The Light House
The Light House was not an unfinished structure or an old house that needed refurbishing; it was a fully-furnished home, ready for immediate occupancy. The homeowner, a flight attendant, desired a space where she could unwind after voyages around the world, a place where she could feel as if she were roaming the romantic countryside of Southern France or immersing herself in the exotic atmosphere of a Moroccan garden in North Africa. Therefore, she sought out Homework Design to embark on this international lifestyle together. "It's not that we were intentionally going for a vintage or retro vibe," she explains. "Rather, the pieces from that era are intriguing in their material and design." Designer Marko approached the remodel with minimal intrusion, preserving most of the original ceiling and partitions. He believes that if something is already appropriate, there's no need to alter it unnecessarily. Instead, his approach was more about unearthing the home's inherent potential and, building upon that, bestowing it with a renewed spirit.
The only significant alteration to the flow of the home was at the entrance foyer, where a shoe cabinet was installed to delineate the inside from the outside. An additional storage room was carved out in the corridor leading from the kitchen to the rear balcony, optimizing the flow and usage of space while also providing much-needed storage in a home with limited cabinetry. The adjacent wall lamp is hand-molded from clay, its dynamic and soft design casts a light upwards, softening the harshness of the light. The living space incorporates the living room, kitchen, and dining area into an L-shape. The island bar in the middle serves as a crucial hub for the inhabitants' emotional interactions. The light-colored solid wood panels stand out against the color scheme of the floor, subtly delineating different spaces. The terrazzo continues to the kitchen countertops and bathroom sinks. Marko shared that many foreign interiors don't rely on physical partition walls for separation, but rather use materials, furniture, or arches to symbolize transitions while classifying different space uses. In pursuit of consistency in style, niche designs are used to consider storage needs without adding unnecessary panels or shelves. The wooden cabinet placed against the wall in the dining room was made by the homeowner's father. Its front is decorated with a three-dimensional panel that conveys a warm and rustic touch, exuding a subtly elegant charm. The decorative wooden beams on the ceiling further replicate the sophisticated vintage ambiance of foreign homes. Sunlight from the side and the balcony casts perfect golden rays onto the wooden floor and rattan chairs. The balcony's three-sided windows introduce light from multiple angles, filling the space with a luminous glow.