House Tour: A resale apartment that's been transformed into a bachelor pad with an old school charm

Market risk manager Daryl Foo fondly remembers his childhood days, spending time at his grandparents’ home, a small house in Kembangan. “I still clearly remember the terrazzo flooring and the fabric sofa,” he recalls. When he was house hunting a few years ago, the 37-year-old decided he wanted an old apartment instead of a brand new one. He narrowed his choice to the Outram area, which, while not as hip as Tiong Bahru, offers good coffee joints and is also where he works. 

“Older apartments have more character too,” he says of his decision to buy an apartment as old as he is. The deal clincher? The terrazzo flooring in the apartment. “When I saw it, I knew I had to have this apartment. You can’t find terrazzo anywhere now,” says Mr Foo. Luckily for him, the previous owner had maintained it well.

Unlike new home owners whose first impulse is to decide on a design theme, Mr Foo went shopping for a sofa instead. He lucked out when he chanced upon a three-seater moquette green sofa from the Japanese brand Karimouku60. First launched in 1968, the design of the fabric sofa with dark walnut wood legs has largely remain unchanged. And more importantly, it looked very much like the sofa in his grandparents’ home.