In the heart of London's West End, Black and Milk took on the task of designing a one-bedroom home in Soho. Its talented team of designers navigated the hurdles of limited space and a unique layout, transforming the 870 sq. ft. space into a Japandi wonderland.
As a former warehouse with floor-to-ceiling windows, this loft apartment boasts a light and airy ambience. Black and Milk reimagined the layout to enhance the prominence of natural light. They also incorporated the client's love for Asian design and feng shui – the concept of harmonising the energy of an area through strategic layouts. As an added challenge, the client is also a musician and required a soundproofed space for his grand piano.
In this apartment, colour and sliding screens separate the yin from the yang. Yang spaces, such as the kitchen and living area, are active and social, whereas yin spaces are for rest. The black walls and accents in the bedroom help separate the yin area from the bright and neutral yang area. Other subtle feng shui details include the rectangular dining table that's framed by rounded pendant lights, and a sleek black handrail and soap holder next to the bathroom basin.
In the bedrooms, the home uses sliding and bifold screens made from Japanese rice paper in place of doors. These screens are thin enough for light to go through, maintaining a spacious feel. This serves an aesthetic purpose while also separating the bedroom and dressing room from the living room.
The designers elevated the ceilings to unveil existing beams, granting the loft extra vertical space. With the beams in a contrasting hue to the rest of the home, this feature also becomes a stunning statement. Low-level furniture helps to open the apartment and incorporate Japanese design principles. It provides the apartment with a relaxed and welcoming feel.
By incorporating both Japandi and feng shui principles, Black and Milk created a calming respite from the chaotic energy of Soho.