Wish upon a Shiny Star… Home Concepts

<UPDATED> New Wish List for 2013 and Brand New Design Concept!

This page is some kind of a mood board that holds a list of furnishings that I would love to have in my next home. This is the 3rd time I had updated this page and shall be constantly updated as my mind gets influenced by new ideas or new designs that come along the way.

My New Home Idea will see the split of the home into “Public” and “Private” Sections. The “Public” Section will be a self-sufficient area used primarily to entertain guests. The “Private” Section, as the name suggests, will be for the family use. Of course, there is a flexibility in opening up the “Private” section for Birthday parties or Chinese New Year Celebrations where a large number of guests will be expected. I shall start the ball rolling with the Public Section.

PUBLIC SECTION:

This section is a self sufficient section for the Guests, the “Public” Section shall comprise of the Entrance Foyer, Guest Lounge, Dry Kitchen, Wet Kitchen and the Common Bathroom. Here, there are everything I need to entertain guests, the fridge is here, bathroom is here, a small opening concept Dry Kitchen can be used to dine with guests and the Guest Lounge will be where my guests will be seated comfortably for the rest of the evening.

ENTRANCE FOYER

I will need a seat to sit on while wearing my shoes and the same goes for my guests. The seat needs to be the focal point of the foyer when my guests first enters your home. A Carl Hansen CH24 Wishbone Chair sets the tone for a Eclectic design with the Mid-Century era and the Contemporary pendant lamp that I will be hanging above.

CH24 Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wenger for Carl Hansen & Sons (1949)

Upon entering home, a hanging pendant lamp would draw the guests’ visual attention upwards and allow the creation of a second accent. However, the lamp should match the overall theme of the home and not be overly complex. The Foscarini Supernova fits this bill perfectly.

Foscarini Supernova

Supernova by Ferruccio Laviani for Foscarini (2000)

GUEST LOUNGE

The design concept of the Guest Lounge shall be “Maximum Seating Capacity”. Often not, people would think of a Sectional Sofa. But this would be too big for a small room that I intend to carve out beside the kitchen area. As such, this plan will have seats all round. But what about the TV Console, I hear you ask. It will be revealed later. 🙂

First up, is a Maxalto Febo Sofa that seats up to 3 persons upholstered in white. The opposite side of the wall will be a little more creative in adding seats. Rather than placing another Maxalto Febo Sofa to sit 3, I plan to put a daybed. Why a daybed? Having a daybed means that the Guest Lounge could then be easily converted into a Guest Room anytime. And for a daybed, there is none prettier than a classic white Knoll Barcelona Daybed.

Maxalto Febo

Febo by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto (2008)

Knoll Barcelona Daybed

Barcelona Daybed by Ludwig Mies van de Rohe for Knoll (1930)

With the small space in between the Knoll Barcelona Daybed and the Maxalto Febo Sofa, placing a Low Coffee Table in-between would spell claustrophobia. Hence, a set of BoConcept Occasional Side Tables would allow easy movement for free space or table space whenever required. Moreover, storing of the BoConcept tables are easy as they can be stowed underneath each other and take up just the footprint of the largest side table.

BoConcept Occassional Tables

Nest of Tables by BoConcept Design Team for BoConcept.

This setup allows a seating capacity of up to 6 people. No, this is not the maximum. In between the 2 seats, there is still space for 2 chairs lined up in adjacent to these 2 sofas that are in parallel. But putting 2 chairs there would clutter up the space. So, I will leave it empty until required. The best option would be to have stack-able chairs or even better, folding chairs. But folding chairs would often destroy the entire look of the decor. Well, fret not, there is a saviour in Kartell’s Dolly chairs. They are fold-able armchairs that are Minimalist in design and would blend in perfectly.

Kartell Dolly

Dolly by Antonio Citterio and Oliver Low for Kartell

Inline with the pendant lamp at the entrance foyer to accentuate the Guest Lounge, a sculptural pendant lamp is chosen. What creates a better talking point than an Artemide Mercury Pendant Lamp?

Mercury by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide (2007)

DRY KITCHEN

The open concept dry kitchen will spot a small flat peninsular island top for munching with your guests. There will be 2 stools for your guests to drink and eat. Add in 2 more stools and you can have 4 of your guests having a meal there. Well, to keep the space clean, we can use stackable stools that can be stored away in the Storeroom when not in use. The job falls onto 2 Cappellini Alodia stools that embodies pure Minimalism. The job of illuminating the kitchen island will be handled by 2 Flos Can Can Pendant Lamp, chosen for its small and simple geometry. This is where the Flat screen TV will be mounted. It will be mounted on a rotational pole that could be swing over so that the guests at the Guest Lounge will be able to enjoy movies or TV Channels.

Poliform ICS Stool

ICS Stool by Rodrigo Torres for Poliform (2010)

Cappellini AlodiaAoldia Stool by Todd Bracher for Cappellini (2010)

Flos Can Can

Can Can by Marcel Wanders for Flos (2009)

Pole Mounted TV

Pole Mounted TV Concept at the Dry Kitchen Counter

PRIVATE SECTION

This section shall consist of the Family Room, which doubles up as the Home Library and Craft Rooms, the Master Suite, the Junior Master Bedroom and the Kid’s Room. Adding in the Guest Lounge cum Guest Room at the “Public” Section, my future home is going to be a 5 Bedder!

FAMILY LOUNGE/LIVING ROOM

The Family Lounge or Living Room belongs to the private area of the home and serves as the entertainment area for my family. It will be opened up to the guests during Chinese New Year or if I am to hold parties of some sorts in the future to supplement the sitting capacity of the Guest Lounge. Hence, a sectional sofa that will be able to sit 8, would be perfect in the large living room. Truly in line with the term “Monolithic”, would be a B&B Italia Bend Sofa which appear to be carved out of a single piece of material.  throw in a luxurious, yet thin profiled Cassina LC4 Chaise Lounge and the combination of Luxury and Minimalism materializes.B&B Italia Bend Sofa

Bend Sofa by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia (2010)

Cassina LC4LC4 Chaise Lounge by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina (1928)

With a large Living Room, a low table could be comfortably fitted in and with an Eclectic design theme, I could not disregard the oriental inspired Maxalto Loto table. To add more Eclecticism into the design mix, a set of 3 Contemporary Flexform Jiff Side Tables will be added for ease of usage. To supplement additional seating, a Vitra Butterfly Stool placed beside the feature wall would be a perfect sculpture cum stool/footstool when needed.

Maxalto LotoLoto by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto (2006)

Flexform Jiff

Jiff by Flexform Design Team for Flexform (2003)

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra (1954)

The Living Room will need a time teller. My favourite has to remain with the Nelson Eye Clock by Vitra.

Eye Clock by George Nelson for Vitra (1956)

DINING ROOM

This will be the place for family dining. Well, I am an Eclectic. Putting different designer chairs together is a dream. Where else in a house can you put together chairs of various designs, except the Dining Room! The Dining Room is not only going to be an Eclectic mix of chairs, but an Eclectic mix of Economical pieces and Designer Pieces. For starters, the Dining Table would be an affordable Ikea Ingatorp. I took this inspiration of the local Home & Decor Magazine which I thought the Ingatorp does the job as well as Marcel Wanders’ New Antique designs. For the chairs, it will be 2 white Kartell Masters Chair anchoring each end of the table and 4 Pedrali Malmö Chairs in Black lining by the sides to create the contrast.

 Ikea Ingatorp

Ingatorp by Carina Bengs for Ikea

Masters Chair by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell (2010)

Pedrali Malmo

Malmö Chair by Michele Cazzaniga, Simone Mandelli & Antonio Pagliarulo for Pedrali (2012)

A key accent in a Dining Room is often a job done by the pendant lamps. They are at your eye levels when you walk towards the dining table and hence, the great effects. Moooi Random Lamps of varying sizes makes a cool statement. A Kartell Bourgie Table Lamp supplements this effect when placed on the floor beside the black Piano that I intend to situate in.

Moooi Random Lamp

Random Lamp by Bertjan Pot for Moooi (2001)

Bourgie by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell (2004)

FAMILY ROOM/HOME LIBRARY/CRAFT ROOM

This section is different from the Family Lounge where family entertainment takes place. It will be a small and cozy space for Family activities and interactions such as doing crafts with the kids and grandparents, reading a book at the nice cozy corner or even, having a cup of coffee together with the family in an air-conditioned setting. Hence, this will be the place where fun and colours mix. With the rest of the home decked out in a neutral colour palette, the walls will be painted white to serve as a canvas for the colour funishing collection that I plan to put in.

A round table is perfect for family interactions. With the plan to furnish the home with an Eclectic choice of designer pieces, one would probably expect the Knoll Saarinen Tulip round table as a natural choice for me. However, I am a fan of the new antique designs (a term coined by Marcel Wanders) and the Ikea range of dining tables are perfect and economical for me. I simply love it!

Ikea Liatorp

Liatorp by Carina Bengs for Ikea

Well, we can’t have a study table without a table lamp. So, here is my choice for the table lamp that complements the classic feel of the Liatorp Table perfectly, a table lamp from the 1920s.

Louis Poulsen PH 3-2 Lamp

PH2/1 by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen (1926)

My planned Eclectic collect of side chairs shall be placed around the Liatorp table. After looking through the various iconic designs available, I had picked these chairs for various reasons. But whatever the reasons are, they all fit into my concept of a fun room.

The B&B Italia Papilio Chair was chosen for its excellent support with a back rest that cuddles your mid-back with its wing design and flexibility that allows you to find a perfect sitting position. Of course, the winning factor was its Minimalist Wing-back design makes it more fun to look at than its simpler cousins such as the Alma and Melandra side chairs. A fun chair needs a fun colour. So, my choice would be the entry level Grade B Bario Viola-601 fabric which is basically, violet colour.

B&B Italia Papilio Chair

Papilio Chair by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia (2008)

I was attracted to the Cappellini Hi-Pad Chair for its bright green fabric option. It looks fresh and energetic and it simply wowed my eyes. The 2 distinctive thick padding added flavour to its design. Since I was first attracted by its colour, my fabric of choice will have to be the 100% cotton Cat A Canvas-140-302 which is essentially, the bright green chair below.

Cappellini Hi-Pad Chair

Hi-Pad Chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini (1999)

The next chair attracted me with its hi-tech underpinnings. The Moooi Carbon Chair was made from inter-weaves of carbon-fiber and epoxy resins which made it a super-light chair. I had always loved Moooi for its unconventional, avant-garde and artistic approaches to designs and the Carbon Chair is a must-have for me. 🙂

Moooi Carbon Chair

Carbon Chair by Marcel Wanders & Bertjan Pot for Moooi

This is not the end. There are more to the Family Room. As mentioned, there will be a cozy corner for the leisurely read in a lazy afternoon. Wait, there shall not be just one, but two cozy corners. This calls for 2 chairs and 2 side tables!

The Herman Miller/Vitra Eames Lounge Chair Wood has always been a favourite. As a matter of fact, it is THE chair that got me into an interest in design! I was simply amazed by the comfort a hard piece of plywood could provide through a well design contour. I guess I am not the only admirer given its recent recognition by Time Magazine as the greatest design of the 20th century! After a colourful splash of palettes in my previous choices of chairs, I will still need to put in one piece of the common colour that I had used around the house and the choice for the Eames LCW will be an unconventional Black Stained Veneer that gives it an unusual look.

Herman Miller Eames LCW

Eames Lounge Chair Wood (LCW) by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller/ Vitra (1942)

To match the Modern Classic Eames LCW, another Modern Classic will do the job best. I have picked the Cassina Cicognino for its matching palette, its heritage as a Cassina and of course, it being a Modern Classic piece. 🙂

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Cicognino by Franco Albini for Cassina (1953)

As I had mentioned above, there will not be one, but two cozy corners. The chair below is the reason why I wanted 2 cozy corners. The MDF Italia Achille is a perfect Minimalist Armchair that I had to get my hands on! But as a small armchair, it wouldn’t fit as one of the chairs around the table as the rest are all side chairs. As such, I had created a second cozy corner in the room just to have the excuse to get this chair.

MDF Italia Achille

Achille by Jean Marie Massaud for MDF Italia (2011)

With a second cozy corner, I will need another side table. But this side table will need to be bigger so as to accommodate the table lamp that I had planned to get. The best fit for me will be an Antonio Citterio piece. All the collections in B&B Italia and Maxalto are either too small for holding the Flos Snoopy Lamp that I am planning to get or they are simply too expensive. The B&B Italia Eileen’03 represents the perfect balance.

B&B Italia Eileen Eileen’03 by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia (2003)

Its all thanks to the table lamp below that I needed a bigger side table. I love the Flos Snoopy Lamp for its beautiful White Carrera Marble Base. Given its Modern Classic status, its relatively low costs when compared to other table lamps from Louis Poulsen and the generous use of luxury materials, it is simply the best value for money in my opinion.

Flos Snoopy

Snoopy by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1967)

MASTER SUITE

Moving on to the Master Suite, I plan to have a walk-in-wardrobe and a cozy corner. This calls for an Armchair, a Floor Lamp to complement the armchair and a Stool for the dressing table. Of course, we cannot do without certain basics such as a bed and bedside table lamps.

I shall start off with the basic choices of bed and beside table lamp.

Novamobili Line Bed

Line Bed by Novamobili

Flos Piani

Piani by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Flos (2011)

Now, going into the cozy corner and dressing area, I wanted a warm and classic tone to it. The Italian choices of wood based furnishing brands such as Giorgetti, Maxalto and Flexform come to mind. The cozy corner shall consist of an armchair, a side table and a floor lamp for easy reading. The dressing table simply needs choosing a stool for the Missus. Picking a Giorgetti and Flexform for the cozy corner is easy. But when it comes to picking a Maxalto Stool for the dressing area, there is a challenge. I wasn’t too keen on a Maxalto Elios (which is the most affordable stool/side table from Maxalto) and a B&B Italia isn’t as focused on wood and craftsmanship as Maxalto. But when comparing the Maxalto Elios with its cousin, the B&B Italia Luis Stool, the Luis Stool wins hands down. 🙂 As such, the dressing stool had been chosen.

Giorgetti Progetti

Progetti by Centro di Ricerche Giorgetti for Giorgetti (1987)

Flexform Jiff

Jiff by Flexform for Flexform (2003)

Louis Poulsen Panthella Floor Lamp

Panthella by Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen (1971)

B&B Italia Luis

     Luis by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia (2007)

I had recently purchased the Vitra L’Oiseau wood sculpture. The maple wood gives a sense of calm and there is no better place to display a calming piece then the Master Bedroom.

Vitra L'Oiseau

L’Oiseau by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra (2011)

KIDS’ BEDROOM

This is the future room of my future kids. 🙂 The plan is to decorate it in animal theme. Well, its not the crazy and colourful plush toy filled animal theme that I am talking about. It is a minimalist concept with designs from Moooi and Vitra filling the spaces. For the early stages of childhood, I foresee either myself or my wife staying in the room and rocking our kids to sleep. As such, a little corner is also good for us. The best functional  designer animal pieces to me are the Moooi Rabbit Lamp and the Vitra Eames Elephant. I shall forget about the life-sized Pig and the Horse from Moooi. 🙂

Kartell Louis Ghost Chair

Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell (2004)Moooi Rabbit Lamp

Rabbit Lamp by Front for Moooi (2006)

Vitra Eames Elephant

Eames Elephant by Charles & Ray Eames for Vitra (1945)

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