IN­DIE CHIC

In­te­rior de­signer Kelvin Teo re­de­fines the in­dus­trial look with warm wood ac­cents and a con­tem­po­rary style in this spa­cious apart­ment home.

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In­te­rior De­signer Kelvin Teo re­de­fines the in­dus­trial look with warm wood ac­cents and a con­tem­po­rary style in this spa­cious apart­ment home.

WHO A cou­ple in their 30s and their pet dog

HOME Five- room pre­mium flat

SIZE 1,184sqf

When Nor­ica Ng and Jaret Sim re­ceived the keys to their flat, they were faced with a myr­iad of ways to de­sign their dream home. The young cou­ple were open to rad­i­cal con­cepts and wanted to do away with con­ven­tional fur­nish­ings, such as a sofa and din­ing ta­ble.

While they didn’t have a spe­cific look in mind, they knew that it had to be easy to main­tain and com­ple­ment their mod­ern life­style. In ad­di­tion, the for­ward-look­ing home­own­ers re­quired plenty of stor­age space to keep their home clut­ter-free.

Lean­ing to­wards an in­dus­trial style for their abode, they con­sulted a few in­te­rior de­sign­ers be­fore de­cid­ing on the ideas pro­posed by Kelvin Teo of Space Sense Stu­dio. The home­own­ers were in­spired by Kelvin’s vi­sion of adding a twist to the in­dus­trial look with unique ac­cents, door and ceil­ing treat­ments.

Ceil­ing mas­ter­piece

Step­ping into the home, the mas­cu­line in­te­ri­ors of black, grey and sil­ver, with eye-catch­ing red ac­cents, make for a vis­ually ar­rest­ing sight.

The first thing that catches the eye is the im­pres­sive ceil­ing – LED tube lights criss-cross the wood panel-de­sign wall­pa­per, with black steel beams that in­ter­sect it along its width. One of Kelvin’s mas­ter­pieces, he ex­plains that the de­sign

was in­spired by the look of loft spa­ces over­seas. “I wanted to make the home look like an apart­ment in New York, and not a nor­mal unit. The ceil­ing is crit­i­cal when one wants to re­ally trans­form a space,” he says.

He shares how the ceil­ings of tra­di­tional cot­tage houses in the West are rarely bare, with ex­posed struc­tural beams and pan­elled ceil­ings, and his de­sign is a mod­ern rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of that look.

Bold and beau­ti­ful

Kelvin got cre­ative with his de­signs to sub­sti­tute the sofa and din­ing ta­ble that the cou­ple ruled out of their home. To re­place the ubiq­ui­tous liv­ing room couch, Kelvin built a plat­form for the cou­ple to rest and re­lax in front of the TV.

The plat­form, too, sports a unique de­sign. Built above two steps, the plat­form’s wooden deck­ing is seem­ingly sup­ported by I-beams, which can be made out from its edges. “Ini­tially we wanted a cosy area for us to watch TV without a couch,” says Jaret, “but I think Kelvin’s plat­form idea turned out nicely. When we lay on our bean bags to watch TV, it is very com­fort­able be­cause the screen is at eye level.”

The TV is nes­tled within a full­height con­sole built with stor­age cab­i­nets, with metal­lic an­gled vent de­tail­ing on the doors, mak­ing them look like lock­ers – an­other unique prod­uct of Kelvin’s de­sign.

The cou­ple take their meals at the penin­sula counter, which was ex­tended into the spa­cious liv­ing room to ex­pand the foot­print of the kitchen. The ex­ter­nal face of the kitchen counter is clad in wood­look lam­i­nate, while the cabi­net door pan­els look like gear cases used by tour­ing mu­si­cians to store their equip­ment.

Kitchen ap­pli­ances and ac­ces­sories are thought­fully aligned to the colour pal­ette of the house: Grey in the con­crete screed walls; black touches of the cooker hood and check­ered steel plate for the splash­back; and pops of red in the ket­tle and spray-painted pipe.

Rugged in­spi­ra­tion

Kelvin wove in fea­tures bor­rowed from in­dus­trial work­sites for a more com­pelling theme. For ex­am­ple, the cage lights in the kitchen are “ship­yard-in­spired”, and the de­sign of the steel me­tal mesh door next to the TV con­sole, which con­ceals more stor­age space, was taken from ar­mories.

Door de­signs

Sur­prises abound in this mod­ern home. What ap­pears to be a door for an es­cape route turns out to be the en­trance to the com­mon bath­room. This cheeky touch is en­hanced with a flu­o­res­cent exit sign over its fire en­gine red door and a dec­o­ra­tive crash bar. In­side, the wall tiles of the shower area sport the same strik­ing hue ac­cented by tints of beige. The mas­ter bath­room is clad in the home’s other stand­out colour, black.

Kelvin’s de­sign of the home ex­tended be­yond the in­te­ri­ors, such as the front gate – the grille gate has un­fin­ished wooden planks nailed on it in a ran­dom but taste­ful fash­ion. To cre­ate an ad­join­ing walk-in wardrobe to the mas­ter bed­room, the wall be­tween two bed­rooms was par­tially hacked and fit­ted with a slid­ing barn style door.

Ele­ment of fun

De­spite the home’s seem­ingly se­ri­ous pal­ette, it is ev­i­dent that the home­own­ers are a fun-lov­ing pair.

A larger-than-life hand-painted mu­ral of a geisha girl, in­spired by one of their favourite artists, be­comes the fo­cal point in the liv­ing room. The cou­ple also shared a won­der­ful de­sign chem­istry with Kelvin, and gamely sourced for ac­ces­sories to suit his in­te­rior de­sign, such as the fire hy­drant dust­bin and bean­bags.

The five-month ren­o­va­tion set the duo back RM280,000, ex­clud­ing fur­nish­ings, but Nor­ica and Jaret love their new home and en­joyed the jour­ney of cre­at­ing it with a de­signer who knew just what they wanted.

The jux­ta­po­si­tion of red and black worked in this con­trolled us­age of red as an ac­cent in ap­ply­ing it in large swathes.

LEFT So com­mit­ted were they to the colour scheme that the home­own­ers even spray-painted their liv­ing room’s Vene­tian blinds black. Bean bags from Doob, fire hy­drant dust­bin from Taobao.

ABOVE After de­cid­ing on the de­sign di­rec­tion with Kelvin, Nor­ica and Jaret shopped for ac­ces­sories to suit the in­dus­trial look of their home.

text ISABELLE TOW pho­tog­ra­phy VERONICA TAY & DAR­REN CHANG art di­rec­tion NONIE CHEN & LIM YI LING

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