Checking in with Edmund Kok, Design Director, Wilson Associates Singapore

Where do you find design inspiration?

Fashion and architecture inspire me most, especially the work of Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma. I admire their passion for creating great design.

Tell me about your projects:
What are you working on right now?

A significant project our team is doing right now is the Taichung Residential Tower in Taiwan. It’s a high-rise residential tower with an Art Deco architectural shell. The concept for the six-meal restaurant is derived from the formation of a Cloud Ceiling and has hanging artifacts in cloud formations. We inject some local flavor to blend with the location and to highlight the value that the local people have in their traditions and heritage. I’m excited to see our idea transform into reality!

The six-meal restaurant at Taichung Residential Tower, Taiwan.

Recent work:
The Huafa Pudong Zhangjiang Sales Office and Showflat has already won an award in China, and is a contender for several more. The richness of geometrical black and white floor patterns accentuated by crystals and unexpected new interior finishes (with lavish screens to add layers) – the design speaks for itself, and the design team was very happy with the end result.

Lobby entrance at the Huafa Pudong Zhangjiang Sales Office.

Tell me about a recent trip you’ve been on?
I’ve been traveling a lot these days! Both business and leisure travel I believe helps us to grow in other points of view. Last week I was in London and Germany and visited the Hansgrohe factory. I was able to see how the design evolves through the manufacturing process. The technology and fluidity of design behind the creation of each piece really amazed me. It reminds me of the importance of form and function in design.

What’s rotating heavily in your playlist right now?
I’m a big collector of jazz music from multiple generations of the genre. I’ve been listening to Sarah Vaughan (1950s), Diana Krall, Michael Buble and Norah Jones lately. Jazz music has long been defined as a universal language of tolerance and freedom, and somehow I can relate to the mellow harmonies. The cool jazz soothes my emotion.

You’ve got great taste in footwear! What’s the latest pair you’ve added to your collection?
I have passion for designer shoes, especially classic loafers. I have not yet reached the size of Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection (she’s my biggest competitor among other shoe collectors — kidding!). I recently found a good pair of Louis Vuitton shoes in London at a great price. It’s my first pair of LV shoes in my collection! Shoes really are my guilty pleasure.