Designing for three generations

By Jo Weaden
December 5, 2019

A family in Singapore appointed JPA Design (James Park Associates) to renovate their home and capture the diverse needs of three generations living under one roof. The apartment combines modern living with traditional Chinese culture.

JPA Design has completed the interior design for a 4,047sq ft apartment within the prime residential tower of Tomlinson Heights in Singapore. Located in district ten, the four-bedroom home features a karaoke entertainment room and study and is in close proximity to the conveniences of Singapore’s city life. In a multi-generational home, designing for the demands of all the family is paramount.

“We needed to create a cohesive space that flowed effortlessly, yet still worked with the needs and aspirations of the individuals,” says Amy Dixon, design director of JPA Design Singapore.

The interior of the living room has been inspired by autumn. A range of textures, in hues of golden orange, have been used to represent adaptability, spontaneity and completeness in Chinese culture.

“No strangers to luxury, the family wanted the interiors to reflect their unique style, whilst adhering to the advice of their Fengshui Master,” adds Dixon. The living space features the water element, an ancient symbol of abundance in Chinese culture, on the 6.2m height space in a north-facing position.

The sides of the artwork have been created from a sheet of stamped bronze metal and the centre panel is a combination of gold leaf and plaster relief. The handmade carpet, custom designed by JPA, mirrors the splashes of gold, rust and orange cushions and accessories.

Similar hues flow into the dining area, captured in the linear wall panelling, the linen wallpaper and the smoked ash timber.

“Colours were carefully considered, furnishings are plush with a variety of textures lending an invitingly comfortable and tactile space, creating an effortless canvas for the home owners,” remarks Dixon.

Bronze trim lines the wall panels and ceilings, with Henge light rings suspended over the Poliform dining table.

The ocean was the inspiration behind the master bedroom with adjoining study. Walnut wood has been combined with soft wool wall panelling, contrasting with the patina of the sea blue, metal leaf headboard.

Handmade 100% silk rugs, in shades of blue and turquoise, adorn the polished timber floors.

The family’s love for karaoke led to the transformation of the sound-proofed room that shares the autumnal colours that span throughout the home.

Enigma 3D wallpaper forms the backdrop to the vibrant Poliform sofa. “It has been an exciting and, at times challenging project to work on – but the end result is a beautiful space that the family are delighted with,” says Dixon.