Old-School Cool

A mix of retro and industrial elements fills this bachelor pad with character. –  Photography by Edmund Leong / Edmund Leong Motion & Stills

Homeowner Adrian Tan was drawn to the old-world, rustic elements and  designer Serene had some ideas for Adrian to incorporate, such as a screed cement walls, and black blinds. Sofa from Grafunkt; crate-like coffee table from Journey East; haiku fan from Verde Lights.

The black and white colour scheme is “warmed up” with a wood table from Journey East.


Most of the walls were stripped off their plastered finishes, replacing them with concrete screed for a tactile effect. Vintage tap balances the sleekness of the modern bathroom with old-school charm.

The designer specially sourced these lights to complete the vintage and gritty industrial look.



  • Converted two normal rooms to create a “new” master bedroom.
  •  Adrian requested a stuccoed (faux brick treatment) wall in the living room.
  •  In contrast with the clean lines of the new spaces, Adrian wanted finishes that exuded an old-school feel: Colonial-style floor titles in the kitchen.
  •  To ensure a varied grain for texture for, the designer opted for polygon finishes to the cabinets’ interior.
  •  Raw plywood is the “antidote” to the harsh industrial look as it brings warmth and some colour.
  •  The “new” master bedroom is reconfigured to suit the bacherlor’s needs – the wardrobe and bed is separated by a glass screen set in black metal frames.

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