Heart and Soul


Singapore Tatler Homes - - HOMES FOCUS -

The fresh, earthy scent of wood has al­ways left an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on Masha Kaya, ar­chi­tec­tural in­te­rior de­signer and founder of Sketch The Space. “I re­mem­ber the smell of wood from my child­hood years. Back then, my fa­ther worked on the restora­tion of an­tique fur­ni­ture, and of­ten took me with him to his work­shop,” shares the de­signer. “After his work was fin­ished, I col­lected ma­te­ri­als from the left­overs of wood cuts and saw­dust, and was able to play with them to cre­ate small ob­jects that are still kept at my fa­ther’s house.” For this pent­house project, she wanted to cel­e­brate this par­tic­u­lar woody aroma, while con­vey­ing el­e­ments of the cosy, “pro­vin­cial style” am­bi­ence that the own­ers wanted within their pent­house. “The task with this project was to do some­thing con­tem­po­rary with a pro­vin­cial touch,” she ex­plains. The apart­ment al­ready ben­e­fited from am­ple day­light as well as the stel­lar views of the city and its lush sur­round­ings—these were in­te­grated into the de­sign to make the apart­ment truly a home sweet home.


The de­signer sought to im­part a rus­tic touch to the home through the ma­te­rial pal­ette and up­hol­stery she had se­lected. “Com­pared to oak, teak is not a usual choice of wood for the pro­vin­cial style,” she ob­serves. “It was cho­sen due to the hu­mid­ity lev­els in Sin­ga­pore, as teak is more durable in this cli­mate.” These in­clude a multi-func­tional din­ing ta­ble made of solid teak, which can be eas­ily con­verted into a pool ta­ble dur­ing so­cial gath­er­ings. The ta­ble is from US fur­ni­ture brand James Perse, and was de­liv­ered from Los An­ge­les to Sin­ga­pore. A mix of nat­u­ral fab­rics such as Bel­gian linen made up the home’s up­hol­stery. These add a tac­tile di­men­sion to the home, while em­brac­ing the slightly rus­tic feel of its in­te­ri­ors. In lieu of flo­ral pat­terns typ­i­cal of the pro­vin­cial style, the de­signer chose to cel­e­brate the botan­i­cal theme through the use of fresh and dried flow­ers, such as laven­der. These nat­u­ral blooms are fea­tured through­out the apart­ment, adding a botan­i­cal flour­ish to its in­te­ri­ors.


Much at­ten­tion has been paid to the ter­races, as the own­ers wished to en­joy the feel­ing of be­ing out­doors. “When plan­ning the out­door area, I thought about the beau­ti­ful views that this apart­ment pro­vides,” shares the de­signer. “I thought about how to ex­pand it even more while work­ing around the tall white walls that sur­round both ter­races, to make them not as ob­vi­ous.” As a so­lu­tion, the de­signer used made-t0-or­der mir­rors by lo­cal com­pany Teak and Ma­hogany to max­imise the views at the out­door ar­eas. “I try to think about ev­ery cor­ner of the home, to make it a us­able and en­joy­able space to live in,” she adds. Thus the am­ple out­door seat­ing is the per­fect set­ting for meals out­doors, with an ex­pan­sive view of the ci­tyscape. The strik­ing sight also

in­spired the use of mir­rors at the pa­tio, which re­flect the green­ery that sur­rounds the apart­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, can­dles help set the mood, cre­at­ing a cosy at­mos­phere in the evenings. The Mon­key lamp from Ital­ian fur­ni­ture brand Seletti adds a play­ful touch to the out­door area, draw­ing ref­er­ence to the wildlife that lives within the trop­i­cal for­est. For the de­signer, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than hav­ing the sat­is­fac­tion of craft­ing a liv­ing space that the fam­ily loves—and a slice of Provençal style, while be­ing at the heart of the city. “The fam­ily en­joys the space, and loves spend­ing evenings out­side on the ter­races,” shares the de­signer. “There’s this feel­ing of be­ing close to the sea, be­cause of the smell of wood and the nat­u­ral breeze.”

FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM The scent of solid teak and abun­dant nat­u­ral light fill the home with a sense of warmth and light­ness; the Su­per­ar­chi­moon floor lamp by Philippe Starck lo­cated be­side the pool ta­ble can be ro­tated 180 de­grees to light up both the din­ing and out­door ar­eas

THIS PAGE An an­tique free­stand­ing shelf di­vides the study from the rest­ful bed area; out­door mir­rors max­imise the ex­pan­sive view of the green­ery

OP­PO­SITE PAGEThe pent­house en­joys scenic sights of the city and nearby fo­liage, a fea­ture that the de­signer op­ti­mised with out­door seat­ing and ver­dant ac­cents

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