Filmmaker Royston Tan's home is as nostalgic as his movies

There's even a private pool.

Mandy How | Belmont Lay | March 13, 2017, 03:14 PM

Making the rounds on social media in March 2017 is a Facebook post from Oct. 31, 2016, showcasing Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan's home:


Making his name as the director of 15 and 881, the reputation of his films have preceded their maker.

So, it is little wonder that people are curious to get a glimpse of his home, which from the looks of it, is as nostalgic as his films.

Situated along Yio Chu Kang Road, here is a peek into Tan's fifth-floor, 124 square-metre private apartment that he moved into in December 2015, which is scattered with vintage furniture and cinematic paraphernalia -- befitting of a filmmaker whose works are often tinted with nostalgia:

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tan 9The weathered painted sign is from Xin Cai Hong hair salon, where Tan befriended the owner and filmed his documentary Old Romances (2012).

The 40-year-old declined to reveal how much he paid for his double-storey, two-plus one-bedroom condominium unit, but disclosed that renovations cost S$70,000.

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While most of the furniture is from Commune, a local company, the oldest piece in the house is a pair of cinema seats from The Capitol Theatre, re-upholstered with their original 1940s fabric sourced by a friend in Bristol.


His decor is sourced from all over the world, including a door from Shandong, China.

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Smooth concrete screed walls were installed and the false ceiling was removed to reveal about 4 metres of raw, exposed brick, silver ducting and concrete beams in the apartment that has a C-shaped layout.

The minimalist-meets-industrial interior is by interior designer Free Space Intent.

The boy who grew up on a Lorong Chuan pig farm has come a long way since making his provocative, authority-challenging 15 in 2003.


All images from Free Space Intent Facebook

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