Design Intervention has just completed a major extension and renovation at our studio in the heart of central Singapore.
The adjacent unit had become available earlier this year and the extra floor space gave us the excuse, we needed, for a major revamp…
But with a large team of design professionals, each with their own myriad of ideas, getting agreement on the design was no mean feat. Nowhere was this more evident, than the choice of décor for the staff loos. With a team of 20, predominately female employees, the design of the toilets has been debated hot and hard. And, as for the time taken for the design planning, well let’s just say, it has been totally out of proportion to the room’s diminutive floor space.
In the quest of the perfect powder room, the DI team has passionately contested a multitude of ideas, from Zen, to funky to bold and brash, quirky or decadent. But during all our (so lengthy) discussions, one thing that the haggling design team agreed upon, was the importance of making a design statement in this tiny corner of this office.
And, as I attempted to moderate the designer discord in my boardroom, it dawned on me that a common characteristic of our work is the attention paid to the humble loo. For most of our projects, this pint-sized space is the smallest room that we work on and yet for the DI design team, it clearly held a position of import. Perhaps, it is because in such a limited area, we can afford to indulge in more expensive finishes, or because as a space that is only used fleetingly, we can experiment with styles that might feel overpowering in a more well used room. But whatever the reason, a signature powder room is a clear DI trait.