Ninety-Five Percent of the Items in This Small Singapore Apartment Are Secondhand

published Aug 2, 2023

Ninety-Five Percent of the Items in This Small Singapore Apartment Are Secondhand

published Aug 2, 2023
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Two years ago, what first fascinated Adriano Tawin and his wife, Angelin Chua, about their 735-square-foot apartment in Clementi, Singapore, were the huge windows and spanning views (which, according to Tawin, are a design rarity in the area). 

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“We are blessed with big windows that face the east, lining the length of the apartment, and the morning light would illuminate the rooms in a golden light, especially beautiful during the golden hour,” Tawin, founder of Stacked Store, writes. 

It wasn’t only the natural light that caught their attention. The apartment was also near a shopping mall that doubles as a major public transportation station, which takes them to central Singapore in only 30 minutes. But the space had a lot of potential, too. 

Initially, the apartment had two bedrooms, but the couple removed the second bedroom and used that space to enlarge their living area. Tawin says that the smaller size made them intentional about the furniture they brought into their home.

“We opted for furniture that is compact and can be moved easily, which allows for versatility of layout,” Tawin shares. Making these clever home choices is something that Tawin is skilled at, as Stacked Store seeks to help Singapore renters, buyers, and sellers make smarter choices. 

And speaking of furniture, Tawin guesses that around 95 percent of the items in the apartment are secondhand, and 100 percent of the items are a beautiful blend of both of their styles. He’s half Indonesian and half Thai, so mixing influences from his heritage brings him joy. Chua looks at objects’ practicality and appreciates earthy tones and wood and ceramic textures. 

“In a way, our styles complement each other, and knowing what each other likes helps us curate the look of the home,” Tawin says.

Resources

PAINT & COLORS

  • Living, dining, and bedroom walls & ceiling — “Sandy Mandy” by Gush Paint

LIVING ROOM

  • Ternslev Jute Rug — IKEA
  • 3-seater Togo Sofa — Ligne Roset
  • Togo Fireside Chair — Ligne Roset
  • Guéridon Bas Coffee Table — Vitra
  • Antony Chair — Vitra
  • AJ Standing Lamp — Louis Poulsen
  • Panthella Portable Lamp — Louis Poulsen
  • Akari 24N Lamp — Noguchi
  • Eames LTR Side Table — Herman Miller
  • Gnome Stool — Kartell
  • Componibili 2 Tier Storage — Kartell
  • Magazine Rack — Kartell
  • Jati Bench — Golden Teak
  • 43” Frame TV — Samsung
  • Table Fan — Houm

DINING ROOM

  • Jarpen Wire Lounge Chair — IEKA
  • Mazha stool — Tachen Studio
  • Valby Ruta Rug — IKEA
  • 2.0m Jati Dining Table — Golden Teak
  • Series 7 Chair — Fritz Hansen
  • 209 Chair — Thonet
  • Componibili 3 Tier Storage — Kartell
  • Varmblixt Lamp — IKEA
  • Step Stool — IKEA
  • Västerön Stool — IKEA
  • Bestå Cabinet — IKEA
  • Boaxel shelf — IKEA
  • Akari 1N — Noguchi
  • PS2017 Floor Lamp — IKEA
  • TN-180BT Turntable — Teac

KITCHEN

  • Coffee Machine EC680 — De’Longhi
  • Hood — Ariston
  • 2 Burner Gas Hob — Ariston
  • Combi Oven — Ariston
  • 325L 2-Door Refrigerator — Samsung
  • QuickDrive 8.5kg front load Washer — Samsung

BEDROOM

  • Bedframe — Golden Teak
  • Bedside Table — Golden Teak
  • Kvintol Table Lamp — IKEA
  • Allanit Table Lamp — IKEA
  • Jarpen Wire Lounge Chair — IKEA

Thanks, Adriano!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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