‘We all crave noise somewhere, sometime in our lives; but we’ve swung the balance so far in the direction of loudness, and stripped ourselves of so many oases of quiet, that we’re losing both the will and ability to listen to what’s actually out there.’
– an excerpt from In Pursuit of Silence by George Prochnik
It’s ironic that in being detached from our surroundings, we become more attuned and sensitive to it. Through this momentary solace, we begin to make subtle discoveries. Desinere thus approaches design through quiet reflection of relationships between items, people & experiences; to create authentic, honest objects that are refreshingly unexpected.