|Name:||Muhammad Ariful Islam | Zero Inch Interiors Ltd|
|Location:||Bashundhara Residential Area, Dhaka|
The 4000 sq. ft. duplex apartment comprises a formal living, dining, pantry, two guest bedrooms and laundry on the ground floor; and a family living, dry kitchen and three bedrooms with attached toilets on the 1st floor. The interior design focus was drawn immensely on the tactile aspect of materials and the user experience of the space. The client had a straightforward requirement. The client wanted a space where they feel relaxed, calm and comfortable. What sort of spaces or ambience do people find relaxing? – in exploring this question, the designer team consciously includes subtle hints and characteristics of natural elements in the interior that enable the users to reconnect with nature subconsciously.
A variety of indoor plants were introduced throughout the space. The design team has carefully picked plants that can be easily maintained and grown within a controlled environment. Several shelves and nooks are adorned with plants. Maximum openness was ensured with an open plan layout. To invite an abundance of natural daylight, full-height windows were installed.
The colour scheme and materials of the residence were carefully chosen to boost users’ tactile and sensory experience. Different shades of wood, white, and grey were used in abundance. The walls are primarily fair-faced with some exceptions in feature walls. The floor is of a matte mud colour which gives a sense of walking on the ground or outdoor. Nature wooden fibre tiles were used in the middle court. All these neutral colours subtly put users in relaxing mode. Exceptions can be observed with pops of vibrant colours- visible in the artworks, upholsteries, cushions, rugs and the feature walls, but even then, those colours are inspired by nature such as terracotta, rustic green, blue or yellow. The watercolour artworks were carefully handpicked from a renowned gallery.
The design team ensured using as many naturally sourced materials in the design as possible. Since all the furniture was custom-made, the team took the freedom to flexibly design the furniture and decorative elements according to the client’s requirements. The guiding principle of ‘wabi-sabi’— a Japanese concept that emphasizes finding beauty in imperfection—was followed. One can notice that the tabletops, different furniture and accents don’t have smooth finishing, there are many textures in the design- this concept helps to appreciate the simplicity and imperfections of life. Moreover, textures like these have a tactile quality to them.
Materials like wood, stone, and exposed bricks dominate this space. Natural fibres and textures make up the upholsteries to give an overall coherent look. In addition, the indoor staircase waterfall evokes a soothing effect in the mind.
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