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Bold Details and Layout Changes Redefined This Artistic Home
Abstract wall paintings with colourful details in this modern home create a feeling of walking into a bonafide art gallery.
We spoke to the interior designer, Viinc Yew, founder of Viinc Studio where he and his team transformed this three-bedroom residence in Kuala Lumpur into an impressive art-centric living space filled with colour, geometric shapes and some incredibly unique details!
Q: Tell us about this home and your client request for this project
A: This is a double-storey townhouse situated in East Residence at KLGCC Resort, KL. It is around 2400 sqft with a total of 3 bedrooms. We were commissioned by the property developer to create an opulent show house with bespoke living for the client to showcase it to their potential buyers.
Q: This home is very art-centric, was this intentional?
A: Yes, in order to come up with an exciting design, we created a virtual owner who enjoys collecting art. We choose a minimalist design style that features plenty of white hues with a gallery-style design for the virtual owner to showcase his art collections. The paintings decorated throughout the entire house walls were commissioned and hand-drawn by a Brazilian artist, Andre Mendes.
Q: What structural changes were made to the home to achieve the look?
A: We had to dismantle almost every finishing in the property and replaced them with a selection of materials to create a more artsy home for the virtual owner.
For instance, we removed a few of the original walls to create an open concept living room that joins the living, dining and dry kitchen area together. We also built some arches to make the hallway look more exciting.
Aside from that, we changed the bathroom layouts in order to make it more functional. We also replaced the original bathroom tiles with a unique mosaics pattern to make the space look more inviting.
Q: Did you incorporate any clever solutions to maximize space?
A: Yes, the idea behind this gallery concept was to make the house appear bigger and brighter and to achieve that, there was extensive use of white materials found throughout the house. In order to bring more natural light into the house, we tore down the original wall that divides the living, dining and the kitchen area to allow more natural light to enter the open space living area.
Q: Did you weave in any impressive high-tech solutions to the home?
A: Of course, we installed Alexa throughout the house to control every light, fan and air-conditioner and even the curtains and blinds!
Q: What were the design challenges that you faced during the renovation process?
A: Time was probably our biggest concern when completing this project. During the renovation process, we had to spend more time and resources to refine some of the poor workmanship done by the previous contractor. On top of that, many of the materials used for this project are custom made hence it would naturally require more time to complete.
Q: Last but not least, did you enjoy working on this project?
A: Yes, it was really an exciting project as we get to work with different creative individuals, to create the materials and elements that make this house extraordinary. And we are all really happy with the final result!
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