How Award-Winning Firm Design Intervention Creates Impeccable Interiors
A special collaboration with Design Intervention
Since its inception in 2004, Design Intervention has crafted stunning homes with soulful interiors. Led by founder Nikki Hunt and Co-CEO Andrea Savage, the multi-award-winning firm’s services range from architecture and interior design to product design; the studio often creates custom-made furniture for its clients.
Having worked on residential and commercial projects in Singapore and abroad, the local practice has been honoured with numerous accolades, yet it still considers its biggest accomplishment the ability to put “a smile on the faces of clients” after the completion of each project.
“We believe that design, like nutrition and fitness, is an essential tool for better living,” says Hunt. “At Design Intervention, we employ the transformative power of design to affect mood, influence behaviour and improve our well-being.”
Savage concurs: “Our unique approach utilises design as a tool for better living, harnessing the power of our homes for a happier, healthier life.”
The firm’s latest projects epitomise its unique creative philosophy, and more. Blending various styles and multicultural elements, its portfolio embodies the team’s myriad influences and creative finesse. Take, for instance, a stylish apartment in London, which employs an impactful use of colour to create a refreshingly unusual interior.
Lively shades of tangerine, crimson and bumblebee yellow are paired with elaborate rococo elements and vibrant chinoiserie patterns on the wallpaper and curtains. A considered mix of leather, velvet, dark wood and animal hides combines to form a sumptuously tactile and cosy environment for the family.
Additionally, the ribbons that serve as curtain tiebacks become, quite literally, the firm’s means of putting a bow on it, completing the look of the glamorous interior.
Another notable project in Bangkok showcase the breadth and scope of the firm’s interdisciplinary talents. Conceived as a bachelor’s pad, the penthouse is a bespoke abode boasting glorious views of the city skyline.
“We reconfigured the generous floor plate to better suit the needs of his bachelor lifestyle,” says Hunt. “With such a magnificent vista, restraint was our mantra,” adds Savage. “Throughout the design process, our decisions were geared towards the views.”
The homeowner wanted to make his penthouse apartment truly unique, with many customised features. He also wanted a master suite with a spacious bathroom, a living area and a bar to host parties, a formal dining area and a breakfast nook, as well as a home office and a room for movie marathons.
“It was important that he had ample space to entertain his friends,” says Hunt. “He enjoys the cinema room and likes to invite his guests over for movie nights.”
Highlights of the home include a tessellated wooden feature wall that takes centrestage in the dining room, and a dreamy abstract mural in the master bedroom that extends to the ceiling. Sculptural vanities contribute to the opulent look of the bathrooms; the master bathroom makes a statement with a remarkable hexagonal double-mirror vanity on a faceted pedestal.
The design firm fulfilled the client’s requirements and more in this 5,200sqft apartment, making an indelible impression on the jury of the International Property Awards 2020. The penthouse bagged not just one but two accolades last year, winning the titles of Best Interior Design Apartment as well as Best Bathroom Design in the Thailand categories. It also clinched the Best Penthouse accolade at the Tatler Design Awards 2021.
“Our client set us the challenge of designing a totally unique home, and we incorporated a multitude of bespoke elements to give the home its unique look,” says Savage. “We are proud of how we achieved a design that is original but at the same time understated, so the focus is always on the mesmerising skyline.”