A Contemporary Taiwanese Apartment that Whispers of Light by KCD Design Studio

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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.

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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.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).