Malaysia Tatler Homes - - JUN/JUL ISSUE -

Artis­tic light­ing de­signs that serve both func­tion and form

Bernard Tschumi’s iconic ar­chi­tec­tural cre­ations are in­spired by the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween build­ings and their in­hab­i­tants

they drew were prod­ucts of the designer’s imag­i­na­tion. Birds, flow­ers and fan­ci­ful land­scapes were also popular, as were pago­das.


In a re­ac­tion to the min­i­mal­ism that has dom­i­nated the de­sign scene for much of the past decade, de­sign­ers are now em­brac­ing luxury and pat­tern. Thus, there is a re­turn to glam­orous, colour­ful in­te­ri­ors and Chi­nois­erie is at the fore­front of this trend. Twenty first-cen­tury Chi­nois­erie is still glam­orous but it is a glam­our mixed with hu­mour in­vok­ing a sense of luxury with­out for­mal­ity. Chi­nois­erie rooms don’t have to be busy: the look is more stream­lined and crisp than it was cen­turies ago. This style is a much-used tool in my de­sign team’s ar­se­nal and el­e­ments of Chi­nois­erie pep­per many of our projects. A Chi­nois­erie back­drop en­ables us to com­bine fam­ily heir­loom pieces within a mod­ern living en­vi­ron­ment so that we can per­son­alise the homes of our clients. We also use it to spice up in­te­ri­ors with lit­tle ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est. And, be­cause Chi­nois­erie re­flects so much of the cul­ture and colour of life in Sin­ga­pore, we of­ten in­cor­po­rate Chi­nois­erie ac­cents to give our projects a sense of place. Per­son­ally, Chi­nois­erie is a par­tic­u­lar favourite of mine, be­cause I am drawn to the light-hearted, play­ful feel­ing that it in­fuses into a room. The stylised ori­en­tal fig­ures, pat­terns and colours make me smile. And there can be few bet­ter rea­sons to dec­o­rate your home than to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that lifts your mood and makes you feel good. For me, Chi­nois­erie does just that.

(Op­po­site) Chair by Os­car De La Renta

(Clock­wise from top) Bamboo in­spired pen­dant light­ing by Jonathan Adler; Ce­les­tial Dragon wall­pa­per by Matthew Wil­liamson; mo­tifs of ori­en­tal pago­das are es­pe­cially com­mon in Chi­nois­erie; Cheon­sam chair from the DI Sig­na­ture se­ries

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