HANDS ON HAMP­TONS

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The home­own­ers took on the chal­lenge of de­sign­ing their dream home just to achieve the kind of look they wanted.

The place is also de­signed to have a flow that leads peo­ple all the way around to the pri­vate ar­eas, where the dis­play con­tin­ues, and back out into the liv­ing area where they’ll spend the rest of the evening. You don’t un­der­stand how many peo­ple want to see this place! When peo­ple visit, there’s al­ways a half-hour “holy s***” mo­ment, be­fore you can ac­tu­ally have a proper con­ver­sa­tion.

There’s even a fea­ture wall cre­ated en­tirely out of dolls.

In fact, this fea­ture wall (refers to the wall of boxed dolls be­hind the sofa in the liv­ing room) has no shelf, it’s just boxes stacked – this is an en­gi­neer­ing feat in it­self! But this is my Lego train­ing in prac­tice – yes, there is skill in­volved, not just ran­dom stack­ing. See how ev­ery­thing is an­chored like in a Lego struc­ture, ar­ranged like bricks with al­ter­nate lock­ing.

The boxes have been ar­ranged such that from one an­gle you can see more of the dolls, and from an­other an­gle you can see more of the boxes. So de­pend­ing on where you sit in the house, you can see dif­fer­ent things. Here, there are some Bar­bies from the cul­tural se­ries, (fash­ion de­signer) Tim Gunn ones, and also Star Trek, James Bond girls, Lord Of The Rings, and more.

How do you keep ev­ery­thing or­gan­ised?

I have no choice but to be neat. If I’m messy, ev­ery­thing will fall and one day, I will die be­cause I will get buried un­der the dolls. When it comes to or­gan­i­sa­tion, I like to see only what I need to see, and have enough stor­age for the rest.

Dis­play-wise, the favourites for the sea­son are at the front – it’s nice be­cause you don’t see ev­ery­thing at once, but you know that the rest are there, and once you push the sea­sonal favourites be­hind, new dolls are then dis­played for a change. I know that I will never be able to see all of them at once, oth­er­wise, I would need a 10-storey build­ing with a sin­gle-layer glass dis­play. 10,000 dolls is a lot.

Are you still buy­ing more?

Yeah.

And how are you go­ing to find the space?

Does it mat­ter? But as an am­bi­tious 30-some­thing, I’d like to think that this isn’t my fi­nal prop­erty. So with 1,050sqf, that’s a be­gin­ner’s step – but mov­ing for­ward, I’d like a big­ger place. And in the mean­time, the dolls all find a place, some­how.

WHERE TO GO

Vis­ual Text Ar­chi­tects (VTxT), TEL: 6227-0208

TOP In the study, a colour­ful tetrap­tych on the wall de­picts Jian as a pa­per doll – a fun art piece! (OP­PO­SITE) TOP LEFT “The place is well cu­rated such that you have both vis­ual breaks and vis­ual over­load,” ex­plains Jian. His bed­room il­lus­trates this — the all-white space is rest­ful for a change of scenery. TOP RIGHT & BOT­TOM Within the walk-in wardrobe that links the bed­room and study, shelv­ing that’s “six dolls-deep” and runs 12m con­tain more dolls, with Jian’s favourites in the front rows.

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