30 sqm Apartment in Shanghai Transformed into Creative Home of a Young Couple

The owners are a young couple of the creative sort.

He loves music. Singing, playing the instrument and recording are what he likes to do at home. She works as an illustrator, and requires a bright and quiet space that is conducive for her to do paintings without distraction. She also runs a fashion blogshop, and is in desperate need for  proper storage to keep the stocks from being damaged by the 3 cats they have at home. They both hope to have friends come over for gathering.

However, their current home which has a long and narrow layout, with a small balcony as the only source of natural light, simply does not fulfill any of their needs.

This is a story from the China’s TV show 梦想改造家, which is like the Chinese version of “Before and After” TV show done in Japan before.

And let’s have a look at the result after the transformation done by designer 范继景 from 壹舍室内设计(上海).

The tight 30m2 space was opened up to create one unobstructed space that creatively suits all the needs of the owners’ daily living, her business, their hobbies and not forgetting – the 3 cats :)

Upon entering the house, you are greeted with a splash of colours from the patterned tiles. The kitchen cabinets are kept to one side of the wall, with a pullout table that serves as the dining table for the couple.

On the other side of the kitchen was the toilet separated by a wall made with aluminium panel, which is thinner than a concrete wall. The designer has made some perforated circles with acrylic inserts on the wall and doors too add more visual interest. I think it does look like a polka dots wall when it is illuminated with the lights from the toilet.

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