Louis Poulsen New Flagship Store in Singapore by Peter Tay Studio by peter tay

Peter Tay recently completed Danish Lighting Brand Louis Poulsen's Flagship Store – the first outside Denmark – in Singapore. Located on Purvis Street, this 1,500sqft space is designed as experiential store, a store that not only caters to the showcasing and retailing of the lighting brand, but also one that allows the customer to understand and experience beauty of the Louis Poulsen exquisite designs. 

Divided into three sections, the store is laid out in a progressive sequence that begins with the relation of Louis Poulsen's startling image with the street, proceeding onto a showcase of Louis Poulsen's iconic designs, and ending with a dramatic reflective light box, where the Louis Poulsen lamps are being reflected, multiplied and experienced in their different dimensions.

Louis Poulsen Singapore celebrated its grand opening on 12 February 2015.

Peter Tay wins Designer of the Year at the President's Design Award Singapore 2014 by peter tay

Peter Tay received the Designer of the Year 2014 award on 25 November 2014 from President Tony Tan Keng Yam at a ceremony held at the Istana.

Administered by the DesignSingapore Council of the Ministry of Communications and Information, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore's most prestigious design award honours key achievements in design talents who made an impact on the community through work that improves the quality of life. Covering all design disciplines, including visual communications, architecture, fashion, furniture, interior, landscape, product and industrial design, the award is presented in two categories - Designer of the Year and Design of the Year.

An exhibition of the President’s Design Award 2014 will be held at the URA Centre from 27 November 2014 to 17 January 2015 and at the National Design Centre from 20 January to 29 March 2015.

Read more about the award here


Straits Times

DesignSingapore Council


By Denyse Yeo. The Peak Interview

'Celebrated interior designer Peter Tay has taken a spiritual turn. 

On the face of it, Peter Tay has lived a charmed life. He’s an acclaimed interior designer, responsible for some of Singapore’s most upscale interiors – particularly penthouses and bungalows in tony districts – with several awards to his name. His list of clients reads like a who’s who of Singapore and beyond, including celebrities – from the Queen of Caldecott Hill Zoe Tay to Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi – billionaire businessmen and luxury property developers. And he has a penthouse in the eastern part of Singapore, filled with collectible furniture pieces. He is known to own one of Singapore’s largest furniture collections. Yet, these are just material for the 43-year-old. Of late, he has been fuelled by a strong desire to give back to society and turn towards the spiritual side of things. A Roman Catholic, Tay is in the process of designing the interiors of three churches, one in a little village outside of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and the other two in Singapore – upgrading the Church of Sts Peter and Paul in Queen Street, and designing the upcoming Church of the Transfiguration in Punggol.'

Full article here

Reflections of Peter Tay's exhibition at the Venice Biennale by peter tay

“I have always loved the idea of reflections. I love the way layers of vertically aligned glass creates duality between the exterior and interior spaces, which results in multiple reflections whose boundaries between them are blurred.” - Peter Tay



This installation by Peter Tay Studio entitled “Reflection(s)”  explores the duality and interchangeability between architecture and interiors, as well as the relationship between reflection(s), the body and space. 

The installation comprises a small enclosure encased with transparent tinted acrylic walls containing a indoor garden filled with silver river pebbles and 6 log stools within a room with the walls darkened. The furthest end of the room is finished in mirrored panels, and on the other, a simple bench.  On each end of the space is an LCD screen. The space is dimly lit, as if illuminated by moonlight. The double but laterally inverted images from the LCD screens mirror each other, its sound echoing each other in space. Its reflections through the transparent panels produce an illusionary image, suspended in time and space within the box, with its filmic motion aligned and played out in perfect synchronicity.

Within the installation space, textural and experiential qualities are intensified, inviting the visitor to leave the “known” visual world behind as he/she takes a step into a space that is at once minimal and familiar, and yet is curious and extraordinary. The movement around the outer edges of the room to reach the pebble garden is a reflective, transitory space. The pebble garden is a space of reflection and suspension, and a space of meditation and introspection. One not only becomes aware and conscious of one’s existence, but also of one’s reflections and projections through the transparent surfaces.

This installation is both an exploration and an interrogation. The exploration of the multiple meanings and depths of the phenomenon of reflection(s) and the body, and at the same time, it is an interrogation of the boundaries and relationships between architecture and interior design, the interchangeability between exterior and interior spaces, as well as the perceptions of our existence in time and space.


A Reading of Reflection(s)

/of Space

/of Event

/of Thought

/of Materiality

/of Function

/of Time

/of Context

/of Individuality

/of Sound

/of Perception

/of History

/of Tradition

/of Ambiguity

/of Emotion

/of Cartography

/of Objectivism

/of Vibration

/of Boundary

/of Proportion

/of The Body

/of Culture

/of Dogma

/of Simulation

/of Beauty

/of Sensuality

/of Poetry

/of The Universe

/of The Beginning

/of Nothingness

/of Reflection(s)


This exhibition is supported by DesignSingapore Council and XTRA.



Behind the scenes

A big thank you to Rene Rietmeyer of Global Art Affairs Foundation, Nicolas D'Oronzio of We Exhibit and everyone on the team.

Photos by John Heng

“Time-Space-Existence” exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy 201 by peter tay

Peter Tay will be taking part in the “Time-Space-Existence” exhibition organised by the Global Art Affairs Foundation (GAAF) at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy 2014. The exhibition will run from 7 June to 23 November 2014 at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice.

Entitled "Reflection(s)" the 27sqm space comprising a Gervasoni Zen Garden encased on three sides with a tinted acrylic partition and two LCD screens on the two opposite ends of the space. The composition creates a duality between spaces, which results in a cacophony of multiple reflections whose boundaries between them are blurred.

The "Time-Space-Existence” exhibition is one of the 21 Collateral Events at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition entitled Fundamentals, which is directed by Rem Koolhaas, organised by la Biennale di Venezia and chaired by Paolo Baratta. This exhibition has been selected by Rem Koolhass and promoted by the Global Art Affairs Foundation – a non-profit organisation. The aim of the exhibition is to contribute and enrich the diversity of voices that characterise the Venice Architecture Biennale by turning it into an urban phenomenon.

Event: Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

Location: Room C06, Level 1, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy [Riva del Carbon, 4793-4785, 30124 Venezia, Italy]

Dates: 7 June – 23 November 2014

The exhibition is supported by XTRA and DesignSingapore Council.

Monograph launch, The Space Gallery, Hong Kong – 30 November 2013 by peter tay

Peter Tay's book launch and exhibition at The Space gallery, Hong Kong on Saturday, 30 November 2013 was held as part of Hong Kong Indesign event and a collaboration with Cubes magazine (Singapore).

Peter Tay - Monograph launch and exhibtiion

Date: Saturday, 30 November 2013

Time: 10am to 6pm

Location: THE SPACE . HONG KONG  (210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. T 852-9180 7716)

A heartfelt thank you to the organisers and to all who came by for the show.

Kyoto Book Launch and Lecture at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, 24 - 25 May 2013 by peter tay

Peter Tay was invited by the Kyoto Institute of Technology for a lecture on his works and his monograph to students and design professionals on 24 May 2013. 

The launch of the much-awaited monograph by Peter Tay, held at Media Shop in Kyoto on 25 May 2013, was attended by invited design professionals, professors and students from Kyoto Institute of Technology, family and friends. Following a presentation by Peter of his works was a round table discussion and interview by the Kyoto Institute of Technology.

Photos © John Heng