Watch: Queen Street nostalgia and retro delights

An old four-room flat in Queen Street gets transformed into an inviting home filled with retro, nostalgic and mid-century modern touches.

Home Type: 4-room HDB flat

Floor Area: 1,044sqft

Text by Janice Seow

Queen Street is one of the oldest streets in Singapore. Flats here are unique because they are located right in the city, but still retain their local character and ‘heartland charm’. Homeowner Timothy decided to purchase this 38-year-old, four-room unit for its history, and its location near amenities and the National Library, which he frequents.

In this home tour, Timothy shares how he worked with his designer from Provolk to transform the standard four-room layout of this Queen Street unit into a spacious dwelling fit for entertaining, relaxing and working from home.

Notably, one bedroom was knocked down to create a more spacious living and dining area, and with room now for a dry kitchen. The two bathrooms were made bigger by taking space from other areas, and the corridor recess area was purchased and made part of the interior (foyer), thus enlarging the unit.

The home is predominantly modern, but warmly layered with a mix of natural materials and retro details. It also underscores the owner’s love of the mid-century modern movement.

Terrazzo, engineered timber, rattan, bouclé and warm metals imbue the home with a sense of comfort and warmth and tie in well with the local character of the neighbourhood with its mix of museums and shophouses set against modern buildings.

Timothy’s love for the colour blue can be seen in the various design details around the home, including a custom wall feature in the living room. Artworks including a large wildlife photograph by Michael Poliza, and a specially commissioned piece done by local artists Ripple Root and inspired by Timothy’s trip to the Pantanal and Bonito in Mato Grosso do Sul region, Brazil add vibrancy and colour to this Queen Street dwelling.

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