Datuk Jimmy Choo needs no introduction. The Malaysian designer, who created an international shoe brand name-checked by fashionistas and beloved by celebrities, has a penthouse in Kuala Lumpur designed around his tastes and personality by OD&A. Located in the Star Residences, the property clocks in at 1,754 sqft and is nicknamed the ‘JC Penthouse’.
A project of such significance required a designer of the right calibre, hence OD&A, which is helmed by interior designer IDr* Ooi Boon Seong, an award-winning designer and a respected figure in the industry. (*Editor's note: Registered Interior Designers in Malaysia prefix an IDr in front of their name.)
“We were introduced to Jimmy Choo by my friend, Michele Liew, who is also Choo’s business partner. As Star Residence’s brand ambassador, he was gifted a penthouse and Liew was our key person in the conceptualisation process when it came to understanding the designer’s likes and dislikes as well as his current lifestyle needs,” recalls Ooi.
“As designers, we welcome the rare opportunity to collaborate with renowned designers in their field—especially a global fashion icon like Choo."
He adds: “The challenge was to conceptualise a design that captures and reflects his essence and personal identity, and transforming that information into a unique spatial experience.”
After inspecting the site, Ooi realised that this penthouse would be the perfect venue for Choo to entertain his guests and friends in central Kuala Lumpur. He also wanted to transform the space into an inspirational hub for him to display and work on his beautiful new creations.
The overall inspiration for this project was understanding the life story of Choo. “We did a deep dive into his life’s journey to create a home that celebrates his legacy and influence. Since many of Choo’s designs are bespoke for his esteemed clients, we wanted each piece to have personal touches as well,” enthuses Ooi.