A Square of Singapore’s History

Rose

I recently found these beautiful tiles in the kitchen and toilet of an old HDB flat in Teban Gardens. At first, I thought they were unique to the house, but I then saw them again in another old flat in Serangoon. This suggests they were provided by the HDB when they first built the flat. Though public housing in the past looked simple and utilitarian, it seems the designers tried to add a touch of beauty to make the living environment more pleasant.

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It reminds me of another series of tiles that have fascinated me, the floors of shophouses. Check out a series of images I have collected on them.

Seeing Stars

Black & White

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