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The Curator's Sanctum

This quaint abode in New Delhi is a treasure trove of exquisite artefacts, collected from travels to myriad locales

Roger Chen

My career over the past 25 years as a diplomat has allowed me to explore exotic, culturally rich countries. I was based for two to three years at a time in Jakarta, Kuwait, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Cairo, Beijing, and now in New Delhi. I wanted my home to reflect the traditions and aesthetic heritage of diverse cultures in which I’ve had the pleasure of being immersed. I have been able to travel, document by photography, and bring home art, handicrafts and objets d’art which serendipity helped me find. I feel a sense of real pleasure when forms, shapes and patterns somehow connect in objects and furnishings which were purchased years apart, from different corners of the world. Each time I start an assignment at a new location, I relish with excitement the opportunity to create over the first month or two of settling in a new living space using my furnishings and artefacts in different juxtapositions, new colour schemes for walls, and new finds during my time in that country.

Anchored by my usual preference for a muted palette such as charcoal, dove grey, ecru or taupe, over the years my aesthetic is usually to showcase art objects and let the eye wander. I have a penchant for sculptures and three-dimensional objects rather than art hanging on walls. The furniture, much of which I designed myself, tends t


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