WSWOMAN: DENISE

WSWOMAN: DENISE

August 09, 2019

Meet Denise: co-founder of interior design firm Habit, and also my long-time friend and ex-colleague.

It's been over a decade - somehow Denise was an easy friend to make, and an easier friend to keep. During our rare but always caffeinated catch-ups, it doesn't take much for us at all to jump into unreserved conversation about our highs and lows, and laugh in wild abandon over the oddest things. As a friend, she's someone I can count on to call me out on things, and to shoot the elephant in the room. She's a keen observer, fiercely loyal and owns a wicked sense of humour ( and more recently, a ragdoll named Mao). If there's one thing that I've learnt from her professionally, it would be that doing good work takes unwavering perseverance and commitment. So, I'd like to share with you a little bit more about her in our WS Woman journal...

 

How did your passion for design begin, and what about it draws you in?

I think I’ve always known I wanted to do something with drawing or design as early on since I was in kindergarten– I used to love drawing bedrooms. I also frequently asked my dad to drive me around so that I could look at nice buildings and houses.

 

Tell us about Habit - how did it begin?
Habit started as a two-woman team, purely doing design consultancy. Along the way, we felt that something was missing. We came to a realization that the process was tough because we had no control over who was doing the job, which could affect and determine the end result. 

Do you have any daily rituals or habits?
Every day is different, but I never start the day without coffee.

 

As an interior designer, is there a project that has stood out the most to you, or brought you the most pride?
It would have to be my own home - I got to be my own client, which meant I could push the boundaries and be as bold and unconventional as I wanted to.

 

If you could start all over again, what would you have done differently?
Starting all over again wouldn't make a difference as our business has always been based on passion and consistency. Branding and trust in this industry can only be achieved through time, especially when most of your clients are residential.

As much as design is a process, running a business is also a process; understanding and identifying what people want and what they are looking for is a skill that can only be honed over time.

 

What is your design philosophy?
Be real, be you. Design is an open-ended process. It's about leaving space for change and manipulation.

How would you describe your personal style?
A sense of alignment. Subtle. Clean but with warmth.

Give your younger self a little piece of advice...
Don't sweat the small stuff. Look at the broader picture!

 

The Weekend Sundries Woman is a series of narrative photos and conversations, featuring authentic, independent women in their most familiar element and craft. We hope this project elicits thoughts and discussion about the nature of the modern woman today - her growth, her challenges, and her comforts. At our studio, we are inspired by the beauty found in the imperfect, the raw  in one's commonplace. We believe finding rest and a moment of pause in this hectic world is the key to thriving.  

Denise is wearing the Cuffed Shirt Dress, size M + Peterpan Button Blouse, size S + Scrunched Kaftan Dress, size S + Box Top, size S.




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WS Woman: ALEXA
WS Woman: ALEXA

February 18, 2019

Meet Alexa Ong: local illustrator and freelance art director; the owner of Wood&Lead (her creative avenue for whimsically crafted products).

We visited her studio at Pearl's Hill Terrace on a relaxed Saturday morning. Sharing the space with other like-minded creatives, Alexa makes this intimate corner of the room her home away from home. With a family of house plants lined along the ledge of the window by her desk, and a collage of framed prints dotting her studio wall, her workspace is reflective of her creative practice that is playful, homely and relatable.

Gathering around a large communal table in the studio, we delved into conversation on her creative journey and practice, while sharing laughter and yet another of life's simple pleasures - in the form of one too many chocolate bars.

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WS WOMAN: CHLOE
WS WOMAN: CHLOE

July 03, 2018

Throwback to December 2016, I chanced upon a body of work "Rou" (which means 'flesh') by the local ceramist and maker, Chloe of Usually Usual. These small, functional ceramic vessels expressed a clear idea to me, gave me repose and nudged me into having my first conversation with Chloe. Since then, she has shared with me about her various adventures and explorations with clay, and I am constantly reminded by her that the delightful act of making is inextricable from the people you encounter, the memories created and how you learn to comprehend the world around you.

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Sizing Guide

Please note that sizes may vary depending on each unique design. This sizing guide is used as a rough guideline to measurements through all international sizes. The detailed description of fit can be found in the product description. However, if you are unsure about a particular fit, do drop us a message before placing your order.

Our Sizes XS - 4 S - 6 M - 8 L - 10
US / CAN 2 4 6 8
UK / AUS 4 6 8 10
Bust 32" 33" 34.5" 36"
Waist 24" 25.5" 27" 28.5"
Hips 34" 35.5" 37" 38.5"

Bust: Measure across the chest from armpit to armpit at the fullest point of your bust
Waist: Measure across your waistline, just above the belly button
Hips: Measure across the widest part of your hips/lower body where it curves out the most

Shoulders: Measure across from point to point of your shoulders
Sleeve: Measure from the shoulder edge to sleeve hem
Rise: Measure from the distance from the middle of the crotch seam (right between your legs) to the top of the waistband
Length: Measure from the high point of your shoulders and straight down to the hem