House Tour: All about the suite life in this refined hotel-inspired Shenzhen apartment
There’s a particular elegance associated with well-appointed hotel rooms and this 3,229 sq ft apartment in Shenzhen is the portrait of it.
It is the residence of a well-heeled elderly gentleman, whose creative directive to interior design company Shenzhen Super Normal Design was for an abode reminiscent of a luxurious hotel room.
For inspiration, the design team travelled around Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and even Italy to explore hotels, furniture and materials. To create a space that is tailor made for the house owner, the team also took care to take the measurements of function rooms in his other residences and applied them here.
The interiors are defined by a clean and modern masculine aesthetic, while an open layout adds to its loftiness. It’s altogether a calm and quiet space, thanks to the contrast of stone and wood, and enlivened by vibrant art paintings adorning the walls.
The well-edited curation of furniture was sourced from the likes of Armani Dada, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau and Minotti.
In the living room dominated by hard lines and sleek fittings, the gentle curve of a plush sofa, cushy velvet upholstery, subtle patterns and an elegant marble table soften the ambience and make for cosy interactions between host and his guests.
In his youth, the homeowner worked as a bartender in the US, which led to an appreciation for spirits and wines. His love for collecting wines, Italian crystal and auction paintings is reflected in the displays across the home.
In the balcony, which gazes out to the cityscape, a verdant green wall adds natural beauty while keeping the area clutter-free.
The bedroom is a more subdued sanctuary of off-whites and neutral tones. Sumptuous sheets and elegant furnishings set the mood for a restful retreat.
The bathroom gets a dose of classic-meets-modern elegance with sand-hued marble and metal fittings. A wide window allows for plenty of natural light and a leisurely soak with a marvellous view.
Unlike a traditional study, this also doubles as a wine and cigar bar, and an entertainment room. It is where the owner can read books, watch movies or wind down with a cigar or a glass of wine. “It is as rich and varied as old wine, matching perfectly with the personality of the owner,” says the team at Super Normal.
The open kitchen with a champagne-hued counter from Armani Dada’s kitchen line is where the owner spends much of his time. Stone grey flooring separates the kitchen from the rest of the living spaces while tying in with the muted colour palette of the home.