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Will Quah – Defining Sui Generis
17 June 2010,
Daring to be bold, yet depicting personality into the design and layout. It is an inspiringly impressive home, only because the homeowner has the natural flair to impress those around him with his charm. Take a walk with us – You’ll see what we mean.
Most mothers wish their daughters would meet a man who is cheekily handsome, polite, has a resume of well paying jobs and is a charming gentleman. Most mothers wish their daughters would date somebody like Will Quah. I know my mother does. Already a familiar face and voice in the Malaysian entertainment scene for over 8 years, the strong opinioned lad has created magic in front of the camera from music chart shows on Channel V to being Malaysia’s youngest news anchor on ntv7 and most recently the witty face on The Breakfast Show. With such a recognizable voice, (often more than once has he been compared to 80’s British pop star Rick Astley) he joined RedFM as the youngest breakfast show host in the country, and one of the only Deejays to debut in the prime time slot, making big waves throughout the industry with his dark sarcasm, odd points of view, and resonant voice. In between finding time to host events, be on television commercials, contributing freelance for magazines and emceeing, Will has so graciously invited us into his stunning home and allowed us a peek into the life of Will Quah.
“A lot of people say don’t rush into the renovation, just do what you need to first and settle the rest after you move in. That’s not true! If you don’t complete all the works before you move in, you’ll just be faced with plenty of hassle from construction dust on your things; careless paint drops on the floor, in short a massive headache!”
Nestled behind Klang Valley’s bustling Changkat Bukit Bintang, Will’s apartment on the 19th floor is his blood, sweat and tears. His home for the past four years, Will did all the interior designing on his own – having already dreamed of how the overall look was going to be.
So Will took his time and spent 7 months shopping for furniture, handpicking building materials, micromanaging the contractors and making a mock cut out of the apartment’s layout with paper and blue tack so that everything is measured in precise detail. The result – a home sweet home vision materialized into reality.
“The red walls and black tiles were something I’ve wanted for a very LONG time, bold striking colors in the living room to make a real statement. Some of my friends even retorted that it’ll end up looking like a Tai Thong restaurant! And my contractor insisted that it’ll never work. But when the paint went on the walls and the tiles were fixed it, everyone had to admit that it looked really nice – even more so as the furniture and doors matched perfectly,”
The living room showcases the very essence of Will, on display are shelves overflowing with books of all genres and memorabilia from his favorite movies – most obvious are Lord of The Rings geographical maps that adorns the walls. The style is bold and dramatic, a mirror of the homeowner, an easy and strong mixture of Oriental meets Western.
“I spend the most time in the workshop room; it’s a mess but it depicts most of my character and personality more than any other room. It’s great because it’s tucked away at the back of the apartment– it’s my inner sanctum.”
黑色的高档与红色的时尚正是现代人需追求的品味，本地著名电视主持人Will Quah运用两色的巧妙混搭，打造时尚感十足的个性家居风格。Will Quah是本地著名的电视节目主持人，外形英俊且形象健康的他，笃爱红黑二色，并将之贯彻在居家风格之中。
巧用红黑搭配，能强调出超凡的个人品味。Will Quah家中客厅甚至厨房与用餐区，都将两色的美丽发挥得淋漓尽致。客厅红色的地毯、抱枕、墙面、或天花悬挂的小灯笼，都予人一种浓厚的时尚东方风味，为让空间颜色过于突冗，他使用了黑色沙发平衡了红色过于夺目的神采。收藏品甚多的Will Quah，在家中四周置放了许多柜子。开放式的柜子满满地摆放着书籍、光碟与模型玩偶，发挥其收纳用途之余，更是空间强调美感的所在。值得一提的是，用餐区旁置放的“药柜”，是许多喜爱东方风味家居的人常使用的家具，它不但有着画龙点睛的功效，也是收纳杂物的地方。Will Quah在柜子上放摆放了武士刀与龙雕刻品，明显强调出空间的风格定位。不过，红黑二色并未延伸到卧室。反之，Will Quah使用自然的大地色彩，让该空间回归它舒适温柔的一面。
• Make sure your contractors and painters know how to paint red walls. As any sort of bold striking colors such as red are not very thick colors, you need to paint on a darker shade first such as a gray or terracotta base coat before slapping on the red. After that the red will go over it much more easily and you’ll get the richness out of that vibrant color. You’ll also avoid the streaky finishing this way.
• Check everything before you sign off your contractors! You don’t want to be left with light switches that don’t work, phone lines that aren’t connected and power points that are dead. Especially when wiring is concerned as it will be a major hassle having to rewire after you’ve painted your walls. People will cut corners if you don’t monitor them properly.
• There is no such thing as too many power points. The more on each wall the better because each time you switch your furniture around, there will always be available power points on the other walls. I’m living with at least 20 power points in each room and its done nothing but wonders and convenience.
• If you can afford it, renovate your new place before moving in. It will be a hassle to have part of your renovation done before and then after moving in as there’s the matters of dust from construction, paint drops and things going missing to deal with. It’s definitely easier and more flexible to have all the renovation work done and then move it.