PEOPLE – JACKAL CHUA
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.