waterfrom design evokes the art of fragrances in taiwanese residence

waterfrom design evokes the art of fragrances in taiwanese residence


borrowing the art of fragrance from manufacturing brand mad et len, waterfrom design has recreated this 119 sqm apartment as a physical manifestation of a travelling aroma. in other words, the space turns into a fragrant art ‘where the warmth of life becomes the best way to extract the smell of memory, and allows the habits of the owners, such as triathlon and reading, to become ethereal and spread into the air’. 

living room and kitchen



following the continual refinement of the mad et len bottles to create free forms, the main interior lines are taken by waterfrom design and geometrically changed into light strips of horizontal and vertical axises. this offers an array of guidelines dividing and lining up, transforming structure and blocks, hiding the condensed black and yellow colors in the minutiae and leaving behind the thickness and layering of the actual lines. stacking layers upon layers, a linear book wall was reduced to extreme simplicity in the living room. the set up between the color hopping and the layering creates a humorous trick of spatial displacement.

study room with the meshed screen filtering light



on the other hand, simple colors and handmade works by artisans – like hand painted and steel brushed veneer materials – replace the clean mechanical feel with a more personal touch. this simplicity is apparent on various white backgrounds, were lines and color blocks are joined to create a minimalist impression with a division of order and spatial displacement.

the raised multi-layer bookshelf wall



in addition to its strong focus on linearity, the home is brushed with a flowing rhythm of patterns created by parallel laminates and meshed screens. once the sunlight filters into the apartment, the rays pass through the motifs and generate an incredible array of virtual images and reflections.

multifunctional wall set for reading and triathlon

artisanal and simple colors

view from the kitchen island

clear-cut horizontal and vertical axises

living room with light patterns intersecting

linear book wall

the bookshelf spans over two levels




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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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