Curvy designs, wood-toned walls give a new and fresh look to family's condo

Who: A couple in their mid-30s, and two young daughters

Home: Four-bedroom apartment at D'Leedon Condominium

Size: 2,500sqf

Homeowner Loke Wen Wei and his wife Ooi Beng Koon approached principal designer Lim Ai Tiong of Lato Design after they were intrigued by the many unusual and interesting interior projects they saw on his company's website. Wen Wei and Beng Koon simply wanted "something new and fresh" for their home, and left the design up to Ai Tiong.

"Seeing that the homeowners were game for something more avant-garde, I was confident of creating an unusual design for their home," says the designer.

As the apartment is situated within the D'Leedon residential development designed by the late London-based architect Zaha Hadid, Ai Tiong - who is also an architect - was guided by the landscape-inspired architecture of the blocks. He incorporated an extensive use of curves and skewed lines, features Hadid was known for.

The home's interiors feature dramatic 3-D silhouettes. Using two main colours - white and wood tones - Ai Tiong, together with illustrator Yu Shan, created organic-shaped panels that sweep across the spaces, made of gypsum boards clad with timber veneer. They contrast with the white walls and ceilings in the living room, study, common bathroom and kitchen. He reversed the treatment in the private spaces of the home, such as the master bedroom and bathroom, to maintain a cohesive and consistent look.

"As this apartment is in a new development, I minimised hacking and kept existing materials to prevent wastage. Instead, my idea was to enhance its look," highlights Ai Tiong. The only major change was replacing the wall between the living and study area with glass. The curved glass enclosure parallels the abstract design within the home, and cove lighting and backlit walls further accentuate the design features, while illuminating the interiors.

A particularly satisfying journey for both designer and homeowners, this has been one of the most time-consuming interior projects Ai Tiong has done, and has served to further fuel his passion and craft. He not only had to oversee the wood-making process, but also had to regularly finetune the designs onsite. As for Wen Wei and Beng Koon, they can definitely call the design of the home new and fresh!

Where to go: Lato Design, Tel: 6295-1847

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