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TIMBER FURNITURE & RENOWNED BRANDS REVOLUTIONISING THE INDUSTRY
New Age Showroom Adds a Lifestyle Spin
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TOP OF YOUR MIND... Colours play an important role in the home improvement industry, what colours do you hope to see more in 2021?
MANAGEMENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | ALVIN CHANG CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER | JULIET HONG EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | ALVIN CHANG WRITERS K VATSALA DEVI SOOKIE NG CONTRIBUTORS LEE TZE HUI JOEL WONG DIGITAL CONTENT WRITER | ALANY AZZUDDIN DESIGN GRAPHIC DESIGNER | AINOL SYAFIQ ALPAZAR MEDIA SALES MEDIA DIRECTOR | JULIET HONG MEDIA STRATEGIC PLANNER | SITA HONG MEDIA SALES EXECUTIVE | ROXANNE TOO OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATION MANAGER | ALICE GAN
“Cognac colour is XZQT’s trend for 2021
especially for leather sofas and chairs. Cognac is a colour that is classy, timeless and trendy, it also creates a great balance of warm and cool ambiance, while highlighting your furniture.” - Alex Tan Retail & Operation Manager, XZQT
PROJECT PARTNERS BEH IDESIGN CUSTO GOLDFIELDS IDS IND’FINITY IQI JGI KORT STUDIO LINE PIXELS METRICS GLOBAL NEVERMORE NU INFINITY
PERFECT MATCH RICE DESIGN SACHI SQR ST CONCEPTS STUDIO THREE SURFACE R TOUCHPOINT WA X TWO YONG STUDIO ZIDS DESIGN
DESIGNER CONCEPT IS THE ESTEEMED PARTNER OF DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (DOTY) AWARD.
“50 shades of green! A large dose of chartreuse, lime and shamrock signifying rebirth, liveliness and hope to uplift the drab and gray past year of 2020 we have had to endure.” - Ar. Idr. Dexter Koh Principal, DEKODA
The Designer of the Year (DOTY) Awards is an annual design competition that exists to provide a platform in identifying and promoting visionary designers. Each year, top design professionals are recognised for their creativity, workmanship and in-depth knowledge of the built environment. Over the years, DOTY has become one of the most anticipated events of the year for designers, as well as a benchmark for design consumers, locally and internationally.
AWARDS CATEGORIES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT ASIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL DESIGNER ASIA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNER TRI-STAR ACHIEVEMENT BEST RESIDENTIAL DESIGN BEST COMMERCIAL DESIGN BEST SHOWROOM DESIGN RISING STAR BEST PRODUCT DESIGN
“Earthy tone like Beige and Grey has dominated the Sun Shading Industry for as long as we know. Although they are still the go-to for designers, newer technology like bicolor weaving yarns that uses different tones to create complex textures and patterns are certainly the
trend in 2021.”
- Patrick Teo Business Development Manager, Tachitica
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T HELLO TWENTY
HINK I can safely say that I’m not the only one who gladly wants to see 2020 away and hope for a refreshing start in 2021.
The trends in the pipeline for 2021 is a new word – Wellness Interior Design. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware and making choices toward a healthy lifestyle that nourish our body and mind. Some of the elements that contributed to wellness interior are biophilic design (connect with nature), lighting (affects our mood physiological and psychological state), comfort (ergonomical and ease of anatomy), colours (impact on mood and calm the mind), organised (clutter-free home reflects a clutter-free mind) and you (the home must conform to your needs, taste, memories and lifestyle). With these thoughts, we commemorate Designer Concept with a new look, with additions of new sections to cater to those who are house proud and have the desire to enhance their abode. There are two additional sections - Trends Alert and TalkShop – that you
might find interesting. Trends Alert is a pictorial section that focuses on certain themes and trends and it could range from colours to materials. In the upcoming issue, we would be focusing on the colours red and gold in conjunction with the festive season. Whereas Talkshop is a trivia where we want to get to know industry players as a person outside work. It is fun, light-hearted, and slightly personal so we are able to present a lifestyle perspective of the designer.
This Cover Story we also give a special spotlight on the cover project by Nu Infinity. Other highlights include Tachitica Brand and Personality Interview. Tachitica is the leading manufacturer and fabricator of custom window blinds and accessories. Everything you need especially when you’re couped up at home during the pandemic. We also feature a special highlight on our four notable craftmen who share with us on the art of woodmaking, brought to you by Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB). Enough said.
Alvin Chang Editor in Chief
pg 32 Daring and edgy, this family home is a marvel that is certain to incite the envy of everyone who walks into its doors. Challenging the conventional home interiors, every minute detail of this home has been looked into, and interesting elements have been added for a magnifique result.
A Festive Touch
The rich colours of red and gold will give an elegant touch of class and sophistication to any space of the home. 1. The Batik Boutique, Tan Bunga, Coasters 2. Loewe, Tomato Leaves, Scented Candle 3. Grohe, Blue Home C-Spout, Faucet 4. Joy Design Studio, KONST, Coffee Table 5. Oligo, Rio, Pendant Light 6. Loewe, Tomato Leaves, Home Fragrance 7. Glass Design, Arte Uno, Washbasin 8. Loewe, Vela Roja, Candle 9. Loewe, Juniper Berry, Home Fragrance 10. Gessi, Hi-Fi, Shower Mixer 11. Loewe, Tomato Leaves, Rattan Diffuser 12. Joy Design Studio, GRYMT, Coffee Table 13. The Batik Boutique, Tan Bunga, Serviette 14. Joy Design Studio, Derby, L-shape Sofa
You’ve taken care of every detail. You’ve pursued excellence. You’ve made all your dreams come true. And now, your home... is the place you always dreamed about.
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One with Nature Dreaming of being under a waterfall while the sky is filed with stars? Now, with the Gessi Outdoor Wellness, you can do so. The freestanding shower column is made for outdoor showering. Its beautiful design is both modern and elegant, creating a sleek silhouette – making it a suitable system for any outdoor environment. With multiple colour-way choices, the Gessi Outdoor Wellness is customisable to your own taste and can easily adapt to your home aesthetics. This outdoor shower will transport you into a different wellness experience, especially with the multi-spray jet that is designed to make you feel like you are having a gentle massage. The Gessi Outdoor Wellness that is made of out steel will offer you an outdoor shower that is solid and long-lasting.
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NU INFINITY bags another international award, as they are a company with an impressive collection of accolades from all over the world. This time around, their project VILLA 14 won the K-Design Award. This award places value on the creativity that is put into the products that the designers create, as well as its outstanding design, which breaks away from the norm. With that, participants are encouraged to submit different types of work that consist of creative ideas that are constructed into exceptional forms of design.
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WEST MEETS EAST Acquiring its name from a Chinese emperor, the Taizu is inspired by the fine porcelain designs of the Song Dynasty. Victoria + Albert Baths first collaboration with renowned Hong Kong based designer Steve Leung, this freestanding bath is an elegant circular bath that has sides with gentle slopes, softened by chamfered edge. At the base of this opulent bath, it has a sculpted detail that just adds to the overall aesthetics of the spa-style centrepiece. The Taizu is a must-have for a luxurious bathroom experience. Since we cannot head to the spas, we might as well bring the experience back home to us.
COSENTINO DESIGN CHALLENGE 15 The Spanish global leader in production and distribution of innovative surfaces, Cosentino, is holding the 15th edition of the international Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC). This competition connects students from across the global with quality materials and products that they will eventually use in their future. Cosentino is seeking for inspiring projects that encompass the theme well into their designs. For the category Architecture, the theme is “KITCHENS WITH SOUL - NEW VISIONS FOR EVER SPACES”. Meanwhile, in the category Design, students are to reflect on “COSENTINO… MATERIAL AND SENSATIONS”. Participants have a free-hand at how they develop their projects, however, they would need to include some of the innovative surfaces that Cosentino offers the world of architecture and design: Silestone®, Dekton® and/or Sensa by Cosentino®. This competition is open for worldwide submissions. Students have until 1st June 2021 to submit their projects.
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VISUALISING Ideas Creative Lab was established by Niro Granite – it is an innovative retail concept. The idea came about when homeowners faced challenges while shopping for tiles, such as, not knowing what materials would be suitable for their home or the final design not turning out like how they wanted. Which can be mistakes that will burn a whole in the pocket. Therefore, Creative Lab helps homeowners avoid these mistakes, allowing them to create a full 3D interior design for free, which enables customers to visualise their renovation, before making any final decisions. Providing quick, easy, and effective solutions for all customers, be it in their homes or workspaces – has always been Creative Lab’s mission.
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THE TIMES Kohler is making big moves as they lead the bathroom industry into the future. With their current innovative toilet – the KOHLER Eir™. This futuristic intelligent toilet has a modern design with gentle silhouettes. Its power cords and water supply lines are all hidden, thus, promising a minimal and clean aesthetic, that will fit in with any bathroom design. The KOHLER Eir™ has taken in mind the importance of daily disinfection, since this has become an important factor - exclusive built-in features, such as hands-free lid opening and closing. Besides that, to ensure that the toilet bowl and wand is clean, the one-click sanitizer button activates both electrolyzed water and UV light functions – killing germs and bacteria. Furthermore, KOHLER elevates your bidet experience by including a water filtration system that purifies water sprayed from the wand to the body and has a variety of stream settings that is personalised to your preference. A truly innovative invention that deserves a place in your lavatory.
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do not even think of blinds when in actuality,
One of the contributing factors of their success
Malaysia, too much of natural
blinds are very important, and it should be
is that they ventured very early on into the
light can sometimes be a
theoretically the second most selling products
business while it was still budding. As the
second only to air conditioning and/or fan in
industry grew, so did Tachitica. Patrick’s parents
Malaysia due to the weather.
were the progressive movers of the company
coverings are a hit with homeowners as they prefer to reduce solar gain, glare from
and now the next generation – Patrick and his
sunlight, and the effect of UV waves which
“We are fortunate to be in this industry
siblings plan to steer the business forward and
can fade furniture, carpet and timber within
because Malaysia has summer all year round
take the company to new heights.
an interior over time. A short search on the
so blinds would always be in demand. My
Internet takes us back in time to ancient
mum’s relatives have been in the window
“I am the second of three siblings and I
desert civilizations where we are introduced
coverings industry as such my parents were
completed my degree in Management at the
to blinds in the most authentic manner.
exposed to the industry from a young age
Northeastern University, Boston where during
and that has allowed them to gain a well-
my three and half years stay there, I also
These civilizations used wet strips of cloths to
rounded knowledge about the industry
picked up experience in Investment Banking
cover the windows of their huts. The article also
especially blinds. After a couple of years
by working during my gap year. After returning
further explain that this practice was eventually
in the industry, my grandfather wanted to
from Boston and armed with my knowledge
picked up by Egyptians who
modified the technique to use
natural progression for me was
reeds. They laid the reeds side by
to join the business and learn the
side, tie them to form mats, and
trade so I joined Tachitica in 2017
then hang them over windows.
while my older brother joined
They could even be raised and
us last year after completing his
lowered, the way we use roller
Masters,” he explained.
shade today. That was back in the ancient times.
My parents never forced us to take over the business and have
The idea of blinds as a window
always encouraged us follow our
coverings then went through
dreams and passion but having
adaptations to fit in different
been exposed to the business
parts of the world and today,
early on, we see much potential in
the blinds has gone through
the business and room for growth.
a revolution to be presented
We are also blessed that being
a household name in the blinds
comes in a myriad of styles and
industry close to 30 years, they have
shades and the right person to
accumulated experience, contacts
walk us through the evolution
and networks and resources that
of blinds is Patrick Teo – the
would help them take the business
Business Development Manager
further,” he said with pride.
of Tachitica Blinds that was incepted almost 3 decades ago. Patrick
retire, so my dad Richard, took over the helm
explained that the blinds business was started
and continued to grow the business with my
surprised to find out that many people
by his maternal grandfather somewhere in
mum,” said Patrick pensively.
know of our brand and have used it in their
the 1990s and the name for it was derived by looking East – to the Japanese.
homes. It makes me happy to know our Though his parents were from Johor
brand is making a difference in the lives of
Bahru, they moved to Kuala Lumpur in
homeowners,” he added.
“Back then, most parts of the world was hugely
search of a better future for the family
influenced by Japan as it was and it still is one
and with that ideal in their mind they
When his parents were building Tachitica,
of the countries that is the strongest and most
entered the window coverings industry.
they ran business in a simpler method
detailed-oriented countries and we wanted
Throughout the growth of their business,
where they believed everything begins
to learn and emulate them and with that the
smart business decisions coupled with
with a relationship and trust but today
name was founded,” said the 26-year old.
Lady Luck has made Tachitica a successful
while relationships are still key to their
endeavour. His parents, Patrick recalls were
business, they also run the business logically
pretty involved and grew the business
and responsibly and for that they have
that belies his age, Patrick added that his
from its humble beginning. His dad looked
introduced changes and new age thinking
grandfather decided to be in the blinds
after the sales aspect of the business while
into the business that has been embraced
business because mostly people overlook or
his mum, Jasmine handled operations.
by their parents.
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“With a free inspection, we are able to go to the site and assist our clients. Some clients don’t have the proper knowledge about blinds and fabrics and this is where we step in and assist them with suggestions that would help them make an informed decision,” he said. He further added that quality is at the core of their business and products and the way their products are built using only the best materials available. Working with trends, colours as well as interior designers, the blinds industry is always changing and innovating and that makes it interesting to Patrick and the team at Tachitica. Citing an example, Patrick said back then their popular fabric was only available in 3 colours which were popular but today that range has close to 10 colours and it grows from there.
Presently, Tachitica has a myriad of products compared to back then when they only had two products - aluminum Venetian blinds and vertical blinds and were just traders as the industry was still in its infancy and demand was less. But once its popularity grew, Tachitica started manufacturing blinds in-house and joined in the roller blinds race because it was growing segment. They invested in cutting machines that made them more efficient compared to other players.
Attending international trade shows helps Tachitica stay ahead of the trends and designs which helps their works because trends are a big part of this industry. “In the heyday, interior designers would only work with something simple but over the years as more and more people are experimenting with designs and fabrics there are close to 100 fabrics and more. And yet with so many options to choose from, everyone is trying to go back to basics so there is never a dull moment at work where trends and designs cross platforms making it
Currently, roller blinds are a big part of their business as it
interesting and exciting,” he concluded.
is still trendy.
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Right now, with more than 10 different ranges available, Tachitica as a manufacturer has the flexibility of customizing fabrics to different systems, which sets them apart from their
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peers. With a 30-year track record, Tachitica is well-known in the industry and within the suppliers’ circle, they are always able to get many customization options for their clients. As every client prefers something unique for their home, their ability to customize and meet the demands gives them an edge over their counterparts. For Tachitica, their unique selling points are their sourcing as well as the ability to produce everything in-house. They are also on point with trends by visiting trade shows which allows them to make suggestions to their partners be it homeowners or interior designers. “Back then there were only about a handful of blinds makers but now the number has grown tremendously so it is important to set ourselves apart and one of the ways to accomplish that is by staying abreast with trends and sharing the latest and most innovative products with our partners,” enthused Patrick. Tachitica is also known as one of the few manufacturers that have a wide range of offerings and in some instances they also carry products that could’ve gone out of trend so where other manufacturers might not carry the product, Tachitica is still producing it so they are able to even restore a 10 year-old blinds. As one of the older blinds manufacturer, Tachitica has a long-standing tradition that it practices till today and that is giving a free site inspection during the first visit.
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SYMBOLIC POINT OF CONTACT The door handle is a ubiquitous part of daily life; and Yalis is here to bring this simple yet symbolic structure into the spotlight. ARCHITECTURE is the most physical, most imposing and most present of the arts. Door knobs and handles are the first object that one will encounter before entering a new space. Commonly installed throughout residential homes or public spaces and handled on a daily basis by hundreds of people, this modest piece of handheld architecture provides a critical interface with the structure and the material of the building. Yet it is often reduced to the something insignificant, but one establishment has been trying to revolutionise this niche sector from 1990 and has done it in style. Yalis is taking an imaginative look at turning the simple door handle into a smooth and organic design that feels and looks natural, even before you even touch it. Yalis believes that door design is important to ensure an innovative and cohesive look to your home’s existing fixtures, where it is not only an integral part of our daily lives, but also an expression of architectural culture and craft. With their in-house design team and a full-fledged research and development department, Yalis takes the design of their door handles and locksets very seriously. Following the demand of the market, they have come up with a tailored solution to provide luxurious door designs, inspired by a simple and minimalist look that offers superior performance and safety. Yalis is
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wholeheartedly committed to creating door hardware that are catered to
the needs of their customers.
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Different forms and finishes can also help shift the feel of a room, serving as the finishing touch to a grand space or an unexpected element in a more eclectic composition. With more than 20 colors of surface finishes to choose from, Yalis allows you to select and combine different styles for your doors and spaces. Customers can choose from finishes in Matt Black, Polished Gold, Yellow Bronze, and Antique Brass among other selections.
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Yalis features popular designs that often consist of a radical, stripped-down design. Their designs are perfect for reducing a space to its most minimal form; an existing, familiar form in which to exemplify something new and sculptural in your space. With their patented electroplating technique, Yalis ensures that their door handles are able to provide a better finish and have a longer service life. With over 10 years of experience in door hardware, Yalis is a leading company specialised in door hardware systems. Their products are exported to over 40 countries around the world. The
practicality up a notch or two; with a surprisingly ergonomic handle that eschewed the geometric rigour of modern day door handles. Despite their ubiquity and pivotal role in the haptic experience of architecture, door handles remain oddly under-appreciated. Yalis is looking to move forward and take door hardware and design to the next level with their series of thoughtful and stylish designs. Yalis is exclusively distributed by Agrow Corporation. Incorporated in 1981, Agrow Corporation is a fully-owned subsidiary of OCB Berhad, a listed company in the KL Stock Exchange. Agrow Corporation continues to offer customers a wide range of quality international and local brands of sanitary wares, bathroom fittings & accessories, ironmongery and doors.
HEALTHCARE & SR. LIVING CARE
AKRON, launched in the late 90’s, Is a brand that emphasizes quality, reliability and affordability. Covering residential and commercial sectors, AKRON has proudly achieved its mark in both. Fast forward to today, AKRON has and will always be actively improving its line to complete your bathroom solutions, hence our latest addition, senior living care. From smart to sensors to conventional, we have it. Find us, drop us an inquiry and we will be very happy to serve you.
A DIGNIFIED DINING AFFAIR
As more people are embracing nature into their lifestyle and homes, it is no wonder that the demand for timber furniture and products are skyrocketing. To incorporate a part of nature into our lives is to invite Zen.
The art of furnishing dictates that even if the same interior designer was commissioned to design two homes, they would never look alike. This is simply because a home interior is based upon different personalities, preferences, needs, and wants amongst others. But have you wondered how some homes radiate warmth and comfort more than other homes? If yes, then a secret to making homes feel homier is the use of timber furnishing within the space. Timber furniture offers a unique combination of aesthetic appeal and unmatched structural integrity that other materials can’t reflect. Taking after nature, timber furniture is desirable for its many appealing qualities such as being pliable, durable, distinct, and versatile, where it has the ability to transform the mood of a room or the entire home. With a sense of timelessness, timber furniture is one that promises never to go out of style. With so much to offer, it doesn’t come as a surprise that homeowners love the use of timber within their interior. 2 8 / D I S C O V E RY
Since Malaysia is blessed with one of the oldest rainforests in the world, it comes as no surprise that our forests make up a crucial pillar of the economy via the timber industry and wood-related products which has resulted in Malaysia being crowned the sixth largest exporter of wooden furniture in the world since 2014. With products sold to over 160 countries and the United States, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and United Kingdom being the main buyers some of the popularly exported items are office, kitchen, dining, bedroom, garden, and outdoor furniture as well as upholstered wooden frame. Amongst these products, there remains a fan-favourite and it is the dining furniture. The dining furniture, which comes in awe-inspiring designs, is sought-after among discerning buyers from around the globe. Staying abreast with changes, the look and feel of dining furniture has evolved over the years to include non-wood materials into the designs as well. This collaboration opened a new market for manufacturers who have expanded their production line to include glass, marble, granite, metal as well as laminated tabletops while chairs are upholstered with premium fabrics. Backrest and chair arms take on a myriad of geometrical forms. At one stage, the traditional designs came to halt when freeform tables were introduced. Freeform dining tables are custom-made in odd shapes, sizes, and are unique in nature as they come in slabs of solid wood showcasing timber’s beautiful grains and texture. But the old favourites didn’t lose their place in the market as rectangular tables are essentially the preferred choice. The round corners of ovalshaped tables make them elegant and are ideal in narrow dining areas while round tables provide a cozy, intimate feel. Square tables fit well in modern-styled homes with small dining areas. All of which are ably produced with top-notch quality by Malaysian manufacturers. Timber is a traditional building material which fits flawlessly in any modern interior setting. The variety of Malaysian timber species used for the manufacture of dining furniture such as Rubberwood, Dark Red Meranti, Kembang Semangkok, Balau, Acacia, Sepetir, Yellow Meranti, Kasai, Mengkulang, Merbau and Nyatoh turn these articles of furniture into evergreen classics. Malaysian manufacturers are also well-known for producing timeless pieces with temperate timber species such as Yellow Poplar, White Oak, Western Red Alder, Red Oak and Walnut. The growth of Malaysia’s dining furniture industry can be attributed to Malaysian timber-based manufacturers’ ability to create great designs with heirloom qualities. These furniture are of international standards and easily meet the various requirements set by buyers overseas, thus establishing a well-earned reputation for Malaysia as a top-quality furniture producer. WORDS / VATSALA DEVI IMAGES / MALAYSIAN TIMBER COUNCIL www.mtc.com.my 03 9281 1999
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CURRENTLY, SMART HOMES ARE ON THE RISE – there is always
There are times when the air conditioner is either too
new innovations coming up in the industry. From new appliances, new
cold or not cold enough, now with the option of different
products, and new trends, things are always changing. Every brand
operational modes on the app, it will allow you to enjoy
is coming up with something new to meet the needs of consumers.
various cooling sensation in different environments. Also,
As a leading brand in the air conditioning industry, Daikin is moving
with its advanced control, which is only available for certain models, it
forward with the evolving times. Its latest innovative creation is the Go
offers even more cooling options for your own comfort.
Daikin application that turns your smart phone into an air conditioner smart remote controller.
With this new app, your air conditioner controls can be shared with your family members, which allows everyone to have access to the unit with a simple scan of a QR code
With this feature, you can control your air conditioner,
which means, no more fighting for the remote controller.
no matter where you are. The in-home and out-of-home
However, you can also unbind the controls or restrict certain app
function of the app provides you the convenience of
functions at your own discretion. Since the products come with built-
remotely controlling your Daikin air conditioner by just
in WiFi, control is in your fingertips.
connecting to your home Wi-Fi. Now, you can come home to a pre cooled home during a scorching hot day and if you forget to switch
With these 4 main features that make it easy for you to keep your
off your air conditioner before leaving home - no worries, you can do
home cool and you worry free. This mobile app will help you optimise
it through the app too.
your Daikin air conditioning to its ultimate capabilities. Now, with this app, you will not have to worry about forgetting to switch off your air
Save more on energy. It provides you with energy
conditioning and even if you do – it will not be a problem.
statistical usage graphs that helps you monitor and keep track of your daily energy usage to ensure that your air conditioner functions efficiently and with greater savings. With smart controlling you can stay accountable for your AC energy consumptions. This can also help you minimise any unnecessary usage and know where you can save.
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A STUNNING REIGN Daring and edgy, this family home is a marvel that is certain to incite the envy of everyone who walks into its doors. Challenging the conventional home interiors, every minute detail of this home has been looked into, and interesting elements have been added for a magnifique result. ARTICLE BY VATSALA DEVI IMAGES COURTESY OF CREATIVE CLICKS
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task of designing an interior of a home can be a daunting task as not only must the interior design firm
fulfill the brief but they would also need to take into consideration the needs and wants of every occupant of the home while meeting the occupants’ expectations. Interior designing can seem like a mammoth mission but not for the Nu Infinity team. Commissioned to design this semi-detached home in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, their brief was to design a home fit for a growing family. Armed with this foundation, the ID team decided to break the mold of conventional family homes to design a dwelling that is modern, sleek and edgy. From the outside, this home looks like any other industrial-design home but that’s only revealed when one enters it. Fondly called ‘Le Gris’ that stands for The Grey in French, the tone of this home is set from the get-go and is a shining example of present-day family home. The theatrics begin even before we get inside the home as the main entrance has been relocated to the side and a welcoming path leads to the foyer entrance. This home, an amalgamation of greenery, shrubbery, and natural tones, can be closed off for privacy with a slat panel wooden sliding door in honey and black. The side entrance leads to the living area, where one instantly understands why this home is called ‘Le Gris’. Spanning 3,850 sq ft over two floors, the first floor houses the communal area designed in shades of grey and black with white to complement. What strikes the eye is the feature wall behind the TV. Employing marble-like matte tiles in grey for the bottom half, the feature wall’s top half is made up of an onyx panel interlaced with vertical slats. The TV console in off-white breaks the monochrome while matching the light grey tiles. The settee in a dark grey matches the ambiance. The entire room is made brighter by sunlight streaming through large windows. Pop of colours are in the forms of throw pillows and an armchair in mustard. The open space concept enables the dining room to be adjacent to the living area. Things take a darker turn at the dining area where anchor grey and black are prevalent in the space. Short tube lighting is overhead the dining table that is fashioned from a slab of timber (the wood grain pattern which is unique to individual timber) adds distinction to the space. The dry kitchen has been designed to look exceptionally large in scale, creating a backdrop for the entire Ground Floor. The cabinetry, appliances & accessories and hidden door that leads to the wet kitchen are in onyx. The only colour comes from the white sink while mirrored panels add length to the space. The first floor is home to the bedrooms. The colour palette of the ground is replicated into the master bedroom and that gives the home a fluid movement where all the interior is in symphony. The master bedroom is the magnum opus of this abode. Designed to be spacious, both the bedroom and walk-in wardrobe are given delicate finishes and ample of natural sunlight penetration points. The walk-in wardrobe features an elongated dressing table with Hollywood vanity mirror. While in the sleeping area, black slat panels that doubles up as sliding door is juxtaposed with marbled wall to elevate the space. The attached bathroom has been given the same marble-like matte tiles treatment as a result it gives occupants to a cool, comforting embrace. The other bedrooms and study rooms too have been tastefully designed. The materials chosen further illustrates the owner’s appreciation for tasteful designs and carefully detailed profiles.
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HANDCRAFTED BRILLIANCE From humble beginnings to great heights, Rattan Décor continues the tradition of rattan weaving and preserving this rare craftmanship – shining light on this attractive and flexible material. Though it may look delicate, rattan is considered as one of nature’s strongest materials. Rattan can grow up to hundreds of meters long making it an abundant and sustainable resource. It is easy to harvest, easier to transport and it grows quickly. It is very flexible and ideal for making furniture, baskets, and decorative works. Rattan Décor is a furniture store that specialises in making furniture using materials such as rattan, wicker, and cane. Owner of Rattan Décor, Mr Lim established the brand in year 1989, making the brand an established name in the industry. With over 30 years of expertise in the industry, Mr Lim is deserving of the title, craftsman. As he mentioned, creating rattan furniture is an art form – a craftsmanship that is often looked passed but important in preserving, the heritage of rattan weaving skill.
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According to Mr Lim, the rattan available in Malaysia is one of the best in Asia, if not the globe. The materials used at Rattan craftsmanship is like no other. They offer readymade
pieces. From indoor to outdoor furniture, Rattan Décor has it all. Their furniture design ranges from swing sets, sofas to dinning sets.
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Décor are of high-quality materials and the
hand, as Mr Lim explains that rattan furniture cannot be pre-cut and put together by machines. Thus, explains how tedious the process of rattan furniture making is.
Though not a walk in the park, Mr Lim continues to make rattan furniture because according to him there is still a demand for it, even though not high - there are those out there who appreciate the craftmanship. Within the local market, he has seen customers from all age groups come in and buy his products. Thus, proving that there is still a need for it and that rattan will not go out of style. Plus, it is an important material to preserve. Rattan furniture is long lasting and has minimal to no care whatsoever, it can last up to 10 years with proper care. It is also a material that goes well with others, such as timber, metal and even glass. The quality of the real deal is incomparable with those of mass market, as it is made by hand and it is due to skills and passion that creates an authentic feel and aesthetic. Believing that rattan is here to stay, Mr Lim is sure that the rattan trend will not be going anywhere else but maintain its course to sail into the homes of those that seek unique and crafted furniture. WORDS / ALANY AZZUDDIN IMAGES / RATTAN DÉCOR www.rattandecor.my Sungai Buloh, Selangor 03 7832 6216 | 03 7846 3315 3 9 / D I S C O V E RY
Malaysian Timber Industry Board encourages the use of Malaysian timber
Each piece that was created were done by
A NEW TAKE ON WOOD
At a young age, Jason Lee of Opsewood was already exposed to the world
There is more to timber than meets the eye, all you must do is think outside of the box.
trees, but there is also no two piece of timber that looks alike – making it
of timber and has gained a niche for all things timber related. Opsewood has built a reputation for being one of the market leaders in the wood industry with almost 20 years of experience. Though specialising in wooden flooring, wall, ceiling, and staircases. The company has expertise in other types of woodwork, such as, outdoor timber decks, timber hardscape, and even customised furniture. As Malaysia is one of the top timber producers, Opsewood works mostly with local timber. However, they do import other types of timber from overseas if there are special requests from customers. Nowadays, people want variety, which is why the company strives to bring in products that meet these needs. Timber has certain characteristics to it that makes it a unique material. Not only do the grains have different patterns for different even more of a special material. When Jason decided to work in the timber industry, it was his love for nature and the outdoors that led him to it. For him personally, it was the visual aspect of timber which attracted him to want to work with the material, even though timber has many other characteristic that make it an ideal material to be used for home improvements. He is one to believe that incorporating wooden element in one’s home creates a sense of warmth and comfort. There is no doubt that wood creates a little je ne sais quoi to the space.
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Timber products are different than it used to be, now there are more varieties and much more options to choose from. With the help of MTIB, which plays an important role in the industry – Opsewood is on in the industry, which keeps them up to date and helps in making plans for the future. The company also gets their species testing service and technical testing service for their materials through them, to ensure that what is used is of quality.
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able to get necessary information in regards to what is currently going
on high quality products and offering more variety. In addition, the company has been actively involved in environmentally and sustainability conscious activities - giving old wood, new life. They have been working with a health food company and consulting them on what they can do with the old timber they have on their organic farm. Thus, Opsewood came up with the idea of using the materials and turning them into furniture – creating tables and chairs for the farm’s ‘farm to table’ dining experience. The company proves that more can be done with timber when one looks beyond the horizon. WORDS / ALANY AZZUDDIN IMAGES / OPSEWOOD www.opsewood.com.my Ara Damansara, Selangor 03 7845 9117
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SPECIES Merbau, Meranti & Kembang Semangkok
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Opsewood plans on bringing in more products in the future, focusing
MAJESTEAK MARVEL There is a certain charm to wood that just can’t be replaced. Its alluring beauty is both comforting and soothing, which will undoubtedly create a space that glows with warmth.
RV WOODS® is a long-standing company that has been in the timber industry for an impressive amount of years. A wellestablished company that is recognised by many in the industry – from homeowners, developers, architects, and interior designers. Deserving of being called the hardwood timber flooring experts, RV WOODS® are direct importers, manufacturers, and installers of sawn and finished timber products. As importers, the company brings in a variety of timber from all over the world, such as, American White Oak, Canadian Maple, Burmese Teak, and so many more. They import a variant of timber in, to meet the needs of their customers. At RV WOODS®, they also manufacture their own timber and have their in-house range. Furthermore, they are also expert installers of timber flooring, they have installation solutions for all sorts, which include hardwood deck, hardwood ceiling, wooden door panelling and so on. Besides that, they are sole distributors of STAUF Germany, the innovative floor treatment technology which protects wood floorings.
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Recently, with the change of trends and taste of homeowners, RV WOODS® has notice that customers are leaning towards a more contemporary style of home interior, thus, they are more attracted to lighter wood colours. There has been a SPECIAL – MTIB
shift in trends, as darker coloured woods were preferable a few years ago. But at the end of the day, according to RV WOODS®, it boils down to the customer’s individual taste. Which is why it is important that they offer an abundant of timber variety. However, one thing is of certain, timber will
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not go out of style as it is ever lasting and adds value to one’s home. RV WOODS® trust that with MTIB’s efforts in showing support and creating awareness for businesses in the timber industry, it will encourage more homeowners to see the value of introducing timber in to one’s space and how it can elevate the environment they are in. There is just a certain finesse and warmth that comes from timber that just cannot be seen in other materials – making it an attractive material. WORDS / ALANY AZZUDDIN IMAGES / RV WOODS® www.rvwoods.com Parklane OUG, Kuala Lumpur 03 7773 3268
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ENTREPRENEURIAL EXCELLENCE Wallmaster puts the saying ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ to shame as they continue to prove that they will continue to strive to be experts in what they do and expand their ever-growing company. We all know famous power couples such as Victoria and David
It all began a few years ago, when the couple decided to work on their
Beckham, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-
recently bought home, on their own. Fakhri decided to source materials
Smith. Well, at Wallmaster, power couple Fakhri Hazry and
and fabricate the designs on his own, turning their house into a space that
Norazreen have successfully built a business with over 40 staffs,
they can officially call home. They shared their final work to family and
that specialises in a plethora of home improvement fields. From
friends through social media and received positive feedback – slowly, they
interior designing, cabinetry, wainscotting, customising decorative
started to receive requests from other people regarding wainscotting.
panels, and home decor pieces. Wallmaster is a one stop centre
Which is where it all began, with the positive feedback and Fakhri’s passion
for all woodwork related needs.
for wood-working and timber, they decided to establish Wallmaster.
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their wood-related needs. Furthermore, with the support of MTIB,
Their goal was to make people’s dream space come true. They thrive
Wallmaster has gained exposure through exhibitions too.
to provide affordable solutions for luxurious designs, high-grade products, advance machinery, and the finest services with first-class
To further branch out their company, Wallmaster is looking into expanding
workmanship. Not only do they provide services to homeowners, but
their market to East Malaysia. There is no stopping this multifaceted
they also offer their services to other designers in the industry that
dynamic duo in setting deep roots for Wallmaster in the Malaysian timber
are looking to source for cabinetry, wainscotting or decorative panels.
industry. They are on the fast track to creating an empire with a variety
This is made possible, because Wallmaster has its own factory to
of sub brands under Wallmaster, which includes – Cabimate, Budget
produce high-quality timber - related products.
Wainscotting, Wall Art, Damaica, Dekomall and KedaiDIY.com.
Described by Fakhri as a material that is evergreen and long lasting, timber will not go out of style, which is proven by how designs nowadays are still incorporating the wood element into their homes.
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According to the duo from Wallmaster, timber has a different feel
to it that cannot be replaced by other materials out there. Through
Shah Alam, Selangor
branding on social media, they were able to brand themselves as
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wood-working experts and now their customers come to them for
grow and seep into other fields of the home improvement industry.
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From specialising in wall panelling and wainscotting, they started to
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR Nothing feels better than waking up to fresh and crisp air, purify your home with the Electrolux Pure A9 DON’T BE FOOLED by what is in front of you. Just because you
This machine may look elegant, yet it is powerful. It can be be
cannot see it, does not mean it is not there. Like the dust in the air,
controlled trough an easy command remote control and touch screen
it cannot be detected by the naked eye. So, if you think the air is
buttons. Furthermore, you can get updates on the quality of your air
clean…… think again. There are different types of air particles in the
through the Electrolux Wellbeing mobile app and keep track of your
environment, which could be harmless, but overtime, might take a toll
home’s air quality. Making it possible to monitor and optimize your
on your body. Air pollution is not just outside of your home, it happens
home air quality remotely. Electrolux continues to create simple and
indoors too – which is why Electrolux continues to create innovative
yet outstanding design for pure air.
air purifiers for your home. The latest Pure A9 purifier is the upgraded version if its predecessors – in terms of both looks and functionality. With its Scandinavian inspired design, this air purifier will fit into any home aesthetics. Most purifiers are bulky and stick out like a sore thumb. However, the Electrolux air purifier has a sleek silhouette and is both functional and pleasing to the eye. Guests probably would not even notice it, as it looks like its part of the home furnishings – it will indefinitely be an integral part of your home environment. If you struggle with respiratory problems, surrounding yourself with clean air might help. The Electrolux Pure A9 has a 5-layer filter, making it possible for air to go through 5 different stages of purification. Each filter has a unique purpose, and it keeps track of its usage. It can remove air particles such as dust, bacteria and even odour. It also monitors indoor and outdoor air levels, automatically adjusts and purifies the air, so that your home becomes a healthy environment for you. The AirSurround system creates a powerful spiral which can
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reach up to 3 times higher clean air delivery rate, making it able to
cover a wide area of your home.
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E .” AV H EM S TH M O IN E RO TO E V ST NG TH LI BE HI T O E T U H H E O W “T M AB E CKS SO Y PL HI SA EO VID P DA
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O I R E S T D N I EN R T
REDEFINING HOME TRAVELS When you have a home that is built and designed with much love and passion, coming back to it from every travel is as exciting as the travels itself. This haven shows us that to be opulent, only endless creativity is needed, not endless space.
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ore and more homeowners are bolder when
them. This wall serves as the perfect backdrop for the furniture in the
it comes to experimenting with colours
living area. Just behind the grey settee is the wooden panel that helps
for their home interior. Gone are the days
create the illusion of spaciousness as well as segmenting the living
when our homes were dictated by the
from the dining area.
norm and conventional where if one house had a certain safe colour, we would make
The panel a union between cocoa brown and onyx is the perfect opening
sure our home followed suit. Through
for the dinig area just beyond it. Adopting the same black marble tiles
experimentation, one colour’s demand seems to be growing as time
with white veining, the dining table top and the wall adjacent to it adds
passes by and that tone is none other than grey.
depth, texture, and drama to the small area. The dining area is elevated through the use of bronze finishing. To the corner of the open space is
Not long ago, grey was considered as dull and lacking character, but it
the kitchenette that has been cleverly designed to showcase opulence
is now one of the most versatile colours in the spectrum. Grey interiors
but also prudent as it takes into account the small space. Done entirely
are cemented as chic staples in any discerning home with the hue a key
in rich cocoa, the cabinetry and display shelves stand out brilliantly
element. Its popularity is growing thanks to its on-trend yet timeless
against black panels and beige flooring. A small breakfast bar in white
colour for any space and its versatility means that each space can take
marble with exposed bronze legs all bring the space together.
on a unique feel depending on how it Is matched. For this unit in Sky Residence, the team at Beh iDesign have taken this hue and paired it
Furthermore, a wine cabinet merges with dry kitchen cabinet and from
with various tones and textures to create a dramatic interior.
the other side, a hidden door to provide privacy to the master room had been devised. For this unit had 3 bedroom. The first bedroom as
Designing this interior for a young couple who used to travel
master room come with a hidden feature storage and a hidden door
frequently, the ID team felt that designing an interior that would feel
to enter the second bedroom which we turn into a private walk in
warm, welcoming, and swanky all the same anytime they stepped into
closet. For the last room we had design a working table combine with
their cozy little haven. When we first step into the unit, we face the
a tv cabinet and sofa that allowed homeowner to have a private space
living area that receives plenty of sunlight through the huge window.
for work and as an entertainment room where if there is want, they
The TV wall is black marble tiles with white veining running through
can display their memorabilia from around the world.
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BEH IDESIGN SDN BHD
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For this home, Custo Design has definitely gone the distance to design an interior that looks as if it has been made-to-measure for its occupants. Using a rich colour schemata, the dwelling is luxuriant yet functional and habitable.
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estled in the quieter, emerging enclave to the north of bustling, upscale Mont Kiara, Anjali North Kiara offers stylish villas and condominium homes designed to inspire serenity and solitude. Lush, green trees line the perimeter of the property, inspiring an impression of exclusivity and privacy.
At Anjali, the blueprint of all units takes on a contemporary tonality that complements simplicity and functionality. These work hand-in-hand to create a home of enduring beauty and that is exactly what Custo Design and its team of interior designers have done to this client’s unit that is moderately sized. Adopting the Scandinavian concept, the exterior is simple and functional where to the left sits a shoe cabinet in dark timber accent while at the far end is the altar – a rather modern looking one at that too. A traced-out halo gives the space adds the divinity aura. Once you walk in the door, the dining area greets occupants and guests and further to that is the living area. Throughout the communal space, the grey hue has been applied to the walls and it work as the perfect backdrop to accessorize the rest of the space with other furnishing that either complements or compares. The dining table in dark veneer and deep orange dining chairs brightens the area. At the living area, the sparsely furnished space echoes functionality while the aesthetics is kept relatively simple. By the wall, a photo frame conceals a hidden shelving that could be used to keep valuables from prying eyes. The TV console in off-white syncs with the coffee table and sofa set. The master bedroom is done in shades of mocha, chocolate, and steel grey. The colour combination alludes to a space that is rich, luxuriant, and roomy while also carrying the personality of its occupant. Replete with an attached bathroom a walk-in wardrobe, and a separate area that could serve as a study/ workspace, the master bedroom is truly a stroke of brilliance. Timber floorboards complements the TV console as well as other furnishing such as the curtains and side table. Steel grey headboard spices up the soft furbishing. From there, trace your way to the walk-in wardrobe and the attaching bathroom. Once again mirroring the design elements of the bedroom is the colour schemata – timber floorboards allow the black-rimmed frosted glass to stand out. Built in shelves and cabinet allow items to be arranged in an orderly manner. Beyond the wardrobe, is a an area that could either be converted to a dresser if need be or just a work area. The other two bedrooms are designed to capture the occupant’s personality while still seamlessly following the design element of the space. Done up in mostly whites, the differences come in the form of furnishing such as headboard, curtains and other accessories. 56 / SPECIAL PROJECT
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D-1-09, Plaza Arkadia, No. 3, Jalan Intisari Perdana, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. T 016 389 2999 E [email protected] FB custodesign IG custo_design WEB www.custo.com.my
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A Dwelling of Aristocracy ‘Less is more’ doesn’t necessarily mean that an interior has to be designed as austerely as possible. Sometimes it is possible to design a home that exudes richness and elegance by cleverly pairing materials, textures, and layers and yet retain the minimalistic concept as this home does. 60 / SPECIAL PROJECT
designing, most home owners prefer having an interior that is white for its pristine quality and versatility but some home owners also shy away from the shade for they worry that their home could exude a clinical ambiance and they are
both not wrong in their assumption. The secret to nailing a white interior is to practice balance similar to how the team at Goldfields Concepts have done to this home.
Taking shades of white as the dominant colour, the interior designers at Goldfields Concepts have designed an abode that is pure, rich, luxuriant and homely simply by complementing the dominant colour with other hues that elevate the interior from plain to breathtaking. Playing with both the curved and straight lines, the feature wall that houses the TV could easily pass off as an art installation. Interspersed within the gold panels are marble tiles imbibed with invisible lighting that radiates magical qualities. The feature wall pairs well with the white furniture and walls. Just beyond the living area, sits the dining area that is as retro as it is chic. Behind the old diner-like dining chairs in brown, the mirrored panels add a dramatic element to the space in addition to making the are appear spacious. Opposite the diner chair, are Carver dining chairs in off-white while the dining table boasts a marble top and gold hued legs that seamlessly match the rest of the interior. Walking past the dining area and enter the kitchenette which appears pristine. Designed completely in white with gold trimmings, the cabinetry, shelving, and kitchen hood juxtaposes greatly against the black countertop and beige tiles. To retain privacy, the study room and all bedroom are located on the first floor and this is clever as it allows the occupants to retire to their private spaces without intrusion. Using just white, marble, and gold, the team at Goldfields Concepts have shown us that it is possible to convey luxury and when the minimalism concept is applied craftily, the end result is nothing but superior. All the bedrooms have been simply furnished to serve the room’s purpose of resting and relaxing but the ingenuity here lies in the ID team’s caliber to play with lines and mirrors to create a different effect in each room. The master bedroom retains its pristineness through white walls but the feature wall behind the bed is in marble and carries through all the way to the ceiling. Similarly gold lines too start from the wall and end on the ceiling in a crisscross design. with a small for a vanity area, the master
bedroom has none of the clinical qualities but rather appears divine.
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The other bedroom is certainly a rebel where it breaks free from the
DESIGNATION | DESIGNER
uniformity and takes on a chocolatey note through the use of timber notes
PROJECT TYPE | SHOWHOUSE
and beige hues. Once again, curved and straight lines make an appearance
PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL
and heighten the appearance of the room. While in the other bedroom, a
PROJECT LOCATION | IPOH PERAK
combination of white and off-whites are used to bring the room to life.
SITE AREA | 2,520 SQ FT
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GOLDFIELDS CONCEPTS SDN BHD 54, Jalan Ghazali Jawi, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia T 1700 81 7500 E [email protected] FB goldfieldsconcept WEB www.goldfields.com.my
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER | DARREN GAN DESIGNATION | INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | HIGH RISE CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | KUALA LUMPUR SITE AREA | 3,897 SQ FT
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Canvas Brought to Life By using a natural colour palette, InD’finity pays homage to nature through this dwelling. Using the space as a canvas, plenty of colours and artistic ideas are imbibed into this home to give it an artistic vibe.
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he brochure hails The Oval’s architecture as artistic as the two elliptical towers of the oval rise from a carefully designed pocket of landscaped tranquility. Composed around eight slender columns, the edifice of the building presents a study in lightness and strength, in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. By day, the Oval is a graceful and airy glass wrapped sculpture. By night, it transforms into shimmering, luminous towers of light, coloured by discrete LED illumination. Within this oasis lies a dwelling designed by interior design team at InD’finity.
A canvas to showcase the artistic nature of the abode and its surroundings, the overall design concept is derived from Southeast Asian style and then integrated into modern elements, bringing out the tropical and natural beauty of the interior. Designed to allow the occupant who is an expatriate to experience the tropic beauty of the Malaysia, this home is an amalgamation of colours, natural materials, and layers of texture. Walking through the entrance, the spacious living area comes to sight and it an area that features good lighting and keeps everything in the centre of the space. The whole living room and dining room use the cool earth color (a little grayish brown). In order to create a Southeast Asian style, the designer used his own design with texture and tactile tropical rainforest trees, dense and diverse tree wallpaper, and gray floral line wall paint to give the overall space a Nanyang nostalgia without making the space feel complicated. The marble pattern TV partition design is simple and generous without blocking the view. Metal carved wall decorations add an artistic sense to the overall space. The leisure rattan dining chair gives people a natural and elegant feeling, and has good environmental performance, but it does not lose the fashionable charm in the whole space. From there, we make way to the central hall, a large area of specific wallpaper, bright colors make people shine. There is a strong contrast with the local area, and nature is full of wild calls. The kitchen and the middle hall are connected to each other, and every partner can show their talents for fruit plate, meal preparation, and wine bartending. Master bedroom is a continuation of the living room design elements, where colors bring in a little relaxation. The large area of ink green is refreshing to the eyes and mind. Open the curtains at sunrise, and the natural light pours in the house. The dense woods and light gray colors highlight the natural scenery without losing the artistic quality. Its two bedrooms is a warm wall color with metallic elements, the whole space alive. Permeated with a strong tropical style, it also adds layers and artistic sense to the overall space. A combination of modernity and retro nostalgia makes the space reach a balance and enhance the texture of the space. In the corner, every time you find a place, there is more surprise and joy. These personalized printed animal and plant wallpapers truly depict the vitality of the forest. The team at InD’finity too has used environmentally friendly paint that can effectively reduce up to 98.5% of bacteria. Gorgeous colors are actually the colors of nature, and returning colors to nature is also a feature of South Asian home furnishings.
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IND’FINITY DESIGN (M) SDN BHD
Blk A, A-3A-3, Menara Uncang Emas, Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia T 03 9283 0992 E [email protected] WEB www.indfinitydesign.com FB inD’finity Design’M’ sdn Bhd
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CHIC & EVERYTHI
f elegance and class is what you’re after, then the Secoya Residence of Pantai Sentral Park is the place for you. Inspired by the tallest tree in the world, the Sequoia Sempervirens, Secoya Residence stands at 41-storeys high and aims to be a livable city amidst the forest through the integration of eco-friendly practices and environmental preservations. Within this lavishly designed residence tower is a unit that blends beautifully with its natural surroundings and the façade of the residential tower.
Blessed with a city view, this unit measuring 1,100 sq ft relies on a natural colour palette as well as art pieces to highlight the home and make it look more spacious and also befitting its exclusive stature. As soon as one enters the abode, the beige sofa se catches the eye, as do the natural colour palette that adorns the walls of this pretty home. Looking chic and every bit modern, the interior designed by IDS Interior Design is aimed at creating a home that is timeless and trendy with a hint of the classics. Further away, the TV wall is likened to a marble canvas where two gold lines run parallel creating a luxuriant effect. Beside it, a display cabinet and slat wall in natural timber gives the ambiance much-needed warmth. The pops of colours are in the forms of an art piece and gunmetal grey armchair. Adjacent to the living area, is the dining area. Doing away with unnecessary furniture that could possibly eat up space, furniture have been used sparingly. A dining table has been fashioned from the kitchen countertop as a
The master bedroom is the magnum opus of this home. Spacious
result, the dining table appears fluid with the kitchen countertop. The
and luxuriantly designed, the room starts where the bed ends.
tabletop in white marble and grey veining has been fitted with grey
Using mirrored panels stylishly, the wall behind the bed features
wingback chairs and it can comfortable seat four persons. A pair of pink
lines with varying sizes to adorn the wall. To the right, is a
circular pendant lightings break through the monochrome stylishly. The
colourful art of sunflowers and daisies that instantly brightens
kitchen area though small is primarily designed in white and includes all
the space. Bedstands have identical lampshades while off-white
necessary appliances. A hidden door that could easily pass of as part of
blackout curtains keep the sunlight away when necessary. The
a wall, takes occupants to the industrial-cum-storage area of the home
overall interior of the room matches the timber flooring and
where a mini wet kitchen and other electrical appliances are placed.
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Designing a small home can be challenging as the intent is to have all function and facilities possible without compromising on style, comfort, and space. But thinking out-of-the-box like IDS Interior Design can result in sophisticated interior as this.
At the end of the room, built-in cupboards are affixed a reading chair in pink makes it possible for the occupants of this opulent space to do some light reading before retiring for the day. At the corner of this room is a study area that allows one to get work done without leaving the comfort of the room. The work area has a big mirror installed which could result in the area doubling up as a dressing area. Grey carpeting muffles footsteps and brings about silence and serenity.
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | ALEX LIM & MEI YING DESIGNATIONS | DESIGN DIRECTOR & INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | BUKIT KERINCHI, KUALA LUMPUR SITE AREA | 1,100 SQ FT
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IDS INTERIOR DESIGN SDN BHD
A-2-11, Merchant Square, Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1, PJU 3, Tropicana Selatan, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Malaysia T 03 7885 0271 | 7885 0371 E [email protected] FB IDS-Interior-Design-Sdn-Bhd WEB www.idsinterior.com
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THE ARTSOME DWELLING As more and more homeowners are becoming refined and cultures, so too is the oresence of art pieces within a home as more individuals are realizing the positive effects of art on the mind, body, and soul. But this home takes it up a notch as the design in itself is artsy. 78 / SPECIAL PROJECT
he word fusion denotes the process of combining two or more elements to form one entity and in the world of interior designing, one of the most renowned fusion is the ‘East meets West’ design concept. Popular for its eclecticism, homeowners and interior designers opt for this design concept as it allows them to create a multi-layered result like the one demonstrated by the design team
at IQI Concept where they have married both the Eastern and Western qualities and designed this home located in U-Thant Residence Kuala Lumpur. Although the ‘East’ and ‘West’ concepts have essentially been influencing each other, the coming together of both these influences under one roof makes an interior an amalgamation of cultures. For this home that spans 3,000 sq ft, the IQI Concept interior design team has combined a modern contemporary interior design and Eastern element lifestyle, where the living space also showcases the owner’s furniture collected from their travels around the world. The home begins with the exterior where there is a sitting area for one to put on and remove their footwear. Predominantly in white, the wooden chairs provide a classic contrast while the geometric tiles on the floor bring about a vivacious vibe to the space. Upon entering the house, you’ll be greeted by a grey and white contemporary interior and what stands out are the brightly coloured furnishing and decor items as they help cut through the clinical finish of the interior. Peppered artfully throughout the interior are art pieces that are unique and complement with the ‘East meets West’ design concept. The use of wooden furniture too underlines the eastern elements of the space and balances the overall theme. The IQI Concept team had demolished the pre-existing glossy tile flooring and replaced it with matte tiles that exudes a calm and homey look. Though the home takes on a neutral palette, colourful and playful elements have been carefully placed within the interior to inject warmth and habitability to this dwelling. As such, the powder room adjacent to the living room features a wall of egg-shaped tiles and a floral countertop basin. Each corner has its own distinctive style. Going for a more eastern look, the dining area features a linear pendant light and a set of wooden dining table and chairs. The dry kitchen area has a more modern look, featuring an all-white galley kitchen with island layout. Moving further into the back of the house, a chill-out area that exhibits a laidback charm has been included to allow the family to enjoy bonding over some game or shows. A custom made sofa settee inspired by the Mah Jong sofa by Hans Hopfer has been designed for the occupant and once installed, the modular sofa instantly becomes a signature for the house.
THIS PROJECT The master bathroom is a blank canvas for the interior designing team
NAME OF DESIGNER | IQI CONCEPT TEAM
to creatively bring the space to life through a minimalist approach.
PROJECT TYPE | CONDOMINIUM
Picking shades of purple for this room, the shade juxtaposes well with the
PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL
timber flooring and furnishing. Art pieces deck the walls and extend to
PROJECT LOCATION | KUALA LUMPUR
the bathroom as well as the master bathroom boasts a feature wall using
SITE AREA | 3,000 SQ FT
floral monochrome hexagon tiles to add a creative flair. Sunlight pours in through the sliding doors to instantly brighten the space. Timber flooring complements the white walls and unique art works in the other bedroom to keep up with the simple, bright, and elegant theme. 79 / SPECIAL PROJECT
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IQI CONCEPT SDN BHD
VSQ @ PJCC, Block 4-07-1, Jalan Utara, PJS 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Malaysia T 03 7452 5588 E [email protected] FB www.facebook.com/iqiconcept WEB www.IQICONCEPT.com
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | JOEY GOH AND JOEL GOH DESIGNATIONS | DESIGN DIRECTOR
AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER PROJECT TYPE | 3-STOREY SEMI-D PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | GEORGETOWN SITE AREA | 2,855 SQ FT
AN ETHEREAL BEAUTY
Describing the interior of this home is no walk in the park especially since there isn’t enough words that would aptly describe the labour of love that has gone into designing the interior of this home. Just the right amount of decadence, simplicity, and style put this home in a league of its own.
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he brochure promises the homeowners of the Isle of
Slightly further from the dining area is the island bar and dry kitchen
Palm a luxurious lifestyle in an exclusive setting that
in pristine white. From the cupboards and cabinets to the countertop
is complemented by well-designed landscape and
and appliances, everything has been purposely designed in white
first-class facilities and amenities and it delivers on all
while the backsplash is marble in grey that makes cleaning an easy
fronts. This nature-inspired development is part of the
task. A small entryway leads the way to the wet kitchen where
Setia Pearl Island development in Penang, that is akin
a mixture of palettes prevails. Where the dry kitchen had wooden
to a tropical island where occupants will experience a harmonious
flooring, here Iron Grey tiles presents the opening for honeycomb
environment, where the lifestyle would be living in harmony with
shaped tiles in black as the backsplash behind the stovetop.
nature. Owning a home within this oasis of tranquility should reflect its exterior and that is precisely what this ritzy home does.
Going up to the master room and one gets the feeling that this is rightfully the magnum opus of this abode. With so much space to play
Decadent pretty aptly sums up this three-storey dwelling that is rich
with and utilise, the interior design team have created a haven. Divided
in layers, textures, and opulence. Spanning 2,855 sq ft, this interior
into the separate areas within the room, there is the sleeping area then
uses only a handful of colours and various materials to translate the
the lounge area followed by the workspace. To start off the sleeping area,
vision of a dream interior to reality. Starting at the living area, the
sumptuously designed in white, the pin cushion headboard matches
space has been enhanced with the use of imported Italian marble in
perfectly with the grey and white combo wall complete with beading.
raven black with white veining that serves as feature wall. This feature
The choice of colour enables the wooden flooring to stand out.
wall juxtaposes with the rest of the living area that it is done up in a soft grey palette that it arrests the eyes. Just by the entrance, mirrors
Windows allows sunlight to stream in while sliding doors allows the
align the space, adding some theatrics while huge windows allow
occupants to step out and smell the roses on the balcony. One stretch
sunlight to stream in.
of the room is occupied by built-in closets while a mirror at the end allows one to get ready with all the privacy that is needed. Moving on
With communal spaces all laid out in the open plan concept, the
to the lounge area of the master bedroom and one can see it has been
dining table is visible from the living area and the design element is
designed with maximum comfort and relaxation in mind. An armchair
a continuous where the colour scheme and materials mirror the rest
and sofa in grey balances the darker elements from the furniture and
of the space. Fashioned from white marble that is replete with grey
wall. While a sliding door, separates the work-cum-study area that is
veining, the rectangular dining table is made complete with dove grey
done up in white and metal grey for total privacy and silence. Placing
high back dining chairs.
it closer to nature is bound to improve productivity.
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5101 Tingkat 1 Dahlia Park, Jalan Kampung Benggali, 12200 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang. Malaysia T 017 475 3306 E [email protected] FB jgiconceptdesign WEB www.jgiconceptdesign.com
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Every Bit Sumptuous & Scintillating Some home interiors demand that it be exalted and this is one such home. Brilliantly executed, the design and layout for this home is a tantalizing visual treat and one will never grow tired of admiring this home and its exquisite simplicity.
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | WANI WAGIMAN, DANIAL GHAFAR & SYAHIR ALI DESIGNATION | DESIGNERS PROJECT TYPE | APARTMENT PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | SUBANG JAYA SITE AREA | 2,300 SQ FT
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t is hard to practice restraint when one is given a blank canvas
The marble design has been incorporated in the kitchen and paired
and asked to unleash their creativity and it takes special skills to
with ash grey and copper. The backsplash may seem like a small detail,
be more mindful of what goes in to that canvas and the same
but marble with dramatic veining makes it the focal point of the
concept can be applied to interior design. It is important for
kitchen as it also doubles up as art. Not only will it help protect from
interior designers to furnish an interior without going overboard
food splatters, but the backdrop is what most people will comment
so the space appears sumptuous, elegant, and above all
on when they see a new kitchen design. Here the backsplash goes
comfortable and functional. Kort Studio were commissioned
from the countertop to the hood. The cabinetry is are in ash grey with
to design this home and we can all agree that only a standing
ovation would befit this beauty. The bedrooms are all designed to reflect the personality and
This space measures 2,300 sq ft, begins with the living room that
preference of its occupants. In one room, blue takes centre stage
has been elegantly designed using only a few colours and materials.
with the slat panel behind the bedding while the furniture such as
One attribute that seeks attention is the marbled feature TV wall
wardrobe and study table in a dark note. In another bedroom, dark
that beautifully juxtaposes with the rest of the space while the wall
brown paneling is paired with white built-in wardrobe and just beside
opposite to it has been given a coat of painting in a slightly grey-
it, a study table in natural timber occupies the space. An armchair at
mauve tone that complements the interior. Huge windows allow
the far corner allows the occupant to curl up to read or relax. Playing
plenty of sunlight to stream in, making the living area brighter
with lines and curves, this room features a slat panel feature wall
and bigger. The plaster ceiling is heavily bordered in back which
where a TV has been installed. The bathroom that comes with each
surprisingly works as it further enhances the room. A curvy leaf-
room is simply designed to serve its role well. Using clear glass and
motif chandelier, grey carpeting and settee in gunmetal grey
black finishing, this space is elegantly simple.
complete the look. The master bedroom is sumptuous in simplicity through the use of Throughout the home, the walls are finished with wainscoting to
only three tones with white as the dominant hue. Backdropped against
elevate the appearance of the room and it successfully does. The
the white wall is grey headboard and opposite the bed is a wooden
dining area and breakfast bar play heavily on dimmed gold/copper
panel with a special crevice to house the TV. Walk the length of the
finishes with the furniture. For the former, the frames of the dining
room and be acquainted with a whole new world as the room opens
chairs are a dimmed gold while the black marble dining table has
to a walk-in wardrobe with a specially designed work area as well as
muted gold threading around the table. Behind it, is the breakfast
the attached bathroom that is warmly designed in a neutral palette
bar in white with burnished copper features. A dark shelving unit
where once again copper is used generously to bring luxuriant vibes
occupies one end of the wall. An entryway takes occupants into
to the space. The built-in cupboards are in dark note while natural
wicker material is interwoven.
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25-1, Jalan Ss 15/4e, 47500, Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia T 03 5611 2210 E [email protected] FB kortstudio WEB www.kortstudio.com.my
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This home is a shining example of how colours play a role in imparting the simplicity message. Using a handful of colours and heavily layering the interior with textures makes this home interior a dream space.
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ay Mont Kiara and the imageries that crosses one’s mind is a posh postcode where the elite reside and you are not wrong, afterall Mont Kiara is famously known as an expat-oriented suburb where it lives up to its promise of the mantra Work, Live & Play. Housing many high-rise residential towers such as
the Residensi Sefina that offers 245 units of condominium over a single 34-story tower, which is also home to a unit that has been lavishly designed by the Line2Pixels Studio interior design team. Employing the Modern Classic interior design concept to this unit that spans 1,400 sq ft, the interior design team have elevated the space to match the poshness of its postcode and surrounding. The key to nailing the Modern Classic concept is the colours and taking that to heart, this unit uses a neutral and simple colour palette that allows the furnishing and finishing to carry the effect seamlessly from one space to another. As a result, this dwelling is a beautiful symphony throughout.
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER | PUI WEE CHONG DESIGNATION | DESIGN PRINCIPAL PROJECT TYPE | CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | MONT KIARA
SITE AREA | 1,400 SQ FT
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Upon entering the home, the kitchenette and dining area catches
is the living area that receives plenty of natural light through the large
the eye for its vivaciousness. The former has been designed as stark
bay window. The living area has been purposefully kept simple where
contrast to the rest of the home where the white palette dominates. A
colour layers the space. White walls with wall beading complement
rich and deep emerald green is the colour of choice for the cabinetry
the light grey sette. These finishing work well with the flooring and
and it is the perfect hue for it brings the space to life and juxtaposes
dark walnut furniture that peppers the room.
brilliantly against the timber flooring and black appliances. A doorway leads one to the wet kitchen and once again colour plays such a
Moving on to the bedroom that are personifications of plush, comfort
and elegance. The master bedroom mirrors the design concept of the living area. Featuring a white wall replete with wainscoting that
Done up in a light pistachio green, the drawers and cupboards are
heightens the opulence, is also the only ornament in the otherwise
finished in gold handles to give it a luxuriant finish. The handles,
sparsely furnished. To the right are huge windows that bathe the
though a small detail in the overall space, stands out because the
room in natural light while to the left is the built-in wardrobe. Pretty
bright tone marries well with the pastel shade. Completing the
hanging light on either side of the bed gives the room a classic vibe.
ambiance here, the countertop and walls are in white to create an illusion of spaciousness and to complement the timber flooring that
Autumn and peaches would best describe the second bedroom
runs everywhere within the abode.
as it is designed in a colour scheme comprising of peach and light coral pink. Leaving the bed in white, the room takes one back to the
Slightly away from the kitchenette is the dining table in white
Elizabethan era where ornate furniture was favoured. To match, the
marble and emerald legs, while the chairs are an elegant white with
customized and built-in cupboard too is in the same colour scheme
gold trimming and dark walnut brown legs. Wicker lights overhead
with gold handles. To sum it up, this home and the bedrooms
provides warmth, naturalness, and a rustic vibe to the space which
surprisingly thrives well with simplicity where the space’s natural
encapsulates the mood of this particular space. A few metres away
beauty shines through.
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LINE2PIXELS STUDIO SDN BHD
A-7-2, Jalan PJU 5/14, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Malaysia T 03 7491 4762 / 012 877 0248 E [email protected] FB www.facebook.com/line2pixels IG line2pixels WEB www.line2pixels.com
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER | ALCUS LOW CHEE MUN DESIGNATION | INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | MONT KIARA SITE AREA | 3,478 SQ FT
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With more people spending more time at home, there is a need to make the home a sanctuary where comfort, luxury complements functionality to a tee. This home is definitely one that fits the brief.
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eveloped by UEM Sunrise, 10 Mont Kiara (also
of veneer that extends from the display unit on the right that boasts a
known as MK10) is a high-rise condominium
variant of liquor. The dry and wet kitchen are kept simple and functional.
nestled in the Mont Kiara enclave. Consisting
The dry kitchen adopts the grey hue while the wet kitchen takes a shade
of two 43-storey condominium towers, each
of contrast in white.
floor only houses 4 units. Amongst these posh and private dwellings lies a unit that has
The master bedroom is truly a marvel as the spacious interior has been
been designed by the Metrics Global interior
well designed with all the trappings of luxury and comfort. Using the
spaciousness to advantage, the team at Metrics Global have separated the sleeping area from the rest as such the bed is at the primary focus
Taking the private lift that comes with each unit, the entrance to this
in this room. Adopting the gunmetal grey hue used throughout the
particular unit is a precursor to what lies behind the doors. A wooden shoe
home, this room is made livelier with the sunlight streaming in through
rack in dark notes contrasts against the lighter timber flooring and pastel
the ceiling to floor window as well as clever positioning of lighting.
wall. Once you enter the abode, the living room in simple yet elegant
Built-in cabinet in the same shade of grey makes the room more
colour schematics greets you. Using only shades of grey, white and timber
uniformed. Carpeting in shades of blue juxtaposes well with the timber
the living room looks earthy, warm and inviting. Flanked by two wooden
flooring. The attached bathroom loses all traces of grey and takes on
wall slats, the feature wall in marble – which also houses the TV – exudes
the soothing notes of brown that gives the area a refined appearance.
an elegant vibe to the space. The TV console in light timber is built to also
The expansive space comes replete with his and hers wash basins, and
serve as a display shelf. The gunmetal grey wall and carpeting contrasts
a bathtub that makes relaxing a breeze.
elegantly against the settee and marbled flooring. The other bedroom in this home has been given an elegant treatment. The open-plan space that measures 3,478 sq. ft., allows for most of the
The padded walls in grey and blackout curtains will ensure the occupant
communal space to be open and accessible by all. Just meters away from
of this room gets a good night’s slumber. With work from home becoming
the living area is the dining space which again takes on similar shades
a norm for many people, this home office offers its users plenty of privacy
from the living area to give off a seamless aura. Overhanging the wooden
and solitude. The book shelf that extends from one end of the room to the
dining table is an avant-garde lighting that adds vibrancy to the otherwise
other end is bathed in yellow lighting while recessed lights in white and
sparsely furnished area. Just behind the dining area, a bar opens up to
natural sunlight streaming in from the tall window gives perfect lighting to
the dry and wet kitchen. A bar table has been fashioned from the slab
match the furniture in dark colours.
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METRICS GLOBAL SDN BHD
B-01-12, to 15. Gateway Kiaramas Corporate Suite, Level 1, No.1, Jalan Desa Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. T 03 6201 3999 E [email protected]com.my FB www.facebook.com/metricsglobalsdnbhd WEB www.metricsglobal.com.my
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | CHUAH SAY YANG, KHOR WAN YING & RACHEL WONG DESIGNATIONS | CREATIVE DIRECTOR & SENIOR DESIGNERS PROJECT TYPE | CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | GEORGETOWN SITE AREA | 1,650 SQ FT
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union between the Danish interior design
and interspersed with marble top. Designed completely in white, the
concept and German Bauhaus interior
area is enhanced through the marble backsplash as well as solid brass
design concept would be best represented
handles and newfangled lighting overhanging the breakfast bar. A
by this condominium designed by the
doorway leads occupants and guests into the wet kitchen that also
Nevermore Sdn Bhd. Measuring 1,650 sq
follows the colour schemata.
ft, this unit sited in Georgetown marries the best of both design worlds to result
An extremely spacious master bedroom has been designed for the
in an interior that is clean, functional,
occupants where the room is replete with a walk-in wardrobe, a
comfortable, habitable, and mostly modern with enviable results
bathroom, as well as dresser that makes getting ready a pleasurable
throughout the home. Taking on a monochrome that is interspersed
affair. The team at Nevermore have used the space ingeniously where
with certain shades of grey this interior does not come off as clinical
as soon as one enters, the left takes the occupants to their crib while
but exudes a luxuriant ambiance.
the left leads to the bathroom and built in wardrobe. But what catches the yes is the magnanimously designed bathroom that appears as an
Entering the living area and certain features immediately stands out
art installation. With clear glass for some parts of the wall and marble
such as the avant-garde chandelier, the wicker chairs as well as the
tiles for other parts, the bathroom with its standalone bathtub and a
wall beading that brings a layer of texture and depth to the space.
huge mirror is a sumptuous. Truly embodying luxury and rejuvenation,
For the uninitiated, wall beading is a row of narrow wood planks
anyone that steps into this elegant space would not want to leave it.
lined up vertically on the wall. In between each wood plank is a little indentation also known as a “bead”. Drawing on the Danish interior
Adjacent to the bathroom is the built-in wardrobe mostly in pristine
design ideal for inspiration, the Nevermore team have recreated the
white and also some compartments with its see through tinted glass
clean and simple lines, with an emphasis on sleek materials that help
to allow one to see into it. Enter the sleeping area, and once again
to define this simplistic aesthetic.
beaded walls take centerstage as the feature wall that sits behind the padded gun metal grey headboard. Tall windows allows sunlight to
All furniture has clean lines with no details to keep the focus on function
pour in while dove grey curtains provide much needed respite from
rather than style, with the focus centered o the wicker chairs that
the heat. On the top, plaster ceiling with a simple round moulding
bring a sport of colour and nature into the living area. Just beyond the
is sufficient to elevate the room’s elegance while natural coloured
white sette is the breakfast bar and dry kitchen completely in white
floorboards is in sync with the rest of the space.
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NEVERMORE SDN BHD
306D, Jalan Burma, 10250 Georgetown, Penang. Malaysia. T 04 218 9677 E [email protected] | [email protected] WEB nevermoregroup
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER | LOUIS LUA DESIGNATION | PROJECT DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | CORNER LOT DOUBLE STOREY PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | KINRARA SITE AREA | 3,408 SQ FT
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REVELING IN SIMPLICITY
The idea of simplicity is easy to grasp but to take that idea and turn into a mesmerizing interior is a challenge as one needs to be equipped with the eye for details and skills to nail the concept. This home is a celebration of simplicity, modernity, and luxury combined.
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imbun is one of the residential developments that
been fashioned from a slab of wood where no two wood textures and
sets itself apart from the other developments
patterns are the same. The accompanying wingback dining chairs are
within the vibrant township of Bandar Kinrara,
in dove grey.
Puchong by its expansive and lush greenery as well as the master planning that works in tandem
Tall windows bring in plenty of sunlight. The bar-lounge area is
with the land’s natural features. Presenting an open
arresting in its beauty where Suzuka craft stone lends authenticity
and flexible layout combined with a sense of tranquillity, within this
to the space and the industrial vibe it is rocking. One end of the area
enclave, lies a home that embodies luxury in a minimalistic manner.
boasts grey craft stone while the bar area is a nod to the dark side. The island bar tabletop is an elegant onyx while the bar behind it
The interior design firm, Perfect Match was engaged by the owners
is dressed fully in black; from the display shelves and countertop to
of this double story to design it in tasteful manner while practicing
the appliances and other accessories. Overhanging cylinder lights
restraint. Taking to account that the exterior surroundings of its green
complete the aesthetics.
landscape, the team at Perfect Match designed the interior of this home to reflect that au naturel vibes. Taking on the Modern interior
The wet kitchen goes rogue from the overall theme to be designed in
design concept, this home showcases a fuss-free and simple interior
grey and white palette and the striking contrast works well to provide
where the furnishing and finishing use neutral materials and earthy
a refreshing appearance to the dwelling. Featuring white marble with
colours while doing away with unnecessary elements.
grey veining pairs beautifully with the granite grey cabinetry with gold handles. To sum it up, the wet kitchen stands out for its distinctive
The living area takes on the earthy palette of brown and beige. The
features that gives it a palatial appearance.
former has been used to highlight the TV wall which in this instance also serves as a feature wall where slat panels in a trio of earthly tones
The master bedroom deserves special mention for its elegance lies
of beige, dark walnut, and light cocoa create a dramatic finish. During
in the simplicity of the space. Thought the theme is kept in check
the day, big windows allow plenty of sunlight to stream in but after
with onyx furnishing ad finishing, timber flooring in natural tone takes
sunset, recessed lights bathes the space in a yellow hue that creates
precedence in this space. One is immediately drawn to the rich tone
a cozy and romantic atmosphere.
of the flooring. On one end of the room sits the dresser in black that complements the bedstand, headboard, and the wall behind the bed.
The open plan makes the communal area such as the living and
The wall behind the bed is avant-garde as it has thin lines of light
dining area accessible and visible to all without walls and pillars. The
running up to the ceiling. From there the other corner houses built-in
dining area connects one to the bar area, which are the crowning
cupboards and a hidden door reveals a spacious walk-in wardrobe
jewels of this home. The dining table is certainly unique for it has
and attached bathroom.
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PERFECT MATCH INTERIOR DESIGN
No. 39, Jalan Temenggong 43A/KS07, Taman Sejati Kehijauan, 41200 Klang Selangor, Malaysia. T 013 452 1699 E [email protected] FB perfectmatchdesign WEB perfectmatchidesign.wixsite.com/profile
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | SILVER CHNG & MAVIS TEO DESIGNATIONS | MANAGING DIRECTOR & SENIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | CLUSTER SEMI-D PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | ECO SPRING ECOWORLD SITE AREA |2,390 SQ FT
Using only a handful of colours RICE Interior Design firm has managed to create a home interior that is layered in simplicity, modernity, sumptuousness and elegance. Taking its occupants and guests on a luxurious journey that is endless. 121 / S P E C I A L P R O J E C T
he term opulent is characterized by excessive
space while grey walls imbibed with black panels surround it. At
extravagance or rich abundance but this
strategic points, art installation and art pieces are added to bring
isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes
life. A sliding door reveals the bar station and dry kitchen that is
to interior designing. In the realm of interior
completely in onyx which provide an exciting juxtaposition to the
designing, having a home that is defined as
rest of the space.
luxuriant is definitely a compliment as nailing the opulent vibe for a home can be tricky
The master bedroom pays homage to dark notes where the entire
where a slight misstep can lead to a home
room is designed to be dark, daring, and a little bit mysterious that
looking more gaudy than it is luxuriant. When it comes to bringing
invites one to explore. The room begins with timber flooring that is
opulence to your home, RICE Interior Design meets the brief to a tee.
similar to Merbau. This flooring is then paired beautifully with dark walls behind and opposite the bed. The panelling that serves as a
With this dwelling located in XXX, the team at RICE has designed a home
backdrop for the bed is a cushioned panel in Anchor Grey which
that is full of luxurious details, lavish finishes and plush textures that is
is then interlaced with gold finishing while the wall opposite it is
combined with luxury furniture, special wall treatments, and other details
covered in black marble. The room is made brighter with natural
that complete the grandiose atmosphere of this interior. For the living
light pouring in from huge windows and recessed lighting that
area, the use if gild, back, and marble give the space an elevated luxury
bathes the room in soft lighting. Asway from the bedroom, is the
that isn’t just limited to the lower half but also the ceiling. A simple plaster
dressing area that is wide. With a long dresser and mirror lined
ceiling is bordered in onyx to give a regal touch while the lower house is
against the wall and built in cupboards in dark cocoa taking up the
kept simple but given flair through materials used.
other side, the space is luxurious.
While other wall paneling is in dark grey the TV wall is done up
The home also has a wet kitchen that takes on the same colour
in black marble with white veining that adds theatrics to the
scheme as the dry kitchen. With kitchen cabinetry and electrical
space. Emerald green furnishing ties brings the design to fruition.
appliances in black, it stands out against the white frame that
The space receives plenty of sunlight that streams in from huge
makes up the rest of the area. This home is a clever play of a simple
windows. Just an arm’s length is the dining area that is small
colour palette, rich materials and textures that add theatrics in a
but pretty. A round table that seats 5 sits in the middle of the
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RICE INTERIOR DESIGN SDN BHD
19B, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia T 017 773 9962 E [email protected] FB RiceDesignSdnBhd WEB ricedesign.org
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A NATURAL BE
The term ‘less is more’ ring so true for some interiors that can be brought to life with so little colours, embellishments, and fanfare. This show unit designed by Sachi Design is a testament to interior designers who are skilled enough to maximise a space’s beauty through minimalism.
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inimalism and modern are two terms that
around the globe are embracing and this
their life and not just limited to home improvement. Therefore it comes as no surprise that minimalism and modern interior design concepts exist in different
parts of the world but termed differently in every language. On that note, Hyeondae is the Korean term for modern and as more individuals are attracted to everything Korean it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Korean interior design concept too is welcomed. Back home, Sachi Design teamed up with Hunter Douglas to furbish a showhouse in Tropicana Aman, a development artfully designed to allow one to embrace the alluring qualities of nature. Nestled in this tranquil locale is the semi detached show unit that celebrates natural light, minimalism, and modernism within its interior. Using a natural colour palette, the home is simplicity personified. Walking in through the wooden door, it is evident how the interior design team truly wanted to champion simplicity and let natural lighting do the most work. Extending to the dining area, the natural hue that adorns the flooring and the TV wall lends the space a naturalness and authenticity while the darker cocoa notes of the furniture melds seamlessly while exuding contrast. Sitting in the living area is an off-white sofa that matches perfectly with its surroundings. The TV wall in a natural wood tone is complemented with a TV console in that same shade. Surrounding the home are large glass windows and doors that invite plenty of sunlight into the abode. Moving away from the living area is the dining and kitchen areas. The dining table in dark mocha is placed close to the large doors giving an al-fresco dining experience while being inside. An avant-garde lighting hangs above the table. At the centre of the dry kitchen, a majestic breakfast bar sits and this is truly the piece de resistance of the home. Fashioned from just timber and black marble, it adds exquisiteness to the kitchenette. Behind it, cabinetry in dark wood and tabletop in black marble carries the theme. An entryway, takes occupants to the wet kitchen. The first floor houses the bedrooms away from the hustle and bustle of the ground floor. Designed to give its occupants maximum rejuvenation and relaxation, the bedrooms are pretty, simple, yet functional. With a padded headboard in grey, and low console that doubles as a sideboard, the sleeping area matches the overall theme of simplicity
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | TENNYSON CHIA
& HUNTER DOUGLAS DESIGNATION | DIRECTOR PROJECT TYPE | SEMI-D SMART HOME PROJECT CATEGORY | SHOWHOUSE PROJECT LOCATION | SHAH ALAM SITE AREA | 3,200 SQ FT
without taking up much space. Two glass globes hang on either sides of the bed. Further away from the bed is a built-in wardrobe and a dresser that is perfect for the occupants to get ready in privacy. The other room which clearly belongs to toddlers is perfect as it is colourful and spacious to store every imaginable knick knacks. Save for the raised wooden platform that houses the bed and a huge builtin cupboard, the room is left bare to give more space for movement. The other bedroom in this abode is designed in grey and timber notes. To one corner is the built in cupboard while windows allows plenty of natural light to brighten up the interior. 12 7 / S P E C I A L P R O J E C T
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SACHI INTERIOR DESIGN SDN BHD
No 4-2, Jalan Pekaka 8/4, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia T 03 6150 5018 E [email protected] WEB www.sachi-interiors.com
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STREAMLINED SIMPLICITY A dwelling’s comfort is measured by its interior and one of the interior design concepts that put comfort at the for is simplicity. Showcasing simplicity at its best, this home designed by SQR Interior Architecture radiates hushed elegance.
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | ANDREW CHANG, WREN KOH & JUNE TEE DESIGNATIONS | DIRECTOR, SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER & PROJECT DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | KUALA LUMPUR SITE AREA | 1,500 SQ FT
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condominiums situated prominently in the Kuchai Lama urbanscape. Ideally located atop a hill, GenKL is specially designed to cater for all walks of life, where it aims to bring you an elevated living experience in an authentic environment. Bringing out the best of modern
lifestyles, GenKL weaves seamlessly with the existing landscape. Within this 30-storey tower is a space that has been designed by the interior design firm SQR Interior Architecture Sdn Bhd. Taking the lush greenery and rapid development of the surrounding, this unit has been immaculately designed to reflect its landscape as well as staying true to the client’s brief which is to have an interior that is minimally designed. This home which belongs to a family with two small children have been designed in mostly clean lines, warm tones, and refined details with cozy textiles to heighten the beauty of the space. Entering the abode, to the left is a cupboard in white for storing shoes and knick-knacks. From there, one comes face-to-face with the dining and living areas and the first thing that strikes the mind is how pristine the space looks and feels. Done up in soft shades of grey, the dining space is simple and functional. Grey wingback chairs feature exposed wooden legs while the table top itself is fashioned from marble-like material with black exposed legs which presents a beautiful juxtaposition. A mirror is the only accessory. Just beyond the dining area, a sliding door takes occupants into the kitchenette. Within an arm’s length is the living area which once again takes on soothing palettes such as natural timber, white, and grey. The wall that backdrops the TV is designed in a natural timber while a TV console in white sits in front of it. Just behind the sofa set is another partition in natural timber that seems like a wall but in actuality is a concealed storage space that run the length of the wall and extends along the corridor. The interior receives plenty of sunlight from tall windows. Bare walls through the communal area is painted a pistachio green that marries well with the timber and elements within the space. The bedrooms are sumptuously designed to give its owners the feeling of comfort and opulence. Tastefully designed, the master bedroom exudes a tailor-made elegance with a tailored built-in bedhead replete with lush textures. And if that isn’t enough, what takes it up a notch is the colour palette – the use of royal blue gives the room a strong character. To cut through the rich tone is plenty of sunlight streaming in from tall windows. Tiimber flooring and walls give the room a naturalness and also serves as an excellent contrasting factor. The other two bedrooms clearly belonging to the kids have been suitably designed where one room is painted offwhite where its leaning towards a light grey tone. and feels chirpier and crisper due to the colours of the furnishing and finishing. The highlight of this room would be the overlapping treatment of the plush pink velvet cushion bedhead that is an additional texture to the space. The carpeting stands out against the dark timber flooring. While the other, clearly belong to a boy features streamlined curvilinear bedhead in teal blue that plays with the lighting.
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SQR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE SDN BHD
289A, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia T 014 394 3995 E [email protected] FB www.facebook.com/SQRArchitecture WEB sqrdesign.com.my
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | SIMON YEW & TERENCE TANG DESIGNATION | CONCEPTUALIST PROJECT TYPE | PRIVATE CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | TANJUNG BUNGAH SITE AREA | 2,400 SQ FT
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A CRADLE OF EXEMPLARY EXCELLENCE Steeped in the beauty of its surroundings, this creatively designed condo unit is a testament of its interior elegance through a fantastic choice of finishes, textures and architectural details.
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verlooking the Straits of Melaka, the spectacular
preparation and entertaining guests in mind, the kitchen successfully
Mira Residence is located on the Northern
combines elegance and functionality. A set of sliding panel doors
part of Penang island in the high-end suburbs
opens up to the wet kitchen, further expanding the overall size of
of Tanjung Bungah. With layouts primarily
the kitchen. The adjacent dining area, a marble topped table and five
designed for the keen urban professionals
matching chairs that stand out against the austere surroundings. ST
and young families, Mira Residence is home to
Concepts’ design for the kitchen was targeted to radiate a warm,
spectacular views of the surrounding hills and sea straight from
friendly atmosphere, building up to the signature essence which gives
the balcony of every unit. It is within these picturesque residences
the whole space its own unique spirit.
that houses a unit designed by ST Concepts, a critically acclaimed interior design and furnishing practice.
For the bedroom, ST Concepts was going for an unequivocally contemporary aesthetic that is rooted in an abundantly crafted
Inspired by its surroundings, the unit’s design provides a sharp
interior. Steeped in the theme of chic and vibrant, the master bedroom
contrast with the overall impressive scenery, in regards to both space
merges elegance with contemporary interiors to create a sense of
organization and the choice of atmosphere, materials, and furniture.
savoir faire. Hues of light wood and immaculate wallpaper designs
The translucent glass partitions allow for an influx of natural light to
further dominate the interiors, creating a domain of immutable space.
enter. The partitions play with the concept of space, while only subtly revealing various rooms, creating an overall remarkable interior effect.
In the children’s room, a large mirror frames the space, creating a sense of a conspicuous visual treat. The balcony provides much
The living room is a perfect blend of a space that is fantastic for
needed natural lighting into the room, finished with a calming swing
unwinding, or to have discussions in front of the wainscot walls.
set for beautiful evenings.
Painted in a comforting light grey, the space is designed in a customary manner, especially in the centered, symmetrical perspectives created
Through the choice of finishes, its textures, its architectural details, as well
by the wide windows overlooking the hills. A carpeted living room is
as a careful balance of light colors with wood flooring, interacting with
flanked by the doors leading to a wide balcony, taking full advantage
soft shades of comforting grey, ST Concepts has designed a strikingly
of both the abundant natural light and the contact to the outdoors.
charming and purposefully minimalist home which boasts of refined details and clean transitions that further add to the simplicity of the space.
Utilizing a minimalist look, the kitchen opens up around a large
The result is a meticulously designed condo unit that clearly reflects a
white marble bar with light-colored cabinets. Designed with meal
level of sophistication that exhibits an intimate living environment.
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1M, Jalan Gottlieb, Bagan Jermal, 10350 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia T 012 422 9332 | 012 422 3233 E [email protected] IG stconcepts_design WEB www.st-concepts.com
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An embodiment of simplicity, this home has been designed in a manner where nature has played a big part in heightening the elegance and luxuriant vibes and very little embellishments are required. Studio Three has exceeded all expectations.
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | KASHFI EMIR AND PUTERI BALQIS DESIGNATION | INTERIOR ARCHITECT
AND MAIN CONTRACTOR PROJECT TYPE | THREE-STOREY BUNGALOW PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | KUALA LUMPUR SITE AREA | 4,280 SQ FT
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short search on the Internet tells us that a lounge area is essentially a modern interpretation of a communal space where people gather together. The hallmark of a lounge area is that it has an inviting atmosphere that strives to be as comfortable as possible for all its occupants. If we look around us, a home, office, hotels, as well as airports have lounge areas. Is it possible though to design the entire
interior of a home to reflect a lounge so the occupants and guests would feel relaxed and comfortable without foregoing style? Studio Three, an interior design studio that is making waves with its invigorating design ideas shows us that is possible by designing this home in Nadayu Residence to predominantly reflect the lounge design ideal. Taking some signature concepts such as dimmed lighting, rugs, low sofas, and small lounge tables and applying them throughout the interior keeps the theme going fluidly. The living area of this 3-storey home is kept relatively simple where the pristineness of white settee and marble coffee table is balanced beautifully with the use of wicker and timber furniture. Tall glass windows and doors allow plenty of sunlight to pour in which brightens the space while pops of colours add vibrancy. A walkway takes occupants and guests to the second living area that is distinctive than the former. Taking on a modernistic design concept, this living area once again features plenty of natural lighting, minimal furniture, while keeping to simplicity and practicality. Most of the space is left bare while art pieces adorn some parts of the home. Wicker chairs are paired with an orange sofa while the wall opposite to it features a wooden shelving and dark grey slat wall. Closer to the French sliding doors, sits an off-white chaise lounge. A black circular coffee table sits in the centre of the room. Spacious and brightly lit, the dining and dry kitchen areas exude a hushed elegance. Using natural material to its best, the wicker chairs evoke a sense of nostalgia where rattan chairs used to be a popular choice of furniture. Tastefully elevated to fit the modern day, these chairs match with the onyx dining table. Complementing these chairs are a rattan cupboard and customised jute carpets. The dry kitchen is modern and kept primeval. Like the rest of the home, plenty of natural light gives this home a vivacity and positive vibes. One of the bedrooms within this dwelling is draped in style, from start to finish by adopting a simple colour scheme and plenty of accessories to bring to naturally bring out the minimalistic beauty within the space. Flanking the bed on either side is a simple wooden bedstand where lampshades are placed. Behind the bed is a black slat wall that juxtaposes against the light palette that boasts black & white abstract art pieces. Adjacent to the bed is a timber study table in dark chocolatey notes that match the bedstand. Further from the bed are two low single seater sofas in dove grey. Chaise lounge and black coffee table also adorn this space while tailored jute rug gives adds to the homey ambiance. The interior of this home embodies the modern contemporary design concept to a tee as such much of the interior is left bare to ensure it is minimalist, practical, and functional for all who occupy the space. The natural light that streams in pivotal parts of the home and made-to-order jute carpet throughout the home brings a spot of nature within the home. While art pieces bring much-needed vibrancy to this home. 14 6 / S P E C I A L P R O J E C T
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STUDIO THREE DESIGN
A1-08-15, Arcoris Business Suites, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia T 019 693 1135 E [email protected] IG wearestudiothree
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In the world of interior designing, grey is what the colour black is in fashion. It is a colour that complements and uplifts any interior and is versatile to other colours and materials as evidenced in this home. Taking on shades of grey, this interior is aesthetically pleasing.
ver the last 5 years, an unexpected colour palette has been making a splash within the home improvement industry. It is a colour that is coveted for its versatility, subtlety, adaptability, universality, and complementing nature. Contrary to the misconception that it
is a dreary and underwhelming colour, grey when cleverly paired is able to transform an interior to look classy as well as elegant as demonstrated in this home designed by Surface R. Taking on the role of a primary shade for this home, grey has been beautifully paired with different colour palettes as well as materials to elevate the interior of this home. Spanning 4,200 sq ft, the living area of this semidetached home in Jade Hills uses marble and timber that brings the interior together. As soon as one enters, it is evident that the timber furnishing and finishing plays an important role in complementing the shades of grey while large windows allow plenty of sunlight to stream in. The TV wall is set apart by the use of marble. The open-plan layout makes other communal area such as the dining area and dry kitchen visible and accessible, but it has been segmented from the living area with a timber partition embellished in marble. The dining and dry kitchen areas take on the same colour scheme and is sparsely furnished to ensure every area serves the role. The eight-seater dining table in marble matches its surroundings consisting of dove grey dining chairs, grey feature wall as well as the off-white flooring. The feature wall in gunmetal grey receives a regal touch as gold lines thread the tile grout. The dry kitchen features a long bar that could easily sit 5 people. Black cabinetry adorns the space while matching tube lights overhang.
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER | MOON DESIGNATION | INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | SEMI-D PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | KAJANG SITE AREA | 4,200 SQ FT
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Adjacent to the dry kitchen, is mirrored panels that extend to the nook beneath the staircase. These panels lend an air of spaciousness to the area. Making your way to the first floor and it becomes clear that this floor takes on a more personal and warmer note. A second living room is done up completely in dark notes where the flooring and built-in shelf is in timber. Hidden lighting brings a spot of warmth to the space. Natural light that streams in through big windows as well as grey and white walls provide brightness. Just beyond the balustrade is a workstation. With the exception of the master bedroom, the other bedroom though spacious are simply furnished with just a bed and study table to be functional. Taking on the colour palette of white and timber; the flooring is dark teak while the walls are a combination of white and natural timber. The master bedroom is beautifully designed to be modern, modest and functional all at once. The bedframe in a leathery brown juxtaposes perfectly with the graphite grey wall behind it. The wall adjacent to the bed is paneled in a cloudy grey while the TV wall takes on the grey hue, but thin wooden panels run in-between to effectively break the monochrome. Sunlight streaming in gives this room a vivaciousness.
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SURFACE R SDN BHD
Unit No 15-3, Level 3, Block C1, Jalan PJU 1/14, Dataran Prima, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia T 03 7887 0588 E [email protected] FB surface.r.sdn.bhd WEB www.surface-r.com
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HEARTH WITH A HEART A home that makes space for everyone within the dwelling is definitely a home that offers plenty of warmth, hospitality, joy, and love. This home in Ipoh Garden East is a perfect example of space planning done right.
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | CHEONG PUI YIE, YASMIN TARMIZI & SHARON KEE DESIGNATIONS | INTERIOR DESIGNERS PROJECT TYPE | DOUBLE STOREY PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | IPOH SITE AREA | 2,800 SQ FT
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poh, the capital city of Perak is one of those cities that can
are two orbs that accentuates with the ambiance while a sliding door
serve dual roles; it can be one of the trendiest places where
allows entry to the kitchenette which is designed immaculately in
youngsters can be spotted, and it also can be a quiet place
white. The top cabinetry takes a on pristine tone while the bottom half
where retirees want to be at. Whatever the reason for picking
consists of cupboards in beige.
out Ipoh, it also has a fair share of interior design firms that can design your home as your heart desires. One of the design
The nook beneath the staircase has been craftily converted to house
firms is Touchpoint Interior Design Sdn where they have
a bar area for family and friends to gather and chill out. Fashioning
designed this double-storey home in Ipoh Garden East.
a table of sorts from the partitioning, the bar area also in white is a brilliant example of space planning as it ensures all area of the home
Spanning two floors, the interior measuring 2,800 sq ft has been
is put to good use. From there we make it to the first floor where
designed in the Modern Classic concept where merge the traditional
the bedrooms reside. Using the spaciousness to its advantage, the
classic and trendy modern into an interior. For this home, though the
team have designed the room to be relaxing and pleasing. While
Touchpoint team had adopted the open plan concept, columns are
the bed sits at the centre of the room, other enhancements and
strategically placed to differentiate one area from another. As one as
accessories are craftily placed. With built-in cabinets running one
the door opens, we come face to face with the living area and to exude
length of the room and ending with a dresser at the far end of the
an illusion spaciousness, the ID team has paired white backdrop with
room to allow some privacy to its user, an armchair occupies the
a natural palette. An L-shaped sofa in tortilla brown sits at the centre
other side of the room.
of the space while slightly further, a pair of armchairs adorn the space that makes catching up easier. On top a grey carpet, is a coffee table.
The child’s room is pretty in a cotton candy colour combination of white and pink. Boasting a flexible layout, the room is perfect for a girl
Adjacent to the catch-up are, is the all-white dining area that is simple
who loves all her toys specifically the soft toys. The wallpapered wall
and functional while not compromising on style. The dining area
provides a neutral background for the pink headboard to stand out
carries elements from the living area while adopting new elements
while at the other side of the room is a small study table and built-in
that carries through to the kitchenette. Overhanging the dining table
dresser. This home is one that exudes warmth and plenty of love.
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TOUCHPOINT INTERIOR DESIGN SDN BHD 15A, Jalan Perajurit, Garden East, 31400 Ipoh, Perak. Malaysia T 05 546 5602 F 05 546 4906 E [email protected] WEB www.touchpoint.com.my
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | WEI WEI & ALLEN NG DESIGNATION | CREATIVE DIRECTOR PROJECT TYPE | BUNGALOW PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | RAWANG SITE AREA | 5,500 SQ FT
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SYMPHONY OF SYMMETRY A home that has been cleverly and creatively designed definitely shows because the love, attention to details, and sincerity is obvious. Steeped in modernity, contemporary, and luxury, this home is simply sumptuous.
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ts brochure hails the Emerald West as an alluring landscape
unique spaces and even incite envy when friends and guests come
of greenery, shaded pavements and well-equipped amenities
over. For instance, the space by the staircase has been craftily been
- anchored together by a verdant, modern central park with a
fitted with a piano and designed with a geometric pattern. If the
crystalline lake and a recreational club. Nestled in a lush valley
ground floor is a darker mode then the other floor is made brighter
within a fast-growing township of Rawang, Emerald West is
for dissimilarity. Featuring a TV wall with imported marble from Italy,
a new community carefully designed for fulfilling community
the space is enriched further with complementing dove grey furniture.
living. In gemology, emerald is one of the most desirable and
Sunlight streams in through big windows.
valuable coloured stones so it is easy to imagine the exacting This sprawling home features three bedrooms and they are all
standards that Emerald West holds itself to.
suitably sumptuous and expansive. They are all designed to the
Cocooned amongst this lush neighbourhood is an expansive home
preference of its occupants. The master bedroom is made brighter
that has been opulently designed by the WA Interior Design team.
and crisper through the use of whites and imported marble.
Sprawling 5,500 sq ft and over two floors, this bungalow is a creative
Backdropped against the gunmetal grey bed is the dual-coloured
narrative of how a home interior can appear when the ID team is
headboard in shades of khaki and granola that pairs beautifully
given the creative reign. Opting for the Modern Contemporary design
with the natural timber flooring. The accompanying marbled
concept, the ID team have exceeded expectations where they have
panels features matching lighting on both sides. Further down
ingeniously paired colours with complementing colours, texture, and
the bed is the wall too features the imported marble with gold
materials that lend authenticity to the space.
finishing. The room is made complete with a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom to match.
Stepping into the lounge area, one can be forgiven for thinking that the space is dark and broody but a closer inspection reveals
The other bedrooms in the abode have been designed in different
that the dark interior is contrasted by lighter flooring and furniture.
color combinations of blue and yellow and blue and white. The former
The combination of light and dark within the living room makes the
has wooden flooring to match the colour combination that is cleverly
space rich in elegance and textures. Furthermore, in the living room,
imbibed within the space. Stripes running vertically and horizontally
coloured and floral panels gives it a refreshing tone. The walls are
give it a youthful appearance. The same can be said about the other
painted a dove grey. Adjacent to the space, is a bar area that is replete
bedroom that clearly looks like it belongs to a girl. The bed has been
with a cabinetry as well as an island bar with matching stools.
raised and placed on a platform so it gives the room depth. Mostly in whte, baby blue makes appearances minimally but impacts the vibe
Throughout the home, nooks have been created to make full use of
of the space. All bedrooms come with a closed off study space for
space and these nooks have been artistically designed to serve as
more privacy and silence.
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WA STUDIO SDN BHD
B-09-19, Trefoil Setia City, Jalan Setia Dagang AU U/13AH, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia T 012 237 1303 E [email protected] FB WA-Studio-759747497760042
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | MISEAL LOW & JAY LIEW DESIGNATION | INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | PENTHOUSE CONDOMINIUM PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | MONT KIARA SITE AREA | 5,300 SQ FT
hen you purchase a unit
light that streams in through huge windows. The TV wall is covered
in white marble where its unique veining presents the wall as an
inspired Icon Residence in
inventive canvas. To the right of the TV wall is a black panel where
Mont Kiara, then designing
one section is textured. Given the heavy texture and pattern, the
furnishing is kept relatively simple with white settee and a marbled
cultured postcode is equally
coffee table to match together with an armchair in onyx. Lightings are
important. For this singular
used to add a dramatic finish to the space.
purpose, X Two Concept Sdn
Bhd were engaged to bring this unit together with the combination of
Further down, a black-bordered sliding door takes you through
Art Deco / Modern Luxury design concepts. At 5,300 sq ft, this unit
to the dining and dry kitchen areas and following through is the
is a luxuriantly spread out which makes designing the interior a well-
onyx wall with textured panel. The dining table offers a refreshing
intentioned challenge which the ID team rose to gallantly.
use of white where the table is white marble while the legs are a muted gold and the insides of the pod-like dining chairs are a
Carefully marrying the concepts, the interior is akin to an art gallery
burnt orange. Above the dining table hangs a cascading fabric
where there is plenty to see and touch. At the living area, the white
of light that lends the space a sensual appeal. From there, take
interior is made more to feel and look more spacious by the natural
a walk to the dry kitchen area which also has been furnished in
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Baronial & Artful Ode To transform a house into home, a lot of heart and soul is required as designing a home is a labour of love. This home designed by X Two Concept Sdn Bhd is a testament to that.
pristine white to lend a contrasting ambiance. Pod-like bar stools
for its occupant. Allowing privacy, the bedroom is exquisitely
in burgundy occupy the island bar and works for a quick meal or
designed and is starts with the padded crushed velvet wall behind
the bed. Stretching the entire wall, the grey crushed velvet wall gives the space a busy ambiance therefore the rest of the area is
The first floor is devoted to creating a personal space for the
kept relatively simple where the only furnishing are low bedstands
occupants as the bedrooms and a designated workspace. Designed
and a long ottoman at the foot of the bed. Once again lighting
in the same elegant manner of the rest of the home, the workspace
plays a pivotal role as unique lights are affixed to this space. From
adopts various tones of greys to create layers and depth. An art piece
there, black panels cue you to the lounge area that is replete with
also in varying shades of grey hangs on the wall while a white shelving
TV, plush sofas and armchairs.
unit is built to store books and other knick knack. Further in, a lounge area is designed to allow for relaxation or informal discussions to take
One element that is stark is with all bedrooms, special attention has
place. The room is brightened by ample of natural lighting.
been devoted to the walls behind the beds as every room is distinct. One bedroom features an onyx wall with an abstract pattern paired
The master room is expansive and takes occupants on a journey of
with slat panels while the other bedroom has padded velvety grey
simplicity and elegance. The space is divided into two where one
wall. Every room also has huge windows to allow sunlight to stream
serves as the sleeping zone while the other is a lounging space
in that makes the room chirpier.
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X TWO CONCEPT SDN BHD
B-3A-01. Menara Prima, Jalan PJU 1/39, Dataran Prima, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia T 012 393 7811 | 012 375 5083 | 03 7887 0001 FB www.facebook.com/XtwoConcept WEB www.xtwoconcept.com.my
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Being experimental can often yield results that are outstanding simply because one took the risk to create something new. In this instance, going the road less travelled has definitely has been rewarding for Yong Studio as the interior of this home is a breath of fresh air. 174 / S P E C I A L P R O J E C T
ne of the ways to stay ahead of any game is to adapt to change and innovate to changing times. This statement rings true in our personal and professional lives and when we are at work, the need to constantly learn, unlearn, and relearn allows one to be ahead of the pack. In the world of interior designing, the same rules apply,
where interior designers need to update their repertoire of design concepts so there are new ideas that can be proposed to homeowners. For this particular home refurbishment project, Yong Studio were commissioned by the homeowners for their inventiveness and ability to turn an interior into a wow-worthy space and they certainly exceeded expectations. Not wanting to go down the tried-and-tested route of familiar design concepts, the team at Yong studio felt it would be interesting to introduce a new design idea. With that, we see the Nanyang concept making its debut. The Nanyang Style refers to the use of a mixture of styles and techniques from Chinese pictorial traditions and the School of Paris, which was practiced by a group of artists who featured prominently within the local cultural scene in the years after the end of the Second World War. The Chinese phrase ‘Nanyang’, means south seas, stirred visions of tropical paradise, which is an attempt to fuse distinctive aesthetic traditions of the East and West. At the first glance, the interior of this home appears dark yet colourful and artistic at the same time. Boasting the clever combination of white and black for the walls, this home is a juxtaposition of colours, textures, and layers but the contrasts also complements the interior well that it appears seamless. Colours are introduced to the space through various mediums such as art pieces, furniture, and plants. A canvas greets you at the doo, which also serves as a precursor to what awaits you the more you venture in. in addition to all of this, the living area feels homely and earthy due to the timber elements featured throughout the space. The dining area which is visible from the living area also is a mishmash of colours and textures which oddly works brilliantly in this home that spans over three floors. The wooden dining table in a golden pine tone breaks through the dark walls to give the space a naturalness. The dining chair is a combination of metal chairs and wooden bench. Overhead, colourful pendant lighting brightens up the dining area. Just beyond it is the island bar which is a combination of colours, patterns, and materials. Featuring multi-hued tiles on one side and geometrical pattern on the other, the island bar is a vibrant addition. Behind it is a dry kitchen in onyx which brilliantly contrasts against the brighter island bar. A door leads one to the wet kitchen which is elegant in onyx and dark walnut veneer. Cabinetry in black stands out against the lighter coloured floor and wall tiles that has been strategically place to add a dramatic finish.
THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER | ANNKY HUE DESIGNATION | INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | THREE STOREY SEMI-D PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | KAJANG SITE AREA | 2,500 SQ FT
The path leading up to the next floor once again plays with the colours black and white and once we are upstairs we come face to face with the master bedroom which feels rich, sumptuous, and elegant despite being minimally furnished. Painted a rich black, the walls of this room serve as a way for the rest of the elements to shine through and it works so well as colours are furniture and finishing. The huge windows allow sunlight to stream in which brightens the space. A bedside wicker chair and dresser in timber tones brings nature into the space.
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YONG STUDIO SDN BHD
T6 Light Grey, 2-2 Jalan LGSB 1/3, Pusat Komersial LGSB, Off Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor. Malaysia T 03 6143 9102 | 016 263 5911 E [email protected] FB yongstudiosdnbhd WEB www.yongstudio.com.my
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THIS PROJECT NAME OF DESIGNER(S) | CELENE LEE & EUNICE TAN DESIGNATIONS | ASST. MANAGER & SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER PROJECT TYPE | DOUBLE STOREY TERRACE PROJECT CATEGORY | RESIDENTIAL PROJECT LOCATION | BUTTERWORTH, PENANG SITE AREA | 2,480 SQ FT
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TAKE ON MINIMALISM When presented with a big space, it is easy to let the imagination and creativity run wild but an interior designer firm’s skills are best showcased when they are able to show restraint and yet unleash their creativity without getting in the way of the home.
t is quite common for mostly Asian homeowners to have an altar at the entrance of their home – it could either be placed outside or within the dwelling as a way of seeking blessing and protection. The same can be said for this home situated in Taman Bagan in Butterworth, Pulau Pinang, which has been designed by Zids Design Sdn Bhd. Kicking off the interior is the
small space at the right hand corner of the home which has been dedicated to the deities. The nook is split at the centre to create two different compartments. The home has been craftily designed to make sure that the interior within is cleverly utilised therefore, a wall or panel is never left as is, but is turned into a display space or something functional. This motif can be seen throughout the living area as multiple display shelving have been fashioned into the walls which takes away the need for standalone cabinets while also allowing the owners to display their memorabilia. An avant-garde lighting that adds vibrancy to the otherwise sparsely furnished area. The TV wall receives an uplift with gold paint lining the tile grout. \The dining area is chic and compact where a round four-seater dining table sits. The table top in white contrasts well with the black legs. Slightly further to it is the kitchenette that has been designed mostly in white but intercepted with an olive-green cabinetry. A mini kitchen countertop serves dual role – a space for quick meals and an extra counter for when it is needed. Here, tube lighting in black complements the entire area. Windows help bring in natural light that makes the entire area bright and spacious.
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The bedrooms are placed on the first floor to separate the private rooms from the communal areas of the ground floor. Taking on the colour scheme from the first floor, the master bedroom too has been designed in mostly white with gold finishing that elevates the state of the room from ordinary to extraordinary. Using grey and natural brown as complementary hues, the room is made livelier with a restrained design where focus is on the function of the area. The wall behind the bed is a natural tone while the headboard is in dove grey as is the curtains. Similar to the living area, shelves and display consoles are designed seamlessly with the wall, here too the bedstand has been built from within the walls beside the bed. Gold finishing lines the tile grout. To one side of the room are the dresser and built-in cupboards in white. This home is an example of how simplicity can result in an interior that is seamless and elegant while not compromising on the comfort and functional aspects of the home.
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ZIDS DESIGN SDN BHD
4544, Jalan Permatang Pauh, Taman Kerapu, 13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang. Malaysia T 04 329 2266 E [email protected] FB Zids Design Sdn Bhd WEB www.zids.com.my
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BROWSING through the website of Matthew Lim Associates (MLA), one gets the impression that not only is the founder, Matthew Lim passionate about designs and forms but so is the entire team. Invested in creating a space that features a nice and fitting design that can encourage users to understand and experience a space comfortably, the team at MLA
are dedicated to improving the
functional aspect of a space. Having founded the firm in 2014, Matthew has a strong foundation on design and believes that a functional design and good environment can make the world a better place for everyone. Believing strongly in creating narratives through bespoke ideation and conceptualisation to realise a space that bears values and meaning while solidifying his projects with a strong sense of timelessness, Matthew and his team are not just designing interiors but also designing intelligence. Applying this belief to all of his projects, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Matthew and his team have adopted the mantra to Tachitica Blinds Sdn Bhd’s showroom that is located in Taman Perindustrian Kinrara in Puchong where both the minds behind MLA and Tachitica Blinds had the same idea of creating a new store experience, where visitors are greeted by warmth and hospitality. For this particular showroom, Matthew Lim explained that his team had devised some pretty bold ideas and presented it to the client who were open to all of the suggestions which allowed for a fruitful collaboration that has resulted in a space that is chic, modern, business-like and everything more. Having been mostly involved in designs for retail spaces specifically within the F&B industry, Matthew is aware on how important it is to understand the brand, its offerings, and its business philosophy, which in this instance is ‘a pledge to quality window blind, the very best customer service and no hassle warranties to give every customer a peace of mind’. 18 9 / D I S C O V E RY
MLA Design Sdn Bhd’s role for Tachitica was mainly to revamp and rebrand and for that purpose their intention was to turn the showroom to a lifestyle space rather than a mainstream office setting. Using bold colours that blend perfectly with Tachitica products, the space has been designed in a way that is guest-oriented, creating a welcoming space for guests and also the employees who works there. Setting their minds to planning a warm and welcoming space, a variety of pleasing materials and colour scheme have been used. Brilliantly planned, the light brown wooden wall planks and textured Engineered Stone Flooring at the reception opens the space. Adding intrigue, beige and grey blinds are layered in horizontal and vertical lines, leading the eye towards the lit wording, which is an artistic way to showcase the business’ products. The highly obvious spacing and symmetry of lines in the high contrast wall panel design, product display cabinet, acrylic reception counter with its bronze line and wooden planks denote a steady pace with conviction of good ideas. The designers have made use of this subtle imbedding into the subconscious that states Tachitica Blinds helps unlock the designer in all, bringing style and elegance to a space of your choice, creating something wonderful. Right behind the reception is a semiprivate discussion area that also showcases a mirrored product display cabinet and ceiling design using Tachitica blinds in shades of patterned purple, plain grey and patterned blue. Simple wooden tables with black steel frame are put against a black paneled wall. The grey bucket stools act as a merging colour between high contrast colours in the section. Hanging above are Vintage Metal Pendant lamps that brighten the space and adds a posh ambience. This is truly a unique way to show innovative quality, good service and a wide selection of the product.
A complete showroom needs a lifestyle café and pantry that is fun to immerse in with interactive colour schemes. Both sides of the walls provide a high contrast of painted black and natural brown paneled wood, signifying the diversity each product can fulfil, emphasised by the neon curving lighting – ‘Creativity Never Ends’. Catching the eye immediately is the red built in cabinet in the corner fits a double door refrigerator. Softer tones are used for the hardwood tabletop that separates the pillar and island of mini white tiles. Reflecting the same tones are the wall cabinets and display shelves in cream. Black bar stools leave a polished finish as the island provides a little peekaboo view into the sea blue floor cabinets. The contemporary geometry themed wallpaper completes the look with an air of modern sophistication The room then moves to a relaxing corner of a pale blue lounge and matching round carpet that highlights the contemporary bright yellow wing back chair. Moving further to the reception again are two traditional skyblue wing back chairs – an invitation to relax and take in the beautiful sights
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Speaking on Tachitica as a window covering specialist, Matthew explained that as an interior design consultant, proposing an efficient solution for indoor openings is part of their job scope. “Often time, interior designers would suggest maximizing the penetration of natural light into the space, provided that the view is pleasant, however, not all spaces come with a good view,” he said. He also added that natural light is no doubt an advantage for most spaces as having large openings means energy saving and with natural light, it reflects actual colour tone of the space and accords occupants with a view of the exterior. But excessive sunlight can cause overheating, disruptive reflections on screens and discoloration of the furniture, if the incoming light is not treated efficiently, hence it is the interior designer’s responsibility to incorporate the daylight into the design efficiently by using the right shades and covering solutions. With Tachitica blinds that comes in various designs and solutions, it helps broaden our design solutions for windows and openings that are aesthetically pleasant,” said Matthew who hails from Malacca. In his experience as an interior designer for almost a decade, Matthew explained that when it comes to window coverings, it is not surprising that most homeowners would opt for curtains, which is common and familiar to most property owners. But Matthew and his team prefer to be distinct by working with timber venetian blinds for large openings in living room for timber Venetian blinds provide the flexibility for natural light to penetrate the interior and also for aesthetic purposes. WORDS / VATSALA DEVI IMAGES / HEARTPATRICK www.mladesign.com.my [email protected]
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DEF YING THE ODDS
Taking on a challenge and excelling at it, is an achievement that needs to be lauded as not many people would want to tread on uncharted path. But Darren Gan, took a leap of faith to delve into the world of interior designing and he has definitely made a mark in the industry. MR DARREN GAN Founder of InD’finity Design (M) Sdn Bhd
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GONE are the days when young adults are asked to pursue
Slightly more than a decade being in this industry, inD’finity Design
academically inclined courses that would set them up for life. these
is a firm that focuses on both residential and commercial projects
days, more and more people are advocating the need to follow one’s
where Darren in his role as project consultant works with his team
dreams and passion as it gives fulfillment, happiness and contentment
to bring the ideation to life. Not one to box his company and team,
– some of the things that money cannot buy. One of the individuals
Darren doesn’t encourage the firm to have a signature style but
who had gone out on a limb to turn his interest for interior designing
prefers to make their client’s dream designs come true as such
into a successful business is Darren Gan, the founder of inD’finity
amongst their highly successful projects are the open concept
Design who hails from Gemas, Johor Bahru.
office for Boustead Travel.
Hailing from a small town, though Darren’s knowledge on interior
This concept maximizes space use while creating a physically and
designing was limited, so he made up his mind to equip himself with
mentally comforting modern workplace where employees can perform
the knowledge as he was intrigued with the Interior Designing industry.
and function at their best, and customers can relax and browse their
He enrolled in the Malaysian Institute of Art and after years of learning,
dream tour destinations. This special design has debunked the normal
unlearning, and re-learning, Darren founded his interior design firm in
perception of boring offices. All in all, this interior design stimulates
2009. Fast forward to the present, inD’finity is today backed by a team
creativity, collaboration and communication; increases productivity;
of young, passionate and committed designers who aspire to transform
reduces stress and anxiety; and speaks strongly of the corporate
and innovate the global design industry.
identity of Boustead Travel Service Sdn Bhd.
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As for one of their residential projects, one of their crowning jewels is the Banyan Tree’s award-winning brands residence that is tucked amongst Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. Inspired by the play of the sun throughout the daily hours, they have fully utilize light reflective surface and noble materials palette in combination with clean, modern lines of the furniture elements and wooden shades dominated colour palette. The combination of different beige, grey and ivory nuances starts from the foyer of the home, exploring the calm and luxurious feel of the design. The entire spaces are decided with shinning bronze, marble and hand scraped surface timber floor which reflect the light beautifully. Different textural patches and alternating wooden, brass or marble cladding of walls represent the different functional zones of the spacious living premise. Yet wooden cladding ceiling, wallpaper and custom-made furniture add warn caramel colour sparkle and organic feel to the materials composition. inD’finity’s repertoire also include designing and furbishing the interior for My Mishaltit Restaurant that is modern and contemporary and features graffiti art. The high ceiling of the restaurant is the perfect place to lightbox the name of the restaurant to create that classy retro look. Despite the modern design, the team also made use of real wood tables to make this restaurant interior glow with sophistication. Employing the latest trend in restaurant design, the inD’finity team has incorporated two types of floor finishing so guests can enjoy a unique experience. The ID team included a unique and attractive idea -- huge Zip design to decor the jug that is used to serve food, offering customers a memorable experience even before they taste the food. The open kitchen delivers a sense of confidence and cleanliness. The design concept is simple yet impressive, bringing the urban street atmosphere indoor in the fastcasual style food environment. 19 6 / D I S C O V E RY
The graffiti art with cement and metal finish in the walls take customers to the streets of Tel Aviv and delivers a sense of elegance and relaxation. Having been actively working on many projects, Darren and his team were thrown a curve ball when the Movement Control Order was implemented in March to flatten the curve of Covid-19 as a handful of projects were put on hold or even cancelled. Not one to be fazed, Darren put on his thinking cap and devised a plan to keep the momentum going but modified to suit the current circumstance. As a nod to the founder’s initial, and as a mark of respect for the call for everyone to stay at home (duduk rumah) and aspiring to help individuals own their dream home, d’Ruma – a medium cost interior design package to help homowners get their dream design – was incepted. Not a stranger to innovating and adapting to changing conditions, Darren hoped with the inception of d’Ruma, inD’finity will be able to provide an interior that is creative and provides functional comfort for all and sundry, where dream homes can be turned into reality. Promising to go above and beyond for all their clients, inD’finity is fast becoming an interior design firm that looks after the needs and wants of all of its clients while striving to meet the budget of their clients, especially so during this period where no one is left untouched by the pandemic. WORDS / VATSALA DEVI IMAGES / IND’FINITY DESIGN www.indfinitydesign.com 03 9283 0992
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THE WORLD OF ART
A collection of remarkable works of art by talented artists under one roof.
An upscale art gallery that houses many well-known names in the art industry, La Galerie Du Monde is French for “The Gallery of the World”. Whilst it is their intention to showcase art from other countries in the future, the gallery is committed to introducing the wonders of Malaysian art to the world at large. The incredible talent of our artists has already been acknowledged on international platforms with the works of several local artists such as Yusof Ghani, Jolly Koh, and Awang Damit having been featured in auctions by established houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Currently exhibiting big names in the Malaysian art scene, such as, Eng Tay, Ismail Latiff, Sharifah Fatimah, Peter Liew, Chiang Shih Wen, and Sylvia Lee-Goh. La Galerie du Monde is located at Jalan Gasing in Petaling Jaya. Committed in introducing the brilliance that is Malaysian art and showcase to the whole world what our own talents have to offer, La Galerie du Monde plans to establish themselves as a gallery that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best galleries across the globe. AWANG DAMIT
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As part of the gallery’s support to shine light on “special talented artists”, they are proud to introduce the artworks of artists with autism and the mentally challenged. To further their purpose of wanting to showcase works from all walks of lives, whether blooming artists or seasoned ones, La Galerie du Monde uncovers younger talents and pave the way for them to establish themselves as gems of the art industry, both local and international. At La Galerie du Monde, it is important for them to build relationships that are longstanding with artists and collectors, as forging connections between these individuals are as important as the valuable art pieces. They strive to blur the lines between business and friendship, which is necessary as friendship is priceless when it comes to creating meaningful bonds between individuals.
“ART IS UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE PUREST AND HIGHEST ELEMENTS IN HUMAN HAPPINESS. IT TRAINS THE MIND THROUGH THE EYE, AND THE EYE THROUGH THE MIND. AS THE SUN COLORS FLOWERS, SO DOES ART COLOR LIFE.” ~JOHN LUBBOCK (1834-1913), “THE PLEASURES OF LIFE”
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GRACEFUL GRANDEUR Homegrown artist, Eng Tay has made a name for himself across the globe with his exquisite art pieces that carry subtle hints of the everyday life.
For art loving homeowners out there, adding one of this artist’s work into your home interior would add an elegant touch to your space. Eng Tay’s
ne of the most established artists in Malaysia, born and raised in Kedah, renowned artist Eng Tay is well recognised across the globe. From, Taiwan, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and New York – his work has been
subtle yet meaningful art pieces would fit into any type of interior design, be it a minimalist home that needs a pop of colour or a maximalist that wants to add more. Not only will it catch the eye, but the connotation of the art pieces will catch one’s heart too.
exhibited in numerous countries, which does not come as a surprise. Artist Eng Tay’s artwork has a way of speaking to people, as he creates art that are based on the things he sees and experiences, thus making many relate to his art pieces. The artist gains inspiration through the simple yet universal theme of family, friendship, and common daily activities. In his paintings, you’ll notice that he uses basic forms such as spheres and circles to convey the precious moments of existence. Eng Tay’s goal is to invoke a sense of gratitude towards how fleeting life is and how lucky we are to still be together with one and another, especially with our loved ones.
ABSOLUTELY ABSTRACT Continuously on an art journey to search for meaning and value in life, Awang Damit Ahmad expresses his reflections and experiences through his breath-taking artworks.
well-known artist that is distinguished as an abstract expressionist. Sabahan artist, Awang Damit Ahmad graduated from Catholic University in Washington D.C. with a Master of Fine Arts. He is also an award-winning artist
that has a handful of accolades under his wings and has had his work exhibited all over the world. He has made a name for himself as an abstract artist, both in Malaysia and across the globe. Awang’s style has a strong characteristics of indigenous art forms of East Malaysia. His works range from landscape and nature to cultural and social matters. The EOC, Marista, Iraga, and Payarama Series are some of his most recognisable works. His artworks often carry the concept of ‘simplicity, harmony, and balance” – focusing on the essence of human value, society, culture, and environment. Abstract art is so versatile that you could incorporate it in any home – it can express an endless variety of moods. It can either fade softly in the background or be the focal point of a space with its bold colours and forms. Whether the space calls for a pop of colour or a subtle artistic touch, abstract art can instantly tie the whole room’s aesthetics together, elegantly. So, don’t let the bold, eye-catching compositions of
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The Galaxy Buds Live are available in 3 different colours. It has a long-
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lasting battery life - users can enjoy up to 6 hours of playback, when
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MADE FOR LIVING: COLLECTED INTERIORS FOR ALL SORTS OF STYLES Published by Amber Lewis
This is a book everybody must read: simply because it’s amazing for design enthusiasts from all over the world. Amber Lewis is known for her exceptional layering techniques, and truth be told, it is the secret ingredient in making interior design work. She’s known for her effortless style, as she shares timeless tips and other friendly advices that will make your humble abode a sanctuary.
NEW HOUSES IN ASIA: INSPIRED ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS FOR THE MODERN WORLD Edited by The Images Publishing Group
It’s never an easy feat for designers when designing modern homes across Asia: especially due to the varied challenges like extreme heat and even earthquakes. This stunning edition showcases recent award-winning designs for houses in Asia, packed with details of how they overcame the many challenges. With full-colour photos throughout, this book provides an overview of the best contemporary house designs, charting trends in modernity.
THE TROPICAL MALAYSIAN HOUSE 2 Published by Atelier International Sdn Bhd
Robert Powell would have started falling in love with this part of the world when he set foot in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 1979. In this edition - the author and photographer goes ‘outstation’, in pursuit of new examples of tropical living. Sarawak has proved a rich source of recent dwellings, mainly in close proximity to Kuching. Other exemplary tropical homes were found in Penang, Malacca, Batu Pahat and Johor Bahru in addition to Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Pahang.
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