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who JEAN-BAPTISTE OUDEA
why THROUGH HIS SHOP APHORISM ANTIQUES, HE WANTS TO BRING AN APPRECIATION OF FINE EUROPEAN AND ASIAN ANTIQUITIES TO EVERYONE
what gets him out of bed in the morning
“SO MANY BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART TO FIND IN THE WORLD, SO LITTLE TIME!”
We never thought we’d stumble upon a charming store stocking fine European and Asian antiques from the late 18th and early 19th centuries among the shophouses of sleepy Tiong Bahru. Jean-Baptiste Oudea started Aphorism Antiques earlier this year, and the affable Frenchman chose to site the shop in this area precisely because “it’s one of the few places in Singapore where you have a feel of history.”
Having lived in Singapore for 23 years (he’s married to a Singaporean), the ex-banker is now living the life he would have if he had gone into his family’s antique business instead of banking. This passion was never lost, however, but simply kept on the back burner (he started buying small Asian collectibles when he was 13).
Now, his mission with the store is to stimulate people’s curiosity about classical antiques. Although the collection displayed is impressive – a huge six-panel 1700s Japanese screen is displayed at one end of the shop, together with stately 18th-to-early-20th century French mahogany furniture, an architect’s table from the 1800s, and smaller curios clustered in display showcases – Jean-Baptiste says he doesn’t want the space to be a museum. He handpicks pieces he feels have a style (and size) that would go with contemporary interiors, and keeps prices affordable for the more common pieces of that time (for example, an early 20th-century revolving library is going for $2,800 and original black-and-white framed photography prints for $90). “I do everything myself, so customers pay for the value of the piece and not for extras such as logistics,” he explains, saying that his prices are similar to what you would pay if you were to buy the piece in Paris or London.
And when a buyer finds something they love or when he finds the item for them, Jean-Baptiste feels satisfied, too. “There aren’t many jobs that give you this sense of joy – and certainly not banking!” he smiles. Aphorism Antiques is located at #01-51, Blk 72 Seng Poh Road, Singapore, www.aphorism.com.sg.
who ONG KER-SHING AND JOSHUA COMAROFF
why THE OWNERS OF LIFESTYLE STORE STRANGELETS HAVE JUST PUBLISHED AN ARCHITECTURE BOOK WITH A POP-CULTURE TWIST
what gets them out of bed in the morning “THE DESIRE TO BE SURPRISED.”
“Talking about buildings in architectural jargon just isn’t as fun as comparing them to something more familiar, such as monsters,” says Joshua Comaroff of Horror in Architecture, a book he co-wrote with his wife and business partner, Ong Ker-Shing. “That’s the whole idea behind the book – we wanted to help ourselves better articulate what we saw.” Having known each other for almost 15 years, the couple, who also head design firm Lekker Design and quirky concept store Strangelets together, spend a lot of time discussing their architectural interpretations – which eventually became the backbone of this paperback.
The “horror” in this book refers not to the distasteful elements of buildings, but rather, how both famous and obscure architectural works mirror the themes common in horror movies. While the couple is backed by an academic background in architecture (they met at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design), this book isn’t just for the learned few. Ker-Shing explains that it doesn’t even have to be read in a linear way. “The introduction is quite academic. But you can skip that and go into the chapters, which teach visual thinking but are entertaining, too,” she says. So, expect to be amused by the well-known works of architects Frank Furness, Louis Kahn and Mies van der Rohe (as well as local structures) with the help of zombies, freaks, and other characters in B-grade horror flicks.
As first-time authors, Joshua and Ker-Shing both learnt that publishing a book involves a lot more than just writing it. “Hunting for the photos was the biggest challenge,” recalls Joshua. The multi-tasking couple have been simultaneously working on a few other books, and the next one to be published (hopefully before the end of the year, says Joshua) touches on small space living in Shanghai.
Horror in Architecture is available at Kinokuniya.
above Get an instant education in classical antiques by popping in to chat with JeanBaptiste. right This French architect’s table from the 1800s allows the user to work while standing, too.
above Limited edition handprinted art piece engineered with framed wood and perspex. Sean Connery, 1964 art peice from www. made.com.
top Large oval mirror with faceted border. Schönbuch, EPOCA mirror from, www.schoenbuch. com. right Wood crafted finish, Navy Tripod Floor Lamp, www.made.com. bottom Lightweight All Black Aluminum Makeup Artist Director Chair, www. monstermarketplace.com
Designers, store owners, parents and now authors, multitasking is Ker-Shing and Joshua’s way of life. below Their book is a fun approach to observing architecture.