Studio iF

Specializing in interior and hospitality projects on a local and international scale, Studio IF is the interior design arm of the award winning design studio Formwerkz.

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With the vision to transform seemingly ordinary narratives in context into objects of meaningful beauty, they maintained sustainability in this competitive industry for their love of exploration and creativity. Cultivated from the belief that design discourse has to be approached in its totality, and recognizing the rising demand for an integrated design for business that is not only limited to the conventional scope on interiors, the multi-disciplinary studio has an interestingly diverse 120 man strong team comprising of architects, interiors and hospitality design, graphics, branding, animation, digital marketing, design research thinking, robotics, IT and even food sciences.

Building upon its diverse portfolio and manpower capabilities, Studio IF is able to play a vital role to co-direct projects with different businesses at the inception stage. The studio is currently engaged  in many exciting overseas projects which they hope to share with the local community in the near future.

Tunglok Xihe restaurant

When tasked to conceptualise Tunglok’s new joint venture Peking Duck restaurant, Tunglok Xihe, in a part of Singapore where there’s a large expatriate community, Gwen orchestrated a fresh take on communicating traditions so that one need not be familiar with the Chinese traditions to be able to appreciate the place and cuisine.

Abolishing all pre-conceptions of how a Chinese restaurant serving traditional cuisine should look like, a striking narrative was created by combining inspirations from traditional crafts like paper cutting, calligraphy grids infused with modern graphical sensibilities and story-telling. No details were spared in reducing construction waste. Given the modern technologies of laser cutting screens versus the traditional wood carving method, the ‘waste’ of the laser cut sun screens were transformed into an alluring feature wall at the rear entrance using a negative print version of the front facade sunscreen.

Seeking out the elements that define Chinese traditions and culture, a light-hearted graphical approach is adopted to tell the story of Peking duck, from its historical origins to the cooking techniques on the external walls. Inspirations come from Chinese paper cutting and traditional woodwork carpentry and Chinese architectural elements. Adding on to the story is the showcase of firewood at both entrances of the restaurant.

In keeping the feel of the restaurant refreshingly modern yet intrinsically Chinese, a new experience to savour the Peking duck is born.

Design Practice

  • Studio iF

Key Personnel

  • Gwen Tan, Founder

Corporate Clientele

  • Anchor Point Mall
  • Aperia
  • Aramsa Spa
  • Arcc Holdings Jala
  • Arum Land
  • Ascendas
  • Bar Stories
  • Beauty Emporium
  • Changi City Point
  • Cogent Holdings
  • EDL
  • Fraser Centrepoint
  • Fullerton Healthcare Group
  • IFly Singapore
  • Flee
  • New Moon
  • Northpoint City
  • Orion Global Group
  • Restaurant Andre
  • Spa Esprit Group
  • Spa Furama
  • The Galen
  • Tung Lok Group

Awards / Accolades

  • SIDA Luminary Awards, Exhibition Category 2017, Awarded by SIDS
  • Design for Asia (DFA) Award 2017, Awarded by Hong Kong Design Centre Merit Award, Interior Design and Architecture Category
  • The 16th SIA Architectural Design Award 2016, Awarded by SIA Design Award, Institutional Category, honorable mention
  • Design for Asia (DFA) Award 2012, Awarded by Hong Kong Design Centre Merit Award, Architecture Category
  • The 11th SIA Architectural Design Award 2011, Awarded by SIA Design Award, Residential Project Category


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