In my personal opinion interior design is so hard to get right. Although a vital part of any build, there seems to be such a divide between the ultra contemporary and the more rustic themes that are popular at the moment. The stripped back aesthetic can leave a cold feeling, with the rustic themes sometimes being too overly characterful to the point of feeling claustrophobic. It’s a tough balance.
A project in 2020 by Singapore Studio JUJU stood out thanks to their very careful use of some carefully placed design throughout. Studio JUJU consists of Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui, and for this design they worked with Figment, a project in Singapore offering co-living studio spaces.
Located on Singapore’s “most colourful street”, Still House’s intention is to offer respite from the eclectic neighbourhood of Joo Chiat. By playing with shape and form, Wong and Lui integrated a muted colour scheme with furniture and art that pop out just enough. The art is a particular focal point, choosing Enzo Mari prints, and this theme follows throughout and harnesses all of the principles that the ‘legends of design’ used in the past. Alvar Aalto, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Eames and much more come to mind.
Interestingly, in the Studio JUJU bio they talk about creating a union of simplicity and warmth, functionalism and whimsy, refinement and relevance, and most importantly a sense of freshness and optimism. It’s exactly what I would love to do here with my own project, which is probably why I feel such an affinity for this particular aesthetic.