Step into a collaborative 50sqm apartment where the focus is on lifestyle and personal style. Many apartments today are kept free from detail, which brings us great opportunity to make our homes and rentals uniquely ours. And while we live in a society where replica furniture has been normalised, we present to you a cost-effective authentic alternative that shows where you can spend and where you can save to create spaces that reflect who you are – uniquely and beautifully.
All furniture in the apartment has a design integrity and authenticity behind it from design studios in Denmark and China; the accessories chosen educate on high-end, mid-priced and economical and cross interior genres – kitchen appliances, rugs, art, bedding, bathroom pieces and audio. We have also played with scale, showing that you can fit a large sofa in a small living space, or a bigger table in a kitchen/dining area, or a study desk in a small lifestyle space. It’s all about give and take. Explore The O Apartment to determine what’s important to you and how you like to live.
The hub of the home? That’s true now more than ever. Our kitchens are the pivotal element in the modern home. Our interiors – homes and apartments – are built around the kitchen as the focal point. In fact, the kitchen is so dominant in the open-plan living area that it has no longer been incorporated into the living space, but has brought the living and dining areas into its domain. And that’s why kitchen finishes, accessories, furniture and design are so important – they aesthetically lead the way for the rest of the room.
Comfort, function, entertainment, entertaining, solitude, work and play… the living area is all things to all people. People are opting out of the main living area as the TV room, and instead placing the emphasis on interaction or retreat. Beauty and design are becoming more important than the television installed front and centre. Chairs and sofas are arranged for conversation, and art, objects and layerings of textiles add a softer side to the kitchen-centric open-plan space.
Integrated, yet separate... that’s the mantra for the bedroom in an open-plan space. It needs to look good, the colours must flow from one area to the other and common elements can be harnessed to tie everything together. However, a bedroom is also a personal space, so must have the hallmarks of retreat, privacy and solitude. We are becoming more relaxed about our bedrooms, though. Remember the days when the bedroom door was shut when people visited? Today bedrooms are upping their style stakes and the door is remaining open. In fact, it’s been said that the bedroom will evolve to offer more than a space of privacy – and that’s certainly the case in the open-plan scenario.
As we all know, the apartment bathroom is usually on the space-efficient size. However, if you buy off-the-plan or choose to retrofit, then there are some space-spacing ideas to incorporate that will open up the possibilities and bring some personal style to your wet zone.
The courtyard or balcony is such an important ‘room’ in the home. We spend most of our lives shut up in an office with no fresh air, so we want to live large and open when we get home. Greenery has made its way inside, but now we need to take it back out to the balcony and layer it without getting any heat from strata corporations.