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A consistent design theme is seen in this open-plan living and kitchen space, through the repetition of colours, textures and materials


While modern families readily embrace open-plan living spaces, these designs do present some concerns to architects and interior designers. Kitchen clutter must be masked, and decor should have a unifying theme.

The lower floor of this home consists of an open-plan living and kitchen space, with glass sliding doors on all sides. Architect Han Loke Kwang from HYLA Architects says the kitchen is designed as a box within the space.

"A dry kitchen fronts this box, and a wet kitchen, storeroom and laundry are tucked behind it, hidden from view. To further merge the kitchen with the rest of the living room, the same stone is used for the counter front and a prominent water feature."

Back-painted glass cabinets reaching up to the high-stud ceilings are colour-matched with the aluminium doors and windows. Curved red dining chairs echo an amoeboid-shaped chair in the lounge area. Teak is used for floors, as well as drawers and a shoe cabinet.

Black squares are another repeated design motif, with right-angled leather couches and chairs a strong feature of the lounge area. The dining table is also rectangular, with a glass top that displays black steel legs beneath.


First published date: 14 December 2007

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Architect Han Loke Kwang, HYLA Architects (Singapore)
Builder Praxis Contractors
Kitchen manufacturer Thung Interior Contractor
Furniture Space
Cabinetry Custom back-painted glass and white laminated panels with aluminium lining by Thung Interior
Oven and ventilation Gaggenau
Dishwasher Miele
Refrigeration Sub-Zero
Countertop and kitchen sink Custom non-directional stainless steel by Thung Interior