Once an old and dingy flat, it has been completely overhauled by Vivre Creative Design into a clean and contemporary home for a school teacher.
28 December 2020
Home Type: 4-room resale HDB flat
Floor Area: 1,027sqft
Text by Vivian Teh
Owned by a school teacher in her mid-50s, this four-room resale flat is a fine example of contemporary style living with a pragmatic design. “The client asked for an open and welcoming abode for her to live in as well as her two siblings who currently work overseas but visit from time to time,” shares Pen Teoh of Vivre Creative Design. “She wanted the space to feel like it is theirs as much as it is hers.”
With that in mind, Pen set out to create an open-concept common area that works great for both entertaining and day-to-day living. The kitchen and dining room walls were thus brought down to materialise the vision, resulting in improved cross ventilation and fluidity of movement between spaces.
Yet, the newly expanded area which consists of the living, dining and kitchen remains intimate and unified thanks to a common design vocabulary. A handful of selective materials are applied consistently throughout and layered in well-controlled proportions. “All built-ins have a laminated finish in a melange of matte, wood, and textured details but are kept to a neutral colour palette for dynamic uniformity,” says the designer. The same material composition is also applied to the doors.
Recessed ceiling with architectural lighting adds depth while the shiny homogenous-tiled flooring reflects light for enhanced spatial quality. When it comes to furniture, less is more and earthy shades are preferred over garish colours for a cosy and tranquil ambience.
With this massive upgrade, the owner can now bid the old and dingy flat adieu and reside in a newly transformed abode that meets her functional and aesthetic needs. Everything was completely redone and no stones were left unturned.
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