HANDS ON HAMPTONS
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?
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.