At Milieu we believe the most successful design comes through addressing challenges – this can be related to the way we respond to context when developing. A restriction on the amount of space available inspires ingenuity and is a challenge that requires greater discipline, rigour and design efficiency. Here are some design features we’ve developed to create a spacious modern apartment.
Storage is an important part of keeping a space functional, liveable and minimal. Joinery elements for laptops, device charging and modems as well as shelves for books and drawers for paperwork are all important and keep apartments tidy, minimal and modern.
Flexible kitchen design
The best way to keep kitchens clean and functional is to incorporate concealed cooking areas for breakfast and mid-week meals. Pullout condiment shelves and utensil rails are a must, and we also like to use foldout pantries.
Sliding doors prove helpful as dividers between rooms and allow for an increased perception of space. They’re useful for separating and individualising certain rooms when required; and conversely, they can help to open up a space and create an open-plan feel. The slide effect makes them virtually invisible when drawn back.
Smart details such as USB power outlets and concealed cable management for appliances and are hidden elements that certainly smarten up the modern-day apartment and make apartment living easy and effortless. Other details such as places to put keys and pantry shelf depth are also a plus.
Window seats bring the outside in, which helps to create the illusion of more space. By creating a threshold, the space becomes a place to sit both inside and out, which can be used as a built-in seat for outdoor dining and as a place to relax in the sun with a book.
To make space for all that modern life brings, daybeds are a luxe addition to any modern-day apartment and can also double as an extra storage unit. These smart design features have all been used in our newest development project, Peel by Milieu, set to launch this July.
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