House of exhibits

The home of David Chua and Jeannie Ong is a showcase of their antiques, furnishings and items collected during their frequent travels abroad. By Tay Suan Chiang

DESIGNER and architect Kee Wei Hui describes her clients' home as a "gallery shophouse". Except that the shophouse off East Coast Road doesn't have a single piece of artwork hanging in it.

But gallery it is - to showcase old Chinese cupboards, Peranakan artifacts, and even an old cast-iron fire hydrant from New York, which David Chua and his fiancee Jeannie Ong have collected over the years. "I've turned different areas of the home into exhibit spaces," says Ms Kee. Her client, portfolio manager Mr Chua, concurs.

Right by the entrance is a little Chinese antique gallery, where an intricately carved timber screen with two wooden chairs takes pride of space. "It becomes a privacy screen should the...

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