What is your personal design style?
I’d say it’s minimal and natural. I prefer to keep my home’s interior calm and quiet and make sure I have big windows that look over greenery. It brings down my intensity.
What is one cause you stand for?
My wife and I are pretty active in animal rescue. Our rescue dog was 3 years old when we got him. We have two rescue cats as well. We support Action for Singapore Dogs and live by the mantra “adopt, don’t shop”.
Who inspires you the most?
Passionate people who work in other fields. Thinking about ideas outside my comfort zone brings me inspiration in other areas. It’s why most of my friends are in different industries.
What is one style you never want to see again?
Anything that’s heavy-handed. I prefer subtlety and elegant details that let the design shine. I stand by this quote by French author Antoine de Saint- Exupery, who wrote the fable Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince): “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away”.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Approach every conversation with the other person’s success in mind, not yours.
What is one thing you had to learn the hard way?
Being good at what you do doesn’t mean you’ll be good at running a company. This calls for hugely different skill sets. In my case, it took several years of learning, plus a great coach before I felt solid about my footing.
What would you like as your last meal on Earth?
Champagne and caviar never go out of style!
Describe your fondest childhood memory.
Visiting my grandparents in Cape Cod. They had this stunning house by the ocean. I was too young to realise it then, but it was the first time architecture and interiors made an impact on me. And my grandmother made the best brownies.
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