It can be quite seldom for one to be featured in an award-winning design. However, just last year, luxury brands BRABBU and Boca do Lobo came to be a part of design worthy of bronze in the A’Design Award and Competition: the Cullinan by Cameron Interiors. The firm had worked with projects of varying dimensions up to that point – in fact, this wasn’t their first award-winning work.
These projects ranged from small to large scale residential and even commercial and corporate design projects, always striving to provide unique and comprehensive design solutions, completely tailored to their clients’ persona. But among all of these commendable projects, the Cullinan stands out for its unique approach to the studio’s core values: aesthetics, functionality, personality, and value. “We aim at providing a high standard of quality in terms of design, craftsmanship, and service.”
As most interior design projects, the Cullinan had its outlines defined by the clients, i.e., the owners of the apartment, which just happened to be big fans of music and film, resulting in a desire, on their part, to have a space that could serve as a home cinema. Guided by their mission to create personalized interiors, the studio delivered. The living room features warm wood flooring that meets with floor-to-ceiling windows which reveal a majestic overview of the Hong Kong harbor. These windows are accompanied by heavy blackout curtains that not only prevent the room from overheating but also serve a major role in the owners’ request: the creation of the perfect ambiance for a home cinema.
In fact, the room is equipped with upper echelon audio-visual equipment understatedly hidden by a sliding TV wall composed of steel and leather. But the state-of-the-art technology doesn’t end there: a Smart Living System, providing holistic control of all-electric devices – this includes the projector, screen, curtains, and sound system – was implemented with the goal to provide a more comfortable and convenient day-to-day living for the client. The team’s main inspiration for this project was the inherent opulence of a superyacht.
To bring this home, the main living area eludes a nautical feel granted by the curvaceous lines that surround the room, mirroring waves echoing throughout the structure which are complemented by the luscious colors chosen for the room’s color scheme. This is especially noticeable in the blue circular rug, hugged by a round cream sofa, that fades from a white shade into increasingly darker shades of blue from the center – where a golden center table can be found – outward, effectively evoking the ocean in the middle of this splendid living room. This, like all the other details in the apartment, was meticulously thought out and perfectly executed.
To create the Eden center table, Boca do Lobo used the highest quality materials and textures in the world, giving them shapes through objects that create a cosmopolitan luxury environment. This majestic table is fully made of polished cast brass with a delicately engraved top.
Even so, this isn’t the most standout pop of color in the room. That prize is taken home by BRABBU’s SIKA Armchairs. Inspired by – and named after – a deer species rooted in Japan, the wingback chair merges strength and elegance flawlessly, and was adequately chosen for this project was a way to add character to the room. Its deep red leather immediately captures the attention of anyone who enters the room and its imposing back and arms are outlined by brass tackles that gift it with even more personality.
Originally, the apartment was compartmentalized into four rooms divided among 1294 square feet. This made for relatively small floor plans, that left the apartment feeling slightly constrained. In order to optimize the use of this space, the team changed the layout of the apartment. This was done by opening up one of the walls in the kitchen, instantly making it feel wider and thus creating a more breathable and spacious area, and also by creating an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet in the master bedroom, maximizing the room’s potential.
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