IF YOU’VE EVER MET DOVER STREET MARKET SINGAPORE STAFFER/MUSICIAN/ALL-ROUND COOL GIRL JOANNE CHEAH, YOU’RE LIKELY TO FIND HER TASTE IN FASHION AT ONCE IDIOSYNCRATICALLY COLOURFUL AND EFFORTLESSLY CHARMING. THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF THE HOME SHE SHARES WITH HER ADVERTISING DATA CONSULTANT/FELLOW MUSICIAN HUSBAND FAI.
Cheah wears cotton tunic and leather platform sandals, Gucci. All other clothes and accessories, her own
“I once visited the home of two art directors who collected iconic designer chairs along with miniatures of the same model. They would buy each set after closing the deal on a big project and their home ended up being filled with mismatched chairs from legendary designers such as Gerrit Rietveld and Marcel Breuer. It inspired my husband and I when we got our own place and moved into it last October. Instead of buying all the furniture at once, we liked the idea of working towards each dream piece that we’ve ever wanted one-by-one. Some of my favourite items that we have gotten so far include a 1988 Maxi Swatch that I bought on Carousell from the amazing @jeffreyyap, who’s been collecting these giant wall clocks since the ’70s, and Ettore Sottsass’ pink Colonna stool – our most recent acquisition... We want our home to be somewhere in which we can relax and feel motivated to create whether it’s music, quilts, a meal or a craft project done with scrap materials, and be welcoming to friends. During the circuit breaker, for example, I created a ‘quarantine quilt’ (on wall thumbnail) inspired by an Amish bow tie-patterned design from the Esprit Quilt Collection. Of course, our home should also be a safe and stimulating space for our pet rabbit Wilhelmina to roam freely in.” TB patent leather shoulder bag, Burberry.
“Our bookshelf is the 606 Universal Shelving System, the iconic modular design by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe. We love that we can add onto it or rearrange its design at anytime, as well as take it with us if we move. It flanks one side of our dining area that’s become Fai’s semi-permanent office now that he works from home. The dining table is made of Japanese ash wood and is extendable – we use it for everything from dining to work – and all the chairs are mismatched. The one captured in the picture opposie is Jean Prouve’s The Standard Chair for Vitra – what folks in the furniture industry call the ‘kopitiam chair’ and one of the most copied chairs around. The corner has also become home to our plant collection that really grew during the circuit breaker. Fai and I have different tastes: I love euphorbias, cacti, ferns and caudex plants while he prefers aroids like philodendron and alocasia. Some will only mature in 30 years so you can say that we are in it for the long haul.”
Jackie 1961 GG Supreme canvas and leather hobo bag, Gucci
PHOTOGRAPHY VEE CHIN
ART DIRECTION ADELINE ENG