What we chose in life tells about us.
▼住宅首层的客厅空间，the 1F living room of the house ©稳摄影
If we break all the walls, a “home” typically displays items that embodies its owner’s memory. Visiting one’s home is like going through one’s past and walking into their emotions. To simplify the space is to let the articles organize their own language, and also because we believe that “this person” is the best style interpretation. In addition to function as a “social place,” a modern “home” should also be a “return” type of place for reflection, retreat and a degree of introspection. These two different requirements are interwoven in the spatial presentation of “House Liu”. The owner Liu，a professional advertiser，is telling us about the story of his house from 0 to 0.5.
▼首层客厅局部，电视机柜采用原木打造，partial view of the 1F living room, the TV cabinet is made of the log ©稳摄影
▼首层客厅局部，打开圆形桌盖即可放入炭火炉，partial view of the 1F living room, opening the round table lid to put in the charcoal stove ©稳摄影
空间设计不是拼图游戏 | Space design is not a puzzle
About ten years ago, my obsession with used articles began, and started to buy a lot of them, and gradually developed my ” guilty pleasure”. My office and my friends’ warehouses are filled with wierd things that I have collected. And as a result, I started to realize what I really like, and more or less I found some value and the so-called “sense”. Buying a big house to store these things was the first idea. But a perfect home cannot be sewn up by fragmentary points and surfaces, and space design is not like a jigsaw puzzle, so I went for Bob and said, “come on and help out.”
▼位于住宅首层的主入口，摆放有一系列老物件，the main entrance located at the first floor with some used articles ©稳摄影
▼一层餐厅，采用圆形汉白玉餐桌，the dining room on the first floor with round white marble table ©稳摄影
▼厨房采用半透明玻璃面板，the kitchen uses the translucent glass panels ©稳摄影
One day we were drinking tea. I said to him that what we prefer actually shares the same style. “It’s all about durability and timeless beauty, isn’t it?” he smirked. As for scale, that’s the first thing Bob will consider, and it is after that he will move on to the next step to think about details. To consider the fluency and accessibility of the whole space, and reasonable circulation is as important as considering design details. As for scale, Bob has his own feelings and intuitions, and it only took us 15 minutes to make the final decision after the plan of our home came out. Each line and point makes sense in space. As long as we ensure the completion of structural lines, the visual effect will not deviate. We were delighted to see that the floor of basement came out well, it is horizontal and vertical, clean and neat.
▼地下一层的用餐和聚会空间，the dining and meeting area on the basement floor ©稳摄影
As for materials and texture, Bob is used to thinking about budgets, so there’s nothing left for me to worry about . Even so, he is always willing to try something new, especially for those customers who trust him like I do . Of course, the attempts so far have been successful.
▼茶室，设有壁炉和下沉式茶座，tea area with fireplace and sunken seating area ©稳摄影
▼茶室局部，设有木地板和木制家具，partial view of the tea area with wooden floor and furniture ©稳摄影
▼茶室局部，设有木制搁架，partial view of the tea area with wooden shelf ©稳摄影
▼从茶室看室外景观，viewing the outside landscape from the tea area ©稳摄影
We have been struggling with the landscape for a long time. In fact, Bob could have done the general idea with me handling the rest , but we still hope to find more experienced designers to join, which will be more guaranteed. Material is the key point in landscape design. After all, most of the landscape is made of natural materials, which is extremely uncontrollable and requires a lot of experience.
▼由碎石子打造而成室外景观，the outside landscape made of gravels ©稳摄影
▼景观细节，landscape details ©稳摄影
▼19世纪荷兰bluestone（左），制作大漆书桌（右），the bluestone in the 19th century (left), the process of the writing desk made of lacquer (right) ©稳摄影
A project design has been tracked for over two years. I really appreciate Bob’s “spare no pains”. The plan layout of my home is quite special. That is why most of the furniture needs to be custom made. The TV cabinet in the living room requires a huge log of 5.6 meters. My good friend, Yonghong, who is the creative director of furniture brand SoLIFE, took me to Indonesia for half a month to find one. She also helped to cut through the packing and shipping process. Four pieces of bluestone of 19th century from Netherlands are shaped into tabletops of coffee table in the living room, with table legs redesigned and customized by Bob. In order to make round white marble table , Bob communicated with the manufacturer for almost three months. Once I was travelling in Fuzhou together with Bob. The local handicraft of lacquer impressed him. When he came back , he designed the writing desk made of lacquer. It took more than two months to finish the lacquer surface layer by layer. The 4.6-meter-long sofa was designed with the cabinet as one set. The design of sofa cabinet takes into consideration of functions of water storage, socket storage, tea making and tea container storage. My wife, who loves to drink tea, is very fond of the design. Many details are left to be described.
▼住宅二层的书房，采用大漆饰面的书桌，the study room on the second floor with the writing desk made of lacquer ©稳摄影
▼书房细节，space details of the study room ©稳摄影
▼卧室，the bedroom ©稳摄影
设计是理解后才出现的 | Design follows the understanding
What is the best way of home design? I think the answer is “to respect yourself”. In other words, respect your emotions, your personal attitudes and principles towards the world, and the possibility that appears in your life, rather than blindly pursuing things.
▼空间细节，space details ©稳摄影
设计单位：Bob Chen Design Office
家具品牌：TOUCH FEELING 触感空间、Ligne Roset 写意空间、U+、SoLIFE、Philippe Starck、Louis Poulsen、GALLERY SOHE、Line Park 线形公园 、Huah全晟照明
Project Schedule: 2019.7
Project Area: 500 square meters
Project Address: Hangzhou, China
Project Client: Liu Guang
Design Unit: Bob Chen Design Office
Chief Designer: Bob Chen
Design Management: Hu Bing, Shen Yunluan
Interior Design: Wang Chao
Furniture Design: Wang Chao, Ru Yan
Landscape Design：Shenshan Landscape Design
Construction Team : Team Dai Xinzhe
Author of Article: Liu Guang, Xue Danni
Photographer: Wen Office
Furniture Brand: TOUCH FEELING, Ligne Roset, U+, SoLIFE, Philippe Starck, Louis Poulsen, GALLERY SOHE, Line Park, Huah Lightings