Playful apartment a collector’s dream, Home & Design News & Top Stories
A home should be playful, expressive and welcoming – and this Housing Board’s five-room apartment in Bidadari Park Drive embodies all three qualities.
Owned by a young couple – Ms. Anthea Tang, who is 29 and works in marketing, and Mr. Gabriel Chan, who is 30 and works in sales – the 1,000 square foot home is light and airy with subtle touches. industrial touches and filled with their favorite. collectible toys and works of art.
Mr. Ong Wei Sheng, the lead designer for local firm Earth Interior, conceptualized a timeless yet modern look with a neutral palette of dark gray, walnut, and off-white tones that anchors the space and serves as a backdrop for them. colorful collectibles and artwork.
The owners collection includes such icons as Bearbrick and shark figures from Japanese fashion label A Bathing Ape.
Paired with works of art, including Renaissance-style paintings in the kitchen-dining room and bedroom, they give the house a playful personality.
In the background, deep colors and raw finishes add an industrial feel balanced by luxurious brass and marble accents. The TV wall in the living room, for example, has brass inlays against a concrete background.
Mr Ong also added pops of color, such as the striking navy sofa and lighter items like the rattan bar stools.
As the couple regularly organize meetings, the spatial fluidity between the common spaces was essential.
Mr Ong made this a priority in the design, with two separate but linked spaces – the dining room and the dry kitchen – between which guests could move freely.
As the couple don’t cook often, they decided to go for a larger dry kitchen and a separate, smaller wet kitchen, maximizing the entertaining space.
“I suggested having the dining table behind the sofa so that everyone in the living room and dining room could interact with each other,” says Ong.
“As the owners spend most of their day here, we made sure there was a continuous flow between the different spaces for entertainment, relaxation and dining.”
Most of the furniture was sourced locally from the stores in the Tan Boon Liat building or custom made overseas.
The brass and marble coffee table, for example, was made to order on the Taobao e-commerce site. The rattan dining chairs and bar stools that match the rustic suar wood of the dining table were customized in Malaysia.
Furniture and accessories stand out from industrial finishes.
The renovation took two months and cost approximately $ 55,000. The couple moved into the house in April of last year.
While sourcing and grouping the various elements of the house proved difficult, Mr. Ong enjoyed the process, thanks to the homeowners’ laid back nature.
• This article first appeared in the May 2021 issue of Home & Decor, published by SPH Magazines.
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