What: Open-concept kitchen in a five-room HDB flat in Yishun Ring Road
Interior design firm: Fuse Concept. Life! spoke to a spokesman for the company
How did you arrive at this concept?
The clients, a couple in their early 30s with a four-year-old child, were intrigued by pictures of Scandinavian homes they had seen in magazines and online. They wanted something similar for their home as they like the use of raw materials and the airy, spacious look. So these are two elements we tried to incorporate everywhere in the apartment, including the kitchen.
We removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen because the couple don't cook often and don't require that much storage space.
How did you give the kitchen a Scandinavian feel?
The Scandinavians have long, dreary winters with few daylight hours. Hence their designs are often very clean, rustic, light and airy. We have deliberately clad the walls with cement screed to achieve a raw, rustic feel. To complement the walls, we gave the kitchen cabinets a subtle, fine woodgrain laminate finish so that they would not look too bulky.
Isn't it impractical to use cement screed in a kitchen?
It is easy for oil and grease to get stuck in the small wall pores and become hard to remove, which is why cement screed walls are not used usually in kitchens.
The couple do not cook often so they would not have a problem with cleaning.