We received some photos and information about an interesting looking apartment envisioned by Stanley Tham and Jwen Sim of KNQ Associates. Enjoy the description of the design process and don’t forget to share your opinions below.
“The essence of a well-designed space should have a wonderful energy, apart from just looking good. It is with that belief that we wanted to create a look that will delight anyone the moment he or she steps into this 25th storey DBSS (Design, Build and Sell Scheme) apartment located at Bishan’s Natura Loft. The original living space was one uninspiring oblong room with an awkward corner near the main door. It didn’t take long for us to think of using the corner as a dining area. However, after considering the needs of the owners during preliminary discussions, it was clear to us that a dedicated study room, carved out of whatever little space there may be here, would be a far better use of space. In the end, we created a massive timber/ glass structure which provides partitioning and storage functions right next to the main entrance, effectively carving out a fully functional private study out of nowhere – perfect for the female owner, who often needs to attend overseas conference calls and work late. Shoes are stored on the entrance side of the structure behind mirrored doors while the other side serves as a book cabinet.“
The rest of the planning fell into place with ease. The ‘regularized’ living space can now be demarcated into 2 separate spaces – the entertainment/ communication area and the dining hall. Making use of the owners’ furniture and collectibles from their previous home, the space displays a very personal trait since the owners picked out those pieces almost all by themselves. All it takes is a little curtailing of the numerous pieces on our end so that the house doesn’t turn into a furnishing store! The decor is decidedly eclectic, drawing from traverse cultures and design styles.
We always believe in making the bedroom fit for royalty. It is a much more important space in a home than one may realize. In the master bedroom, wall paneling fills one long wall, resulting in a sleek headboard feature. The TV sits on the opposite side of the bed. In the child’s bedroom, sleek furniture coupled with the bright contrasting tones make it feel fun and playful. The floating shelves and open storage are a great way to display favorite toys, yet there is still adequate closed storage to hide any clutter- the headboard comes fitted with a storage compartment behind it and is accessible from the top.”
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.