Apartment, Olympic Station
Elegant and delicate. These two words should characterise your impression of this Central Park Apartment. Tailored to suit our client’s specific taste and preferences, the colour scheme of this project fixated on light grey and white with the occasional addition of pink that highlighted the feminine charm of a very clean design. This simple colour scheme, together with the careful use of design elements such as European-style wall decorations, gold and metallic finishes, and marble and linen texture wallpapers, created a layered and exquisite design that offered a lovely atmosphere for the family of three that lived there.
Beaming with Elegance from European Design Elements
The long, rectangular living room should immediately delight your eyes with its enormous space and relaxing atmosphere upon entering the apartment. Room and symmetry made this space a delightful piece of gem to sculpt with, but the entryway’s sharp edges and fragmented nature required some improvements. Our designer quickly found a solution. An under-ceiling model replaced the existing split-type air conditioner. This amendment, along with a dropped ceiling with recessed lights and the addition of a decorative ceiling moulding, helped provide the space with much-needed clarity and remove any excessive lines that obscured the room's spatial presence.
The client preferred designs that were elegant and classy. A modern and detail-oriented European look with a soft, light, and pastel-like colour scheme fitted perfectly to this description; it provided a roadmap for how the design would eventually look.
Large pieces of floor tiles with a washed-granolithic finish covered the entire surface of the apartment. Using larger units allowed for fewer joints, which effectively heightened the grandiosity of the flooring.
Most windowsills would only use a marble finish on the stool, but that is not the case here. Jazz white marble covers the entire windowsill graciously, and the same finish is used generously on the cabinet in the entryway. Gold metallic finishing is used wherever it's called for, blending everything to create an astounding feeling of elegance.
Modern European design is filled with details – a merit that is rightfully demonstrated on the walls and cabinets of the living room. Our designer judiciously utilised the beauty of well-designed casing and moulding on the plain white and light grey surfaces that triggered a subtle feeling of depth and richness. The space gave off a clean and straightforward impression, but details could be found everywhere, including the wallpapers. A linen texture was chosen to accentuate the relaxing atmosphere of the living room. In contrast, a different texture with subtle patterns and an ivory tone instilled warmth to the pathway that led to the bedrooms.
Bringing Life to the Design with Colour and Texture
The living room is outlined by strong, bold strokes of vertical and horizontal lines. Its choice of rounded furniture, in contrast, brings balance to the scene by instilling organic qualities. Nine pieces of painted porcelain hung firmly on the wall recess, in harmony with the sphere pendant lights in the dining area. The curved sofa was a vanguard statement from Ligne Roset, designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The blue fabric chairs at the dinner table and the Bell Coffee table from ClassiCon also added layers to the colour-blocking of the design.
Reorganising the Space and Layout
Revisions of the floorplan mostly took place in the bedrooms and kitchen area. The clients hired their house cleaning service by the hour, so the maid’s room inside the kitchen was unnecessary. It was transformed into a cloakroom, with its door moved to face the hallway. The original utility room had a triangular shape. It was redesigned under the concept of a storefront display window and now acts as a storage for the client’s collection of purses. A digital lock was added to provide extra security.
The kitchen was moderately expanded and divided into two zones that separated the laundry from the cooking. The marble texture wall panels blended with the dark brown kitchen cabinets to create an exquisite look.
The client enjoyed spending time in the bathroom to reset and relax. Our designer expanded the space and moved a dressing table into it. A similar marble texture is used generously again in this area, combined with oak cabinets, metallic frames with gold finish, and a glass shower enclosure to create a classy modern vibe.
In the master bedroom, the curved window originally stretched to the area facing the end of the bed. That part of the window was redesigned to fit a TV stand without taking much away from the impressive wideness of the scene. The bed is placed at the centre of the wall, allowing access from all three sides of the room. The wall behind the bed was pink with a linen texture, perfect for the client's taste. Its vertical grooves created an interesting visual juxtaposition with the two-sphere pendant lights on each side of the bed.