Community February 4, 2014

Urban Dwelling: Artful Living at the Privé

We tour the home of Rizal Han and Shay Peh, an artful abode in Punggol. 

By Kim Hana
Photos by Haq Anuar

Dwellers: Rizal Han and Shay Peh
Occupations: Both civil servants
Vibe: Unpolished, urban art gallery
Abode: 3-room Executive Condominium at Privé @ Punggol

The brief
When Rizal Han and Shay Peh started planning the design of their home three months ago, they had a good idea what they wanted – a home with a modern, industrial edge, at the same time, have “a living room area which could also double up as a showroom for our art collection,” said Rizal. 

Creative collaboration
Rizal and Shay engaged Wein Goh, Senior Dimensionist at Free Space Intent, to help them create their dream home. Wein said, “Rizal wanted their home to showcase their love for art and yet be spacious enough to accommodate family life and their love for entertaining.” The couple and their designer worked closely together. Wein said, “The design process of Rizal and Shay’s home was more fun and interesting than most projects I’ve encountered. I drew inspiration for the design of his home from his art collection, and from there, decided to lean towards an industrial and minimalist look.”

Down to earth
Rizal, who picked up skateboarding as a youth, has for a good part of his life been influenced by skating and street culture. He said, “I love how street artists express themselves and how they send their message across in a creative manner.” Today his collection is an eclectic mix of works by street artists and modern art. These include works by Mr. Brainwash (MBW), Dillon Boy, skateboards by SBTG, and some bankable works by Indonesian artist, Dani ‘King’ Heriyanto such as ‘The Ticket’.

Highlights
Rizal’s favorite piece in his collection is the ‘Wonder Woman’ as “she is the undisputed first lady of superhero comics.” Particularly noteworthy too is the use of exposed track lights on the ceiling to create the urban industrial unpolished look of an art gallery.

Resources
Rizal acquires his art from ArtFront Gallery, Dillon Boy, 1xRun, ArtRepublic and several online sources.

Baby steps 
Now that the house is done, Rizal and Shay, who are expecting a baby girl in March this year, are looking to do up a room for their daughter next. Rizal said, “I hope to commission an artist to do a painting of ‘Hello Kitty’ for my daughter.”