Get tropical-inspired decor inspiration from this Singapore home, as designed by Kri:eit Associates—our Best Conservation Project awardee for A Celebration of Design.
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Above The Best Conservation Project awardee of A Celebration of Design: the re-designed home of Roy Teo, founder of design consortium The Mill

It takes a certain canny knack for design to make beautiful interiors seem so effortless — a quality that the awardees of A Celebration Of Design share.

To be held this year on February 28 at Foo'd by David Oldani, A Celebration of Design is the first signature event of Singapore Tatler Homes, an occasion that will honour the industry’s brightest and most innovative minds in the design scene.

From remodelled colonial-style houses to airy penthouses, every detail within these abodes are tastefully tailored to the individual needs of the homeowners. After all, a home is not quite a home without the personalised touches.

First featured in our August 2016 issue, this particular home in the Chatsworth estate was designed by Roy Teo — the founder of design consortium The Mill and creative director of Kri:eit Associates — received the accolade for Best Conservation Project. Its formerly masculine, English-style interiors have been transformed into a bright and airy contemporary abode that celebrates life in the tropics, while keeping a few nostalgic touches.

Scroll down to take a closer look at this award-winning home:

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Tropical Living

The layout and design of the space took into consideration the local climate as well as the house’s colonial-inspired style. 

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Family Life

Roy Teo with his wife Su-Lin (middle), and their two daughters, Tessa (left) and Alexis (right), in their re-designed bungalow in the Chatsworth estate.

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High Ceilings

The re-designed home embraces open plan living, particularly on the first floor — its living and dining spaces are defined by the use of furnishings and ceiling treatments instead of conventional walls.

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Seamless Sectioning

The use of these open spaces improved cross ventilation and made the bungalow a home that stays cool even in our hot climate. The new room configuration also created a seamless transition from the interiors to the gardens, resulting in a home that is one with nature.

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Monochromatic Chic 

One of the most major changes is the conversion of the existing garage into new dry and wet kitchens that connect to the domestic helper’s room and yard at the rear of the house. Roy’s black-and-white theme is carried through, evoking an airy and laid back feel. A black kitchen island with a white marble top is complemented by black cabinets with a white marble work top, against a backdrop of white brick walls and white honeycomb mosaic flooring. The dry kitchen looks out onto a herb garden along the sloping boundary, which continues along the rear of the property.

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A Nostalgic Touch

The bedrooms are designed in line with the preferences of the respective users. The black-brown parquet flooring and white walls of the bedrooms together with the black-and-white tiles in the bathrooms (grey in the case of the guest room) give off a modern look with a hint of nostalgia.

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Art direction and production: Khairul Ali
Photography: Koh Boon Wei/ Beebox


A Celebration Of Design 2017 was held on February 28 at Foo'd by David Oldani.  Relive the top moments from the design fête here:

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