Ask architects about the kind of space they would like to live in and the answers would probably be varied, traversing the realms of emotion, manner and of course, aesthetic. It is an ambitious endeavour to fashion spaces for the people who design for a living, but that’s exactly what Living Divani has done through its presentation of the Architects Apartment. The furniture brand applies its intrinsically elegant perspective to such a space, approaching it as more of a proposal than prescription.
Occupying a loft-like glass-encased space at the top of Space Furniture’s showroom in Singapore, the Architects Apartment is an evolving display of both iconic and new furniture pieces from Living Divani. It is a fitting presentation with Living Divani being a new addition to Space Furniture’s suite of brands in Singapore.
The apartment imagines a calming architect’s retreat set amidst a curated ensemble of art and design. In addition to the latest and bestselling pieces from the brand’s collection, handpicked selections from ClassiCon and Glas Italia are also featured in this spatial proposal.
Before entering the space, the translucent textured glass panels of Glas Italia’s Sherazade door tease visitors with only hints of shapes and tones. The doors slide open to reveal a stunning greeting area where Living Divani’s groundbreaking Extrasoft sofa holds court in an airy atmosphere of light and space.
From here, a journey through four other equally elegant spaces ensues. Like the greeting area, the living area, dining area, bedroom and outdoor terrace paint the imagined architect as one who values subtlety, timelessness and comfort. The point of view presented is crystal clear and consistent with how Living Divani’s creative director Piero Lissoni (himself also an architect) has shaped the brand.
Throughout the apartment, familiar pieces like the Greene sofa, Sailor bookcase and Frog chair are complemented by icons like ClassiCon’s Bibendum armchair by Eileen Gray. Paying tribute to the brand’s presence in Singapore, pieces that were created in collaboration with Singaporean designers are celebrated in the showroom as well. Nathan Yong’s Off Cut bookcase and Lanzavecchia+Wai’s Pebble and Studio Juju’s Rabbit and the Tortoise tables vanity table naturally evoke a sense of local pride.
The Architects Apartment is designed to evolve over time, with each new presentation offering fresh perspectives and opportunities for visual dialogue. As they say, watch this space.
Space Furniture, Singapore
Photography courtesy of Living Divani and Space Furniture Singapore