Open spaces and an exquisite pairing of materials by Third Avenue Studio create an inviting and bespoke home for this three-generation household.
10 December 2018
Home Type: 5-room condominium penthouse
Floor Area: 2,723 sqft
Text by Disa Tan
Home is clearly the place to be for this fun-loving family, especially with the wonderfully decked out spaces designed for spending quality familial time together. Led by designer Lawrence Tan, the Third Avenue Studio design team carved out open communal zones for free-flowing conversations and a spacious appeal.
“The homeowners asked for a modern contemporary interior,” says Lawrence. To inject more character, he designed a striking cement-like textured feature wall with polished copper inlays for the living room on the second level. He remarks: “These polished copper inlays are laid out to make an impact the moment one enters the space.”
A soothing order of symmetrical strokes is applied on the TV feature wall as well – outfitted in dark laminate cladding with diagonal patterns. Each laminate panel has been carefully pieced together to render the right look. It is well-contrasted by a lighter shade of laminate used for the hanging shelf and low-rise TV console.
At level one where the kitchen and dining area both reside, Lawrence was tasked to create an open and well-lit space. He shares: “The homeowners did not like how dark and claustrophobic the original kitchen made them feel. They requested to redo it, and this new open-concept space allows for communication between the kitchen and dining area.”
An open space also allows the homeowners to admire their favourite artworks from the glass-encased kitchen decked in gorgeous Silestone quartz countertops. “They enjoy collecting art and the male homeowner has an interest in photography,” remarks Lawrence. Here, Lawrence used a cement-like treatment similar to the living area’s feature wall. “While the living area’s feature wall has copper inlays, we utilised groove lines within the dining area’s feature wall to tone things down.” This understated application allows the artworks to take centrestage.
In the master bedroom, a sense of grandeur is introduced through the use of laminates which outline the bay windows. “To highlight the space, we used carpentry panels to frame the windows,” says Lawrence. It also adds a cosy but lofty ambience to the overall setting. Adding more functionality to these bespoke window frames are the beautiful light sconces and automated window blinds.
The son’s bedroom has been fully maximised with custom-built carpentry works. Lawrence even designed a raised platform bed to increase the amount of the storage space. “His room is rather small. So, the homeowners wanted built-in cabinetry to make better use of the available space, as well as display his collection of LEGO figurines,” explains Lawrence.
Similarly, a raised platform also scales the daughter’s bedroom. Aligned with the bay window, this becomes a cosy, creative nook where she can paint to her heart’s content. “The daughter enjoys painting and this cosy space gives her the freedom to express her creativity. We also installed shelving to store her art supplies,” adds Lawrence.
With a thoughtfully-planned design scheme to meld form with function, the Third Avenue Studio team has no doubt designed a living space that is practical yet packed with lots of style and personality – nailing the contemporary chic look that the homeowners desired.
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