Cool in­dus­trial style, warm vibe

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Spaces - By SABINE CHEN

MAR­RIED cou­ple Ng Wan Ting and Des­mond Peh wanted an in­dus­trial theme for their new home be­cause they felt the style would give it an open and un­pre­ten­tious vibe.

But to tone down the harsh­ness of the look, the cou­ple and their de­signer, Kelvin Teo, opted for neu­tral tones such as brown and grey, as well as unique cus­tom­made fur­ni­ture for a more downto-earth feel.

Ng, 33, says that while they knew they wanted an in­dus­trial theme for the 109sq m five-room flat in Sengkang, Sin­ga­pore, they were not sure what fur­nish­ings would fit the look. So much of the fur­nish­ing de­ci­sions were left to Teo, who runs Sin­ga­pore-based Space Sense Stu­dio. The firm de­signed all of the cus­tom-made fur­ni­ture.

The kitchen cab­i­net and coun­ter­tops are made from ply­wood and lam­i­nated with a wood fin­ish, which gives them a warmer ap­pear­ance.

Ng says the din­ing ta­ble, which is also made from ply­wood and topped with a sheet of quartz, has re­ceived many com­pli­ments from friends for be­ing big and func­tional.

In the liv­ing room is a cus­tom­made high ta­ble, sup­ported by metal legs with a lat­tice pat­tern that are filled with rocks to anchor the ta­ble. This is where the cou­ple play com­puter games on their lap­tops.

Peh, 37, says their favourite game is World Of War­craft.

Be­hind it is a set of metal stor­age lock­ers that have been spray­painted black and dec­o­rated with safety tape. The cou­ple, both accountants in the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try, got the used lock­ers for free from a ware­house.

Teo, 42, says: “Plac­ing the lock­ers at dif­fer­ent heights gives them a stacked look, which adds in­ter­est.”

Adding a vin­tage clas­sic look is one of the cou­ple’s favourite pieces: a brown leather ch­ester­field sofa they bought from English be­spoke fur­ni­ture com­pany Time­less Ch­ester­fields.

Ng says: “I like it for its an­tique feel and low main­te­nance.”

The in­dus­trial theme con­tin­ues in the mas­ter bed­room.

A floor-to-ceil­ing wardrobe with a dark wood lam­i­nate fit­ted with steel pipes takes up an en­tire wall.

The bath­room has a cus­tom­made white barn door that has been made to look weath­ered, giv­ing the room a homey feel.

What the cou­ple find es­pe­cially use­ful is the cus­tom-made mo­bile cab­i­net in the same wood fin­ish as the­wardrobe.Asi­t­is­fit­ted­with glass pan­els on top, Ng says she can display her jew­ellery. It can be moved any­where in the bed­room as it is fit­ted with wheels.

The ren­o­va­tion, which cost S$100,000 (RM315,000) with fur­nish­ings, took six months to com­plete.

The cou­ple, who have no chil­dren and had moved in last year, en­joy watch­ing tele­vi­sion and try­ing out new recipes.

“We like to watch dra­mas and, some­times, we’ll cook if we find an in­ter­est­ing dish,” says Ng, who adds that they also get re­ally good views from their 23-storey flat.

“On Chi­nese New Year, we saw fire­works out­side.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

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A ch­ester­field sofa adds a vin­tage look in the liv­ing room.

The bed­room fea­tures a wardrobe fit­ted with steel pipes to suit the in­dus­trial look in the rest of the apart­ment.

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