The past year had us take a hard look at our lives. From the way we took care of our health, the amount of time we spent indoors, the relationships we value, and of course, to the way we maintained our homes. With the circumstances forcing us to stay indoors, we're also compelled to re-evaluate our households. Especially with how they should serve us in preserving our well-beings and at the same time, provide comfort as it doubles, too, as our office space.
Thus, it is imperative for us to create a place of sanctuary and stronghold—a feat that is not always easy to achieve. Take for example, YouTuber Benedict Cua who had recently moved in a studio condo that he aimed to be his personal "headquarters." For this, he was sure of two things: He wanted a piece of nature in his home coupled with a calming, minimalistic vibe.
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Benedict tapped space styling studio Kin Space to help him achieve a zen yet modern aesthetic. The team seemed to be the perfect match for Benedict's interior design goal. Kin Space, headed by Kristian Somera, specializes in reconnecting you with nature within the confines of your home."We value what connects our client to his space and we hope that by bringing the outdoors in it’ll make it easier for him to forge a symbiotic relationship between him his new home," Kristian tells Preview.
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Kristian also adds that Benedict loves the outdoors so he wanted to have it in his home more than ever since the pandemic has forever changed our experience going outside. To achieve the perfect balance, Kin Space pulled from East and West. They merged the "Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and Scandinavian practicality," which they aptly call as Japandi design concept. The style uses "raw and organic materials, celebrating their imperfection while incorporating interesting patterns and soft textures to make the space feel cozy." Kristian also shares that they "incorporated a lot of concrete, wood, stones and foliage" to achieve the look.