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Nanyang Technological University, Custom Coaster (Set of 4)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) commissioned Qua to design a set of lacquer coasters that exhibit some of their most prominent buildings — The Hive, Pioneer and Crescent Halls, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the School of Art, Design and Media.

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Figure 1: (Left to right) The Hive, Pioneer and Crescent Halls, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and School of Art, Design and Media

Each building is specially designed and illustrated by Qua. These illustrations are treated in silver foil on a red/blue base which represent some of NTU’s key corporate colors. The end result? A chic set of coasters to impress fellow guests.


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Nanoleaf Light Panels for Spectrum Global

Nanoleaf had the opportunity to hatch up a customized installation (using 159 panels, our largest installation to date!) for Spectrum Global, a technology and innovation business club. The idea behind the installation highlights the integrative human role in technology.

Using the new Nanoelaf Rhythm (an add-on module), the installation also reacts to sound and music. Click here to learn more about these cool modular light panels.

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Qua Lacquerware

At Qua, we provide exquisite personalized solutions for customers looking for unique corporate gifts to celebrate or enhance your business/brand.

Some of our corporate clients include five-star hotels and international companies. Check out the following for some of the latest case studies done for our esteemed clients.



Custom tea box

• Custom made to size

• Silkscreened logo

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 Star Cruise

Custom goodie box hamper.

• Goodie box adorned with Swarvoski Crystals

• Custom sized silk fabric box with silkscreen logo



Goldbell Corporation

Custom goodie box hamper.

• Assorted goodie box designs

• Personalized message card and sticker label


AIG Gift for Top-tier Insurance Agents

Custom lacquer plaque.

• Custom designed to showcase AIG’s magnet brooch

• Easy-to-assemble frame stand


Nikko Asset Management

Custom coasters with original artwork supplied by client.

• Custom fabric box packaging

• Personalized message card

• Feature full-color artwork prints


 The Art Faculty by Pathlight

Custom business card cases.

• Feature full-color artwork prints

• Logo engraved on metal case

• Hot stamping logo on cardboard package




National Council of Social Service (NCSS) for President’s Challenge

Custom William Farquhar Display Stand.

• Custom made to size

• Personalized metal plate with logo and inscription


SMRT Corporation

Custom Stationery & Business Card Box.

• Feature black & white artwork

• Silkscreened logo

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Supreme Court

Custom coasters with various artworks of the Supreme Court building.

• Feature full-colour artwork print


United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Custom coasters with various artworks of the Supreme Court building.

• Feature full-color artwork print

• Custom made to size

• Silkscreened logo


Tiffany & Co.

Custom goodie box for Tiffany’s VIP customers.

• Custom made-to-size lacquer box in White with Tiffany Blue trimming

• Embellished with Peranakan tiles replica

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Click here to drop us an email for a more in-depth discussion on how we can work with you.

Here are some excerpts of our interview with Mei Chien, the artist behind the One Line Singapore collection:

What is the inspiration for these artworks?

Mei Chien:

The Singapore skyline has undergone many changes recently, notably, the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens By the Bay and the Singapore Flyer have made footprints on urbanising Singapore.  I chose these icons, and our all time favourites, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, Changi Airport Control Tower and the Merlion to complete the artwork.  I did lots of online research, including going onsite to check out the various icons and architectures in person to pick out special features to highlight in my line work.

After the research, it took me almost 2 months to produce as I needed to draw in one line.  I start all over again when I make a mistake or not happy with the finished product.  I killed many trees in the process – LOL.

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Have you done any other One Line works you are proud of?

Mei Chien:

When I was still in school, I participated in quite a number of art and design competitions.  The one I am most proud of is becoming a finalist for the “Hand in Hand 20.10” campaign with the One–line Drawing Contest themed “World Expo 2010 Shanghai China”.  The contest asked Singaporeans to use one continuous line to draw a picture with elements of World Expo 2010, Singapore, China or CapitaLand, and aims to connect Singaporeans to World Expo 2010 through the medium of art. The one–line drawing technique is symbolic of the connection between countries, people and communities.  Being a finalist in the competition, I was very proud that my artwork was exhibited in the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

Description: My drawing depicts a mother and her daughter holding hands. They are running towards the possibility of finding new knowledge. Behind them is the Singapore Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The World Expo is a platform that showcases ideas from all parts of the world, for the benefit of the world and for mankind. For a child, this may be a good chance to get to know a country; but for an adult, this is a good time to know the entire world. Hopefully, the World Expo can help to bridge our differences and pave the way to world peace and harmony.

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Check out our new specially designed and customised box for keys and other apartment amenities for new condominium owners.  Imagine the surprise when the new owner sees the box.  This beautiful box also doubles up as a jewellery box.

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We helped Ministry of Education produce these lacquered boxes which are given to important guests.  The orchid flowers are good reminders of their visit to Singapore.


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Tea Box for Ministry of Education

I am by no means an expert on branding, but I certainly think that this chocolate box which Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has developed with us speaks of the hotel’s style and panache.

Look forward to enjoying tasty chocolates set in an elegant lacquer box when you turn in every night at the hotel.



I would like to share the recent work we have done for DBS Treasures.  We work in collaboration with Gryphon Tea and had very special blends of tea put in a pretty lacquer box.  This was given to the customers during CNY – perfect, as cherry blossoms represent “welcoming spring”.

Lacquered Tea Box

Lacquered Tea Box


As part of the 45th anniversary celebrations and grand opening of the Mochtar Riady Building on 24th September 2010, NUS Business School commissioned us to produce a box with “reeds” design on boxes and tealight candle holders.  The reeds design is adapted from the “reed-like” design of the Mochtar Riady Building.  A very simple but meaningful corporate gift that is loved by all.

For ideas on how we can exclusively design your next corporate gift, click here to get contact details.

Click here for a list of case studies on what we have done for other customers. 

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Exclusively Designed Candle Holder for NUS Biz School Building Grand Opening

Exclusively Designed Candle Holder for NUS Biz School Building Grand Opening

A common question our customers often ask is how they can come up with a gift that is not common, meaningful and creates a lasting impression.  Simple, personalize it!  Whether it’s with the person’s name or the title of a project they’ve been working on, engraving a gift in a meaningful way will change it from being a mere item to a treasured keepsake. This way the recipient will feel more valued and it shows that their efforts are not in vain.

My client, Port Authority of Singapore (PSA) wanted the recipients of the gift remember their organization.  With the commissioned paintings of PSA embedded in the gift / trinket boxes, it will really stand out in the minds of the recipients.


Shangri-La commissioned us to design an exclusive collection of items for their most loyal guests.  We came up with a collection of gift items including candle holders, photo albums and chopstick sets.

Shangri-La's Guest Recognition Programme Gift Items

Shangri-La's Guest Recognition Programme Gift Items