Design Hunter Q+A: Diego Molina & Maria Arango of Ong&Ong

Diego and Maria are the architects behind Ong & Ong, Singapore-based architect firm. We have a chat.

14 Oct 2014

Diego Molina & Maria Arango

Where you are from/live:
Both: We’re from Colombia and we live in Singapore.

What you do:
Both: We are architects and designers.

When did you first know you wanted to be an architect?
Diego: I’ve always wanted to be one. / Maria: When I was five, there was an architectural studio next door to my mom’s office. I used to go there to draw and that’s when I knew I wanted to become an architect.

Your latest project:
Both: 65BTP-House

ONG&ONG Habitus Living

Where you find inspiration:
Both: Everywhere. From nature, fashion, travelling, arts, space and architecture.

Three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Diego: Brazilian architects / Maria: Charles and Ray Eames
2) Maria: Rem Koolhaas
3) Maria: Steve Jobs

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: Both: Mini Cooper
Chair model: Diego: Plywood lounge chair / Maria: Wishbone
Residential space: Diego: Farnsworth House / Maria: The Eames House
Commercial space: Diego: 21_21 Design Sight, Roppongi / Maria: Prada Building, Omotesando

21_21 Design Sight


Decorative product: Diego: E15 ST04 Backenzahn / Maria: Vitra dolls
Functional product: Diego: Dyson fan / Maria: Polaroid camera
Item in your studio: Diego: Pen / Maria: Markers

Time of day to work/play: Diego: Work – when I’m calm, all day; Play – evening / Maria: Work – afternoon; Play – morning
Meal (of the day): Both: Dinner
Meal (type of food): Diego: Burger / Maria: Sushi
Restaurant: Diego: La Lucciola, Bali / Maria: Koh Grill & Sushi Bar, Singapore
Drink: Both: Mojito


Inside the Prada Building

Piece of technology: Diego: iPhone and PS4 / Maria: iPhone
Historical figure: Diego: Le Corbusier / Maria: Salvador Dalí
Fictional character: Diego: Spider-Man / Maria: Iron Man

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you?
Both: A researcher for architecture, fonts, products and all kinds of design.