Japandi Heritage @ JooChiat

Japanese/Scandinavian styles are juxtaposed with Peranakan influences to create an airy and bachelorette abode.

Design areas: Living and Dining Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom with En-Suite bathroom, Dressing Room, Study and Common Bathroom |  Project completed: 2019  |  Renovation budget: SGD85,000 – Designer: Arjan Nijen Twilhaar

While the footprint of this apartment is not large, it packs a lot of design flair. The design brief seemed to be a mix of different styles, but after doing our research we managed to create a cohesive design with Japanese, Scandinavian and Peranakan influences.

In the living room, we zoned the sitting area and dining area by accentuating the lounge area with a white washed beamed ceiling. Architectural detail was added by cutting the existing marble and insert a solid wood perimeter border – to further enhance the blonde wood hues in the apartment. The white interior doors reference Japanese shōji doors and have a mid century vibe. Custom designed furniture is kept clean lined but introduces colour and texture.

The coffee table is a Peranakan inspired inlay and the sheer curtains boost a Sakura print. This is offset with rattan inspired shades for some extra laying. A custom cabinet in the dining room with rattan wallpaper inlayed doors houses the DB box and offers some additional storage. Heirloom handles add more interest .

The small kitchen boosts a shaker styled cabinet done in wood laminate and custom designed brass handles. This is paired with textured white cabinets and terrazzo floors. The quartz countertop features flecks of mother of pearl for more visual interest.

The Breezeblock feature wall in the passage is mirror lined, to provide a sense of more space in this tight space. Its pattern is mirrored in the Japanese inspired wall art and add more texture and reference mid century Singaporean designs.

Soft colours and blond woods set the tone for a peaceful master suite. Pops of colours are found in the curtain borders and through some of the furniture pieces. Texture is added by framing Japanese paper and a custom rattan side table. The master bathroom is kept simple in colour scheme, but texture is added through the patterned tiles. The pink quartz countertop is offset with hand made pink handles for the vanity.

Light wood shaker doors are used for the dressing room wardrobes and solid brass handles add a touch of luxury. The common bathroom has a Japanese print inspired feature tile, which is offset with a clean subway tile. Lastly, in the study a custom made shelving unit picks up on the mid century vibe and a bold chair adds a pop of colour.

This home was featured on Channel News Asia “Making Room” – to read the article and view the episode, you can click here.

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