KNQ Associates sent us photos and information of an asymmetrical apartment that their chief designer Stanley Tham completed in Singapore. Introducing angled lines and undulating surfaces to create a direct visual contrast against straight and flat elements, the architect deconstructed the interiors in a subtle, unobtrusive manner. Even the little details(like the customized picture of black and white photography) which decorate the walls are arranged artfully in an atypical collage arrangement to tie up with the design concept. The color palette is kept light and monochromatic to ensure the interior space stays airy and feels light.
Color blue serves a central role to keep the home from looking sterile from using a neutral scheme. The asymmetrical forms continues in the master bedroom, where a TV panel has been designed to keep the space between the end of the bed and the opposite wall clear for passage. Looking like a monolith, it breaks the regular boundary of a rectangular room and serves as part of the false ceiling to hold the lights. Similarly, a bold red wallpaper at the headboard wall -color suggested by a Feng Shui consultant- commands presence in the room.
In the study guest room, the customized built-in storage furniture is similarly designed with the central theme in mind – graphical lines create a geometric pattern on the doors for visual interest. The choice color of orange on one wall jumps at you, especially since the rest of the walls are covered in light off-white and brown tones. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by KNQ Associates]
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.