This bachelor pad makes a splashy welcome. Next to its black-grilled door is a wall finished with bronze stainless steel. On it is a yellow metal sign with black uppercase letters that says: Club Zion. Below it is an astroturf welcome mat with a pair of flip flops made from the same material. And above, hangs the majestic Aria lamp, designed by the legendary Zaha Hadid for Italian lighting brand Slamp. That’s just a little taste of what’s inside.
Homeowner Kong Chek Yong, a bachelor in his 30s who works in digital advertising, is an outgoing introvert. He listens to all kinds of music and is a fan of the club aesthetics. “But I don’t club much, and I prefer smaller parties and gatherings,” he shares. A (pre-pandemic) frequent traveller, he has visited 151 countries to date and stayed in numerous hotels with unique interiors. His favourite is W Hotels. Chek Yong is also a design aficionado who favours retro designs from the 50s-70s and appreciates nostalgic, new old and upcycled items.
Chek Yong had distilled his long wish list for his bachelor pad into a 159-slide design brief before he went shopping for an interior designer. “I think I spooked some of them away with my requirements,” he recalls. A one-woman practice, Do.Design Studio, stepped up to the plate. Studio founder Yiap Yi Yun worked on Chek Yong's previous home – a retro industrial abode featured on Home & Decor years ago – under another company before setting up her practice in 2019.
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