An effective interior design responds to the needs and tastes of the homeowner. However, a visionary designer and trusting client can take this further, creating an environment that is an embodiment of the occupant's philosophies.
The owner of this two-level condominium, Woon Tai Ho, is an author, art collector, media director and critic. Having trialed two other designers, he eventually asked Pan Yi Cheng, of Produce, to reinvent the interior. The designer says Woon wanted an aesthetic that would be an expression of his character and sense of life.
Before the refit, the 10-year-old apartment was compartmentalized by internal walls that downplayed its two best features a spectacular view to the Singapore CBD and the double-height void over the living spaces.
Pan says the new interior needed to reflect the owner's love of art, in particular the work of Han Sai Por, a noted local artist who creates strong, simple images through layering of detail. This, combined with the desire for a pared-back look that would show off the artistic process, led the designer to a stroke of inspiration and a design concept that his client embraced.
First, all the internal walls were removed, paring back the cluttered spaces. This optimized the connection to the central void and gave access to city views from all areas of the interior, says the designer.
"The two bedroom apartment became one large single living space. As the owner lives there alone, privacy between areas wasn't an issue.