Tatler Homes Malaysia
“The home’s design is meant to be expressive; it invites you to look closer”
The topmost level is the house’s communal centre. Here, the lake-facing dining area segues into the dry kitchen and living room, extending to the terrace, pool and a separate studio block.
In the outdoor spaces, State of Kin gives simple materials a whimsical touch. “Forms are geometric and clean, with rectilinear shapes punctuated by curves,” says French, on the art deco influences. Unconventional circular steps lead from the pool deck to the aforementioned studio block, while partially concealing the window to a bedroom below.
Mosaic tiles in olive green, chocolate brown, navy and white adorn the pool steps. Similar tiles clad the bathroom. Iridescent Shimmer mirrors from Glas
Italia throw fuchsia shadows onto the tiles, with this playful air reinforced by the sculptural bathroom fittings. “Bathrooms need to be functional; light and air are very important. But so is a feeling of joy and energy. The tiles are incredibly tactile and feature tiny flecks of colour in their glazed surfaces. We wanted to demonstrate that colour can in fact be sophisticated when juxtaposed against natural materials and a nuanced external palette,” says French.
Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola’s vibrant aesthetic language is present in many of the chosen furnishings. Her Redondo bed for Moroso gives the master bedroom a feminine touch, while in the living room, the curves of the Moroso Gogan sofa contrast with the angular layout.
These rounded pieces work well with furniture by other designers, such as the minimal lighting pieces by Londonbased designer Michael Anastassiades and Spanish designer Jaime Hayon’s colourfully jovial and eclectic accessories. “The home developed over time to reflect a lifestyle centred on entertaining,” says French. The kitchen is integral to this social approach. A large pivot door conceals a culinary space tailored to catering and food preparation.
The dry kitchen continues the screen motif with a sliding timber door behind the island counter to hide clutter. Its location, between the living and dining areas, facilitates movement between the two spaces. It is also a peaceful breakfast spot with a view out to the courtyard.
The home’s current owner appreciates its idiosyncratic charm and thoughtful functionality; a testament to the accomplishments of the design firm.