Designed as a holiday retreat for the owner and her three cats, this three-storied seaside house in Zhunan in the northwest of Taiwan by Taiwanese interior design practice KC Design Studio is a playful, pink-swathed haven of candy-hued whimsy and tactile sumptuousness that caters to the pleasure and comfort of both its human and feline occupiers. Comprising a trove of zany built-in features, contrasting materials, rose-tinted glass partitions, and a collection of manga and cartoon inspired figurines and artwork, the house is a marvel of bespoke sophistication and elegant joviality.
On the lower level, an open-plan living and entertaining area is notionally separated into a sitting area, dining and kitchen zone by a breakfast counter and dining table that are aligned to form a two-part kitchen island. A timber-clad archway backed by a gauzy pink curtain cleverly conceals the kitchen’s cupboards on the one side and the guest lavatory on the other, while an L-shaped suede sofa dominates the sitting area.
The use of a pink mineral paint for the walls and ceilings sets the tone for a candy-hued palette of rose, watermelon and peach colours complemented by light wooden floors, white terrazzo with large pink and grey flecks and rose-gold details. In combination with the geometrical language of rounded shapes and arched forms, the subdued marshmallow palette imbues the space with a sweetness that is enhanced by the owner’s collection of smaller and larger figurines depicting famous animated characters, from Bugs Bunny and Sponge Bob, to KWAS’ Companions, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and of course Hello Kitty, prominently displayed in arched niches behind the dining table and on special podiums by the entrance.
The dominance of pink continues upstairs, where the master bedroom and cats’ playroom constitute the house’s inner sanctum. The rooms are divided by a glass partition that allows the owner to observe the cats from her bed as they play or sleep (and vice versa) as well as permits natural light flooding in from the playroom’s large windows to reach the bedroom. The designers have creatively furnished the cats’ dominion with a series of playful features such as a carousel-like rotating metal spiral staircase suspended from the ceiling, a fluffy swing and sets of steps and ledges around the space, including one that turns into a desk. A walk-in wardrobe is enclosed in floor-to-ceiling pink glass in the bedroom, while the pink and white tiled bathroom is separated from the playroom with a terrazzo and pink glass divider which can be dimmed for privacy.
Contrary to the candy-infused utopia of the living and sleeping quarters, and the graphic bastetball practice area outside, the multi-functional top floor is a much simpler space of concrete surfaces, dark timber flooring and black furnishings that opens out onto a rooftop terrace. While the use of natural materials seamlessly blends the interior and exterior while echoing the natural landscape that extends below, more than anything the top floor studio offers a chromatic respite to the bubble gum merriness of the rest of the house.