Blissful maisonette life for two

Oblivion Lab transforms an HDB maisonette into a blissful dwelling for two, complete with a generous kitchen island-dining zone.

  • Blissful maisonette life for two

Home Type: HDB maisonette

Floor Area: 1,558sqft

Text by Janice Seow

A maisonette is an enviable amount of space for two people, especially in Singapore where many live in compact apartments and flats.

In such a context, the challenge in this renovation might seem rather unusual: to make a large maisonette suitably cosy and fit for purpose for just one couple. Presented with such a challenge, interior designer Royston Ho from Oblivion Lab has used colours, materials and decisive space planning strategies to convert the unit into a homey abode.

wabi-sabi style maisonette with island

“The clients love the wabi-sabi aesthetic and wanted to incorporate elements of it into their home,” says Royston. “There also needed to be a segregation of spaces, and a large kitchen island and dining table was necessary as they love to host, though are not into heavy cooking,” he continues.

wabi-sabi style maisonette with island

Elements associated with wabi-sabi and beauty in imperfection are introduced into this maisonette with the choice of limewash finish that sweeps across the walls and ceilings, as well as touches of nature and natural materials, and distressed details like those found on the upholstery of the dining room chairs. Overall, warm colours envelop the home, creating a cocoon-like effect.

sintered countertop

The space on the first level has been completely redone. The walls to the bedroom next to the dining area have been demolished to create a generous island and dining zone, with a newly built dry kitchen on one end. The wet kitchen has also been slightly downsized since the couple don’t do a huge amount of cooking, and the original washroom within it has been split into two, with one space set aside as a laundry area.

wabi-sabi limewash maisonette

A pocket door separates this entire dining/entertaining zone from the living area, which has now subsumed the balcony to become a larger and more private living room.

wabi-sabi limewash maisonette

Limewash finish continues up the stairs, which is artfully lit not just with wall and ceiling lights, but also with embedded lights along the stair rails to imbue the space with atmosphere.

wabi-sabi limewash maisonette

The second level has retained all three of the original rooms. One serves as a guest room, one is now a study with two workstations, and the third is the master bedroom.

bedroom with limewash finish walls

The master suite carries the same relaxed atmosphere with warming colours and materials that make the resting area an inviting sanctuary. For greater indulgence, the ensuite (made larger by merging with the common toilet) features a $16,000 Gessi hi-fi rain shower, and needless to say, it is the star of this bathroom.

luxurious bathroom

Oblivion Lab

Photography by Marcus Ip

maisonette floor plan
limewash walls
moody corner
living room with curtain divider
sculptural pendants on high ceiling
laundry room
luxurious marble bathroom

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Living room
Custom sofa from Blafink
Ceiling lights from Sol Luminaire 

Dining room
Dining table from The Table Guy
Lights from Sol Luminaire
Plants from Soilboy
Lantern lights from Ae furniture 

Laminates from Panaplast
Countertop and backsplash from Vulcan 

Master bedroom
Custom bedframe from Blafink
Lantern lights from Ae furniture
Bonsai from Soilboy
Candles from r/ r labs

Master bathroom
Gessi Hi-fi Rain shower
Sintered stone custom integrated sink from Lian Hin

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