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The Great Outdoors
Designworx Interior Consultant’s creative approach integrates indoor and outdoor spaces for feel-good environments
Be it in green spaces or near waterways and swimming pools, spending time outdoors often lifts the mood. A growing body of research has shown that being amid nature can boost mental health by decreasing anxiety and depression, and even improving cognition. “The Covid-19 pandemic has led to more people seeing the appeal of landed properties and penthouses, which feature more spacious outdoor areas within their premises,” says Terri
Tan, design director of Designworx Interior Consultant.
Conceptualising landed properties and penthouses calls for a sensitive approach to crafting their interiors and outdoor spaces. When designing such homes, the award-winning firm adopts a holistic approach that leverages the benefits of natural elements like plants, water and materials inspired by nature, weaving them into contemporary and timeless designs.
The design practice’s residential portfolio demonstrates a finesse that has resulted in a loyal client base and numerous accolades.
For instance, while a resort-style abode is the ultimate getaway-athome experience for many, design expertise is needed to elevate it. In this award-winning project, a cosy patio serves as a quiet, meditative spot close to nature, while an outdoor dining space is perfect for get-togethers on cool evenings.
Designworx Interior Consultant incorporated neutral tones and wood finishes throughout the Good Class Bungalow (GCB) to convey an intimate and luxurious ambience that melds with the lush greenery surrounding it. The gym room is also made cosy and warm with timber finishes, and the exercise machines are orientated towards the tree line to boost mental wellness. The firm also provided additional privacy with shrubs on the balcony, placed individually in oversized pots for easy maintenance and a sculptural feel.
In designing the interiors of another GCB, the studio studied the stunning landscaping and grounds.
Inspired by the verdant foliage that borders the cerulean pool, the design firm furnished the home with vibrant elements and transformed a staircase landing into an indoor-outdoor lounge. Plants add visual texture to the interior spaces, and blend the interior with the exterior. The outdoor spaces are furnished just like interior spaces, with various daybeds and loungers blurring the line even further.
With penthouses, overhauling the rooftop terrace can transform it into a garden in the sky. This rare three-storey penthouse not only comes with a private pool, but also a spacious rooftop terrace. It may look out to a cityscape, but with the incorporation of low shrubs to flank the shaded seating area, this space offers a slice of nature to go along with the panoramic view. While this rooftop terrace exudes a playful feel with rabbit sculptures, another rooftop terrace is a peaceful, minimalist retreat thanks to its sculptural bonsai trees and blackand-white dining chairs.
These spaces crafted by Designworx Interior Consultant demonstrate versatility and creativity that put the client’s needs and aspirations at the centre. “There are endless possibilities for designing indoor and outdoor spaces such that the overall home bears a unique character,” says Tan. “Whether the client prefers to have the concept stay consistent both indoors and outdoors, or have a unique look for the outdoor spaces, every project is about working with what is best about the site and the client. Our aim is to enhance the home’s spaces so that spending time in each one promotes a sense of calm and wellness.”