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A contemporary and a modern home is not one and the same. The modern concept borrows from a time that has already passed (i.e. styles from the 1950s and 1960s) while contemporary design is all about the present – think sleek and on-trend finishes.
Because contemporary interiors follow what’s in vogue, they are highly sought after in Singapore. That being said, we’ve done the legwork for you and put together a list of interior firms that specialise in creating these fashionable spaces.
1. ICON INTERIOR DESIGN
First on our list of contemporary interior firms is Icon Interior Design. Most of their homes exude a cosy opulence, achieved through a combination of sleek finishes, textures and accessories – think darker wood tones, plush furniture plus streamlined cabinetry and built-ins.
Despite the standout elements, the designers usually keep the walls a plain white. These blank canvases play the perfect backdrop while keeping the rooms looking bright and breezy – just check out the abodes at Flame Tree Park, The Peak and Riversound Residence.
2. THIRD AVENUE STUDIO
This boutique interior design studio ups the ante by playing around with symmetry to create visually arresting spaces.
From geometric shapes to fancy mouldings and trimmings, Third Avenue Studio builds sophisticated homes that’s well-crafted and fully functional, filled to the brim with wickedly fashionable storage solutions like the ones found in these spaces!
3. BOEWE DESIGN
Adding character to your home is no easy feat but Boewe Design makes it entirely possible. Each one of their projects has a distinct quality about them that sets them apart from other contemporary homes.
From the warm and inviting Sol Acres residence to the cool and chic apartment at The Crest, the team at Boewe Design displays artistic adaptability and unique perspective, breaking out of the cookie-cutter.
4. BRIEY INTERIOR
Briey Interior is another must-mention. These professionals have proven that they have a keen eye for building polished contemporary apartments, even if they’re working with small spaces.
How, you ask? Aside from proving that they have a knack for building concealed rooms, they also fashioned plenty of hidden study nooks, and compact lounge areas (all clad in on-trend applications, of course)!
Though only founded last year, 19EightyThree has quite a number of notable projects under their belt including a before-and-after makeover of a two-storey family home that looks like a luxury yacht.
The secret to their success? Striking a balance between the zanier parts of a home with enduring applications, creating spaces that are both timeless and chic. In fact, this approach is so effective that it manages to elevate even a humble Woodlands Drive HDB and turn it into a home that exudes sophistication.
If you rather be the one setting the trends rather than following them, Haireliving is the one firm you should check out simply because their ideas are both novel and distinct.
Breathing life into contemporary interiors, their ideas are far from typical, with many of their features getting snazzy updates – think outdoor showers with glass roofs, mirror headboards plus standout feature walls fashioned from rough-hewn surfaces like the ones shown in The Woods, The Serenade and One Amber.
7. THE ORANGE CUBE
Four walls and a door are the basic configuration that every home comes in, but as a team of out-of-the-box thinkers (and despite the ‘squarish’-sounding name), The Orange Cube has built a huge portfolio that breaks out of the mould.
Over the years, the team has tried to mix things up by juxtaposing different shapes, styles and even trying their hands at incorporating large prints. As such, their projects are all varied with each home bearing their own distinctive traits like the glossy look in the Parc Emily apartment or organic appearance of the Neptune Court condominium.
The homes that erstudio build all have the hallmarks of timeless dwellings: classic neutrals, warm wood finishes and subtle detailing. But that’s where the similarities end as each of these abodes are specially tailored to suit the needs and preferences of their owners.
From a minimalist 3-bedder that’s a traveller’s refuge from the road to a tiny and cosy apartment home with welcoming accents, these handsome homes certainly convey uniqueness as well as a decidedly contemporary appearance.
Since its inception as a carpentry specialist, IN-EXPAT has progressed to become an all-round company with departments that handle everything from building work to interior design, and of course, woodworks.
It’s no wonder then that they are the minds behind these artistic homes possessing a sleek, clean aesthetic as well as innovative functionality: an energetic Tampines abode that features structural elements as stylish showpieces (Tampines) as well as a studio apartment at Moonstone Lane with a ‘sunken’ living space.
Driven by a philosophy of creating ‘environments with lasting aesthetic appeal and functionality’, KDOT is committed to creating abodes that are both unique as well as useful to the people who dwell in them.
Wonder how this approach looks like in practice? To get an idea, just peek into KDOT’s projects, such as this deftly-designed Jelebu Road apartment with a dedicated play area or the Punggol BTO apartment that has a cutesy, but practical pastel-hued kitchen (pictured above).
This article was first published in Qanvast.