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Penang-based Nevermore Group's first project in the Klang Valley is full of hidden details and chic statements

Located in suburban Subang Jaya, a young couple with two children were planning to move into a sprawling penthouse with an excess of 3,000 sq ft of space. An original unit from the developer, the existing unit was bare and empty and featured five bedrooms, all with attached bathrooms.

They needed a professional to help them fill in the blanks and got to know the Nevermore Group through a mutual friend. Although the firm is based in Penang, the team was excited to delve into their first design and build project in the Klang Valley and the client was very open to their ideas.

 

 

"What attracted us to this project was that we felt free to propose what was best for the unit. As the layout was pretty spacious, we could see endless possibilities upon site inspection and decided to take up the challenge," says Chuah Say Yang, Nevermore Group's creative director.

To ensure the space felt warm and welcoming while still retaining an elegant ambience, the designers settled on a contemporary Parisian concept with dark wood accents. A sense of arrival was created from the foyer, which was reconfigured to correct some layout errors.

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"In the original layout, upon entering the property, you would first see the entrance to a bedroom. This isn't the ideal sight for a hallway. Therefore we designed a feature cabinet with a hidden door leading to the guest room. To add a decorative touch to what would simply be a functional door, we commissioned a group of artists to add an artistic touch to the hidden door," explains Chuah.

In keeping with the refined Parisian feel, material choices were carefully curated. Precious stones were favoured, like Arabescato Orobico marble from Italy, which was applied to the island counter and dry kitchen cabinet drawers. "We chose these luxurious stones because their exotic grain and pattern make for a  statement piece," says Chuah.

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Bookmatch Dyna beige marble, also from Italy, was applied liberally throughout the powder room, concealed behind a hidden door close to the dry kitchen. The secret door corrects any potential visual unpleasantness, while the creamy marble creates a powder room worthy of a 5-star hotel.

Obama wood grain marble in leather finish finds a home on the pantry backsplash and imparts the natural stone with a soft sheen while retaining its colour and textured appearance.

 

While the beauty of the various stones is effortless, finding them was no small feat. "We went marble shopping in various warehouses before selecting the actual piece for our project, which was fun and challenging," recalls Chuah. "We searched from Ipoh and Sungai Buloh to Rawang and Subang in order to find the perfect piece.  We went the extra mile to get what we wanted because we never settle for the ordinary."

Adding a counterpoint to the luxury of stones, shelves were clad in stainless steel sheets of champagne gold PVD coating to add a touch of shine to the space.

 

Upholstered furniture in neutral colours and sophisticated shapes from Timeless Design adds the finishing touches to the home and a soft touch to the palette of dark wood and sleek stone.

Chang reports that the results have pleased more than just their clients: "Our clients were thrilled with the results and fulfilled all their requirements. In fact, the project recently won the Asia Pacific Property Awards in London, which is the icing on the cake."

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