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sneak peek: aun and su-lyn

by anne

aun and su-lyn are former journalists, each having spent a decade in the publishing industry (perhaps reflected best in the bookshelves completely devoted to cookbooks). in the course of writing about travel destinations, hotels and restaurants around the world, the duo’s love for great design and thoughtfully conceived interiors is self-described as an obsession. apart from running a food blog – chubby hubby – as a hobby, the couple now run a lifestyle consultancy that offers restaurant development and public relations services. their signapore home is truly remarkable, so don’t miss the full sneak peek, with additional images, after the jump. {thanks a million to aun and su-lyn, and to keiko for the incredible tip!} anne

[above: Our golden retriever, Sascha loves the carpet we picked up in Istanbul from Gunes Oztarakci. We’ve always loved the iconic Eames recliner and were thrilled to finally be able to pick one up for our new home. ]

We were a little shocked that the bookshelves in this double-volume space just barely accommodate our cookbook collection. The red Double Octopus chandelier and lacquered black loveseat are both from Autoban, Istanbul’s hottest young design duo. The loveseat is a one-of-a-kind prototype they created for one of the House Cafés. The Piero Lissoni Frog chair is one of our earliest acquisitions. We originally had two, our younger dog Alix ate the leather base of one (which still hasn’t been repaired).

We ordered the Flexform Magister sofa without ever seeing it in real life. Thankfully, it turned out to be superduper comfortable and exactly what we’d hoped for. The white Arne Jacobson AJ Floor Lamp was another piece we’d lusted after for years. The black Pumpkin stool is another piece by Autoban.

We bought the dining lights, chairs and table before the house was even built. Obviously, they all come from different design schools and we weren’t sure they would actually fit well together. Fortunately, and despite their differences, they do seem to work well. The Carravagio lights are designed by Cecilie Manz and produced by Danish company Lightyears. The Pebble table is from Autoban and the French dining chairs are by Carmina.

We wanted our guest room to be a really hospitable, almost hotel-like, space. This is a close-up detail of the Armani Working Desk we placed in the room. On it is a tea set that we picked up at Design Republic in Shanghai, which in turn sits on a tray we found in Chiang-Mai, Thailand. We both love books and have placed fun reads all over the guest room. Pictured are A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, Mauz by Art Spiegelman, and a really gorgeous edition of Grimm’s fairy tales. The Chinois-style lamp is a vestige of our younger years. The red chair was a junk yard find we had reupholstered.

This is arguably our favourite room in the house. We designed the island to have dual cooking stations so that we can cookbook side-by-side. All the appliances are from Miele whose products we love both for their sexy good looks and their consistent, unparalleled performance. The counters are all clad in Silestone because we chose because it’s less porous, more stain resistant and more durable than Corian. We were thrilled to discover this cool, retro floor pattern when we visited our tile supplier.

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Our fourth-floor master bedroom is accessible via a hidden staircase in our home office. We painted the walls, floor and ceiling black. The molding on the walls is reminiscent of old French boudoirs that we both find charmingly romantic. The dual ceiling fan is a Duplo Dinamico from the Matthews Fan Company. The bed is from Poliform and the carpet is a vintage gabbeh from Aun’s bachelor days.

We love the antique French chair that Su-Lyn’s Turkish brother-in-law bought for her and that we had lovingly restored. It sits in front of a Carmina tray table in our master bedroom.

Our master bedroom opens up onto a small, very private terrace. We had the floors paved in red brick. The chairs and table were a gift from restaurateur friends. The effect, we find, is very Parisian, except of course for the very un-Parisian views.


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