If the idea of a family home that’s stylish yet still child-friendly may seem like a pipe dream, Matthew Lim Associates (MLA) seem to have cracked it. Their home for a couple with four children ranging from one to six years old in the exclusive The Mansions development in Desa Parkcity is an elegant space incorporating pragmatic choices catering to its junior residents. The project also took home an award as an entry for Malaysia in the Interior Design category at the Outstanding Property Award, London.
The client had met Matthew Lim, founder of MLA during a business course a couple of years back and found kindred spirits in their business philosophy. Lim was then asked to work on the client’s co-working space in the city and towards the end of that project, he was engaged to undertake his new home. By now, trust and respect had been established and Lim was given total freedom in designing it.
The three-storey townhouse is located in a development where open plan living extends within the house, boasting double volume ceiling heights and generous balconies overlooking peaceful green hills. When thinking about space planning and design, Lim and his team prioritised the needs of the client’s wife and kids who spend the most time at home but still kept in mind that the home needed to be a luxurious space that would grow with the family.
“We came up with a design concept that would create distinct experiences in different zones. From a formal living that enhances conversations to a dining area that stimulates appetite, a kids playroom that would keep them entertained, not to mention a space for hosting family gatherings which the client loves to do,” Lim explains.
“Particular care was also paid to the material choices and detailing so that the finished effect is impressive without being over the top—and would not date.”