Pat­tern of Life

AMRITA KHANNA OF ZIP CODE 888 REINTERPRETS THE BEACH­SIDE LO­CA­TION OF THIS HOME INTO A SERENE CAN­VAS OF VI­BRANT PAT­TERNS

Singapore Tatler Homes - - AUG/SEP 2018 -

Tak­ing cues from its sea­side lo­ca­tion, this apart­ment is the epit­ome of coastal style

As one of the world’s great mar­itime cities, the sea has per­me­ated ev­ery as­pect of life in Hong Kong for gen­er­a­tions. It’s no sur­prise that it also served as the first point of in­spi­ra­tion for Amrita Khanna, in­te­rior de­signer at Zip Code 888, who was tasked with ren­o­vat­ing a Repulse Bay home for a cou­ple that over­looked the ocean­side neigh­bour­hood. “The apart­ment has a seren­ity about it with beau­ti­ful views of the sea and light fil­ter­ing in through the day,” says Khanna on her modus operandi. “We wanted to en­hance that by keep­ing the apart­ment calm and un­clut­tered.”

GEO­MET­RIC FEAT

The re­sult­ing colour pal­ette tends heav­ily to­wards tau­pes, deep blues and sea greens. In a con­scious ef­fort to avoid a rus­tic aesthetic, Khanna de­pended on so­phis­ti­cated geo­met­ric pat­terns such as the one found in the eye­catch­ing car­pet in the liv­ing room. “It was a bold de­sign and they were a lit­tle hes­i­tant at first but de­cided to trust me on this one,” she quips. “It turned out to be our star fea­ture and the ba­sis for the rest of the de­sign.” The car­pet also serves as an an­chor for the apart­ment’s gen­er­ous liv­ing space, which was di­vided into a more for­mal seat­ing area, din­ing area, and a lounge with a stand­ing bar—the idea be­ing that the home­own­ers’ guests could nat­u­rally flow from one space to an­other as the evening pro­gresses.

ART AT­TACK

The devil-may-care at­ti­tude of the cou­ple greatly in­formed what could be achieved, with spe­cial re­gard to the com­pre­hen­sive art col­lec­tion that they wanted to take cen­tre stage. “They were keen to use as much of their ex­ist­ing art as pos­si­ble so we re­viewed all the pieces to­gether and picked the ones that com­ple­mented the de­sign best, as well as pick­ing out a few new pieces to­gether,” says the de­signer. In the hands of a lesser cre­ative mind, so many at­ten­tion-grabbing el­e­ments and pat­terns would have be­come mud­dled into an in­co­her­ent mo­saic, but Khanna’s ex­pert eye for lay­er­ing was vi­tal to en­sur­ing that the home ex­hib­ited a strong and con­sis­tent aesthetic through­out. With the car­pet hav­ing

“The lovely lady of the house men­tioned that she looks for­ward to com­ing home and en­joy­ing her new space. That is ev­ery de­signer’s dream”

set the tone, she tack­led the wall­pa­per, which then in­formed the cur­tains, cus­tom uphol­stered couches, and fi­nally the softer touches like cush­ions and ac­ces­sories. “It helped that the clients were will­ing to wait and do it right,” Khanna adds. “The whole process took be­tween four and five months as many of the el­e­ments were or­dered from the UK. They knew what they wanted and were happy to wait for it.” That kind of con­vic­tion to a cer­tain aesthetic un­doubt­edly car­ried the project through a tight time­frame with speed— none­the­less the re­sult is beau­ti­ful. “The lovely lady of the house men­tioned that she looks for­ward to com­ing home and en­joy­ing her new space,” the de­signer con­fesses. “That is ev­ery de­signer’s dream.”

LEFT TO RIGHT In­te­rior de­signer Amrita Khanna of Zip Code 888; the cus­tom­made car­pet an­chors the de­sign scheme of the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas

THIS PAGE The use of deep blues add to the serene feel of this sea­side abode

LEFT TO RIGHT Earthy tones in the mas­ter bed­room tem­per the dy­namic blues found in the rest of the house; the distinc­tive scal­lop wall­pa­per in the kids’ bed­room was sourced from Alt­field In­te­ri­ors

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