This bachelor pad makes a splashy welcome. Next to its black-grilled door is a wall finished with bronze stainless steel. On it is a yellow metal sign with black uppercase letters that says: Club Zion. Below it is an astroturf welcome mat with a pair of flip flops made from the same material. And above, hangs the majestic Aria lamp, designed by the legendary Zaha Hadid for Italian lighting brand Slamp.
That’s just a little taste of what’s inside.
Homeowner Kong Chek Yong, a bachelor in his 30s who works in digital advertising, is an outgoing introvert. He listens to all kinds of music and is a fan of the club aesthetics. “But I don’t club much, and I prefer smaller parties and gatherings,” he shares.
A (pre-pandemic) frequent traveller, he has visited 151 countries to date and stayed in numerous hotels with unique interiors. His favourite is W Hotels.
Chek Yong is also a design aficionado who favours retro designs from the 50s-70s and appreciates nostalgic, new-old and upcycled items.
Chek Yong had distilled his long wish list for his bachelor pad into a 159-slide design brief before he went shopping for an interior designer. “I think I spooked some of them away with my requirements,” he recalls.
A one-woman practice, Do.Design Studio, stepped up to the plate. Studio founder Yiap Yi Yun worked on Chek Yong’s previous home – a retro industrial abode that cost $84,000 to renovate featured on Home & Decor years ago – under another company before setting up her practice in 2019.
Yi Yun, together with creatives Lee Wei Lieh of Very Small Exhibition and Eugene Yip of Onlewo – Chek Yong’s friends who took on the mantle of lighting designer and kitchen and bathroom consultant, respectively – tackled this complex brief with an equally complex, beautifully articulated design that is Club Zion.
AT A GLANCE
Who lives here: A bachelor in his 30s
Home: A one-bedroom walk-up apartment in River Valley
Size: 946 sq ft
ID: Do.Design Studio