Similar to the Spoonful of Home Design_Project Chorus this apartment does exude the boutique hotel vibe too, but it is unique in its own way. There is a masculine air in the apartment yet it feels glamour and delicate. To me, the juxtaposition of different materials used is what making this apartment so strikingly beautiful. Raw concrete ceiling against perfectly laid-out wood floor in herringbone pattern; dreamy Heracleum lamp above a large kitchen island in aquamarine; floor-to-ceiling patterned tiles in the bathroom and an over-the-top frilly chandelier hanging above a clawfoot bathtub, bold and stunning!
There are some design studios and interior designers that I will constantly look up for their latest projects because they are always so fabulous. One of them has got to be Ganna Studio 甘納設計 from Taiwan. Ganna Studio is helmed by designer couple Lin Shih-Jie and Chen Ting-Liang. They have a very distinctly stylish contemporary take on design, and their work has always feel original and full of surprises. In this and the next post, I’m going to share their 2 of their recent projects which I really like. This is the Chorus project, an amazing transformation of a 30-year old building into a modern, boutique hotel style home for a family of 4.
I bought this book 住進英倫風的家 ENGLISH Style from Kinokuniya book store here last year.
The book is all about a curated list of projects done by Taiwan interior design firm 齊舍設計事務所 J+D Design Lab. (my previous post on their design studio can be found here) You will see how English charm, American country, or French-inspired theme interpreted and realised by the designers in the context of Asian homes. Design tips and information of the material used (e.g. paint code, tiles) were shared in the book too. So if you can read Chinese, I do highly recommend you to get hold of this book! Plenty of beautiful images to drool over.
And for me, the first thing that drew me to the book is this apartment with impeccable style, which is the own sweet home of the designer duo (Judy and Dome) behind J+D Design Lab.
How much charm can you pack into a 80sqm apartment? Just scroll through the images here, be in awed and enjoy <3.
If you are a fan of Danish design labels like Muuto and Ferm Living, you will love this apartment at Taipei 内湖 to bits.
I like that the designer did not just keep all the walls white. Instead, a very soothing shade of grey was used throughout the house and it really complements the pops of mustard and pastel shades of the furniture and accessories. It looks so sweet, pretty and homely.
And to re-create a home like this, these are some of the quintessential scandinavian pieces spotted here that you can consider adding to your house!
- Muuto Nerd Chair by David Geckeler
- Muuto Split Table by Staffan Holm
- Hay About A Chair 22 by Hee Welling
- Ferm Living wire baskets
- Similar copper bronze pendant lamp from Tom Dixon
To view the floor plan and read more about the ideas behind the design of this family home, visit Folk Design’s website.
The occupant of this Taipei apartment is a busy career woman, and her wish is to come home to a relaxing and personal space after frequent business trips.
And I really like what the designer has done to the apartment. There is daring use of colours and textures within the tight space, and thoughtful creation of extra storage for this 2-bedroom apartment.
A suspended shoes cabinet was built in to demarcate a foyer for the entrance. Since the cabinet is suspended, it doesn’t make the space look too cramped.
The floor of the living room was slightly elevated, and covered in wood flooring to add warmth to the space.
Adjacent to the suspended shoes cabinet, is the TV feature wall that uses white asymmetrical shelves against a light sea green wall. A very refreshing colour scheme.
Oh and I really like the weathered leather chair and the rustic wood and steel coffee table here!
Behind the sofa, the custom bookshelves were deliberately left back-less. Peeking through the shelves, is a wall dressed in bright lime yellow that gives such a pleasant surprise! The bright colour doesn’t look odd and out of place at all, and it certainly creates more visual depth.