Free Space Intent designed acclaimed composer Darius Lim’s home with subtle elements inspired by the flow of symphonies
9 April 2020
Home Type: 1-bedroom condominium apartment
Floor Area: 700sqft
Text by Angela Low
When designing the home of Darius Lim (an internationally acclaimed conductor and composer who is also the artistic director of the Voices of Singapore), Free Space Intent wanted to incorporate his love for music into the interior design. To that end, the design team crafted a contemporary luxury apartment with atypical design elements that subtly recall the beauty, grace, rhythm and flow of musical symphonies.
Darius, whose life revolves around music, wanted a space that embodies his lifelong love affair with the sonic arts. Furthermore, home is where the composer writes a lot of his music. So the interiors have to inspire creativity. The design team thus chose bold and lavish, yet unorthodox materials as centrepieces of the abode. A case in point: the TV feature wall clad in bookmatched marble-like laminates.
The highlight of this home is the unorthodox ceiling design, inspired by the movement of sound waves and the flow and rhythm of music as represented on a musical score. “It also mimics the waves of a heartbeat, which signifies that home is where the heart is,” add the design team. Cove lights that change colour further electrify the space and play up the ceiling design, turning the feature into a talking point.
Many of the furniture pieces, such as the leather sofa, oval-shaped marble dining table and the storage settee finished in gold laminates, had to be custom-made to fit into the tiny apartment. Mirrors have been incorporated to offset the lack of space and odd structural features have been played with experimental designs, while maintaining a sense of spaciousness.
Darker tones of black and grey prevail in the bedroom, which features a limited edition painting by a renowned artist for a splash of colour. The rest of the room is kept sleek, streamlined and functionally efficient with bespoke, built-in furnishings such as the slender dressing table and the bedhead feature wall equipped with smart luggage storage.
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