A Loft-y Ambition Fulfilled
Two of Ciseern's most promising designers, Daphne and Frank share their experience conceptualizing and design Albert's home in Trilinq.
Step into Albert’s finished apartment at The Trilinq, and the first thing that strikes you is how airy it is.
It’s not just because of how high up in the air the apartment is – at 24 stories,
while it reaches for the absolute peak of high-rise luxury, it’s the six-metre-high ceiling and the mezzanine level that reveal a bohemian, industrial sophistication that is quietly uncommon in Singapore’s contemporary design influences.
How did the designers transform this posh private apartment in Singapore into one reminiscent of a San Francisco industrial-style loft?
That is the question confronted by Daphne and Frank from Ciseern by Designer Furnishings Pte Ltd, a leading pioneer in the interior designer landscape, which prides itself on being a trusted one-stop home designer.
Said Albert, “I relocated to Singapore from San Francisco, and I used to have a loft which had an open concept layout of two bedrooms and two baths. When I purchased the property in Singapore obviously I wanted the same layout as what I had previously.”
Albert added that he was referred to Ciseern by a buddy of his who worked with Ciseern on a regular basis. “That was how I got to know of Ciseern,” said Albert.
Enter Daphne and Frank from Ciseern
Of course, it would be hard for anyone who wants his home interior designed to be ignorant of Ciseern. A leading pioneer in the interior design industry: in addition to celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, Ciseern had recently won a tender to design for HDB’s MyNiceHome Gallery, which showcases HDB’s 2, 3 and 4-room flat designs at HDB Hub in Toa Payoh.
Ciseern has also partnered with COURTS to open 6 COURTS Design Studios located all around Singapore, to bring its trusted interior design services, and COURTS’ home electronics and furniture conveniently under one roof.
And with more than 10,000 happy homeowners under its belt, plus CASE-Trust and other numerous industry accreditations, Ciseern is definitely a top choice to consider when it comes to interior design.
So when Albert contacted Ciseern, two of its most seasoned designers, Frank and Daphne, were immediately tasked to help Albert achieve his lofty dream.
But first they had to hear what he wanted.
Said Albert, “When I contacted Daphne and Frank I specifically requested that I wanted a mezzanine in the living room; obviously it has a 6-metre ceiling to accommodate that.”
He continued, “At the same time, with the view facing east, I kind of wanted them to create the loft in a way where I can have a view while I am sitting at the loft working (as my office space). That was my primary intent of what I had in mind when I wanted the loft to be done up.”
“Additionally because of the six-metre ceiling I also wanted a feature wall, that is kind of a steel and brick concept.
“This prompted Daphne and Frank to come up with the idea that they have put together which is a combination of steel, brick and glass.”
Said Frank, senior designer at Ciseern, “What Albert wanted was a modern industrial concept for his new apartment in Singapore.”
“Albert threw us a lot of ideas and inspiration. As interior designers, we (have to) incorporate these ideas into practical ideas in the context of Singapore. The question became: how to transform a small apartment into a place you call home?”
“We had a lot of discussions throughout the project. We spent one and a half months, in the unit itself and at our offices, and we went shopping and chose the materials together.”
As for Daphne, the interior designer in charge of Albert's project, the one thing which struck her most was Albert’s love for red bricks.
Said Daphne, “To maximize the space for the 6-meter high ceiling, we actually built a loft entirely out of carpentry work,”
Daphne recalled, “The biggest challenge we faced was the construction of the loft as well as the red brick wall. Because the red brick wall is actually a standalone feature wall and actually all the way to the ceiling height, there was a lot of manpower required and a lot of technical (problems to solve) in order to construct this wall.”
Additionally, she added, the original kitchen was actually a glass partition with a half-height wall, which the Ciseern team knocked down in order to build a new open-style kitchen for Albert.
Said Frank, “I would say the most interesting part of this project was that we could incorporate a lot of different elements into the design. Red bricks, cement screeding, laminates, the curtains we sourced which have a six-metre height, and the colours. And the art lies in how to make the whole come together as a home instead of simply being different (discrete) elements.
“In the kitchen, there are Peranakan tiles, different types of hanging lights, and we play with the mirror elements. We even have different types of glass. We have lining glass and we have tinted glass.”
Job Well Done!
Albert was very pleased with Daphne and Frank’s communication and had nothing but praise for them.
“In terms of timetable, it was communicated to me that the whole project would take about 2.5 to 3 months. Obviously I had some constraints mainly because I was planning on hosting a friend from the US, and specifically requested that they completed the project within a certain time frame,” said Albert.
“Ciseern came in right on the target in terms of when the unit was delivered over to me, which was one of the big things that I wanted.”
He added, “Daphne and Frank have been great to work with. Obviously, every renovation project is stressful because it is a big undertaking. D and F made it as painless and stress-less as much as they could; their response time was great, when I needed them, whether on Whatsapp or via the phone they have always made themselves available and always returned my call within a timely fashion.”
Daphne stated, “In Ciseern we place high importance on trust, which is reflected in our motto “A Trusted Expression”, so when a customer entrusts their home to us we feel that it is our responsibility to deliver what has been promised.”
“Because at the end of the day what we really hope is that customer will be happy living in the home that we designed for them, and we believe that this is the best way we can thank them for the trust and the confidence that they placed in us.”
She added, “Actually towards the completion he actually texted us telling us about how he loved his new house and how excited he was about moving in soon. And this made us realise that all the effort and all the hard work we spent on renovating the house was worth it.”
“Because ultimately customers’ happiness becomes our happiness in the end.”