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Stepping into the White Jacket design studio in Boat Quay is a somewhat stunning experience.

Outside, the nondescript four-storey warehouse building looks like a home for long-forgotten printers and fax machines. But on the third floor, which the studio fully occupies, it’s a hopeful new world. 

Living in Singapore, you would be forgiven for overlooking some of its most important landmarks and classic landscapes. Here, these scenes are given modern, almost futuristic interpretations – reminiscent of White Jacket’s signature vis...