Angela Lim’s golden touch

SINGAPORE (EDGEPROP) - Founder of interior design firm SuMisura has charted her own course by turning vacant spaces into visions to behold, spurred by competition and constraints
Before SuMisura worked its magic on a penthouse in 3 Orchard By-The-Park, the 6,555 sq ft duplex unit failed to attract a buyer. The award-winning interior design firm was brought in after multiple attempts to market it by agents ended in vain, with the key feedback that people had trouble visualising the potential of its interiors.
One problem was the glasshouse enveloping a staircase in the centre of the penthouse, dividing the expanse of the interior into smaller pockets of spaces. With such a structure, “it’s actually difficult [for people] to see it as a big entertainment space”, says Angela Lim, director and co-founder at SuMisura. “And when people cannot see the value of it, they won’t buy.”
SuMisura's Angela Lim (Photo: Albert Chua/EdgeProp Singapore)
Her mission was therefore, “to make sense of the spaces” in the penthouse and turn it into a unique selling point, shares Lim. A Bocci light installation was placed above the central staircase, with the intention to draw attention to it. “We wanted to make it look like an art piece in the middle of the house,” she explains.
With SuMisura’s vision, the penthouse was sold in six months to a Chinese national for $31.5 million on June 21 – or $4,805 psf, which was the highest psf price achieved for the development.
Another defining touch included turning a 1.8m to 2m long corridor leading to the powder room into a “linear library”. One wall was fully fitted with bookshelves, while the opposite side was furnished with a bar top and stools overlooking a window.
The "linear library" (Photo: SuMisura)
Lim also jumped on the chance to weave in the narrative of a well-heeled lifestyle. Instead of decking up all...