Modern luxury with characterful touches

Unique details and characterful features are sensitively woven into this four-bedroom condo, taking modern luxury to new heights.

  • Modern luxury with characterful touches

Home Type: 4-bedroom condominium

Floor Area: 1,195sqft

Text by Janice Seow

Modern luxury isn’t just defined by sophistication, timelessness and simplicity. It carries authenticity and personalisation, often pays homage to craft, and has a feel good factor that promotes a sense of well-being and makes you comfortable right away.

private lift lobby apartment

The same can be said for this luxurious four-bedroom apartment designed by Parenthesis. “The clients are a couple with two young children. They were keen on the concept of modern luxury for their new home, and had some preferences when it came to colour – the wife liked deep muted green while the husband was fond of blue,” says design director Molina Hun.

Characterful touches are sensitively woven into different corners of the home, like the playful accent tiles from Ceramica Bardelli in the private lift lobby, which the clients had fallen in love with when they saw it being used in Parenthesis’ office.

modern luxury dining area

Given that this was a brand new condo unit, the decision was made to minimise tear downs to existing provisions. However, while layout changes were relatively modest, they proved effective in improving the home’s functionality and flow.

“We shifted the entrance to the junior master bedroom (now the study/Lego room), so that we could maximise the corridor space to have additional deep storage for luggage. It also allowed us to insert a set of display shelves for the husband, who is a Lego collector,” says Molina.

modern luxury dining area

“Since the lift lobby opens directly into the dry kitchen area, we also replaced the solid door with one in tempered glass to give a better view of the unit, and improve the flow of light into the lift lobby,” the designer continues.

The dry kitchen’s peninsula counter and adjacent cabinet were redesigned, with the height rescaled to proportions better suited to the space. LED strip lighting was also inserted for a warmer ambience. Says Molina, “Since this area is the first thing one sees as they enter, we wanted it to feel more welcoming and less congested.”

modern luxury living area

Given the living area’s long and narrow proportions, the designer worked closely with her clients when it came to selecting furniture in the right dimensions. Emphasis was also placed on dissolving the boundary of the living area, where the television wall lined in elegant bronze mirror panels (and that conceal storage cabinets) help to extend the space visually. Above, the ceiling has been wallpapered and it gently shimmers, imbuing the space with both sophistication and intimacy.


In the study, the provision wardrobe was removed and the layout reconfigured to maximise storage for the client’s Lego collection, with a glass enclosed cabinet designed just for it.

Mutina tiles in study

The desk has been oriented to face the window, where it enjoys an unblocked view of low-rise private housing. The table itself is a custom design, and an element of fun has been added with the incorporation of Puzzle tiles from Mutina that run across the tabletop and up the wall.

girl's room in pink

The clients had consulted a geomancer, who advised that the daughter’s study desk should be by the window. Aside from that, Molina followed the brief for a “pinkish” room, which was done tastefully and balanced with neutral tones to accommodate the young child as she grows. Rounded edges also ensure that the furniture is kid-friendly.

platform bed

With the son’s room being the smallest, the design cleverly condenses the core bedroom functions together, where a custom platform bed with storage and a slim desk is set against the windows. Says Molina, “It’s integrated with the walls and ceiling to create a nice and cosy enclave for rest and play.”

master bedroom

In the master suite, a slim ledge connects the television to the dresser for a seamless appeal. A cosy, hotel-like atmosphere is achieved through an elegant layering of soft neutral tones, textures and marble-look accents. Everything gels harmoniously – perfecting the look of modern luxury.

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Photography by Daniel Koh

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Foyer accent tiles from Ceramica Bardelli 
Living room sofa and dining set from KING
Ceiling in living room, Texam wallcovering from Pepperwall
Curtains from Kvadrat
Pendant light in dining area from DCW editions
Kitchen countertop and backsplash, Dekton by Cosentino
Study accent tiles, Puzzle from Mutina
Children’s rooms, wallpaper from Tat Ming
Master bedroom headboard, Infinity Surfaces tiles from Kstone
Master bedroom headboard upholstery from Kvadrat

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