The positive outcomes when the designers at three-d conceptwerke put people, not a style or look, at the centre of their designs.
8 October 2019
Text by Vanitha Pavapathi
Fashion designer Gianni Versace once said: “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” This couldn’t be truer as interior trends have revealed over the years that some are but fleeting fads. While you may be tempted to follow trends, chances are, you’re most likely to regret your decision down the road.
Also, why have a similar interior design as your friend, neighbour, or that stranger on Pinterest if it doesn’t befit your living needs? It’s best to live in a home that has the ability to evolve with your needs, habits and lifestyle over time, considering the amount you’ll be spending on renovations.
As a matter of fact, this philosophy drives much of the work at interior design firm three-d conceptwerke. Here are five homes that showcase the positive outcomes when the designers at three-d conceptwerke put people, not a style or look, at the centre of their designs.
A home that constantly evolves to suit its dwellers at any moment, occasion or whim will never go out of style, especially in the landscape of small space living. The couple living here required a flexible space that could entertain up to 20 guests, accommodate out of town friends for several days and address general everyday living with room for a future pet.
This led to a totally open layout with the freedom to manipulate space as and when desired. The flexibility of this flat’s interiors is largely attributed to the movable, custom-designed metal cabinets as well as the dining tables on wheels. This simple feature allows the homeowners to easily move around said furniture pieces, which help to define the various pockets of space within the flat.
Large, open spaces are highly desirable and will forever be timeless. More and more homeowners choose to have their home’s internal walls removed in favour of a bigger living space. The same can be said for this flat. A segment of the wall at the staircase landing from the ground floor as well as the wall facing the balcony were removed to achieve a fluid space that better facilitate airflow and bring in as much natural light as possible.
Much of the original elements of the home, such as the vintage window grilles, were retained for character and to honour the building’s heritage. But the flat was also freshened up with light, neutral shades by way of wall paint and furnishings to accentuate the expanse of the apartment. They are also easy on the eyes and project a sense of calm which the inhabitants desired.
It’s no secret that our brains love symmetry as it represents order. And balance is key in design. To establish that in this flat, the designers were careful in the placement of lighting and furniture pieces in the living and dining spaces. Walls are kept a light, cool grey except for a lush green wall that becomes a focal point. It was also an attempt at translating the vibrance of the city where the couple once lived in Australia into their current home.
And as much as open kitchen is all the rage now, enclosed kitchens will still be in demand for years to come, especially to those who cook often like this couple. This is the very reason why the designers and homeowners chose to contain the cooking area. The decision gave birth to the black mild steel framed glass divider and the texture-laden mosaic tile wall it sits on.
When someone puts on a monochromatic ensemble, he/she instantly appears polished and pulled together. This timeless design trick was also adopted in this Ang Mo Kio flat that sports a black and white colour scheme. Even with the exposed piping and open storage, the interiors still look neat and tidy because everything is kept to a strict colour palette.
The Peranakan-inspired cement floor tiles further inject visual interest whilst complementing the overall interior. But the most prominent feature even before one steps into the residence is the old-school iron gate that the homeowners had the designers install. Setting up home in an older estate like Ang Mo Kio, this was their idea of paying homage to their surroundings.
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For the OCD and the minimalists, having lots of open storage in their homes might trigger a panic attack, but not these homeowners who like having easy access to their belongings. An open wardrobe ensures that everything is considered and use.
The same goes for their large, open galley kitchen, which makes prepping, cooking and cleaning a lot more efficient. The only concealed item in the kitchen is the refuse chute hopper that takes the form of a fire hose reel box – a clever yet stylish camouflage that provides additional storage space.
The rest of the interior bears a similarly nonchalant vibe with blue scrubbed walls and upcycled doors in the living space, which are in-line with the homeowners’ fuss-free style of living.
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