New homes in Joo Chiat, Emerald Hill & Geylang —this month at Figment

How is it already September? Here at Figment, we’re feeling the winds of change as we slowly transition out of remote work and arrive back at the office and our beloved properties. It is a busy time for us as we put the finishing touches on the homes we’ve recently added to our roster, including two freshly completed interiors by local design agency Monocot Studio. 

Reconnecting with nature has been on our minds these days. As we spend more time at home, how do we create atmospheres of rest and renewal? Our newest homes have each brought the natural and sensorial indoors in their own unique, elegant way. 

Flora & Function: Monocot House & Dicot House

We’re excited to share the latest additions to our Case Study Homes series. The two homes have been freshly renovated with an artful, minimal approach and we are curious how you will find them. Designed in collaboration with architectural stylist Mikael Teh from Monocot Studio, these interiors reflect the modernist influence in their creative process, resulting in casually elegant spaces brought to life by simple furniture and dusky palettes.

The two new homes are named ‘Monocot’ and ‘Dicot’, which are scientific classifications for flowering plants. Such understated precision parallels Monocot Studio’s aesthetic, which is inspired by mid-century modern style and the timelessness of classic, functional design. In a similar spirit, Monocot Studio’s architectural styling goes far beyond interiors down to the details of their very own furniture designs, usually in utilitarian building materials like stainless steel and plywood.

The suites are named after local plants and flowers: Monstera, Palm, Magnolia, Sago, and Begonia. We’re delighted to have begun holding in-person viewings and leasing these suites!

A Refreshed Gem in Emerald Hill: Ambon House

At the quiet end of Emerald Hill Road, Ambon House is a new home uniquely situated for those who want it both ways — a sense of seclusion as well as a downtown address. Enter through the front garden of lush bamboo and you’ll find spacious, self-sufficient suites with a rooftop pool.  

We named this home after the island of Ambon, historically a major destination for spice trade that drew the Portugese, Spanish, Dutch and British to this region. Its prized export, nutmeg, was also harvested right at the doorstep of these shophouses, in the orchards after which Orchard Road is named.

This home has had its interiors refreshed and will be the site of a new art installation we’ve commissioned specially for the interior courtyard. We can’t wait to host this exciting architectural and artistic experiment in our home!

If you’d like an inside peek at this home, virtual tours are now available.

Finding Flow: Alexandra House on Lorong 24A Geylang

We’re happy to have this statement shophouse residence back in our portfolio. Designed by local leading design studio FARM, Alexandra House heightens the unique qualities of the shophouse typology to dramatic effect, through the arrangement and materials of its interiors. 

Moving along the staircase, you are guided from the front to the rear of the house, and back again, creating a seamless path through the length of the house. Heightening this sense of linearity is the lap pool on the ground floor that mirrors the staircase overhead and reflects the resplendent sunlight from the skylight into the different corners of the home.

This bold interior is complemented by a selection of iconic furniture pieces that serve as focal points throughout the home.

Still Moments: Photographing Japanese kogei wares at Still House

During this time of working from home, we had the opportunity to connect with Japanese kogei (工芸 ‘craft’) supplier Huls Gallery, run by Yusuke Shibata. In the spirit of bringing craft and ritual into our daily lives, they kindly loaned us a few outstanding pieces which we photographed in Still House, designed by Studio Juju. Here is a glimpse of the subtlety of kogei against the vivid and contemporary backdrop of Still House’s dining room.

The Hydrangea vessel from HulsGallery’s Korai Collection animates the light falling on the dining table in Still House, designed by Studio Juju.

It’s an elegant reminder to observe our immediate surroundings with more curiosity and care.

Until next time,

The Figment Team