A Fresh Interpretation Of Art Deco Defines This Singapore Home
Luxurious jewel tones and geometric shapes dwell in these rooms
Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, is characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. Having reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s to the 40s, the style still brings in glamour, luxury, and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes and forms.
“I personally have always loved Art Deco for it has a great range to play with,” shares Isabelle Miaja, Founder and Creative Director of Miaja Design Group, known for its luxury hospitality projects all over the world. For this this residential project, Isabelle felt it was suiting not only the spaces but also the personality of the client.
Designing with a fresh approach to Art Deco gave Isabelle the opportunity to introduce jewel colors, geometric shapes with gold accents as well as reflective materials and textures to give a sense of glamor without being ostentatious.
The entrance to the home is designed mainly with natural landscape that gives the space a cooling effect – The cabinetry blends with the walls, subtle and practical design giving the extra storage needed. A marble ledge being both ornamental yet practical.
The open living, dining and dry kitchen are each given a specific design but overall, the atmosphere blends together. The living room sets the tone with emerald teal as the main accent colour that resonates throughout the home, peppered with soft tonalities of gold and creams. The tailored, art deco-style furniture gives these spaces a sense of structure. “The shapes are round and soft to the eye and comfort was at the top of our design choices,” shares Isabelle. The living area was meant to be a room where the family would gather, receive friends without fuss.
Isabelle put a lot of attention when selecting wall coverings for the project, some giving a soft background and others to set the tone to the space. The wallpaper leading up the staircase was a favorite choice of the client. Its jewel green hue and Art Deco motifs in gold give the staircase its unique signature.
For the master bedroom, Isabelle brought the same sense of glamor and comfort, tonalities of mauve and teal were chosen for the soft finishes of the bedroom with accents of polished gold to bring in the Art Deco style. The headboard and bed design are the focal point of the room which lends it its unique style – blending both restrained chic and a sophistication. By adding a beautiful vanity make up table, an end of the bed bench and some bookshelves, the designer allowed the room to breathe femininity and elegance. The reading corner with a lounge chair and resting stool adds to the sense of comfort and spaciousness.
Isabelle adds, “Working from home is now a new way forward and putting thought and effort into the owner's home office was a must. We paid particular attention to the office’s background so when the client was having her online meetings, she would have an elegant and curated environment. The accent wallpaper was chosen carefully not to distract during the meetings, yet Isabelle wanted to ensure it would be reflective of her personality. To give the right impression – a quiet sophistication with a touch of lightness – traits [the client] possesses naturally, and that needed to be supported in her décor."
The careful consideration of accessories and art were part of the design process, and each item they owned were given their place in this home. The shelves were filled by sensitively selecting each element to add to the design. The result is a stylish space informed by practical design moves.
“This journey of building our client’s home was both enriching and rewarding. I always share with my team that the essential role of a designer is to translate even the untold, unexpressed wishes of a family that ultimately will live in those spaces . Designing a home is both a story of style and knowing how to translate a client’s wish. Knowing when to guide and when to listen, so that its owners feel at home,” shares Isabelle Miaja.
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