Cover The living area features a plush Ditre Italia sofa and a stylish Zanotta coffee table

Infused with hints of whimsy and wonder, this home designed by Prestige Global Designs celebrates a family’s varied interests while basking in the splendour of island life

With its sun-kissed views of the marina and the open sea, there is already much to love about this waterfront duplex apartment in Singapore. Situated in the Sentosa Cove residential enclave, this 3,500 sq ft abode is home to a family of four.

They chanced upon a project by Prestige Global Designs in an issue of Tatler Homes Singapore, and were so impressed by the design practice’s work that they hired it to transform the interior of their four-bedroom abode.

“The key inspiration was our clients; they wanted something really personalised and unique,” says Jeremy Tay, director of Prestige Global Designs. “The well-travelled owners also needed more storage and shelves to display the items they have collected from all around the world. As such, we worked on improving the layout of the home with a lot of consideration given to spatial planning, to achieve an interior that looks more inviting and spacious without feeling too cluttered.”

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The father is an avid photographer who wanted a darkroom in his study to develop his photos, while his wife loves to cook and has a large collection of tableware and culinary tools. The couple also own a sizeable collection of porcelain figurines from Spanish brand Lladró, which adds visual interest throughout the house.

Their daughter, on the other hand, favours bohemian-style interiors, while her brother is a fan of the Star Wars movies and also collects Lego toys. The biggest challenge of this project was thus marrying these diverse hobbies, interests and styles in a manner that was still visually cohesive.

The firm tore down the walls of one of the rooms to enlarge the separated living and dining areas of the home, and to create a spacious study for the husband. The flooring was also entirely replaced to better complement the design scheme.

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A private lift offers direct access to the unit. Visitors who step inside the apartment are first greeted by the sight of the husband’s handsome study and its full-length backlit wooden shelves, which highlight a wide variety of his books, records, camera accessories and the couple’s Lladró figurines.

Designed as a handsome library, the study sits in between the living room and the dining area. It features the same dark marble flooring applied to the living room and dining area, with the striking veins of the natural stone leading the eye down the hallway towards the rest of the home.

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With its mirrored walls and art deco-style decorative screens, the living area is certainly the home’s most glamorous space. Accented with colourful cushions from Jim Thompson and Christian Lacroix, the generous proportions of the Ditre Italia sofa offer an inviting space to lounge; it’s paired with the stylish Zanotta Butterfly coffee table by Alexander Taylor and a TV console from Rolf Benz.

In contrast, the kitchen and dining areas embrace a more playful mood with their vibrant accent lamps. Ferroluce pendant lights float above the dining area, while the Louis Poulsen Cirque pendant lights by Clara von Zweigbergk are the dry kitchen’s most striking element. Wooden bar stools encourage the family to gather around the kitchen island for casual meals; it has become one of their favourite spaces in the home. 

The bedrooms have been thoughtfully personalised for each inhabitant. Rattan detailing and the generous use of light wood in the daughter’s bedroom convey the modern rustic style she loves. In the son’s bedroom, a Star Wars artwork composed of Lego bricks takes centrestage and is paired with a Seletti Monkey lamp. “It’s almost like it’s tomb raiding, abseiling down the rope to steal a precious art piece,” quips Tay.


The master suite on the second floor is carefully customised for the couple with a chinoiserie-style wallpaper with flora and fauna motifs, while a pair of Fiam Italia bedside tables adds a modern touch to the room. The emerald and gold tones continue in the master bathroom with the green marble tiles selected for the walls and flooring.

In addition, the bathrooms were completely redone to create eye-catching spaces, each with its own theme and colour scheme; these include a peacock-inspired powder room, which harks to the presence of the feathery friends commonly spotted roaming around Sentosa Island.

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Ever since they moved into their new abode, the family have been entertaining more often than they used to. The apartment has truly become a place that they are happy to call home and show to all their friends and guests.

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