Modesty adorns, even in an interior. Right Angle Studio also knows that you can often achieve the best designs with simplicity. They followed this vision in Ripple Apartment, which effortlessly combines elegance and intimacy. A seascape on canvas in the stairwell creates a special design effect.
Based in Singapore, Right Angle Studio was founded in 2011 by designers Alex and Jay Liu. Combining their years of experience, they create impressive projects, ranging from residential to commercial. Designed to exude the tranquillity of water, this two-storey apartment received a modest refurbishment to rejuvenate the interior. Originally locked in a blocked, heated state, the unit has been spatially rearranged to maximise airflow and access to light sources. On the ground floor, a descending wooden corridor welcomes occupants, which then reveals itself as a portal structure that strategically conceals access to the kitchen and bedroom. The fluted detailing is taken over by an extended bar, which draws attention to the living area, accentuated in a lime-stone finish. The bespoke sofa and lounge chair sit at opposite ends, encouraging conversation. Another notable element is the sliding screen in ash wood, which serves as a filtered partition for the outdoor balcony. This gives occupants the experience of a ryokan, a so-called Japanese family hotel. For the dining area, a custom-made marble table was combined with the coherent use of Drop chairs.
The staircase maintains a harmonious visual relationship with the apartment
The design of the staircase was also well thought out. In fact, it has a pocket bench and a custom-made banister, which maintains a harmonious visual relationship with the apartment. As you ascend, you come face to face with a serene seascape on canvas by photo artist Lynda Laird. With the insertion of an artificial skylight, the picture here is presented as if it were hanging in a gallery. Moreover, it stands out all the more for its soft blue colour, which contrasts with the neutral colour palette in the rest of the house, that consists mainly of beige and white tones. On the upper level, the use of symmetry creates a surreal, mirrored impression of the bedrooms. The glass facade is reminiscent of a hotel suite, where residents can unwind at the end of the day.
Simplicity and thoughtful design give this apartment a luxurious experience that, however, does not feel lavish. The residents will feel like they are in a hotel here, but one with a very intimate, homely atmosphere.
Photography by Studio Periphery