The alchemy of a good home often comes down to the chemistry of its owner and its interior designer. Fortunately for marketing manager Nate Chong, that chemistry has been well-cultivated by years of being housemates with his interior designer Jerry Tan of Singapore and KL-based studio Ally Wong Interior.
“Since we were housemates before, Jerry has already understood my style and what I wanted for my future home,” shares Nate. The four-room resale HDB flat in Sengkang retains all three of its existing bedrooms, but altered nearly all the finishing materials and storage spaces.
AT A GLANCE
Type of home: A four-room resale HDB flat
Size of home: 1,000 sq ft
Who lives here: A bachelor in his 30s and a housemate
ID: Ally Wong Interior
The resulting aesthetic is decidedly industrial, featuring a dark material palette that balances finishes with wabi-sabi patina with sleek details that range from pragmatic to playful.
Curiously, the word ‘industrial’ itself was not present in Nate’s original design brief for Jerry. “During our initial discussions, Nate only emphasised the need to make good use of space,” shares Jerry. “Every corner and the placement of each furniture piece needed to be meaningful.”