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Geo­met­ric prints are aplenty in this Scandi-style home, which fea­tures an un­der­stated travel-in­spired theme.

Geo­met­ric prints and pat­terns are aplenty in this Scandi- style home, which fea­tures an un­der­stated travel- in­spired theme.

WHO A bach­e­lorette

HOME Three- room con­do­minium apart­ment in Balestier

SIZE 710sqf

Michelle Tan’s bub­bly per­son­al­ity and sto­ries of her fun hol­i­days in­spired her de­sign­ers, Luqman and Anna from Dis­tinct Iden­tity, to cre­ate a play­ful yet chic de­sign – some­thing dif­fer­ent from the sim­pler, Scandi-style plan the home­owner ini­tially had in mind. The geo­met­ric pat­terns through­out the home al­ludes to Michelle’s love for trav­el­ling; an eye-catch­ing world map book­case in the liv­ing room sets the theme, while tri­an­gu­lar mo­tifs through­out the home are a con­tem­po­rarystyle in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the moun­tains that Michelle, an avid trekker, has vis­ited.

“We want our de­signs to em­body the own­ers’ per­son­al­ity; the world map fea­ture show­cases what Michelle loves most,” says Anna and Luqman. Part of the $70,000 ren­o­va­tion and fur­nish­ing cost, this built-in book­case proved to be a clever way to con­ceal the con­do­minium in­ter­com, as well as dis­play Michelle’s books and knick-knacks, too. This was a much-needed re­quire­ment in the cosy apart­ment.

To cre­ate more stor­age space, the de­sign­ers in­cor­po­rated an open wall shelf above the kitchen penin­sula counter – keep­ing essentials at an arm’s reach – and a stor­age bed and bay win­dow van­ity in the mas­ter bed­room. The lat­ter is clad in a mix of wood­look and muted Per­anakan mo­tif lam­i­nates, which give the ar­che­typal Scan­di­na­vian colour pal­ette a unique twist.

The un­der­stated travel-in­spired sil­hou­ettes make it easy for the de­sign­ers to tran­si­tion into a more el­e­gant de­sign in the bath­rooms and kitchen. The mas­ter bath­room, in par­tic­u­lar, fea­tures a vi­brant blue and white Moroc­can, as well as clas­sic black and white Ber­tie tiles. Gleam­ing from the nat­u­ral sun­light that streams through the large win­dows, the in­tri­cate pat­terns stand out against the sooth­ing wood tones of the cab­i­netry.

Com­plet­ing this tres chic, bou­tique ho­tel-in­spired look are Michelle’s col­lec­tion of well-pack­aged can­dles and sk­in­care prod­ucts.


ABOVE The apart­ment fea­tures a most­ly­grey and brown colour scheme, which al­lows the pat­terns and geo­met­ric shapes to stand out. RIGHT In­tri­cate tile mo­tifs are com­ple­mented by rich wall colours and wooden deck­ing in the bal­cony.

RIGHT The penin­sula counter is a great al­ter­na­tive to the din­ing ta­ble, es­pe­cially in small homes. Bar stools from Com­mune. B O T TO M The de­sign­ers cus­tomised dif­fer­ent de­signs us­ing pat­terned lam­i­nates. Brands used in­clude Kem­i­nates and Lami­tak. BOT­TOM RIGHT The geo­met­ric sil­hou­ette of the mir­ror in the bath­room breaks the monotony of rec­tan­gu­lar cab­i­netry.

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