The renovation for his third home propelled this homeowner into the world of Italian design.

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The renovation for his third home propelled this homeowner into the world of Italian design. ELIZA HAMIZAH finds out how he worked with a designer to create this luxurious, loft-style home.

As they entertain guests often, Kevin and his wife require an open kitchen. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and a wine fridge, as well Swissmade Vzug dishwashers, were integrated into the dark laminateclad kitchen cabinetry design.
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To create a loft-style look, the whiskey cabinet was fitted with LED mood lights that emphasise the raw brick walls. Complementing it is the 2.4m-long Diamond dining table by Patricia Urquiola, which has bevelled edges and a Sahara Noir marble top.
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A couple and their two daughters HOME Four-en suite bedroom condominium in Katong Gardens SIZE 2,360sqf


Walls were hacked to provide more space in the living area. This neutralhued “shell” was then filled with colourful furnishings, such as a leather Poltrona Frau three-seater and Molteni & C’s nesting marble tables. The staircase leads to a private second level, where the bedrooms are.

 Italian architect Gio Ponti was the biggest creative influence on homeowner Kevin Eu.

 “Molteni & C, a brand Gio Ponti designed extensively for, is my go-to furniture brand. His creations look equally good today as they did in the 1950s,” says the private banker. The father of two is new to the world of design, but the sophistication of Italian interiors and New York lofts – introduced through copious readings of international design magazines – swiftly informed his tastes.

The $300,000 price tag on renovations includes quality materials and extensive wet works. Bringing his ideas to reality is Leslie Seow, director of Ensemble, who designed the home for two main purposes: As a tasteful space for entertaining, as well as a comfortable home for Kevin, his wife and their two kids.

“We stripped the apartment bare and gave it an industrialstyle palette with black ceilings, brick walls and engineered ash flooring. The kitchen’s luxurious materials, such as granite countertops and brushed aluminium fittings, as well as Kevin’s fine Italian furniture, created a refined and inviting ambience,” says Leslie.

Backed by Kevin’s vision and Leslie’s design prowess, this home is understatedly elegant, contemporary and timeless in style.
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Kevin loves hanging out on one of these D.153.1 seats, which Gio Ponti designed for his private house in Milan. “This angle lets me take in the design of the home, from the whiskey cabinet to the pink velvet armchair. I love staying at home; I suppose it is my third child,” chuckles Kevin.
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The D.655.1 chest of drawers by Gio Ponti features handpainted white drawers with applied woods like elm, mahogany and rosewood. Kevin also loves the work of Italian designer Rodolfo Dordoni (who has designed for Molteni & C, and Minotti) and Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen, praising them as for wardthinking creatives.
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The Vietnamese silk paintings throughout the home are the works of Hoang Hoanh, a master in his 80s. “His paintings of women are what attracted me the most; there is beauty in the serenity. The master makes everyday things, like walking in the rain, so peaceful. Our family tries to find beauty in the everyday things we do, too,” says Kevin.
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Leslie suggested minimalist and sophisticated fittings, such as the matte ceramic sink from Italian label Falper and tap by CEA, to contrast against the textured cement backsplash.
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The Clip Bed by Patricia Urquiola came at a hefty price of $10,000, but the designloving homeowner says it’s a worthy investment. Clad in leather, the bed frame resembles a paper clip and features tiltable headboards. According to P5, the flagship retailer for Molteni & C, it is possibly the only piece sold in Asia.