With its dashing display of colours, shapes and metropolitan style, this bachelor pad is a true head-turner.
6 December 2021
Home Type: 3-room HDB flat
Floor Area: 759sqft
Text by Redzman Rahmat
Images courtesy of Karpentree Studio unless otherwise stated. Top image: Photography by Wong Weiliang
Edward Ho is a self-confessed “metropolitan male of modern times”; a bachelor that enjoys life’s little luxuries. It’s only natural then that his home would embody his distinct personality and unmatched style.
To help put together his dream abode, he decided to engage the services of Magdalene Xie and Devon Ong from design firm Karpentree Studio. For the designers, the main priority when renovating this flat was to build a space where Edward could relax after a day’s work. At the same time, they wanted to make sure they instilled the owner’s character into the space with bold yet playful colours, scene-stealing architectural elements and tasteful mid-century accents.
Edward wanted the main quarters to be an open-concept social space for entertaining friends and family. As such, the home has been designed to allow guests to gather comfortably, whether it’s for impromptu dinner parties or casual get-togethers.
Being a three-room resale unit, space was an immediate concern. One of the first things the design team did was to knock down the wall between the living room and kitchen, essentially opening up the floor space and allowing for a better flow of natural light and ventilation.
Another important design decision came with the choice of material palette. The designers opted for high-end options that lend subtle gravitas to the playful home. For example, the floors in the main living areas have been tiled with off-white Italian terrazzo. Not only is this uniformity a constant presence throughout the home, it also presents a linear spatial extension of the living area.
The house was intended to be striking, and the designers have not shied away from bold hues that instantly underscore the homeowner’s taste. For example, they chose millennial pink as a dominant colour in the living and dining area. “It’s a pop of colour that’s trendy and fun,” says Devon.
Another standout feature in this home is the addition of the arch that frames the dining area, and that accommodates bench seating. “The arch was conceptualised to be celebrated as an interesting take on the modern retro style,” says Devon. “It makes a strong aesthetic impact and is an accent decor that won’t go out of style.”
Over in the newly freed up kitchen, Magdalene and Devon have designed an interactive space that’s more than just a room to cook in. The open kitchen is now a place where work and play can coexist harmoniously. The bold blue cabinetry and stone-topped island inject a sense of masculinity to the space, while the Italian-inspired patterned tiles on the backsplash creates impact. The result is a bold and brave cookspace that leaves a lasting impression.
The enlarged master bedroom tells a similar story. The space is much bigger now that it has incorporated what was once the storeroom. Here, the vibe is akin to what you’d expect to find in a chic hotel suite. A statement-making Pantone shade, Classic Blue, colours the walls and ceiling, instantly transforming the room into an intimate and cosy ‘cave’ of sorts. On the wall facing the bed, a stucco treatment creates a soothing visual feature that enhances the room’s laidback vibes.
This home is like a study of modern masculinity. It bravely embraces colour, form and function, resulting in a space that celebrates the beauty of modern day living.
This article first appeared in Lookbox Living issue 64
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