Michael & Katie are a couple who met in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 5 years ago and today live in an apartment in Downtown San Diego. They were thinking of moving because they did not enjoy that space until they had the idea to redesign the apartment.
My task was to turn that apartment into a home that they both love and feel happy about.
That is why I was inspired by nature and its own materials of the wabi sabi style and merged it with the rustic style of the desert.
The couple needed a space for relaxation and abstraction within their apartment.
Wabi Sabi is the art of removing unnecessary things and leaving the essentials. This technique takes inspiration from nature and its materials, and at the same time embraces minimalism.
Following the Wabi Sabi principles they get rid of all the furniture they didn’t use and leave only the most necessary ones.
Despite the fact that the space is small, I managed to bring to life their old kitchen.
I propose a design where they can feel noble materials in the day to day, like decorative plaster or microcement, wooden furniture & facades and stone surfaces. It connects humans with our natural essence.
There's nothing superfluous in this place. Wood panel gives rhythm to it, while the low mattress makes this rhythm a paced one, allowing them to pause and contemplate.
Following the wabi-sabi philosophy, the master bedroom was designed as a sleep sanctuary, a place for relaxation and peace. As always, it's inspired by nature and designed by its function.
The main idea was to create a bathroom without tiles. Everything is made in a natural way from concrete.
Design & Visualization: design.maelina
Project: Pacific Highway
Location: San Diego, California
Design Year: 2021