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Art Design Home Tour: This Apartment Combines Good Feng Shui With Colourful Interiors

Home Tour: This Apartment Combines Good Feng Shui With Colourful Interiors

The white marble dining table and suede seats from Meridiani are elegant additions to the dining area
The white marble dining table and suede seats from Meridiani are elegant additions to the dining area
By Lynn Tan
January 17, 2020
By incorporating various fengshui requirements in creative ways, the interior design of this apartment allows the homeowners’ personalities to shine through

When the homeowners purchased this apartment in the River Valley area, they were careful to follow the recommendations of their fengshui master. Among them were specific colours for particular locations within the apartment, such as a bright red element in the living area and a gold feature wall in the dining room.

Several interior designers whom the couple met all expressed reservations towards the colour requirements. They decided to entrust the project to Topic Studio after coming across one of the firm’s projects featured in Singapore Tatler Homes, which left the couple impressed with the way gold was incorporated into the design.

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Accent pieces such as the Minotti pouf liven up the neutral palette while incorporating the owners’ preference for gold and red tones
Accent pieces such as the Minotti pouf liven up the neutral palette while incorporating the owners’ preference for gold and red tones

The firm’s take on the colour requirements was to portray them through natural materials or motifs, and blend the strong colours with softer hues. “We selected a chinoiserie theme with floral compositions that complement the use of gold and red, and which ties the whole scheme together,” says Tan Sze Ling, design director of Topic Studio.  

Each of the key spaces is defined by a feature wall that is in accordance with the fengshui requirements. In the living room, a cherry blossom tree is embossed on leather panels to achieve a three-dimensional effect similar to Chinese relief wood carvings. The home’s piece de resistance is the feature wall in the dining area comprising an intricate floral composition created using Sicis hand-cut mosaics with a Marmorino plaster frame.

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The bold botanical artwork makes this corridor pop
The bold botanical artwork makes this corridor pop
A lounge area in the corridor serves as another cosy spot in this home
A lounge area in the corridor serves as another cosy spot in this home

The homeowners, both of whom are accountants, spend a lot of their time at home enjoying each other’s company, as well as entertaining friends and business associates. The bar area with its backlit honey onyx island was specially designed to create the perfect setting for mingling over pre-dinner cocktails and wines. The loving couple also take pleasure in relaxing over a bottle of red wine in the evenings on the balcony overlooking the heart of town.

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Furnishings such as the Armani Casa fabric headboard panels, Meridiani bed frame and Baker nightstands give the master bedroom a luxurious vibe
A wooden divider separates the husband’s TV lounge from the bed area
The master bathroom features a large vanity area and a calming array of stonework
 

The master bedroom posed yet another challenge due to its irregular layout which tapers to a tight corner. The existing bay window also compromised the floor area within the room. Tan got around this by building a curved chaise sofa and a floating desk to utilise the space above the bay window.

The designer also crafted spaces where the couple could have their me-time. One of the bedrooms was converted into a TV lounge, wardrobe and bathroom within the master bedroom specially for the husband. The fengshui colour for this area is blue, which is reflected in the Fromental wallpaper with hand-made details that continue the botanical theme. The lounge is filled with pieces in different shades of blue, which include the leather sofa and a side table from Molteni&C.

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The Fromental wallpaper adds a lively dimension to the wife’s walk-in wardrobe
The Fromental wallpaper adds a lively dimension to the wife’s walk-in wardrobe
The clever placement of the Siemon & Salazar pendant lights and the Arte wallpaper creates a focal point in this powder room
The clever placement of the Siemon & Salazar pendant lights and the Arte wallpaper creates a focal point in this powder room

The walk-in wardrobe on the other side of the master bedroom feels like a secret chamber belonging to the lady of the house. Selected panels of the wardrobe doors are upholstered with a floral wallpaper, also from Fromental. “In conceptualising her walk-in wardrobe and many other aspects of the interior, I was inspired by Coco Chanel,” says Tan. “I wanted to capture the same confidence and stylishness that the female owner exudes.”

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The Pierre Frey wallpaper adds to the tranquil mood of the study while adhering to fengshui requirements
The Pierre Frey wallpaper adds to the tranquil mood of the study while adhering to fengshui requirements

For the study, the fengshui master had prescribed the colour blue and the addition of a mountain element, which Tan had found in a Pierre Frey wallpaper that’s reminiscent of a Chinese landscape painting. While the husband works at his Giorgetti desk, the wife can read in her Poliform armchair.

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The white marble dining table and suede seats from Meridiani are elegant additions to the dining area
The white marble dining table and suede seats from Meridiani are elegant additions to the dining area
The dry kitchen features a back-lit honey onyx counter and Miele appliances
The white marble dining table and suede seats from Meridiani are elegant additions to the dining area

The Asian-influenced interior scheme is something that Tan admits to executing frequently. It does not take on a fixed form or look, but can be expressed subtly through textures, proportions, detailings, the flow of spaces or fengshui. “Chinese aesthetics are something I am very passionate about because it is my roots. I am always exploring ways of integrating Chinese aesthetics into future projects.” 

For the homeowners, Tan helped them to realise what they wanted—every element from the design of the space to its ambience matches perfectly with their personal passions. 

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  • Photography Jasper Yu
  • Art Direction Khairul Ali
  • Photographer's Assistant Tan Ming Yuan

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