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Sep 7, 2008


What makes an interior space inspirational? What factors truly distinguish a home from another? From the viewpoint of a designer, I think an excellent design should display the designer's energy, technical proficiency and vision. Of course, good interior design should also be stylish and individual, meeting the needs of the occupants.

On this post, we look at 10 of the most unique interiors we've featured on Home Rejuvenation over the past 3 years. Each of these designs are refreshing in their own right and showcases the unparalleled creativity of the creator. We hope you'll walk away as inspired as we were.

I remember how thrilled I was when I first came across - and subsequently reported about - this suite more than 2 years ago. The design team at Torafu Architects was approached by the hotel to design 3 rooms for long-term guests. Part of the project brief was to include in each room an AIBO, a pet robot produced by Sony and artwork by Japanese contemporary artists.

And look what they've come up with.

The creation of the one-of-a-kind wall template made sure the guests' most basic needs are all provided for at one spot, while the laser-cut holes emphasized the importance of each and every one of these essential items displayed within. The brilliance of this installation really lies in how it strikes a perfect balance between aesthetic and function.

This project qualifies as the perfect lesson on how to make the best use of space in small homes. Chang's own apartment in Hong Kong is his personal experimental ground: the 330 sq ft apartment has went through several major makeovers as a result of his continuous 'experiments' to create different variations of reconfigurable spaces.

In this reincarnation, much consideration has been taken by Chang to create spaces on-demand as and when he requires by simply reconfiguring the interior elements. The bachelor created a compact but efficient arrangement comprising an integral living/ sleeping/ TV area, kitchen, bathroom and laundry corner. White curtains partition off the rows of books, clothing, CDs etc from view, and work in combination with the mobile furniture to provide maximum spatial flexibility. Discreet lighting awash the flooring in the central area to create a loungy ambience for sleeping, movie watching, internet surfing and gatherings with friends.

From September 07, 2007 - Apartment in Hong Kong by James Law Cybertecture
To call this apartment unique is an understatement. The power of technology has been harnessed to its full potential in this home, which actually looks like a futuristic set out of The Matrix.

But then, whether one likes the design of this apartment by Hong Kong's James Law is largely a matter of taste and preference. If your idea of a modern home is made up of multimedia wallpapers and a cyber butler, you may like it. The whole idea may come across as being unimaginable, but tell you what, it could be the way we all will live in the near future.

From October 31, 2007 - Apartment in Shanghai by eciskewcollaborative
Whoever said walls must be straight ought to be shot.

In this minimalist residential space created by Koon and Eunice from eciskewcollaborative, there's hardly any furniture and even lesser colors. The most striking feature is a massive, dark colored wood structure snaking through different parts of the home. The oddly-shaped installation is an integral component of the house, housing equipments and openable at several sections to reveal storage spaces within.

The allure of this old chapel turned apartment lies partly in its history. The chapel was part of a large housing complex of the Friars of Utrecht which housed 217 residents around the mid-20th century. In 2005, the remaining 13 elderly friars moved to a nursing home and the complex was divided up and converted into about 40 apartments.

The design team at Dutch firm Zecc respected the character of the original building, opting to retain many of the original features like the high Gothic stained glass windows and the original choir organ. To throw more daylight into the space, the designers cut a Mondrian-inspired glass window into the front of the house facing the street. The entire living area has been whitewashed, while the private spaces above were painted dark.

From February 06, 2008 - Apartment in New York, U.S by Giovannini Associates
Chaos is the order of the day in this one-bedroom home designed by owner/ architect Joseph Giovannini. Imaginary vanishing points and conflicting lines of perspective create a strangely bewitching space. Walls angled and leaned as they both aggressed on each other and defended themselves. Every element is designed within its own optical field.

The images of this unusual home stick in your mind long after you've seen it.

From June 08, 2008 - ScrapHouse in San Francisco, U.S
This may not be most people's idea of a cosy home, but...

To coincide with World Environment Day 2005, nonprofit Public Architecture organized a team of designers to erect ScrapHouse, a single family house built entirely out of salvaged scrap materials. Construction began on May 16th, and the house was unveiled on June 2nd that year in the civic center plaza in downtown San Francisco.

Everything in the house comes from scrap material destined for landfill. The design team scoured Bay Area dumps and scrap yards to cobble together the materials needed to erect this house. At 700 sq ft, Scraphouse has all the amenities of a traditional American home: a kitchen, a bathroom, two bedrooms, a deck, and landscaped yard.

From July 03, 2008 - Loft in Manhattan, U.S by David Ling
How often do you come across a home which is equipped with a waterfall, a bridge and a bed cantilevered 10 feet over a moat? This is no home for the faint of heart, trust me.

From July 24, 2008 - Chatou in Paris, France by H2O Architectes
In this project, a 12m² building is intended for a teenager to live within the garden of the family home. Hence H2O Architectes designed a massive plywood structure stretching over four split-levels to allocate private areas designated for sleeping, living, studying and washing for the teenager - to spectacular results. It's rare enough to see such an enormous furniture being fitted into a building. But it's even rarer to find a furniture that actually forms a cohesive interior space by itself.

From July 29, 2008 - Apartment in Shanghai by Rao Qing
How does the idea of a fantasy glass tunnel installed in the middle of your home sounds to you?

Working within a highly confined space, designer Rao Qing conceived the concept of a dreamy walkway to connect the entrance (and dining area) directly to the living area, which he had pushed from the original middle section to the end (near the balcony) of this apartment to catch more daylight. The tunnel also acts as a divider between the different sections of the apartment, with access openings to the working and sleeping areas.


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KMP Furniture said...

Very useful post, thanks for sharing it with us !!

Imagination said...

I really liked that church into apartment in New Zealand. It's all so spacious and white. I really loved it!

berry said...

Awesome list! I love scraphouse a lot. U ought to write more lists like this!

jon said...

What a cool list!

Anonymous said...

really wonderful. I too like to have this designs to my dream house.

Möbel in Hamburg said...

the designs are really great, this people do have creative minds to come up with such design

Mosaic said...

Wonderful collection, thanks for sharing those great designs...

interior designs said...

what a great idea!Peace and beauty all around..perfect!