Cover The Singapore home of Ale Mora (Photo: Lauryn Ishak)

Take a closer look at apartments and houses across the continent with the most vivid and vibrant design aesthetics

Tatler Homes’ edit of the private residences around the region that make the best use of colour—from tropical-inspired houses to modern, elegant apartments.

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A British-Inspired Haven in Hong Kong

In this 2,800 sq ft home in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, a “luxurious, London-inspired timeless international design” was the brief for architect Thomas Griem, whose London-based architectural and interior design practice TG Studio spearheaded an overhaul of the property.

There is real interest in the London-inspired aesthetic—particularly now, says Griem. “It means traditional, high-quality, bespoke items; joinery that is really well done; and not hiding behind—and making—everything beige.” It also means “creating an unusual space”, he adds.  

Tasked with bringing this vision to life, Griem married the clients’ wants with his own style.“[Our projects] are always a combination of my taste and also what I think the client would like,” says Griem. “I like doing confidently colourful, high-end residential properties that are modern, yet influenced by organic elements.”

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Colourful Rooms Juxtaposed Against a Black and White Backdrop in Singapore

Finding a black and white house in Singapore requires patience, luck and timing, and landing the right one in the midst of a pandemic is certainly a feat. 

Colombian-born interior designer Ale Mora, who moved to Singapore in late 2020, was determined to live in one, and did just that. “Black and white houses are hidden gems—they celebrate the history of Singapore within their walls,” says Mora, who recently founded her eponymous studio Ale Mora Interiors.

“My style is eclectic, craftsmanship-driven and Latin,” she says, an approach evident in the punchy colours, unexpected combinations, and plethora of textures she employs.

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A Stylish Penthouse in Singapore with Amazing Views of Orchard Road

This five-bedroom penthouse offers a stunning scenic view of Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping belt. Large windows found in nearly every room within the apartment frames the picturesque panorama and offers a 360-degree view of the cityscape. “There was so much potential,” says interior designer Divya Anthony, who’s the founder of local studio Antone by D. “It’s rare that you stumble across a space like this with open unblocked views of the city. The view took my breath away.”

Inspired by the view, the designer selected a material palette with understated hues and rich textures to sculpt the interiors. “Instinctively, I knew that anything that I wanted to introduce to the space should not compete with the view for attention,” explains Anthony. “The materials and apartment’s layout were all carefully introduced with the intention of complementing [the view].”

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Jimmy Choo’s Penthouse in Malaysia

Jimmy Choo is one of the best-known names in fashion. The Malaysian-born shoe designer opened the doors to his 1,754 sq ft bespoke penthouse, located in an exclusive Kuala Lumpur hotel serviced apartment complex, to Tatler Homes earlier this year. 

The overall inspiration for this project was understanding Choo’s story, says Ooi Boon Seong, founder of design firm OD&A, which carried out a renovation of the property. “We did a deep dive into his life’s journey to create a home that celebrates his legacy and influence.”

Striking blue is seen throughout the home. To ensure the finished product was one that was relaxing yet refined, Ooi was careful to select and combine the appropriate materials—it was important that quality was not compromised in the pursuit of aesthetics.

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A Modern Farmhouse in Malaysia Brimming with Personality

This house, located in Kuala Lumpur, is a regular mid-terrace double story unit. Clocking in at a generous 2,500 sq ft, the house was pretty much in its original condition with minimum renovations—though was pretty rundown, recalls Joanne Low, studio manager and senior design at Framework Design Studio.

The owners requested a modern farmhouse concept. To suit this, the designers selected a lot of mosaic and subway wall and floor tiles. While this provided visual interest, the designers stuck just to white paint as the clients had a lot of colourful artwork and knick-knacks.

“We selected Murobond wall paint for the house as we wanted to keep it clean and simple with just white paint to let the art pieces stand out,” explains Low. “As for the kitchen, the client wanted a farmhouse theme with dark coloured cabinets so we proposed to have it spray painted in black to achieve the look.”

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