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 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 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.