Joey Khu Interior Design taps into the elegant ethos of French icon Christian Liaigre to create a restful and beautiful home for a Singaporean family
Elegant, discreet and minimalistic—these are some of the defining traits of renowned French design maestro Christian Liaigre’s stellar work. The late designer and his eponymous brand Liaigre continue to be recognised worldwide for a signature look that is both polished as well as tastefully understated. A Singaporean couple who are ardent admirers of Liaigre’s work sought to incorporate some of the French brand’s most notable designs into their semi-detached house. They felt that their 4,600 sq ft property in Singapore’s Bukit Timah needed a major overhaul to meet their needs, and for the Liaigre furnishings and other designer pieces to fit beautifully within the interior.
The couple live with two daughters and the wife’s parents; the owners wanted ample storage for their family of six to keep their home neat. They were taken by the similarly elegant style of homegrown firm Joey Khu Interior Design, and enlisted the studio to make their dream home a reality. “We admire Christian Liaigre for his elegant and minimalist approach to design, as well as the brand’s attention to detail,” shares Joey Khu, the eponymous founder of his firm. “The clients mentioned that they love Liaigre furniture and its style. They wanted a harmonious interior, and highlighted that their furniture and accessories had to blend with the whole design scheme.”
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Khu teamed up with his designer colleague Jerry Tan for the extensive makeover of the abode, which took a total of 10 months to be realised. “The design philosophy for this home [revolves around] modernism and quiet luxury. We incorporated Liaigre furnishings into the interior in a way that is simple, sophisticated, luxurious and inviting,” shares Khu. “To ensure all elements in the space came harmoniously together, we paid attention to the use of space and light, and the choice of colours, textures, patterns, shapes and styles.”
This delicate balance of materials and proportions can be seen throughout the interior. From the entrance, visitors step into a long hallway clad with dark wood both on the ceiling and the full-height cabinetry; the latter houses the family’s impressive collection of shoes. This space leads to the welcoming living and dining areas, which are the pride and joy of the clients, who enjoy hosting friends and family in their abode.
In the living area, the olive-green Hunier sofa from Liaigre imbues the monochromatic space with a sense of visual richness, and is paired with a work by local artist Simon Wee that catches the eye with its dramatic brushstrokes. Here, a full set of Liaigre furniture can be found: these include the Iliade coffee table, Nagato stool and Gueridon bronze trépied side table, Mandarin chair, Chantecaille and Terral floor lamps, as well as a pair of Médicis wall sconces. With its light-wood finish, the Nagato stool lends a visual contrast to the dark wood and marble flooring.
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