Brewin Design Office

Brewin Design Office is a studio based in Singapore specialising in Interior Architecture and Design. Established in 2012, the firm is anchored by a commitment to craftsmanship in every dimension of design. The firm’s experience encompasses a multitude of scales and scopes across Asia. The studio’s diverse portfolio includes projects from residential, hospitality, commercial and cultural sectors.

Brewin Design Office grounds its work in a philosophy that each project should be carefully calibrated, balancing materials and complex details to achieve timeless results that are authentic and rich in character. With a deep passion for interior furnishing and strong relationships with international partners, every project is unique. The combination of these strengths produce projects that evoke a rich and emotional experience with substance and depth.

The studio fosters a culture of extensive dialogue with its clients, bringing clarity to initial objectives. Engaging in a collaborative process-oriented approach, in-depth research and rigorous exploration, briefs are further elaborated and developed for the success of each project. The firm’s projects have been widely published by internationally renowned design publications. Brewin Design Office was shortlisted in 2016 for Design Council Singapore’s President’s Design Award.

Robert Cheng – Founder & Creative Principal

Equipped with a broad experience in various scales and typologies, Robert approaches design and construction from a craft-oriented position. Taking his passion for tectonics in construction, specificity of materials and infusing it into the design process, Robert possesses a design principle that is closely related to ‘the making of things’, ensuring the basis for conceptual design discourse and procedure in his work.

Robert graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, and pursued a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University. He spent his formative professional years working at Tsao & McKown Architects in New York City as an apprentice to architect Calvin Tsao, later joining Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris. In 2012, he founded the multidisciplinary design practice – Brewin Design Office.

Robert’s philosophy as a designer is influenced and informed by a repertoire of knowledge and sensitivities towards various cultures, acquired through years of extensive travel around Asia, America, and Europe. These cross-culture experiences motivate him to collaborate with makers around the world and cement his vision of the culture he seeks to inspire within his firm.

In Robert’s 20 years of practice, he has developed a passion for crafting bespoke details for interior and exterior design. During his time abroad designing luxury residential interiors such as the Cipriani Residences in New York City, Robert has worked among some of the best cabinet makers and fabricators in Greater New York to realize complex custom-designed interior joinery and furniture pieces. Robert’s passion for design is also demonstrated through an in-depth understanding of the history of interior and furniture design, with the ability to discern various western and eastern evolving eras in the field, bringing an added richness and academic value into his designs.

As Principal and Design Director, Robert ensures that he personally directs each project from conceptualization through completion and maintains an active involvement in each step of the design process, ensuring each project is carried out with the excellence and attention to detail for which Brewin Design Office is known.


201 Henderson Road, #05-25
Singapore 159545
(65) 6221 8339

27th Floor, Two Landmark East
100 How Ming Street,
Kowloon, Hong Kong