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Freelance graphic designer Chia Ching Kai bought this three-room Housing Board flat in its original condition and decided to take on the interior design himself.

The bachelor, 39, says of the 44-year-old flat in Hougang: “I was very clear about the design concept and layout and how I wanted it furnished. I also knew how the space should function as a home and for work.

“Having collaborated with a reliable contractor on a few smaller renovation projects, I didn’t see the need to involve a third party in this case.”

The original walls dividing the two bedrooms and the living room were removed to create one large space, much like a studio apartment. This is Mr Chia’s idea of “openness”, where there are “no secrets, just airiness and lots of natural light”.

The main living and work area of the 750 sq ft flat reflects a minimalist approach, from the decor and palette to the furniture and storage solutions. “It has been distilled to what I need in my daily life and work,” he says.

The only furniture in the space is a large worktop that also serves as a communal dining table when he is entertaining. It is complemented by three Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chairs and a long wooden bench.

An assortment of plants is arranged along the windows, with a solitary armchair in the corner.

Instead of the usual television console against a feature wall backdrop, Mr Chia designed a row of built-in cabinets that stretches across the full length of the space.

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