A curated collection of art pieces is showcased in good light in this condo brimming with traditional design inspiration.
3 January 2020
Home Type: 3-bedroom condominium unit
Floor Area: 1,227sqft
Text by Disa Tan
Besides blending a mix of old and new for this condominium situated in Seng Kang, Design/Project Manager Cris Go.Miralles of Image Creative Design was also briefed by the homeowners to incorporate their coveted collection of art pieces into the design. That led Cris to draw inspiration from the homeowners’ extensive collection of Oriental-style furniture, one of which transpired the sliding panels for the custom-built TV console. Cris says: “The wooden grille design was inspired by the cut-out details from the homeowners’ white accent chair. By hiding the TV screen behind these intricate fretwork motifs, it allows the homeowners to shut off all visual distractions while relaxing in their living room.”
Behind the sofa reveals an awe-inspiring marble wall installation. Cris shares: “This marble is known as ‘Portagent’. It is dark black with deep yellow veins like golden flames, and the name most likely hails from the Town of Porto Venere on the Genoese Coast, where Louis XIV exploited quarries to decorate the Versailles Palace.” Its breathtaking elegance proves to be the pièce de résistance of the living room.
In the shared living and dining room, designer furniture is paired with traditional Chinese pieces to play up the modern Oriental look. This East-meets-West combo is represented well in the neutral backdrop of a grey-painted accent wall, complemented with light-coloured homogeneous tiled flooring.
Given that the homeowners enjoy having friends and family over, Cris put together a laidback and welcoming balcony for them to host in comfort and style. The spacious balcony connects the private and communal zones together, and serves as an extension of the living and dining areas. To top it off, the designer created designated zones for relaxation and dining with a curated selection of furniture pieces.
Addressing the spatial concerns in the study, Cris was aware that fitting in a desk would hamper on the walking space, especially with a piano in the room. In response to that, he designed a slimmer workstation with matching cabinetry to maximise the floor and wall space.
The common bedroom, on the other hand, serves as a display area for the homeowners’ larger pieces of Oriental-style furnishings. A noteworthy dresser shaped in a traditional Chinese gown adds a strong visual presence to the space, and an ottoman sporting eye-catching bow legs and rich upholstery further complements it. Together, this unlikely pairing makes for an interesting conversation starter.
Taking a modern style approach to showcase the homeowners’ treasured collectibles, Cris has created a warm and inviting living space which goes beyond a usually cold-looking art gallery. Best of all, this living space reflects the homeowners’ Chinese roots with its fresh new presentation on their Oriental pieces.
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