Elements of Good Design

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Here are some photos showing a few features we thought through as part of designing this highly resolved piece.

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BE BRAVE The dark colour is strong but there is plenty of natural light from windows and skylights meaning the black mass does not darken the space, just adds impact.

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THE PAINT FINISH Inspired by Japanese lacquer, a choice of satiny, medium gloss means light and reflection play on a surface already enhanced by the three-dimensional pattern.

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COLOUR A pure black would have been harsh and would not appear as refined as this colour. We tested, tested and tested again until it had the strength of black with a subtle underlying warmth of brown.

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PROPORTIONS A deeper than normal toe-kick gives the sense of elevation.

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PROPORTIONS Potential bulkiness is reduced by stopping the unit short of the ceiling.

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DISSECTED BY A DOOR which, when it slips closed, provides contrast in materials to break the space and transforms the bedroom into a sanctuary from busy lives.

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DOOR A beech veneer sliding door disappears out of view when not in use and has no frame or jam to interfere with the visual flow when area is unified.

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DETAILS. The handle pops out when required and flattens when the door retreats into the wall.

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DISPLAY in beech ply is used to add interest and visually lighten the end of the unit which faces the apartments’s main thoroughfare

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Fun

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