The Peak (Singapore)
HOW TO INTEGRATE VINTAGE FURNITURE INTO A SPACE
Dennis Cheok, creative director of interior design firm UPSTRS_, offers three ways to ensure the past fits comfortably into the present and future.
MAKE IT THE CENTREPIECE
Keep the area around it clear of clutter. Less is better. Combine it with pieces that complement in form or colour, but keep them to a minimum. In contrast, an organically shaped mirror can be placed above an angular vintage console.
KEEP IT ECLECTIC
Choose what tickles your fancy. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with other pieces from different eras or cultures. This is especially useful if the collection is large and includes family heirlooms. Consider whitewashing some pieces, such as kopitiam chairs or a credenza, to contemporise their appearance.
DON'T BE A MINIMALIST
I have seen many beautiful homes fiLLED TO THE BRIM WITH ALL SORTS OF wonderful furniture, objects, art, and paintings—each one unique, each with so much history. However, this approach is not for everyone as it could lead to sensory overload. It is purely a trial and error process with the ultimate goal of creating equilibrium within the space.