Rhapsody in Blue

Updated: Jun 7

The elegant composition of this apartment by Designworx Interior Consultant struck a chord with its music-loving owners


All That Jazz

A close working relationship is the foundation that underpins every successful design project, and a credo that steers Designworx Interior Consultant's various undertakings. The interior design firm holds regular discussions with clients to understand their space requirements and psyche, translating their personalities into homes that represents their owners.


This 1,981sqft apartment in Wallich Residence, a luxury condominium in Tanjong Pagar, is no different. Home to a jazz-loving couple and their family, the modern abode is understated yet luxurious, boasting tasteful touches that harken to the golden era of the musical genre and a palpable ambience that helps its owners unwind surrounded by the things they love.


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Setting The Tone

We took inspiration from Rhapsody in Blue, the famous jazz composition by George Gershwin. As a result, the home's furniture, lighting, decorative accents, fabrics and leathers convey a sense of glamour reflective of the Jazz Age.


Stepping into the light-filled living room with its mix of colours, angles and silhouettes brings one back to the classical aesthetic of America in the 1920s. Rondo sectional sofas from Rolf Benz border an art deco-influenced Adnet coffee table, which charms with its curved metal legs, brass rings and fine leather detailing. The owner's golden saxophone and a Bea armchair from Porada form a counterpoint to the L-shaped arrangement of the sofas. These pieces stand on a bespoke rug sporting geometric motifs in a calming azure shade.


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Storage and display options are afforded by the Urban wall system from MisuraEmme, while sliding glass panels conceal the TV when it is not in use. The living area also features a substantial column that Designworx Interior Consultant viewed as a decor opportunity rather than a space-planning challenge. Instead of concealing it with architectural millwork, they gave it prided of place and a new look with full scalloped panelling and decorative uplights. The shoe cabinet wraps around the corner to integrate with the dining sideboard and display shelves.



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Keeping The Beat

The living room's aura segues seamlessly into the dining space, with furnishings in similar colours and finishes. Here, a glass-topped In the Clear table by Caracole holds court: the statement piece is supported by dual geometric-inspired metal bases with oakwood inserts.


The dining table is flanked by eight leather-clad Maryl chairs from Airnova. A selection of bespoke blue placemats, plates and gold cutlery ties the look together. Overhead, Multi-Lite brass pendant lamps from Gubi provide illumination.


Also, lending visual interest to this space are a large artwork by Samuel Kane on a feature wall; in the background, the Harrison mirror by British designer Kelly Hoppen adds a playful touch and draws the eye to the of the apartment.




Chasing The Blues

The home's three bedrooms branch off an elongated corridor which culminates in the master bedroom at the end. This striking blue corridor doubles as a gallery for the owner's collection of Hermes scarves and art prints.




Of the three bedrooms, one offers a bird's-eye view of Singapore's southern region, complete with old shophouses nestled among modern skyscrapers. In this space, a bespoke bedframe is integrated with a dressing table, with both orientated to capitalise on views of the stunning vista.



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The master bedroom was given a restrained palette; grey tone-on-tone finishes are interspersed with touches of gold. A feature wall sports the same scalloped treatment as the living-room column; on it hangs a Hermes scarf depicting French artist Ugo Gattoni's Le Grand Prix du Faubourg print in black and white. A Roca bench by Kelly Hoppen stands at the of the bespoke super king-sized bed. Opposite a petite dressing table and display shelves maximise use of the space. In the adjoining study, a blue leather daybed from Zanotta was included as a relaxing option that the owners could lounge on, as working from home becomes the norm.


The eight-week project hits all the right notes with the owner. They love the contemporary yet relaxed feel of the interior, with its understated glamour, jazz accents and rich tapestry of materials, textures and colours.



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Published in Singapore Tatler Homes-Apr/May 2021.

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