Beauty in sim­plic­ity


Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - H&dhomes -

When Roys­tern Goh and Low Chee Khi­ang, the founders of in­te­rior de­sign firm 0932, were ap­proached by a fa­mous lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher to turn his two-storey HDB maisonette into an edgy in­dus­trial space for his fam­ily, they hes­i­tated. “The in­dus­trial style looks re­ally good in pho­tos, but it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter to live with it ev­ery day,” Roys­tern ex­plains. Chee Khi­ang adds that while many home­own­ers hope to em­u­late the in­dus­trial decor found in restaurant­s and cafes, the truth is that these commercial spa­ces need reg­u­lar house­keep­ing to main­tain the look, whereas homes should be “as main­te­nance- and haz­ard-free as pos­si­ble”.

And with the cou­ple’s tod­dler in mind, Chee Khi­ang em­pha­sised to the cou­ple how the rough and un­fin­ished sur­faces, as well as the cold, sharp metal cor­ners as­so­ci­ated with the in­dus­trial look would not be con­ducive for their daugh­ter. En­light­ened by the de­signer’s pro­fes­sional ad­vice, the home­own­ers even­tu­ally de­cided to take on a cleaner ex­pres­sion to en­hance their home’s spa­cious lay­out, fo­cus­ing on light in­dus­trial touches and a fuss-free ap­proach for the RM360,000 makeover in­stead.


Roys­tern and Chee Khi­ang pared down the in­dus­trial de­tails, trans­lat­ing them into a few so­phis­ti­cated el­e­ments. One of the home’s most ar­rest­ing fea­tures is the pair of dou­ble doors that sep­a­rates the kitchen from the com­mon area. The doors’ slen­der frame is made of mild steel, which was hand-painted in black for the brush strokes to bring out an un­fin­ished ap­peal. Roys­tern adds that in­dus­trial decor doesn’t al­ways have to ap­pear raw, and that there are many ways to ex­press the style in a sub­tler way.

That’s why only the bal­cony on the ground floor and bath­room within the mas­ter bed­room sport con­crete screed walls, leav­ing the rest of the home bathed in a warm, neu­tral pal­ette. “Hair­line cracks are com­mon when it comes to con­crete screed as it’s ap­plied man­u­ally, and these cracks be­come more ob­vi­ous when the sur­face is wet,” says Chee Khi­ang, re­fer­ring to the choice of us­ing this raw fin­ish for the bath­room walls. “But the home­own­ers see it as a kind of beauty rather than a flaw.”


An­other no­tion both the de­sign­ers and home­own­ers agreed on is that lux­ury doesn’t have to equate to some­thing showy. For the mis­sus, who is Rus­sian, it means the priv­i­lege of en­joy­ing a nice long bath (some­thing she can do here be­cause of the trop­i­cal weather). In or­der for the mas­ter bed­room’s en suite bath­room to ac­com­mo­date a bath tub, it had to be ex­panded. The de­sign­ers did so by tak­ing in a sec­tion of the main cor­ri­dor on the up­per floor, which Roys­tern felt was un­nec­es­sar­ily wide in the first place.

In or­der for the in­te­ri­ors to have a clean-cut pro­file, the de­sign­ers con­cealed as much of the wiring as they could, and held back on any fur­ni­ture or builtin fea­ture that might clut­ter up the space.

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