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Homes Home Tour: A Japanese-Style Penthouse In Singapore

Home Tour: A Japanese-Style Penthouse In Singapore

Home Tour: A Japanese-Style Penthouse In Singapore
A full-height custom console separates the living and dining areas, while creating countertop space to display books and beloved objects
By Olha Romaniuk
September 07, 2020
Designed by Millihaus, this tranquil penthouse apartment in Singapore draws inspiration from Japanese aesthetics and the changing seasons

With its pleasing blend of warm tones and natural textures, this apartment is a haven of serenity for a family of three. Situated within the Angullia Park condominium in Singapore designed by SCDA Architects, the penthouse is well-placed in the heart of Orchard Road, offering stellar views of the city's skyline.

The apartment’s interior designers, Billy Voon and Desy Kismantono of multidisciplinary practice Millihaus, wanted to create a strong narrative that underpinned the design of the apartment. They took inspiration from the ephemerality of seasonal changes, accompanied by a concept shaped by the owners’ admiration for Japanese culture. Millihaus also crafted bespoke furniture and decor items made by some of the most notable artisans around the world, keeping in mind the family’s appreciation of handmade objects and quality craftsmanship.

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The living room
features a Restoration
Hardware coffee
table, Heath sofa by
Yabu Pushelberg for
Linteloo, Ipanema
armchair from
Poliform and a floor
lamp from Anour
Copenhagen
The living room features a Restoration Hardware coffee table, Heath sofa by Yabu Pushelberg for Linteloo, Ipanema armchair from Poliform and a floor lamp from Anour Copenhagen

The visual journey into the apartment begins with an intimate foyer that greets arriving guests. The use of light wood harks to the strong Asian influences of this home, while creating a calming entryway. The sliding foyer doors prepare visitors for a majestic reveal of the living and dining areas. Here, a custom-designed bench sits against a timber backdrop, where the owners and guests can be seated while removing their shoes; this simple yet effective addition also elevates the daily ritual of homecoming.

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This bedroom
houses a custom made red travertine
and oak console
This bedroom houses a custom made red travertine and oak console
A bespoke vanity
created for the master
bedroom
A bespoke vanity created for the master bedroom

Beyond the sliding doors, the living and dining spaces feature autumn inspired colours. In the living room, a closer examination of the custom carpentry reveals a fine appreciation for detail that the owners sought. A curved feature wall clad in silk wallpaper and timber creates a visual anchor in this space. Here, a custom console, meticulously detailed with rounded edges and unique curved handles, echoes the contours of the wall behind it. The selected pieces sit comfortably low to augment the panoramic views out to the horizon and the city below.

The library
is a cosy nook decked
in light wood
Bocci
pendant lights
float above a bespoke
dining table and an
Elliot chair from De La
Espada
The
corridor is a gallery like space in the home
This custom
piece incorporates
a bedside table
and a daybed to
maximise the
use of space
 

In the dining area, the Japanese sensibilities of the home are conveyed in playful and subtle ways. A custom Brazilian Arabescato marble dining table stands proudly in the centre, flanked by De La Espada Elliot dining chairs with chopstick-like frames inspired by the owners’ collection of traditional Japanese dinnerware. The heft of the table is juxtaposed against the elegant Bocci pendant lights that hover above; these handblown glass pieces were tailored to specific heights to suit the space.

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Fabric panels on
the headboard
and a large rug
augment the
tactile feel of the
master bedroom
The entryway
features a bespoke
bench and timberclad walls
 

A timber-clad processional corridor into the apartment’s private areas doubles up as a gallery space to showcase some of the owners’ favourite artworks, inspired by various Asian landscapes. Framed by dark wood portals, the bedrooms are designed as connected but distinct parts of a visual story.

Voon describes each room as “telling a part of the poetic tale of a Japanese autumn’s passage: its arrival, zenith and revival”. The junior bedroom pays tribute to the cherry blossoms synonymous with Japan. The room is imbued with muted textures, punctuated with pops of colour on the silver and blush fabrics and the travertine marble of the bedside tables. A glimpse into the family library reveals lively tangerine accents reminiscent of the vivid colours of foliage at the height of autumn, complemented with a casual daybed and a sisal rug.

A monochromatic
photo adds to the
zen mood in
this bedroom
A monochromatic photo adds to the zen mood in this bedroom

Voon describes each room as “telling a part of the poetic tale of a Japanese autumn’s passage: its arrival, zenith and revival”. The junior bedroom pays tribute to the cherry blossoms synonymous with Japan. The room is imbued with muted textures, punctuated with pops of colour on the silver and blush fabrics and the travertine marble of the bedside tables. A glimpse into the family library reveals lively tangerine accents reminiscent of the vivid colours of foliage at the height of autumn, complemented with a casual daybed and a sisal rug.

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The balcony features
the Erica outdoor
armchairs by Antonio
Citterio for B&B Italia
and a custom-made
dining table with
a terrazzo top and
metal base
The balcony features the Erica outdoor armchairs by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia and a custom-made dining table with a terrazzo top and metal base

The master bedroom adopts some of the preceding elements to pay homage to the cyclical nature of the four seasons. Timber batons punctuate the main wall, fronted by a headboard in green and grey tones. Heavy-topped bedside and dressing tables are softened by their rounded shapes and grounded by a custom silk rug that reflects the sepia tones characteristic of the autumnal equinox. Each piece in the room places a special emphasis on the carefully created visual story that weaves through the apartment.

“This is a timeless and meticulously crafted abode, a tranquil respite from the city that focuses on the poetic vigour of autumn,” says Voon, looking at the outcome of the project with pride.

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