Apartment, North Point Midlevels
Featuring a clean and contemporary colour palette compromising almost entirely shades of white, gold and grey, this sophisticated apartment was designed by the brainchild of Jacky Lee of inT Design Furniture Limited
At 1,324 square feet, this stylish apartment located in North Mansion was blessed with an abundance of available floorspace, however the design felt out of date and out of sync with the lush verdant surrounds of nearby Braemar Hill. The building itself was built back in 1965. Which goes some way to explaining the larger-than-usual size, however the owners wanted to bring the layout into the 21st century, making better use of the floor plan, while also incorporating a more opulent, timeless design scheme. As such, Jacky Lee of inT Design Furniture Limited kick started the project by making a series of structural changes to make the property more workable.
First up, the team set about opening up the lounge area which was already reasonable in size, to create a bright and airy balcony on the far side of the room. This had the added benefit of enabling the design team to install floor-to-ceiling windows, which encourage the natural light to floor throughout the property. The designer also reduced the size of the guest bathroom, reapportioning part of the space in order to accommodate a master en suite bathroom complete with a shower and tub. And finally, the design team reworked the kitchen, adding an open-plan utility space and a dedicated private area for the family’s helper.
Because the building houses two apartments directly accessible through doors that sit on opposite sides of the hallway, the designer wanted to create an entrance that would afford a sense of privacy for the owners. As such, he cordoned off the area with a simple frosted glass screen that is framed with a gold stainless steel finish, ensuring the neighbours can’t see directly into the flat when the door is open. The space leads directly in to the lounge while discretely obscuring the dining area at the same time, adding a sense of grandeur as guests enter the apartment. However, this clear definition does not make the layout feel choppy thanks to the vast expanse of wood-patterned tiles underfoot, which create a sense of warmth and cohesion. The end result is a clever layout that perfectly utilizes the natural highlights of the property while also meeting the very practical needs of the family through sophisticated design.