Due to its size, every feature in this apartment has to be both functional and fashionable.

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Due to its size, every feature in this apartment has to be both functional and fashionable.
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A bachelorette in her 30s 


Two-room condominium apartment in West Coast 



Her 441sqf, one-bedder condominium apartment is indeed a squeeze, but homeowner and sports enthusiast Kate Tan isn’t complaining. Her cosy apartment exudes a chic hotel-room atmosphere, she wakes up on a queen-size bed (yes, it fits!), and there’s enough storage space for her bulky sports gear. “I told Lawrence of interior design firm Akihaus that I wanted a casual yet chic home; something I will not grow tired of, and that matches my personality,” says Kate. 

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The swim instructor has travelled to many countries, like Japan and Tonga, and finds she is most attracted to well-designed resorts that are restful and void of loud colours. Combining this with the idea of a contemporary American loft, Lawrence decided on a monochrome colour palette. “Black and white hues go well with the existing marble and oak flooring, and help imbue a sense of spaciousness in the small apartment,” he says. 

The renovation totalled up to $28,000, and includes folding glass doors with black aluminium frames that separate the living room from the bedroom – a loft archetype that pairs perfectly with the unit’s high ceilings. When Kate has guests over, she only has to fold the doors and push her sofa back for more legroom. 

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The full-height, built-in television console conceals storage space, where she keeps necessities like the ironing board. Items such as diving gear and coldwear are stashed in her bed’s hidden storage area – easily accessible thanks to a hydraulic lift – whereas items that can survive rain and shine are stored under the balcony’s removable timber decks. 

Large monochromatic photographs of a humpback whale and penguins, taken during Kate’s travels, add a sophisticated yet personal touch to the home.  


Akihaus, #04-02, Block A, 10 Raeburn Park, tel: 6221-2808 

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