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A Modern Asian House in Singapore by a Filipino Architect

Design consultant Michael Cu Fua builds a contemporary-meets-oriental-style home for a Chinese-Malaysian couple

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Photography: Masano Kawana Architect: Ong & Ong - Michael Cu Fua

What kind of home do you want to have? This Chinese-Malaysian couple based in Singapore simply asked design consultant Michael Cu Fua of Ong & Ong for a property that is warm and posh — two adjectives that are not usually used in the same sentence. How can a house be warm and posh at the same time?

For Michael, the trick was to use Oriental furniture and accessories in a contemporary homeAsian-inspired pieces made from wood can add warmth to the two-storey structure defined by clean lines, clear glass, and modern materials. This unlikely combination results in a stunning space that the homeowners refer to as "pondokinda" or "beautiful house."

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