Stunning and serene at once, this home was recently lauded at the 2022 Design Excellence Awards held last month.
A gem in the rough, this charming residence had several good things going for it including a lush and serene locale, tall ceilings and a large storybook window that floods the communal zones with natural light, creating an ethereal and refined atmosphere.
However, before going on to help Right Angle Studio win at the 2022 Design Excellence Awards, this home in its original state looked very much like any other conventional space, share designers and brothers Alex and Jay Liu who worked on its refresh.
To play up the unit’s strengths, enhancing its spatial quality was key, and the duo also wanted the light streaming in to be the main source of energy filling the space.
Granted the freedom to set the design direction, the pair envisioned a timeless dwelling that would be easy on the eye and offer a reprieve from the world outside; but first, they’d need to make extensive tweaks to the sizeable but awkward 1,350sq ft layout so it could work better for the young family of three.
The original main suite was situated right next to the communal space, affording it little privacy. Jay and Alex relocated the bedroom further inside, then transformed the vacated space into a study and guest room.
Grand floor-to-ceiling pivoting doors which replaced a wall allow this room to be connected to the living area for a more spacious feel, or closed off when more separation is needed.
The kitchen was set back, creating room for a breakfast counter while keeping the mess of cooking hidden from view. Deeper into the home, the bathrooms have been reconfigured for more space and comfort, and the child’s room now occupies the far end.
Having tackled the floor plan, the brothers now worked on fleshing out the rest of the apartment. Known for their clean designs that evoke tranquillity and luxury, the designers settled on a minimal palette and picked materials that would add texture and warmth without detracting from the overall aesthetic.
Light wood tones complement the white walls, creating an understated background to showcase the homeowners’ collection of art. Classic Scandinavian-inspired furnishings round off the look, settling in perfectly for interiors that now radiate comfort and style.
2022 ended on a good note for Right Angle Studio. Adding to their string of accolades, the pair picked up a total of six awards at the recent Design Excellence Awards (DEA), held on 1 December at Shangri-La Hotel.
Organised by the Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDCS), a registered society that represents local interior designers, DEA is one of Asia-Pacific’s most highly anticipated interior design competitions seeking to identify top talent and projects in Singapore and across Asia-Pacific.
For their work on this home, Right Angle Studio won Silver in the Best Residential Design (Apartment 1,001–2,000sq ft) category, the highest accolade for the bracket this year.
“We are greatly humbled and thank the jury for their kind recognition,” shares Jay on their win. “Our studio will continue to do our best to create impactful spatial experiences for the benefit of our clients.”
This year, SquareRooms was proud to be a presenter for the IDEA Colour Award. To learn more about IDCS, DEA and the list of winners, visit idcs.sg.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in the January 2023 issue of SquareRooms.