Refurbished Apartment Turned Into A Beautiful And Imperfect Oasis

The Imperfect Residence is a beautiful one-bedroom apartment situated in Honk Kong. It was named like that after the being refurbished by interior designer Nelson Chow of studio NCDA who was guided throughout the entire process by the ancient Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi, an aesthetic which describes beauty as being imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.

The living room looks and feels very peaceful and relaxing without any storage modules in plain sightView in gallery
The living room looks and feels very peaceful and relaxing without any storage modules in plain sight

The result is a magnificent 160 square meter apartment which values simplicity and blends together natural materials and bold shapes. The entrance is clad in dark timber and is welcoming despite being so simple. It opens onto the living room on one side and separate kitchen on the other. The flooring in the living area is quite interesting, featuring wooden parquet inlaid with marble and oxidized metal pieces. It’s a very soothing and simple space with many of the usual focal points being concealed behind folding panels inspired by traditional shoji screens.

The dining area is positioned in one of the corners and features stylish brass accents and a marble top tableView in gallery
The dining area is positioned in one of the corners and features stylish brass accents and a marble top table
The combination of natural unfinished materials and bold geometries is expressed in various different forms throughout the apartmentView in gallery
The combination of natural unfinished materials and bold geometries is expressed in various different forms throughout the apartment
The living room has wooden parquet flooring inlaid with marble and oxidized metal pieces which adds an unexpected twist to the decorView in gallery
The living room has wooden parquet flooring inlaid with marble and oxidized metal pieces which adds an unexpected twist to the decor

The living room then leads into a dark hallway with access to the bedroom, study, powder room and the bathroom. The hallway door is disguised as one of the folding panels covering up the living room wall. The bedroom is a tranquil and relaxing sanctuary. It has a large window, a bed that has both a minimalist and bold geometry and custom bedside tables made of wood and marble. The bathroom features large marble-clad columns and a large double sink basin made of bronze complemented by asymmetrical wall-mounted mirror panels. The bathtub is in perfect line with the vanity, framed on one side by a large window with a panoramic view of the city. All of these elements combined give this apartment a very holistic and harmonious look and a perfectly imperfect charm.

Oxidized metal accents and brass details have been seamlessly integrated into every room's decorView in gallery
Oxidized metal accents and brass details have been seamlessly integrated into every room’s decor
The living room has an entire wall covered in folding panels inspired by traditional Japanese shoji screensView in gallery
The living room has an entire wall covered in folding panels inspired by traditional Japanese shoji screens
The TV is hidden behind the folding panels on the left side of the wall to avoid it becoming an unnecessary distractionView in gallery
The TV is hidden behind the folding panels on the left side of the wall to avoid it becoming an unnecessary distraction
One of the wall panels is actually a door connecting the living room to an elevated platform with access to the other roomsView in gallery
One of the wall panels is actually a door connecting the living room to an elevated platform with access to the other rooms
Although few in number, the decorations and accent pieces give a lot of character to the roomsView in gallery
Although few in number, the decorations and accent pieces give a lot of character to the rooms
The bedroom is modest in size and has a large window with a stylish and minimalist unit framing it belowView in gallery
The bedroom is modest in size and has a large window with a stylish and minimalist unit framing it below
The bed area is symmetrical, featuring matching platforms on either side as well as two low-hanging pendant lampsView in gallery
The bed area is symmetrical, featuring matching platforms on either side as well as two low-hanging pendant lamps
Custom nightstands made of wood and marble establish a harmonious connection between the bedroom and the bathroom's designView in gallery
Custom nightstands made of wood and marble establish a harmonious connection between the bedroom and the bathroom’s design
The bathroom features eye-catching marble columns which hide the utilitiesView in gallery
The bathroom features eye-catching marble columns which hide the utilities
Although simple and with a subdued palette of finishes and colors, the bathroom is also elegant and has lots of characterView in gallery
Although simple and with a subdued palette of finishes and colors, the bathroom is also elegant and has lots of character