Peter Tay: Beneath the high-gloss veneer

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At the peak of his career, the celebrity designer is sought-after by the glitterati, tycoons and top developers. But he takes time to pause and reflect on his life and works.

Tay: I want people to stop and think when they step in, to appreciate the spatial quality and to enjoy the space. It’s this enjoyment of space that freezes time. (Photo Credit: John Heng)
Peter Tay is often known as the “interior designer to the stars”. His name is linked to celebrity clients such as Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom, whose home in Taipei he designed and completed last year. Tay is now designing a new music and film studio for Wang, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. “It’s going to be a very contemporary, New York-style loft, with exposed ductwork and of course, my signature reflective ceiling,” says Tay in a recent interview with EdgeProp Singapore.
Other celebrity clients include Chinese actress Zhang Zhiyi, whose penthouse in Beijing Tay designed a decade ago and recently refreshed; Singaporean singer Stephanie Sun; actress Zoe Tay, and celebrity hairstylist David Gan. Chinese actress Vicki Zhao is also said to be a client-to-be.
Even tycoons rank among his clients. He recently completed the design of a Good Class Bungalow at Belmont Road that was snapped up for $39.8 million ($2,653 psf) by Angela Loh, the former wife of Centurion Corp director David Loh just last month.
Tay is in the midst of designing the residence for another tycoon, Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, as well as the residences of his family members.
Living room and swimming pool with reflective ceiling of a Good Class Bungalow at Mount Echo Park designed by Tay (Photo Credit: John Heng)

His signature? A reflective ceiling

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