Product Spotlight | Designing Spaces for Harmonious Family Living
Swee Design studio share their furniture fundamentals within a generously proportioned, family home, striking a balance between functionality and aesthetics.
A large, open-plan family home requires a considered approach to furniture selection. A common practice is to divide larger spaces visually with furniture to simultaneously connect family members while still offering moments of quiet retreat when needed.
But how does one ensure larger spaces meet the needs of an active family while still maintaining cosiness? Enlisting the help of Swee Design’s art consultant, designer and stylist Swee Lim and furniture brand KING, est unpacks the essentials for functional and comfortable family living.
Within the kitchen, Swee’s decision to select the Cassia bar stool is based on both form and function. “The walnut timber integrates with the kitchen cabinetry, while the leather upholstery offers both high-end sophistication and practicality as it can be easily wiped clean,” Swee explains. The Murano Polka dot vase is also pictured in this space.
“Cassia bar stool’s backless, simple form works well with the bold design elements of the curved kitchen bench,” Swee adds.
A custom banquette seating zone within the kitchen delivers casual family dining as well as a homework nook for kids. “I opted for blue velvet Quay armless dining chairs for their elegant finish while also creating welcome contrast with the tan leather banquette and white marble table,” Swee says. Featured artwork by Mark Howson from Fletcher Art.
An island bench surrounded by Cassia bar stools and separate banquette seating amplifies functionality. The two zones offer casual family dining, and additional seating – for larger groups or a homework retreat. A hidden scullery keeps clutter out of sight. Artwork by Mark Howson by Fletcher Art.
As the rear of the sofa is on display in this expansive light-filled living room, Swee prioritised form and detail – specifying the Kato corner sofa for its elegant curved posterior including rolled-back cushions. Swee opted for a bespoke, light neutral fabric to create a peaceful home environment. The Kato’s flexible modular options accommodate various seating options as well as additional guests.
Swee specified a console table in the hallway for its practicality and slimline profile. “Creating an elegant entrance, the console can be utilised for keys, books, as well as a lamp for ambience,” she says. Swee leans on the classic, timeless palette of the Quay console table dressed with the Pallino table lamp, styled with artwork from Dean Bowen.
For the dining space that accommodates ten guests, Swee cultivated refined design and functionality. The delicate yet uncomplicated detail of the Aspen dining chair offers classic lines – and with a solid, sturdy construction, years of family comfort.
According to Swee, “a sideboard is a wonderful addition to the formal dining zone providing storage and an area to feature vases and artwork”. The Italian-designed Edge Eric buffet available in American walnut or Congo dark charcoal delivers a sleek and practical complement to either the living or dining spaces.