Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Fashionable Life -

the mu­se­ums and gal­leries, ex­pand­ing our imag­i­na­tions. Dur­ing the hol­i­days we would drive to the coun­try, vis­it­ing places such as Lake Dis­trict or cities within Europe. It was a mes­meris­ing child­hood.”


MY CAN­VAS What art do you col­lect? Art we like. Es­pe­cially those

painted by our daugh­ter. The best way to ac­quire art? It’s all in the con­nec­tion be­tween the art piece and the pur­chaser. We ac­quire a piece be­cause we like it.

How has liv­ing with an artist in­flu­enced you? I have more ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what has gone into a piece! Can art change the mood of a home? Art def­i­nitely plays a part in cre­at­ing an am­bi­ence, but ev­ery­one

sees a piece dif­fer­ently. “Mov­ing back to Malaysia was not a dif­fi­cult task. I dove right into the fash­ion scene, bright-eyed and brim­ming with en­thu­si­asm, work­ing my way from ground up, to set­ting up the first Fer­rag­amo store in Malaysia fol­lowed by the start-up of Valentino as well,” she re­veals. “I would go to Paris, meet in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and de­sign­ers, and ate­lier­hop from one end of Paris to another.” Af­ter years in fash­ion, Sofiah de­cided it was time for a change. Then Har­rods came call­ing.

There was no one more suit­able for the job than Sofiah. Mak­ing her tran­si­tion from the fash­ion in­dus­try into F&B with­out any hic­cups, she did not stray too far from the fash­ion­able crowd; it is Har­rods, af­ter all. As gen­eral man­ager The post­mod­ern house that she shares with her hus­band and two chil­dren (one is an artist and the other a fresh grad­u­ate with an eco­nom­ics de­gree from Durham Univer­sity) is min­i­mal­is­tic with art­ful ac­cents of quirky dé­cor and one-of-a-kind mas­ter­pieces by Asian artists as well as her daugh­ter, Kara Inez. “The main ar­chi­tect of our home is my hus­band. As the plan­ning pro­gressed, the en­tire fam­ily was in­volved and Ade­line Ng from Mal­reka As­so­ci­ates com­bined our ideas per­fectly to cre­ate a work­ing home,” ex­plains Sofiah.

In keep­ing with the sim­plic­ity of ’ 70s ar­chi­tec­ture, Sofiah built the cur­rent house around an orig­i­nal dark wooden stair­case and opened up the space al­low­ing light to shine right in. “An abun­dance of nat­u­ral light streams through the win­dows, fill­ing the en­tire house with sun­light ev­ery morn­ing, giv­ing it a happy am­bi­ence. As the sun sets, low lights in­doors come on to cre­ate a cosy feel,” she adds.

Here, light paired with the muted shades of her in­te­rior calls to mind the iconic paint­ing “Im­pres­sion, Soleil Le­vant” by Claude Monet, along­side state­ment pieces such as an orig­i­nal

Un­der her wil­low tree by the pool

A state­ment piece from Taksu Gallery

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