Photo: Creatology

Staying indoors is crucial to prevent the spread of Covid-19 right now. Social responsibility aside, you can also very well expect to part ways with a minimum of $300 (for first-time offencers) if you’re caught flouting the rules of the circuit breaker measurements.

But what about “loitering” at the void deck… in your living room?

NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) graduates Desmond, 29, and Shafiq, 25, of design platform Creatology dreamt up a void deck-inspired HDB flat that has all the makings of your neighbourhood housing estate:  A signage prohibiting certain activities, the lift landing and even the commonly seen chess table with mosaic tiles.

“Our favourite spot would be the blue mosaic chess table that is actually not around in new HDB estates anymore. This is where we used to have fun with our friends.” Photo: Creatology

Modelled after a five-room flat, the set of renderings showcase furnishings and design elements that’ll resonate with every Singaporean. It is posted on their Facebook page, which the pair use to share their concepts with the community.

Photo: Creatology

“A challenge for us was to create designs that are also useful in the house, and not purely as decorative elements that take up space. For example, the slots in the letterbox design make it viable as a shoe cabinet, and the lift door can be made into a two-panel sliding door for the study room,” they tell us. 

Individual letterboxes can double as shoe compartments. Photo: Creatology

The idea for the design came to the pair when the circuit breaker measurements were put in place, and they missed meeting up with friends to lepak.

Certain aspects of the design may not be feasible or may be hard to implement, but there’s no reason not to incorporate others into your future home decor. The blue mosaic chess table table, for instance, would look perfect in a rustic or nostalgic setting, and the signage would make for a quirky wall accent.

Want the communal feel of void decks? This opening in the wall alludes to just that, and adds to the openness of your space, too. Photo: Creatology

The duo are both working at interior design firms at the moment, and started Creatology as a platform to share their passion for interior design.

“It all started when we were students from NAFA. Both of us were majoring in Interior and Exhibition Design. We realised that we had similar goals, which was to have our own design studio – a place where we can turn ideas into reality.
Creatology grew from two years of discussions. As students back then, we had limited resources to open our own studio so we created a page on Facebook for us to share our ideas to the community instead.”

For more of their ideas, visit check out the Creatology Facebook page.