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Diana Khoo

Diana Khoo, Editor

It was while researching an article for this issue that I came across a quote by the great Australian architect Kerry Hill: “We all know that ­practising architecture can be euphoric and, at times, it can be ­desperate and dark. Tonight, I would rather dwell on the bright side, the ­pleasure of ­architecture.” The same, I suppose, could be said of any chosen ­profession. Just like a coin and its two sides, it is how we choose to view life. Do we look at things from the viewpoint of light or darkness? ­Considering that we are at the end of a year and the beginning of ­another, I would advocate the former. And, after all, isn’t the world still such a ­magical place?

We were privileged to have been invited into three dazzling homes, each distinct and unique, embodying the homeowners’ personalities and lifestyles, and it is a pleasure to profile each one. Numerous trips abroad have also blessed us with the opportunity to marvel at various ­structures, from the Aesop store in Sydney’s Pitt Street, conceptualised by that ­fabulous Oslo-based design practice Snøhetta (page 38) to the ­Vitra Campus which sits between Germany and Switzerland and is a veritable wonderland filled with star-chitecture by the likes of ­Buckminster ­Fuller, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, Japanese artist ­Hiroshi ­Sugimoto’s ­ethereal Enoura Observatory in Odawara, Japan (page 90) and the ­Landtag ­parliamentary complex in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, by German-American architect Hansjörg Göritz (page 24).

Beyond the walls of structure and space, however, the joy of living must never be forgotten. In that light, we also present a trio of design-­conscious getaways you might wish to consider for a much-needed year-end wind-down — a teepee on Bintan, a city-chic boutique hotel in Singapore or one that is in our own backyard. Don’t miss also ­celebrated Goan chef Sapna Anand’s surprisingly-easy recipes (page 98) for an ­Indian feast to remember (a welcome reprieve, perhaps, after overdosing on turkey?). And considering it is the festive season, we hope our series of easy-on-the-eye spreads by über-stylist Joanne Lim will inspire you too. Like Kerry Hill, we choose to dwell on the bright side, the pleasure. Won’t you join us?