Anton’s urban treasure trove

01 May 2016
When we catch up with Anton in his Seoul apartment, the IKEA interior designer has already moved home (and country) three times in six years. But nothing in his new place gives the sense of a nomadic life. How has he done it? Well, he tells us, whenever he finds himself with a new set of walls to fill, he uses his ever-growing collection of fabrics and art to bring his idea of home to life. ‘One thing I’ve learned is that home is for you, so trust your instincts and make it just how you like it!’ he says.
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Anton’s home truths

MY HOME IS... an apartment in Seoul. I’m like a bowerbird or magpie because I’m always rummaging for stuff to bring back to the nest!

FOR ME, HOME IS ABOUT EMOTIONS... I tend to throw things together and use my instinct rather than over-think it. You have to trust that if you like it, it’s gonna look good.

LESS IS LESS... I love to create layers of contrasting textures and shapes in my apartment. Every corner is a potential focal point – I don’t need to hold back. It’s not maximalism but kind of piling things on.

I’M SELECTIVE WITH MY FURNISHINGS... All my stuff is from IKEA. I buy lots of limited edition pieces, like the yellow sideboard I bought in Japan – and I was the only one to pick one up! Now people see them in my home and think: “I should go to IKEA more often.”
 

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CREATE A FLUID LIVING SPACE
Think functional and portable when it comes to living-room furniture. ‘I like to make changes and move things around regularly so having a collection of smaller tables, rather than one big coffee table that dictates where everything else goes, works better.’
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BRING IN NATURE
Use botanical prints to turn a room – or just a corner – into a calming natural oasis. Anton chose the space by his living room window to bring in the feeling of summer greenery. ‘The textiles mirror the view outside and draw the good feeling you get from nature inside.’
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MAKE GUEST ROOMS FEEL SPECIAL
When you move countries as often as Anton, having visitors to stay from back home is a rare treat. ‘I have a niece and nephew that come and stay with me, so I’ve tried to make their room feel homely. I reupholstered my IKEA rocking chair to create a cosy reading corner.’
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‘Wherever I turn, I want something nice to look at – that makes me happy! Different things can pull a display together, colour or shape. It’s about finding the fun in fitting things together’
Anton, IKEA interior designer, South Korea

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Easy picture hanging

‘I have a rail along the ceiling from which I can hang wires and hooks. It makes it easy to hang my pictures and change the displays without putting lots of holes in the wall. They’re common here but picture ledges are a great alternative.’
 

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Hang fabrics to create an atmosphere

‘My four-poster bed is an old buy from IKEA. I’ve hung some fabric and fairy lights from the posts and now when you’re in here, it really feels like you’re in a little cocoon! It’s like a cosy room within a room, so it’s hard to leave in the morning.’
 

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Mix and match furniture outdoors

Use a combination of outdoor and indoor furniture, plus textiles like rugs and cushions to create the ultimate comfy space for socialising and relaxing. ‘I wanted to make a lovely space outside that my friends and I could spend a lot of time in. It worked – we tend to end up on my balcony having BBQs and drinks late into the night!’

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A home for play and self-expression

‘I have a little bit less space here in Korea than I did when I lived in Tokyo. In between those two places, I lived in a tiny apartment in Shanghai. It was so small I could sit on the sofa and touch practically everything I had in the place. I found it cosy and when I moved to this bigger apartment I decided that was the feeling I wanted to recreate – the cosy, inviting warmth.’

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Photography: Lina Ikse
Styling: Ashlyn Gibson