Tropical Decadence
Tatler Homes Singapore|August - September 2021
An elegant blend of art deco influences and botanical elements meets in this Singapore home by Miaja Design Group
Hong Xinying

Art deco and tropical touches may seem strange bedfellows at first glance, but as this family home in Singapore would show, it is an exuberant combination that certainly works. This chic four-storey abode is home to a family of three: Sai Khun, senior director of global customer support at Zebra Technologies, his wife Jacinta Quah, who works as a senior leader in the tech industry, and their bubbly daughter Moone. Miaja Design Group worked closely with the dynamic mother-daughter duo to realise the home of their dreams.

“They say ‘like mother like daughter’ and how rightly so; our client’s daughter is definitely her ‘mini me’, with a strong opinion of her likes and dislikes,” says Isabelle Miaja, founder of the design firm. “Jacinta is by taste and profession drawn to orderly design, loves symmetry and has a quiet sense of luxury; and her daughter understood the importance of blending her room with the rest of the home while designing a space of her own.”

BRIDGING THE STYLES

The owners had set several broad requirements: a stylish home office with optimum acoustics and an elegant backdrop for video conferences, as well as rooms that were personalised for each member of the family, whether for work or play. “Family life was as important to them as giving their daughter space to grow as a person, with adequate areas for her hobbies,” says the designer.

The clients were also specific about their aesthetic preferences. “They wanted their home to be sophisticated without being ostentatious, incorporating jewel tones without being loud, sleek geometric lines instead of busy patterns, as well as soft materials and a sense of luxury; all of these preferences were definitely pointing towards art deco, a style that can be applied to an interior in a discreet yet elegant way.”

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