Design is like love: a very subjective concept. Exquisite design is as much about psychology as it is about beauty. What is comfortable or beautiful to one person may be just the opposite to the next. Understanding what soothes or excites each person is the key to Design Intervention’s substantial success, and the core of their intricate process. With esteemed partners Nikki Hunt and Andrea Savage at the helm, Design Intervention’s work has won awards and accolades across the full spectrum of the design field including retail, leisure, architecture, and product and interior design, firmly establishing them as one of the leading studios working in Asia today.
“ The task was to design a home for a young, growing family that reflected their cultural heritage: provide an elegant backdrop for cherished family heirloom antiques and an extensive art collection, while simultaneously creating a glamorous and fun environment for entertaining. ”
They believe that excellent design increases quality of life, improves mood and evokes a sense of well being. With this in mind. Design Intervention has made it their mission to enhance the lives of their invaluable clients by creating homes uniquely tailored to their individual personalities and wildest aspirations. Based in Singapore with an extensive portfolio of international clients, their team of 24 expert designers are a versatile group featuring the best from 12 different nations. By drawing on the valued personal experience of the whole team, Design Intervention ensures each and every one of their projects resonates exquisite global taste. The task was to design a home for a young, growing family that reflected their cultural heritage: provide an elegant backdrop for cherished family heirloom antiques and an extensive art collection, while simultaneously creating a glamorous and fun environment for entertaining. It was a renovation of an existing older building, which became a favourite aspect for the designers, the challenge was to incorporate the existing low hanging structural ceiling beams that were peppered throughout, into a modern home filled with light. These were cleverly integrated into new elaborate details which maximised height, establishing a new vitality. As the kitchen is often at the heart of the home, it therefore deserves special attention. The Banquette is one of the feature points in this room, showcasing the opulent polished finish, which immediately draws the eyes attention. A family area is set into the back of the kitchen, allowing ample space for
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entertaining family and friends. It is the most used area of this home, a perfect corner for the family to enjoy a relaxed meal together or for the children to do homework. Wrapped on both sides by expansive windows, the team added an alcove ceiling design, adorned in gold leaf. Opting for tranquil colours, the designers chose a teal blue leather for the bay window seat, which, with children in mind, is easy to wipe clean. This vibrant colour is reflected in many of the art pieces. White button details add crispness and continuity with the buttoned chairs in the formal dining areas. Side tables at either end of the banquette provide valuable storage spaces which conceal charging stations for electrical devices. The designers combined copper, polished steel and gold tones to create an ambience of serenity in this unique kitchen. A vibrant blue, heavily veined granite was selected for the island top, providing a truly showstopping focal point and a visual anchor to the space. Juxtaposing the blue, a splash of blush accentuates the rose and copper elements in the granite slab. This rose adds warmth to the space and is a visual connection to the coral tones used in adjacent rooms. Trimming copper fronted doors in steel has allowed the designers to integrate stainless steel appliances seamlessly into the design. Gold hardware keeps the look glamorous, linking the kitchen with the rest of the home. The intricate design of this kitchen works so well as it fully reflects the personality of the owners; stylish but approachable, fun yet elegant and a little unexpected all in one exuberant and sumptuous home. Co-founder Nikki Hunt explains where her design inspiration comes from: “The art of interior design is making the sum of the parts much greater than the whole. Each item should make the items around it look better – but we must not forget comfort, either.” Every element of this room has been carefully considered from the ceiling and floor patterns to the crisp architectural mouldings, as well as bespoke furnishings and lighting pieces to ensure a thoroughly cohesive look that resonates with a crisp yet welcoming glamour. An intervention of design is 25% creativity, 25% psychology and 50% hard work: this is the Design Intervention philosophy.
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