This apartment gets a new lease of life after the space was decorated with the owner’s personal art collection. Jacqueline Tan gets the low-down on this unique and stunning transformation.
DINING IN COMFORT
“My friends don’t need to squeeze whenever we dine together at my place,” Angie points out, referring to the new design of her dining space. “We can have a meal and watch an arts documentary at the same time, without needing to move from one spot to another.”
After having lived in this Palm Gardens apartment for a few years, homeowner angie Sim decided it was time for an overhaul. it cost $150,000, excluding furnishings. and she has never felt more “at home”, being pleased with the result.
"I like the open concept floor plan conceived by Wee Studio,” says the fashionsavvy angie, who’s the head of research development in quality assurance for a multinational pharmaceutical company, “There are now fewer walls dividing the rooms and the living and the dining areas.”
Entertaining has also become a more enjoyable experience, with the living and dining sections (the latter is a converted bedroom) combined into a bigger area.
The new layout also paves the way for more natural light to come in, creating a brighter interior. Angie’s expanding collection of artworks and sculptures was also taken into consideration during the space-planning process. “We were given free rein to curate angie’s impressive collection of artworks, which inspired us to turn the space into a mini art gallery,” says Yeo See Wee, design director of Wee Studio. “Bringing the art pieces to the foreground and having them displayed throughout the interior lends the space a ‘poetic’ feel.” What was originally considered an eyesore also ended up serving a creative purpose – a column, smack in the centre of the apartment, has become a backdrop for one of the striking artworks. “As we weren’t allowed to knock down the column, we figured the best way to work around it was to use it as a backdrop for one of the art pieces. it turned out to be perfect!” says JJ Yip, See Wee’s wife and business partner.
As there’s a private lift on the floor, the design duo came up with a statement-making pivot door for the entrance, adding to the modern aesthetic of the interior. The door gives the homeowner the flexibility of keeping it open (to give a sense of an enlarged space) or closed (for when privacy is needed). When closed, the pivot door looks like it is part of the wall.
The original dining area was turned into the study, which angie likes for the flipdown guest bed concealed behind the wall. This clever feature helps save space as the guest room has been discreetly incorporated into the study. The study room also has a glass panel that overlooks the entrance foyer, which also gives a view of the general living space.
Another major transformation is the en suite master bedroom complete with a walk-in wardrobe – the new space is a combination of two previous bedrooms. “The master bathroom is a visual treat for me. i love the wood veneer panels, which give the space an overall warm look. The built-in cabinets also allow for more storage than what i thought i could have, for an open-concept apartment,” elaborates angie.
Aside from paintings, the homeowner’s art collection includes interesting 3-D art installations.
Carefully curated accessories help to bring the look of the space together.
The various spaces are segregated by sliding doors, which can be opened to convert the apartment into an open living space.
Who lives here
Three-bedroom condo apartment at Palm Gardens HOME A career woman and art collector in her 50s size 1,323 sq ft
The black and white colour palette extends into the kitchen area.
The colourful artworks take centrestage in this stylish home.
A COLUMN, SMACK IN THE CENTRE OF THE APARTMENT, HAS BECOME A BACKDROP FOR ONE OF THE STRIKING ARTWORKS.
The ceilings in the living area and bedroom have been coated in cement screed for an industrial edge.
Stone cladding adds a touch of luxe to the master bathroom.
ALL DRESSED UP
Two bedrooms were combined to create a large integrated space for the master bedroom, master bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.
PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN CHANG ART DIRECTION NONIE CHEN