Carefully curated

Carefully curated

Home: Five-room HDB flat in Bedok

Size: 1,300sqf

Who: An interior designer

Jay Ang's home once looked like an art gallery - you would have seen artefacts on pedestals and Australian aboriginal paintings on the walls - but over the years, he has "mellowed out". His home is now an immaculately white and bright space with mostly bare walls, save for a few favourite art pieces.

He describes this updated look as modern contemporary, with a strong Japanese influence. "When I first designed my home in 1992, I went for white walls and timber flooring. This simple combination allows me to transform the flat's look without major overhauls, and that's what I've done," says Jay, who runs J + A Design single-handedly.

The design follows a strict wood-white-black colour scheme, and features various textures so the monochromatic interiors are not too one-dimensional.

This includes the tactility of the rattan armchairs, and plants, and Jay's collection of Japanese wooden kitchenware - which he loves for their simplicity and functionality.

His all-white furniture pieces are not too difficult to maintain, too. "Most are clad with laminate, so you can give them a quick wipe down. If they are marked, "white walls can easily be painted over", he explains.

Peek inside interior designer's Japanese-influenced 5-room HDB flat

A must-have for Jay is a kitchen island, so the avid baker (he bakes his own bread every week!) removed the store room to make space for one. The wet kitchen is hidden at the back, separated by a noren (a traditional Japanese fabric divider). To compensate for a lack of designated storage space, he designed built-in cupboards throughout the flat.

According to Jay, an understated, spacious and clutter-free interior allows curated displays to stand out more. If you like the work of this in-demand designer, follow his ethos: "Keep it simple, create functional spaces, and have plenty of storage." Wise words, indeed.

WHERE TO GO: J + A Design, jay.ang59@gmail.com

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