Designing model residences offer unique challenges and opportunities, allowing designers to stretch the bounds of creativity while
still needing to make the space feel livable. For a series of model apartments
Tui Lifestyle created easy, elegant design schemes, showing the
timeless style of their comfortable furnishings. 60
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Classic mid 20th century style chairs and twin storage units keynote the modern scheme created for this inspired, generously-proportioned living/dining space. The massive sofa becomes a design statement with a range of pillows adding texture and color to the overall design of the room. Tell us a little bit more about why you wanted to participate in the Granite Park project, specifically providing furniture designs for five model apartments?
We’re always excited when provided the opportunity to design model units. It lets us display our furniture in the exact setting it will be used – a residence. We’ve been wanting to show our collection to the West Coast, so when we got the call to design in California, we jumped at the opportunity.
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Art reflects lighting or vice versa in this intimate dining setting. Together with the boldly designed rug and fabric covered chairs
against the decidedly modernist glass topped dining table they are a brilliant
counterpoint that unifies this area and sets it apart from the rest of the
larger living space. With locations in Miami and New York, how did you channel the California aesthetic?
It’s all in the details. It is easy to change up the
look of the designs with accessories and artwork. These details are necessary when customizing the look of any apartment – to make it most suitable to the
region or environment of the home.
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Traditional design and contemporary style meet 20th century classics in this creatively compiled living room area. The lighting, seating
and other elements are perfectly orchestrated to offer home owners and guests a
space for both contemplation and easy relaxation and conversation. How does working with a model apartment differ from working with an actual client? What different considerations must you make?
When designing an apartment, design and function must always be considered, no matter whether its a model or not. What differs is the questions asked before
designing. When working with a client, it is important to listen to their needs
and requirements before moving forward with the design. When working with a
developer, it’s less about practicality and more about beauty and accentuating the
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Sometimes it’s the art. Sometimes it’s the furniture. Sometimes it’s the accessories. But in this smartly styled bedroom it’s the rug
and the pillows on the bed that add color, texture and style to the comforting
neutral scheme that the designers created. A sense of comfort is immediately apparent in all of these rooms. How is that achieved while still maintaining an elegant feel?
The “comfort” aesthetic is what allows you to
relate to the environment. The details – artwork accessories, etc. – bring warmth and style to elegant furniture.
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Ethnic patterns in the carpet and pillows lend interest and authenticity to this contemporary living room where the main pieces are in
soothing neutrals – a calming oasis that is perfect for family relaxation and
easy entertaining. You are expert at melding different styles, notably modern and traditional, to create a sense of timelessness. How is this achieved? Is
this a particular style you are drawn to more?
We’ve designed high end collections to appeal to the masses.
Our furniture is inspired by timeless design in architecture and fashion of the
past but also introduces the elegance of the modern day trends.
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A patterned rug, a high tufted headboard and a massive plant that is almost sculptural are all that is needed to give this bedroom its
unique appeal. The designers also made smart use of modernist seating and a
strongly proportioned chest. The use of sheer drapes assure optimum light
streaming in from the full length windows. Tui Lifestyle is a full-service brand, promising to deliver the perfect design – from furnishings to layout to installation . Tell us more about this head-to-tails
approach, where it came from and why you think it’s best.
In the United States, Tui Lifestyle delivers complete home furnishings within two weeks. The approach came to us with the new popularity of the secondary home market that has been developing in the US over the past five years. We realize customers want a stress free way to furnish their home whether it be primary or secondary. Tui Lifestyle has created the prefect formula.