Cover The living room is the heart of the home

Inspired by the traditional Korean house, hanok, ENDO has created a serene home with a spectacular view filled with crafted details

A serene and beautifully crafted home is balm to the soul, and ENDO's (Effendy Nadzri Design Office) modern Asian-inspired home for a family of four, a cat, and two rabbits is a soothing haven in The View, Serai Saujana, in Shah Alam. 

As the name of the development implies, the apartment has a beautiful and unobstructed view of Saujana Golf Club. The client (who found the designer through Instagram) asked for an intimate, calm home with Asian sensibilities celebrating their roots.

They are also avid collectors of oriental furniture and art pieces and wished to have their prized pieces displayed throughout the house.

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Since the patriarch is a Korean, the designers looked to the traditional Korean house, hanok, for inspiration.

"A traditional Hanok house uses elements such as solid timber slab, timber veneer, lantern and lattice door in their homes. We took the challenge to incorporate these elements, balancing tradition and modernity by adding clean lines and geometry, warm lighting, and a consistent natural palette and schemes which are visible throughout the house," explains Effendy Nadzri, founder and design director of ENDO.

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With a generous 3,000 sq ft of space, the apartment required an extensive overhaul as there was a lot of damage to the floors and windows. As such, most of the home was gutted, leaving it just the skeleton, and all bathrooms were renovated to replace fixtures and fittings.

The living area became the heart of the house and was extended to the enormous balcony, all the better to take in the magnificent view. The living room floor now sports custom-designed terrazzo flooring, while the terrace features warm timber.

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This area receives abundant natural light and ventilation throughout the day as no tall buildings surround the building, making it ideal for lush hanging plants.

Since the homeowner is an avid art and furniture collector, solid oak timber display shelves were custom designed to complement the natural lighting in the home. 

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The family piano is placed at the centre, creating a sensory atmosphere for enjoying music and appreciating the full display of their art collection. Furniture in the living area combines original pieces by Stellar Works, Jaime Hayon, and Fritz Hansen, among others, to complement the space.

The traditional Korean hanok tea room inspires the dining room with lattice sliding panels and an oriental dining set. This tableau is lit by a custom lantern-inspired pendant light and presided over by traditional oriental art called Munjado ('painting of words').

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While the living and dining areas feature traditional references, the wet and dry kitchen is undoubtedly modern and state-of-the-art, with kitchen cabinetry by Bulthaup Germany and Clean Up Japan. 

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This overall direction of tranquil design with minimal decoration continues in the master bedroom and bathroom.

The master bedroom’s bed frame, bedside table, and wall lamp is designed as a single unit, serving its function while maintaining the aesthetics and comfort of the space. In the master bath, a Furo, a custom-made Japanese timber soaking tub with matte black fittings, takes pride in place.

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