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Compact yet spacious

Alan Tan takes a disciplined approach to the use of materials to make his 1,000 sq ft apartment look bigger than it is. By Tay Suan Chiang

SEAMLESS LOOK The use of a large format porcelain stoneware tile in a warm grey shade for the flooring of the living and kitchen areas, and bedrooms make the apartment appear bigger and more luxurious. The whole place is also fitted out almost entirely with carpentry work, from a series of floor-to-ceiling cabinets in the living room to the cabinets in the same shade of grey in the dining area and the bedrooms. The exception is in the guest bathroom (above), where a wall panel has been fitted with porcelain tiles from Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. - PHOTO BY JOSEPH NAIR

HAVING grown up in Joo Chiat, it was only natural that when Alan Tan decided to buy his own apartment, it would be in the same area. "Joo Chiat Road has lots of sentimental value for me," says Mr Tan, a director at architectural materials solution provider, Rice. His home is an apartment at