The distinctly modern exterior of this family home conceals tributes to French classicism on the interior, with subtle pastel accents contributing to an airy countryside ambiance.
From the wood doors adorned with art deco lines at the entrance, traditional wainscoting embellishes the walls and cabinetry, extending to the intricate crown plaster moulding on the ceilings. The seating lounge contains a quartet of identical leather recliners, joined by a reclining sofa and a trapezoidal coffee table of modern design. An interconnected series of stone panels, composed of brown marbled stone akin to dark Emperador, complements the predominately white surroundings and the tan upholstery.
A circular dining table composed of granite occupies the central position in the open layout, with the arrangement punctuated by an intricate crystal chandelier of classical design hanging overhead. The space is reflected onto itself with the incorporation of a generously sized mirror on a nearby wall – the art deco proportions of the mirror’s border and inset frame creating the illusion of a physical hallway leading to a reflected reality.
The open layout of the ground floor narrows to a galley configuration with a central island in the dry kitchen, the grey cabinetry creating a point of contrast against the largely white architectural finishes while the pale countertops stretch the perceived extents of the adjacent dining space. Beyond the set of glass sliding doors framed in grey, the cabinets of the adjacent wet kitchen are saturated in a combination of buttermilk yellow along the top and white along the bottom, with the classical trim retained in a continuation of the prevailing theme.
The wood-decked stairway leading to the upper floors presents another ornate chandelier against a backdrop of extra-high windows. The lightly frosted glass panes are embellished with coloured film along the edges in a modern reinterpretation of traditional stained glass windows. The assembly presented in the stairway amounts to a distinctly eclectic arrangement of modern architectural features – such as the steel-framed glass panes, installed in close proximity to iconic classical elements such as the crystal chandelier.
The landing on the upper floor leads to a narrow hallway of wood floors and a continuation of the classic wall trim extending over doors into the bedrooms. The mostly white décor is relaxed in these private spaces, where accents appear in pastel blue, pink, or yellow to complement the classically adorned white plaster ceilings, furnishings, and pale wood floor – resulting in décors resembling the sunny French countryside.
GI Design demonstrates passion and persistent performance, applied with a team of interior designers uniquely imbued with refreshing ideas, creative solutions, and the requisite professional skills to provide high quality interior design services. In addition to creative and innovative interior design for turnkey installations of various types – including both commercial and residential properties, GI Design can be counted on to faithfully interpret client demands while providing honest, educational, and practical consultation on interior design trends.
From left to right: Teen Soo Jing, Elaine Hwang, Pua Xi Wen, and Isaac Teo
Venue: King Koil Boutique @ IPC Mall
Photographer: Gavin Yam
Ritze Perdana 1
Jalan PJU 8/2, Damansara Perdana
47820 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Article by Kevin Eichenberger