Face to face

Although just 57m², this apartment packs a punch with its whimsical pop-art decor and small but perfectly formed kitchen
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
The sleek cabinetry features a white laminate with countertop, drawer, furniture, home appliance, kitchen, kitchen appliance, kitchen stove, major appliance, product, product design, gray, white
The sleek cabinetry features a white laminate with a leather textured finish.Washer and dryer are hiden behind a folding door. Kitchen was designed using simple and clear lines.

Good things come in small packages, or so the saying goes. And when it comes to interior design, there is no doubt that a small apartment can sharpen the most creative minds.

This show apartment was designed for the new Estilo Building in Singapore, now being developed by Sino Holdings (S) Pte Ltd. Interior designer Hilary Loh of 2nd Edition says the new apartments are just 57m², and designed to appeal to fashion-savvy young couples.

"The Estilo is located in an urban area that attracts a mix of trendsetting young professionals," she says. "Consequently, the show apartment features bold graphics that reflect the high-fashion, high-tech interests of the niche market."

Loh says the open-plan living area, which incorporates the kitchen, was designed to work as one large entertaining space. A suspended breakfast bar, which doubles as a serving bar and work table, is fixed to a clear glass base. As well as making the room look more spacious and allowing a direct view into the kitchen, the glass base makes the bar appear as if it is floating.


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Images of this open planned lounge/living area which has a very unique style. Bright and bold colours were used in this rooms to enliven it.

A large mirrored accent wall features graphics based on faces a theme that reappears in the furnishings. The custom floor rug, for example, features a direct reflection of the faces on the wall.

Face graphics also appear on a black-and-white laminated strip that runs from the bar top, up the wall and continues across the ceiling. Similarly, there is a circle theme that is repeated on rugs and walls.

"The mirrored circles on the wall address the entrance, and provide visual interest," says Loh. "They also reflect the lush greenery on the balcony opposite."

The kitchen cabinetry was designed to fulfil a similar visual role. Cantilevered from the wall, with a gap top and bottom, the cabinetry takes on a sculptural form.

Images of this open planned lounge/living area which interior design, white
Images of this open planned lounge/living area which has a very unique style. Bright and bold colours were used in this rooms to enliven it.

"We wanted to create an interesting composition," says Loh. "Suspending the unit in this way makes it appear as though it is floating off the wall. The size of the cabinetry was another consideration. At 3.6m long, it could have been a very bulky unit. Raising it above the floor helps to minimise its size."

A white laminate with a subtle leather grain was chosen to provide a textural finish to the cabinets, which helps offset the reflective surfaces.

Not surprisingly, the cabinets provide many novel storage solutions designed to maximise the space. Loh says drawers within drawers were specified to avoid extra horizontal lines on the cabinetry.

"Maintaining a simple, single drawer front provides a very sleek, clean finish."

Aug 28, 2009

Credit list

Developer
Sino Holdings (S) Pte Ltd
Flooring
Compressed marble 600mm x 600mm tiles
Cabinetry
Off-white soft leather-texture laminate with metallic ABS edge, and integrated V-shaped natural anodised aluminium handles
Splashback
Crystal Clear glass with white colour backing
Tapware
Teka Cuadro mixer
Washer-dryer
Bosch 2 in 1
Interior and kitchen designers
Hilary Loh and
Wall tiles
Glazed in off-white
Benchtop surfaces
Solid surface acrylic
Sink
Teka Linea
Oven, cooktop and refrigerator
Bosch
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