House tour: A downtown home, a relaxing retreat

With the right design approach, a downtown home can be transformed into a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city.

When homeowner Tony Tan first met Tommy Lai from TLDesigns, he gave a very clear brief: a modern interior that’s luxurious yet understated, with a hint of ‘Asian-ness’ to reflect his Peranakan roots. As an avid art collector, the banker asked for as many blank walls as possible so he could hang up his art pieces, with a well-planned lighting scheme designed to showcase them.

Behind the two-seater Flexform Edmond sofa is a grand and elegant-looking kitchen counter.