When the design studio NA-DECO was hired to breathe fresh life into the home of two local artists living in Hohhot City in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China, they had two requests to follow. The first, that there should be no major changes made to the 132 m² apartment's structure; the second, that the redesign should somehow reference the ancient culture of Mongolia. Completed in 2017, the final project ticked both boxes on the owner's succinct checklist.
As artists themselves, the owners are great admirers of the work of American sculpture artist, Richard Serra. Hence, the design studio used this as the basis for gleaming structural addition: a trio of curving walls sheathed in gold tiles which are placed directly front and center in the living area. The sheen playing off the gold tiles of these walls adds a brightness to the entire space, both reflecting light as well as imprinting a sense of "mystery" in the overall look of the room, reminiscent in part of the mysterious Mongolian civilization.