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Dear Readers Happy 2017! It seemed like just yesterday we were closing the chapter on 2016. Was 2016 a fulfilling year for you? It sure was for us folks at Trade Link Media! We have plenty in store this year and we hope to unveil them to you soon. In the meantime, hop over to our product special where we take a look at products that hone a home. From cutting edge technology masterpieces to masterfully done statement structures, we discover how a single piece of furniture can shape up an entire room. New year, new bathroom! Everyone’s bathroom looks the same as any other. Yes, the elements are the safe – a shower or bath tub, a basin, a water closet. But there has to be a differentiating factor; how else can your living quarters reflect your personality? We shortlist our most decadent designs and list our favorite feature about each of them. Open-kitchen concept? I’m open to it! In this time and age, where food apps are popping up a dozen a dime, it is little wonder we are clocking in lesser time in the kitchen cooking. But this does not mean the kitchen should be neglected; in fact, this means we should be looking into open-kitchen concepts instead. We shortlist some interesting looks for your bookmarking.

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R E VA M P E D I N T E R I O R D E S I G N A S S O C I AT I O N – L E D B Y D E S I G N LU M I N A R I E S – TO P R O M OT E S I N G A P O R E’ S I N T E R I O R D E S I G N I N D U S T R Y TO T H E W O R L D

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ingapore’s interior design industry is set to make waves worldwide with the re-launch of one of Singapore’s oldest interior design associations – the Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS) and its inaugural Singapore Interior Design Awards (SIDA), Singapore’s first international interior design award. The twin milestones were unveiled at a special launch ceremony held at today’s Visual Asia Expo – Asia’s seminal visual communication trade show – with a display of a comprehensive range of visual design and product solutions, market innovations, lighting, LED and emerging technologies in the highly energized, rapidly converging Asian marketplace. SIDS is also the only Singapore organization which is a member of the Asia Interior Design Institute Association (AIDIA).

Far left, Mr Raj Shah, Honorary advisor of SIDS Singapore, interacting with the public

Spearheaded by multiple award-winning Singaporean designer, Mr Keat Ong, the renewed SIDS has a new mission for the industry. He is the current Managing Director of the internationallyacclaimed Nota Design Group. Mr Ong said: “As the region develops, the demand for construction, interior design, fit-out, and architectural services will also grow. And Singapore, as an established knowledge economy, is well-poised to promote a shift to a high-tech creative economy in sectors such as lifestyle, creative agencies, including design: industrial, fashion, technology, architecture and interior design. Entrepreneurs with a passion for design will have an opportunity to become pioneers in this growing sector. We also aim to attract the most creative people locally and regionally to enter the profession in Singapore. This helps Singapore become more competitive in an increasingly design-conscious world.”

From left, Lau Choon Hong (Council Member), Ms Kat Tan (Honorary Secretary), Ms Cindy Ang (Honorary Treasurer), Mr Keat Ong (President), Mr Raj Shah and Mr Hendra Sutedjo (Honorary Advisors)

“While we want to attract and nurture design talent here, SIDS under the current society leadership, also intends to create an external wing for Singapore’s interior design industry. We want to carve out a forward-thinking, outward-looking strategy to allow our organization to act as a bridge for our local design talent to expand beyond our local shores. We have a lot to share with the world. We will also work with other professional bodies in different foreign cities to share and exchange knowledge to better our profession. In line with our strategy, the council has also revised our traditional membership structure to allow foreign (but non-voting) memberships to add to the diversity of the society,” Mr Ong said. To champion Singapore as a global hub for interior design and to give recognition to outstanding interior designers from around the world, SIDS has launched its inaugural SID Awards or SIDA. SIDA is open to all interior designers from Singapore and overseas. “Singapore’s architecture and interior design industry is among the best in the world. To further improve the industry’s professional standards, we will be inviting some of the most talented design professionals in the world, to participate in our

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Mr Keat Ong, President of SIDS speaking at the launch of the SIDA Award

very first international award for the interior design industry. International participation helps to lift the standards of the entire local interior design, architectural and construction ecosystem. Local design professionals, consultants, and contractors stand to benefit from engaging and collaborating with the best creative design minds who can help lift local standards, methodology and productivity.”


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B E YO N I C S TO B U I L D N E W G LO B A L H E A D Q UA R T E R S I N SINGAPORE - GREENFIELD CAMPUS WILL SHOWCASE I N T E G R AT E D P R E C I S I O N E N G I N E E R I N G S O LU T I O N S

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eyonics Pte. Ltd. (“Beyonics”), a strategic manufacturing partner providing integrated precision parts and electronics manufacturing solutions to global OEMs, has signed a definitive agreement with AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT ("AA REIT") for a Build-to-Suit facility in Singapore that, when completed, will enable the company to integrate all of its precision engineering service solutions in Singapore in a single location. With a footprint of over 230,000 square feet, the new campus located on Marsiling Lane will serve as Beyonics global headquarters employing approximately 600 personnel. Processes undertaken at the facility will include mould making, plastics injection moulding, deep-drawn metal stamping, and medical & surgical devices assembly. The build-to-suit facility will be developed from the ground-up to serve as a fully integrated engineering and manufacturing facility across all of Beyonics service lines. When completed, the campus will enable Beyonics to combine and showcase all of its service offerings in one location. Scott D. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Beyonics, said: “This 21st century campus integrates our combined expertise across precision manufacturing and engineering in a modern and advanced facility. It will be designed to serve both our existing and new clients with particular emphasis in the high reliability segments of Automotive and Medical segments. It will include cleanroom operations for certain Class III drug delivery products and ReAgent filling for Point-of-Care kit used in certain cancer testing. The benefits of having all our services lines in a single facility are tremendous for our customers and employees, creating scale and efficiency that will secure Beyonics’ future as the leading precision manufacturer in Asia.”

This is part of Beyonics’ modernisation plan to upgrade all of its plants in Asia. In November 2015, Beyonics opened a new stateof-the-art campus located within iPark @ Indahpura, Kulaijaya in Johor, Malaysia, as well as an expanded high-technology manufacturing campus in Changshu, Jiangsu province, China in December 2015. Kyle Shaw, Chairman of Beyonics and founder of ShawKwei & Partners, added: “The move to our new global headquarters represents another step in Beyonics transformation, our commitment to modernising all of our manufacturing facilities, and our desire to invest in Singapore. I’m sure that our employees will be proud to call this world-class facility their working home.” Beyonics is seeking Green Mark certification for the new facility from the Singapore Building and Construction Authority.

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ollowing the success of the 2016 edition of MCE – MOSTRA CONVEGNO EXPOCOMFORT - the world’s leading exhibition dedicated to residential and industrial installations, airconditioning and renewable energies, - the organisation is shifting up into top gear for MCE 2018. MCE dates for 2018 will change from those previously listed of Tue 20 March - Fri 23 March to Tuesday 13 March – Friday 16 March, bringing it forward by one week to better tie in with the international trade exhibition calendar.

outstanding results achieved at MCE 2016: 2,018 exhibitors, of whom 45% from overseas representing 55 countries. Over 155,332 industry professionals attended the show, of whom around 39,140 travelled from 141 different countries, with an increase of 8% compared to MCE 2014 accounting for 25% of the total number of international trade visitors. The overseas attendance got a boost thanks to the interest in a sector that is alive with innovation, and excels in the global construction and installation industries.

A feather in the cap of MCE – MOSTRA CONVEGNO EXPOCOMFORT is its consolidated international dimension supported by the

“An important decision - Massimiliano Pierini - Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Italia said of the change – based upon a closer

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inspection of the worldwide calendar of all trade show events and Fiera Milano Exhibition Centre availability, to further enhance the uniqueness of MCE brand and to meet the needs of businesses and professionals alike. The strength of MCE is in its internationalisation that has once again acted as a benchmark event for the global supply chain as well as a global platform to bring together even more visitors and exhibitors�. Preparations will get into full swing for MCE – MOSTRA CONVEGNO EXPOCOMFORT 2018 after MCE ASIA. The show took place from 7- 9 September 2016, in conjunction with BEX and the International Green Building Conference at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, a global strategic hub towards several countries, namely Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea which represent a new frontier of comfort in the construction industry but above all in the sustainable or green building construction.

The driving force behind MCE ASIA and BEX ASIA lies in the ability to showcase a 360 degree view of unique ground-breaking solutions in terms of energy efficiency and energy saving for the construction supply chain, from building envelopes to coverings, from heating, ventilation and airconditioning systems to smart water management installations.

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he Architecture & Building Services 2016 Series (ABS Series) was launched this morning at the iconic Sands Expo & Convention Center at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. The mega show which presents six of the leading architectural and building services shows and twelve key conferences for these industries was declared open by guest-of-honour, Mr Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development, Deputy Leader of the House The ABS 2016 Series is spearheaded by the ArchXpo 2016, coorganised by the Singapore Institute of Architects and Conference & Exhibition Management Services (CEMS).

Ribbon cutting at opening ceremony of Architecture & Building Services 2016 Series

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It is one of the key pillars of the Archifest series organised by SIA. The exhibition will be a key gathering of industry experts and talents that make for excellent architectural and built environment


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design, as well as an invaluable platform for the exchange of research and innovation in architectural design, practice and education ArchXpo 2016, together with International Facility Management Expo 2016, LED+Light Asia 2016, Safety & Security Asia 2016, Fire & Disaster Asia 2016 and Work Safe Asia 2016, present a comprehensive and integrated platform for all building needs under one roof. The collaboration of six flagship exhibitions was conceptualized with the strategic purpose of creating an integrated premier sourcing platform for the architectural and building management industries. Visitors to this mega event will find the latest cuttingedge technologies, innovative products and services. The three-day mega show will also play host to the delegates of twelve major conferences for the architectural and building services industries, namely the SIA Conference 2016, Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore Building Information Modelling (REDAS BIM) Symposium 2016, ASEAN Federation of Electrical Engineering Contractors (AFEEC) & The Federation of Asian and Pacific Electrical Contractors Associations (FAPECA) Conference 2016, Fire Safety Managers (FSM) Workshop 2016, Security Industry Conference 2016, Singapore Architectural Lighting + Design Symposium 2016, Asia Façade & Glass Conference, International Facility Management Conference 2016, SSAS’ Security Technology Seminar, Security Industry MasterClass 2016, United Architects of the Philippines Lecture Session and the Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Forum. One of the key attractions of The Architecture and Building Services 2016 series will be the booths created for the shows by the exhibitors. The show organisers will present the UP Awards to the best-looking show-stopper booths with the most flair and innovation. A key highlight of the show is the presentation of the Merlion Awards 2016 which is the most prestigious award by the industry. The award honours outstanding innovations, designs and brands. Two more awards will be presented this year at the ABS 2016 series - Singapore Facility Management Awards 2016 and the SIA Architectural Designs Awards 2016

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Established in 1980, CEMS is a regional organizer with a global perspective. A key player in the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) industry in Singapore, CEMS has vast knowledge and experience in organizing and managing exhibitions, conferences and other special events for government agencies, associations and private enterprises, with business activities spanning across many countries in ASEAN including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, China in North Asia, and India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the South Asia. In October 1997, CEMS achieved the distinction of being the first professional conference and exhibition organiser in Singapore to obtain the ISO 9002 certification. For the past decade, CEMS has formed strategic partnerships with both local and international players to achieve mutually desirable goals in the MICE industry.


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T H E S W I S S R E S O R T H OT E L F R U T T FA M I LY LO D G E & M E LC H S E E A PA R T M E N T S O F F E R S A S PA E X P E R I E N C E W I T H B R E AT H TA K I N G V I E W S A N D TA P S A N D S H O W E R S B Y A XO R A N D H A N S G R O H E © Ulrich Stockhaus

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here are many good reasons to take a trip to the Alps: to get away from everyday life, breathe the clean mountain air and enjoy the view of the majestic rocky crests and the clear alpine lake. Now, in Melchsee-Frutt there is a new reason: the Frutt Family Lodge & Melchsee Apartments. The hotel complex opened in December 2015 with quality taps and showers by Axor and hansgrohe in the Spa and in the bathrooms. The newly built resort hotel is in the village of Melchsee-Frutt, a ski resort located at 1,920 metres above sea level in the canton Obwalden. ‘The Frutt’, situated on a high and sunny plateau, has been a Spa since 1865, and to this day, the idyllic spot remains free of cars. The pioneer Alois Reinhard opened the area’s first hotel in 1889. For nearly one hundred years, the Hotel Reinhard pampered holidaymakers, including distinguished and wealthy guests from all over Europe, in an elegant atmosphere. The Reinhard family also opened Switzerland’s longest cable car at Melchsee and installed a power generator – at the time Europe’s highest altitude power turbine. In 1985, the era came to an end and the buildings fell into disrepair until the Frutt Resort AG decided to revive the tradition and build the 4-star Frutt Family Lodge & Melchsee Apartments on the original hotel property. The new hotel has 47 rooms, suites and family suites, as well as 43 holiday flats. It is an imposing ensemble: four grey stone buildings with textured roughcast façades stand out like monoliths on the shores of the Melchsee lake. The modern, alpine style of the pitched-roof buildings hints at traditional chalet architecture. The cubes that make up the upper parts of the construction can withstand the extreme alpine weather conditions and seem to float on the glass plate façades that form the base of the building. This design gives the massive new construction a lightness that recalls the reflection of the mountains on the surface of the Melchsee lake. Philip Loskant, the architect, and Architekturwerk, the company responsible for the realisation of the project, used large

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panorama windows to showcase the retreat’s stunning natural surroundings. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and lake from their rooms and suites, as well as from the Spa, which comprises a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and relaxation room. Whether soaking in the pool or relaxing in a lounge chair: contemplating this panorama soothes the mind and body. Entertainment is available in the lower lobby level, featuring a cinema, gym and bowling alley. Parents can enjoy all of this, even without their children: the hotel lives up to its name by offering special family packages that include professional childcare services. Philip Loskant, the architect, and interior designer Matthias Buser opted for a classic lodge style for the family rooms and suites. Natural materials, warm colours, abundant oak elements and modern furnishings give the interior design an understated elegance with a cosy chalet-like feel. A sustainable energy design was conceived for the entire complex, and 90 percent of the electricity used is generated from renewable sources. hansgrohe bathroom taps are the perfect fit, both visually and technically: The washbasins in the rooms and suites are equipped with single-lever taps from the Hansgrohe Metris line that use up to 60 percent less water than comparable products thanks to the Ecostat Comfort technology. Hansgrohe SE is based in Schiltach, in Germany’s Black Forest. In its 115-year history, it has acquired a reputation as a leading innovator in technology, design and sustainability in the sanitation industry. The mixers, showerheads and shower systems created by Hansgrohe SE are original products that make bathrooms more functional, more comfortable and more aesthetically pleasing. These quality products can be found in such prestigious venues as the luxury ocean liner Queen Mary II, London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the world’s tallest building), the German Chancellery in Berlin, New York’s Yoo luxury residences and the Masdar City Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi.


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B R AVAT MA K E S B I G S T R I D E S F O R I N T E R N AT I O N A L CO O P E R AT I O N I N B I G 5

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he International Building and Construction Show (Big 5) is annually held from 21 – 24 November in the Dubai International Exhibition Center. As the largest and most influential architectural show in the Middle East, the Big 5 attracts attention from all over the world. Bravat, in its quest to expand to a global market, attached great importance to the Big 5.

The Big 5 show covers an area of more than 10,000 m2. As the leader in the sanitary industry, Bravat was one of the highlights of the show, presenting their trendy designs and diversified options for the local customers. The brand impresses customers with its simple design, aesthetical appearance and advanced technology. In Big 5 Show, a large number of professionals came to see exhibitions of Bravat, fascinated by their merits.

Countries in the Middle East boost their economy by relying on oil, which in turn leads the architecture industry into a prosperous era. This is especially evident in countries like the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, all members in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

DIETSHE Group puts its ambition into global market, and so does Bravat. After years of elaboration in the Middle East, especially in GCC countries, Bravat triumphantly wins reputation and recommendation from customers.

Statistics from the Zawya Projects Monitor shows that total amount of architect projects in GCC will reach to $ 10850 billion by 2037. The UAE, with the largest amount at $ 5138.4 billion, ranks the first and is followed by Saudi Arabia at $3354.7 billion. The prosperity of the architecture industry results in a great demand for architectural instruments, materials and facilities, which provides great developing opportunities for the sanitary industry in the Middle East market.

Bravat holds the belief that their customers deserve the enjoyment of a technologically-advanced life. Therefore, they spare no efforts to polish every product and provide the best bathroom experience for customers. Bravat’s mission is to have every one of their customers indulge in a comfortable bathroom experience while enjoying the unique sightseeing of foreign countries. For more information, visit www.bravat.com.sg.

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aufen has always chosen to work with outstanding names in design, for the creation of products and their communication as well as for their exhibition settings: for the new showroom in Madrid the company has turned to Patricia Urquiola, the most highly acclaimed, prize-winning and versatile designer of the moment. The context of the new showroom, with an area of almost 200 square meters, is a historic villa from the early 1900s. Organized on two levels, it is a completely different, more engaging space with respect to the previous location. In this facility exclusively set aside for architects and designers, Patricia Urquiola brilliantly narrates the spirit of the Swiss company, applying a more sensitive approach. The designer of Spanish origin residing in Milan has responded fully to the expectations formulated in her dialogue with Laufen Bathrooms: her flexible talent has generated a space of vivid experience, a realistic, informal setting that is perfect to welcome industry professionals. A new showroom concept, like a sort of training centre, where technicians and architects can meet and work together. The shared perspectives of the philosophy of Laufen and the genius of Patricia Urquiola are undoubtedly rigor and functional quality. These aspects are reflected in the environment and enhanced by the ability to trigger emotions, in an affective rapport between the viewer and the collections on display,

stimulating the designer and architect to make Laufen products a part of their projects, and therefore a part of everyday life. Urquiola uses a modern language to interpret the interior of the villa, in a more flexible and international way. Every room is framed with a tubular natural black iron frame embellished with a gold galvanized finish in the corners. The colours and the materials take inspiration from the exclusive materials used for the design of the bathroom. Marbles mixed with onyx, mirror glass, resin, oak wood and iron in light tones, with contrasting points of colour.

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alper, Italy’s leading manufacturer of bathroom furnishings, have introduced Quattro Zero, the latest edition to their range of cabinets and basins, now available in Australia exclusively through Rogerseller. Made from Ceramilux, the basins have the ability to achieve a 4mm thin profile, top with drip edging and 45 degree finish, resulting in a piece that exudes sophistication in its design. The cabinet presents shelving and a drawer for ample storage, along with seamless push-open mechanism. The range is presented in two sizes of left-hand configurations, finished in either white and burned walnut, or grey and oak.

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“With its slim lines, Quattro Zero redefines a visual perception of lightness within the bathroom and instils elegance and sophistication,” says Rogerseller Brand Manager Tanya Sharpe. The basins can be purchased separately or integrated with the cabinets into a complete vanity, and can be complemented with Quattro Zero modular wall hung cabinetry. Ceramilux is an engineered composite material made up of natural minerals mixed with resin. Once finished the material is coated with a resin layer or gel coat to give the product extra strength (low scratch/ easy clean) and to add UV stability


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(prevents discolouration). Ceramilux is a highly versatile material which can be developed into many shapes and has the added benefit of being highly resistant to heat and acids. Benefits:

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scratches can be restored (following correct instructions) -- The material allows for more complex design shapes -- Made using single injection moulds so no joins, welds or possibility for yellowing edges -- The finish is more natural looking than ceramic, soft and warm to the touch -- Provides high resistance to heat - Easy to clean with mild cleaners -- Recyclable Rogerseller is a leader in the finest bath ware, kitchen cabinetry and living solutions in the market. Alongside their core line-up of exclusively imported brands, they also design and manufacture their own premium collections. The company only partners with brands that are aligned to everything Rogerseller are passionate about – design, style, enduring quality and creativity. Key partnerships are with Apaiser, Catalano, Falper, Fantini, Hansgrohe, Kaldewei, Keuco, Lema and Valcucine to name a few.

Established in Melbourne in 1895, Rogerseller (or Rogers, Seller and Myhill as they were originally known) quickly became renowned as premium retailers, manufacturers and importers of mantelpieces, grates, sanitary ware, tiles and door furniture. While the breadth of their product range has evolved throughout the times, their core essence has remained the same – a passion and commitment to offering timelessly designed, premium quality fixtures and fittings with an unprecedented level of service. To this day, this makes Rogerseller the destination for unique, memorable and design-inspired bathrooms, kitchens and living solutions.

E L E G A N T, E S S E N T I A L A N D F U N C T I O N A L, T H E M I N I MA L SUSPENDED DESK BY ZALF IS PERFEC T FOR ORGANISING T H I N G S A N Y W H E R E, F R O M J U N I O R B E D R O O M S TO LIVING ROOMS

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he Minimal desk features airy, essential design in a suspended top that integrates beautifully and discreetly in any room in the house. This desk is by Zalf, a Gruppo Euromobil brand dedicated to durable furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, junior and children’s bedrooms and offices. Zalf projects are distinguished by their top quality finishes and materials; Minimal suspended desks are in 5cm thick melamine and come in several sizes: width 90, 110, 135, 165, 180 or 220 centimetres, height 32 or 48 centimetres and depth 60.4 centimetres.

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By choosing from the different finishes and numerous sizes available, the desk can change its look completely, without altering its main characteristics: essential good looks, functionality, adaptability and elegance. ll Zalf furniture not only coordinates with the other items in its collections, but also integrates with products by the other brands in the Group: Euromobil, dedicated to living room and kitchen furniture, and Désirée for sofas, armchairs, beds and complementary items. The Gruppo Euromobil philosophy is “Total Home Design”, which means that the collections of the three brands are linked to each other and harmoniously coordinated to create continuity throughout the house.

3 B U S I N E S S F R I E N D S , U N I T E D B Y T H E I R PA S S I O N A N D LO V E F O R A N O B L E MAT E R I A L O F MA R B L E A N D EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD OF RESIDENTIAL DESIGN Working hand-in-glove with the major players of the stone industry, TAKT can be the right consultant on both material selection and surface design in private residences or boutique hotels. But that's not all. TAKT also covers the next phase, providing 2D layouts on floors and walls, under different styles: modern, contemporary, as well as deco and the classic.

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hus TAKT came alive, a young reality dotted with fresh and unconventional traits, starting off with the name: a short Greek-assonance word, pronounceable in all languages. A company offering unique expertise approaching the market in a highly innovative fashion. Drawing on a solid local expertise, but with a strong international flavor, TAKT aims at introducing itself as a unique partner for end-customers, contractors, interior designers and architects alike, accompanying them through each and every phase of prestigious projects, either in residential and Contract. From the choice to procurement of raw materials; from design to implementation and installation, extreme professionalism and transparency are Takt’s modus operandi strong points.

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Selection and procurement is not only about marbles, but onyx, granites, limestones, travertines, slates, gemstones, according to chromatic, physical and geological criteria, always keeping the set price range in mind. Our goal is to provide integrated services and unique solutions, more and more tailor-made and responsive, able to perform without difficulty different and very peculiar requests. Depending on customers’ needs and liking, in fact, raw materials are increasingly enhanced in a bid to make refined contexts - in which Takt usually work - even more prestigious. In particular, architects are provided with shop drawings to be approved, moving then on to the production of cutting lists.


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As regards the production stage itself, delicate processes such as the transformation and processing of raw materials are exclusively handled by mastery and expertise of skilled local craftsmen. This tailor-made approach allows appointing each type of work to the most qualified companies, hence, making installation and polishing according to the highest possible quality standards, anywhere in the world. In addition, a dry laying can be requested, the only way to properly inspect the artifacts before shipment. Harmony, cooperation, excellence: these are Takt’s benchmarks. The company has already been selected as a trusted partner in the world and there are many prestigious projects, besides domestic Italian market, in the USA, Mexico and the Caribbean

which can be accounted for. Unique synergies making TAKT an important ambassador of the "Made in Italy" worldwide. Thrilling projects conjured by a combination of craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology turn every job into a unique masterpiece. But TAKT horizons do not end here. The top-notch partnership with Lu Murano - and master Fornasier - and the Florentine company Baldi - specialized in luxury furniture with semiprecious stones - expands the corporate objective into the furniture industry with an ambitious goal: attending, with our own line designed by young Italian and foreign designers - the next Salone del Mobile show in Milan.

BOSCH HOME APPLIANCES GRANTS NEW YEAR’S R E S O LU T I O N S F O R H O M E O W N E R S W I T H R E F R E S H I N G OFFERS AND BUNDLE DEALS

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sher in the New Year with grand cooking and cleaning deals from Bosch Home Appliances. Homeowners can prep their homes with all they need to successfully kick-off their new year’s resolutions, from mastering cooking to keeping their homes clean for the family. Kitchen novices can easily up their cooking game this 2017 with special offers on the 60cm Classic Series Ovens. The ovens’ 3D Hot Air function ensures well-balanced cooking results with even heat distribution throughout. From November until January, relish up to S$1,500 in savings on selected oven models, along withfree accessories. Those needing additional food preparation help can top up justS$50 for a variety of multi-functional gadgets such as mixers and hand blenders. Bosch is offering its Domino Hob and slim line Eco Silence Hood with savings of up to S$1,700, so homeowners can cook more healthy home-cooked meals this new-year. Flex your cooking muscles on the Domino Hob that combines gas, induction and radiant hobs seamlessly, while the Eco Silence Hood suctions off smoke and odour quietly, giving you a clean and oil-free kitchen. Selected hob and hood purchases will also come with an arsenal of free kitchen essentials such as juicers to help you whip up refreshing beverages. As you gear up for more quality time with loved ones, ensure a stress-free new-year with appliances that will easily maintain your home in tip-top shape. SelectedBosch washers and dryers are available at an amazing bundle price to freshen up the living space from closets to drapes. Take advantage of this bundle deal and get your hands on the latest handstick vacuum cleaner for only S$50 (usual price S$349-S$649) each. The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its roughly 306,000 associates generated sales of 52.5 billion euros. Since the beginning of 2013, its operations have been divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer

Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies’ income 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network are the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.8 billion euros for research and development in 2012, and applied for nearly 4,800 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

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ensory appeal has emerged as a worldwide trend in bathrooms. The need for differentiation has become a key focus for designers enhancing the consumer bathing experience. apaiser’s enhanced marble coupled with custom design meets this growing demand as we shift from function to enjoyment”. Belinda Try, Founder & Executive Director, apaiser Founded in early 2004, apaiser is an award winning Australian international bathware designer and manufacturer recognised as the world leader in the supply of luxury enhanced marble bathware, bathtubs, basins, vanities and shower bases. apaiser’s design philosophy is simple, they aim to create a luxurious and intimate sanctuary in the bathroom, like no other. To do so, they work with elite designers such as Kelly Hoppen MBE to attain the perfect bathing experience. Their handsanded and hand finished enhanced marble bathware infused with Australian minerals is renowned for its curvaceous lines and striking form. apaiser offer unrivalled bathware customisation and design flexibility, resulting in designs that fit all spaces, contemporary or traditional. Formulated with optimum performance in mind and using enhanced marble infused with Australian minerals; each piece from the apaiser bathware range has minimal impact on the environment, yet does not compromise on quality, resulting in beautiful, organic and eco-friendly bathware. apaiser’s bespoke creations are hand-crafted by skilful artisans and are the bathware of choice for leading designers, hotels and resorts across the world due to their low maintenance material and effortlessly elegant finish. Their portfolio includes a plethora of highend projects globally including the Four Seasons in Sydney, Toronto, Tahiti and the Maldives, the Park Hyatt in New York, the St Regis in Aspen and Dubai, the Inter Continental in Bali, the Corinthia Hotel in London, the London Edition hotel and the Ritz Carlton in Shanghai.

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With its flagship showrooms in Melbourne and Singapore, apaiser’s designs are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and luxurious finishes and can be found in showrooms globally (North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, South Asia, United Arab Emirates, Middle East and Africa). As of May 2016, apaiser’s bespoke designs are available in Pirch’s flagship showroom in SoHo, New York. The unique apaiser bathware range is truly a collection for the 21st century that offers extraordinary value and performance as well as a touch of sculptural elegance to any bathroom.


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LU S T R O U S A N D D R A MAT I C - CO S E N T I N O L AU N C H E S G L A C I E R, F I O R D A N D T U N D R A , T H R E E N E W A D D I T I O N S TO T H E D E K TO N® XG LO S S S E R I E S , I N S P I R E D B Y N AT U R A L S TO N E TO T H E D E S I G N A N D A R C H I T E C T U R A L I N D U S T R Y IN SINGAPORE

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ekton® by Cosentino, the innovative ultra-compact surface by the Cosentino Group for the world of architecture and design, launches three new proposals of ultra-lustrous colours for its Dekton® XGloss line. Nature and natural stone have served as the inspiration in the creation of Glacier, Fiord and Tundra. These unique and exclusive designs have once again highlighted Cosentino’s capacity for innovation.

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Dekton® XGloss, the innovative line of polished high-tech ultracompact surfaces, characterised by its dazzling, crystalline shine, came into being in February 2016, with five unique colours, included in the "Dekton® XGloss Solid" collection, by virtue of their smooth, strong and even finishes. The emergence of Glacier, Fiord and Tundra gives rise to a new collection: "Dekton® XGloss Natural", named for their resemblance to the authenticity and magnificence only to be found in the colours and textures of natural stone.

Inspired by nature, Fiord recaptures the beauty of the most luxurious cream tones of Onyx. Yellows, earthen colours and other intense tones make up the range within Fiord, infusing it with warmth and unmistakable nuances. The original randomness of its design lends a natural, unique and dazzling structure to its finish. Fiord is sophistication in its purest essence.

Glacier, Fiord and Tundra pay homage to the nobility, history and timeless qualities of materials used since ancient times. In these three colours, aesthetic beauty is fused with the fascinating luminosity and high-tech quality which only a surface like Dekton® can provide. No other comparable surface available today, achieves such a fusion of aesthetics and technical performance. “The Dekton® XGloss Natural series will add new dimension to the design and architectural scene in Singapore. We look forward to the fresh perspectives that these three new additions will bring across,” says Rakean Aruman, Marketing Manager of Cosentino Asia.

Inspired by natural stone, Glacier displays a fine marbling of a golden colour on a white background. This is a lustrous proposal by virtue of its polished finish, and is an understated, subtle option, due to its remarkable colour. Glacier is the epitome of design, purity and elegance.

Inspired by natural stone, Tundra offers a white base with grey flecks running through it, which create and highlight unprecedented paths. Tundra with its candid, authentic appearance, recreates the properties of marble. With its remarkable structure of veins, its sumptuous luminosity and its subtle white background, Tundra is synonymous with infinite exquisiteness. These three new shades embody each and every one of the properties of Dekton® XGloss, achieved through advanced nanotechnology and mechanical polishing treatment to produce a dazzling, crystalline shine with unforgettably high levels of durability and strength. The spectacular appearance of Dekton® XGloss has been made possible because of a pioneering, exclusive treatment

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process, developed by the R+D department at Cosentino, using nanotechnology. In addition to a wonderful luminosity, this process endows Dekton® XGloss with certain water-repellent properties, capable of producing an extraordinary resistance to staining, without altering the other properties of the material or adding coating to the surface. The Particle Sintering Technology (TSP) used in its manufacture with Dekton® XGloss has outstanding technical properties, including resistance to UV rays, abrasion, staining or thermal shock, thus making it the perfect material for both indoor and outdoor use: façades, kitchen or bathroom counter tops, floors and paving, stairs and other types of cladding. Dekton® is available for manufacture with the option of large slabs sizes of up to 144cm x 320cm and in thicknesses of 20mm, 12mm and 8mm thus increasing both its aesthetic and architectural possibilities. Dekton® by Cosentino continues to demonstrate that it is undoubtedly the best at working alongside designers and architects worldwide. For more information, visit www.dekton.com.sg.

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or this year's Equip’Hotel, the prestigious hotel and restaurant trade fair that will be running in Paris from 6 - 10 November 2016, the Zucchetti. Kos Group will be partnering the Senses Room project. With more than 1600 exhibitors from more than 30 countries, Equip’Hotel is an important occasion for Zucchetti. Kos, which having realised the importance of the HORECA sector some time ago, created a special division with the ability to meet the most diverse design requirements, including working alongside architects and designers. Usually the design of the interiors of rooms for the disabled, which are an obligatory requirement in all buildings, does not pay any particular attention to the added values of design and wellness: the Senses Room event offers a different viewpoint and equips these spaces not only with luxury design products but also with light therapy, colour therapy, olfactory therapy, and music therapy. Beginning from the standards of universal design, the Senses Room is based on two principles: accessibility for the disabled and their families, and special consideration for families with small children. This challenge, which is being faced here for the second time by Francis van de Walle, the leading specialist in the luxury hotels sector, was to create a junior suite of 72 m² that would be able to receive everyone, without exception. The search for excellence that always aims for simplicity, design, and the real needs of the disabled, has created a more human environment by focusing on technology and the choice of materials, to guarantee the same standards as normal luxury hotel rooms. The bathroom space of the Senses Room is made more precious by pieces from the HIM collection designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba for Zucchetti: a shower assembly with a hand shower

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and waterfall shower head, numerous accessories, and two basin mixers with a rose gold finish. The style of these products, with their pure, refined forms, perfectly harmonises with the environment and enriches it with further refinement and elegance. By accepting to participate in such a type of project the Zucchetti. Kos group is demonstrating its sensitivity to issues of disability and accessibility that are too often forgotten by the world of design. Always attentive to developments in design and market, Zucchetti. Kos proposes solutions that foresee the trends of the future.


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K O N U N V E I L S C A S T S TO N E – A N E A S Y TO S H A P E , E N V I R O N M E N TA L LY - F R I E N D LY A N D LO N G L A S T I N G CO L L E C T I O N T H AT I S E Q UA L PA R T S B E AU T Y A N D FUNC TION

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or KON, the year 2017 is marked by the return to the organic and natural, in the search of new and functional. When it comes to bathroom designs, it is inevitable that clean colours, seamless lines and crisp space arrangement are top consideration factors for any concept. With that in mind, KON brings their collection of Cast Stone. What makes this uniquely different from ceramic products that its new, revolutionary type of mineral-filled polymer composition, which simulates a naturalcut stone. This material polymerizes natural aluminium mineral power, high-performance resins and natural pigments. Through a professional ratio and temperature curing, the ceramic finish and delicate degrees are maintained, resulting in a natural texture of marble. KON will be launching a series of refined sanitary ware products with the cast stone material. Products include basins, pedestal basins, bath tubs, toilets and bidets. The collection is also available in black. For more information, visit www.kon.com.cn.

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B R AVAT N OT O N LY U P G R A D E S T H E P R A C T I C A L I T Y O F P R O D U C T S TO D E L I V E R H I G H - Q UA L I T Y S PA C E E X P E R I E N C E, B U T A L S O P R A C T I C E S E N V I R O N M E N TA L P R OT E C T I O N A N D E N E R G Y CO N S E R VAT I O N I N T H I S F I N N I S H ‘H E L S I N K I’ CO L L E C T I O N

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ravat has been keeping abreast of market needs as well as the housing industry to provide uniform stringent implementation of standards. Bravat believes that the quality of each home should be in the same line, allowing each customer a quality assurance of the bathroom space. Inspired by streams from the Finnish woods, ‘Helsinki’ evokes sense and sensibilities of nature. The balanced and modern form was deliberately designed to avoid any gimmicks of “organic” shapes. Yet by cutting a crisp and elegant strip along the opening, ‘Helsinki’ highlights the texture of naturally flowing water, subtly transports users to nature. Enjoy the convenience of modern life and the freshness of nature – it is the core of the culture of Helsinki. Enjoy Lead-Free and Carefree Bravat implements lead-free copper material in this product. Each of their productions are in line with stringent standard to prevent the water pollution in order to achieve healthier home living standard. Enjoy Warranty Users can enjoy the smooth feel and precise positioning from the good spool. The spool is equivalent to the heart of the faucet, enabling the sustainability of their life span. The imported ceramic valve core in the faucet has a good, wear-resistance sealing. It is durable - tested 800,000 times of the opening and closing without dripping.

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Excellent Mirror Plating Process The chrome layer ensures a smooth appearance with its lengthening of the water nozzle in natural droop design, extending the water distance and the use of the past without tilting the head. As a high-end brand of Dietsche Group with more than 140 years of history, the mission of Bravat is to create a gracious living space, lightening up the user’s life by stylish products with high quality. Bravat’s modern and professional creation ensures every individual product is well-equipped with aesthetics, ergonomics and efficient fluid mechanics. For more information, visit www.bravat.com.sg.


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Honing A Home ELKAY’S ANTIQUE HAMMERED COPPER IS HANDCRAFTED, MAKING EACH SINK UNIQUE AND ADDING CHARACTER TO DÉCOR Armed with a passion for their, work, Elkay unveils their newest finish yet – the antique hammered copper. With the belief that a copper sink is an art piece like a sculpture or painting with the living finish, Elkay strives to transform your kitchen or bathroom without busting the budget. The hammering and shaping process gives the sink a personality that’s different from others, like a signature of an artist on their artwork. It is not only bring you another look of the kitchen or bathroom but also low maintenance fixture and naturally resistant to stains, discoloration and bacteria. For more information, visit www.elkay.com.

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AXOR UNIVERSAL ACCESSORIES FULFIL MANY REQUIREMENTS IN TERMS OF COMFORT – IDEAL FOR FAMILY, ONE-PERSON OR CROSS-GENERATION BATHROOM The individual elements in the AXOR Universal Accessories are made of high-quality materials: chrome-plated metal, mirror glass or white-coloured glass. User can combine the individual elements to meet your personal requirements and circumstances. The universal design, with its soft shapes and clean lines, blends seamlessly into a range of different style worlds. Not just in the bathroom either. The accessories such as shelves, towel racks and soap dispensers are welcome sights in kitchens too. For more information, visit www.hansgrohe.com.sg/axor.

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DORNBRACHT’S DESIGN LANGUAGE IS BASED ON FIVE PRINCIPLES THAT CHARACTERISE THE DORNBRACHT PRODUCT PORTFOLIO: PROPORTION, PRECISION, PROGRESSIVENESS, PERSONALITY AND PERFORMANCE Dornbracht fittings not only epitomise perfect workmanship and quality that is “Made in Germany”, they are also noted for their innovative functionality and striking design. These 5 Ps form the basis of a lasting aesthetic quality, guided not by prevailing taste, but by universal design principles. In many years of collaboration with Sieger Design, Dornbracht has used these principles as the basis for developing style-defining products that combine aesthetic quality, emotion and extreme ease of use. The design principles document Dornbracht’s exceptional aesthetic expertise that interacts with the company’s capacity for innovation and years of cultural commitment to form the foundation of the brand. As an industry pioneer, Dornbracht keeps setting trends that have changed the bathroom, spa and kitchen milieu for ever with regard to aesthetic quality, technology and culture.

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SMEG WINS OVER THE INTERNATIONAL JURIES ONCE AGAIN IN RED DOT AWARD: PRODUCT DESIGN 2016, REVITALIZING THE BRAND’S 1950 OFFERINGS Smeg, the Italian leader in the sector of electric household appliances, steps up on to the podium of the coveted international awards with two products: the blender of the 1950s’ Line and the free standing cooker with the Victoria aesthetic. The two winning products, the BLF01 blender and the free standing Victoria TR4110 cooker, will be presented at the special exhibition “Design on Stage” for four weeks, before joining the permanent collection of the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen. SMEG, one of the largest Italian home appliance companies, was founded in 1948 by a family of entrepreneurs who, with great passion and know-how, managed to develop a strong and growing company. Today, Smeg is run by the third generation of Bertazzoni, but it still keeps the memory of its beginnings alive in its name, an acronym for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla (“Emilian metallurgical enamel works of Guastalla”). Over time, the brand has established itself as a symbol of high aesthetic and technological appliances, made with a unique attention to research and development of exclusive products. Each new appliance is for the SMEG a special artifact, which arises from a deep study of shapes design, ergonomics and functions. Smeg’s internal design studio, which carries out painstaking research into aesthetics and style, has the support of internationally renowned architects such as Guido Canali, Mario Bellini, the Piano Design studio, Marc Newson, Giancarlo Candeago, Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti. For more information, visit www.smeg.com.

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KAYIWA’S CARAT LED PENDANT LAMPS ARE WHIMSICAL, FUN AND COLORFUL – A BLAST OF COLOR TO ANY ROOM KAYIWA, the inventor of the diamond-shaped glassware that has been copied the world over, continues to push boundaries with the introduction of CARAT light fixtures. These new pendant lamps serve more than their functional purpose and move into artistic territory. “Lighting can change the entire ambience of a room, not just by providing the appropriate light,” says designer Lincoln Kayiwa. “The right fixtures can create the perfect fusion of functionality and style, even when they are turned off.” So whether it’s on or off, the CARAT pendant lamp is always eye candy. It makes a minimalistic yet powerful impression when installed, either singly or grouped together. Each piece has a transformative quality. Through variations in size, color and configuration, the collection can solve any number of aesthetic and functional needs for residential, hospitality, and contract settings. For more information, visit www.kayiwa.fi.

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LAMBERT & FILS’ PRESENCE AT THE KORTRIJK’S BIENNALE INTERIEUR, MARKS THE FIRST SHOWING IN EUROPE OF THEIR NEWEST LIGHTING COLLECTION, LAURENT This contemporary collection combines the classic Bauhaus milk globe with a series of sculptural forms that carve through space, moving between line, surface, and volume. The different models combine in endless patterns to inhabit any space with subtlety and quiet power. “Our research focused on the surface and the form. Here, the globe acts as the link between the two,” says Samuel Lambert, the studio’s founder and creative director. In keeping with its commitment to working with local, skilled trades, the team called upon the expertise of a Quebec glass blower to craft this latest piece. As with all Lambert & Fils collections, Laurent is designed, manufactured and assembled locally. Lambert et Fils is a Montreal-based lighting design studio founded in 2010 by Samuel Lambert. The studio’s original and custom lamps for residential and commercial settings take cues from mid-century Modernism, the Industrial Age, and Lambert’s own minimalist aesthetic. The studio revisits iconic motifs across the range of these influences to create its own distinctive collections. Lambert & Fils commits itself to a tradition of quality, in-house design, and craftsmanship in lighting.

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VISION T BY CRESTIAL FEATURES EFFORTLESS OUTFLOWING WATER ADJUSTMENT, ALLOWS WATER TEMPERATURE AND VOLUME TUNING WITH JUST A LIFT OF A FINGER Vision T by Crestial introduces a sleek faucet series that complements any bathroom. The series features a 3-hole deck mounted single lever bath shower mixer and is equipped with a 40mm diameter ceramic cartridge and finished with a modern swivel spout. Vision T looks stunning in its chrome finish. But it’s not just aesthetics; Vision T promises a design that works as good as it looks. With an easy lift of a finger, the user can adjust the volume and temperature of the outflowing water. Water can be effortlessly diverted from the spout to the hand shower with a simple press of the diverter knob. To switch it back, simply turn off the mixer and the diverter will automatically pop back into its original spout position. It is a charm to operate! For more information, visit www.crestial.com.

THE BATHROOM REVOLUTIONS: BS&BK EASY CLICKER WASTE The new range of waste systems of BS&BK’s Easy Clicker Waste is an innovative combination of the plug. The clicker system can be pulled out easily and make easier to maintain. It has overcome the common problem of the traditional style of the clicker which usually with a screw fixed to the lower body of water, causing a small drain hole and likely to cause congestion. Users will need to remove the screw-out in order to disassemble the switch mechanism is cumbersome, thus resulting in the short life of the mechanism. With BS&BK Easy Clicker Water, you may just gently twist the cap bounce, and instantly remove. To put, just gently press on it. Cleaning up is simple, easy maintenance. Ningbo Bosheng Plumbing Co., Ltd. (BS&BK) specializes in faucets, sinks, basin wastes and sink wastes, as well as bathroom fittings. Crediting their impressive standards of innovative capability, BS&BK has gained quite a few of state-acknowledged technology patents. Their focus on the product quality and continue on technology innovation has made them become one of the leaders of in the industry. For more information, visit www.boshengplumbing.com.

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CONTI + SENSOR FAUCET BY ECONFLO ELEVATES YOUR BATHROOM EXPERIENCE; WASH YOUR HANDS IN THE HIGHEST PERFECTION The appearance of this ultra-sleek faucet gives an idea of the

• vandal-resistant aerator (replaceable with integrated tool)

extraordinary. The modular design and easy maintenance concept

• hot and cold water supply connection with flexible high-pressure

of this series is unique. With its innovative design, this stunning

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faucet reflects the user’s refined tastes. It is fitted with a display of

• check valves and built in filters

temperature and a time function. With its economical water jet, it

• temperature adjustable or fixable (vandal-proof construction)

intelligently cuts water consumption by up to 70%.

• adjustable scald protection (mechanically) • integrated automatic shut-off for replacing or cleaning the filter

It is touch-free and equipped with electronically controlled basin • modular monobloc, without separate installation box, sturdy

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For more information, visit www.econflo.com.

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AGAPE ADORNS ELLE DECOR GRAND HOTEL MILANO Text & photos by Agape Design

Palazzo Morando has been converted into a striking Grand Hotel interpreted, in accordance with Elle Decor aesthetic codes, as a pathway to be experienced in person, walking through all the different premises designed for socialising, reading, wellness and hospitality, free to browse around the bedrooms, lounges and gardens. This installation-project bears the hallmark of Patricia Urquiola, who designed the more private premises, the so-called “Stanzas”, and Piero Lissoni, who was responsible for the public spaces that are designed like those of a “Hôtel Particulier”.

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Patricia Urquiola’s “Stanzas” are rooms designed like a sequence of moments spread across a story about modern-day travellers, not standardised and repetitive “showrooms”, but intimate and personal spaces, where you can hide away, be on your own and relax, while feeling completely safe and protected. A perfect combination of product and project that is an ideal embodiment of the cross-the-board services offered by the hospitality industry. All the bathrooms bear the Agape hallmark. Stanza for 1 welcomes in its guests playing on the similarities and structures of theVieques washbasin and bathtub, both with a grey finish on the outside and completed by white Fez taps.

Stanza for 2 features a series of combinations and repetitions designed to create a setting in which both privacy and sharing enhance each other reciprocally. The sleeping quarters, with two beds placed “face-to-face”, stand alongside the bathroom area, complete with two Cuna bathtubs in a brand-new beige finish with a dark grey structure and brushed burnished Memory taps.


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The Stanza for 2 also features free-standing Bijhon washbasins designed by Angelo Mangiarotti coming in Marquinia black combined with a Bucatini mirror, but also available in a white Carrara marble version, both with brushed burnished Memory taps and two Flat D showers. A space designed for interaction and sharing, as well as luxury in your own privacy. Stanza for 3 is something between a private space and shared communal areas. Each of the 3 beds is designed like a moving island complete with 3 micro bathroom spaces presenting Patricia Urquiola’s Lariana washbasin for the very first time that completes the collection of the same name, together with Memory taps with the latest satin gold finish. The “salle de l’eau” (water room) features an In-Out bathtub in two-tone Exmar complete with satin gold Memory taps combined with the Flat D shower with a satin gold Memory shower head. Thanks to her great humanity, in-depth technical know-how and tireless vocation for experimentation, Patricia Urquiola has become one of the leading figures in modern-day design, who is also in charge of the artistic direction of some of the most important Italian and international companies. Her products are on display in museums all over the world. Since 2004 this Italian-Spanish designer has been working with Agape, designing projects for the Pear and Vieques ranges, icons that now stand alongside some of the company’s classic products, which have already won numerous awards, such as the Adi Design Index and Elle Decor International Design Awards. A partnership further enhanced by the recent presentation of the Cuna and Lariana bathtubs, which will soon be matched with coordinated washbasins in various different versions.

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DURAVIT EXPLORES BARRIER-FREE Text & photos by Duravit

Future planning for all generations As bathrooms have a long service life, it is all the more important to think ahead and consider future requirements. When planned carefully, the comfortable bathroom of today can meet the needs of elderly users tomorrow or even be completely barrier-free. Comfort, flexibility and safety can exist alongside sophisticated design in a welcoming atmosphere. Variety at the washing area The washing area is the central functional area of the bathroom. It is in frequent use and has to be easily accessible from the front and also safe to use. The ideal solution: consoles with built-in or above counter basins that provide legroom for comfortable use of the washing area, even when seated. In addition, above counter washbasins enable a raised

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washing position. Thanks to ample storage areas, all care products can be kept within easy reach. From wood decors and high-gloss varnishes to realwood veneers, the practical consoles also offer lots of different possibilities for creating an individual look. Particularly flat washbasins, such as the Vero washbasin that is just 165 mm high, are comfortable to use when seated and, available in widths of 50, 60, 70 or 80 cm, do not take up lots of space. The same applies to the Vital models in the D-Code, DuraStyle, Starck 3 or Architec series that also meet current DIN standards 18024/II and 18025/I+II for barrier-free bathrooms and that are wheelchair-accessible. For an optimum effect, mirrors and shelves should be easily accessible or moveable from different heights.


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Comfortable use of the toilet Even those with slightly reduced mobility may find it difficult to use the toilet. The SensoWash C and SensoWash Slim showertoilets are also suitable for people with restricted mobility and really facilitate hygiene: a stainless steel spray arm with three shower types performs the function of a bidet. Operation is easy via remote control. The height of the seat is also crucial for optimum comfort when using the toilet. The Starck 3 wall-mounted WC offers a five centimetres higher seated position making it easier for the user to stand up again after using the toilet. As it works with existing connections, it is ideal for renovation projects. Sufficient room for manoeuvre in front of the toilet ensures safe and comfortable mobility, even if a walking frame or wheelchair

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is needed at some point in the future. Handles that can be added at the sides later on, prevent falls, whilst toilet-paper holders and flush plates within easy reach further enhance comfort. Of course, special Vital models from the D-code, Architec and Starck series are also available to match the washbasins. The 700 mm projection complies with current DIN standards. Fold-out grab bars that are firmly fixed in position and that have an integrated toilet-paper holder are used as transfer devices. A back support also offers additional relief, just in case. Flush-fitting shower A flush-fitting shower tray is not only the best solution from a visual point of view but it is also easy to clean, safe and helps to prevent falls. Shower trays with dimensions 120 x 120 cm meet the criteria


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of DIN 18025/I + II and 18040-2E for barrier-free bathrooms and also offer sufficient room for manoeuvre – even for an additional helper. The models in three different materials are ideal for forward planning: the DuraPlan shower tray with Anti-slip coating made of sanitary acrylic is the elegant classic. In the P3 Comforts shower tray made of the new DuraSolid A with slip-resistant properties, the easy-clean outlet is beautifully integrated in a slightly raised shelf. The Stonetto shower tray meets highest aesthetic requirements and is made of DuraSolid Q that has an outstanding look and feel. The matte surface looks like authentic stone and is slip-resistant. It is available in the colours White, Sand and Anthracite. A shower seat offers additional safety and comfort in the shower and folds away for maximum convenience. Comfort and quality of life Well-planned and well-executed measures for greater accessibility not only improve quality of life and enhance the everyday comfort that is so important to the elderly, but they also increase the value of a property. In addition, thinking ahead when planning a new bathroom also enables its users to live independently for as long as possible.

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DYNAMIC WORKINGS OF LAUFEN Text & photos by Laufen

At Orgatec in Cologne from 25 to 29 October, the bathroom specialist Laufen partnered the furniture manufacturer Vitra on the ‘Work’ exhibition platform. Located in Hall 5.2, ‘Work’ examines the question as to how dynamic rooms can be created to satisfy today’s concept of work. Within the framework of this concept, Laufen presented with a 50 square metre stand which has been designed by the Italian architects and designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. On the stand both public and semi-public sanitary areas

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were focused, and the relationship between the private sphere and common use of these areas were examined. “For Laufen this is one of the central questions in modern office environments, because the sport and health-oriented generations seek hygiene and intimacy there, too,” explains Marc Viardot, Director of Marketing and Products at Laufen, “so teeth cleaning and showering are perhaps already part of everyday office life for many people.”


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In addition, Laufen presented selected products and technologies for public and semipublic sanitary areas from the current portfolio – including amongst other things solutions for compact floor plans, for high standards of hygiene, water saving and bespoke solutions. “With our presentation within the framework of the Vitra ‘Work’ platform we are seeking expert discourse with planners of offices and work facilities, architects, interior planners and designers, and would like make a contribution towards a common and holistic perspective of the modern working environment”, explained Viardot.

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MAXIMALIST MODERN KITCHEN Text & photos by Design Intervention

This is a vivacious yet glamorous kitchen for a couple who love to entertain. The couple wanted a kitchen that was a glamorous as they were. Smart enough to entertain in, yet at all times functional for a couple that likes to cook.. The roots of this design are derived from the traditional but the lines, finish and proportions have all been reinterpreted to create this thoroughly modern space. The vibrant blue venetian plaster on the ceiling. It refreshes the whole room. This kitchen really reflects the personality of it’s owners. Stylish but approachable. Fun yet oh so elegant and little bit unexpected.

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COLOUR Text and photo credits: To the individual manufacturers mentioned in this article. Colour has taken a back seat these days. With most parts of the world happy to go minimalistic, colour has become a sacred commodity in homes and recreational places. One of the cafes I frequent recently renovated their previously-kaleidoscopic place to a sleek monotone space. Sure it was modern and sleek, but I miss the old vibrancy. The year is 2017 – it is time to celebrate a new year and how better to do it than adding some brilliancy into your home? Put a little colour back into your life; check out how these surface features can unabashedly bring out the ‘wow’ factor in otherwise unassuming home. Here are six different surfaces, varying in style and material, which can suit any home:


Patchwork Kitchen by The Winchester Tile Company Handmade English tiles from The Winchester Tile Company, these chateaux tiles feature a striking pattern and textured, glossy surface. Ideal for giving any kitchen a new lease of life and a much-needed pop of color. For more information, visit www.winchestertiles.com.


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Moroccan by Pixers This custom-sized wall mural with moroccan tile motive will make any living room look like a place from One Thousand and One Nights. It is perfect for people who are looking for an affordable, stylish and tasteful wall dĂŠcor. For more information, visit www.pixersize.com.

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Cement by Mosaic del Sur Warm and comforting, these tiles brighten up any home with a soft glow, promising a coziness to the space. The encaustic cement tiles are manufactured one by one and exclusively for each client. Expect individuality with every tiling. For more information, visit www.cement-tiles.com.

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Anchor by In-Spaces Measuring 52cm by 52cm, these tiles have a definite marine theme to them. Ideal for nautical inspired and themed homes looking for the final piece of the puzzle. Comes in a soothing blue and with an easy-on-the-eyes pattern. For more information, visit www.in-spaces.com.

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Romantic Comic by Spin Collective A set of kitsch romantic comic book tile stickers. Available in a set of 30 sticker tiles at 10cm wide or a set of 20 at 15cm wide. Transform a room without the need to retile and cover any old unsightly designs. Easy to apply and removable - all of our tile sticker designs have been rigorously tested and are suitable for kitchen/bathroom use as well as shower cubicles. For more information, visit www.spincollective.co.uk.

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by Debbie Mckeegan This luxury non-woven wallpaper is made from wood pulp with added textile fibres to make the wallpaper strong, dimensionally stable and easy to hang. To achieve the best results, we recommend using ‘Solvite’ wallpaper paste to apply directly to the walls. Supplied with full hanging instructions for easy decorating. www.debbiemckeegan.com

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by Original Style The copper leaf decorative tiles feature a layer of foil encased in glass. Measuring 600x300x8mm, these tiles brings a sense of grounded-ness, making it the ideal surface for kitchens and halls. www.originalstyle.com

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BREAKING BARRIERS Someone once declared that, “We are all united in the single belief that we are, secretly, different from everyone else.” It was an interesting thought nugget that cannot be proven as no one can conduct a survey across the world population. If we hold it to be true, then isn’t it strange that for all our urgency in creating an identity for ourselves, we let our homes succumb to normalcy? Everyone’s bathroom looks the same as any other. Yes, the elements are the safe – a shower or bath tub, a basin, a water closet. But there has to be a differentiating factor; how else can your living quarters reflect your personality? Here is a selection of different bathroom spaces, varying in mood and style, all focusing on different aspects of what differentiates a bathroom. 65


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ERGONOMIC BY REXA DESIGN A project carried out with the techno-surface in DuPont ™ Corian® which is characterized by attention to ergonomics, able to make simple and relaxing everyday actions in the bathroom area. The control knobs in the bath, for example, are integrated elegantly in the spaces provided the water regulating functions are easily accessible from a lying position. Bathtub in DuPont ™ Corian®, 180 x 80. The Rexa Design air system for a relaxation from live comfortably nestled in your bathtub. A cutting-edge facility with which you can now benefit from the extraordinary hydro-therapeutic effects of chromotherapy and a pleasant air massage.

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TARON BY PEBBLE GREY The Leto is not only a gorgeous sparkly mirror to liven up any bathroom but it is also battery powered. Very energy efficient and easy to install, it has never been easier to add a touch of glam into your home. The Leto battery mirror comes with a nice 20% discount and is now only ÂŁ71.20.

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CAST STONE BY KON Cast Stone has been developed a kind of non-porous material from a casted stone. This material aggregation natural aluminum mineral powder, high-performance resin and natural pigment. It not only keeps the ceramic finish and smooth, but also natural texture and solid quality of marble stones. KON focus on research and applied it on product customization. With the strong ability in customization, KON use it as the main material to achieve on the different design request from the clients. With the silky smooth and soft touch of surface, it giving a sense elegant and lifestyle experience to the users.

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REFLECTION / EINS+ SERIES BY CRESTIAL CRESTIAL Reflection Series embodies a form that echoes slick elegance and design finesse. This intricate series is created specifically to cater to discerning clienteles with spacious bathrooms and basins in their penthouses or in deluxe suites. CRESTIAL Eins+ Series is minimalist in design, yet modern and clean looking, featuring only cylindrical elements. It is compact in size to suit most bathrooms. The sleek masterpieces are fitted with European sourced components, such as superior ceramic disc cartridges that are tested to EN817 and ASME standards, up to 500,000 cycles. Premium aerators provide bubbly water flow. It comes equipped with the added water saving feature, allowing the incorporation of constant flow regulator which in turn allows the regulation of WELS certified flow rates. Its durable flexible hoses are tested to 100 bar burst pressure, for a flow of water that tastes both pure and odorless. For more information, visit www.crestial.com.

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AXOR MASSAUD BY AXOR Wash bowls and built-in wash basins blend in seamlessly with the AXOR Massaud basin mixers: the basins are ideally suited for dealing with the characteristic gush spray, minimising splashing as a result. Their warm surface is easy to clean. The freestanding bath tub also conforms to the collection’s natural design concept, resembling a lake.

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INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS FROM SPAIN

Roca implements a modern and fresh design with the new Inspira bathroom collection. Andrea Sim reports.

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oca, the leading global brand from Spain specialising in bathroom design and products for the architectural construction and interior design spaces, unveiled its latest bathroom collection, Inspira, on Oct 26. The range of Roca bathroom products were showcased in a pop-up concept at the outdoor space just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Singapore Indoor Stadium. Running in conjunction with The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, a tennis festival held over 10 days beginning Oct 21 with eight days of elite competition, the event was presented by SC Global returning for the third year running (opposite page). One of the exciting highlights was the Greatest Eight Women singles players and doubles teams, comprising of renowned players such as Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis who came to compete in women’s tennis of WTA Finals as they vied for US$7 million in prize money. “Roca and the players participating at the WTA Finals 2016 have a lot in common... we are thrilled to be associated with the best tennis players, sharing same aspiration, passion and dedication in BNP Paribus WTA Finals Singapore,” said Raimundo Garcia-Figueras, Senior Managing Director of Asia Bathroom Products Division Executive Board. Over to the business area at Roca, Josep Delicado, Managing Director of Singapore and Malaysia for Roca Bathroom Products Singapore led the guided tour, who takes the viewpoint of what constitutes a modern bathroom reflecting on the collective work and concepts of Roca adaptable to new market trends and cutting edge technology. Roca’s design and innovation for quality and sustainable development are seen exemplified in its latest Inspira collection. Since the trend of “integrated home technology took off in 2013, from lights controlled by apps to music in the shower and bathroom, these new technology offerings represent a shift based on consumer demand for greater customisation in the home. This year, new products in the bathroom are going one step further, offering customers more options and opportunities to fine-tune designs to best suit their lifestyle,” explained Mr Delicado. At the showcase, the curated selection of Roca bathroom elements was handily collated and incorporated into the spaces with a contemporary style to get consumers to think about accommodating a blend of bathroom essentials with a balance of advanced aesthetics to construct a private bathroom that is clutterfree and space-saving. Product highlights of Roca bathroom elements focused on fittings such as mirrors, taps, sinks, showers, touchless toilet flush system, toilet seats and covers, bidets and bathroom furniture units. During the walkthrough session, Mr Delicado explained that fine ceramics, which is a new high quality material exclusive by Roca as seen in the Inspira basin collection is about 40 per cent lighter, 30 per cent harder and more resistant to abrasive products than other conventional basins.

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Dominika Cibulkova won the WTA Singapore 2016 Singles Championship.

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The Inspira furniture units (above) come in three finishes of glossy white, city oak and city oak with dark mirror, contrast attractively with the interior lighting and full length mirror. While the drawer units’ interiors (top right) highlight the beauty of dark textured wood finish with dividers included to keep items neat and organised. The collection optimises the use of three design lines to complement harmoniously with multiple design combinations. Such simplicity and pleasing aesthetics can be observed in the range of in countertop, wall-hung or over countertop basins, available in round, soft or square. The Inspira basins are easier to clean with soft and rounded angled surfaces, and the basins are made of 100 per cent ceramic. However, Mr Delicado also noticed a subtle difference Asia and the West have when choosing colour tones to match their bathroom elements. The West tends to gravitate towards a darker tone. However, in Asia, “Soothing tones, such as crisp white, earthy brown and warm neutrals, are often used to decorate Asian bathrooms, as they infuse a space with a peaceful and welcoming vibe,” enthused Mr Delicado. “Asian-style bathrooms provide the perfect spot in which to rest, unwind and recover at the end of each day. A sense of tranquility, well-being, balance and visual harmony is at the heart of the design aesthetic, which evokes these qualities with the use of clean lines, minimalist decor, soothing colour schemes and natural materials,” said Mr Delicado. Black is the predominent colour for classic and sophistication and the colour commonly makes an appearance in Asian-inspired

rooms. He added, “Don’t be afraid to experiment as gray hues are showing up everywhere, and this colour is becoming sort of a ‘new’ neutral. This hue, which shows up in sinks and tubs and is particularly intended for customers who want something a little different, but at the same time do not want flamboyance.” Colours have the power to enliven or to dull any space but not so if you play with slicks of white to cut through the moody hue to create a sophisticated look. “If you’re worried a gray palette will make your bathroom feel flat and lifeless, you could also energise the space by adding a splash of bold, eye-popping colour. While a palette of moody black and rich brown may appear heavy and overwhelming in some bathrooms, tone it down with cool white tub and a floor-to-ceiling window that floods the area with natural light. Blissful Zen-inspired bath zone sets the scene for rest and relaxation. Neutral-toned walls add warmth and an inviting ambiance, while the bath, vanity and accessories in crisp white, uplift the look,” said Mr Delicado. Another notable ranges are the close-couple Inspira WCs, seats and covers. Mr Delicado elaborated that the wall-hung version of the WC (top, bottom right) is optimised for greater hygiene where uniform water distribution covers the entire inner surface of the bowl. The seats and covers are manufactured with Supralit, an exclusive resin registered by Roca, made to be more resistant to chemical agents and to yellowing, thereby are reliable and durable. The seats and covers also offer soft-close hinges that avoid blows and noises.

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Interview Are you planning to renovate your bathroom, remodel it or improve the bathroom space on a strict budget? We recognise that bathroom improvement can be quite a challenge, especially ensuring the finished scheme is in harmony with the interior style and space. BATHROOM + KITCHEN TODAY caught up with Josep Delicado, Managing Director of Singapore and Malaysia for Roca Bathroom Products Singapore, to share his insights about the latest bathroom trends and tips for constructing a contemporary and private bathroom. Read on for some of the new advances of the Inspira collection and you might just find unique solutions required to fully equip your bathroom spaces.

Mr Josep Delicado

What inspired the Inspira bathroom collection? Inspired by the modern day’s interpretation of simplicity and elegant bath concepts, the logical interfaces for applications such as the showers and toilets are designed to be practical yet easily accessible for everyone. Our design solution features ceramic sanitary ware in three different shapes – round, soft and square. The new series of completely integrated smart toilets will ensure lasting hygiene, making cleaning easier, while the overall design blends in effortlessly with all kinds of bathroom fittings, thanks to the elegant and subtle lines. What is the trend right now and what do you think consumers are looking for in today’s bathroom design? Bath are becoming less flashy and more focused on users experience where consumers can indulge privately, with an emphasis on comfort, personal statement, and style. The trend of transforming a bathroom into a spa getaway is emerging and consumers are in favour of it. Standalone tubs are gaining momentum, adding a level of vintage elegance to any bathroom. For those without a larger space to separate off the tub from the shower are looking for design innovations that would maximise spaces for a more comfortable showering experience. So, integrating various water sources into the shower can create a relaxing getaway – even in small spaces. While keeping things clutter-free and organised are essential and we have spacesaving storage that comes with customisable options for size, configuration, finish and bathroom organisation. What are some of the key things/ideas to think about when designing a home bathroom? The bath or shower room should be functional and practical, but also a place where you enter and utilise the amenity to unwind. Whether you are putting together an ensuite bathroom from scratch or revamping a wet room, asking yourself a few questions: Who else will be using the bathroom, particularly children and the elderly; How frequently will you be entering the bathroom; and how the materials can complement your home-style, will help you fine-tune the little changes or select any other elements needed to incorporate into your bathroom. These will make a lot of difference to maximise spaces and your enjoyment of it.

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What are some general rules to consider for a good bathroom design? Plan enough space for each fixture and function. For example, plan for a place to dry off when stepping out of the shower. Plan a convenient place, and enough wall space to hang the towels within easy reach of the shower and tub. Think about where things can be stored near the sink. Make sure there is enough space to manoeuvre around the toilet. Think through your daily routine. If you and your partner need to get ready in the morning at the same time, you might want to compartmentalise your bathroom space by separating the vanities and sinks from the bathing area, so that one person could shower while the other is fixing the hair. Think also about where you want to place the toilet to avoid walking further than necessary in the middle of the night. Consider your mechanical and electrical needs. Don’t place shower valves on exterior walls. They are harder to repair if they ever leak. Plan for access to whirlpool tub motors and isolate them for better sound control, if possible. Provide good ventilation for odours and humidity. Factor in the lighting from the beginning. Light for the vanity should come from two directions, if possible. This will allow one light to fill in shadows cast by the other. How do the newest Inspira bathroom elements and accessories fit into a particularly scheme of a modern home today? Plain, simple and less-ornamented bath fixtures are starting to dominate consumer’s choices, in keeping with a burgeoning desire for a more streamlined look, and that is what the Roca Inspira collection is all about. One sentence to sum up the Inspira collection is minimalism at its best, with clean lines and thoughtful restraint, the collection has a broad appeal. The Inspira collection of products, which includes faucets, sinks, vanities, baths and showers are perfect for a minimalist-style bath, thanks to their simple lines and classic materials. Minimalism in bathroom fixtures is expressed through simple architectural forms, geometric shapes, smooth surfaces, sculptural lines and low profiles. Tubs and showers should be visually appealing and a pleasure to use. While wall-mounted, space-saving sinks and streamlined, one-piece toilets add on

to the minimalist appearance. Within the Inspira range, there are sleek faucets and accessories with fluid lines and minimum ornamentation. Faucets and handles are modern in design, straightforward and serve the function it is built for. What bathroom ideas would you give to consumers on designing a new bathroom, shower room or ensuite? If you’ve been thinking about giving your bathroom an overhaul but aren’t sure how, one way to start is to look to the latest design trends for inspiration. For example, consider a standalone shower or a wet room instead of installing a bath that you rarely use. If you prefer a bath and a shower, a walk-in shower for small bath gives you that flexible option. If you have plenty of room space, you can opt for wall storage cupboards instead of installing cabinets on top of the flooring – maybe a built-in storage above the bath or even consider a built-in storage underneath. And if you want to take a relaxing bath after a long day, how about getting a freestanding bath for a luxurious feel, and have scented candles to rejuvenate the body and mind, or even place the magazines nearby for leisure reading.

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In addition, here are some of the design trends to consider: Feature Floor Tiles. Statement-making floor tiles proved popular in 2015, and this striking look doesn’t appear to be leaving in a hurry, says interior designer Jasmine McClelland. In smaller bathrooms a feature floor tile adds style without overwhelming the space, and when used in a larger bathroom, the effect is elegant. Natural Beauty. Want a bathing area that’s welcoming and serene? Then drawing design inspiration from nature is a great way to warm a typically very hard room of the house and infuse the space with a calming vibe. It’s one of the key bathroom trends of 2016. An easy way to incorporate this trend into a bathroom design is to introduce earthy materials like natural stone or wood-look tiles. The Master Suite Retreat. Is your master bathroom cramped, not particularly inviting and tucked away out of sight? Try the open-plan bedroom and ensuite design trend when renovating your home. People want bigger bathrooms that are connected to the bedroom or closet, or even more open to the bedroom. People want to see their beautiful basins, custom vanities and freestanding baths from the bedroom. They’re also using bigger sliding doors so people can open up or close off a space. Clever Water Control System. Say goodbye to basic shower and basin faucets, and hello to smart, user-friendly fixtures that give users more control over the flow, mix and temperature of water. Freestanding Bathtubs. According to McClelland, love affair with freestanding baths isn’t over just yet, and not just because they make striking, sculptural design features, but because they help set the mood for rest and relaxation too. The freestanding bath is more than aesthetics – it is emotive. When choosing a freestanding bath, consider how the design of the tub will shape the look of your space. The curve of a bath can bring softness to an angular bathroom, or an angular bath can offset soft colours or add to a highly structured bathroom. Custom Vanities. People want custom vanities to meet their needs, rather than mass-produced ones. The use of a lot of drawers and smart technology, such as doors that lift up and move out of way provide plenty of storage and enhance the illusion of spaciousness. Geometric Tiles. Another major design trend for the bathroom is geometric tiles that make a great design solution for those who wish to add depth and visual interest to a plain, neutral space, but without the use of bright, arresting tones. Bigger Showers. Is bigger better? Yes, according to the current school of thought when it comes to the shower, it is believed the trend will become even more popular in 2017. There’ll be more walk-in showers with oversize panes of glass or solid walls that completely enclose the space, rather than bathrooms with tiny cubicles. Bathrooms that Reflect the Rest of the Home. A design trend that will be big over the coming year and beyond is a move toward bathing zones that are designed in a way to look and feel like an extension of the living room, rather than a traditional bathroom. The bathroom seems like it’s becoming more of a feature of the house and integrating freestanding baths, unconventional fixtures and vanities that resemble furniture are just a few ways to work this trend into your bathroom design.

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by Bravat Singapore The Casa Suite is a perfect combination of art and life, allowing its user to embrace the luxurious bathing experience. The fluid curve and the round shape of the series reflects the calm and relax atmosphere in elegance style. Through an easy curation and selection of Bravat’s CASA series of European-style bathtub, faucet and bathroom products, anyone can create their very own five-star luxurious bath atmosphere at home. www.bravat.com.sg

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by AXOR AXOR Urquiola creates a fascinating style fusion in your bathroom. Each element possesses its own charm and combines with the other items in the room to create a homely unit. Soft shapes are combined with large surface areas, the mixers look like they evolved naturally, and the wash basin and bath tub allude to familiar forms. AXOR Urquiola is a sensual, imaginative collection, down to the very last detail. www.hansgrohe.com.sg/axor

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by Claytan Ceramic The modern bathrooms collection of Legend England is inspired by simplicity. It endeavors to transform your private space into a sleek, modern sanctuary of cleanliness and comfort. From bright and cheery spots to sophisticated and imposing undertones, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space. These modern details can put a new spin on any dull bathrooms, turning them into fantastic relaxation and refreshing spaces. www.claytangroup.com

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by Planit Campo is a simple surface in CorianÂŽm with almost imperceptible slope, that channels water, and attention, toward the flush central drain cover. Four simple straight lines, one per side. The shower tray with the minimum height of 30mm varies based on length and depth. The tray can be installed flush with the bathroom floor, length and depth can be customized, together with the position of the drain. Milled groove for the glass upon request. www.planit.it

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by Kaldewei A freestanding bathtub as a statement piece in the bathroom typically relies on space for full effect. So when you have the luxury of space, you are to sure to find inspiration in the KALDEWEI MEISTERSTĂœCKE collection. Masterfully crafted in superior KALDEWEI steel enamel, each of these masterpieces makes for a stunning design feature that would do credit to any gallery. www.kaldewei.com

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by Elkay Elkay’s Crystal Sink introduces beauty into the bathroom. With a choice of either crisp lines or smooth curves, the resulting gentle design is a distinctive yet softened transitional statement. The sounddeadening materials minimize sound and vibration, while reducing condensation on the underside of the sink. The versatile design allows the sink to be installed as a top mount or under mount. Elkay has been manufacturing world-class sinks for nearly 100 years. Over this time, their engineering and manufacturing methods have continued to evolve and set the industry standard. The Crystal sink line is just another example of Elkay’s distinctive designs that are made with unsurpassed quality. www.elkay.com

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STERN CLASSIC by Stern www.sternfaucets.com

The series offers deck-mounted faucets and liquid or foam soap dispensers, specifically optimized for transportation hubs. The Classic series combines an elegant modern design and a robust one-piece brass body with vandal-resistant features, ensuring long-lasting operation in heavy traffic, highly abused locations.

RYDDER by Newport Brass www.newportbrass.com

The Rydder widespread faucet is a bold yet graceful transitional design that exudes architectural appeal. A square base curves gently to both handles and faucet. The slight curvature of the levers and spout create a charming and organic look.

NUMERO 60 by THG www.thg.fr

Numero 60 is beautifully engraved by hand with a stencil and then filled with gold powder and polished. This stunning anniversary piece also boasts an exquisite gold-plated crystal top which is delicately placed over the well-renowned cross design. The pale gold Numero 60 collection has an iridescence that makes this piece an exceptional and timeless design. This collection can be used for sink, shower and bath fittings with a line of matching accessories in a wide choice of finishes.

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FLAT SHOWER COLUMN by Roca www.roca.sg

This thermostatic shower column has an attractive design of pure lines and features a 5-way selector, overhead shower, hand shower, and 6 jets. The spray jets are integrated into the body of the shower column so that you have a smooth surface with no bumps or protrusions. It is made in white acrylic material, and its slim design makes it a flat shower column with a different modern design that you will not find in other shower columns on the market.

PURAVIDA 120 AIR 1JET BATON by Hansgrohe www.hansgrohe.com.sg

With this shower technology, Hansgrohe mixes water with air, and you feel pleasantly sparkling AirPower all over your skin. As water enriched with air makes the droplets plumper, lighter and softer. This means you use your water more efficiently.

L90 SHOWER by Roca www.roca.sg

Incorporating ceramic disc technology, the L90 wall mounted shower mixer from Roca provides smooth control over the flow and temperature of the water. Made from solid brass with a chrome finish, this shower mixer comes complete with the 1.50m flexible hose, shower head and swivel wall bracket. This wall mounted shower mixer tap will enhance any modern bathroom.

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UNICO by Rexa Design www.rexadesign.it

Unico mixes freestanding and wall hung washbasins, wall elements and drawers, standard and mini (120×80 cm) bathtubs, creating new building solutions. Unico introduces the new concept of bathtub/shower, for a versatile space, never identical: moving slats made in HPL from the shower tray, and storing them on the wall boiserie or in boxes, we can have a broad and relaxing bathtub.The oval bathub Egg has on the frontal some open storages that you can use like bookshelf; at last, Mastell is the bathtub with rounded profile and original handles on sides.

WYE by Drummods www.drummods-uk.com

Named after the river Wye, this new bathtub has been designed as a longer, wider, deeper version of their most popular bath – the Usk, providing more comfort in the classic bateau style. The design of the Wye is based on an 18th century Bateau or ‘boat’ bathtub, with high sides to retain heat and in style it offers a grand classical symmetry. The Wye retains the characteristic curves of the traditional 18th century Bateau but is a more practical and comfortable option for bathing and fits perfectly into traditional or contemporary bathroom schemes.

WORCHESTER by Victoria + Albert Baths www.vandabath.com

Elegant, classical and refined, the Worcester bath retains the traditional design rules of impeccable symmetry by offering bathers a perfect angle of recline, promising a superior soaking experience. Additionally, with a dimension of 1,798mm, the Worcester bath provides ample space for two bathers to enjoy a sensual soak with its ingenious double-ended roll top.

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MODE COOPER by Victoria Plum www.victoriaplum.com

This sleek and stylish design measures a stunning 8mm. It is easy clean and fits into any contemporary bathroom. It meets British Standard safety glass. With a hinged door opening and available for both left and right hand fitting, all the rollers and moving parts are fully endurance tested.

FLEXA TOWER by Jacuzzi www.jacuzzi.com

Flexa Tower is also available in the Compact version and is an expression of the Jacuzzi速 pursuit of an ideal space for complete wellbeing. Its cylindrical shape adds personality to your bathroom and gives you complete freedom of movement. Its luminous interior allows you to enjoy Jacuzzi速 original functions without limits: the vertical and back hydromassage, the steam bath, the Scottish shower and the extraordinary Power Fall cascade that pours out 170 litres a minute.

RELEXA by Grohe www.grohe.com

A classic within its sector, the Relexa hand shower combines timeless, ergonomic design with a choice of up to five spray patterns. From the entry-level Relexa Trio to the Relexa Five, the range allows you to choose a combination of patterns to match your individual showering needs.Designed for performance, Relexa features GROHE DreamSpray速 technology for perfect water distribution and GROHE StarLight速 technology for a pristine finish.

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INSPIRA FINECERAMIC® WASH BASIN by Roca www.roca.sg

Inspira washbasins are part of Roca’s new versatile Inspira range. The washbasins are made from FINECERAMIC® an innovative, high-quality ceramic material exclusive to Roca. The 100% ceramic material allows the washbasins easy to clean, non-porous, resistant to abrasive cleaning products and are recyclable. It combines minimal and modern design style, giving customers the option to select the combination that works best for their bathroom design project.

MYRING MYCOLOR by

Giulini Rubinetteria

www.giulini.it

Giulini offers numerous color combinations for its wash basins, offering character and originality to the product by allowing maximum freedom in customizing.

EDEN by Maison Valentina www.maisonvalentina.net

Eden is inspired by the mystic behind the name. This bathtub represents a part of the tree of knowledge and the tale of the birth of desire. Fully made of polished casted brass, with a delicately engraved top exposing the heart of a golden tree to the very heart of a home. A golden touch to your bathroom.

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VARIO by Kohler www.kohler.com.sg

Freelance toilet offers modern shape with smooth curved lines. Featuring a vario trap with dual flush option, this toilet provides a refreshingly clean, contemporary design that can fit in any modern bathroom settings.

AVANTE by Toto Asia www.asia.toto.com

This unique sculpted design doubles up as a high profile closecupled toilet. Equipped with a dual flush system, it is finished in s skirted styling with a concealed trap-way for easy cleaning. There is an upgrade with a soft-close seat and cover/ wash-let available.

LEGEND ENGLAND by Claytan Ceramic www.claytangroup.com

The Legend England collection draws inspiration from nature’s soft lines, commemorating it with a collection of exquisite symmetry and gentle curves. The sturdy construction for this collection is underlined by its stylish U shape design, adding a stroke of aesthetic to any bathroom.

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GREENWICH by Black by Design Ltd www.black-by-design.co.uk

The stunning Greenwich Bathroom Wall Light from Garden Trading is sure to make a fantastic little addition to any contemporary bathroom. Crafted from zinc alloy, steel and glass, this light has a lovely frosted glass shade that emits a wonderfully warm and cost soft glow, perfect for adding some extra illumination around your mirror.

DENTON SWING by Besselink and Jones www.besselink.com

Each piece is custom-made by hand in London by a small and experienced team of artists and craftsmen. The success of their products are attributable to their unwavering commitment to maintaining the exemplary standards of design, quality engineering and functionality.

DECO FAN SQUARE by Sweetpea and Willow www.sweetpeaandwillow.com

A simple art deco design but with a show stopping impact. Gorgeous in any hallway or entrance for added light and space. This mirrored fan console table complements most contemporary designs easily.

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When’s the last time anyone’s cooked a full meal? In this time and age, where food apps are popping up a dozen a dime, it is little wonder we are clocking in lesser time in the kitchen cooking. But this does not mean the kitchen should be neglected; in fact, this means we should be looking into open-kitchen concepts instead. Take a look at these open-concept kitchens, from integrated mini dining areas to creative storage solutions. Here is a selection of different kitchen spaces, varying in mood and style, all focusing on different aspects of what makes a kitchen.


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Ash

by Leicht The kitchen here is trendy, employing elements of marble and half-bleached teak. The space was built to marry the architectural design and vision with the functionality requirements outlined by client. As a result, Alva Roy Architects created a modern kitchen that dedicated to the client’s desires while adding a spiritual feeling to the space through interior gardening and an exterior green courtyard at the basement level. It transforms the traditional sense of what a kitchen is, no longer the surrounding, but the center of the home and the house surrounded the kitchen. www.leicht.com

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Sensa

by Cosentino Cosentino Group – the global leading company in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for the world of architecture and design – is adding a new series of eight exotic granites to Sensa by Cosentino®, its range of granite worktops with an exclusive stain protection. Sensa® is a labour of love and undisputed excellence in every way, sourced from quarries from different parts of the world including Brazil and India, in the quest to locate the most beautiful stone that nature can create. www.sensabycosentino.com

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Loft

by Wharfside The Loft modern country kitchen is relaxed and inviting. Designed especially for you, crafted with hand-sorted solid woods, this kitchen feels special. The sustainablyproduced solid wood, treated only with natural oils, creates a warm, healthy atmosphere. The versatile design and attention to detail means that your kitchen is a breeze to work in, with a place for everything and everything in it’s place (well, that’s the theory). www.wharfside.co.uk

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Floral

by L’Ottocento The presented Floral Kitchen solution consists of a large work island in color marron glacÊ that houses the washing function and preparation and coordinates chromatically to the block Lacanche kitchen. In Floral Kitchen, classic taste joins innovation as the tradition goes in search of new ergonomic solutions: the modules dedicated to conservation are built with doors to the ground like real windows. www.lottocento.it

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Kelly

by Touched Interiors The glossy black structure is finished with a delicate touch of gold complements the polished brass nails adorning the contours of the gracious and shapely backrest. Kelly is structured in beechwood with the feet lacquered with high gloss varnish. Upholstered in sumptuous cotton velvet. www.touchedinteriors.co.uk

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Termo

by Ludlow Stoves The Thermo Italy has a large viewing window, which adds to the ambience of the room, whilst heating your home. In addition to its cooking and room heating functions the Thermo Italy will also provide heating to domestic hot water and home central heating systems. The appliance is Defraapproved for use in smokeless zones. www.ludlowstoves.co.uk

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by Elkay Elkay’s stunning Crystal sinks feature a unique hammered mirror finish. These unforgettable sinks will add a timeless look with a luxurious appeal to your home. While incredibly trendy, this lavish look will remain a classic for many years to come. The Crystal sinks are available in models for both lavatories and wet bars. They also come in a variety of mounting styles, shapes and sizes. Elkay has been manufacturing world-class sinks for nearly 100 years. Over this time, their engineering and manufacturing methods have continued to evolve and set the industry standard. The Crystal sink line is just another example of Elkay’s distinctive designs that are made with unsurpassed quality. www.elkay.com

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by Team7 The elegant Team 7 Linee kitchen range offers some outstanding design features. The overall look is clean and modern, the horizontal lay of the grain creates a contemporary feel, as do the cubic bar handles. But beneath the surface is where the wonder lies. Flush-mounted integrated sinks, concealed power points, waste storage, pharmacy units, carousels, fullyextending corner cupboards, deep drawers with solid wood dividers, alcove lighting. www.wharfside.co.uk

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by Black by Design Ltd The Baa Bar Stool is perfect for bringing the WOW factor to your kitchen. This sturdy kitchen stool is made from solid oak and topped with a luxurious removable natural sheepskin cover - perfect for today's modern home. Available in a range of different colours, this really is one of the most luxurious barstools available and once you perch yourself on one of these, you will be loathe to move. www.black-by-design.co.uk

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STELTON THEO marketed by Black by Design Ltd www.black-by-design.co.uk

Designed the simulate the senses, the coffee maker is made from matt black stoneware with a shiny glaze to give the pot both a rustic and elegant aesthetic. The coffee maker also comes with a gorgeous bamboo lid to ensure the coffee is kept warm but the exterior has a collar of heat insulating silicone to prevent burnt fingers.

BRIKKA marketed by Bialetti www.thedesigngiftshop.com

Only a Brikka stove top coffee maker is capable of brewing genuine Italian style espresso with full “crema”. A special pressure-controlled valve ensures rich and intense flavour from creamy coffee. Through the clear window lid you will see the coffee brewing, distinctive puffing sounds tell you when the coffee is done. The Brikka percolator is Bialetti's top model and gets constantly outstanding reviews from satisfied users.

LA CAFETIÈRE marketed by Creative Tops www.creative-tops.com

The Red La Cafetière Classic Espresso, features a high quality aluminium body, a soft touch ergonomic handle and comes in 3, 6 and 9 cup sizes. Not only ultra-stylish but hard wearing too, the Classic Espresso actually improves with age. Suitable and safe on gas, electric and radiant heat sources, quick and easy to use, this La Cafetière Classic Espresso pot will look good in any kitchen and is a must for coffee connoisseurs.

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CHARCOAL marketed by Garden Trading www.gardentrading.co.uk

Suitable for gas hobs as well as lovely big farmhouse ranges, the old-world design of this kettle includes a handsome wooden handle that should be kept upright while heating. Delightfully old-fashioned but with clean lines and bold colouring, it looks just as perfect in a country kitchen or a modern townhouse. It makes a great companion for camping as well, as enamel heats up quickly over fires and portable stoves.

FA 640STX 24 marketed by Fagor America www.fagoramerica.com

This 24" Gas Cooktop is a stainless steel structure that comes with 4 gas burners. Equipped with an electronic ignition, it is completed with 2 cast iron enameled grates. This triple crown burner clocks 16,000 BTU/h.

DESIRE marketed by Ludlow Stoves Ltd www.ludlowstoves.co.uk

The gorgeous new multi fuel stove Desire 5 is the new range available from the Evolution range from Broseley. Available with a log store and a wonderful large glass pane.

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ELAN marketed by Watermark Designs www.watermark-designs.com

Taking industrial design one step further, Watermark Designs' Elan Vital collection combines the utilitarian aesthetic of industrial design with the ability to completely customize faucets. Reminiscent of industrial steam pipes, the new Elan Vital Telescopic Kitchen Faucet has a patented telescopic spout, extending or retracting as needed. The deck-mounted lever controls volume and temperature using a hydro-progressive valve. The brass wire basket is optional, as is an independent side spray.

METROPOLE marketed by Newport Brass www.newportbrass.com

Made in California, the Metropole pull-down faucet comes with a magnetic docking system. Pull-out sprays by most manufacturers rely on a weighted or spring-loaded hose to hold the hand spray in place; therefore, the hand spray doesn't always rest back in place properly or easily. Newport Brass uses a highpowered magnetic holding hand spray docking system, which secures the hand spray to the spout, allowing it to sit perfectly in place. A two-function, toggle-control spray engine rounds out the design with a pivoting ball spray engine inlet fitting for enhanced directional control.

VELA marketed by MGS www.mgstaps.com

An iconic design from MGS, the Vela LD series is inspired by commercial "pull-down" style kitchen faucets, offering the same experience for home chefs. The handheld spray features a highly functional spring neck for maximum flexibility and reach with a support arm to hold the spout in place. In addition, the hand spray features a dual spray option of shower or aerated stream.

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SALUS marketed by Stone Forest www.stoneforest.com

This Salus potting sink comes in two finishes with angled sides for stand-alone or above counter use. It is pre-drilled with one faucet hole, customers may require more if necessary.

VAULT marketed by Kohler www.us.kohler.com

Vault offers reliability and crisp, contemporary style, with rearoriented drains for ease of use, and deep 9-inch basins to accommodate oversize cookware. Vault is available in both singleand double-bowl models and can be under-mounted or topmounted, depending on your style and functionality preferences. Vault apron-front models offer a unique combination of traditional farmhouse style with the sleekness of stainless steel. Select sinks feature a Self-TrimmingŽ edge for easy and precise installation, and the short, 7� apron model allows you to keep your existing cabinetry.

EVIER LI915SGD marketed by SMEG www.smeg.fr

The SMEG ELITE sink flush is an aesthetically stunning piece, requiring a minimum furniture under sink 60 cm. Measuring 90 cm, this sink comes with a right drainer and is made of stainless steel and mirrored glass plates.

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COPPER marketed by The www.tch.net

Contemporary Home

A copper Kitchen storage rack that comes complete with a storage basket and a set of hooks. Stylish and minimalistic with a touch of Victoriana. A timeless piece of utilitarian design that will stand the test of time. Perfect for accessorising vintage kitchens and bathrooms.

ROSETTE ITALIA marketed by Asia Co www.asiaco.com.ph

Rosette Italia All Purpose Wire Basket is an ideal solution to organize all of your utensils and accessories in the kitchen. It comes in different sizes and can be installed wall to wall or with stand. Made of stainless steel, durable and easy to clean. Functional organizing solution for your kitchen that is guaranteed to last long. Wire basket with full extension pull-out drawer guides for easy accessibility.

MARBLE marketed by Not Another Bill www.notanotherbill.com

A seriously luxurious hamper that contains some of the highest quality treats for your kitchen. The marble and brass edition includes an Arabescato marble chopping board, a brass measuring jug and set of measuring spoons for precision chefs, a marble pinch pot and spoon for salt or spice and the most elegant brass and marble kitchen roll holder to grace any work top.It’s a perfect collection for the discerning homemaker. Each hamper comes in a beautiful plywood crate printed with our signature graphics.

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show preview|international furniture fair singapore 2017

9 – 12 March 2017 Hall 1 to 6, Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre Singapore

M&O Asia 2015 Courtesy of M&O

The International Furniture Fair Singapore, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and the newly rebranded Nook Asia, is regarded by industry experts as Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design-led exhibition. With over three decades of experience since its inaugural event in 1981, the IFFS/AFS remains the most distinctive channel for regional and international companies to penetrate the global market. Together, the events – IFFS/AFS and Nook Asia – will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors, as well as offer an unparalleled outreach and access to the latest technological machinery development to the highly dynamic market, and attract a healthy and well-represented attendance of trade buyers and visitors from the entire furniture ecosystem and value chain. To make it a holistic trade event, the various design initiatives – SingaPlural, Design STARS, International Designer Showcase, Furniture Design Award, and Design Seminars – offer added depth and dimension to this Singapore-anchored trade event, raising its profile as a show not-to-be-missed in the industry calendar.

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The themes look at sources of inspiration, and how creating designs that are relevant to the trends of today connects inspiration to trade. The three themes are: Smart Living, Convivial and Design Forward. Smart Living is designing of furniture and spaces that go beyond aesthetics, to challenge the way we see furniture and how it enables people. With a deep understanding of the users, the environment and context, and meaningful incorporation of new technology, design can “think for the users” and empower them to live better. Convivial In the twilight of a society based on data, people increasingly place value on experiences, emotion and interaction. Convivial revolves around how the design of furniture and spaces can help people to fulfil their emotional needs by bringing them together and encouraging interaction and companionship. Design Forward Drawing from trends, design, and principles from outside of furniture and interior design, Design Forward examines sources of inspiration and how to use them as catalysts to drive new ideas and fresh perspectives to create design forward pieces. At IFFS 2017, attendees can expect to see collections presented by a comprehensive portfolio of first-rate exhibitors from all over the world, and to be exposed to more design-centric elements across the show floor. Through various showcases, thematic installations, and more, IFFS’ design-rich environment will inspire greater ideas and encourage more collaboration. In addition, visitors can discover up-and-coming designers and new brands hailing from Singapore and beyond, alongside returning exhibitors and industry veterans. This is aligned with the organiser’s aim to create a carefully-curated boutique show that focuses on the quality of brands on showcase and the content on offer.

“A successful trade event entails more than just providing exhibitors and visitors with a common space to mingle,” said Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd. “With that in mind, and taking into consideration feedback from the industry, we decided that a multi-faceted trade event with a more diverse exhibitor profile and design-rich environment would meet the business and creative needs of attendees at IFFS more adequately.” New Pavilions New for 2017, IFFS welcomes the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia Pavilion to the inaugural Nook Asia event. Organised in partnership with EU Business Avenues in South East Asia – a business support programme for Europe-based SMEs to establish business collaborations through business matchmaking and support services, the pavilion is expected to house 50 design & interior companies from across the European Union (EU) on the Contemporary European Design business mission. European companies are known for their excellent craftsmanship and innovative ideas, and are often recognised as top trendsetters within the global furniture industry. The inclusion of the EU Pavilion is expected to enhance the design quotient at Nook Asia. Also new is the Brand Franchise Pavilion that is devoted to furniture & furnishing franchisors, and caters specially to brands that are exploring international franchise expansion. Yet another new feature area is the Upholstery Pavilion that houses a curated lineup of exhibitors with upholstery offerings. Participating companies include Alexander & James, Asiades, Bellagio Asia, Hugo by Yew Hoong, and NS Furniture.

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Design-centric Showcases Returning to IFFS, the Outdoor Boulevard is a dedicated area for exhibitors with garden and/or outdoor offerings to showcase their best. Here, visitors get as close to experiencing the outdoors as possible within an indoor setting. The Design STARS Showcase is also slated to make a comeback next year, featuring product debuts by design talents from around the world. In addition, IFFS 2017 will see the introduction of a unique experiential zone that is designed to titillate the senses of visitors by providing a visual extravaganza. This feature area will be curated by acclaimed local designer, Nathan Yong, and will bring together a group of exhibitors who will each present their best offerings under a collective theme. A central cafÊ and bar will also be incorporated to the zone to foster closer interactions amongst exhibitors and visitors. IFFS Elite Club For the first time, IFFS will feature Elite Club, an exclusive invitationonly initiative that is designed for key decision makers representing the movers and shakers of the industry. Membership is extended only to a select group of buyers and exhibitors who are carefully evaluated against stringent criteria. Elite Club members will be offered a range of quality benefits and perks befitting this ultimate level of membership, such as access to Elite Club’s Concierge and Lounge, refreshments, complimentary WiFi, and other premium services. More highlights will be announced at a later date. Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre is the official venue for International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia. A top-ranked venue in Asia and the largest purpose-built MICE facility in the lion city, Singapore Expo is simply the best platform for IFFS/AFS to stage its annual show. IFFS/AFS will occupy Halls 1-6 during the four-day fair, utilising 60,000 sqm space.

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show review|buildtech 2016

18 - 20 October 2016 Singapore EXPO Hall 3 & MAX Atria Singapore

BuildTech Asia 2016 unveils transformation of building and construction sector through technology and Building-IoT The sixth edition of BuildTech Asia 2016, the region’s leading trade show for the building and construction industry, recorded an increased visitor attendance of 35% over the three-day event. Organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the annual trade show was held from 18 to 20 October, inconjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW). Over 100 exhibiting brands showcased the latest productive and cutting edge technologies from construction machinery to quality finishes, building and architectural solutions. Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) technology were also on display alongside 3D concrete printers, immersive Big Data and Virtual Reality applications. Some 7000 visitors from 32 countries had the opportunity to learn about the future of construction with the use of applied technology and building materials.

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Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, graced the opening of the Singapore Construction Productivity Week and BuildTech Asia. He announced that the Singapore government is committed to help firms harness the full potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Design Construction to improve collaboration and enhance the construction management process. Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “The pace of digital transformation in this domain is accelerating across multiple sectors within construction. We are very pleased that BuildTech Asia, in its sixth year, has continued to attract strong interest and support from exhibitors and visitors alike and we hope that the increasing uptake of these technologies will spur the construction industry towards greater productivity.” “BuildTech Asia provides a good learning experience to understand more about the building space and its evolution over the years. We are also happy to note that the trade platform now plays a strong role in bridging knowledge gaps through its’ ancillary conferences and associated trade activities. This is the future of the built environment industry and BuildTech Asia is at the very heart of it.” Thirty-five key technologies under seven R&D clusters were identified to enable the built environment sector to sustain productivity improvements in the long term. These areas include Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), automated equipment and robotics, infocomm technology, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), 3D printing, advanced construction materials and productive solutions for civil engineering works. Additionally, BCA’s announcement to fund $2 million for four research projects will focus on solutions that drive DfMA in the sector with much on-site construction works shifted to off-site prefabrication and automation in a factory environment as well as improving integration across the construction value chain. Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA, said that the built environment sector needs to constantly develop and harness innovations and new technologies to improve construction productivity and resource efficiencies, given the tightened manpower supply in this sector. This shift in approach will result in better job creation in the sector. Visitors were delighted to see the array of exhibits demonstrating best practices in productivity and sustainability. Alfred Griffioen, founding partner at Alliance Experts, said: “Professionals in this industry do not normally associate cutting edge technology with construction, but it is highly applicable. The exhibition this year included exciting technology elements such as a 3D concrete printer, a crane that doesn’t sway and a booth which, aided by Virtual Reality applications, gave a walk through experience in a project that hasn’t yet been brought to life. I would encourage anyone in this sector to attend BuildTech Asia to get a feel of the current landscape and its emerging trends in the future.” Strengthening knowledge-based platforms for regional exchange As Singapore is in a leadership position as a hub for developing Southeast Asian markets such as Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, BuildTech Asia plays a facilitation role in knowledge sharing. Some 100 trade delegates were present at site visits to the BCA Skylab, a state-of-the-art rotatable test facility pivotal to developing innovative energy efficient building technologies as well as a construction site for a residential estate comprising of nine blocks of 22 storey buildings. This site is the

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first in Singapore to implement the use of productive technologies such as Prefabricated Volumetric Construction (PVC) modules for three blocks, conventional 2-D precast panels for the remaining six blocks and the use of Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBUs) for all units. The project is based on first generation (Concrete PVC) proposal using columns, beams and slabs.

PIA 2016 is an industry-led initiative designed to raise productivity in the construction sector through a ground-up approach for innovative ideas that aims to generate significant improvements at the workplace. Three winners were announced at the Environmental Sustainability Conference, held on 20 October, in conjunction with BuildTech Asia.

Property developers are creating customer-centric one-to-one (O2O) experience through sensor technology, Internet of Things, cloud, RFID technology, social media and data analytics to develop touchpoints with consumers. The inaugural Building Internet of Things Asia (B-IoT Asia) Conference, by a panel of well-respected speakers from the region, demonstrated how such knowledge and technology can be applied and how buildings can be constructed to cater for evolving technology requirements. Delegates engaged in deep discussions on how to apply technologies like Big Data and Internet of Things to the building and construction sector.

The winners were: • Gold: Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd - Innovative Drain (iDrain) – The Durable Reusable ECM Drain • Silver: Samwoh Corporation Pte Ltd - Productive and Green Solution for Pavement Retexturing & Spillage Removal • Bronze: S C Ang Consortium Pte Ltd - GNSS for Piling Project

The Environment Sustainability Conference educated delegates on how to think, build and operate ‘Green’. Speakers showed building information modelling (BIM) that can pave the way to creating a building sustainably; how machine-based learning contributes to energy management; and how to design with a view to achieving Green Mark 2015 certification. The Conference also discussed how acting sustainably while constructing a building was as important as creating a building that is inherently sustainable. Forging productive practices in innovative construction from ground up Innovation and technology have strong impact on a company’s productivity. The inaugural SCAL Productivity and Innovation Awards (PIA) 2016 which took place at BuildTech Asia saw some 1000 visitors cast their votes on 10 finalists for the coveted Productivity & Innovation Awards by Singapore Construction Association Limited (SCAL).

All winning organisations acknowledged the significance of this award in encouraging the industry to strive towards innovative work processes through a ground-up approach. Ariola Ruel Penaflor, Head, Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd, who clinched the gold award, said: “The Productivity & Innovation Award (PIA) is an excellent platform for construction companies to come together and showcase their latest innovations and developments. Winning the gold brings us one step closer to commercialising our drain system and we hope to see the industry benefitting from this recyclable and reusable model. The iDrain will be a game-changer, by reducing wastage and manpower with its extreme sustainability. This award has given companies like us various opportunities to create impactful changes in the building scene from our small ideas.” Mr Kenneth Loo, President of Singapore Construction Limited (SCAL), said: “We are happy to note that the inaugural PIA Awards kicked off to a good start in our efforts to drive productivity and innovation to a different level in the built environment sector. The award has provided professionals with something to look at and something to move forward with in practice. It recognises these efforts as important and integral to build a productive culture

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from the grounds up, allowing practitioners greater involvement in their efforts to increase productivity and innovative solutions. BuildTech Asia provides the ideal platform to showcase and broadcast these ideas and prototypes within the industry, in line with government collaborations in this sector. SCAL will be happy to explore continued involvement as we strive to grow and develop the awards with a common vision towards driving productivity and innovation.” Forging partnerships and collaborations in SMART construction Besides exploring the latest technologies and materials, delegates and exhibitors fostered new business relationships as well as commercial partnerships at BuildTech Asia. The trade exhibition was well received as it generated qualified leads for the exhibitors and much needed awareness for vendors in an industry that may otherwise not offer a lot of visibility. Visitors saw a wide range of new innovations that could help them gain construction productivity and reduce manpower expenses at the Public Sector Co-ordinated Pavilion, amongst exhibiting country pavilions and exhibiting companies. Five government agencies - LTA, HDB, IMDA, HDB and NTU, showcased cutting edge and future technologies which were used within their respective organisations. BuildTech Asia 2016 also provided a conducive springboard for exhibiting companies to launch new products, services and technologies into the local and international market. Various industry players announced new initiatives and partnerships aimed at elevating construction productivity in Singapore and the region: • Bointec, a Taiwanese company, launched their latest IoT product, HC818K, aims to launch it in the Southeast Asian (SEA) market. • In its second return to BuildTech Asia, FINALCAD announced a USD20m funding to help expand its suite of services in SEA. This new round of funding aims to assist the development of new technology such as object recognition, predictive analytics and augmented reality and complements their existing mobile apps in BIM for the field. • Korean company, Two Cap, launched a patented dual cap protector for the first time in Singapore and around the region. This product meets the standards of most countries in Asia and Europe. BuildTech Asia will return to the Singapore Expo in October 2017. Premium spaces are now available. Organisations which are keen to exhibit at BuildTech Asia 2017 are welcome to reserve their spaces early. 126


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