Since he fled the family nest, Indian-born Lalit Jain is making the most of his bachelor days, as JIll Birch discovers.
Walking into the swanky pad, I’m greeted by an aroma of exotic aftershave. It’s followed closely by a bright-eyed 28-year-old dressed in a cool, grey, open-necked shirt and black slacks. A bemused-looking, goateed buddy is lounging on the sofa flicking through the sports channels.
Lalit, who went to an international school in Hong Kong and studied IT in Sydney, is proud to show me around his newly built apartment on trendy Amber Road, just off East Coast. Having lived with his parents before moving to student digs in Australia, this is Lalit’s first “real” home, which he bought before completion two years ago. “This is a big deal for me,” he says. “It’s my first home and I’m keen to get it looking just how I want it.”
The look is perfect for a bachelor, including a sleek black teak TV console that takes centre-stage. “Playing computer games is a great way to unwind,” he laughs, perhaps a tad embarrassed about his boyish hobby.
An impressive glass-and-chrome dining table stands in the living room. No surprise that it looks untouched, though.
The kitchen is also showroom-clean and the fridge is spotless – empty, in fact. The secret to such cleanliness? “I would rather eat out whenever I can,” he says with a grin.
Lalit’s favourite haunts include the Paya Lebar Hawker Centre and the nearby Tuk Tuk Thai restaurant by Katong Mall. “Both of those have great vegetarian options,” he says. On the day that we catch up with him, Lalit is heading for the bright lights of Clarke Quay to find a romantic restaurant to take a blind date. “I’m having fun searching for the right one,” he grins.
Although Lalit’s personal stamp can be seen throughout the apartment, it is the talent of interior designer Desmond Lim that brought Lalit’s ideas together so effectively.
Desmond, owner of Jewel Ashley Gallery, stepped in when Lalit’s work for his family’s agricultural business in Myanmar and India left him no time to put together his dream home. “We worked together and Desmond understood the look that I was going for. I trusted him enough to basically leave it all to him. I’m very pleased with the results.”
The designer says he was keen to create something that reflected Lalit’s personality and style. “We aimed for a look that was minimalist and fuss-free,” he says. “Lalit likes a modern, simple look. We feel that what we have created fits in really well with this contemporary condo.”
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