Situated in a quiet enclave within Singapore’s breezy East Coast district, this detached house is home to a family of five and has many enviable qualities—calming surroundings, proximity to the sea as well as a beautifully bespoke interior that celebrates the owners’ passions.
The couple, TC Lim and Kris Tan, are patrons of the arts. Lim is a retired businessman, who used to run a listed company while Tan is an ambassador of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and also the founder of Kris Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that supports young classical musicians locally and in Southeast Asia.
Thus, the 7,210sqft house had to cater not only to their love of entertaining; it was also to serve as an intimate concert venue where performances and media interviews could soon be conducted in. They hired Sarah Tham, design director of Cube Associate Design, to create a lively and stylish venue for private soirees while carving out intimate, personalised spaces that the family could enjoy.
The owners had also requested a modern design that would meld Asian and Western influences to showcase their Chinese antiques, and a spacious, open-concept living and dining area. Other spatial requirements included a music room and a performance area connected to the living room, along with a library and walk-in wardrobe within the master bedroom.
Cream and off-white furnishings from Bentley Home were selected for the living area, where a round floral rug echoes the curvy forms of the sofa and armchairs. “It is always nice to work with clients who are passionate about the arts; the clients also gave us a free hand in designing the house,” says Tham. “The living and dining rooms are the main entertaining areas where the family spends most of their time, so the design needed to be functional yet classy.”