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Mar 29, 2016

HOME REJUVENATED!

An unique rust iron wall finish envelopes the entry hall, picking up the vibrant colors in the artwork ‘The Unveiling’ by Irish urban artist Conor Harrington – which literally sets the tone for the subsequent‘unveiling’ of the rest of the spaces inside - and providing a sharp backdrop for an one-of-a-kind whimsical pendant lamp conceived by the home owner/ designer.
Inside, the soothing atmosphere is deepened by intriguing textures. Imagined as a totally ‘blank’ white canvas, there is never any intention on the part of the home owner/ designer to keep to a certain design style. He seeks to create a livable art gallery as much as to use it as a testing bed for experimenting with different design styles, materials and textures.
A striking 3D-effect wallpaper from Belgian brand Arte serves as the perfect treatment for the TV feature wall, whether for aesthetical or practical (acoustical) purposes. The high gloss white laminate finish in the open kitchen features a cantilevered dining table (customised with hexagonal Spanish wall tiles and protected with clear tempered glass)  built into a counter. Museum style track lighting and a paper made lamp by a Filipino design studio provide the illumination for this space.
The owner’s collection of art and sculpture/ toy pieces are nestled amid the clean-lined furniture and masculine black and grey color scheme in the living area. Mirror panels climb the wall behind a beautiful painting by UK street artists Miss Bugs and helps to double the sense of volume in the home. Next to it hangs dark crinkled silken curtains that sluice down tall sliding doors leading into an outdoor balcony where greenery abounds. An industrial concrete top coffee table stands in front of the settee.
The front portion of the work area cum guest bedroom was carved out to form a larger living area and  a timber/ metal loft structure inside was erected at the designer’s instruction to make good use of the 3.4 meter ceiling height. Accessed by a flight of storage steps, the loft above was converted into a relaxing entertainment space and adopts a ‘never taken seriously’ design direction, what with the installation of a neon light sign housed inside an internally painted recycled wine box (made by the home owner/ designer himself) and ‘white-washed’ brick wall wallcovering on the wall. Below, a compact mirror door wardrobe sits next to an industrial metal table and a small library of art and design books. Opposite, the owner displays his ‘wall of art’ comprising a beloved collection of prints by Maya Hayuk, Faile and Bezt etc hanging via a gallery style hanging system from eye level up.
In the master bedroom, simplicity takes precedence. The white-on-white color scheme results in a sense of serenity within. A quiet but powerful painting by Spanish street artist Pejac hanging over the headboard  wall finished in a Kelly Hoppen-designed paintable wallcovering anchors the room and fits the theme of the room somewhat perfectly with its subject matter. A third smaller bedroom provides a little private lounge area for reading.
 
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Oct 26, 2015

THE EXPLODED CINEMA BY ONE PLUS PARTNERSHIP

The Exploded Cinema by Hong Kong designers One Plus Partnership has got to be one interior design project I personally liked a lot in recent years. Deconstructed design elements, a monochromatic scheme and an air of mystic make up an innovative space for entertainment. At once dramatic, modern and futuristic, one can imagine a cinematic experience where they are seemingly transported into another world - akin to the movies they are watching.
"The theater has 10 similar-size screening rooms and one large screening room with 344 seats. The walls and ceiling of the jumbo theater are covered with approximately 6,000 boxes of gray acoustic paneling, tilted and mounted at six different angles for a random appearance. The spectacular visual effect also gives the room superior acoustics, since all of the angled surfaces absorb sound more effectively than a flat surface. Interspersed with the paneling are acrylic box-shaped light fixtures.
A VIP lounge features an angular bar in black marble and graphic walls of black-and-white acoustic paneling. Even a visit to the bathroom is a trip into a potential future: Custom pedestal sinks and wastebins emerge from the floor at unexpected angles. In the bathroom for the VIP lounge, the faucet is a square tube, dangling from the ceiling, which automatically releases a stream of water when a sensor is triggered."
 
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Oct 17, 2015

HOME REJUVENATED!

This contemporary residence was specifically designed and constructed to showcase the owners’ large art collection. The juxtaposition of elegantly detailed natural stones with humble materials like raw cement screed and textured wallpaper provides a subdued backdrop for an extensive art collection. The art work, which was amassed over the past two decades, ranges from canvas paintings to sculptures to works on paper and on wood.
Living/ dining/ entry areas
In the living room, a large canvas painting by a renowned Chinese artist hangs on the long marble-tiled wall and helps to anchor the entire living and dining areas. Two strip-patterned mirror doors opening up to a shoe storage (built in place of an existing door opening into the kitchen) brings in much light and help to open up the private lift lobby. A modern Swarovski wall lamp lends a touch of class and bling with its stylish diamond cut glass shade.
Bedroom 2
Elsewhere, the apartment is also furnished with high quality furniture and fittings from the likes of Poltrona Frau, Tom Dixon and George Nelson, providing a luxurious environment for the couple and their two adult sons to live and entertain in. In the bedrooms, functionality take precedence. Every need of the occupant(s) in each of the rooms have been taken into account of, and the spaces were designed to maximise those requirements.
Master bedroom
Bedroom 3
 
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