House Tour: An inviting loft-style apartment with customised furniture

Space may be an issue in many apartments, but Kelvin Teo loves a good challenge. This 680 sq ft duplex one-bedroom condo is a fine example of how the principal designer of Space Sense Studio can create a very modern, aesthetically beautiful and liveable place, despite constraints.

Kelvin built a loft to accommodate more practical spaces, and also made sure the different sections of the home serve multiple functions. The stretch of cabinetry on the first floor starts with a shoe cabinet at the entrance foyer, extending to the kitchen counter, then all the way to floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. A 55inch TV was mounted between the cabinets to avoid having to create a separate console.

A dining area with booth seating for six comes with storage beneath. The dining table was customised, with the table support built in the centre, as opposed to the conventional four-legged design, which takes up space. The balcony also hides another vertical storage space, with artificial plants camouflaging it.

With extra space created by the extended loft, a second bookcase, identical to the one on the first floor, was designed to house more of the owner's massive book collection. The loft functions as a study and lounging area, which comfortably fits a two-seater, with a moveable side table plus a study table for two.

The bedroom comes with a 4m wardrobe to accommodate clothes and more storage space. The bed is elevated for a "floating" effect and to make the room feel more spacious. An artistic marble textured wall feature with copper inlay forms the backdrop to the bed, creating an ultra-luxe feel.

Details speak volumes in this apartment. Kelvin carefully chose the materials, from the stone-like tiles for the double volume wall to the wood-textured laminate for the carpentry (and leather laminate for the wardrobe), and black marble for the kitchen top, backsplash and dining table.


Kelvin Teo Principal Designer


With over 15 years in the interior design business, Space Sense Studio is dedicated to customising interiors and furnishings that reflect the personality of the homeowner. Principal designer Kelvin Teo sees each project through, from the design stage to execution and completion. His efforts and creativity are channelled towards thoughtful layouts and clever space planning.


#02-00, 19 Tannery Lane

Tel: 8200-8777

This article was first published inĀ Home & Decor.