Singapore–born product and furniture designer Gabriel Tan has built a career that thrives on travel and collaboration across borders. He’s the founder of three companies including his eponymous studio and Portuguese accessories brand 'Origin', and he’s also the creative director for Japanese furniture brand Ariake Collection. Gabriel's work has been recognized with the Industrial Designers Society of America's IDEA Award, Japan's Good Design Award, Singapore's President's Design Award, and he’s exhibited at design fairs worldwide. His creations traverse disciplines and crafts and are built by teams spread across many countries. In 2020, he moved to Porto to be closer to traditional craftspeople, manufacturers, and his European clients. We chat to Gabriel about the preservation of endangered traditional artisanship, exploring lesser–known destinations and partnering with peers from around the globe.