He may not be a PhD graduate. He may not have a millionaire father. But he possess guts, creativity and determination-and lots of them. Steve Lim Kim Hai, 45, an interior designer of 14 years, have experienced ups-and-downs in his life but he strived hard to overcome every hurdle.
His first interior design firm was located in Queenstown. Although he was overseeing a team of multinational workers who are young designers, construction workers and architects, Steve explained that his entrepreneur path was not easy in the beginning. Having worked for his father as a fruits wholesaler for twenty over years, Steve decided that he wanted to start his own career. He franchised the first Swensens outlet in Singapore at Ginza Plaza (Now West Coast Plaza). However, his business failed and he wound his shop when he was 30 years old.
He did not give up. He applied for many design courses and found his calling. He then worked in his friend’s renovations shop in Queenstown. He studied for various diplomas and obtained a BSA in building. His firm, Esthetix Design Pte Ltd located in OCBC Building, specialises in the design and construction of innovative and stylish environments, while developing creative yet practical means to fulfill each of his clients’ individual requirements. Steve focuses on ‘selling design concepts’ to his customers, and has since completed many high profile portfolios for his clients which include condominiums, landed property and office developments.