Less is more

In search of a lifestyle that was more suited to life with teenagers, Keith Pillow moved from a house on the outskirts of Naxxar to an apartment in St Julians where he was born and raised. ‘We also wanted a more comfortable home so we decided to buy an apartment instead of a villa,’ he says. ‘
The modern three-bedroom property was an advanced shell when he bought it which allowed Keith, owner of the architecture and design firm DAAA Haus, to re-model it as he wished, opening up walls, closing internal windows and increasing the height of internal doors before focussing on the interiors which feature special decorative plastering, bespoke wall coverings and cladding.

‘I have always liked the Japanese minimal approach to modern design’

An elegantly streamlined and tranquil space, the colour palette is predominantly neutral with flashes of rich colour, and reflects the current design trend for Japanese minimalism which is all about a decluttered space in which the pieces within it are functional but also beautiful. As well, all doors are hidden and there are no cornices or skirting boards to create a sense of calm. ‘I have always liked the Japanese minimal approach to modern design,’ says Keith. ‘Especially for the colours and materials and in particular, the approach for well thought out organised storage spaces. I am a very organised person and my home is too. We used the move as an excuse to declutter from many non-essential decorative gifts and souvenirs that we had collected over the years.’
As well as bespoke furniture and fittings made by local artisans – the TV unit, storage and kitchen – contemporary Italian furniture accentuates the home’s luxurious feel with star pieces including the Arki table, Pedrali chairs and stools, Arflex sofa and Ligne Roset Togo armchair. Lighting includes the suspension lamp by Foscarini and the Parentesi by Flos, while in the bedrooms one finds the classic Tolomeo by Artemide.
’ As soon as I get home, I feel enveloped by the furniture and its sense of calm,’ says Keith. ”My home is my cocoon, a refuge from everything else; a place where I am free and can live in peace.’