A visually-stunning journey through environments evoking sandy deserts and lush forests, bridged by depictions of bodies of water and a cloudless sky.
Decorated by JCS Design Project, this home is transported to a range of natural landscapes with cream architectural finishes supporting representations of stone and wood. Stepping through the foyer and into the open layout of the ground floor is very much akin to wandering into the arid border of a desert – the association is forged by sand-coloured floors and walls accented with the occasional decorative wood panel and piece of drapery in a slightly darker tone.
Contained bursts of black appear sporadically throughout the scene, apparently representing the cinders of trees sometimes found in sandy environments. Certain pieces of furniture have been deliberately selected to provide contrast in the foreground, such as the low leather bench and the Nero Marquina marble-topped coffee table in the seating lounge, while the dry kitchen on the other end of the open layout provides a dark backdrop. Bridging the gap in hue between the black and cream, a high-pile runner in grey and a simplistic array of black and white rectangles demarcate the seating lounge while the sofa and chaise lounge set is upholstered in a pale shade to match the architectural finishes.
A slab of white stone serves as a dining surface at the far end of the open layout, held up on a single angular structure reminiscent of a twisted steel I-beam to indicate an urban ambiance to follow. Dining chairs with minimalist legs and black leather upholstery are positioned at the heads the table, while the long edges are accompanied by leather upholstery appearing as either orange or brown depending on the level of light.
Beyond the dining space, a dry kitchen is held beneath the shelter of an alcove formed out of wooden panels. The grid-like configuration of the wooden panels on the walls and ceilings are repeated in the same stringent fashion with the dry kitchen’s black cabinetry.
The palette lightens considerably in the galley, apparently done to accentuate the sole source of sunlight in this space. The use of black is reduced to the extents of the Nero Marquina marble countertops, with the black cabinetry turned to pale grey and wooden accents exchanged in favour of reflective metals.
As with taking flight from the sandy ground to rest among the treetops, moving up the stairs and to the private spaces of this family home reveals an expanse of vibrant wood. The bedrooms are embellished with splashes of dusky green or a range of blues that serve to enliven the relatively pale shades of the walls.
JCS Design Project
A-1-3, Tulin 28, No. 1
Jalan Riang Ria 8
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Article by Kevin Eichenberger