SPACE WHISPERER

In­te­rior de­signer An­drea Sav­age be­lieves a house tells a story in the vis­ual lan­guage of space, colour and form — from fur­nish­ings and light­ing to the ap­pli­ances

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an in­te­rior de­signer who de­signs and con­sults for cor­po­ra­tions and pri­vate clients, An­drea Sav­age takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to de­sign­ing and fur­nish­ing spa­ces. “My job is to bal­ance the client’s needs with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the over­all aes­thet­ics of the room by con­sid­er­ing the form, func­tion and ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments that can come to­gether to cre­ate a co­he­sive in­te­rior,” she says.

“I spend some time get­ting to know the clients, which en­ables me to cre­ate a truly be­spoke in­te­rior where no de­tail has been over­looked. When it comes to the de­sign as­pect, it is im­por­tant to de­cide on the most suit­able look that is ap­pli­ca­ble to the space. This in­cludes even the so- called mun­dane house­hold ne­ces­si­ties.”

As a part­ner at De­sign In­ter­ven­tion, she man­ages a size­able team with busi­ness part­ner Nikki Hunt. To­gether, they work on var­i­ous projects to cre­ate award-win­ning be­spoke de­signs. Sav­age strad­dles run­ning of the busi­ness with client li­ai­son with ease. “I am lucky as I have a great sup­port sys­tem from both my col­leagues and my fam­ily which al­lows me to mul­ti­task as I do now. At any one time, we have 15 or more projects run­ning. We are work­ing on some amaz­ing apart­ments, com­mer­cial spa­ces and ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs!”

When choos­ing elec­tron­ics for home or of­fice

spa­ces, it is im­por­tant that they in­te­grate seam­lessly into the de­sign. Sav­age ex­plains, “For ex­am­ple, if you’re go­ing for a mod­ern min­i­mal­ist look, you would want sleek and clean lines, ide­ally in a colour that works with an in­te­rior’s pal­ette. They should be fac­tored in from the on­set to en­sure they com­ple­ment the de­sign and elec­tri­cal re­quire­ments are worked in.”

Sav­age, who has two chil­dren aged 3 years and 5 months, ap­pre­ci­ates the LG SIG­NA­TURE prod­ucts that she uses at home and rec­om­mends to clients. “The de­signs are sleek and so­phis­ti­cated, and my favourite part is that each has been thought through with such de­tail. Ad­di­tion­ally they are in­spired by a heav­enly theme — moon, stars, rain, and ice! I’ve been us­ing them for a year. They are func­tional, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and en­er­gysav­ing. What’s not to love? For ex­am­ple, TVS in the past re­quired a lot of car­pen­try to con­ceal wiring or stereo equip­ment. But now, the LG SIG­NA­TURE OLED TV fea­tures a picture- on-wall de­sign and is so thin and el­e­gant. In­te­rior de­sign­ers used to hide TVS but with this one, you can make it part of the decor!”

How do you as­sess a space when de­sign­ing?

We look at nat­u­ral light and how it plays in the space at dif­fer­ent times of the day, struc­tural con­straints, func­tion, in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture, client’s brief and bud­get... ba­si­cally all as­pects. No de­sign comes with­out its lim­i­ta­tions. How­ever, the end re­sult should be co­he­sive, and noth­ing is con­sid­ered in iso­la­tion.

How much of your aes­thetic is re­flected in the spa­ces you de­sign for clients?

We don’t in­flect our per­sonal aes­thetic. We de­sign for our clients based on their brief. We cel­e­brate the per­son­al­i­ties of our clients: Craft­ing homes that reveal their pas­sions and as­pi­ra­tions. We tell their story, not with words but through the vis­ual lan­guage of space, colour and form, blend­ing clas­sic with con­tem­po­rary, old with new, in un­ex­pected ways but al­ways with metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to the minu­tia. We dare to push the bound­aries of de­sign to achieve the space of their dreams.

Why did you choose to fur­nish this space with the LG SIG­NA­TURE OLED TV and Air Pu­ri­fier?

I chose LG SIG­NA­TURE be­cause it is a pre­mium brand. A lot of thought is given to ev­ery prod­uct’s de­sign, form and func­tion to en­sure it blends seam­lessly into an in­te­rior.

The OLED TV takes cen­tre stage. It

fea­tures a min­i­mal­ist de­sign and is less than 4-mm thin, but can make im­ages look like wall art. It has sev­eral smart fea­tures and stun­ning colour con­trast. It sup­ports most HDR for­mats in­clud­ing Dolby Vi­sion and Advanced HDR by Tech­ni­color which makes it great for view­ing movies at home. The user in­ter­face is great. My client also uses it as an ex­tra-large screen for busi­ness pre­sen­ta­tions and movie screen­ings.

Since hav­ing chil­dren, I have found huge ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Air Pu­ri­fier! In terms of de­sign, most are not very beau­ti­ful but this one is in­cred­i­ble; it has a gor­geous sculp­tural shape and com­ple­ments any in­te­rior. I also par­tic­u­larly love its rain view win­dow for the re­lax­ing scene of droplets against the win­dow. That it keeps the air re­ally clean at the same time is a bonus. Its Wa­ter­ing En­gine ro­tates at a high speed to un­leash 18 litres of atom­ised wa­ter ev­ery hour to in­fuse mois­ture into the air and keep hu­mid­ity at a com­fort­able level. The wa­ter in the bucket is also ster­ilised with UV light be­fore it is dis­pensed.

What else do you look for in elec­tronic ap­pli­ances?

Def­i­nitely some fu­ture tech. The LG SIG­NA­TURE prod­ucts have a Smart­thinq app that lets you con­trol your ap­pli­ances from wher­ever you are. Whether I’m busy work­ing or play­ing with my kids, I can eas­ily switch on or off the ap­pli­ances at home with the app. It is very con­ve­nient and so for­ward-think­ing.

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