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Gallery 1819 brings a glamorous touch to the Tatler House Singapore with new art installations; take a look at how these pieces transform the look of the shophouse office

Crafting a stunning interior is a work in progress, as spaces evolve with the tastes and needs of their users. Situated in a historic shophouse dating back to 1928, the Tatler House Singapore is a lifestyle venue designed to foster connection and inspiration; it also serves as the headquarters of Tatler Singapore.

The latest creative additions to the Tatler House not only bring an artistic flourish to the multifunctional venue, they also form new focal points within its stylish shophouse setting. Handpicked by the Tatler Homes editorial team, the artworks from Gallery 1819 harmoniously unite elements of the old and the new.

A set of three striking, gold-tinted aluminium discs has been selected for the Tatler Salon, an inviting living area on the ground floor. The work of UK-based art and design collective SL Studio, the eye-catching pieces draw attention to the lofty height of the double-volume space. Entitled Map on Full Moon, the series depicts the cartography of notable riverbanks in London, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Another piece from the gallery is installed on the mezzanine, next to the Tatler Bar. Polyhedron, a work by Chinese artist Julie Zhu, was inspired by a polyhedral lamp that she deconstructed into a two-dimensional form. Numerous semicircles have been painstakingly hand-drawn onto the geometric form at the centre of the canvas.

The polyhedron is a metaphor for the multifaceted elements of a person’s identity—both the qualities intrinsic to the individual and the characteristics shaped by our social roles and other circumstances. The 18k gold foil detailing evokes the brightness and vitality of the sun, in contrast to the ephemeral human lifespan. The metallic detail also picks up the gold finish of the bar shelves and island counter.

This curation is a part of an ongoing collaboration between Tatler Homes Singapore and Gallery 1819; the gallery sponsored the Best Use of Art category at the Tatler Design Awards 2020. Gallery 1819 takes its name from the founding of modern Singapore—it’s the year that Sir Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore. The fine art gallery features prominent and emerging artists from Singapore and across the region. It also shares the same venue as sister gallery LivingwithArt Singapore.

Notable artworks offered by Gallery 1819 include gouache landscape paintings by Cultural Medallion recipient Thomas Yeo, mixed-media works from South Korean artist Nancy Lang, as well as Indonesian painter Hudi Alfa’s figurative creations. The gallery also recently held a solo exhibition by Greek artist Ellie Lasthiotaki.

“I am inspired by Tatler Asia’s brand mission of portraying life at its most beautiful and extraordinary. It is a vision that resonates with our holistic belief of being a long-term service provider to collectors,” says Zak Lo, founder of Gallery 1819. “We help our clients manage their art portfolios and update them on how the artists’ careers are developing and their upcoming exhibitions.”

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  • Art DirectionCharlene Lee
  • PhotographyBenny Loh / 0Studio, assisted by Samuel Gan
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