Uniting Art Deco with Contemporary Furniture in French Inspired Chinese Penthouse

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.

Mirrors and blue walls in the corridor - eclectic art deco home tour

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 inspired living room with blue leather walls

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.

Art Deco inspired living room with blue leather and dark wood walls

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.

Art Deco inspired living room with blue leather walls

The Chesterfield style sofa in the living room is the Chester One by Poltrona Frau. Simple in white, the sofa softens the rich wall colors; these are leather panels with gold finish metal lines.

A huge print above the fireplace by surrealist artist Kay Sage draws your eye to the architectural lines and curves of the room.

Art Deco inspired living room with blue leather walls

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.

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with custom windows

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with round dining table

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with custom window designs

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.

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment

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.

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with open plan modern kitchen

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.

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with custom windows

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with custom windows

Huge wine cellar in this Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment, Shenzhen

Art Deco inspired penthouse apartment with custom fittings

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.

Geometric wall design with custom mirror

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.

Study room with striking geometric patterns

The unusual yet curiously balanced Anhui Emperor Desk from Banmoo floats on the custom made patterned rug.

Massage and spa room with soothing wood and gray colors

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.

Gray wood blend of colors in the bathroom

Art Deco inspired bedroom in a confident dark blue and deep wood

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.

Wood panels with gold finish metal lines - Art Deco inspired

Wood panels with gold finish metal lines - Art Deco inspired

Wood panels with gold finish metal lines - Art Deco inspired dressing room

This is the dressing room area, a bright space that captures the excitement and liveliness of the jazz age that inspired it.

Art Deco meets contemporary finishes in this bathroom

Blue leather panels and floating globe lights in Art Deco inspired penthouse

Geometric lines and solid shapes in Art Deco inspired penthouse

Art Deco inspired penthouse blends materials and shapes

Art Deco inspired penthouse blends materials and shapes

Art Deco inspired penthouse blends texture and form

Art Deco inspired penthouse blends texture and form

Dark bathroom with custom made mirrors and floating globe lights

Art Deco inspired penthouse blends texture and materials to create lavish apartment

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