What is your company’s background?
Hailing from various backgrounds – architecture, real estate, and interior/branding – we were just three friends (Kelvyn Lim, Choo Yih and Ean) who decided to take our friendship to the next level – business partnership. So, teamwork is our bedrock, shaped by our experiences, interactions and passion for design.
What is your firm’s design identity?
We don’t constrain ourselves by styles like Scandinavian, minimalist, modern, et cetera. We believe these are just labels and labels are the by-product of the design process.
What makes your firm and its work unique?
At Happe Design Atelier, we are passionate about creating cohesive spatial experiences that resonate with the context and interact with the users. In fact, most of our inspiration comes from the life stories of the homeowners themselves; we translate them into the home design with contemporary languages. We also love to play with different materials and design features that answer to the owner’s functional and design needs.
What is your best design advice?
Do not compromise your lifestyle over the style that you like. It’s really easy to get swept away by interior trends since they’re constantly changing. But your preferred style may not always be the best fit for your home. So, when homeowners come to us with a broad idea in mind, like Scandinavian, Muji or minimalist, we introduce features that work for their lifestyle, instead of just focusing on the aesthetic.
Thoughtful design mannerism has been put in place to make this HDB flat work for a senior with reduced mobility and her able-bodied nieces and nephew, without sacrificing aesthetics.