Small but serene – D5 Studio Image

Modelled after a Japanese shoebox apartment, this family home designed by D5 Studio Image comprises traditional design elements fused with modern comforts.

  • Small but serene – D5 Studio Image

Text by Disa Tan

Project type: 2-bedroom condominium unit
Floor area: 700sqft

Instead of traditional shoji screens for the sliding doors that separate the living area from the bedroom, Dave Wee, chief designer at D5 Studio Image, took a contemporary approach by utilising frosted glass panels. When the doors are open, the living room and bedroom become one big open area for the family to relax or entertain.

D5 Studio Image project

Traditional Japanese homes are characterised by a soothing pared-back aesthetic, and this was something that the homeowners were keen to replicate in their condo. Dave says: “The female homeowner, who hails from Japan, desired to return to a home environment infused with the familiar and comforting Japanese-inspired aesthetic she cherished.”

Dave was tasked to design a raised platform in the living area and he added hidden storage at the base to maximise the space. A variety of flip-up panels and pull-out drawers allow the family to hide away the tatami mats and other items when they do not require them.

D5 Studio Image project

Previously enclosed, the kitchen has been transformed into an open-concept cookspace that overlooks the living area. Thoughtful additions like a flip-up table enhance the functionality of the kitchen counter, while appliances such as a downdraft cooker hood are neatly hidden within the cabinetry.

D5 Studio Image 


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