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ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

China Architecture News - Mar 26, 2020 - 15:13   1074 views

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design has completed dark interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China, featuring earth-toned colors and materials to create a serene atmosphere.

Named A Woodwork Enthusiast’s Home, the 295-square-metre house is situated in an abandoned cement factory area, where the owner chose a three-storey building to create a residence. 

The main structures of the original building, including the cylindrical structure, are retained, which tell the connection between the past and present.

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

"The overall space is characterized by concise and simplistic design languages. Not restricted by styles or labels, the design rethinks what home means for us," said ZMY Design. 

"It’s a physically static place where the occupants can totally relax, and also a spiritual space which touches and accommodates the mind."

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

Two round areas are respectively used for the open dining room and the parlour, which are implicitly separated by a passage featuring elevated floor and lowered ceiling. 

The parlour retains the original rough concrete ceiling, with the floor covered with textured oak wood. Its walls are finished with shell powder and earth mixed by the designer himself, which carry the past austere character of Chinese villages. The design is simplistic, perfectly demonstrating that less is more.

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

Natural elements including stones, earth, wood and plants are incorporated into the space, together producing a unique ambience. The windows bring time changes to the interior. 

The proportions, angles and grilles of window openings are set and arranged in a subtle way, which enables sunlight to filter into the space and move slowly on the floor and furniture. Light and shadows constantly change within the space, which offers varying experiences. 

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

Neither envisioning the future nor summarizing the past, the interior design more fits into current life. Objects in the home are minimized and put in storage space as much as possible. The entire space is dominated by a natural tone, with light strips complementing the soft spatial atmosphere. Either lying down or sitting, the spatial users can always find the most comfortable gesture and scale.

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

"I think interior design has three levels. The first level is merely about putting items together, about homogeneous consumption intervened by commerce, while the second level is about satisfying sensory experiences, via incorporating creativity, cultural context, historical stories and classy taste," the designer said. 

"But the highest level, I mean the best design, pursues to serve the mind. It’s austere yet profound, simple yet lasting, and is able to put the body and mind in a comfortable state."

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

Indeed, home is the most intimate place for us, which needn’t to carry the complex expectations from the outside world. It provides a tranquil environment that liberates both the body and mind, and a place to let emotions take root. It enables the occupants to pursue free and instinct motive power, and hence creating more possibilities for life.

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

First floor plan

ZMY Design creates earth-toned interiors for a woodwork enthusiast’s house in Fujian, China

Second floor plan

Project facts

Project name: A Woodwork Enthusiast’s Home

Design firm: ZMY Design

Project location: Xiamen, Fujian, China

Area: 295 m2

Main materials: French white oak wood, hot-rolled panel, emery, mixture of shell powder and earth 

Completion time: March 2019

All images © Wu Yongchang

All drawings © ZMY Design

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