House tour: A home inspired by a strong design philosophy

Armed with a strong design philosophy, this creative homeowner took on his home renovation sans interior designer.

Choo Chin Nian lives and breathes design. The creative head of the National Gallery Singapore believe strongly in the Japanese design philosophy, particularly that of Muji creative director Kenya Hara. It is not so much about minimalism, but rather about starting each design process on a blank slate and finding a strong core that informs the rest of the design. This was how he approached his home renovation, which cost SGD 40,000 (RM120,000). The home is filled with colourful items, such as Kartell FL/Y lamps, a maxi Swatch wall clock, Hay trays, a 1980s cassette player and a Lisa Larson Mikey cat figurine.