My Weekend

Co-founder and owner of furniture store Atomi Andrew Tan (right) travels to Japan regularly.
Co-founder and owner of furniture store Atomi Andrew Tan travels to Japan regularly.PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW TAN

Mr Andrew Tan, 38, is the co-founder and owner of Atomi furniture and design boutique in Mandarin Gallery, which opened in 2009.

He travels to Japan regularly with his Japanese wife and Atomi's co-founder, Ms Mitsuko Murano, also 38, to source for items such as chairs and clothes by Japanese designers.

Tan and his wife, who have no children, live in a two-bedroom condominium in Tanglin Road with their dog, Jem.

What are your weekends like?

Weekends will always be work for me and my wife. Since our staff work on the weekdays, we cover their shift every weekend.

We start our weekends early and make it a point to have breakfast together before the shop opens at 11am. If we have time, we play a game of tennis or take Jem for a walk.

Who do you spend your weekends with?

We have friends who will drop by the shop to chill out, grab a drink and we order food from the eateries in the area.

If you could spend your weekend with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Besides my wife, I would love to meet former tennis player and world No. 1 Steffi Graf.

A tennis player myself, I grew up watching her play and it would be a great experience to play a match with a 22-time Grand Slam singles title winner. We could even have a post-game drink.

If you could go for an overseas weekend getaway, where would it be?

Kobe, Japan. We got to know about the place when we were there in August last year. We were intrigued by it and want to find out more about its food and culture.

We will be doing a project there as well, giving a mall an Atomi-style makeover. Also, the city is the home of the famous Kobe beef, so we look forward to that.

Complete this sentence: My perfect weekend would be...

A day with my wife, regardless of what we do.

Omar Amir

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - OAWEEKEND15'. Print Edition | Subscribe