Calvin Tay (b.1987) is a graduate of the National University of Singapore. Having been educated in Industrial Design, he is intrigued by materials and their properties, and is perpetually seeking new ways to manipulate them. Applying his understanding of different mediums and fabrication processes to the concepts of his works, he is intent on creating pieces that are formally and conceptually cohesive.

Through his works, he seeks to induce a lingering, subliminal sense of insight – constantly uncovering the absent and recovering the lost. In 2014, he examined the remarkable technology of 3D-printing, producing handprinted lampshades that were affordable, unique and self-evident of the trace of the individual, in contrast with the uniformity and costliness of machine 3D-printed wares.

In 2017, he was awarded a residency with the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. His works during the residency revolved around the overlooked intangibles he experienced when moving around and interacting with the city and people.

A self-proclaimed plant maniac, he describes nature as the perfect designer.


BA (Hons) Industrial Design, National University of Singapore (NUS).

2018 Solo Exhibition, Conjugation : SMRT. SPRMRKT Cluny Court, Singapore.

2016 Solo Exhibition, SAMASAMA. Mandai Migrant Workers Centre, Singapore.
2014 Group Exhibition, Singapore Inc. Lor 24A Geylang, Singapore.

2019 Lutheran Community Care Services, Singapore.
2018 The Luzerne, Dehua, China.
2015 Installation for DSM Nutrition Company, Singapore.

Collaborative Projects
2016 Kuti Kuti Vessels. (Showcased at SAMASAMA exhibition)
2015 3/D Hand Printed Lampshades. (Donated to ACRES Singapore)

2014 Mobile 15. (Art Outreach SG & Marina Bay Sands Koufu, for Art of Shopping SG)

2016 SAMASAMA. Mandai Migrant Workers Centre, Singapore. (Spatial planning of exhibition, Set-up and creating space, Co-curated content)

Artist Residencies
2017 Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency, Shanghai, China. (20th Feb – 17th Aug)