Houzz Tour: This Maximalist Modern Apartment is All Glitz and Glamour
A 1980s maisonette is transformed into a luxurious home that is inspired by a young family's extensive travels
Who lives here: A young couple and their 8-month old baby
Location: Mount Faber
Size: 2,500 sqft
Project duration: 6 months
From the main entrance, the narrow hallway featuring a colourful and whimsical wallpaper immediately clues you in on the couple’s sense of fun and adventure. Adding to the opulent feel of this space are metallic elements, which are plentiful here – from the antique chandelier bought from abroad to the brushed brass detailing on the mirrored wall.
“The absence of natural light in the central section of a maisonette is common, as the light source is limited to the front and rear of the apartment,” explains Savage. Hence, the use of mirrored ceilings and walls to bounce light into these spaces.
Savage also conceived a ceiling design wherein beams are used as architectural gridlines to bisect the open space into quadrants. Making up half of the quadrant are the casual reading area and the living room. “On a daily basis, they generally function as two distinct spaces, but when the owners entertain, the two combine as one conversational area,” she says.
Treading the staircase is like a walk down memory lane, as it is lined in a customised black and white carpet which shows all the names of the owners’ families and the places where they resided in from their childhood up to present. “This special carpet ensures the memories are ever present and dispenses with the need for the usual grouping of family photographs,” says Savage.
This home is indeed bold and dramatic, but nevertheless it is warm and welcoming, just the way the owners wanted it to be.
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