CONTRAST & COLOUR
This bachelorette loves organising memorable parties for her friends, so her HDB flat had to have ample space for gatherings and soirees. It also had to give her the flexibility to use the space to play the piano and practise yoga.
As a well-travelled individual, who loves to collect ornaments, posters and pictures, her home also required storage and display areas. Artistroom incorporated storage in several places while freeing up the floor for a spacious feel.
Black and white dominate the palette, creating contrast and a sleek feel – and serving as a practical, classic backdrop for coloured and textured decor as well as things she is bound to collect over the years. Timber veneer conveys the Japanese concept of living with nature perfectly.
This bachelorette loves to bake, cook and host, so her home had to be well equipped for whipping up her signature bakes and dishes efficiently and comfortably. Instead of upper and lower cabinets, suspended storage units were chosen for a clean look and ergonomic access to foodstuff and equipment.
Without the additional countertop of typical kitchen set-ups here, the island is the hub for food preparation, and doubles as a dining table.
Additionally, with the main aim of creating a functional space that looks light and sleek, the cosy, warm colour scheme, as well as contemporary concept with Nordic touches make this HDB unit a haven for visiting friends and family.
“AN ISLAND WITH A HOB, AN OVEN AND A SINK, AS WELL AS A CUSTOMISED GLASS DINING TABLE MAKE THIS NARROW KITCHEN APPEAR LESS CLUTTERED. THE ISLAND ALSO SERVES AS A SPACE FOR GUESTS TO CHILL OUT AND CHAT WHILE SHE IS PREPARING FOOD.” – JOEY KHU, FOUNDER, JOEY KHU INTERIOR DESIGN
EASY & BREEZY
This shophouse unit is designed to match the client’s bubbly personality and daring style. The aim was to mix materials and colours for a vibrant yet relaxing vibe – part beach house, part botanical-inspired.
Here, the furniture pieces are in a variety of materials such as wood, metal or rattan. Instead of built-in furnishings, the owner wanted standalone furniture, so she could move things around in future. The focus on slim lines unified the look. Even with a palette of pink, yellow and green hues, the home evokes a warm ambience. The pink sofa really pops, creating an Insta-worthy home.
“TO RECREATE THIS BOHO-CHIC LOOK, YOU CAN’T FEAR COLOUR. MIX BRIGHT AND MUTED TONES SO THE SPACE DOESN’T APPEAR OVERPOWERING. SECONDLY, ENSURE ENOUGH WHITE SPACE TO BALANCE OUT CONTRASTING COLOURS OR PATTERNS.” – BARBARA FRITSCHY, FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MAKE ROOM
INSPIRED BY JAPAN
This being a penthouse with four bedrooms, Monocot Studio had plenty of room to work with. To turn it into a single-bedroom home with a gym, a study and a wet and dry kitchen, the design team hacked 95 per cent of the apartment and reconfigured the layout.
The owner also wished for a Japanese-style home with natural materials and as much storage as possible. With a palette of timber and granite, elements of Japanese design such as wood strips that resemble screens were introduced, while light wood surfaces and streamlined designs evoke the mood of a ryokan and an onsen in the bedroom and bathroom respectively.
This home demonstrates that minimising the usage of materials achieves a significant impact and creates a cohesive look.
This apartment had two bedrooms initially. It now boasts a series of free-flowing spaces, much like a studio apartment.
To achieve this, UPSTAIRS_ ripped apart existing walls and played with heights to segregate key zones. A plus in this apartment is its unusually high ceiling that allowed placing the bed on a platform that extends to wrap around the sunken living area, and serves as storage and additional seating during the large gatherings the owner loves to host.
The colours and materials are also defining characteristics. Black surfaces and mesh mingle with red bricks, concrete and wood for a robust, industrial vibe.
Text Rossara Jamil