VISUAL S TATEMENTS
A variety of different textures and surfacing materials meet to create eye- catching details, while accentuating the beauty of the home’s high ceilings.
Devoid of styles and trends, this apartment’s contemporary design plays up its beautifully simple and functional interiors.
WHO A couple in their late 30s HOME Two plus one bedroom condominium unit SIZE 915sqf
When doing up his own home, Stan Tham saw it as an “experimental space”, for certain design concepts and ideas to materialise.
As an interior designer, he appreciates different styles and has varied tastes, so it isn’t surprising that the home he shares with his wife, Selene Wee, has an eclectic look: “Everything within is a bit different,” he says, yet it all comes together effortlessly.
The idea was simply to be surrounded by the things the couple like, from contemporary furniture and interesting textured materials to street art-style framed prints and statement decor pieces. “The things in the house are not necessarily expensive – the key is to pick out things and mix and match them,” he says.
The renovation cost them around RM90,000, with a clean design that is played up by the furnishings and accent features. But the main thing Stan did was to creatively incorporate surfacing materials into the built-in carpentry, as well as existing structures.
Also, as the apartment features a high ceiling of 3.35m, he made the most of it by “building everything up, as high as possible”, to draw the eye upwards. Here’s what he used:
The walls and ceiling of the second bedroom, now used as a reading room, was painted a bold, deep shade of blue.
To achieve an industrial-inspired touch in the entrance foyer, Stan used a specialeffects paint from Porter’s Paint to create a rusted metal wall. He applied a clear rust coating on a base coat of black iron paint. This was a trial-and-error job, the designer explains, as he had no idea how the final result would look, and it would vary according to individual application.
The walls and ceiling of the second bedroom, now used as a reading room, was painted a bold, deep shade of blue. For a small room, this seems counterintuitive, but the outcome is a cosy and intimate space.
In Stan’s home office and “man cave”, which has a mezzanine, white weathered brick wallpaper adds dimension and character. The designer’s love for art is also seen here; hung up on the wall all the way to the ceiling are framed prints from the likes of German stencil artist Kunstrasen. He also chose textured wallcoverings – an acoustic foam textured one from Arte for the living room TV feature wall, and a paintable one from Kelly Hoppen for the bedroom.
The kitchen was extended and has an open concept, with a cantilevered peninsula counter zoning the area. Stan got tiles with a geometric optical illusion design installed, as a countertop, finished with clear glass.
The homeowner used mirror panels to clad certain walls – in the entrance foyer and in the living room – to visually enlarge space. This treatment is especially effective when done on the entire vertical surface, to balance the high ceilings of the apartment. He also mounted on each mirrored wall an attractive art print, for added interest.
B E LOW As an interior designer, Stan often works from home and has a dedicated study and “man cave”, with separate zones defined by the mezzanine.
RIGHT & FA R R I G H T The footprint of the kitchen was extended a little, and it now features an open concept with a cantilevered peninsula counter that’s topped with geometric tiles (below a piece of glass).
LEFT A geometric theme, seen in the choice of soft furnishings and materials in the living area, gives the home a trendy and fun look.
photography DARREN CHANG portrait JASPER YU art direction KAFFY TAN