The homeowner, a 57-year-old bachelor, who retired from his vice-president position in a bank seven years ago, opened a cafe in Siem Reap in Cambodia earlier in 2015, but closed it and returned to Singapore later. So, when it came to decorating his flat, "cafe" was very much the theme from the start.
With an upsurge of industrial-inspired cafes around town, it is no surprise that frequent cafe-hoppers Jason Pang and Cherlene Tan wanted an industrial theme for their first home – a five-room HDB flat in Punggol. It was their only request to designer Kelvin Teo of Space Sense, who interpreted the style in a warmer treatment.
For this couple who lives in this four-room HDB flat in Boon Keng, recreating the 'cafe look' they loved was key to building a cosy, inviting nest. Layers of texture add highlights to the otherwise pale and neutral colour scheme of the living room.