“The owner had a simple request for the space to be comfortable and practical. That aligns with my design philosophy as well because, for me, beauty and functionality go hand in hand,” says Sean, who was given full reign for the redesign of the home.
While the 2,335 sq ft five-bedroom penthouse provided lots of room to work with, the original layout was, according to Sean, a mess. “The ceiling had different heights throughout the house, it was high in some places and low in another, so there’s a lot of brainstorming and work done to correct the structure,” he explains.
To begin, he extended the wall of the existing kitchen space. The extension not only makes the layout neater but also creates more storage space and acts as a support for a new kitchen island.
Next to the dry kitchen is the wet kitchen and laundry room, which is converted from an existing bedroom. Sean also switched the position of the entrance so that it provides the homeowners with easy access from the dry to the wet kitchen.
The main living room was decked out in shades of grey, with the highlight being the ombre cowhide rug. “I think this rug is one of my favourite pieces,” says Sean. “It’s stitched out of different patches of cows with varying shades to form the ombre effect of this one carpet.”
The snake print cushions covers and tissue box were Sean's own, which he acquired in the UK. He sold them to the family when they saw how much they fit in their home.
The uneven ceiling is evident in the master bedroom, which cannot be modified due to the structural beams it hides. The walk-in wardrobe area is extended with a smart extension of the walls to maximise the awkward layout. The black and white photographs were given to Sean from a photographer in China, fits perfectly with the aesthetic of the space.
To adorn the home with meaningful art, Sean scoured the island for unique pieces, like this nostalgic portrait of an island girl sourced from a local antique store in the other bedroom.
The freedom and privileged to source for art his favourite part of designing the home. “I was lucky that the owner trusted my level of taste in art and design," quips Sean. "As we all know, art plays such an important role in a space. Every artwork and sculpture has a unique story and history behind them, and could make or break the interior."