When I visited the apartment for the first time, the interior configuration was typical - square rooms after square rooms. It was decided to contemporise the envelope, but not to create the same old 'cliched, contemporary' look again. Personality - and yes, having plenty of fun - was obviously top consideration here, judging from the eclectic mix of Asian and European design elements.
To unite the disparate styles and elements, a number of recurring colors like yellows, blacks and browns were incorporated throughout the apartment. To keep with Feng Shui requirements, built-in structures were designed in a mixture of styles, although predominantly in a contemporary fashion. The timber partition is inspired by trellis screens in tropical environments and sections off the dining area from the entrance effectively. The shifting of the dining set to this end also means the walkway to the kitchen would not be blocked (had the dining set been positioned opposite). Dark wood, Buddha artwork and the majesty of golden yellow also evoke images of Thailand in an instant.
Elsewhere in the master bedroom, damask pattern and a glossy black glass chandelier provide another ambience - the mixture of European decorative arts and modern clean-cut lines made sure the 'sleeping pod' and cosy corner do not look dull - but yet would not appear overly dressed up at the same time. The design of a raised deck for the bed is a much casual approach as compared to more conventional bed frames.
In the study area, I wished to use bright, happy colors to harmonise with the landscapes. I used a deep periwinkle to reference the blue water and sky and brought in a dose of red to avoid monotony. I suppose the President is having a happy stay, ha!