What is your company’s background?
IN-EXPAT was established in 2008, whilst UPSTAIRS_ started out in 2011; both autonomously, with each firm honing their own specialised skill sets prior to the collaboration since March 2016. Design studio UPSTAIRS_ handles the majority of the spatial planning of both architectural and interior design. Meanwhile, IN-EXPAT takes care of the building and construction aspects of the company.
What makes your firm and its work unique?
IN-EXPAT X UPSTAIRS_ is a collaborative spatial design practice, which focuses on conceptual ideation, collaborative processes and hands-on material exploration. The firm’s output often shifts and diversifies between the interstices of space, object, brand and print.
Fortified with a full-fledged in-house workshop, and a closely-knit team of experienced carpenters, metal smiths, spraypainters and other specialised craftsmen, our design has become more focused on the “making” and hands-on experimentation than ever before.
We’ve recently acquired new software and equipment, including a CNC milling machine, for this very purpose – to enable us to create at an even higher level of precision, sophistication and efficiency.
What constitutes a purposeful space?
At the very core, we want to create spaces that are not only thoughtful, meaningful and relevant, but also beautifully detailed and crafted.
With homes getting smaller, think out of the box to fully utilise every square inch in your home, so you won’t ever feel claustrophobic anymore.
These stylish rooms strike a perfect balance between childlike imagination and adult practicality.
This apartment, designed and crafted in collaboration between In-Expat and Upstairs_, takes liberal inspiration from Sino-Japanese design and culture
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Bold colours and funky patterns give this home a vibrant and youthful feel, and perfectly reflect the owners’ personalities.
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IN-EXPAT X UPSTAIRS_ have designed a monochromatic industrial loft apartment filled with tons of personality for a couple who love the unconventional.
The complete overhaul of this four-bedroom condo apartment led the way to a family home that’s sleek, stylish and packed with useful features.
See how IN-EXPAT has taken clever and calculated measures with the usage of space in this HDB flat and managed to fit more with less.
The designers from IN-EXPAT conceptualised a sleek yet warm contemporary style that plays up the scenic views of this high-level unit.
Although somewhat different in their personalities, the two brothers sharing this resale flat have a common affinity for the minimalist style. This has been translated beautifully into their home by way of statement-making designs.
A unique design approach to this attic suite by UPSTAIRS_ results in a dwelling with creative space planning and clever storage solutions. Just like a hotel with thoughtful, well-designed amenities, this attic has been designed as a private sanctuary for two, within a landed property home.
A holiday home for a family based in Indonesia, this apartment’s most striking feature is a visually arresting “fresco” on the ceiling in the lounge, which mirrors the tropical vibes of the beach in a modern, refined way.
Meet LBDA’s 2017 Home of the Year. After the interior of this HDB flat was hollowed out, a “wooden crate” was built right in its centre, resulting in statement-making interiors and an inspired way of living.
The white interiors with solid ash timber ceiling joists hark back to the rustic whitewashed bricks and sun-bleached timber floors of the owner’s beloved childhood home in Southern France.