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The Monochromatic Living Room of a Digital Illusionist

By Bianca Husodo

Ezequiel PiniA CGI rendering of the living room Ezequiel Pini, the director of Barcelona-based creative studio Six N. Five,  considers for his dream house.

In “T Home”, we ask creative people to design a specific room in their proverbial dream house — or, essentially, to give us a voyeuristic glimpse into their unbarred notion of what living well means.

A king-sized bed perched on an open balcony overlooking the iridescent expanse of a gulf. A lone reading chair set on a marble-floored cube facing a hill-framed lake. A zabuton-style lounge stationed by a moonlit body of water. These escapist scenarios of a home define the visual code of Six N. Five. The founder and creative spearhead of the Barcelona-based design studio, Ezequiel Pini, dreams up these fantastical settings for a living.

On Instagram, his pastel-inclined renditions are an instant crowd-pleaser. It’s easy to see why: Though almost always surrealistic, Pini’s CGI masterpieces paint poetic pictures that intersect a sensibility that winks at wanderlust with the resonating familiarity of a room. They are a dichotomy of the faraway and the quotidian. 

Having conjured a motley of consummate settings, Pini was one of the first names that we thought of to kickstart “T Home”, our new interior design series where we give creative people carte blanche to interpret a room that is part of their idea of the immaculate home. The only limitation we pose them is for it to be something that can be realistically built today.

This is the epoch of the virtual. In a sphere where reality can be stretched and moulded to anyone’s heart’s content, the function of a home has evolved into a necessary offline sanctuary. A palpable sanctum for the digital populace to unplug. The next chapter for home designing, then, is posed with an urgency of meeting these needs, of which fulfilment would, obviously, differ from one individual to the other.

That said, having Pini, a deft digital illusionist, dream up an imaginary room that is somewhat still rooted in reality can perhaps be likened to glimpsing a slice of the era’s developing concept of what a domicile should look like.

Pini’s proposal, pictured above, is a living room that is part of what seems to be a bulbous burrow. Not adhering to the elements of a specific decade, it comes awash in a single hue: sage green. “Green is the colour of nature and to me, it represents life and serenity,” reasons Pini. “It exudes good vibes.” 

To Pini, the living room is a site to commune. “This is where good moments should happen, where we can have languid dinner, where we can talk about the most random topics, or watch a movie horizontally on the sofa,” says Pini. During the day, ample sunlight streams in from one side of the room. And in the evening, lighting comes by way of Santa & Cole’s soft, warm glow hanging lamps and tiny, nonintrusive lampstands.

At the centre, a plush sofa encircles a sleek round coffee table. “The main central area has one sole purpose: It is to be shared,” says Pini. “I can invite friends to meet, talk, laugh. It’s the more “public” space of the house that’s made to welcome and connect with other people.”

The fluidity of privacy and transparency — a duality that’s not foreign to the digitally savvy — is explored through little segmented capsule rooms. “They are covered with glass, so as to still have them be part of the same space while offering seclusion when needed,” says Pini.

When asked where he would like to have this dream house built, the designer decidedly picked Costa Brava, the lush coastal region of Catalonia. “Preferably, somewhere in the hilly area that’s close to the beach,” he says. “That would be the best of both worlds.”

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