7 Design Firms That Mid-Century Modern Fans Should Check Out
A handy list of Singapore design firms, plus the mid-mod homes that they’ve created.
There’s plenty to like about the mid-century modern (MCM) style: It’s clean, stylish, and most importantly, timeless. Despite having its roots in the mid-1940s, this aesthetic still enjoys enduring popularity today, mostly thanks to its iconic design characteristics that appeal to – dare we say it, modern sensibilities.
And if you’re a to-be homeowner who’d love a highly sophisticated dwelling filled with natural wood textures, classic furnishings, and yesteryear charm – then look no further. Below, we share our list of Singapore-based interior design firms that feature appealing MCM homes in their portfolio!
1. Fuse Concept
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While “simplicity meets quality” is their motto, Fuse Concept is a local interior design firm that also strives to marry functionality with aesthetics – and their dedication to both sets of principles shows in this brilliant mid-mod inspired look that they’ve created for this resale HDB flat in Ang Mo Kio.
It’s here where saturated colour accents, such as mustard yellow and deep green, bring life to all corners of the home, while providing a vibrant contrast to the wood tones that are all too common to mid-century modern interiors.
Further into the flat, the master bedroom likewise features throwbacks to décor trends of yesteryear. In particular, a full-sized wardrobe with classic design elements like rattan panels and fluted glass fronts imbues the space with a distinct 60’s vibe while channelling the cosiness of the boho look.
2. ELPIS Interior Design
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While it always isn’t easy to put a contemporary spin on classic design features, ELPIS Interior Design’s work on this 113 sqm HDB flat proves that it’s an accomplishable undertaking given some creativity and understanding of a home’s layout.
Vintage wood panelling is traditionally utilised as wall cladding in MCM homes, but here it’s been put to use by ELPIS to create a façade for hidden doorways between the dining area and the kitchen as well as the master bedroom and its adjoining en suite.
It also helps that these panels make the perfect backdrop for the home’s classic MCM furniture, including a (really) handsome pencil-legged dining set!
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Brimming with classic details like intense colours, wired glass and wooden built-ins, this characterful BTO apartment at Telok Blangah truly channels the MCM look, and it’s all thanks to the nuanced introduction of evergreen design elements to every nook and corner of the flat by the Versaform team.
Without overwhelming contemporary features – such as a newly-built cement screed feature wall embedded with brass strips in the living room – Versaform was able to turn a ‘blank slate’ into a cosy space that’s outfitted with all manner of vintage furniture pieces. You can find out more about the renovation process here!
4. Authors • Interior & Styling
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Specialising in bringing imaginative concepts to life, Authors • Interior & Styling is no stranger to the local interior design scene and they’ve got a polished portfolio of renovated homes to show. Naturally, that includes this charming MCM-themed condo apartment which oozes plenty of classic appeal.
By embracing all sorts of MCM details (as opposed to just using them as accents), Authors was able to give this 85 sqm abode a dark, almost moody look that perfectly replicates the feel of a home from the fifties.
Joining the plethora of staple MCM design elements, like old-school furniture and wood tones, is an arguably more contemporary platform bed that provides extra storage space – a must-have for current-day life.
5. Key Concept
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It’s no surprise that the MCM vibes are strong in this Fajar Road resale HDB flat that Key Concept renovated. After all, they’re a team that believes in the importance of creating comfortable, pleasing homes that balance form with function.
And if it’s comfortable spaces that you’re looking for, this 109 sqm home has no shortage of them. Aside from a restful living room filled with a variety of on-theme furnishings, there’s also a tranquil boudoir tucked away behind a slatted wood door as well as a spacious balcony that can be partitioned off by a set of full-height glass doors.
6. Adroit ID
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While not all of them fall into the category of “mid-century modern style homes”, you’ll find that Adroit’s projects stand out, even among the best-looking homes on Qanvast. The same can be said for this light-filled abode at The Maylea, which breaks away from the usual dark and somewhat moody vibes of MCM-inspired dwellings in Singapore.
To capitalise on the abundance of natural light entering from the living room’s stately windows, the Adroit team gave the space an all-white paint job that perfectly complements its clean lines and minimal décor.
Meanwhile, their decision to incorporate choice accents – consisting of, but not limited to terrazzo-fronted steps and wired glass panels – gives the surroundings a classic, understated character.
7. Fifth Avenue Interior
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First off, there’s the living room’s seating area (impeccably decorated with mid-mod furnishings, monochrome blinds, and chic herringbone floor) which we’re sure is the best place in the house to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea while enjoying an episode of ‘Mad Men’…
… then there’s the dining area located right behind the living area – a compact, but charming space that stays true to the timeless appeal of MCM design with its bespoke curvilinear dining table/island and rattan-backed high chairs!
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