The soothing and expansive sea view outside the windows has quietly observed the changes in this family – originally a living space for a grandmother who lived alone, the birth of her daughter’s two children called for a traditionally extravagant redesign of the living space.
The idea was to create a soft and cosy space that would accommodate toddlers running around freely so the grandmother and her grandchildren could enjoy family time and happiness together.
Ronald Cheung, from Chill Interior Design, wanted to let the splashing and comforting waves that could be seen from the windows be a source of inspiration while creating a safe and harmonious space for the children to grow up in. Hence, he decided to use curves as the theme of his design. Smooth curves begin in the living and dining room and continue into all the rooms in the living space.
A departure from typical layouts, the doors to two rooms, and a storage space, have been meticulously blended into the curved wall to achieve a visual simplicity.
Layers of curves extend from the ceiling to the walls, comprehensively enhancing the feeling of space. The original crystal chandelier has been changed to circular lighting to fit into the general design. The outcome is a simple and connected space with a light and pure feeling, the result of a lot of deep thought and hard work to create a light and relaxing effect.
"The curved design can be easily illustrated on a computer, but to achieve the best flow and a natural feel, we had to use multiple methods back and forth on-site to test and adjust the design to create organic and smooth lines,” Cheung says.
"We also used four kinds of colour at different corners based on the natural lighting to make the living room and dining room harmonious in terms of colours and to further enhance the feeling of unity and space."
He says the curved walls, the seamless TV shelf, and the hidden curved doors, were a real test of skills for the craftsmen, but fortunately everyone was satisfied with the result.
An even higher degree of curved-ness has been used in the children’s room to continue the design theme. A semi-circular magnetic whiteboard on the left wall allows the children to put up their random artistic creations; and step-style beds are hidden in the semi-circular upper part on the right while the circular space of the lower part on the right offers a private base that the children love, whether for reading, taking an afternoon nap or hiding. The expansive space on the multi-purpose open floor can be used for storage, or playing, or even adding a big bed, fulfilling the growing needs of the evolving family.
The grandmother’s master bedroom can be reached by following the overall curve. The master bedroom’s design mainly brings out the unbeatable 270-degree views of the sea. Furniture in the room is simple and clean – a table and a lounge with a touch of Zen.
"The view of the sea is so beautiful that one can sit here for half a day and quietly admire the changing beauty of the sky and the sea. That’s why I chose a chaise lounge. The platform in the room can be stowed away and it also beautifies the user’s field of vision,” Cheung says.
The arc design is linked to the main theme of the living space and allows the grandmother and her grandchildren to play safely without a care in the world.
Home is where the heart is. The warm and cosy feeling of curves will continue to link the growing up and the life of the three generations.