Currently based in Singapore, 0932 Design Consultants have been proudly representing a slice of the contemporary Eastern architectural and design scene since 2011. The two founders, Low Chee Khiang and Roystern Goh, joined together as an opportunity to practice the lesson they learned from their favorite quote by the prolific trial lawyer Louis Nizer: “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.” This lesson, among others, led them to develop their profound interest in architecture that is the product of incredible craftsmanship yet looks deceivingly simple. They have applied this philosophy to typologies as diverse as private residences, retail malls, spas, resorts, hotels, service apartments, and condominium developments.
Looking at their projects as a whole, an effortless incorporation of outdoor elements and other symbols of tranquility is brought to light. Their D Maisonette is a bold example: it appears stunningly lightweight despite the many domestic elements that make the living room a centerpiece. A mix of white, beechwood, and black elements, carefully arranged in the space, allow this apartment to contain a number of elements without feeling burdensome. Many of the spaces are marked by the interaction of delicate black window frames of varying materials and milky white walls. Celebrating the purity of the space, the architects stated, “Light shines in each morning, and the serenity of life emerges within this vast space of white. It really is a bright coat of purity, sprinkled with subtle elements of old and new in timeless harmony; simple does make an ideal haven. And life simply thrives on.”
Another project of note is D Apartment. For this apartment, they attempted to cloak the space and architecture itself in the same beechwood color, with the only visible contrast being the white linens. They carefully scoped out furniture, surface materials, and sculptures for the space to make sure that they all shared a common materiality and general aura. They call this concept “White on White” and desired to cover all the objects of stimulus in the same color and material palette in order to bring a certain kind of warmth to the small interior.
Their TT Apartment is another unique take on the small interior, this time with three-dimensional geometric elements. The apartment has breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows, and the architects chose to highlight them by wrapping nearby spaces in parallel wooden slats. The result is a series of interiors within interiors that successfully exude the qualities of exterior patios and demarcate the space as a whole.
0932 Design Consultants continue to spread their philosophy to nearby locales, most recently in places such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, and China.