When redecorating his Tai Hang flat, photographer Graham Uden wanted to create a clean, open space to rest his eyes and inspire his artistic spirit. Sometimes wonderful things do come in small packages. Photographer Graham Uden's Tai Hang flat is one such example. Perched on the 25th floor of a high-rise building, this bachelor pad, designed by K plus K Associates, pays a sleek and playful homage to its owner. 'Given that Graham has been a friend for such a long time, his flat was a supremely simple place to design,' says Johnny Kember, managing director and director of architecture at K plus K. 'Graham was very open about his dream of how he wanted to live versus how he was living. With this job our constraints were size and budget - normally we work on 3,000-square-foot-plus spaces with high-end budgets.' The 700-square-foot, open-plan flat, with one bedroom and an office, has an elegant lucidity. The kitchen and bedroom walls were replaced with a 'juicy' red glass that adds colour and scope to the flat. The office door was removed and widened to create a seamless passage to the bedroom and bathroom. Old flooring was ripped up to make way for bamboo strip inlay, window-unit air-conditioners were covered with custom-made louvred casings and new wiring was installed to support the overhead and wall-mounted light fixtures, which were sequenced to link the different areas of the flat. 'As a photographer, Graham is a visual guy. He liked the idea of coming back to an elemental and simple environment where he could rest his eyes and his mind,' Kember says about the aesthetic that guided this work. But because space was limited, 'a lot of the elements have dual functions'. According to Uden, one feature he required was a storage area for his photographic equipment. A large, custom-built closet is tucked behind a double mirror that conceals a jumble of cameras and tripods inside, but also expands the dining area. Similarly, the red glass wall and sliding glass door hide the kitchen while creating a 'layering effect difficult to get in a small space', says Kember. The neutrality of the interior provides a backdrop for items of Uden's work on view in the flat. K plus K rigged a Japanese picture-hanging system that allows for an adjustable display area behind the couch. Uden's photos of aircraft from a Cathay Pacific exhibition, 'you know, boys and their toys', form his current showcase. In front of the couch is a home-theatre system with six-speaker surround sound. Opposite the lounge area is a breakfast bar that doubles as a workstation. The office, bathroom and bedroom flow off this central area. There is an exuberant continuity among the materials and splashes of colour used throughout the space. The red glass walls are picked up by the window-seat cushions; the kitchen tiles are replicated in the bathroom; the stainless- steel refrigerator is reiterated by a large double-sided suspended mirror in the bathroom. And the many custom-made features - everything but the couch, coffee table, kitchen stools and office furniture - bear the stylish mark of K plus K. One exception is the white shag-pile carpet on the floor and wall of Uden's bedroom. This warm and woolly touch adds texture to the otherwise sleek quarters. 1 The open-plan living area contains the kitchen, dining room and sitting room, which doubles as a home theatre. The natural light from the living room and bedroom windows reflects off the bamboo floor (Jeb Asia, 50B Boat Quay, Singapore, tel: 65 6535 3886; www.jeb.com.sg ). The red window-seat cushions, custom-designed by K plus K (tel: 2541 6828), draw the eye and unify the space. The audiovisual cabinet was custom-built by K plus K. The couch ($12,960) and coffee table ($1,840) are from G.O.D. (48 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2805 1876; www.god.com.hk ). 2 The sliding mirror doors on the closet hide the equipment within and reflect light around the living and dining space. The window covering was custom-designed by K plus K to hide the air-conditioning unit. Simple white cabinets, 1cm x 1cm white tiles and brushed stainless steel were used in the kitchen. 3 'Juicy' red glass was used to hide the kitchen space (see Tried and Tested). 'I don't cook much, so I didn't want to waste space on a dining table,' says Uden. The breakfast bar/workstation was custom-designed by K plus K. The stools, $3,600 each, are from Desideri (6/F Tak House, 5 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2950 4028). The subtle three-door white cabinet, $4,300 from G.O.D., provides discreet storage space. 4 The double-sided, custom-designed suspension mirror with adjustable blind, above the bed, creates the illusion of space in the small bedroom. The wall of shag-pile carpet and red-glass light fixtures soften the austere, clean design. 5 The bathroom replicates the colours and textures of the kitchen and features a ceiling-mounted rain shower. The wall-mounted light fixture, which creates a soft halo of light, is aligned with matching ones in the bedroom - visible through the red-glass partition wall. 6 Uden's office doubles as a gym. His removable 36kg Goma punch-bag ($980, Asia Health Equipment, Starlight House, 34 Leighton Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2573 3389) is suspended from a sturdy ring in the passage area ceiling. The air-conditioner is stylishly tucked away within a custom-built louvred cabinet. The stainless-steel shelves to the right were also custom-made. 7 'Now that I shoot digital photographs I come home and spend seven to eight hours on the computer,' says Uden. 'So I need this area to work for me.' K plus K designed Uden's workstation to maximise space and aesthetics. The chair ($5,780) and portable pedestal office unit ($1,040) peeking out from under the desk are from Lamex (Dah Sing Financial Centre, 108 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2802 8812). tried & tested dinner for one 'I forgot to ask for a cooker,' Uden explains about his range-free kitchen. Instead, he relies on a Sharp Quartz Grill microwave oven, 'which I purchased because my parents were coming to visit and I knew my mum needed something to heat with', and a single Panasonic induction burner. These devices save counter space in the compact kitchen and are adequate for Uden's limited cooking needs. A peek in Uden's large Fisher & Paykel stainless-steel refrigerator, which bounces light around the space, reveals his culinary creations are not the most frequent or complex - it's stocked with beer, tonic water and wine. 'I used to dial in a lot of food, but I've recently employed a domestic helper so now I get home-cooked meals.'