Home Tour: This Romantic Open-Plan Apartment Makes A Dream Home For Two
When visionary designers work with like-minded clients, the results are often nothing short of stunning; and this project was no exception.
Designed by husband-and-wife team Karen and Kelvin Gan of KGID, this 1,800sqft apartment already had the makings of a dream home for two. It’s situated in the exclusive Bukit Timah enclave and is part of the D’Leedon luxury residential complex designed by the late and great architect Zaha Hadid. The apartment’s compact size was just right for the couple, who were seeking a home that is personalised to suit their lifestyle.
To achieve their dream home, the designers improved the spatial configuration while carving out spaces for the couple’s frequent gatherings. The firm removed the wall between the living room and kitchen to create a social hub for the couple to entertain their friends. This also allowed the designers to install a stylish and spacious kitchen fitted with Miele appliances as well as a wine chiller. The bar counter allows for quick meals on busy days; it’s also the preferred chill-out spot for the couple.
For a minimalist look, the kitchen area is lined with timber-panelled cabinets that conceal kitchenware and equipment while keeping them within easy reach at any time. The adjacent living area is demarcated from the dining area and kitchen by an Elemento rug, with the B&B Italia armchair adding a pop of colour to the space. Artworks from Ode to Art lend a personal touch; these include a pair of sculptures that symbolises the loving couple.
(Related: 10 Ways To Decorate Your Outdoor Areas For Both Rain And Shine)
To create a love nest, KGID converted the other bedrooms into multi-functional spaces to suit the couple’s needs. One of the bedrooms was transformed into a private screening room, with a cinema-like environment, and where the couple can enjoy a movie or watch their favourite TV series.
A state-of-the-art Denon sound system is installed in the ceilings throughout the home to ensure crystal-clear sound in every corner. The fourth bedroom was converted into a home office and study.
The most extensive changes were made to the master bedroom.
The designers proposed an edgy bathroom inspired by the look of luxury hotel suites, with just two tinted glass panels separating the sleeping area from the freestanding bathtub. This required a reconfiguration of the bathroom. The tiling had to be redone and the existing plumbing to be repositioned to suit the new layout, while expanding the sense of space in the bedroom.
(Related: 6 Bathroom Trends Everyone Loves In 2019)
The designers also converted the adjacent room into a walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom. It’s cleverly camouflaged with timber panels to ensure the space remains free of clutter. The overall effect is akin to the design of a luxury hotel suite, offering the homeowners an oasis and respite away from the bustle of daily life.
(Related: Tatler How-To: Design A Walk-in Wardrobe That's Decor Goals)
“Overall, the clients were very impressed with this new plan as not many interior designers can achieve this look,” shares the design duo, looking at the completed project with pride. “They appreciated our attention to detail and until now, we are still in contact!”
Established by Kelvin and Karen Gan in 2015, KGID is a boutique firm that specialises in bespoke projects, ranging from luxury apartments and landed properties to showflats. The designers were selected as two of the 50 most influential figures in the local design industry by Singapore Tatler Homes in 2015 and 2016.
KGID | 9 Pasir Ris Drive 4, #05-13 The Esparis (By appointment only) | 9694 9071, 9067 9687
This project has been nominated for the Best Bespoke Concept accolade, as part of the Readers' Choice categories of Tatler Design Awards 2020. The winners will be announced in the February 2020 issue of Singapore Tatler Homes; online voting will close on November 11.
Vote for your favourite project in the form below: