Rugs to Riches


Singapore Tatler Homes - - HOMES FOCUS -

Whether a mod­ern liv­ing room in a neu­tral pal­ette or an eclec­tic space burst­ing with colours, a room never re­ally feels com­plete with­out one key de­sign el­e­ment: a rug that ties it all to­gether. Find­ing the per­fect rug to suit a par­tic­u­lar space can be a daunt­ing task, so it’s no won­der many savvy home­own­ers turn to the ex­per­tise of Sin­ga­pore-based De­sign In­ter­ven­tion. The mul­ti­ple award-win­ning firm has be­come known for its be­spoke ap­proach to in­te­ri­ors, cap­tur­ing the unique style and per­son­al­ity of each client. “A rug is an in­valu­able tool in an in­te­rior de­signer’s ar­se­nal,” says De­sign In­ter­ven­tion principal Nikki Hunt. “It can tie in a decor scheme or add vis­ual punch and pat­tern while keep­ing walls clear, either for a con­tem­po­rary look or for a dis­play of art­work.” While there are also prac­ti­cal rea­sons for adding a rug to a space—ab­sorb­ing sound, adding warmth and soft­ness to a hard floor, or defin­ing ar­eas in an open-plan in­te­rior—un­sur­pris­ingly, for Hunt, “it is the aes­thetic im­pact that we get most ex­cited about.”

To cre­ate their be­spoke rugs, Hunt and her de­sign team can take in­spi­ra­tion from al­most any­where: “a favourite paint­ing, pho­to­graph, wall­pa­per, or fabric de­sign.” They’ll choose from an ar­ray of ma­te­ri­als such as nat­u­ral hide, vir­gin wool, vis­cose, silk, and bam­boo and then se­lect a style and colour com­bi­na­tion to craft a rug that both com­ple­ments and en­hances the de­sign of your home. For tips on how to en­liven a room with a be­spoke rug, here’s a look at the rugs cre­ated by De­sign In­ter­ven­tion for each of these spa­ces:


Cre­ate a co­he­sive de­sign scheme across two rooms with a rug as a uni­fy­ing el­e­ment. As the start­ing point of the liv­ing area’s rug de­sign for this so­phis­ti­cated home, De­sign In­ter­ven­tion used the pat­tern from the up­hol­stery of the din­ing chairs to cre­ate vis­ual con­ti­nu­ity across the two sitting ar­eas. The pat­tern even con­tin­ues on the sofa’s ac­cent cush­ions in the op­po­site colour scheme to add con­trast and depth.


A rug can add vis­ual in­ter­est to an oth­er­wise min­i­mal­ist room with­out com­pro­mis­ing the tran­quil­ity of the space. For a con­tem­po­rary liv­ing room (pic­tured on the op­po­site page), De­sign In­ter­ven­tion crafted a geo­met­ric pat­terned rug that en­livens the room while main­tain­ing its re­lax­ing am­bi­ence. At the same time, its graphic pat­tern com­ple­ments the home’s award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture.


In­fuse tra­di­tional el­e­ments into a mod­ern de­sign with a rug pat­tern that gives your in­te­ri­ors a sense of place. For the Kasara Niseko Vil­lage Town­house ski re­sort in Japan, De­sign In­ter­ven­tion cre­ated a be­spoke rug bear­ing a sub­tle pat­tern based on a tra­di­tional Ja­panese mo­tif, re­sized to com­ple­ment the mod­ern in­te­ri­ors. Made from vis­cose fi­bres, the rug has a glossy fin­ish that adds a sense of lux­ury, while its sooth­ing colour tones lend cosi­ness and calm to the alpine chalet.


A cus­tom rug in mo­tifs that are spe­cial to you cre­ates a truly per­son­alised space. Short­listed at the In­ter­na­tional Prod­uct De­sign Awards in 2014, De­sign In­ter­ven­tion’s be­spoke Dragon Rug was cre­ated for a client born in the year of the dragon, whose so­phis­ti­cated home used Chi­nese mo­tifs to en­rich the spa­ces with her­itage and cul­ture. The tra­di­tional Chi­nese dragon de­sign was given a con­tem­po­rary spin in warm and vivid colour tones, while the rug’s cir­cu­lar shape is a nod to the Chi­nese zo­diac chart. Bold and eye-catch­ing, the rug’s pat­tern im­me­di­ately bright­ens the room, bal­anc­ing the aus­ter­ity of the black and white striped walls.


Use a rug in limited shades to cre­ate breath­ing space in a room filled with eclec­tic de­sign el­e­ments. In the glam­orous din­ing area of a fash­ion­for­ward client, De­sign In­ter­ven­tion crafted a rug in two shades of grey to an­chor the room with­out dis­tract­ing from the lux­u­ri­ous up­hol­stery of the din­ing chairs and the vi­brant art­work on the wall. The re­peat­ing cir­cle pat­tern mir­rors the dra­matic chandelier over­head.

THIS PAGE The be­spoke rugs fea­ture myr­iad ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing nat­u­ral hide, vis­cose, silk, and bam­boo, or a com­bi­na­tion of these to cre­ate rich tex­tures OP­PO­SITE PAGE This rug de­sign adds vis­ual con­ti­nu­ity to the geo­met­ric mo­tifs that are also...

THIS PAGE This dragon rug draws cues to the home's Asian in­flu­ence; the rug's graphic de­sign in­stantly an­i­mates the liv­ing room OP­PO­SITE PAGE A grey rug adds to the glam­orous look of the din­ing area

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