With careers in graphic design and fashion, the Yehs have cultivated a passion for bold and unusual design. So, when Ms. Yeh decided she wanted a seaside holiday home in Taiwan’s Miaoli County, the couple enlisted the help of Taipei-based KC design—the same firm that crafted the Yehs’ compact studio apartment in New Taipei City a few years prior.
In contrast to the eclectic design of Residence Yeh, the design firm opted for a completely different and more cohesive design approach for the new three-story retreat. At three times the size of the couple’s city apartment, the 1,550-square-foot holiday home centers on two main themes—a dominant pink palette to reflect Ms. Yeh’s favorite color, and a feline-friendly interior for her three cats.
“The whole house uses pink as the main design axis,” says KC Design Studio. “To build a pure pink space, we used pink mineral paint as the base of the walls and ceiling and selected different materials in natural colors to compose a mixed style.”
Designed with entertaining in mind, the ground floor of Cats’ Pink House features an open-plan dining area, living room, and kitchen with a powder room tucked away to the side. Accented with shades of pink, the light-filled room is primarily enclosed in warm timber surfaces balanced with a mix of textures, materials, and shapes.
Pink takes center stage in the floor above, which houses the master bedroom, master bath, and a dual-function work and play space that the designers have dubbed the “cats’ room” after its feline-friendly features—including cat stairs and furry cat beds.
On the top floor, a multipurpose room opens up to an outdoor terrace with views of wind turbines in an adjacent field. “Aside from the pink and geometric elements, we adopted quiet and simple design techniques. We preserved the original texture of materials such as iron, cement, and wood to transition between the outdoor and indoor spaces,” say the designers.
“The challenge was trying to figure out a balance between overdecorating and keeping the owners’ preferences,” adds the firm. “A lot of geometric elements and pink shades were used to form the space, and other materials and details were added to try to achieve that balance between purity and style.”