One family’s “deconstructed” flat in New Taipei City disguises unsightly steel ceiling girders and exposed pipe with eclectic surface materials.

When a Taiwanese expat couple with a two-year old child returned home to Taiwan, they decided to settle down in the district of Xindian in Taiwan’s New Taipei City, where the husband had spend most of his childhood. The couple purchased a 1,352-square-foot apartment near the river and reached out to Taipei–based interior design firm KC Design Studio to help them turn it into a stylish, modern home where industrial elements like steel, brick, and exposed concrete harmonize with vintage accents.

The apartment’s floor plan consists of two parallel spaces, so the architects designated one section for the common areas, and the other for the two bedrooms, dressing room, and bathroom.

Polished concrete provides a surprising contrast to the raw surfaces of the ceiling. 

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For the common areas, they choose more masculine, and contemporary design elements, and a darker color scheme to express the style preferences of the husband.

More masculine design elements and a darker color scheme express the style preferences of the husband in the main living area. 

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In the open kitchen, wood-paneled sliding doors conceal dark cabinetry, and together with a sleek, dark counter, and a shiny bronze-clad island with a sink, the kitchen becomes part of the overall design rather than simply an area of utility.

In the open kitchen, wood-paneled sliding doors conceal dark cabinetry. These combine with a sleek, dark counter and a shiny, bronze-clad island for a luxe effect.

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