"We wanted to develop a design that would revive the glamour and sophistication of Hollywood's Golden Age and embody classic elegance."
From the heavy bronzed copper front entrance, which opens into a large 4m-high foyer lit through a skylight, the scene is set. By day, sun streams through the skylight into the foyer, but at night tiny LED lights embedded in the glass can be switched on to create an effect reminiscent of a twinkling, star-studded sky.
Ng says a deliberate effort was made with the interior design in this area of the house to create something that was a bit showy, and would provide a talking point for visitors. Doors opening into the foyer are upholstered in stingray leather, and walls are clad in natural timber panels. Strong gradations in the grain pattern of the timber panels helps to create a powerful visual impact in the foyer.
"Every item in the house, even the handwoven carpet, is custom designed, so all the furnishings have a bespoke quality, and the result is totally individual," says the designer.
Between the foyer and the living area, pivoting doors can be closed to provide partial separation. To create a feature of the opaque door panels and to filter the daylight, strands of horsehair are laminated between them.
In a continuation of the black-and-white film theme, AB Concept chose a monochromatic colour scheme in shades of grey, black and white across the ground level of the house. Floor-length curtains in black and white woven leather strips, grey rugs, a black volcanic stone fireplace surround and silver-coloured upholstery add to the atmosphere of understated glamour.