Magic Carpets

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By: Nikki Hunt

A rug is an invaluable tool an interior designer’s arsenal. There are obvious practical uses: absorbing sound, defining a space, particularly within an open plan interior or adding warmth and coziness to a room. But it is the aesthetic  impact that as designers, we get most excited about.

At Design Intervention, we feel that a rug can often be the key design element in a room. A rug can tie in a décor scheme or add visual punch and pattern to a room while keeping walls clear either  for a contemporary look or for a display of artwork.

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In this eclectic dining room, we deliberately kept walls plain to allow the client’s art collection to take centre stage. Our injection of pattern and colour comes from the rug. By adding the pattern on the floor instead of the walls, we adds life without detracting from the impact of the art.

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In this black and white dining room, the addition of the rug balances the austerity of the strong linear forms. The warmth of the pattern lifts the scheme, immediately brightening it visually and preventing the room from feeling hard and cold.

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By taking the pattern for dining chair upholstery as the starting point of our rug design, we have tied the dining and seating areas together.

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The subtle Japanese motif gives this ski chalet in Japan a definite sense of place.

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In this dressing room, all walls are used for storage so instead of feature walls we have added interest to the room through the floor as the only uninterrupted surface.

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*** all photographs are from Design Intervention projects.

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An exciting time to be a Designer in Asia.

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By: Nikki Hunt

Next week, the annual edition of the Interior Design Review arrives in Singapore bookstores. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular publication, it is a compilation of the works of the top 95 designers from around the world. Indeed the Times (UK) has described it as the “Bible” of the interior design world and it certainly is a Bible for me. Long before I had even conceived the notion of beginning my own interior design practice, I would paw through the pages of this annual tomb and oooh and aaah at the pages within- 4 kilos of the most inspiring designs from all over the globe.

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The inaugural edition was published 20 years ago. The work of Kelly Hoppen graced the cover and that was the first time I had ever heard of the decorating diva. Since then, this book, perhaps more than any other, has chronicled the evolution of design. Each year I wait for the new edition with eager anticipation and this year is no exception. As a featured designer, I am fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy a couple of weeks early, which means that I have had some time to review this year’s selections.

Kelly Hoppen’s work has been selected once again and it is fascinating to see how she has evolved as a designer.

There is still the same crispness to her work and sense of symmetry that infuses her projects with a wonderful tranquility. But 20 years on, the Queen of Taupe and Master of the Understated, has developed a Midas touch and embraced colour to boot. Her feature, for me, is one of the highlights of this year’s edition.

Another favourite of mine, are the Hirsch Bedner pages.

Not surprisingly, Greg Natale, the darling of Australian design was selected but, personally, I was more excited by the works of his compatriot, Rob Mills.

Familiar names like Suzanne Lovell and Taylor Howes were there and I particularly enjoyed the new sultry flavor to Katherine Pooley’s recent works.

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But for me, the most exciting and inspiring works were from the Asian Designers.

When I first started collecting these books in the late 1990s, the pages were dominated by British, European and American designers. Admittedly, there was a smattering of selected works by a few Japanese designers but Western design clearly dominated the industry.

This year’s book is a clear testament to how far Asian design has progressed… Names like One Plus and Stephen Leung, command as much respect now as their Western counterparts.

But this year, they have been joined by host of up and coming Asian designers and their featured works are teaming with an unmatched vitality. Asians are no longer emulating their Western counterparts, these projects are fresh, resonating with a vibrant creativity yet reflecting their heritage. A full 17% of featured works have come from the Asian Region. The bulk are from Hong Kong/ China/ Taiwan but we at Design Intervention are delighted to once more represent Singapore Design in these pages.

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This year we have been joined by a budding new designer from Indonesia, Prasetio Budhi, so doubling the representation of the S.E Asian Region.

It may have taken Asian designers 20 years to make such a significant impact on the global design scene but we are now, clearly, a force to be reckoned with. And when I see the quality, creativity and innovation in the designs coming from our region, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Asia dominating these pages within the next 10 years.

It is an exciting time to be a designer in Asia.

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A Glorious Exuberance

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

Building a home from scratch is one of life’s ultimate indulgences, allowing the creation of the definitive bespoke environment: as unique as the owners themselves.

With this home, the owners really pushed the boundaries of design, playing with scale and form, mixing materials and patterns to create a home full of delight and exuberance.

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These interiors delight in the unstructured mix of elements from an array of design styles and eras – where everything works together to set the mood.

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An ornate gilt frame, complements arresting, contemporary art. Animal pattern sits alongside a sofa with mid-century modern lines. This is an eclectic, elegant home, where no detail has been overlooked.

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Antique pillars from India, have been used to form an outdoor dining gazebo.

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The glorious mix of pattern, scale, colour and style delights and excites. It is bold, confident style, that oozes exuberance with a capital E!

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Punches of cheeky yellow add a zesty energy to a bedroom space that delights in its decadence, yet reverberates with a bright, happy spirit. There is a delightful decadence that is both regal and playful all at once.

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The external palette is intentionally neutral. It adds a timeless elegance to the home that sits comfortably with the existing street and historic fabric of the area. Yet, elegant exterior detailing, subtly hint at the intricate interiors within.

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Fit for Fashionista

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

Designing for a fashion forward client is always a joy.

These clients tend to be more adventurous and ready to embrace some daring colour choices and experiment with pattern and unusual proportions. In this recently completed project,we did indeed have a great deal of fun. We hope you like the result as much as we do!

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This year’s pantone colour Rose quartz was the perfect choice for the living room sofa.

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An abundance of animal print and fur brings glamour with a capital G, while flamingo print cushions add a whimsical element to the room.

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The addition of blues and metallic finishes, keeps the scheme crisp. The look is glamorous but there is a fresh youthful quality to it was well.

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Did you spot the beloved pet? Maybe now you know where our inspiration from the design came from!

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Vote for Design Intervention!

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

September is a key month in this designer’s calendar with the London Design Festival being one of my favourite times of the year. Top furniture designers unveil new products and most of the big Fabric and Wallpaper houses will launch a major new collection for the festival. This is the time when  the key trends for the forthcoming year become apparent. In addition, the new edition of the Andrew Martin International Design Review is released in conjunction with the event and the top list of the top 100 designers from across the globe is unveiled. So we are waiting with bated breath!

And, of no less significance, are the annual International Design and Architecture and International Product Design Awards. Results are announced in September too.This year, I am excited to share, that Design Intervention has been shortlisted in 6 categories. Two of our product designs, our Cameron sofa (which is one of our most popular sofa designs) and the Ridout console have been selected to represent the best of furniture design.

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We have 3 interior design projects shortlisted and one architectural project.

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Voting is open now, until the end of the month to select the overall winner in each category. We are very proud of all our entries this year!

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Well Rounded Personalities

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By: Nikki Hunt

For as far back as I can remember interiors have been dominated by hard lines, angular and boxy shapes. Windows, doors, walls, furniture legs, and even art canvases are all derivatives of square or rectangular forms. But, recently I have been developing a far more well rounded personality and softening my designs with organic, fluid shapes.

Many of us in Asia have known for some time that round dining tables promote conversation and interaction. But by adding soft organic shapes to a room we can also impart a far more welcoming feel to a room as well.

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Tired of linear forms? Curvy, organic shapes can add a sensual, sexy quality to a room that is so hot right now.

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At Design Intervention, we are experimenting with circular forms for all elements of our rooms from carpets to ceiling designs and discovering a new warmth and freshness to our designs.

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Expand your social circle –a curved sofa is the ultimate party trick keeping guests gathered together in a conversation-promoting arrangement.

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So forget about assembling a seating arrangement around a television. Encourage interaction and conversation with seating that brings you face to face with everyone.

Family gatherings will be so much more interactive if we were all seated like this. And, yes, space-saving too! Positioning a curved sofa in the corner of a room is a great way to utilise corner space and maximise seating without requiring additional length.

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Wrap yourself in comfort with a curved sofa. There is something so welcoming in the lines of this lush sofa, like mama wrapping you in a big hug.

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Cool, calm and purpled up!

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By: Nikki Hunt

 

This week, I am excited to share with you snaps of our most recently completed project. This is a far smaller project than ones we have shared with you in the past but certainly no less fun to do.

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The client had purchased a brand new unit from a local developer and asked us to add a hefty dose of Design Intervention Pzzazz. The developer had finished this terrace home simply and with a neutral palette. Yet, the client had an adventurous spirit and a love of colour and pattern but in such a confined space, we were conscious of how easy it would be to overwhelm the space.

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We began with the colour choice for the walls. Lavender is an unexpected colour choice for a living room but it succeeds beautifully here in invoking a cool, calming backdrop for the rich textiles and pattern. We added a darker lavender tone and mirrored wall moldings to add depth dimension and sparkle to the walls. Polished steel, mirror and metallic finishes amplify the sense of space. While the rich teal on the dining chairs and the oversized chandelier draws the eye to the back of the room, visually expanding the sense of space.

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In this small space, graphic geometric prints and lines, sit comfortably alongside animal print and botanic pattern all grounded by the harmonious mix of greys, blues and lavender tones.

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The result is a perfect blend of pattern and colour but in a calm manner that complements rather than overpowers the room. We have achieved the sense of exuberance and attention to detail that the client wanted yet still retaining a crisp tranquility.

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