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A Small Home in Shanghai Finds Fantasy with a Helping Hand from TV

Elisa Zagaria
·2 minuto per la lettura
Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

From ELLE Decor

Suspended between art and fantasy, the whimsical creativity of Chinese studio X-Living has reorganized the cramped spaces of a family home spanning just 62 square meters. We find ourselves here in Shanghai, and what you see is a home brought back to life for the TV show Dream Home, a program that selects normal families forced to live in spaces poorly adapted to their needs, and provides them with a radical home makeover.

Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

The project’s made for TV format seems to echo in the highly scenic cut of rooms, which appear like works of art nested in the domestic horizon, rewriting the rules of living while combining function, fantasy, comfort, and amazement.

Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

This couldn’t be clearer in the main space, a living area where two pre-existing walls were knocked down to make extra room, sculpted from an unusual and audacious geometry: the four “cut” angles give the room an octagonal-shaped form with two arched doorways, which provide access to various functions. A rational and symmetrical structure then, imbued with poetry, as evidenced by the colors — red, orange, blue, and green — that characterize each angle (and the rooms that sits behind them).

Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

With this, the bright white of the living area is “sullied” by these splashes of color, which take on a decorative value, like dynamic and pulsating images offered to the gaze of those sitting on the sofa. To accentuate this “magical” effect are captivating solutions with soft and unconventional lines, showing off a playful originality without forgetting practicality: all the pieces can be moved and assembled as the homeowners wish, transforming, for example, the living room into a meeting room.

Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

The creative approach in the living area is also maintained throughout the rest of the home. In the stairwell, we find a study with a piano, doubled by a mirrored ceiling and marked by cartoon-like features — a sign that the kingdom of kids begins here. The two little ones of the house, a boy and girl, were given their own rooms in line with their tastes: a robot theme for him and a charming pink refuge for her.

Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

The master bedroom, located in an oblique corner space, relies on a bare minimalism, where wood alternates with immaculate surfaces and splashes of gold to ennoble the whole, offering privacy and elegance to the parents. They too, just like the kids, are immersed in a fantastical world, which the architects seem to choose as a lifestyle. Because living in a special home like this means stimulating the imagination and opening the mind, turning dreams into a daily routine for the whole family.

Photo credit: Shao Feng
Photo credit: Shao Feng

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