Nano apartments, open kitchens & other interior design trends

By Jamie Nonis / EdgeProp | October 24, 2017 2:26 PM SGT
Interior design trends, says Cameron Woo, are largely influenced by what’s going on in popular culture. The founder of his eponymous Cameron Woo Design firm is also the guest judge and mentor on the current Season 5 of the hit international interior design reality television show The Apartment.
Take the open kitchen, for example. “There are a lot of cooking shows these days and an open kitchen allows for conviviality. Having an island in the kitchen is essential for culinary showmanship,” says Cameron, who’s also one of the international panellists on AkzoNobel’s ColourFutures trend analysis. “Another reason why open kitchens are in is because homes are becoming smaller and there is a need to come up with innovative solutions for functionality, and shared spaces is one of them,” he adds.
Source: Cameron Woo
The choice of an open kitchen, and the inclusion of an island in one, though, depends largely on the homeowner’s demographics and lifestyle. “In Singapore, they tend to appeal to young couples who don’t have children or don’t cook very much,” says Adrian Chua, Director of interior design firm Sevenvine. “When we propose an open kitchen, we try to carve out a wet kitchen as well, to contain the grease so the island ends up more of a lifestyle feature than utilitarian.”
According to Mei Teh, Principal Design Consultant of Story of Us, many of her clients feel “safer” with a semi-open kitchen for similar reasons. “Often, they may like the open feeling of a lot of light and fresh air coming through, but are concerned about the smell when they are doing very heavy cooking,” she says. When planning to include an island, an important consideration is whether the space allows for a good-sized island for the concept to work well. She recommends a minimum of 1.5m in length and depth of 800cm.
Macro Trends & Micro Apartments
“The trend right now is the Tiny Home or Micro Apartment, or what we call Nano Apartment,” observes Cameron, who recently wrote an article titled “The Nano Apartment: Home or Cell” on housing quality and affordability in Singapore...