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An HDB flat inspired by hip designer hotels

Art, design, colour and spatial practicality come together in a fashionable composition to give this BTO flat a modern luxe vibe.

Home Type: 4-room HDB BTO flat

Floor Area: 980sqft

Text by Yvonne Xu

This 980sqft HDB BTO flat designed by Joey Khu ID features a palette of marble, velvet and copper. Pops of colour in the art and design pieces throughout come into play, but only as accents against a pared backdrop of neutral grey and walnut. In this home the richness of materiality is evident, but there is also a good measure of paring, control and integration.

hdb flat inspired by hip designer hotels - design by Joey Khu ID

The homeowners are young professionals who enjoy reading and entertaining. Their request, therefore, was to have a home that facilitated both quiet time and gatherings. Designer Joey Khu shares: “The design of this home is about the experimentation with materials, design details, colours and space planning. But we made sure that the materials, accessories, furniture and features didn’t turn out too cluttered and complicated. We decided to go with a simple luxe interior style, inspired by today’s hip designer hotels.”

hdb flat inspired by hip designer hotels - design by Joey Khu ID

Joey configured the living, dining and open kitchen areas to segue into each other, to facilitate social gatherings and a welcoming feel for guests. Natural tones are introduced through a marble-look tile wall cladding, a quartz dining table, polished silver-grey marble flooring, and in details such as timber strip door handles. The sitting area is anchored by a neutral-toned sofa from King Living, a turquoise Magis Traffic armchair (designed by Konstantin Grcic), a Yamagiwa Taliesin floor lamp (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) and a Folks Track coffee table (designed by Nathan Yong).

hdb flat inspired by hip designer hotels - design by Joey Khu ID

Aside from incorporating statement designer furniture pieces, Joey paid close attention to the placement of smaller accessories, too. He says: “As an accent piece, the Tom Dixon Cast Shoe in shiny copper really enhances the rich wood tones of the Track coffee table.” Furnishings and accessories combine in an effortless-chic manner to compose this living space that’s “cosy yet sophisticated, suitable for both entertaining and relaxing.”

hdb flat inspired by hip designer hotels - design by Joey Khu ID

Aside from the living area being primed for entertaining, the rest of the apartment is more private and designed especially for the couple to enjoy. Joey shares: “The couple doesn’t have children at the moment, so they wanted to convert a room into a walk-in closet. Also, as they love reading and have a lot of books and CDs, a common room was turned into their lounge and library.” Here, design pieces and framed contemporary art create an ambience of sophistication, while the cabinetry is multi-functional – serving as a feature wall, lighting, display and storage – a requisite principle for a high-rise small-space flat. “I wanted this room to have clean-lined details and controlled pops of colour, with touches of iconic furniture and art,” Joey says on its curated look.

hdb flat inspired by hip designer hotels - design by Joey Khu ID

The luxury continues in the master bedroom with its full height upholstered headboard – an inspiration borrowed from designer hotel interiors. At the bedside, a brass-tone tubular pendant lamp suspended in the groove of the customised cabinetry acts as a dim night light, and a beautiful detail in the daytime. An en-suite bathroom decked out in Italian tiles and quality fittings from Hangrohe and Axor completes this private sanctuary for two.

Joey says in summary of his design approach for the home: “I love pure forms and straight lines; with a touch of texture and colour to add character and personality. I believe that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

Joey Khu ID

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