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About MOW Interior
MOW Interior is known for delivering design excellence that exceeds clients’ expectations. With its expertise in residential and commercial projects, from design development to project management, the studio spares no effort in putting together designs that are inspirational and functional.
Principal Designer: Shermaine Ong
Address: #08-02 Tai Seng Point 11 Irving Place
Four-bedroom condo at Marina Bay
Looking at the immaculately appointed interior of this stylish apartment, it is hard to imagine that MOW Interior took only 10 weeks to complete the project.
As the homeowners wanted to move in before the arrival of their second child, the team rallied to pull off an assignment that would normally take four months. This boils down to experience and the commitment to achieve their design goals while being on time and within the budget.
The contrasting style preferences of the couple also presented a demanding brief. The wife wanted the Scandinavian style with a mix of pastels and warm-toned wood while the husband preferred the bling of the baroque ego. By pairing a more subtle material palette with statement furnishings, the delicate balance satisfies both. Finally, the articulation of architectural details and book-matched slabs of Volakas marble form a cohesive design language that unifies the whole interior.
Five-room HDB resale apartment in Choa Chu Kang
This French-inspired apartment is home to TS Wong of MOW Interior. Designed with input from his wife, business partner and co-founder Shermaine Ong, the needs of their large family were top priority. The spaces are flexible enough to comfortably accommodate everyone. With storage an important consideration, built-in cabinets along the walls provide plenty of storage while clutter is discreetly concealed behind a series of continuous panelling with French mouldings.
The kitchen cabinets echo a similar design. Clad in a deep blue, these statement panels, along with the brass accents from the handles, evoke a restaurant or art gallery feel that is a blend of classic and contemporary. By cleverly combining premium materials and pieces with Taobao finds, the designers managed to achieve a classy and elegant look.
Three-storey shophouse at Tembeling Road
Conserved as part of a new condominium development, the developer kept the original façade of the shophouse and reconstructed the interior. The three-storey address had only two bedrooms as the third level was more of an attic. Its new owners – a couple with two young children and a helper – required more rooms to comfortably accommodate everyone, plus a guest room.
The design team’s biggest challenge was carving out the extra rooms. With some reconfiguration, they managed to create one for the helper on the first storey and transformed the attic, originally a family area, into the guest room. The interior design concept is a blend of old and new, taking inspiration from the shophouse’s history and giving it a modern interpretation. Tying the whole scheme together is an earthy colour palette and antique furniture that accentuates the modern European style of the interior.
For more information, visit www.mowinterior.com.