Thinking of Home Remodelling? We ask Interior Designers in Johor Bahru on how to do it Right.
For many of us, ‘interior design’ loosely refers to a haphazard process that involves putting random stuff/design elements that we like together until we arrive at a look or feel that we find mysteriously attractive. For others it’s about cramming as much functionality as possible into as little space as possible, regardless of how it ends up looking like. (12 Common Home Renovation Mistakes). Interior designers, on the other end, approach the same challenge methodically to create living spaces that are both beautiful and functional. To find out more about what interior designers do what they do, we decided to ask a few interior designers in Johor Bahru to share their stories with us. Here’s what we found out:
Ty Design & Built
Graduating from the Malaysia Institute of Art (MIA) in Interior Design and later from the University of Tasmania, Mr. Kaw first began his career as a lecturer in interior design. Aside from his training in interior design, he has also received training in Fengshui, which he provides professional consultancy and artistic services for. He is also recognized as a Chinese ink painting master by Malaysian charities, and his contributions are endorsed by both local and Singaporean celebrities.
In 2005, Mr. Kaw decided to set up his own interior design company in Johor Bahru called Ty Design & Built. At the core of the company is the indoor designer who creates the detailed measurements and floor plans via AutoCAD and 3D modelling and animation via 3ds Max, and the project manager who facilitates communication between clients and subcontractors to ensure that the final product meets the client’s expectations.
Of all the challenges, Mr. Kaw tells us that the most difficult is the communication of ideas between clients, subcontractors and the design house itself. Because the design concepts are based entirely on what the client wants – from colours, styles and function – care must be taken to ensure that their expectations are met.
To date, Ty Design & Built has successfully completed multiple projects around the city, with commercial projects including Sedap Corner, Dontaku in City Square, Vege Café, Muafakat Johor Café. Ty Design & Built also has several private condominiums and bungalows in its portfolio.
Mr. Kaw, 016-7769166
2, Jln Harmonium 12, Tmn Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
“Like a bowl of rice, design reaches out to everyone”.
It certainly does in an Asian context, and that’s exactly where RICE Design works its magic from. Striving to reach out and deliver satisfying design solutions to the clients, as their slogan implies: it’s not about selling a product – it’s about building a lifestyle.
Mr Silver Chang founded RICE Design in 2013 in a joint-venture effort with a fellow graduate of INTI International University & Colleges (who would later further his studies in Taiwan). Like many other interior designers, he stresses the importance of communication with clients because getting the style right for each of them is their highest priority. He also added that projects should not be rushed and that time should be allowed for clients to review the progress every step along the way.
To date, RICE Design’s clients include Moonlight Café and churches in Johor Bahru, with several other projects in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu and Singapore.
RICE Design will be relocating to Eco Business Park 1 in May or June where they will host their own sales gallery, design team and manufacturing. It is their hope that this move will solidify their place as one of the best interior designers in Johor Bahru.
Mr Silver Chang, 07-558 8233
19B, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor.
Founded by Ms. Zenn Goh in 2003, Mods Design has gained the trust of clients through high-quality work and service satisfaction. Speaking with more than fifteen years of experience working on both commercial and residential projects, Ms. Zenn Goh and her colleagues tell us that the key to creating beautiful and enduring spaces that fit their client’s lifestyles is through a combination of professionalism and creativity.
To accomplish this, a thorough discussion with the client needs to be done on a case-by-case basis to understand their needs. The corresponding concept drawings and layout plans are then created, which are presented to the client for review. Work only begins if the customer gives the greenlight, in which the team then proceeds to take full responsibility of the planning, execution and management of the entire project to ensure that everything goes as planned.
Mods Design has an impressive portfolio including high-profile client UM Land and Impian Emas. Other projects include show houses, residences, and commercial buildings (e.g. BayStreet66).
Ms. Zenn Goh, 07554 8660 / +6016-733 8640
111-B, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai, Johor.
Enrich Artlife & Interior Design Sdn Bhd
Formerly dealing in properties, Enrich Artlife & Interior Design Sdn Bhd shifted its business to interior design in 2016 where it now deals in luxury home products. For Mr. Ken Tan Yee Choon, owner and founder of the interior design house, it is important that every client is given a good selection of design concepts to choose from during the selection process, whether it’s European, Japanese, or something else entirely.
To Mr. Tan, good interior design is about creativity and innovation, which is something that is lacking in Malaysia today. Every ‘new’ design that he finds are just cookie-cutter versions of a popular trend – much like how the McDonald’s franchises sell their food and looks. He notes that in other parts of the world, while they may borrow common elements, always inject their own ideas into the mix. However, he asserts that creativity should always complement functionality and not take precedence over it.
A few notable creations that the interior design house is responsible is a café in Southern University College and a bungalow in Yong Peng, with homestays with different themes now in the pipeline.
Mr. Ken Tan Yee Choon, 011-3909 5600
18A, Jalan Adda 3/3, Taman Adda Height, Johor Bahru, Johor.