DOYENNE OF DESIGN

Lim Siew Hui, de­signer and founder of Hui De­signs, shares with us her fond­est mem­ory and what makes her tick.

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Lim Siew Hui, de­signer and founder of Hui De­signs, shares with us her fond­est mem­ory and what makes her tick.

Q De­scribe your fond­est mem­ory as a child.

My fa­ther was an ar­chi­tect, and I was fas­ci­nated by his work. I re­mem­ber sneak­ing into his study as a child and un­rolling his blue­prints when he was not around. I would trace the lines with my fin­gers and mar­vel at the in­tri­cacy and de­tails. I think that was what in­flu­enced me to pur­sue in­te­rior design as a ca­reer.

Q Name one mu­sic track you lis­ten to, while at work.

It re­ally de­pends on my mood, as my mu­sic taste is very di­verse and eclec­tic. I could be lis­ten­ing to French rap by MC So­laar one mo­ment, and switch to songs by Gold­frapp, Leonard Co­hen, Madonna or even P.Diddy, the next.

Q One wor­thy or char­i­ta­ble cause you’d fight for?

I be­lieve strongly that the fate of our fu­ture lies with chil­dren and the next generation, that’s why I sup­port World Vi­sion. I am spon­sor­ing three chil­dren and hope to do more when I have the time, in the fu­ture. I be­lieve that in or­der to cre­ate a good so­ci­ety, we have to start with in­still­ing good val­ues and nur­tur­ing chil­dren to grow up to be great hu­man be­ings.

Q Your design style is...

I don’t think I have a spe­cific design style, but I do feel I am an in­tu­itive de­signer. I ap­proach the con­cept and design of each project by un­der­stand­ing the brief and hav­ing a good feel of the site. In that sense, the style of ev­ery

project is in­flu­enced by, and de­vel­oped with re­spect to, var­i­ous fac­tors.

Q Which room of the house do you spend the most time in and which nat­u­ral el­e­ment do you find most in­spir­ing?

I don’t like to be con­fined to small spaces, so my favourite spot has to be loung­ing in my liv­ing room. It’s a fairly large space and sit­u­ated close to my bal­cony, so it of­fers me a great view of the scenery out­side. As for in­spir­ing el­e­ments, I’m drawn to the moun­tains and ocean be­cause they give me a feel­ing of un­bounded free­dom and a new per­spec­tive on life. For that rea­son, I love hik­ing and spend­ing a lot of time con­nect­ing with nature.

CHOOSE PIECES YOU EN­JOY

There are sim­ply no rules to gov­ern which art piece would speak to you - its ap­peal boils down to emo­tional con­nec­tion. Think of art­works as per­ma­nent friends that will live in your home – there­fore, they have to pos­i­tively res­onate with you and your life­style.

START YOUR COL­LEC­TION

The pur­chase of one piece of art that brings you joy will likely lead to you ac­quir­ing more pieces that draw your at­ten­tion. Art fairs, gal­leries, mar­kets, an­tique shops and open stu­dios are all ideal start­ing points, es­pe­cially if they fea­ture emerg­ing artists. If pos­si­ble, get to know the artists who in­ter­est you. This will pro­vide a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of their design and artis­tic voice, and pos­si­bly ex­plain how and why their works res­onate with you. If this proves daunt­ing or time-con­sum­ing, art con­sul­tan­cies can be a great al­ter­na­tive – their ser­vices range from sales to pro­fes­sional design con­sul­ta­tion and white-glove de­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion. Scad Art Sales, a full-ser­vice art con­sul­tancy with more than 45,000 artists and de­sign­ers, of­fers dis­tinc­tive design and cu­ra­to­rial ser­vices.

ENSURE VA­RI­ETY

Do not be afraid to put up a com­bi­na­tion of art­works in dif­fer­ent medi­ums – photograph­y, prints, sculp­tures, shadow boxes, simple draw­ings – it is after all for your home, your space. The place you and those around you call home should re­flect your artis­tic voice, even though you might think you do not have one. Trust me, you do.

THINK OF PLACEMENT

There are var­i­ous ways to ap­proach the ar­range­ment of art. Think of it as sto­ry­telling. Whether the placement is lin­ear and reg­u­lated or spo­radic and or­ganic, the ar­range­ment re­flects the jour­ney in which you want guests (and your­self, of course) to dis­cover them. You can go with a theme, whether it is sub­ject mat­ter, by artist or colour. How­ever, this is not com­pul­sory and ran­dom­ness is also wel­come – there is no right or wrong when it comes to style. Also, con­sider that pieces do not al­ways have to hang on a wall. Lean­ing them against a wall, or let­ting them sit on ei­ther the floor or a table sur­face, will give an edge to the art placement.

CHOOSE APPROPRIAT­E FRAMING

Often if pieces are rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent, the only com­mon­al­ity be­tween them might be through the framing. I often choose frames in white, black or neu­tral, in dif­fer­ent sizes that will com­ple­ment the piece, never com­pete with it. Ask your­self if you want the frame to be bold, or sub­tle; again, do not feel over­whelmed. It is just a choice that any pro­fes­sional framer or art con­sul­ta­tion ser­vice, per­haps even the artist, can help with.

Bernardo Coron­adoGuerra, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for design and op­er­a­tions, Scad Hong Kong

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