During their hotel quarantine last year, homeowners Jason Poh and Chelsea Lim contacted Design Intervention. In their 30s, the couple had just returned to Singapore from Hong Kong when the circuit breaker set in. Having read about Design Intervention in Home & Decor, they asked the firm to design their new home.
“Jason and Chelsea sent us a floor plan, we talked via Zoom, and we were given an appointment without us ever having seen the apartment or meeting them. It’s certainly a new way to work!” says Nikki Hunt, founder of Design Intervention.
The majority of architectural design decisions for the home were made online, while final approvals for finishes were done in the office. Jason is a banking professional, and Chelsea is a beauty industry entrepreneur who owns the lash company Mink Mink Australia. The couple wanted a glamorous house with pops of colour and a sense of fun so they could entertain in style.
The apartment, located in District 15, was a run-down 1,500 sq ft walk-up with a low, 2.4m ceiling and old terrazzo flooring in the living and dining areas that had yellowed with age.
AT A GLANCE
Who lives here: A couple in their 30s
Home: A 3-bedroom condo apartment in District 15
Size: 1,500 sq ft
ID: Design Intervention
The design team – confident that, given the proper treatment, the floor could be beautifully integrated into the concept – urged them to keep the project on time and within the budget because hacking and replacing the floor takes a lot of time, money, and noise.