Archive Design | A Place to Unwind | Chai Chee


Wide, open spaces, and a minimalist take on Scandinavian design help the homeowner relax after a busy day.

Space: 4-room HDB resale flat
Size: 1,400 square feet
Location: Chai Chee
Designer: Lucas (Designer) and Rachel (Project Manager) from Archive Design
Reno Period: 12 weeks


Wanting a space where she could destress after work, the homeowner, an independent lady in her 30s, requested for the home to be as open as possible to infuse a state of calmness. Lucas kept the living room as uncluttered as possible, flanking only the bottom half of the room with custom-built shelves while not putting anything too distracting directly in the line of sight. As the homeowner intends to live here long-term, the team decided to use tiles for the floor. They wanted a soft finish that would have a fabric touch and finally found the best ones at Rice Lab. This tile was then used throughout the home to connect the different spaces.


To allow natural light to illuminate every corner of the hall, the kitchen entrances were hacked and replaced with steel sliding glass doors. Generous cabinetry was installed here to nix clutter and everything looks visually appealing because symmetry was heavily considered in the cooking space. The same care was put into choosing KompacPlus Pure White for the countertops and backsplash, a practical choice due to the material’s waterproof, non-porous, and high-heat-resistant qualities.


Two bedrooms and a storeroom were combined to create a mega master room that houses a 15-foot wardrobe, king-size bed, a huge dressing table, and a chest of drawers. There’s still plenty of room left which fulfilled the homeowner’s request for expansive, open areas. Special tricolor lights were installed into the false ceiling and, depending on the mood and requirements, the light temperature can be changed according to the homeowner’s preference.


The floor-to-ceiling closet was custom-built with solid plywood and laminates from Lamitak, just like the other pieces in the home. The design team specially picked out the sleek, black, stainless steel handles for the homeowner and sourced them from the Netherlands.

Bed frame and bedside table
SquareRooms-ARCHIVE-DESIGN-Bed frame and bedside table

Sticking to the minimalist structure and design found throughout the home, the bed frame and side table also sport subtly rounded corners. This is not just for safety especially when the lights are out, but it also helps to give the entire construction a more modern feel in general.

About Archive Design

Comprised of a nimble team of designers ready to bring your visions to life, Archive Design excels in crafting unique designs that not only express character but is practical and hardy enough to withstand day-to-day living. Designers work in close collaboration with homeowners to forge trusted relationships, coming up with personalised designs and sourcing the right furnishings and fittings from around the world. No matter your aspirations, Archive Design will get the job done right.

16A Lim Tua Tow Road, Singapore 547752
Tel: 9837 3935
Email: [email protected]

This post was adapted from an article originally published in SquareRooms Mid-Year Special 2020.