When it comes to interior design, many of us choose to go down the safe route that will be relevant even after 30 years. But some of us prefer something unique. For Hakiem and Hafizah, they wanted their first home to be unique. In fact, the two words that come to mind when you look at their space are “industrial” and “kampung”. It’s not often that you hear the two words in the same breath, much less existing in the same space, but they made it work.
The unique look that the couple opted for combines rustic details like aged and reclaimed wood, colourful “kampung” wooden planks behind the TV console, with exposed piping and bare bricks that give off an industrial chic vibe.
This is particularly evident in the living room and dining areas of their HDB Build-To-Order (BTO) home in Yishun.
The inspiration behind the retro laidback vibe stemmed from Hakiem’s fond memories of his childhood spent in Malaysia visiting his grandfather.
And the industrial look is a design aesthetic that appeals to the pair, who enjoy travelling.
“We went to Bali and saw a lot of industrial-themed cafes, and we loved the element of raw materials used for their interior,” shared Hakiem. This led to them having cement screed and tiled walls in their home, and sourcing for the Edison cage lamps that light up their dining area.
Bali holds a special place in the couple’s hearts, which is why their bedroom is styled after a traditional Balinese resort for that relaxed atmosphere.
Another highlight of the space is the backlit feature wall just outside the kitchen, comprising vintage batik motifs. The design is also replicated in their bathroom floor tiles.
The wall has also become the default space to have a group we-fie when family and friends come over, shared Hafizah.