Singapore, Bungalow Design –
MICHAEL FIEBRICH DESIGN creates a modern, elegant home for entertaining in a 1920s Victorian-style bungalow while respecting the original architectural features
Bungalows were first introduced into Singapore by the British in the 1830s.
No. 24 Nassim Road is a beautiful two-storey Victorian-styled bungalow built in the 1920s. The main building was restored and the interior space was repurposed to cater for comfortable, modern living. The building was gazetted in 1991 for conservation status while the restoration project received the URA Architectural Heritage Award in 2001.
The challenge for the designers of Michael Fiebrich Design was creating a modern, elegant home for entertaining as well as a comfortable retreat for a small family. All this while respecting the original historic details and architectural features.
Formal and informal lounging areas and a grand dining room flow together to cater beautifully for small groups or large parties. Murano chandeliers, Oriental rugs, antique artefacts and the client’s extensive collection of art all provide an unmistakable provenance to the spaces befitting of the stately architecture.
A Chat with Michael Fiebrich Design on their
No. 24 Nassim Road project
What is the colour scheme and why did you choose it?
Taking the cue from the Black and White bungalow, a contrasting light and dark scheme was chosen for the finish materials and furnishings. White walls, and ivory with black accented marble floors were the backdrop to the furnishings collection of Thomas Pheasant chairs covered in ivory leather, ebonized rattan chairs, sofas in creamy textured fabrics, and Jacques Garcia black lacquer coffee table.
There are many beautiful art pieces. How did you make the interior design work with the art?
The clients are avid art collectors and the wife is a prolific artist and painter. Many of the layouts and colour schemes are built around their art pieces. This proved to be a challenge as during the renovation and design process, they continued to create paintings to be placed!
How did you fuse the modern and the historical so seamlessly?
Clean lines and simple silhouettes work well in any interior, and was especially so with this historic bungalow. The beautiful architecture was allowed to be the hero.
Story compiled by Carol Kraal. Photographs courtesy of Michael Fiebrich Design