The Chic Apartment

Stark simplicity

While the blinds in the living room (above) have been spray-painted black to complement the home's dark palette, there are pops of colour throughout the flat, such as the red door leading to the common bathroom (left).
While the blinds in the living room (above) have been spray-painted black to complement the home's dark palette, there are pops of colour throughout the flat, such as the red door leading to the common bathroom.PHOTOS: SPH MAGAZINES; ART DIRECTION: NONIE CHEN AND LIM YI LING
While the blinds in the living room (above) have been spray-painted black to complement the home's dark palette, there are pops of colour throughout the flat, such as the red door leading to the common bathroom (left).
While the blinds in the living room have been spray-painted black to complement the home's dark palette, there are pops of colour throughout the flat, such as the red door leading to the common bathroom (above).PHOTOS: SPH MAGAZINES; ART DIRECTION: NONIE CHEN AND LIM YI LING
Home owners Norica Ng and Jaret Sim eschew conventional furnishings such as a sofa in their home
Home owners Norica Ng and Jaret Sim eschew conventional furnishings such as a sofa in their home
Vintage cage lights (above) in the kitchen are picked to match the flat's industrial theme. A coffee table with storage (left) is concealed in the two-step platform, and can be pulled out when needed.
Vintage cage lights in the kitchen are picked to match the flat's industrial theme. A coffee table with storage (above) is concealed in the two-step platform, and can be pulled out when needed.
Vintage cage lights (above) in the kitchen are picked to match the flat's industrial theme. A coffee table with storage (left) is concealed in the two-step platform, and can be pulled out when needed.
Vintage cage lights (above) in the kitchen are picked to match the flat's industrial theme. A coffee table with storage is concealed in the two-step platform, and can be pulled out when needed.

Home owners Norica Ng and Jaret Sim eschew conventional furnishings such as a sofa in their home

When Ms Norica Ng and Mr Jaret Sim received the keys to their five-room Build-To-Order flat in Bukit Batok, they were faced with myriad ways to re-design their dream home.

The couple in their 30s were open to radical concepts and wanted to do away with conventional furnishings such as a sofa and dining table.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2018, with the headline 'Stark simplicity'. Print Edition | Subscribe