I started to become interested in becoming a designer after I realised involved we are with our built environment. As much as we shape them, the spaces in turn shape us back. It has the ability to create and define a civilisation altogether.
People and experiences gained from travelling and learning about different cultures are where I predominantly get my inspirations from. There is nothing more insightful than understanding more about nature, the human mind and how things work that gives one a fresh perspective every time we embark on a new design journey.
Plenty of uncommon request have popped up throughout my career as a designer, especially while I was designing turnkey yacht projects before. Secret compartments for weaponry, custom silverware, non-standard stairs constructions, and even pure gold leaves covered feature walls.
The most challenging part about our job is understanding people, be it the lifestyle of the user, the needs of the user or even the limitations of our workers. But thankfully it happens to be also the most interesting part of being a designer.
Our home is nested in the enclaves of Tanjong Rhu. We had been living in the apartment for over 10 years. Our main concern was the apartment feels dated and the space doesn’t feel cohesive. It did not reflect the true size of the property too. We were looking something that will feel sleek and elegant, perhaps more towards the Scandinavian appeal for the home.
We looked around for ID’s and met precisely 3 of them before shortlisting Jack. One was a reference from a friend who had also done work for us before. The other was a well known firm in Singapore and the third was Jack.
I must say Jack impressed us on his first visit to our home with his observations on what can be done and his initial ideas.
More in depth discussions followed and he began to understand more about our real requirements. That along with identifying the problems with the current setup and hidden advantages of the home, he began working on the designs.
One of the key issues with the place was that the ceiling was lowered in most places unnecessarily to accommodate the less than ideal planned ducted AC systems before. The main water pipe lines are too obstructing with maximising the ceiling heights.
So what Jack did was to maximise the headroom available and turn what was the issue before into one of the main features with the fluted ceiling panels. From there, the custom door details and large format tiled cladded walls are designed to complement the ceiling instead of vying for attention with it.
Some examples of touches that helps to enhance the space further making it feeling even more spacious than before are as follows:
The spreading of light into multiple softer light sources instead of concentrated light fittings as before
Curating and customising what to go on which walls to subtly draw the attention to where it’s more desired.
Customising internal frame colours so that merge seamlessly with the interiors, encouraging indoor to outdoor flow.
Storage and cabinets are incorporated mostly to fit into the space rather than standout too much.
The result is a timeless, sophisticated design that just seems to flow between the different areas. One that is filled with a sense of Tranquillity throughout.
The project that was initiated during COVID took 6 long months to complete, throughout the journey Jack was extremely professional and transparent . His calm demeanour and composure also helped cool our anxieties related to COVID delays. He was also cost conscious and advised accordingly. It was a turn key project where Jack recommended everything from tiles to throws! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him and ended up in a nice friendly bonding with them. We also used him as a designer for another overseas apartment.
I would strongly recommend Jack especially if you are looking for unique and out of the box designs and a professional ID to work with who not only comes up with great design but has complete control on the delivery and final output!
We’d work with Jack and his team again on any renovation project. It takes a high level of patience and experience to support our project–a complete overhaul of our resale condo. We have strong opinions, a budget, and firm timelines in mind. In other words, we’re pretty tough as a customer. He exceeded our overall objectives and we didn’t hate him or ourselves at the end of it.
Our trust level was high as we got into it, and we were very much excited to be now living in what is now a brand new condo with an incredible design and finish. They use top vendors to support their work. High-quality workmanship!
Jack is responsive and will get the job done. You won’t regret working with Jack and his team.
Jack was recommended by a very good friend and his wife. He did an excellent job for them. Likewise, he and his team did a good job for us. How? First, he understood our needs and preferences (style). Second, he is an excellent interior designer (he used to do ID for luxury yachts). Third, he used good and reliable workmen. Fourthly, he delivered what he promised closed to the original agreed price. Fifthly, he made sure the workmen did their best. Sixthly, he amended any mistakes. Finally, he followed through. We moved in 11 months ago, he just came by today because we had a little problem. I would recommend Jack wholeheartedly.
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