Si Jian Xin and Shi’ai Liang met in architecture school but life took them on different paths. Si went on to establish Singapore-based studio Wynk Collaborative with Leong Hon Kit, designing homes as well as beloved F&B institutions such as Standing Sushi Bar, while Liang entered the hospitality and real estate industry. When Liang and her partner Prem Dadlani were planning to move into a two-bedroom apartment in central Singapore, she called upon her former classmate to design it.
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Rather than embellishing it with unnecessary flourishes, Si leaned toward streamlining and optimising the 1,012 sq ft condominium apartment’s original layout. This includes replacing the swing door of the master bedroom with a sliding screen door and repositioning the wardrobe out of sight of this portal so that there is always a pleasant view at the end of the corridor of rooms. A small storeroom formerly housing the distribution box was combined with a bathroom to create a larger guest bathroom.
The interior palette employing satin-finish, large-format floor tiles, and joinery wrapped in Elmwood veneer is a tempered backdrop for the couple’s collection of art and craft objects acquired over the years. “It’s our canvas for expression,” says Dadlani on the considered selection of materials, colours, and textures for this purpose. There is a dreamy oil painting by artist Hong Viet Dung purchased from Hanoi that backs a plush Arflex Strips sofa, while Australian artist Juan Ford’s The Mystic oil-on-linen piece and German artist Michael Müller’s vivid, sanguine artwork Portinatx, both purchased from Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong, animate the dining room walls.