Hock Hoon

Hock Hoon is an award-winning design consultancy that designs well-crafted spaces for homes, retail, and workspaces. Imbued by the possibilities and opportunities of architectural articulation through spatial design, its works reflect the nuances of achieving functionality with aesthetics. Drawn to the beauty of austerity, it seeks design that is honest yet reposed in its expression; exploring the nuances of spaces that are sparse, but not empty, allowing the space to manifest organically.

Hock Hoon began life as a furniture company that produced functional wardrobes and cabinets in the 1990s, before transiting into a young, budding interior design consultancy firm. It believes that the realisation of a project requires seamless and open communication between designers and artisans; an experienced project manager manages projects at Hock Hoon. Backed by a team of highly dedicated craftsmen with deep technical knowledge, it can provide an end-to-end, tailor-made design solution for residential and commercial spaces.

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Q&A with Ng Ci En, Hock Hoon: What is the basic form of a space or object?

Q&A with Ng Ci En, Hock Hoon: What is the basic form of a space or object?

Hock Hoon began life as a carpentry specialist, before transiting into an interior design firm. Can you elaborate on how this occurred?  It’s quite a long story; I shall start with the founding of Hock Hoon by my dad, who started working on custom carpentry in 1992. He asked me if I wanted to help him manage Hock Hoon after I left a partnership in a woodworking business in 2019. It was an excellent opportunity to kickstart my plan to start a studio practising design. I could create a new brand doing design, or remain as Hock Hoon. I chose the latter, despite some opposing opinions, as it was hard to relate “Hock Hoon” to an interior design studio. The name is meaningful to me as it reminds me of my dad’s teachings and attitude towards good craft, which laid a strong foundation for our growth in the coming years. Should I continue? My partner, Soh Xin Hui, who practised in a few renowned design consultancies, joined me not long after. It was a huge challenge to transition from carpentry…

Hock Hoon plays with light in this unit at Parc Esta condo to accommodate diametrically opposed needs

Hock Hoon plays with light in this unit at Parc Esta condo to accommodate diametrically opposed needs

What happens when the inhabitants of the same home have desires that are diametrically opposed? This was the conundrum for Soh Xin Hui of design studio Hock Hoon, who was engaged to overhaul a four-room condo in Parc Esta meant to house her client, his parents and a helper. “His parents wanted brightness while he feels more comfortable in a darker space,” says the interior designer.  Her solution was to carve out separate spaces within the home, where light and shadow would play out differently, and design a seamless transition between the two. The 1,119sqft apartment originally boasted four bedrooms but one bedroom was divided into a private lounge and room for the helper.   Clearly, the lounge is for the client. “It is a quiet corner for him to wind down,” says Soh, of the shadowy space that is dominated by a set of shelves, which displays mementoes collected on his overseas work trips.  “It was designed to create a one-point perspective with dark ash wood panels on either side and a lighter grey cement textured paint on the central…

A display of vodka bottles is the centrepiece of this Bidadari BTO by Hock Hoon

A display of vodka bottles is the centrepiece of this Bidadari BTO by Hock Hoon

Some homes have a strong focal point — the first thing a visitor notices when they step through the door. It could be a stunning view, a beautiful painting or a show-stopping piece of furniture. For this four-room BTO apartment at Bidadari designed by Hock Hoon, what immediately draws the eye is a collection of vodka bottles.   “He had hundreds of bottles to display,” shares Ng Ci En, Creative Director of Hock Hoon, of the client’s desire to make his collection the centrepiece of his home. “He had been collecting them for years. Some of them were rare, some were gifts from friends, while others had been purchased from abroad.”  Ng went on to choose a prime position for the vodka collection — the wall between the living and master bedroom — and designed it such that it would fit the TV as well as the display cabinets that house the bottles. That everything looked seamless was important. “We wanted cabinets that flow well with the space,” he says.  Achieving this was a challenge. The bottles were of different heights…