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The Industry's Most Influential Twosomes: Creative Power Couples

Live together, play together and, yes, work together. Three talented Singapore-based couples tell Female how doing all three has made them more creative.

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The Million-Dollar Decorators

Who Interior design royalty Gracinha Viterbo, 37, and her hubby Miguel Stucky, 39

What they do She’s creative director, while he is the managing partner of their luxury interior design firm Viterbo ID (founded by her mum and industry legend Graca Viterbo in 1971). The Portuguese couple moved here in 2012 as part of the global expansion of their company, which does VIP homes in Districts 9 and 10, as well as residences from Switzerland to Brazil. These projects are given Viterbo’s signature European-manor-meets-contemporary touch. Some of these lush decors have made the covers of magazines such as Casa Vogue Italia. Viterbo is also behind the decor of over 60 hotels, including Bela Vista Hotel, a chateau in the south of Portugal that made it to The New York Times’ list of must-visit hotels for 2012. She also helmed Hermes’ window displays in Lisbon for two years.

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Rich colours and textures are Viterbo trademarks

How they met They’ve known each other since their teens, but a chance meeting at a New Year’s Eve party in 2000 was when sparks started to fly. They have been together for 15 years and have four kids.

Do couples who work together speak, look and behave alike? They push one another out of their comfort zones – something they have learnt to live with. “Although I still think it would be more fun to learn how to dance the tango, because that’s what we do every day at work,” she quips.

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How they feed off each other’s creativity
They have an entire file dedicated to their ideas for the company, but have no time to go through it “because we are going through other priorities for Viterbo ID, and our clients are always a priority”. Adds Viterbo: “I think people don’t realise the full picture of having a young and growing family with four children under 10 and two full-time working parents (who travel a lot for work and still want to be amazing parents). If we didn’t feed off each other’s creativity and dynamics, this wouldn’t be possible.”

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Marble and monochrome make for a modern feel in the bathroom of a restored palace in northern Portugal

How to ensure no one side is dominant in the creative zone Their differing roles (she heads the creative team while he takes care of business) mean they don’t have to cross swords. “We are pretty much like any other couple, except we get to have lunch together almost every day and spend lots of time together outside of home,” she says.