From the way the storage space is designed, to its furnishings, attention to detail is everything in this apartment.
With a penchant for a clean, modern style for his projects, Joey created a series of vertical lines for this home that are refl ected on the feature wall, the cabinet doors, and the pendant lamps. The low-back sofa keeps the spaces clean and open.
Modern luxe has always been Joey Khu’s preferred style for interiors. “I love to introduce a touch of luxury in a home,” says the principal designer of Joey Khu Interior Design. “But nothing too complicated; the look has to be modern and one that never goes out of style.” As with all his projects, including this large swish apartment, he selects all the furniture and soft furnishings as well. The interiors here sport a palette of brown, black and grey hues, and also play on contrasts and textures – another design element that has become Joey’s trademark. The apartment was renovated at a cost of about $60,000 (excluding furnishings).
In the living room, a series of surface treatments create visual highlights in the space. The doors to the tall shoe cabinets sport a timber strip design clad in oak wood laminate. Its colour tone, lines and texture complement the tinted mirror panels at the foyer and the ash-brown wall panels next to it. A custom-made recessed lighting feature is incorporated into the shoe cabinet design; when switched on, the illumination “softens” the solid texture of the wall with its soft glow. Joey also designed the sleek pendant lights, which hang like a piece of installation art, above the dining table. Custom-made with black powder-coated metal, the ultra-slim design is a picture of modern elegance. Joey also enjoys introducing thoughtful details into his designs. For example, the storage cabinets behind the dining table come with slim vertical slots at both ends to stash tall, thin items such as magazines. Special compartments were also built into the dressing table in the master bedroom, serving both aesthetic and practical purposes. Rounding off the decor are postmodern art pieces, which inject colour and character into the timeless, elegant look of this home.
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The wall behind the TV is in ash grey, to blend in with the brown, black and grey colour palette of the home.
The oak woodlaminate doors of the shoe cabinet was specially designed with a gap between them, to blend into the strip of space in the false ceiling. This lends a sense of continuity from the wall to the ceiling.
A vertical slot at the end of the storage cabinet provides a discreet space for stashing tall items such as magazines.
The dry kitchen is kept simple with an island top made of quartz marble.
The bookshelves in the study area were inspired by Piet Mondrian’s colourful works on composition and grids. “I had the backing painted a deep blue to make the shelves ‘pop’,” says Joey.
Khaki-brown wallpaper is used for the upper part of the wall in the master bedroom, and wood-look laminate for the lower portion, for contrast. Storage cabinets have also been built into the bay window area.
Thoughtfully designed features include the dressing table, which comes with a flip-up mirror, so that when closed, the surface can be used as a writing desk. It also has a compartment at one end of the desk to store items such as perfumes.