Classy gold lines, striking dark walls emboldened with confidence merge with delicate details and round shapes in this penthouse suite. The designer is from Paris, with a family history in creativity that stretches from jazz musicians to furniture designers and architects. But it has been in the east where Thomas Dariel has made his mark, satiating the Chinese thirst for cutting edge design and meeting the needs for a burgeoning populace looking for something distinguished.
The Shenzhen Exclusive Penthouse suite is the top floor luxury apartment in the Yinhu Lanshan residential compound. It’s nestled between a perfectly manicured garden, in the bustling economic city of Shenzhen, while lies just across the border from Hong Kong. The building has a strong sense of Chicago about it, and the interior for the apartment was designed with a 20s and 30s Art Deco look to complement the bold Cubist shapes of the building, applying geometric ornaments and lavish materials.
Art Deco is considered one of the most gracious and elegant periods in interior design, bursting with intricate details around the room. They are subtle yet beautiful, such as the thin-framed freestanding lamp that floats effortlessly, or the marble and copper side table blending patterns and textures together unusually.
The bowls were found at the local market; what a find! They work perfectly with the pattern of the carpets, and reminds me of the Art Deco lines used to depict sunshine.
A huge print above the fireplace by surrealist artist Kay Sage draws your eye to the architectural lines and curves of the room.
Influenced by technical advances of the time, and the striking shapes of pioneering machinery and aviation, Art Deco features a lot of straight lines and geometric designs. These patterns are the calling card in this apartment, too, as you can see with this rug customized by Dariel Studio and the shapes of the windows and walls.
Circles and angles create a striking contrast with the range of furniture blending these two opposites together. Also take a look at those window blinds! Such a striking idea, and looks really fascinating from the outside too.
The swimming pool and exterior poolside landscape was also designed by Dariel Studio, opting for sun loungers and plants that offer a simple line of site from inside.
The kitchen is part of the open plan dining room, with marble polished floors, countertops and a blue hue that matches the leather panels found elsewhere in the home. The bar stools are by Mater, tucked in a line that echoes the copper finish Utzon hanging lamps by &Tradition.
The serenity of the home can be found in its connection and flow from room to room, offering continuity between the design styles and picking colors that repeat and work together as a whole.
In the study, geometric patterns on this feature Cole and Son wall are softened with a custom designed mirror. The QT Chair from Stellar Works mixes solid wood, steel metal and a soft sturdy cushion that sums up many of the textures and patterns of the apartment design project.
What luxury penthouse is complete without a spa and massage room? The geometric walls and doors are designed with a calmer look compared to some of the more domineering colors and patterns of the home. Lighter woody tones are matched with soothing grays.
Polished faucets from Axor match beautifully with the room’s marble countertops.
In the master bedroom blue and brown intermingle with similar designs as the living room. Hanging bedside lamps are becoming more common to see in the bedroom, and this room is no exception. Rich wood walls matched with a blue velvet sofa ooze opulence.
This is the dressing room area, a bright space that captures the excitement and liveliness of the jazz age that inspired it.
You could feel like you are stepping back in time 90 years for the striking resemblance to Art Deco interiors, were it not for how well the influence has been cleverly adapted for a contemporary penthouse design. Mixing lavish materials produces striking results, balancing heavy colors and designs against delicately floating geometric furniture pieces. It’s fascinating to see how design in China is incorporating worldwide inspiration and how Thomas Dariel has infused his style into this project. Above all, it’s creative and inspiring and plays with beautiful design elements from history to give them a contemporary edge.
Project: Shenzhen Penthouse
Design: Dariel Studio
Photos: Derryck Menere