Find calm amidst the chaos that often accompanies big city living in this minimalist home that combines contemporary art with design-conscious furnishings
Photography: Law Soo PhyeFlip Now
sofa by Rafa Gracîawww.sancal.com
Showroom: The Garden Mall, Second Floor Lot 236 & 237
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The year-end is, more often than not, a time for reflection, introspection and recalibration. As we get ready to usher in a new year and mull over what is to come, it is always a good idea to retreat. Quietness and peace always soothes and, for this purpose, a safe haven is necessary. In this light, we are particularly inspired by Chong Wei-Hsiang’s perfectly-formed space — a slice of serenity despite being set in the heart of frenetic Kuala Lumpur. Complemented by his favourite artworks, his minimalist home also serves as the perfect platform upon which to display his penchant for design-conscious furniture. We trust you will be as uplifted by his space as we were.
One of the cultures most associated with tranquility would be the Japanese. In keeping with our theme, we thought it apt (and timely) to profile The Japan Store that has been making waves around town ever since it opened recently — but from a home and design angle, of course. Sarah Abu Bakar has the story on Page 30. The heart of the home is also, undisputably, the kitchen and, considering that the festive season almost always becomes a “feast-ive” one as well, we are as pleased as Punch that renowned model Danielle Peita Graham has allowed us to share some celebratory dishes from her just-launched debut cookbook, On The Table at Home. Showcasing recipes that reflect her Asian-European heritage, we hope her story inspires you to live your life more around the dining table.
A heavy-laden table also demands the accoutrements to match and the talented people behind OFlwr, one of Kuala Lumpur’s premier go-to outfits for floral fabulosity, who also embellished Danielle’s table for this issue’s shoot, tell us what to do to effortlessly dress up the table this season. (The story is on Page 16.)
For me, personally, the ultimate space for serenity has always been the most natural and obvious one — the garden. Expansive or bijou, there is nothing quite like being enveloped in nature. And it is in this same vein that we present a heartfelt tribute to the late Made Wijaya. Almost everyone who adores the idea of a lush, tropical garden would undoubtedly be familiar with the world-renowned tropical garden designer’s name. Born Michael White, a native Sydneysider, he loved Bali deeply — a sentiment I wholeheartedly share — and was one of its most famous — and flamboyant — sons. As such, we are pleased to have architect Dr Tan Loke Mun, who was both his friend and collaborator, pay homage.
We hope you find your special space within this issue. Until 2017.