When ‘CHI’ meets the Contemporary (where Feng Shui is in incorporated with contemporary design)
Approaching the Foyer, you would be forgiven if you had found yourself mistaking this as an entrance to a Taoist place of worship.
Based on Traditional Feng Shui, the Main Entrance is a very important space as this is the focal point where Chi is channeled, constantly replenishing and circulating throughout the living spaces, enhancing the well being of its occupants. It is the ‘Mouth of Chi’, as with the human body, the front door is also the way nutrition (energy) enters home. The position of the Main Entrance door has thusly been carefully considered to nourish the house and cultivate the health and wealth of the family.
Further to this, the incorporation of an Ancient Coin patterned finish was a prerequisite element required for the ceiling, of which required interpreting into a more contemporary design. This was achieved by creating dual layers of plywood with laser cut circles, accentuated by the warm luminance of LED lighting.
The striking console table was designed to complement the ceiling feature, along with bronze pendant lamps highlighting the ornaments, creating a welcoming Zen-like ambience.
Walking into the Living Area, a feature that immediately catches the eye is the inbuilt fish tank set within the display shelving, another important feature and purposefully positioned to Traditional Feng Shui methodology. There is a sense of fun and liveliness resulting from the irregularity of the display shelving, the free style Ligne Roset Togo Sofa and the colour rich Paul Smith swirl design carpet.
The Dining Room was designed to create a direct connection to the open Kitchen. Alongside the dining table is a long work top with a recessed ceramic hob, designed for use while hosting guests. The ample space within the Dining Area allows the dining table to be extended, accommodating additional guests.
Adjacent to the Dining Room, a shell-laminated oversized sliding door creates the illusion that there is a large concealed space behind it. However, upon revealing the hidden space, you are led into a corridor towards the private bedrooms.
The small Catellini & Smith PK pendant lamp is intentionally installed where the two different materials join, creating a pattern on the wall and highlighting the contrasting materials.
Progressing along the corridor, one notices each door has a three-dimensional molded façade facing the corridor. Following Feng Shui methodology, this represents the future generation of the residing family. A wall previously dividing the study room and the corridor has been replace with clear glass, allowing natural light to radiate into the corridor space during the day.
The colour palette used for the Study Room incorporates a green and natural tone, generating more Chi, which in turn promotes study and work. Additionally the room was purposely kept to a minimalistic design, allowing for a room use change for any new members to the family.
A colourful vibrancy of pastel colours was used in the Baby’s Room with the intention to provide stimulation for the infant, yet without being too harsh on the eyes. As with the Study Room, a minimalistic approach was taken with the design to allow for any future change of use as desired.
Upon entering the Master Bedroom, there is an overwhelming feel of masculinity, with a few features catering female needs. The luxurious curved walnut finished backdrop has inset photo frames to add a personalized touch to the room. The overall atmosphere of the room is harmonized by the Forestier Fil De Fer pendant lamps set above the bedside tables.
The en suite bathroom connected to the Master Bedroom is divided by a transparent glass door and window, which visually enlarges the entire space whilst creating a subtle contrast between the masculine appearance of the bedroom and the more feminine bathroom.
As a whole, the project was planned and designed to allow natural energy, Chi, to enter the apartment and flow smoothly, enhancing the harmonious and relaxing atmosphere throughout the entire living spaces.