Ministry of Design unveils Canvas House, Singapore




FIGMENT X MOD Interior + Installation Art
350 sqm | Singapore | Built 2020

Design concept, penned by Colin Seah, founder-director, Ministry of Design

Historic dwellings like conservation shophouses are repositories of memories, with previous lives and a past of their own. Ministry of Design explores history and our relationship with the past, present and future through the concept of layers in Canvas House at Blair Road.


Interview with architect Colin Seah, founder of Ministry of Design by Ifigenia Kotitsa


Colin was kind enough to answer our questions regarding his style, sustainable design, and his perspective of designing a project in Greece. Below you can read our interview with Colin Seah.


How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient


Energy costs are higher than they’ve ever been and are projected to keep climbing. The consequences of burning fossil fuels are constant reminders to homeowners across the world that our wellbeing is dependent on the ways we treat the Earth. Preserving the planet is an astronomically large task, but starting at home is the easiest way to enact big change. Making your home more energy efficient can save you thousands of dollars and save the planet!

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Small-scale changes

Turn down the thermostat

The moment the temperature drops off, we are quick to run to our thermostats and blast the heat all the way up. Since we want to keep our homes warm and toasty at all times, we tend to leave the heat on all day and all night, regardless of if anyone is home or not. In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, it was found that lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees during the work day reduced wasted energy and resulted in 5 percent to 15 percent in annual savings. Investing in a smart thermometer will allow you to control the temperature settings in your home from your smartphone!


How to Decorate Your Master Bathroom


Your master bathroom should be your space for relaxation and tranquility. It should inspire you in the morning as you get ready for the day, and at night to help you unwind.


El Mama & La Papa Bar Restaurant in Barcelona by El Equipo Creativo


A space which plays with duality and the mixture of opposites: the protagonists are two large bars, El Mama and La Papa, facing one another with a dance floor in between.
An “oxymoron” is the union of two words that have contradictory or opposite meanings but which together form a phrase with a new meaning. As the name of the locale suggests, our client wanted to create a space which played upon duality and the mixture of opposites: man – woman; black- white; day – night. In the evening, in addition to food and drinks, a burlesque show would be offered to introduce a party atmosphere and dancing.
The building in which it is located -- an old canning warehouse -- was a space with a great deal of personality as far as structure is concerned. We wanted to emphasize this by painting it a bright red in order to unify the different areas.
The design concept is based on the counter positioning of opposite elements, where each piece has its counterpoint. From the four corners of the almost square area, we are welcomed by large neon signs. Facing each other in pairs, they display clear messages in the form of oxymoron: Never – Again; Peace – Force; Holy – Hell;
Public – Secret. The starting point leaves no doubt.
Two arcades frame the central space with double height and serve as background for the two bars facing each other from opposite sides. Next to the white arcade on the facade is “El Mama”, a 360-degree daytime bar on a white surface, cozy with details of wood and much vegetation. At the opposite extreme on the black arcade is the cocktail bar “La Papa”; with a black metallic industrial surface, it offers the nocturnal counterpoint.
On the two lateral sides of the space we proposed structural platforms at different levels connected by a large catwalk-stage to generate multiple paths through the space. The different levels, once again facing each other, create more private areas reserved for events and even a “secret bar” or speakeasy.
The different levels, benches and bars frame what, after a certain hour, will become the center of attention: the dance floor. Regarding the material nature of the project, once again we dealt with opposites: polished woods over the original worn paint of the walls, pavements of Mediterranean-style mosaic ceramics next to fine dark woods or industrial metal slabs. The world of contrasts is infinite.
Architects: EL EQUIPO CREATIVO _ Oliver Franz Schmidt + Natali Canas del Pozo + Lucas Echeveste Lacy
Location: Passatge de Pere Calders, 2, 08015, Barcelona
Size: 500 sqm
Year: 2016
Design of Neons: Alex Trochut 
Photography: Adrià Goula/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Client: Joan Soler Baldrich
Manufacturers: Thonet, Tom Dixon, Stellar works, GUBI
EL EQUIPO CREATIVO is an interior design studio based in Barcelona and specialized in the design of gastronomic, commercial and brand spaces.
Since 2010 they have worked for some of the most prestigious chefs in the world, like Ferran Adrià, and their designs gather 4 michelin star restaurants. Their projects have been recognized in more than 20 international design awards, and are broadly published worldwide in design, trends and general press.

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