PEO­PLE – JACKAL CHUA

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Jackal Chua of Met­rics Global talks about his work with award­win­ning de­vel­op­ment Pu­teri Cove in Iskan­dar Pu­teri, Jo­hor.

TUCKED INTO THE SPRIGHTLY SOUTH OF MALAYSIA, ISKAN­DAR PU­TERI HAS GROWN INTO ITS ROLE AS A BEA­CON OF LUX­URY AND MOD­ERN LIV­ING. AT THE HEART OF IT ALL: PU­TERI COVE RES­I­DENCES BY PA­CIFIC STAR DE­VEL­OP­MENT, FEA­TUR­ING DE­SIGN SEN­SI­BIL­I­TIES IN AP­PEAL TO THOSE SEEK­ING A LIFE OF EASE AND COM­FORT, SUR­ROUNDED BY BEAUTY.

The de­vel­op­ment it­self is a beau­ti­ful enough sight on our walk­through tour – yet be­yond the bound­aries of the space, with com­mu­nal in­te­ri­ors done up by in­te­rior de­sign firm DWP of Thai­land and land­scap­ing by SHMA De­signs, it is a bea­con to sig­nal the growth of Iskan­dar Pu­teri. With awards, ac­cred­i­ta­tions, and ac­co­lades aplenty – from Best Lux­ury Condo De­vel­op­ment to Best Res­i­den­tial In­te­rior De­sign to Best in Res­i­den­tial Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign – the de­vel­op­ment is cer­tainly one to watch for Ocean­side liv­ing.

Suf­fice to say, a tour of the de­vel­op­ment grounds and in­te­ri­ors proved to be im­mensely im­pres­sive. Af­ter all, so pro­lific is the space that the trin­ity of lo­ca­tion, de­sign sen­si­bil­ity, and aes­thet­ics is well in place, thus ce­ment­ing Pu­teri Cove in the lux­ury prop­erty hall of fame – no small feat in­deed.

We speak to de­signer Jackal Chua of Met­rics Global – the man be­hind the Ur­ban Se­ries, one in four of the de­vel­op­ment’s four be­spoke in­te­rior se­ries, and three in eleven of the re­sul­tant in­te­rior pack­ages pro­vided.

H&D: Tell us about the Ur­ban se­ries. What was the brief that Pa­cific Star De­vel­op­ment gave you? Jackal: When we got the brief, we were told about the lo­ca­tion of the de­vel­op­ment, and how

it’s done up in a very re­sort style. We iden­ti­fied the units to in­clude dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, and came up with a de­sign that would suit dif­fer­ent clients.

We have de­signs to ap­peal to artists, we have de­signs for fam­i­lies who like Ori­en­tal in­te­ri­ors that cross over into clas­si­cal aes­thet­ics. This kind of con­cept is great for show­cas­ing the units.

H&D: Did you pro­pose the con­cepts?

Jackal: Yes, we did. Of course, the client wants to tar­get dif­fer­ent buy­ers, so we came up with dif­fer­ent de­signs over four units.

H&D: Tell us about the fur­nish­ings. Did you get them cus­tom-made, or were they bought as-is? Jackal: We cus­tom-made and cus­tom-de­signed much of the fur­ni­ture to fit the spa­ces. As in­te­rior de­signs, we’re not only de­sign­ing nice things for peo­ple to look and feel. We think about how to make a space use­able, and de­fine them so that every mem­ber of the fam­ily can have their own hobby ar­eas, or study ar­eas.

H&D: Which is your favourite of the de­signs that you did?

Jackal: I like ‘So­phis­ti­cated’. It’s the big­gest and most lux­u­ri­ous unit. It was the most chal­leng­ing for us, as we needed to have a bar area, and then the liv­ing area, and then the din­ing area – we changed the whole con­cept. There’s no tele­vi­sion in the liv­ing area, as we wanted to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in which one could en­joy fam­ily time, and not TV time.

H&D: What’s your favourite part about the So­phis­ti­cated unit?

Jackal: The room – one of the rooms is the hobby room. It’s an art room where you can do cal­lig­ra­phy and en­joy tea. We put in a pull out bed. You can pull it out and it be­comes a sin­gle bed. We had to mod­ify it a bit, so one can have both their bed­room and hobby room in the same place. That’s quite in­ter­est­ing.

H&D: Where do you source the art works for the units?

Jackal: We draw them our­selves, and then print it out. Most of the items that are built in are de­signed and cus­tom made – even the paint­ings!

H&D: How long did you take from con­cep­tion to set­ting up ev­ery­thing?

Jackal: We had a lot of dis­cus­sions prior to the event, but we were only given two weeks! The whole process took a month, from con­cept to cost­ing. Ren­o­va­tions took about two months.

RIGHT Jackal Chua of Met­rics Global worked on the Ur­ban Se­ries in Pu­teri Cove.

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