From the Founder

I grew up in a shophouse — I think that’s where it began.

I always thought they were the perfect spaces for a thriving creative community. These homes themselves had such character. They stood in stark contrast to cookie-cutter condos and serviced apartments. Standardised colour schemes and franchise restaurants. These soulless skyscrapers swarmed the Singapore skyline and overran the island. Were we doomed as factory farmed humans trapped within an industrial-condo complex?

At the same time, I think our local creatives have much to offer. I once curated an exhibition, ‘Singapore Inc.’. Five homegrown artists responded to Singapore’s pragmatic philosophy of productivity and efficiency, all while showing off our red light district of Geylang. It brought critical attention to Singapore’s relentless focus on economic growth.

My desire to start Figment really grew as a response to this forgettable environment. In a city where space is at a premium, I strive to use our handpicked spaces as a platform for cultural expression. I view our boutique homes as works of art that can inform and guide the way we live today.

At Figment, we’re definitely house-proud and we want to share what we do with the world. We recruit local creatives as our cultural ‘construction workers’. To infuse spaces that speak to us with a strong sense of place, transforming them from houses into homes. All this, of course, with you, our members, in mind.

We were never looking to add another swanky new building to our skyline. Neither were we trying to maximize profits by packing 150 strangers into a building. All we want is to share with you our vision of how ‘free range’ humans actually live, work and play today.

We just want to reimagine home with art, design and architecture. We think the time is right for this, and we hope you’ll join us.



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