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Hemsley's newest high-end bathroom fittings collection “Endless Possibilities” features six designer bathroom settings, one of which was designed by prominent local fashion designer, Wykidd Song. Fun, bold and a riot of colours, the walls in the bathroom designed by Song were plastered with magazine pages. We meet with Song at a cafe at the Red Dot Museum as he tells us the practical concept behind his design and shares some pretty unexpected advice for designers out there.
What is the inspiration behind the design of the bathroom?
Song: I spend a lot of time on the toilet reading. I always like to have a bit of fun outside of my main stage, which is fashion. We can only do that much with clothes. The main thing is that you don't have to bring a magazine or book to the toilet and you can carry on reading when you're in the shower!
Why did you choose to plaster your walls with magazine pages?
Song: Well, it makes a pretty picture. In the context of an exhibition hall, the idea is to create something that stands out and makes a statement.
Have you always known that you wanted to be a designer?
Song: I've always wanted to be a designer. I wanted to be a journalist, but decided that being a designer is better for me. I like writing but I prefer drawing.
I read that you love travelling. Does travelling mould your creative outlook?
Song: Yes it certainly does. It's so humbling, especially when you're in a place where no one knows you and you have to find your way around and take public transport. Your curiosity is definitely enhanced when you're abroad. Talking to people helps you grow, being lost is character building. All these stay in you when you're working.
What advice can you give to budding designers or designers who are afraid to showcase their works out there?
Song: My most important advice is, if you love designing, go work for someone else, so that you can just keep on designing. If you start something yourself, you'll be a part-time designer, a part-time book keeper, a part-time store manager. You're not going to be a designer who is focused on just designing. You're going to be doing everything else.
What do you think are three qualities that make a successful designer?
Song: Hunger, curiosity and humility.
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