Every year, we scope out 18 women who are driven by a desire to bring positive change and have achieved success in their chosen field as part of the Great Women Of Our Time awards. Meet 2019’s Design & Style nominee, Cherin Tan, Founder and Creative Director, LAANK:


Meet Cherin Tan – Great Women Of Our Time 2019 Design & Style Nominee


What do Violet Oon Singapore at Jewel, Epion Aesthetic Clinic and The Boathouse Hotel in Phuket have a common?

They were all conceptualised and brought to life by Cherin Tan who helms LAANK, an interior architectural firm born in 2012 that has a unique design philosophy.

Cherin believes that design should be for the people and carry value beyond just aesthetics.

“When I was a student and young professional, interior design was commonly steered towards surface aesthetics, a particular style or a particular trend,” remembers Cherin.

“LAANK is built upon my own personal drive to make a difference in the interior design industry. I believe strongly in the way space affects people and over the years have grown a desire to create environments that mean something to their users. Design has to be for the people.”

This approach has helped the company to achieve a steady fan base over the years. It has also been recognised by the Interior Design Confederation Singapore’s Design Excellence Awards as the Emerging Interior Design Firm of the Year 2017.

LAANK designed all of the Violet Oon restaurants, including their latest outlet at Jewel Changi.

Many interior designers marry form and function, but none do it like Cherin. “Good design for me carries value beyond what you see aesthetically,” says the 36-year-old.

“LAANK believes in creating holistic, architectural interiors that create an experience, and also functionality.”

Abiding by that philosophy has allowed Cherin and her company to grow from strength to strength since it was formed in 2012, amassing clients like Violet Oon, Resorts World Sentosa and Bynd Artisan along the way.

Cherin with her husband. The duo are fur-parents to two stray cats.

“This industry let me see and feel so much. I love that I’ve grown to become a designer that doesn’t just make things pretty,” she shares.

“I feel a responsibility to speak my mind and truth in an industry that may not necessarily be transparent and easy, I’m in a position where people listen to me and my work can effect change, few designers have this opportunity.”

The Great Women Of Our Time Awards 2019 is brought to you by main presenter, Lancôme, and presenter, PANDORA.

Photos: Vee Chin & Tan Wei Te
Fashion Direction: Aaron Kok
Styling Assistants: Juliet Suen & An Lyn Chee
Hair: Jason Wong/Salon Nu, Grego & Ash Loi/Sonder Salon
Makeup: Keith Bryant Lee, Hongling Lim, Rina Sim, Wee Ming & Jyue Huey (for Shann Sok)
Location: 89NR, The Working Capitol, Botanico at The Garage & The Summerhouse

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