A balanced blend of minimalist designs, rustic accents, and an underlying monochromatic theme create a subtly refined atmosphere within this home.
The Roof Studio gracefully applies their brand of minimalism to this home, punctuating the neutral palette of the décor with dark shades in restrained measures and accenting the modern spaces with decorations seemingly transported from the countryside. The interior presents an array of straight edges in furnishings and cabinetry, effectively offset by a few selected pieces of soft decoration.
The foyer is defined on one side by the high back of the grey fabric sofa and chaise lounge set, while the light grey wall on the opposite length of the entry way is lined with a series of straight vertical lines in the matte-white cabinet doors. The modern lines of the cabinets give way to a white-washed brick wall at the end of the entryway, providing a post-industrial element to pair with the prevalence of black square pipes further into the home.
Furnishings in the dining space are predominately black, with a few select pieces in white to provide a measure of playful opposition. A nearby shelf is composed of simple wood surfaces and framed in black square pipe, filling a space that was once a hallway to create a discrete home office on the other side of the wall.
The wooden surface of the dining table is held up by legs of a similarly minimalist design, with black rectangular pipes of more robust dimensions, while the accompanying dining chairs are a combination of jet black countrystyled seats and moulded plastic seats in white. A collection of country-inspired decorations occupy the centre of the dining table to provide a small dose of the natural world among the industrial materials.
A mixture of credited and unnamed photographs in black and white draw the eye to the far wall of the dining space, providing a point of convergence for the monochromatic elements and lining the pale grey wall with a series of ethereal and vintage images – the most notable of which is a piece from 1955 by photographer Jean Berton, which captures a pair of Parisian street performers, Jean Louis-Bert and Frethe Bulow, playing leap-frog with the Eiffel Tower obscured by fog in the background.
The glossy white cabinetry of the kitchen is transported to the walk-in wardrobe of the master bedroom, creating a luxurious gallery of clothing and accessories obscured behind a narrow doorway. The minimalist décor is brought into decidedly rustic territory in the bedroom with the addition of a bovine hide rug and a modern interpretation of the rocking chair. A number of vintage accoutrements occupy the long bedside platform, softening the sharp edges of the wood panelling.
Interior Design Firm
The Roof Studio
9-2, Jalan PJU 8/5i
47820 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Article by Kevin Eichenberger