With a home as well travelled as himself, design influences from around the world can be seen in every corner of Wilson’s abode. What sets this space apart is his penchant for do-it-yourself customisations and his distinctive personal touches, a testament to his boundless creativity and ingenuity. The result is a home that feels alive and unique, accurately reflecting his passion for arts, design and beautiful objects.
“I’m not sure how I can describe the style of my home entirely. There’s a lot of focus on Swedish design, with strong English, Mediterranean, Japanese, and Straits/South East Asian influences.”
"Lastly, know how the light hits. I can’t emphasise this enough. Sometimes, a chair that looks dark could appear really light in your space, especially during the day. In a dark area, putting something that has metallic/glass accents or neutral whites would really lighten up that spot. Likewise, putting a lamp in the right place can make all the difference. Figure out how to contrast spaces that are too bright or too dark, and you will have a home that feels timeless and cozy."
“Bonus: Get flowers. They make you feel good on a really shitty day. And if you don’t know how to make your own arrangement, just pick up a bunch of the same flowers (9-11 stalks) and plonk them into a vase. Nature will work its magic.”
“My favourite spot at home is the sofa. It’s deep, it’s soft, and I sink completely into it. When shopping, I prefer natural materials. Wood ranks on top, followed by metals and stone. As much as possible, I try not to get plastics, unless, of course, there is a point to it like the Normann Copenhagen Bit Stool. I love Studio Kallang for obvious reasons, Castlery for solids, Gamar for custom pieces and Tanchen Studio for a very innovative take on stools.”
“For the finishing touches, New Market Road (Chinatown) and Textile Centre for fabrics, Smallable and Nordic Nest for strange-looking things, Studio Yono for art and Lavavella for brass fixtures. For homewares, Royal Copenhagen for porcelain, Matsuya Ginza for Japanese design goods, Aoon Pottery for well, pottery. And NK, Arket and H&M home for some fun homewares.”
“I believe that even if a brand is too expensive or out of reach, it doesn’t mean you can’t go visit and be a complete Kaypoh. I learnt a lot on my trips as a student then and it taught me a lot about choosing kitchenware and design.”
“A house in our reality is just an extension of our minds. If you make the choice to intentionally act on your desires, you’ll act on the things you’ll need to shape the way your home looks and functions.”