The homeowner’s brief to Terri Tan, design director of Designworx Interior Consultant, was simple—he wished for a contemporary interior, with decorative flourishes that hark to its Eastern influence. The space also had to have unique features that would remind the avid traveller of his favourite destinations in Japan and China.
“The penthouse was already impressive—it is rare to come across a spacious three- storey unit with double volume spaces in Singapore,” recalls Tan.
There was however, still room for improvement: “We felt the existing dark marble flooring at the living and dining areas did not do the interior justice, so we had it redone to up the oomph factor for the lower level.”
Inspired by the owner’s favourite Asian destinations, the living area at the lower level of the penthouse immediately creates an ambience of elegance through the hand- painted silkscreen and golden bonsai. The cranes, inspired by the red-crowned cranes in Japan, are an eloquent backdrop for the handcrafted sculpture.
Finding the right craftspeople to produce the custom-made screen and the golden bonsai proved to be the most challenging aspect of the project. In the end, the designer and her team found craftspeople for the silkscreen in Jiangsu; and artisans for the bonsai in Guangzhou, China.
“It was most gratifying when both items arrived on site,” she recalls.
At the adjacent dining area, a Japanese- inspired timber screen frames the double volume wall, its vertical lines contrasting with the gold and chrome globes of British designer Tom Dixon’s Melt pendants. The timber veneer was specially selected to complement the existing timber panels on the living wall.
The dining table, which seats 10, is custom designed, with a St Laurent marble top. The Madam Ibis pitchers from George Jensen on the dining table echoes the metallic accents on the silk screen.
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The views around the penthouse unit are mostly unblocked so the designer and her team decided to create two sitting areas to take advantage of them.
In the balcony areas outside the living space, the family can lounge on the Ethimo Infinity sofa or have tea in the Marcel Wanders-designed Cyborg Club armchairs.
Fragrea ceilanica plants—popularly known as the perfume flower tree—were chosen for their white tubular flowers and aroma.
The junior master bedroom on the lower level features a Ribbon bed from Italian furniture brand Molteni&C and Bolle Sola hanging lamps from Italian lighting company Gallotti & Radice. The timber frames around the bed echo the timber feature wall at the dining area, creating a cohesive design element across the penthouse.
The master bedroom is a beautifully tactile space. The Angle bed by Italian furniture maker Flou and the Turkish gold and black silk rug take centrestage, with the soft textures of the bed and rug contrasting the sleek, hard lines of the Titano Emperado marble side tables from Natuzzi Italia.
Situated beside the master bedroom, the adjoining study features elements of gold, and a cross-leg study table and round rug customised to fit the room.
The kitchen island features an extendable countertop that can be used as a dining spot for four.
The glamorous bathroom features a walk-in closet, a freestanding bathtub, a his- and-hers vanity counter and a mirrored wall that conceals a built-in TV.
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The study room, which continues the gold accents from the living room, has an additional bed for guests. Even though this room is the smallest, storage cabinets and display shelves are organised to maximise the space.
The project was a tremendous success, as Tan shares: “The homeowners can’t wait for their next vacation here—they’re even contemplating spending a longer time in Singapore to enjoy their new holiday home.”
This story was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes June-July 2018