Industrial chic design pushes spatial limits of Punggol 3-room flat

Industrial chic design pushes spatial limits of Punggol 3-room flat

Despite the size of the home, its design embraces everything the homeowners love and want.

Who: A couple in their 40s

Home: Three-room HDB BTO apartment in Punggol

Having an open brief is many designers' dream because it allows them the freedom to explore new ideas and push boundaries. Yet, for Kelvin Teo of Space Sense Studio, this project was particularly stressful as the clients were none other than his older brother and sister-in-law.


After getting the keys to their new three-room flat, Matthew and his wife entrusted the design of their home to Kelvin. With a budget of approximately $50,000, the interiors were crafted to fit function and style, while addressing the couple's needs.

Inspired by the industrial-loft design concept often seen in New York apartments, the overall monochromatic palette sets the backdrop for many unusual design features within the interiors that reflect the homeowners' interest and hobbies.

The walls that separated the living room, bedroom and kitchen were hacked to create a spacious open area that allows natural light to flood the home. The ceilings are installed with artificial beams, and painted with black lines to mimic the look of wooden floorboards seen in shophouses and loft apartments.

"We love to travel, and always had a liking for loft homes abroad, particularly those with fireplaces, for their warm, cosy ambience - especially during the colder seasons," shares Matthew.

So, Kelvin created a fireplace-inspired TV console with a recycled oil barrel in the living room. Besides aesthetics, it also serves to hide electronic devices and wiring.

A long tabletop that sits behind the sofa, and a seemingly "floating" dining table that extends from the kitchen island, provide sufficient space for the homeowners to work and dine at. Director-style chairs in black (from Taobao) complement the look.

Fine design details in the home, including an industrialstyle knob added to the table leg and vintage-style fridge handles used on the kitchen cabinets, add visual interest.

Kelvin even customised powder-coated steel shelves mounted on the kitchen backsplash where tableware and utensils can be displayed. Right in the middle of the home sits the most prominent feature; a room half the size of the original bedroom is converted into storage space, designed to resemble an industrial garage.

The walls on the exterior are clad in brick veneer, and Kelvin used louvred and wired glass doors to add to the look. In the bedroom, the design is kept simple, except for a print of the world map and an airplane night light that decorates the wall.

With so many interesting features, the home manages to combine all things that the couple love - despite the limited floor area.


Space Sense Studio, TEL: 6858-5258

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