Cover The foyer fuses modernity and oriental elements

Designed by Madness Design Studio, this modern oriental-themed home in Kota Kemuning has an atmosphere and design details to spare

With a name like Madness Studio, one would be curious about what kind of work this interior design studio would produce. But rather than denoting wildly eccentric flights of fancy, madness refers to the deep passion the interior designers (who call themselves Mad Monsters) have for their work.

"Every space has its own story, and at Madness Studio, we believe that the essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live," states managing director Lau Yee Yin."Under the hands of our enthusiastic Mad Monsters, we allow the spaces to fulfil their highest potential by transforming them accordingly to our clients' needs."

This was undoubtedly the cause for this home in Gamuda 25.7, an award-winning integrated township in Kota Kemuning, Selangor. A home for a family of five, the approximate built-up area of the double-storey was 3,173 sq ft in the original state, but a minor extension on the kitchen area raised it to 3,400 sq ft.

"The clients approached us through a mutual friend. They wanted a presentable yet warm and cosy home, so they decided to go for a modern oriental style," says Lau.

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For the designers, they were quite taken by the home's location: "This was our first residential project in Gamuda 25.7. With the surrounding attractions and development plans, it is really hard not to love the project."

As the client entertained often, they wanted the house to be presentable and welcoming to their guests. "During the design process, we did not want the outlook of the space to feel commercialised. The client also has some sort of special requirements due to their own feng shui set up. Hence you can find some oriental elements like the entrance foyer, where we integrated the modern design with a touch of oriental elements," Lau recalls. 

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The designers played with textural contrasts throughout the space and had a leitmotif of timber wall cladding running throughout the home. The handsome fluted wood cladding adds warmth and presence and is finished in dark wood varnish bordered with black to visually accent selected lines.

"You can find similar elements for all the spaces we design because we want connectivity with each space," Lau explains.

Other materials like textured paint, marble finish and wallpaper were also employed to add wow factors. Of particular note is the Japanese-inspired wallpaper design which adorns one of the bedrooms. "It is a special collection from Waltex. The visual is of a group of monkeys bathing in an onsen, depicted on the fabric of the wallpaper made from denim," Lau enthuses. 

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To complement the sophisticated interiors, furniture is from Ambient Living and lighting was sourced from overseas supplies, and mattresses and divans were bought from Getha. Greenery within the home was deliberately left out as the house had lushly landscaped grounds, so the designers did not want to overuse the green elements in the interior.

Since the house was handed over, Lau reports that the clients love their home and how conducive it is to parties: "Now it is completed, the client enjoys 'showing off' to their visitors."

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