Danish fashion designer Dea Kudibal's Shanghai apartment is sleek and cozy, cool to the eye but warm to the touch. It also filled with things she and her husband love.
The couple moved into the home in
2013, when they were looking for a place
that was both close to their son’s school
in the Pudong New Area and also within
easy reach of work and shopping.
“The location of the flat was perfect
and the view outside the window is
peaceful, surrounded by greenery and
a nice view of Lujiazui,” said Kudibal.“We’ve searched for houses in the formerFrench concession area but this part of
Lujiazui was my favorite. It has ample
space, broad roads and residential com-
pounds with good facilities meeting the
The 170-square-meter three-bedroom
apartment also provide a perfect place
for Kudibal to decorate from scratch.
Today, each room in the apartment is
filled with personal touches and a sense
of relaxed intimacy.
Many of Kudibal’s decorative choices
were also made with the needs of her
7-year-old son in mind. Easy-to-clean
objects and surfaces, for example, were
a must as she focused on ways to make
day-to-day family life easier.
The home’s color scheme is drawn pri-
marily from a neutral palette that is bothsoothing to the eye and also creates anice backdrop for the family’s collectionof art and decorative pieces.
“I would like to keep a modern clean look yet with some old Chinese details to
give it charm and a nod to local culture,”Kudibal said.
For example, a low coffee table in the
living room is actually an old Chinese
high table with its legs cut. This state-
ment piece looks fantastic amid the
room’s modern upholstered furniture
and accessories such as a hand-made
carpet from Danish company Hay.
“The living room is not that spacious
so it had to be functional. When enter-
taining guests it can be tricky to try get
enough seating so the little Chinese
bench designed by my friend Lonneke
Storm is a perfect piece to complete theseating area,” she said. “Sometimes when
we host dinner for families, the kids canjust sit around the coffee table while adults gather at thedining table.”
Several pieces from Danish design
companies Paustian and Hay are placed
in the living room, reflecting Kudibal’s
Danish heritage. Tableware accessories,
knitted pillows and blankets from Dan-ish designer Louise Roe are also some of Dudibal’s favorite items.
“Edgy and classy at the same time, I love the cleanness of her design and
there are always nice details when you give a closer look,” Kudibal said.
Relaxed elegance is the main theme in the dining area.
Dining chairs from Paustian around a wooden dining table, sleek tableware
and lotus flowers — these and other
objects defuse any tendency toward ex-
cessive formality while still imparting
a sense of glamor during special dinner
The master bedroom also exudes a sense of calmness. “I always keep theblack, beige and white colors for the bed-room — and crisp white bed sheets toremind me of coming into a hotel room,”Kudibal said.
Along one wall, the fashion designer
keeps her latest collection on display asa way to inspire ideas for her next pieces.Her beautiful garments, designed with
nature-inspired patterns and colors,
also add visual appeal.