Many people buy art to complement the design of their home. But for Jeffrey Soh and Selina Chong, it was the other way around. The couple envisioned a stylish abode that would showcase their collection of Chinese contemporary art in the most impactful way possible. “We wanted our art to create a grand and spectacular impression the moment our guests step into our home,” says Soh, who has been collecting art and sculptures for about 15 years. His favourite artists include Ren Zhe, Shen Jing Dong, Cai Zhi Song, Pan De Hai and the Luo Brothers. “I have always enjoyed decorating and wanted to spend time deciding on the placement of each piece to create a cohesive overall look,” he adds.
To realise the contemporary yet cosy atmosphere the owners had envisioned for their 3,671sqft penthouse unit, they engaged Bu Shukun, design director of Architology Interiors, after discovering the latter’s portfolio via a family friend. The couple, who have three young children, decided to divide their fourbedroom abode into two zones.
“The main floor is the social zone, where they often host their extended family, friends and business associates. The upper floor was to be a master suite for the couple,” says Bu. The design team also had to ensure a balance between the couple’s opposing aesthetic preferences. “Jeffrey leans towards darker palettes, has a preference for rich materials and likes more dramatic designs,” says Bu. “Selina is the opposite; she likes a bright and airy interior with elegant plays of textures on a muted palette.”
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