February 2024 / Portfolio

Pasir Ris

The inspiration for this HDB Maisonette transformation was a late Victorian Merchants’ home; influenced by travels to the Far East, blending oriental styles with Arts and Craft details.

Colonial Arts and Craft at Pasir Ris

The design is all about blending hand crafted details, heirloom furniture and colour. While aesthetics was the driving factor for this design, the home had to be functional for a multi generation with elderly friendly features. Originally a dark apartment with small rooms, the floorplan was completely changed to create a gracious floorplan that truly reflects the family living there.

In the living room, hard wood floors are offset with custom cut marble skirting and a hand carved screen flanks the windows. To break with the traditional half-window look of older HDBs, the screen gives the illusion of full height doors leading outside. The curtains are trimmed with seed pearl trim and most furniture in the room were custom designed pieces or sourced at various shops.

A grand foyer welcomes you when you walk through the door, a circulation zone between functional spaces and offering individual privacy as well as a wonderful entertaining space for larger groups. At the heart of the home is the dining room. Away from TV and living spaces, this room is centred around hosting dinner parties and welcoming friends.

The large mirror wall, encased with a custom carved screen enlarges the space, as well as bringing in light and opens up the room. We designed bespoke furniture and an area rug specifically sized for the room, as well as a custom chandelier. Embroidered silk curtains add some colour and the wallpapered ceiling adds a sheen and texture.

With a smaller footprint kitchen, the carpentry had to work extra hard. The area was divided in two zones, one for cooking and one for washing. The tessellated floor demarks the spaces and adds to the Victorian aesthetics. Centring the design around the range cooker, the walls are kept clean lined and the cabinets have just enough detail to create visual interest. Clever storage solutions were integrated as well as a space for a dishwasher and large sink.

The home office is a tribute to William Morris – the force behind the Arts and Craft movement. Like in the living room, the windows were visually divided to bring symmetry and balance to the room. The walls were lined with a Morris wallpaper and curtains with pelmets were made with the same pattern fabric. On the ceiling, texture was added with pressed tin sheets – creating a coiffured effect that adds a lot of visual impact.

Antique furniture pairs with custom pieces and the design anchors on a custom area rug, designed to bring together the colours of the room and with a Morris inspired design.

Completed in phased between 2019 and 2023, the Pasir Ris project boosts many customized pieces from wood carving, to bespoke furniture. The HDB EM, a resale project, was designed by Arjan Nijen Twilhaar, Principal Interior Designer at Aiden T Pte Ltd

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