Ever resourceful and with an eye for detail, Bryan Wong is proving a worthy contender in the home interior business.
A familiar face on Mediacorp’s Mandarin Channel 8, Bryan Wong has come a long way. In 1994, he starred in then TCS’s first English drama “Masters of the Sea”. Today, he’s a familiar face on Channel 5’s game show “Minute to Win It”, produced by Mediacorp. The charming 43-year-old actor is also well known for co-hosting Channel U’s popular talent-search show “Snap” with Kym Ng. Bryan was nominated for Best Entertainment Presented at the 2002 Asian Television Awards. One of his biggest milestones in life was in 2005 when MediaCorp (successor of TCS) absorbed Mediaworks where he was one of 19 artistes transferred over.
Aside from hosting lifestyle shows, Bryan was also one of the stars in Channel 8’s inaugural Chinese home improvement show “Bai Jia Le” (Home Decor Survivor) back in 2005. He went on to snag his first hosting award for “Best Variety Show Host Award” at the 2006 Star Awards for this home improvement TV series. He has also starred opposite comedienne Mark Lee, where they went about doing home makeovers as a challenge. The cheery actor also starred in a number of Chinese dramas produced by then SPH MediaWorks and these included “Eternity: A Chinese Ghost Story” and the Chinese martial arts series called “Chinese Paladin”. His career skyrocketed when he joined MediaCorp, and became more successful as a host for many Chinese variety and lifestyle programmes. Currently, he’s well sought after and was voted the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes from 2005 to 2012, which he won his tenth award in 2013.
Seeding a Business
So they say you can learn a lot when you’re on the job. That can be said of Bryan who emanated his passion and charm when he hosted Home Decor Survivor. His innate sense of good aesthetics and being savvy about furniture brands made him a firm favourite with fans who watched his shows. So it is not surprising when you discover that Bryan has his own interior design firm called “Grand Designs Pte Ltd”. What’s more, at his showroom, he sells custom furniture pieces under another brand called “Home by Bryan Wong”. Situated in modern Ubi, the 500-square-foot showroom is housed in Oxley Biz Hub – a spanking new building devoted to all things interior design. “Even though I had a deep love for interior design and home decorating, I started this business purely out of interest. I love to help people generate ideas and I love to feel products and create engaging environments,” explains the gregarious actor.
For more of our interview with Bryan, check out pages 68 to 75 of Issue 21.