Fatema Design Studio combined Moroccan themes and traditional Islamic design elements in this maisonette.
6 April 2020
Home Type: 5-room HDB executive maisonette
Floor Area: 1,600sqft
Text by Angela Low
Home to a family of three, this two-storey executive maisonette by Fatema Design Studio pairs Moroccan and Islamic design elements with a more contemporary setting. By taking on a more modernistic approach, the design team afforded this home with a timeless appeal. This was also achieved by intermingling contrasting colours of gold and blue, forming a regal, yet playful setting.
A semi-open layout in the communal area creates a seamless flow between the dining area and kitchen, reinforcing the illusion of a larger footprint. The kitchen’s patterned flooring zones the space, while the rest of the interior boasts wood-effect floor tiles. The design team also incorporated shades of blue – the homeowner’s favourite colour – into the design of the maisonette, such as in the kitchen, to serve as a rejuvenating contrast against the backdrop of warm tones.
A partition with a laser-cut design inspired by geometric Islamic motifs was introduced by the designers to separate the foyer from the rest of the house. Besides offering a sense of privacy and creating a distinction between the living zones, this gilded feature also doubles as a seating area. Additionally, it sets the stage for other gold and brass-toned design details found further in.
In the kitchen, the navy cabinets take centre stage, anchoring the room with their dramatic and rich, yet elegant hue. Glazed porcelain hexagonal tiles make up the kitchen backsplash, injecting a tinge of playfulness without overpowering the space. It features subtle patterns in white and grey, each one a unique motif that alternates between floral and Moroccan.
In place of a conventional coffee table, the designers opted for a vintage trunk, which complements the interior design and brings a touch of nostalgia. “The owner likes the traditional and wooden design,” says designer Hans Abu Aqeel. In keeping with the overall scheme, a wooden frame panel hangs artfully above the sofa as wall decor, further adding visual interest and texture to the space.
The Moroccan-inspired theme takes precedence in the bathroom on the first floor. The highlight of this space are the statement-making white-and-blue patterned tiles that clad the wall-mounted bathroom counter and vanity wall from top to bottom. It’s paired with a matching washbasin, as well as a vintage wood-framed mirror and brass bathroom fixtures.
While the rest of the flat features a brighter, more playful colour scheme with pops of blue, the private quarters on the second floor – that is, the master bedroom and bathroom – adopts a warmer, more earthy palette of dark neutrals. This creates a cosier, more tranquil environment in which to unwind at the end of the day.
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