This three-bedroom apartment plays on the elements of concrete, stone, wood and stainless steel to achieve an intimate hideaway for one.
26 September 2021
Home Type: 3-bedroom condo
Floor Area: 1,055sqft
Text by Janice Seow
Going from the bright outdoors into the inviting coolness of this dark and handsome apartment must be something the owner looks forward to every time she steps in. Yet, there is a warmth that comes from the woody elements and soft fabric furnishings that make this apartment truly home.
Santos Oamin, creative director of interior firm Subtlesato Studio has also heeded his client’s brief for a home that’s organised, and with elements of fun and creativity.
While the apartment is a decent size for one, Santos has removed the kitchen wall to create a more spacious, open plan layout where the cooking, dining and lounging areas sit as one. Within this new format is a single central module/island that defines the common space.
“The module becomes an animated piece of joinery that not only narrates the space but also integrates the kitchen units with generous storage,” Santos explains.
In the designer’s own words, “the scenography of the apartment is composed with ascetic geometry that’s carefully carved from a material palette of wood, stone, quartz (countertop), stainless steel and cement render, and softened with fabrics and upholstery.”
The apartment’s design certainly responds to the client’s preference for industrial treatments in a most elegant manner. The concrete textured surfaces and steel display shelves feature prominently, but are well-balanced with the other sleek yet warm furnishings and details. Ambient lighting also softens the space, and illuminate displays that work to break up an otherwise uninterrupted flow of concrete greys and browns.
The master bedroom follows the same design language albeit in a warmer tone with wood effect flooring. The headboard is cement render with built-in laminated paneling in a similar shade, creating a lovely textural backdrop in monochrome.
A custom dressing island separates the bedroom into two intimate zones, and creates a more private space for sleep.
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