Wishing everyone health, wealth and happiness throughout the new year!


Thank you to everyone for all these amazing hampers!


Lucky draw for all 24 of us!


Ee sang tossing for good fortune!


Happy Chinese New Year once again from everyone at IDC | DesignEast.

Check out this feature of our Apartment Renovation project at Parkview Tower. Published in Home Concepts Magazine 2015, Volume 6. More pictures of the project here: http://idc-architects.com/project-page/renovation-of-an-apartment-parkview-tower-kuching-sarawak/

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Here’s the write up incase the picture is too small:

Sustainably Vintage

Two architects adorn their converted family apartment with classical finds and natural materials.

text edited by ZOE LIEW
photography SHENSNAPS

After many years of living abroad, J and T decided to return to Kuching, Sarawak to reconnect with family and kick-start their dream of forming an architectural practice together. In their mid-30s, J is originally from Hong Kong but has spent many years in Australia while T was born and bred in Kuching. For many years they had worked as architects in Melbourne, Australia where they experienced inner city living and enjoyed the arts and cultural scene there.

When the opportunity presented itself, J and T decided to convert one half of an existing apartment in a condominium centrally located in Kuching into a 3-bedroom apartment with ample views of the city and beyond. The apartment was once the formal living and dining area for T’s grandparents, with a foyer that led to the formal rooms. The challenge was to carve out new living and dining spaces that felt open and bright, and to add three new bedrooms each with adjoining bathroooms. The bried had to work within the existing structural and mechanical service boundaries of the building floor plate.

Drawing inspiration from their travels to the Nordic countries and their love of vintage sensibilities, J and T were drawn to a palette comprising natural, raw textures. Locally sourced materials were utilised by the couple as much as possible including Lala plywood, Selangan Batu timber, honed-finished granite, and travertine stone. They restricted the use of decorative finishes in order to enhance their collection of eclectic artwork and knick-knacks that they had accumulated over the years from their journeys all over the world.

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The existing foyer was converted into a library to house their vast collection of books. The existing marble floor tiles were still in excellent condition, so they decided to retain them for the sake of nostalgia. The bookcases were constructed out of Lala plywood. As a finished product the plywood did not require any additional finishes to dress it. Its natural, golden hue matched the existing marble floor perfectly and the edges were exposed to show the layers of the plywood. Designed from an architectural perspective, the vertical lines of the bookcases followed the existing marble floor border pattern, whilst drawing attention to the height of the ceilings.

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An island clad in travertine stone was introduced in the foyer in order to create a division between the library and the entry. It was designed as a bench as well as a display cabinet for J and T’s collection of family portraits and decorative vases. The pendant lights suspended above the bench are creations by Alvar Aalto, a famous Finnish architect. J and T discovered them in an antique shop during their travels.

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They decided to keep the design of the living and dining areas simple in order to highlight the high ceilings and abundant natural light that flooded into the space. The Selangan Batu timber floorboards were stained a dark walnut color in order to add contrast to the white-washed walls and ceilings. On the wall adjacent to the vintage dining table that T had inherited from her grandmother, a steel fence that J had salvaged from an old factory was hung and customised to feature artwork, plants and recycled mirror pieces. Pieces of recycled mirrors were placed within the grids of the steel bars of a second piece of the restored  fence which hangs in the library.

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Driven by their love for simple, nonsensical designs, J and T’s furniture collection is a combination of modern pieces with vintage chairs and modest, natural objects – such as the fossilised timber stools in the living room that they had stumbled upon in Bali. The Arne Jacobsen Swan chair was a birthday gift from J to T, and the Series 7 Butterfly dining chairs were surprise finds in a second hand shop in Melbourne.

The apartment is now home to J and T’s young twin boys as well, and they still consider their home to be a work-in-progress to adapt to their rapidly changing lifesyles and growing family. By using humble, simple materials in unexpected ways, they wish to continue the process of discovery to create objects and spaces of interest that captivate and inspire their young children and family.”

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Happy Diwali IDC 2015

Happy Deepavali! Above is another rangoli done by our talented designers. Time really flies! Check out our rangoli from last year here: Diwali at IDC

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Once again, we headed to Ammah’s curry house for a hearty Indian meal!

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Our delicious banana leaf set. This one is mutton curry! The dishes were so pretty that everyone became a photographer:

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Most of us!

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There was also a little art piece made specially for our little precious boys.

Have a beautiful, fun filled celebration everyone!

Hari Raya 2015 WebsiteWishing everyone a joyous Raya this weekend! Be safe and have great fun with your friends and family!

from all of us at  IDC|DesignEast


Pizza Fridays happen once a month where the team would stop working at 4.30pm and head to the meeting room to watch interesting presentations from selected team members while nibbling on pizzas. These presentations are normally on architecture, staff travels, art, or anything at all that they’d like to share.

One Pizza Friday, Jeffrey took us out of the office to present on one of our past projects that won a PAM Commendation in 2013: KTS Anniversary Park and Function Hall.


Here are some random facts about the KTS Anniversary Park and Function Hall Project and some of the pictures from the day!:

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1. The hall is made out of a recycled warehouse structure.

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2. The hall was built in conjunction with KTS Group’s 50th Anniversary.

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3. The interiors of the function hall and restaurant were designed by a Shanghai-based interior design firm – Mooredeco.

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 4. The hall fits 60 round 10-seater tables.

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5. Different shades were chosen for the glass windows on purpose for maintenance reasons.

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What architects tend to do when in a new environment: Look up and down, touch, think.

Dinner with the past Chief Minister


The Chinese Restaurant at KTS Garden. Opens for lunch and dinner.

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 The expensive little garden in front of the restrooms.


View from the restrooms.

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Amazing late afternoon view of the river from the garden.

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Part of the team on the garden’s Philippine grass patch. Really comfortable and cooling place to lie down and relax on.

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Sunset at KTS Garden.

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Would make a beautiful wedding venue right?

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Do pay the place a visit! Perhaps plan a garden event too??

More on the project here: http://idc-designeast.com/project-page/kts-anniversary-park-function-hall/

GAWAI 2015

Happy Harvest Festival to everyone in Sarawak and Sabah! Stay safe and enjoy your long weekend!

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Our office had a Gawai lunch on Thursday at Absolute Tribal.

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Dabai Fried Rice

We did not take many food pictures because it was quite dark and we didn’t bring a proper camera. So here are 2 almost-decent looking pictures out of the 8 dishes!

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Kiwi Chicken was delicious!

We also had very tasty Tom Yam Soup, which wasn’t spicy enough for Janani; fresh steamed fish in Thai sauce which was done very well; refreshing Apple Kerabu; interesting steamed otak-otak, which packaging was a little deceiving; and the good old stir fried mixed vegetables.

We also celebrated our HR Director’s birthday early at the lunch as his birthday falls on 1st of June, which is the first day of the Gawai holidays!

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Surprised Janggu?

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Here’s most of us in red on Chinese New Year Eve! 😀


We had an amazing CNY lunch together at Sanga.


Chopped up a whole salmon. 100 pieces of salmon sashimi split into two boats!


Salmon Fried Rice


Parts that don’t make good sashimi make good cooked food.

There was a lot more food. But we were enjoying our food so much, we forgot to take a picture of all of them.


Again, we forgot to take a picture of all of us together. So here’s some of us. 😀

May we all have a great year ahead!