Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)
While formally trained as an industrial designer in Singapore, Kevin is essentially a curious explorer at heart. His inquisitive nature motivates him to undertake international projects which stem from multiple disciplines, i.e. UI, UX, product, medical, spatial, environmental, service and hospitality design.
After a successful launch on Kickstarter in 2017, Kevin cofounded VOORT studio, a watch collective that crafts minimalistic, experimental timepieces. He has also worked at the Tokyo Design Lab and Keio-NUS CUTE Centre and currently serves as a design associate for the Design Singapore Council.
Kevin’s work has been featured in Archpaper, Channel News Asia, CNN Style, Core77, Dezeen, iF World Design Guide, Index Project, James Dyson Award, Dyson On Magazine, Reuters, Wallpaper* and Yanko Design. His work has been presented at the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Conference, The Artling Collectible Design Showcase, Reciprocity Design Liege - Handle With Care, Dubai Design Week and has recently been invited to exhibit at the Ventura Future Design Showcase in Milan, Italy.
Kevin has been awarded the James Dyson Award (National Winner, Singapore and International Finalist) in 2018, second place for the Europe Prize Trophy Design Competition in 2019 and first place for the 2020 KI Award, presented by KI Europe. Other achievements include:
HAY Talent Award Asia, Shortlisted
Global Grad Show, COVID-19 Design Competition, Finalist
International Housewares Association Student Design Competition, First Prize
INDUSTART International Design Award, First Prize
TEDA Cup International Youth Design Competition, Honourable Mention
Singapore Creative Awards, Silver Prize
INDE Awards, Top 5 Finalist
Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge, Top 10 Finalist
Wallpaper* Handmade Callout, Top 10 Finalist
Lexus Design Award, Finalist
Taiwan International Student Design Competition, Gold Award
Global Grad Show Progress Prize, Honourable Mention
DSTAR Furniture Design Award, Second Prize
Core77 Design Awards, Furniture & Lighting Award, Student Winner
Air pollution is unfortunately an unintended consequence of our consumption habits. In fact, pollution on underground transportation is much more severe than roadside air. Ironically, people are less aware of the dangers that lurk beneath as pollutants are generally invisible to the naked eye. That knowledge encouraged me to explore both traditional and unorthodox methods of removing pollutants. This included using pneumatics, adhesives, electrostatics, ionisation, bubbles and liquid filters.
Like many other creatives around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has personally challenged me to consider novel means of concept validation, especially so when I am based in London. For example, online, co-creation workshops replaced group ideation sessions. Instead of physical prototypes, visual models served as alternative conversation starters to garner community feedback. With just a few creative tweaks, the project has successfully adapted to lockdown-imposed constraints and has delivered a meaningful outcome.
Iron oxides form the majority of the pollutants and are typically produced from the interaction between train wheels and tracks. PM concentrations are affected by particle resuspension, a phenomenon where PM at rest is disturbed and recirculates back into the air. This is due to trains and the train tunnel piston effect, as well as people’s movement.
Inspired by how Nature uses rain to clean the air, Airtomo wearables and modules release dry, atomised water vapour to remove pollutants through a process called aggregation . Water droplets bind harmful particles to form large, heavy aggregates which fall to the ground, thus removing PM from the air. They no longer resuspend, even after water has evaporated, and can subsequently be removed with a mop or broom.
Airtomo proposes a decentralised, dynamic way to purify air. The infrastructure modules leverage on the train tunnel piston effect to push vapour into station platforms to clean the air and directly tackles resuspension at the source when it is installed along passage ways, intersections, entrances or exits. Airtomo wearables offer individuals a personal vapour cloud that actively cleans the air one breathes or reduces PM resuspension induced by walking. In addition, Airtomo consumes nominal resources . Most importantly, the process is visually tangible, thus motivating adoption.
 Financial Times, 2019.
 British Lung Foundation, 2003.
 A single atomiser cleans 167 litres of polluted air in a minute.
 A single atomiser consumes 23ml of water per hour and utilises 1.5W of power. Airtomo wearables house between 30 to 50ml of water. This capacity is based on the average travel duration taken by LU commuters – 1 hour.