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A Sanctuary Made For Slow Living

A Sanctuary Made For Slow Living

Inspired by the Scandinavian and minimalist design philosophies, Vän Hus Interior Design transformed this resale flat in Singapore into a restful sanctuary.

Vän Hus Interior Design transformed this resale flat into a sanctuary for slow living, in consideration of the hectic lives of the young inhabitants. The team was inspired by the Scandinavian and minimalist design philosophies when it came to the renovation of this resale flat. As such, the unostentatious palette comprises neutral tones; whites and greys with black highlights and warm accents that lend depth, ensuring comfort, tranquillity and timelessness.

van hus flat kitchen

Keeping in mind that the homeowners are not frequent cooks due to their busy schedules, existing kitchen walls were knocked off to give more weight to resting spaces. The designers believe that the only way to create a purposeful space is to consider the lives and habits of their clients diligently. By doing so, a unique identity can be created, avoiding cookie-cutter homes.

“It gives an impression of understated elegance,” say the designers of the island counter, which serves as a food preparation space, as well as a bar for the appreciation of aperitifs, backdropped by a slim console and round mirror (bottom left). Crafted with Silestone from Cosentino, the white plinth features soft marble grains, standing out quietly against a backdrop of laminates in neutral tones. Arranged in a herringbone pattern, the dining wall feature thoughtfully conceals the unsightly household shelter by the entrance.

Natural stones and tactile surfaces imbue the bathroom with a sense of serenity, allowing the ultimate respite from a hectic working life. “We proposed durable materials that require minimal maintenance in order to make the couple’s lives free and easy,” the designers say, referring to the Cosentino countertop and Hafary tiles that make up the calming sanctuary.

Vän Hus Interior Design

Photography courtesy Vän Hus

This article originally appeared on our sister publication Lookbox Living, and we think you might like this interview with designer Thomas Coward