SENSE AND SENSUALITY

When it comes to this apart­ment home be­long­ing to a young cou­ple, a prac­ti­cal yet bold and mod­ern aes­thetic serves as the per­fect can­vas for show­cas­ing art and state­ment pieces.

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When it comes to this apart­ment home be­long­ing to a young cou­ple, a prac­ti­cal, yet bold and mod­ern aes­thetic serves as the per­fect can­vas for show­cas­ing art and state­ment pieces.

Lo­cated close to the bustling city, this four room flat has a bird’s eye view of the sur­round­ing cityscape. The unit is home to two young pro­fes­sion­als, a cou­ple who share a love for art and de­sign. When they re­ceived their keys, the own­ers al­ready had an idea of what they wanted for their home: a mod­ern space with textures and dark fin­ishes.

In their search for an in­te­rior de­signer, they got to know Joey Khu, who helms his epony­mous in­te­rior de­sign stu­dio. Say the home­own­ers: “One of the main things we wanted was an open-con­cept kitchen with a long ta­ble, as long as it’s pos­si­ble.”

The lay­out and lim­ited floor area of 1,000 sqf, how­ever, pre­sented sev­eral chal­lenges. The kitchen was also ini­tially en­closed. Joey knocked down the walls, which al­lowed him to fit in a bar counter and a six-seater din­ing ta­ble con­nected to the counter. He then re­con­fig­ured the lay­out to ac­com­mo­date stor­age so­lu­tions close to the en­trance, as well as cre­ate a cosy liv­ing area. A par­ti­tion holds the tele­vi­sion and hides the liv­ing area away from the main en­trance.

The cou­ple shared with Joey their pref­er­ence for dark fin­ishes, but they were con­cerned that the home might ap­pear small. “I love dark colours too, and my projects do use them as well. What I do is make the first visit to my client’s place be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the ma­te­ri­als. Their unit is quite bright, so dark colours are pos­si­ble,” Joey shares.

He pro­posed fin­ishes in smoky hues, in­clud­ing grey marble floor­ing and lam­i­nates in shades of grey for the liv­ing area. The pal­ette con­tin­ues

into the bed­room and bath­rooms. He stained the orig­i­nal wood floor­ing in the mas­ter bed­room a darker brown to match the dark pan­elling flank­ing the padded head­board. One bed­room, con­verted into a study, fea­tures a full wall of stor­age units in grey. These not only store books, but also serve as ad­di­tional wardrobe space.

Joey con­cep­tu­alised a space that mixes cus­tomised so­lu­tions and state­ment fur­nish­ings. The cou­ple also in­dulged in their pas­sion for art and de­sign in their se­lec­tion of art­works, fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. Pep­pered through­out the home, the pieces bring colour and dy­namism to a home with dark fin­ishes.

“The own­ers are par­tic­u­lar about the ma­te­ri­als and de­tails,” Joey says. “What I loved was that they gave me a lot of free­dom to make de­ci­sions on how to com­bine the fin­ishes and con­cep­tu­alise the fea­ture walls and bath­rooms.” The home, with its unique mix of de­tails, is an in­ti­mate abode per­fect for en­joy­ing the city lights.

WHEN THEY RE­CEIVED THEIR KEYS. THE OWN­ERS AL­READY HAD A IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANTED FOR THEIR HOME: A MOD­ERN SPACE WITH TEXTURES AND DARK FIN­ISHES.

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