It’s hard to believe that the design and renovation of this beautiful HDB flat in Cantonment Close was done entirely with the homeowners overseas. They didn’t lay eyes on it until they arrived in Singapore after everything had been finished – that was in March 2022.
But this home, now clad in light wood and reconfigured to suit their needs, is exactly how the homeowners pictured it to be. This was thanks to the design team from Hansel Studio, whose turnkey service includes taking care of the process from conceptualisation all the way to the styling. The design team communicated with the homeowners using Zoom and Whatsapp throughout, sending them regular updates on the progress.
“The aesthetic [the homeowners] wanted can be described as modern Japanese meets Scandinavian,” says the design team. They took inspiration from elements of traditional Japanese architecture, such as minimalism and the use of natural materials, while incorporating key concepts from Scandinavian design. They also used shoji (sliding screens) and fusama (sliding doors) where possible, since those offer the flexibility of dividing spaces when needed.
AT A GLANCE
Home: Three-bedroom HDB flat in Cantonment Close
Size: 75 sqm
Who lives here: A couple
ID: Hansel Studio