An Apartment Design Inspired By Hobbies And Artisanal Beauty

We think every home’s interior design should be inspired by the things its inhabitants love most, their hobbies, passions and their favorite subjects. These elements can make the difference between a space that feels like home and one that’s just another mainstream structure. A lack of character and charm can make a space become boring fast. We recently found an apartment which can help us exemplify everything we mentioned so far. It’s located in downtown Taipei, in Taiwan and was remodeled by Waterfrom Design in 2016.

The apartment has a very welcoming and comfortable feel in spite of its overall simplicityView in gallery
The apartment has a very welcoming and comfortable feel in spite of its overall simplicity
Design elements that would normally look rugged and cold are merely a stylish industrial addition hereView in gallery
Design elements that would normally look rugged and cold are merely a stylish industrial addition here

The whole interior design of this 129 square meter apartment was inspired by the owners’ hobbies and personalities. They love cycling and reading and these two themed were combined to create a set of floating shelves in the living room which hold books, collectibles as well as a bike. There is in fact a wall-mounted bike rack which fits into the decor quite naturally.

The social and leisure spaces are all interconnected and form an open plan with various distinct zonesView in gallery
The social and leisure spaces are all interconnected and form an open plan with various distinct zones
The kitchen looks toward the living area and has a direct view through the large windowsView in gallery
The kitchen looks toward the living area and has a direct view through the large windows

The living area also has a TV wall mount which keeps the decor simple and practical. The living room, kitchen, dining area and a small workspace corner share an open floor plan and complement each other quite nicely. The designers were also inspired by their client’s passion for handcrafted elements so they carefully inserted decor elements which suggest artisanal beauty and a cozy rhythm throughout.

The materials and colors used throughout are simple and mostly neutral. Their beauty is highlighted through lightingView in gallery
The materials and colors used throughout are simple and mostly neutral. Their beauty is highlighted through lighting
The dining area has its own cozy area framed a wooden wall unit and by the living room sofaView in gallery
The dining area has its own cozy area framed a wooden wall unit and by the living room sofa

Everything we mentioned so far was done while maintaining a very simple design approach defined by linearity. The decor and the layout are very fluid and harmonious, the colors are neutral, the materials used are simple and yet the apartment doesn’t look mainstream at all. It’s all the quirky elements like the bike put on display or the shelves and display racks which expand beyond the ceiling and filter light through metal mesh screens that ensure the uniqueness and beauty of this space. There’s also a really nice layering of elements which ensure balance and harmony throughout.

The metal mesh screen marks an opening in the ceiling and lets light run through, creating a pattern on the floorView in gallery
The metal mesh screen marks an opening in the ceiling and lets light run through, creating a pattern on the floor
There's this secret nook into the ceiling which provides extra shelves and storage racksView in gallery
There’s this secret nook into the ceiling which provides extra shelves and storage racks

The social spaces are all connected and form an open plan volume with crisp background walls, tiled flooring and the occasional industrial metal and rustic wood accents. The bedroom is a separate space. It has this minimalist wall unit, wooden flooring and a decor that’s still simple and yet really cozy and comfortable.

The bedroom is a completely separate area and feel very intimate and cozyView in gallery
The bedroom is a completely separate area and feel very intimate and cozy