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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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Japandi-Style Minimalism In A Singaporean HDB Apartment
ApartmentsVicki Wilson

Japandi-Style Minimalism In A Singaporean HDB Apartment

Singapore

Artistroom creates a Singaporean HDB flat with a harmonious design balance, inspired by Japandi style minimalism and feng shui.


The couple (and their two teenage children) staying in this HDB flat looked to the Japandi style minimalism of Japanese and Taiwanese apartments for inspiration when renovating their own home. To achieve a similar aesthetic, they engaged Artistroom to create a minimalist home with a neutral palette. The result is a home that exemplifies how minimalism can work in a local context.

The designers from Artistoom modelled this BTO unit after the minimalist, neutral-toned apartments in Japan and Taiwan. They also introduced a touch of Scandinavian influence into the design. As such, the streamlined and clutter-free home boasts of a palette composed of white, beige and light wood. This palette forms the basis of an aesthetic that will never grow old or out of style. In fact, this neutral backdrop pairs well with many other decor styles, should the homeowners’ tastes evolve over time.

A curved pillar houses a vertical display shelf. This custom addition also helps to visually soften the sharp edges of the walls that face the walkway into the bedroom. This simple, yet unorthodox architectural element aids the flow between the communal and private quarters of the abode. It also creates the illusion of openness in the narrow passageway.

The Japandi style minimalism continues in the kitchen. Here, white cabinets and kitchen counters line the walls yet manage to maintain the brightness and airiness of the space. To keep it from becoming too bereft of personality, the designers introduced wood-look floor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. Similarly, they cladded the kitchen island and one of the cabinets with light wood strips. These additions bring texture to the room while while fulfilling the occupants’ need for more storage.

Most of the couple’s design preferences are guided by the principles of feng shui, which necessitated the reorientation of the living and dining areas. Mark Chen of Artistroom elaborates, “We tore down the existing non-structural walls to build new walls and create new spaces such as the common bedroom.” Such layout reconfigurations also make way for more storage space. In the son’s bedroom, the semi-concealed wardrobe has been built flush against the wall, which frees up floor space for other furnishings.

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Issue 59 - The Life Outside Issue

Issue 59

The Life Outside Issue

Introducing the Life Outside issue of Habitus magazine. With life increasingly being absorbed into a digital space, there is never a more important moment to hold something tangible. In this context, the power of nature to have a physiological impact on our sense of wellbeing has never been more important. So how can we cultivate the benefits of the our natural environment in the most intimate of places – our homes? This was the question that helped to bring this issue of Habitus to life.

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