The Chic Apartment

Second chance

Splashes of red - from the coffee machine and Smeg dishwasher - give the kitchen (left) a fun retro feel. A wood-laminate structure in the living area (above) helps to demarcate the different spaces and hides the wardrobe too.
A wood-laminate structure in the living area (above) helps to demarcate the different spaces and hides the wardrobe too. PHOTO: THREE-D CONCEPTWERKE

Peter Thew and Alicia Pan's move to engage professional help to redesign their home pays off

After a bad renovating experience that left Mr Peter Thew and Ms Alicia Pan at odds with their contractor, they decided to ask their friend and interior designer Desmond Chew from Three-D Conceptwerke for help.

The first thing Mr Chew did was to reconfigure the layout of the two-bedroom condominium apartment in Tanjong Pagar.

Mr Thew says: "We had an open-plan layout the first time around, but this didn't really work in 990 sq ft of space. We needed storage and trying to build that and retain an 'open plan' feel wasn't feasible.

"Desmond advised us to build a walk-in wardrobe in the centre of the apartment, taking up previously 'unused' living space. This structure marked out clear areas for living, sleeping, cooking and dining."

He likes that the interior designer had the confidence to tell them that an open plan concept would not work for the apartment.


Splashes of red – from the coffee machine and Smeg dishwasher – give the kitchen (above) a fun retro feel. PHOTO: THREE-D CONCEPTWERKE

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The designer also helped the couple curate their furnishings for their home, which has an interesting mix of styles with contemporary, retro and industrial elements.

Mr Chew believes the role of an interior designer is to provide home owners with the right canvas to bring out their personal style, but not to stifle it.

"This home is unique because the selection of furniture and decor is a reflection of the owners' personalities," he adds.

Mr Thew says: "We had picked too many 'feature pieces'. They helped us see that not everything has to stand out and it's about balancing the look."

The couple like the feel of reclaimed wood, steel and warm lighting. "We were happy to try something a little funky - such as mixing hexagon tiles with wood-look ones," says Mr Thew.

After a bumpy start in their renovation plans, the owners are delighted with the result of this second round of works.

Mr Thew says: "It's something we could never have envisaged had we attempted to salvage the situation ourselves. We couldn't be happier with the outcome."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Second chance'. Print Edition | Subscribe