The Chic Home: The musician’s HDB apartment is also his studio

SINGAPORE — Musician Justin Low wanted a unique industrial-themed home that reflected his profession. The 39-year-old bachelor also needed his home in Potong Pasir to be a studio where he could give guitar lessons.

Although he knew what he wanted, he was careful not to be too prescriptive and told Mr. Roy Zhuang, interior designer at Insight.Out Studio, to “go crazy” with the concept.

Mr. Zhuang says, “I removed mundane industrial elements, such as pipe ducts, and adopted a concept of modern, industrial luxury.

The original 38-year-old Housing Council flat has been gutted. The $60,000 renovation, which took about four months, included hacking the living room floor and most of the walls, and installing false ceilings everywhere except in the bathrooms. Mr Low moved into the house in January 2021.

Upon entering the 796-square-foot, three-room apartment, the first impression is how sparsely furnished it is, but that narrows the focus to key elements like the monochrome palette and raw cement screed flooring.

The exposed brick wall of the music studio, with its raw and deliberately unfinished look, injects a New York loft vibe into the space. An exposed beam crosses the long linear space above the dining island.

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