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On the first day of Creation, God said, “Let there be light.” The importance of lighting in both hospitality and residential projects are to create ambience and to illuminate the space for different practical purposes.

COBO HOUSE by 2am:dessertbar         /  2016

Boasting 3,000 sq ft spanning across two floors, COBO HOUSE by 2am:dessertbar is progressive dessert bar cum restaurant that collaborates with Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Janice Wong, serving up her stellar list of dessert and savoury dish. It is also a secluded venue for exhibitions, private events and cultural activities, serving as a platform for art mavens to collect, connect and collide, fueling the world with a Bohemian style of living. 

Max hopes to take the guests on a journey through the heritage while they are enjoying the exquisitely prepared dessert and savoury dishes. Drawing inspiration from the century-old local transportation, Max and his team have created a bespoke set of brass chandeliers “Ding Ding” for this special space. Named after the iconic sound a tram makes and resembling the tram itself and its rails, this lighting was designed as a tribute to the city’s heritage. The smooth yet sturdy lines bring a contemporary ambience to the dining room. Not only does the lamp illuminate the space, but it also projects a romantic shadow onto the ceiling, reflecting Max’s design philosophy of combining mood creation with practicality.

Artisan Room                                           /  2016

Following the footsteps of artisans, Artisan Room scours the world for the finest products, aiming to bring the new hipster area an artistic flair and a modish lifestyle. Interior features a sleek, chic and modern style, and everything in the room tells a story. 

A set of Venice Murano handblown glass inspired by the concept of “Water Moment”, was created for this space to accentuate the inviting and relaxing ambience extending from the courtyard to the communal bar table inside the cafe.

COBO HOUSE Private Dining                 /  2016

A set of contemporary, subtle brass lighting was installed to set the mood for fine dining. The delicate lighting was just right, enough to illuminate, but not overwhelm the stunning art pieces on the wall.

COBO HOUSE  Art Gallery                        /  2016

Max understands the importance of color, lighting and style in setting the mood of a space for an art exhibition. He thus created a lighting system with a program that allows for different lighting color and temperature just by the flick of a switch. Color varies from standard cool white lighting to the more exciting red, blue and green. The lighting can also be synchronized with the sound system thus offering a 4D flexibility and experience for the artists and the audience.

Residential Villa at the Peak                        /  2015

Lighting works its magic in this minimalistic residence. The lighting design highlights the aesthetic and architectural beauty of the old villa. The soft lighting beautifies the façade, pillars and columns, thus adding to the resort ambience of the space. Other highlights include the subtle wall lighting in the baby room that creates acalming ambience to put the baby to sleep; and the recessed staircase wall lamps illuminating the path from the ground floor to the first floor.


** AWARD **

Successful Design Awards 2016, Shanghai

K-DESIGN Award 2016, Korea

A'DESIGN Award 2016, Italy

Residential Apartment                                  /  2014

This project plays with color, texture and lighting. Scandinavian lighting fixtures are used to match with the contemporary furniture in the apartment.


A pair of sphere shaped pendant lights made with wooden stripe serves as the iconic centerpiece. The Tolomeo floor lamp by Michele De Lucchi at the corneroffers good mood lighting for the home theatre. The bedside table lamps are a pair of the same model but Max made a little twist to the lampshades such that they look “similar but different”. Another lime green Tolomeo desk lamp is chosen to go with the olive green-themed kid’s room.

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