This apartment is a celebration of a couple’s love of pop art, sneakers, and all things hip

This apartment is a celebration of a couple’s love of pop art, sneakers, and all things hip. Despite the 2,960 sq ft (or 274 sqm) space in the condominium, interior designer Carmen of Wolf Woof found herself challenged by the sneakerhead homeowners‘ massive storage needs for the things they owned – from clothes, shoes, accessories, to household items.

Who Lives Here: A couple in their 40s and their parents
Home: A 5-bedroom condominium unit
Size: 2,960 sq ft (or 274 sqm)
Interior Designer: WolfWoof

The bold yellow ceiling creates a stark contrast with the black walls.

Long before purchasing this property, the owners of this home were already on the search for the right interior designer.

The couple knew they wanted to avoid the usual design styles and found their match after chancing upon Carmen Tang’s project on YouTube.

“My clients and I share a very similar sense of aesthetics,” Carmen, the design director of Wolf Woof, says. The instant bond over their shared aesthetic and passion for yellow created a climate of trust between both parties.

The dining area mediates between the balcony and kitchen. Transparent acrylic chairs reduce visual clutter as well.

Condominium Penthouse with 5 Bedrooms

The property is a 2,960 sq ft penthouse with five bedrooms and a long balcony stretching from the study to the living and dining areas. An open terrace also connects to the master bedroom.

So, while the couple loved the tranquil surroundings and the size of the apartment, that’s about where the trodden path ended, and the adventure began.

Carmen and the couple collaborated closely on every detail, including the choice of plant pots

Pop Art-Loving Couple

“Being the cool couple they are, my clients appreciate and celebrate good design. They are very in touch with the pop art scene and will regularly bring out names that I, as a designer, have never heard of,” she says, “I cannot recall how many times I have outwardly expressed my envy towards the cool stuff they bought for their homes, especially the Skullpanda figurine.”

Even with the strong resonance between them, as with most projects, designing this house came with challenges.

A neon glass screen demarcates the sneaker gallery, simultaneously helping it look open and enclosed.

Challenge To Find Storage Space

The main challenge Carmen faced was the clients’ massive storage needs for things they own, from clothes, shoes, and accessories to household items. The aim was to avoid bulky and visually jarring storage cabinets.

So, Carmen devised storage solutions that serve more than one purpose or hide from plain sight.

Custom-designed and fabricated neon signs like this one, which fronts the sneaker gallery, bring a hip vibe to the home.

Sneakerhead Homeowners

To house the couple’s more than 300 pairs of sneakers – many of them limited edition pieces – Carmen converted a nook into a sneaker home gallery.

“I wanted to hero some of their beloved pieces while providing them ample storage to keep the rest of the collection,” Carmen explains. Tucked behind the custom acrylic displays mounted on sliding mesh panels are floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets in black.

The stone countertop matches the concrete-looking vinyl flooring, adding texture to the space.

Pop Art with Wabi Sabi

“The second challenge was fusing pop art style with wabi-sabi. The main idea was to make the transition between the two styles seamless and so natural that we can carry the look into the master bedroom without the home looking mish-mashed in style,” Carmen adds.

She focused on materials and colours to create a cohesive look between these two unique styles. Anchoring it is the faux rock wall in the living area, a material reprised in the master bedroom.

With the original study turned into a walk-in wardrobe, a bedroom is now designated as the new study. Carmen proposed the same bold yellow for the study room to create a workspace that inspires efficiency.

Additionally, reflective surfaces and furnishings in acrylic provide a dynamic juxtaposition against the black-and-yellow colour scheme used throughout the shared spaces.

“I love my clients’ pop art collection and their appetite for bold colours, which explains the adventurous choice of a bright yellow for the ceiling colour,” Carmen explains.

Customised accessory islands are home to the couple’s extensive collection of watches, jewellery, and eyewear.
Another fun feature is the walkway, which has an art gallery feel due to the vibrant mural installed onto the glass panels.

With pop art central to the design scheme, fluid lines have been introduced into the space through the furniture or design features like the black blobs above the ceiling fans.

With its lighting strategy, black ceiling, faux rock wall, and bedframe fabricated to look like a floating bed, the master bedroom features a personalised juxtaposition of wabi sabi and pop art.

Art & Furniture Collection Takes Centerstage

Much of the kitchen and dining area was kept pared down so that the collectables and furnishings, like the giant lamps, could take the spotlight.

Carmen designed the balcony for chilling out. Like the sneaker gallery, the bar counter is marked by a yellow neon sign on a feature wall that is also a custom storage unit for the service yard. This apartment showcases how a home can be fun and funky without compromising on the necessary storage needs.

That said, with such distinct interests and style preferences, it takes a practised and creative mind to pull it together. Commenting that the home differs from the cookie-cutter homes in Singapore, Carmen says, “The home is very them, oozing so much character and spunk.”

This article was first published in 2023.