Taking on a challenge and excelling at it, is an achievement that needs to be lauded as not many people would want to tread on uncharted path. But Darren Gan, took a leap of faith to delve into the world of interior designing and he has definitely made a mark in the industry.
GONE are the days when young adults are asked to pursue academically inclined courses that would set them up for life. these days, more and more people are advocating the need to follow one’s dreams and passion as it gives fulfillment, happiness and contentment – some of the things that money cannot buy. One of the individuals who had gone out on a limb to turn his interest for interior designing into a successful business is Darren Gan, the founder of inD’finity Design who hails from Gemas, Johor Bahru.
Hailing from a small town, though Darren’s knowledge on interior designing was limited, so he made up his mind to equip himself with the knowledge as he was intrigued with the Interior Designing industry. He enrolled in the Malaysian Institute of Art and after years of learning, unlearning, and re-learning, Darren founded his interior design firm in 2009. Fast forward to the present, inD’finity is today backed by a team of young, passionate and committed designers who aspire to transform and innovate the global design industry.
Slightly more than a decade being in this industry, inD’finity Design is a firm that focuses on both residential and commercial projects where Darren in his role as project consultant works with his team to bring the ideation to life. Not one to box his company and team, Darren doesn’t encourage the firm to have a signature style but prefers to make their client’s dream designs come true as such amongst their highly successful projects are the open concept office for Boustead Travel.
This concept maximizes space use while creating a physically and mentally comforting modern workplace where employees can perform and function at their best, and customers can relax and browse their dream tour destinations. This special design has debunked the normal perception of boring offices. All in all, this interior design stimulates creativity, collaboration and communication; increases productivity; reduces stress and anxiety; and speaks strongly of the corporate identity of Boustead Travel Service Sdn Bhd.
Enlisted to give this Boustead Travel Services office a new look as part of its efforts to better distinguish itself in its industry, the inD’finity Design team took into account all of their client’s requirements before proceeding. The new appearance had to not only reflect the company’s culture but also have an open-desk system, provide more seating freedom and be compatible with the company’s recent decision to embrace sustainability. As a result, the new layout was incredibly spacious, had long sightlines and obtained most of its light from natural sources. A departure from the parent company’s aesthetic, it has an industrial feel to it that is softened by a palette of bright tones and a touch of greenery.
In order to magnify the existing sense of spaciousness, the ceiling was opened up to expose its base finished state. Similarly, the entire establishment except for the in-house gym obeys the open office concept so that that there are no boundaries separating management and the staff. Instead, table sizes and unique shapes are used to visually define the borders of each ‘room’. A wide variety of meeting spaces and one large multipurpose area were also incorporated to encourage employee interactions and collaborations. Should the need for privacy arise, there are enclosed ocean blue and forest green call rooms available for use. Additionally, the conference rooms utilise a lot of glass which serve as both a decorative choice and makeshift writing boards.
Preventing the office from being an ‘all work and no play’ environment are elements such as the lounge spaces where employees can relax and quirky quotes on the walls. Last but not least, there are two pantries with one being connected to a balcony for better ventilation. Aside from gardening, this place is ideal for a cigarette break as the smell of the smoke will dissipate quickly and not linger inside the office.
The reception counter is stationed on wood ef-fect stripe carpet tile and clad in Calacatta Extra marble with hidden lighting that gives interesting shadowing. On the wall, Avalanche White mar-ble slabs are used for its dramatic and dynam-ic visual quality. Etiq Global Advisory, the company name is placed on this wall, artistically underlined with a bronze metallic strip that leads to timber strips backed by a bronze metallic base. The rest of the walls are set in cream with orange plaster lines and black indents. This show-stopping effect is needed as a statement of the company’s confidence in their product. With these colours and little details, their company’s integrity and creative solutions are shown upfront.
Venturing left, an elegant open concept collaborative area. The panty is functional in grey and white cabinetry with steel corners. Two nooks provide a private zone where an individual is able to relax on comfortable white armchairs and utilise the modern side while balancing visibility and privacy. The rest of the space uses a collection of comfortable arm chairs of different shapes and col-ours for contrast against the white wall and creates changing sil-houettes with the blue bar stools and matching high tables with white table tops. The idea is to emulate the Kuala Lumpur city out-line as shown in the window decals in the private area and the actual skyline when the roll-up blinds are lifted.
The space on the right holds several discussion spaces and the man-agement office. Double doors open to an eight-seater boardroom. This room uses a mix of textured gold artiste paint and white lights to present a clearly visible room that is comforting to the eyes. Straight forward, the table is of simple hardwood that is surrounded by eight ergonomic chairs for optimum comfort during long discussions. Pan-elled walls of white are ‘write boards’ that work like white boards for the convenience of the employees. These sit on textured gold artiste paint, giving structure while the metal wall mounted décor brings the room to life. Both the private meeting rooms also feature the details from furniture to lighting and wall décor. The first office also has lux-urious white armchair that gives a touch of luxury, appealing to the subconscious mind of the client. The second office changes the tone slightly by changing the yellow painted wall to bright red. This smaller space also emphasises on décor with a brass foyer table and coat hanger in its niche. It gives out a feeling of intimacy when the client is invited into the personal space of the manager.
Like every other office, this project has an open space desk area for twenty-nine employees. Ergonomic chairs are used for their comfort and the simple design encourages the team to bond and work better together. This area is lit by customised pendant lights that are actually pipes in the workstation.
The seminar hall is designed for comfort with pleasant lights, clean lines and visibility of the glass board where else the side wall dou-bles up as the projection wall. Using fabric effects wallpaper to help soundproof the room, wood slabs and timber effect stripe carpet tiles are also used for the floor. The corrugated featured wall boards are used alongside stainless steel trimmings and black edges. This acts as a special sound insulation treat to absorb the echo produced.
Name of Designer: IND’FINITY DESIGN TEAM
Project Type: CONDOMINIUM
Project Location: KUALA LUMPUR
Site Area (sq. ft.): 2,300
Completion Date: DECEMBER 2019
Amongst the suites attainable from the luxury Banyan Tree Residences, only one suite number is favoured; inheriting the charter with its interior helmed by dynamic and creative team of eleven years, inD’finity Interior.
Tailor-made for the individual who has achieved an affluent stature in life, this unit is undeniably an urbanite living made on cloud nine where every minute detail is carefully curated to fit the lifestyle of an individual who has a taste for the finer things in life. The suite goes along the conception of such opulence with clean lines and a contemporary design approach. The ambience created is much like an indulged stay waiting after a long day exploring around the city or a business meeting has ended.
The door opens with a beep and the lights at the hallway automatically switched on. Operated with a smart home system, the suite’s security is left in the safe hands of a reliable electronic butler. The shoe rack is placed on either sides of the full-length mirror while the centre conceals a storage space to store away household products. Equipped with sensor lighting system, anytime a door is opened, it illuminates making it easy for one to reach for a pair of shoes or more.
As one walks down the hallway, the suite is revelled for its breath-taking cityscapes view as one take a good glance around. Brightly-lit, the floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural lighting to fill the space with its radiance. As a matter of fact, the suite is inspired by the play of sun throughout the day.
The warmth drop of sunlight is like a touch of heaven, exuding its tranquillity within the luxurious vibes. Thus, the designer decided to work with the beautiful summery wood tones which dominates the entire palette. The living space and the home office are positioned on an elevated and curved red elm hand crafted natural timber flooring with UV coating and EO board. A splendid idea, the raised deck not only establishes hierarchy within the space but the play of height certainly creates overlooking views, a memorable picture.
Made to impress, the elm wood veneer cabinet with UV coating and EO board at the home office flatters as the feature foreground, where it is arrayed in certain arrangement resulting a shelf display of uneven pocket spaces that is one-of-its-kind. A collection of vintage vinyl records, books, and CDs reveals that the homeowner has a penchant for old-world glamour, and an appreciation for uniqueness that is unparalleled.
Blessed with acres of verdant greenery and sparkling lakes, Bandar Tasik Puteri is an integrated township that represents an escape from the stresses of daily life. Although this was what drew them to live here in the first place, a resident of this development wished for their bungalow to be the ultimate retreat. As such, they recruited the inD’finity Design team to turn their residence into a space that was both home and haven. The team embraced its task to the fullest, reimagining not only the interior of the abode but the exterior as well.
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Name of Designer: IND’FINITY DESIGN TEAM
Designations: INTERIOR DESIGNER
Project Type: BUNGALOW
Project Location: BANDAR TASIK PUTERI, RAWANG, SELANGOR
Site Area (sq ft): 7,791
Property Developer: LOW YAt GROUP
Completion Date: DECEMBER 2018
Firstly, the façade of this modern house was spiced up with several shiny gold fins that help it subtly distinguish itself in the neighbourhood. Adding to this effect are the old-fashioned ventilation blocks and red-brick sections that make up select parts of the outside walls. As the homeowner is someone who frequently has guests over but also values their privacy, a staircase leading to the first floor was built into the side of the structure. This enables visitors to access the formal social space there directly without setting foot into the owner’s personal living quarters.
Connected to the main residence by a short covered walkway, a one-storey ‘mansion’ serves as a retreat within a retreat. The decision to style it in such a way that it resembles a rustic cottage complete with horizontal wood panels covering one side only serves to accentuate this impression. Housed here are the AV room and the gym room which has a clear view of the swimming pool and outdoor activities area thanks to its large glass door and windows.