This apartment design in Taipei, nicknamed “whisper of light,” is a contemporary offering from KCD Design Studio. Indeed, in this delicate, spare atmosphere, the light does seem to “whisper,” from the sheer curtains over floor-to-ceiling windows and across the smooth, broad-plank teak flooring. It is a subtle accent from the hanging light fixtures, their “shades” being translucent circles over a gently reflective dining table. It plays off pale green hydrangeas, reflects in a brass “frog” sculpture, filters through narrow blinds to touch a soaking tub in the bathroom — sun by day, stars by night. It brightens a dove-gray padded “headboard”; it is part of the overall ambience in this space, yet it’s never intrusive or glaring; in recessed fixtures, it casts warm beams over wood grain and white.
Along with light, this apartment is rich in natural fibers and materials — teak wood, cotton and linen blends, tulle and travertine — as well as subtle color. The open-plan living and dining space flows organically into a white-and-aluminum kitchen, its handy island fronted by high sand-colored stools. A snow-white couch, sporting pillows of jade, slate, pale teal, and off-white, plays off a textured rug and a giant tufted pearl-gray ottoman/lounger. Tall vertical lamps in chrome and umber echo the tones and fabrics of dining-room chairs; in a corner, sculpture brings those tones down the hallway. A tiny wall nook holds ceramic art; a painting on the dining room wall brings vivid blue “motion” into the proceedings. “Whisper of light” is at once contemporary, neutral, soothing — and colorful, a perfect mix of fun and sophistication from KCD.