The impression created by these visualizations from Vietnamese designer, Tuananh Eke, may not be that of overwhelming realism, but closer analysis of the images reveals considered concepts that blend interior philosophies and both Eastern and Western eras. Apart from a sense of classical sophistication brought on by the use of luxurious textiles and the presence of the occasional tiered chandelier, chase lounge or baby grand piano, what is immediately apparent in Eke’s work is the element of repetition. Repetition is often misunderstood as something to be associated with stagnant design or an apparent lack of creativity, when it in fact, it has more to do with building a brand and creating a signature style. Not only does this concept of branding apply to the work of the designer, but translates to the creation of a cohesive individuality that reflects the inhabitant of the modern home.
Subtle repetition is evident with these first few images depicting open plan kitchen, dining and entertainment areas. The basket-like pendant lights that hang above those areas used to serve food add an organic quality to an otherwise modern space. Also depicted in this final image is a segmented area rug in shades of grey that lends it, and the few images to follow, a simplicity that can be styled up to a level of classical sophistication or stripped back, allowing the rug to feature.
In addition to an obvious penchant for wall hangings that lend a retrospective ambience to these predominantly masculine bedroom spaces, Eke’s fondness for wood is introduced in a relatively traditional way, but as the images to follow will attest, develops and devolves to reflect both modern Western influences, as can be seen in the rooftop terrace and timeless Eastern culture, as evident in the bamboo clad sunken dining setting.