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Contents OCTOBER 2018

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SPACES

ON THE COVER PHOTO BY

Colin Poole for Gap Interiors

Dare to show off your true colours with an eye-catching mural.

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HOT FADS

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Product and event debuts

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Shape up A handsome pairing

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Furniture makers Brandon Heng and Gay Zheng Cai, and grille designer Eugene Yip

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Hip Japanese diner Tokidon

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CHARACTER PLAY

A fun abode filled with bright colours and standout features

GREEN WITH ENVY

Unexpected materials and colours define this unique condominium unit

A SCANDI WELCOME

Get inspired by a family home swathed in earthy tones and unexpected pops of colour

TROPICAL GETAWAY

A neutral palette of white and woodgrains impart a cosy vibe to this timelessly chic home

NEW HORIZONS

Tour an open concept lofted apartment that boasts a minimalist appearance


OCTOBER 2018

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SIMPLE

54 SOLUTIONS

Scene-stealing feature wall ideas

58 SQUAREROOMS AWARDS

The most comfortable bedding essentials crowned in the SquareRooms Awards: Comfort Edition

106 PRO ADS

Intelligent interior design solutions from our advertisers

117 RESOURCES ID and shop listings

120 SHORTCUT

A creative way to display your books and magazines

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DEPARTMENTS 36 STYLE

Haute hues to dress up your dwelling

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Mood enhancing furniture and accessories

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Colourful and fun DIY projects to enhance your everyday objects

10 OCT


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EDITOR’SNOTE

Have you ever stepped into a space and feel instantly relaxed? Supporters of colour psychology believe that the colours in a room can have an effect on people’s moods and perceptions. A bedroom swathed in pastel blue, for instance, has a soothing impression that is purported to aid sleep. On the other hand, a bright yellow kitchen will energize the spirits and bring about cheer, perfect for kick-starting the day on the bright note.

Also in this issue is our second SquareRooms Awards. This time we are rounding up the best bedding and bedroom accessories. Find out which mattresses, pillows and bed linen made the cut in the SquareRooms Awards: Comfort Edition on pg 58!

Whether or not you subscribe to colour psychology or feng shui, there is no

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Colour your world

Even in feng shui, colours play an important role in directing energy around the home. Used in conjunction with the energy map of a space, the right colours can foster balance, growth and abundance. For example, red in feng shui represents energy and excitement and can be used living rooms to encourage luck and happiness. On the other hand, green is the colour of renewal, and can be used in the kitchen to promote good health.

denying that colour can enhance the look of your interiors. Incorporating colour into your home doesn’t have to mean covering it entirely in eye-popping hues. Even if it’s a soft blue wall or a few bright pops of colour, they can add visual interest to a space. In this issue of SquareRooms, we tell you how to cleverly introduce colour into your abode. From the hottest paint trends (pg 36) to colourful furnishings (pg 42), we have all the details on how you can add some colour to your home.


HOTNEWS

DENMARK

STYLE CONSCIENCE As an eco-conscious design brand, Mater prides itself in ensuring that all products are made with sustainable or ethically sourced materials. Crafted in Europe, the Rocker and Nestor chairs are elegant pieces made with sustainable FSC certified woods which seek to engage homeowners in ecofriendly thinking. In addition to the quality designs and great craftsmanship, each piece of furniture also exemplifies the brand’s continuing commitment to aesthetics, durability and comfort. www.materdesign.com

DENMARK

MODULAR STYLE

Each year, Danish furniture maker Montana launches a new collection of ready-made storage furniture that helps amplify the reliability of their self-developed Montana calculation system. The Collection IV pieces launched this year reflect the changing needs for storage as they cater to the trend of displaying our personal stories and style. Available in 36 modules, four depths and 42 lacquered colours, you are sure to find the perfect piece that will fit like a glove. www.montana.dk

16 OCT

AU S T R A L I A

CREATURE COMFORTS If you’re looking for stylish and sustainably made pet furniture, online store Nice Paws is a good place to start. Created out of love for their four-legged family member, founders Bec and Nelson’s aim was to simplify the search by having the best pet products, produced around the globe, all in one place and at your fingertips. Products available are ethically handmade in small batches with durable recycled materials for non-edible items and organic ingredients for edible items. www.nicepaws.com.au


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HOTNEWS

GOOD DESIGN

With a belief that well-thought-out designs have a profound impact on living standards, local furniture store Stitch & Kit stocks luxurious, refined and comfortable pieces to complement stylish spaces. Made from top quality materials like leather, velvet and quartz, the sofas and dining sets are timeless classics that offer both form and function to design-savvy homeowners. Some highlights from the collection include the Mezzo sofa, an elegant piece clad in luxurious velvet, and the gorgeous Yetz dining table made with smooth grey veined white quartz. 12 Arumugam Road, #01-02 LTC Building B, tel: 6741 1488, www.stitchkit.com.sg

PRACTICAL MINIMALISM The Republic of Fritz Hansen recently collaborated with Japanese design studio Nendo to come up with the N01 dining chair, a contemporary wooden chair that boasts the best of Danish and Japanese aesthetics and purity. Combining the characteristics of a Fritz Hansen stacking chair with a minimalist look and detailed design, the chair’s construction is cleverly crafted with precision. Available at The House of W.Atelier, 75 Bukit Timah Road, #01-01 Boon Siew Building , tel: 6270 8828, www.watelier.com

NATURAL LOOK Leading quartz surfaces brand Silestone has added five new colours to its Eternal Collection. The Bianco Calacatta, Classic Calacatta, Desert Silver, Eternal Emperador and Eternal Marfil surfaces are the first in Silestone’s offerings that have veining and highlights that run completely through the material, which gives the surfaces a look of unparalleled natural beauty. Manufactured in large formats for versatility of application, the surfaces are also highly resistant to impact and scratches. For more information, visit www.silestone.com.sg

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Technology Behind the Breeze

Airis 5Blades White

Airis 3Blades

Dark Wood

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Artiste Ambassador For Crestar

Artis 3Blades Black

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HOTNEWS

FURNITURE UPGRADE

STIMULATE YOUR SENSES Combining function and art in one product, Aesop’s first Brass Oil Burner is crafted from solid brass which weighs a substantial one kilogram. Equally pleasing and practical, the oil burner’s unique design is inspired by the imperfections found in nature and the process of casting molten metal, while the curved form is intended to cradle heat. Alongside this release, Aesop has also launched the Béatrice Oil Burner Blend, a woody, citrus scent that features notes of vetiver, cedarwood atlas and patchouli. Available at Aesop stores and online at www.aesop.com/sg

FLEX YOUR STYLE As the home is an extension of the homeowner, it’s especially important to style your home with your own uniqueness. The new Bosch VarioStyle freezer-fridge combination lets you do just that thanks to changeable door panels that come in 19 expressive colours and a convenient snap-on attachment system that requires no external tools. Coupled with uncompromising and efficient interior performance, this refrigerator sure ticks the boxes in both the style and function departments. Available at major home appliance and electronics stores

20 OCT

Functionality and contemporary style go hand-in-hand in the new furniture collection by BoConcept. Among the recent arrivals is an updated version of the best-selling Adelaide chair and barstool variants in two height options. The dining chair gets a new upholstered look with on-trend wrinkled finish which adds an extra touch of luxury to its timeless design. 290 Orchard Road, #04-01/02/03 Paragon, tel: 6736 0777, www.boconcept.com


HOTNEWS

COMPLEMENTARY ART

The King Living Art Collection is the result of a collaboration between King Living and internationally-acclaimed fashion and portrait photographer, Nick Leary. It includes stylish, elegant artwork that complement a range of interiors. Showcasing Nick’s creative ability and intrinsic eye for beauty, this art series explores King Living’s rich history through the artist’s unique lens in six collections - Springs, Patterns, Mesh, Monochrome, Feathers and Modular. It’s a gorgeous addition to have in any modern home! 22 Kallang Avenue, #01-00, Hong Aik Building, tel: 6805 4198, www.kingliving.com.sg

ERGONOMIC INNOVATION

ARTISANAL CRAFT Looking for a way to give your home a unique and arty look without compromising quality? Inspired by the primitive geometrical shapes and symbols found in cultures around the world, Ethnicraft Online’s new Ancestors collection is a modern take on traditional crafts. Pairing contemporary design with cultural heritage, the collection transcends the boundary between the past and present. Each piece of furniture is designed and transformed into an eye-catching work of art that is carefully hand-carved by artisans. 72 Eunos Avenue 7, #05-01 Singapore Handicrafts Building, tel: 9272 2656, www.ethnicraft-online.com.sg

22 OCT

Cleaning technology brand Karcher has launched three new products that are innovative, user-friendly and ergonomic. To address busy homeowner’s demands for hassle-free cleaning, the new VC 5 cordless vacuum cleaner features a switchable dry floor nozzle to provide users ease of cleaning, while the lightweight and versatile VC 4i is able to function as an upright vacuum cleaner and a handheld vacuum cleaner. The brand also released the eco-friendly SC 2 Deluxe steam cleaner that offers an array of applications for the home, from floor cleaning to kitchen and appliance cleaning to ensure hygienic, efficient and chemical-free sanitisation on a variety of surfaces and materials. Available at major home appliance and electronics stores


HOTNEWS

BATHROOM CHIC

FEEL NO BURN Receive a relief from ironing pains with Philips’ firstever no-burn iron. With a beautiful rose gold finishing, the Philips PerfectCare Expert Plus pressurised steam generator iron features a patented OptimalTEMP technology that guarantees no burns on all ironable fabrics. Coupled with unparalleled speed and protection, the PerfectCare Expert Plus also provides comfort for the user as its ultra-lightweight form allows for easy ironing, reducing wrist strain. Its minimal weight makes it easy for vertical steaming of curtains and hanging clothes too! Available at major home appliance and electronics stores

QUALITY CRAFT The beautiful points of teak wood are its durability and elegant appearance. Clantree encapsulates this with their development of innovative teak furniture that gets more beautiful with age. Their products are designed to be passed on, ensuring that each furniture continues to benefit society and preserve nature. Every piece goes through a rigorous furniture-making process by experienced craftsmen, which adheres to their devotion in delivering guaranteed world-class quality furniture that doesn’t just look perfect but feels perfect too. Available at Homes65, 65 Mohamed Sultan Road, tel: 6842 7266, www.homes65.sg

24 OCT

Victoria + Albert has launched a new accessory that will allow homeowners to emulate the look of bathrooms found in boutique hotels. The Metallo Quartz collection features washstands designed by Italian design duo, Meneghello Paolelli Associati, that are made with polished chrome finishing and topped with durable quartz finishes with undermounted basins. These designs not only add character to any bathroom design, it also makes the bathroom vanity area all the more functional. For more information, visit www.vandabaths.com


HOTFADS 2

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shape UP Keep your interiors looking sharp with these geometry inspired accents

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1. JOHANNE throw, $49 at IKEA 2. Bolia In-circles pendant lamp, from $1,472 at Kuhl Home 3. Grey geometric pot by Pasinga, $28.30 at Etsy 4. One candlestick, $60 at BoConcept 5. Edea hexagon side table, $179 at HipVan 6. Cartagena nest of table, $645 at BoConcept 7. Geometric backpack by Standerswo, $69 at Etsy 8. Juul 954 sofa, from $4,636 at Kuhl Home

26 OCT


[ ADVERTORIAL ]

STYLE MEETS SUBSTANCE Samsung’s sleek-looking HW-NW700 soundbar delivers sound that promises to transform your home theatre experience

Audio systems in the past were all about function. But these days, advanced technology has allowed speakers and soundbars to boast streamlined forms without compromising on sound quality. One such product is the Samsung HW-NW700 soundbar. Created for homeowners who value aesthetics and functionality in equal measures, the sleekly designed audio equipment is the perfect complement to any wall-mounted television, resulting in a stylish home entertainment suite.

SLIM AND SLEEK DESIGN

DISTORTION-FREE ZONE

Measuring at 53.5mm in depth, the HW-NW700 soundbar is 41 per cent slimmer than its predecessor, making it Samsung’s slimmest soundbar for 2018. As a complement to any wall-mounted TV, this decrease in size allows the soundbar to be seamlessly integrated into the living room. Additionally, the svelte design bridges the need for a visually pleasing sound system, allowing the equipment to be viewed by homeowners as a piece of art as much as it is a television sound boosting bar.

As a successor to the award-winning MS650 Sound+ model, the HW-NW700 soundbar has been incorporated with several sound-enhancing features. One such feature is the innovative distortion-cancelling technology. This smart function is designed to detect distortions that may occur during the time sound travels to the ends of the speakers and makes adjustments accordingly before before it happens, leaving users with smooth, distortion-free bass tones.

IMMERSIVE LISTENING EXPERIENCE

TRULY CONNECTED NETWORK

Despite its compact size, the HW-NW700 soundbar doesn’t sacrifice on performance. Dedicated to producing the optimum audio output, the slim audio equipment’s interior encompasses three speaker channels and a subwoofer that not only direct sounds towards the listener but around the room as well. Even without an external subwoofer, the resulting sound is dynamic and rich, providing a balanced and detailed audio output all while perfectly complementing minimalist interiors.

Homes are becoming increasingly smart, and this IOTenabled soundbar wants you to take your connected living to the next level. Sync the soundbar to your mobile devices and tablets through Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi and you’ll be able to stream and enjoy music in top audio quality anywhere. Additionally, with Alexa compatibility, users can also control the soundbar hands free using voice control.

VISIT WWW.SAMSUNG.COM/SG/AUDIO-VIDEO/SOUNDBAR-NW700 TO FIND OUT MORE


HOTFADS

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1. Brabbu Surma rug, POA at Rug’Society 2. FOTO pendant lamp, $29.90 at IKEA 3. Glass water bottle, $39.90 at kikki.K 4. V&A Collection geo navy bowl, $17.70 at Creative Tops 5. Bolia Between sofa, from $2,369 at Kuhl Home 6. Tear flowerpot, $95 at BoConcept 7. Bolia Orb floor lamp, from $1,824 at Kuhl Home 8. Bronze cushion, $195 at BoConcept 9. Oxford two-drawer nightstand, $1,599 at Crate & Barrel

28 OCT


[ ADVERTORIAL ]

QUARTZ CENTRAL

Caesarstone’s new showroom has all your surface needs sorted

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hings have just got a whole lot more convenient for homeowners who are looking to update their home with quality surfaces. Leading developer and manufacturer of premium quality quartz surfaces, Caesarstone, has set up an inspirational gallery-like space that allows its clientele to fully experience the elegance and beauty of all its products on offer. Conveniently located at Suntec City Mall Tower 3 in the heart of the bustling Marina Bay precinct, the impressive Caesarstone Experience Centre is fronted by fullheight fully see-through glass doors that incite curiosity amongst passersby. Inside, there is an air of wonder, akin to that of an art gallery. Spanning over 10-metres, large wall panels of quartz in every colour are mounted along the perimeters of the showroom, which shines a spotlight on the stylishness of the collection. Reminiscent of art installations,

customers can marvel at long-standing choices like the 5031 Statuario Maximus and the 5104 Tuscan Dawn, as well as the brand’s latest design releases – from the Metropolitan Collection’s 4033 Rugged Concrete to the 5043 Montblanc from the Supernatural Collection. Recognising that customers often need to see a product in action before making a purchase, the Experience Centre also showcases a variety of

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built-ins that apply the brand’s offerings as part of their construction. Particularly of note is the fully operable kitchen island – complete with a Bosch downdraft hood, induction hob and microwave oven – that’s placed in the middle of the showroom. Constructed with the ever popular 5143 White Attica from the Supernatural Collection, the stylish island unit also encompasses a state of the art visualiser tool and touchscreen technology that customers can use to visualise their preferred Caesarstone colours. Open daily from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, customers can also count on the expertise of the showroom specialists, who are on hand to assist with all design and colour selections for your home’s surfaces. With such an extensive range of colours, styles and textures on offer, the new Caesarstone Experience Centre is definitely a must visit for anyone looking to design, build or renovate their own unique space.


HOTWHO

BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECE By paying close attention to every

detail, the duo manages to ensure that each product is perfectly suited to their clients’ needs.

TUTORIALS. WHAT WAS THAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE LIKE? In an ideal world, we would UNCONVENTIONAL ENTREPRENEURS Brandon and Zheng Cai

started Herman Furniture as an exploration into how technology and traditional crafts can come together to create something surprising.

BRANDON HENG AND GAY ZHENG CAI,

furniture makers

We find out from the co-founders of Herman Furniture on how they got their start in the furniture business INTERVIEW Germaine Cheah PHOTOS Herman Furniture

HERMAN FURNITURE SPECIALISES IN LIVE EDGE TABLES. WHAT DOES “LIVE EDGE” MEAN?

Live edge is a carpentry style that embraces the natural contours of the tree. Unlike standard solid wood tables where multiple pieces of wood are jointed together with a straight edge, live edge tables are created using a single slab of wood, thereby preserving the natural edge of the wood slab. These details vary from tree to tree and actually gives you an insight of the tree’s origin and history, making each piece truly unique.

anchors a space more than complicated designs. And this is what we try to achieve with each of our live edge tables. WHAT IS IT ABOUT SUAR WOOD THAT DREW YOU TO WORKING WITH IT? We chose to work

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Aesthetically, we have always

with Suar wood because each and every piece is uniquely beautiful. Unlike mahogany or teak which has very predictable grains, Suar wood’s grain, tone and gradient varies widely. These patterns are a reflection of the environment the tree grew in and carries with it the “essence” of its origins. Also, being a fast-growing rainforest tree, Suar comes in a wide range of sizes to work with.

been a fan of simplicity. We believe one sleek and strong statement piece speaks volumes and

YOUR FORAY INTO CARPENTRY AND WOODWORKING STARTED WITH YOUTUBE

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have loved to enter the business with a mentor’s guidance. However, the industry is rather small and being outsiders to the business, we didn’t really know where else to begin. YouTube was the go-to first step, and the online tutorials gave us an introduction to the basics and helped us ask the right questions. As we progressed and learned the vocab of the industry, we also came across generous veterans who were willing to share their knowledge with us. From there, it was a lot of experimentation and prototyping. A big part of carpentry is about precision and attention to details, so we had to pay attention to every little thing. Noting down what worked and what didn’t across many late nights, we eventually worked our way towards the Herman signature process that we are so proud of now.

READ MORE ABOUT HERMAN FURNITURE ON WWW.SQUAREROOMS.COM.SG

AGAINST THE GRAIN The designers have an affinity for Suar wood, where each piece is uniquely beautiful with varying grains, tones and gradients.


[ ADVERTORIAL ]

The new kitchen made for cooking by Franke

PERSONAL SOUS CHEF

The ONYX Collection of kitchen appliances from Franke is a must-have for all foodies and avid home cooks

With the ability to transform ordinary ingredients into delicious dishes and everyday moments into precious memories, the kitchen is, without a doubt, a magical and wonderful place. More than just a combination of various appliances and equipment, a kitchen should have its own distinct style and personality that makes each moment in the space worth sharing. Here are 3 reasons why the state-of-the-art ONYX Collection from kitchen appliances manufacturer Franke will provide you with an enhanced cooking experience. Here are 3 reasons why the state-of-the-art ONYX Collection from kitchen appliances manufacturer Franke will provide you with an enhanced cooking experience. It comes with a dynamic kitchen duo There’s no denying the importance heat plays in our daily lives, and things are no different  when it comes to  cooking. Before  your delicious  dishes hit the dining table, the ingredients have to go through a  steady

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and consistent heat source for flavours to be fully brought out. Unlike traditional burners, the ones from the ONYX range feature a breakthrough triple fire-distribution innovation. This means that each flame on the triple-ring burner is kept in a separate, independently controlled fire zone, allowing for a more even distribution of heat to result in evenly-cooked dishes. To counter the smells and odours that result from heavy cooking sessions, every good cook knows a good quality hood is necessary for keeping your kitchen clean and fresh day after day, especially in an open-concept kitchen. Encompassing a new Umbrella Air Suction structure that is designed according to the rules of aerodynamics, ONYX hoods are engineered to extract kitchen  fumes immediately upon emission, leaving the air quality in your home pollution-free. A multipurpose oven meets all your cooking requirements Whether used for preparing hearty Sunday roasts, BBQ grilling or baking sweet treats the oven is one of the most versatile appliances in the kitchen. Providing 360º heat and precise temperature control complemented by 10 different heating modes, ONYX ovens are able to meet the needs of users across all cooking purposes. Afraid of accidentally scalding yourself

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on the hot oven door? Don’t be, for the triple-layer insulated glass and the smart anti-dry-burning function effectively prevents scalding. And with a child-lock function, inquisitive children will also be protected from any accidental incidents, making the kitchen a safe space for both young and old alike. It promises hassle-free clean-ups Even as your home-cooked dinner session draws to a close, it doesn’t mean the work is finished for there is still a stack of greasy utensils and equipment waiting in the sink to be washed. Dreading that chore? Well, what if you can simply press a button and watch the dishes “clean themselves”? Equipped with a super-efficient double swirling and jet-washing system, ONYX dishwashers are able to wash and sanitise your tableware and cookware at the same time. Measuring 60cm x 60cm, they can easily fit into cabinets of various heights too. The ONYX Collection truly embodies a great design concept. Coupling a timeless and elegant design aesthetic and professional cooking functions that  elevate the overall quality of life, the new range of kitchen appliances is the perfect accompaniment for all  busy working professionals who still want to share their love for great food with the ones they hold dearest.


HOTWHO

EUGENE YIP, grille designer We speak to the interior-turned-industrial designer on how he hopes to preserve a part of Singapore’s architectural history with his own line of metal grilles INTERVIEW Germaine Cheah PHOTOS Eugene Yip & Teetfa

OLD-SCHOOL INSPIRATION

Eugene loves paying homage to vintage design through his creations.

MULTIPLE USES Teetfa’s grilles are not only for gates and windows but can be used as a divider or screen.

architectural or interior feature will inject a touch of craftsmanship and, in many cases because of the design, a sense of nostalgia. HOW ARE THE GRILLES MADE? The grilles are

made by manually bending or curving flat metal bars of the desired size, and then welding such parts into a pattern module. Multiple sets of such modules are made and then welded into a full panel based on the custom size. IS THERE ANY DESIGN OUT OF THE COLLECTION THAT STRIKES A PARTICULAR CHORD WITH YOU?

I love ‘50s designs because they have a timeless charm, which is to be a definition of good design and the aim of all my interior design works. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH YOUR LINE OF HANDCRAFTED METAL GRILLES? It would METAL MAN The designer’s foray into producing metal grilles are driven by an aim to make our building landscape more exciting and charming.

HOW DID THE IDEA FOR TEETFA COME ABOUT? It came about because I could not

CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE MEANING BEHIND YOUR BRAND’S NAME? Teetfa is

find a metal workshop to produce a grille gate I wanted for an interior design project. My project supervisor had almost a decade of metalwork experience before he joined my practice, and he decided to take up the challenge to make one himself. The result was very successful and we decided to produce a few more of such works. Before long, we had a collection of works and started Teetfa to revive traditional grille work and designs.

Cantonese for “metal flower” and has been a familiar term used by old tradesmen in the metal grille industry. Branding our works with a Cantonese name is a way of expressing the old-school nature of such craftwork and it also ties in with me being Cantonese.

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IN WHAT WAY DO YOU THINK GRILLES HELP TO SET THE TONE OF HOW OTHER PEOPLE VIEW A HOME? In an age where pre-fabricated products

are common metal grilles designed as part of an

be wonderful to bring such grille work back to our streetscape and neighbourhoods to restore character to our corridors and walkways. Gates and window grilles tend to be underappreciated as important architectural elements. Hopefully, Teetfa will help restore a sense of appreciation and hope for such craft to live on. WHAT’S NEXT IN THE PIPELINE FOR TEETFA?

Combining metal grille with wood for furniture, perhaps… if there’s enough time!

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Whet your appetite with a delectable beef bowl from hip Japanese diner Tokidon TEXT Jasmine Ong PHOTOS Tokidon

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long the busy business district of Singapore sit the same old dining options that bore the taste buds. Luckily, a new fast-casual dining concept has emerged to tantalise our taste buds. Brought to you by the folks behind sake gastrobar, Kabuke, Tokidon is a beef bowl eatery that is set to elevate the humble (and recently ubiquitous) rice bowl to new heights. Playfully decked out in neon lights that play off the interior’s deeper shades of blue and purple, it is almost reminiscent of an ‘80s video arcade. The inspiration behind the unique lighting of the restaurant stems from paying tribute to the convivial energy of nightfall in a cosmopolitan city. Alongside the engaging interior, the casual eatery is furnished with neutral-coloured high tables and bar stools to complement

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Truffle Wagyu Don

the theme and accommodate the crowd during busy hours. On top of being a dining spot, Tokidon also hawks unique merchandise and collectibles created by local artists. Their first line of official merchandise features an ensemble of 8-bit food key chains that invokes the eatery’s gourmet concept and lifestyle brand as well as

limited edition t-shirts designed by artist Mojoko. Fusing traditional Japanese recipes with contemporary flavour, the menu here is aimed at providing diners with premium quality beef bowls at friendly prices. The bowls feature only the best Grade 6 wagyu slices and Grade 9 sukiyaki wagyu prepared medium rare for optimum enjoyment. The four cuts of meat used are showcased daily at the counter to give customers a better understanding and appreciation towards the choice of meat they will be having. Their repertoire of beef bowls includes gyu don ($11.90), truffle tenderloin don ($15.90), wagyu sukiyaki don ($17.90) and wagyu

misozuke don ($23.90). Diners are also able to choose between cha soba, salad or Japanese rice as their base for free. To complement these gourmet bites is Tokidon’s selection of authentic Japanese canned drinks (from $2.90) or cup sakes ($11.90) that have been carefully selected by Kabuke’s in-house sake sommelier. Each sake had been chosen to pair particularly well with the beef bowls and customers are free to take home the collectible sake cups as part of their experience.

Tokidon 16 Raffles Quay #B1-33 Hong Leong Building tel: 9151 9572 www.tokidon.com


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HAUTE HUES INTRODUCING 4 FASHION-FORWARD PALETTES TO DRESS YOUR DWELLING TEXT Fidz Azmin

36 OCT


SHIFT TO NEUTRALS

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Pastels as neutrals may not be new in the world of interiors; but the palette that we’ve picked is far more versatile. It’s like the tints that you know and love, but softer and all grown up. These milky ice-cream colours are a touch duskier with a mood that is more toned down – without losing any of that trademark airiness. Think baby blues with a touch of grey or a smoky rose pink. This way, an all-neutral pad still gets to enjoy a subtle hit of colour – and depth – without steering out of theme.

SOFT SERVE Not all pinks are the same. This particular shade of smoky pink makes the perfect base coat for a monochrome room. It imbues just the right amount of warmth and lightness into it without trying to pry attention away from the pops of colour peppered around.

OCT 37


STYLE

COLOURS TO FALL FOR

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The transition between seasons marks the reveal of a palette signature to each time of the year. And autumnal colours prove to be the most spectacular. Its palette is earthy, rustic and warm; yet so richly pigmented such that it is striking enough to make a statement when applied indoors. Take a cue from hues like burnt orange, sienna, terracotta and deep golden brown. Don’t be afraid to use them all at once – subtle nuances between these shades give you liberty to do so confidently.

ORANGE POP Set against a contrasting backdrop of midnight blue, the reddish-orange glow of the chairs is tastefully exemplified.

38 OCT

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WARM AND TOASTY Without the earth-toned rugs and dining chairs in place, this neutral interior will feel stark and unwelcoming. Even the copper pendant takes on a patina that resembles this incandescent hue


The desire for us to connect with nature in an all-pervasive urban jungle persists in the coming year. Set the tone right in your sanctuary with deep moody greens like hunter, olive and dusky sage – colours guaranteed to bring to mind the lushness of the natural environment. Their restful vibe works well all throughout the home, but it’s best to use them in rooms that receive plenty of natural light because the hues are a tad dark. You could also mimic sunlight’s sparkle by adorning your dwelling with metallic accessories of gold and gilt. These shiny things are incidentally still the go-to jewellery for the interior come 2019.

TWICE AS GOOD Avoid overwhelming a small space by applying the colour on a feature wall or through accessories. Try this: leave half a wall in a contrasting pale hue to encourage the bounce of light around a petite room.

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GREEN HOUSE EFFECT

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TONE IT DOWN Bring the shade a notch down if you wish to swathe a larger part of your home with this botanicalinspired hue. Equip rooms with plenty of light and keep furnishings to a minimal for maximum impact.

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STYLE

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SEEING RED The energy of this dramatic shade brings much needed vivacity into this dim hallway. A glittering glass chandelier and golden accents help to further brighten things up.

BERRY PICKING

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Intense yet tasteful berry shades present a palette that appeals to the fearless. The idea is to pick one standout hue from the bounty that comprises rich cranberry red to deep burgundy. Then, team with a dusky neutral like charcoal or slate grey. Together, the power couple looks dramatic and luxe, yet it stirs up an atmosphere that feels meditative as opposed to one that’s overwhelming.

A DELICIOUS PAIR Like leaves of a berry bush, the couch in a light olive green makes an unexpectedly fresh juxtaposition against the attention-grabbing wall.

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SMALL BITES If you’re not ready to commit to a big-ticket item, start small. Try a rug, an artwork or dining chairs in a shade of berry that tickles your fancy.

OCT 41


STYLE+

OTOTO DESIGN JUNGLE SPOON $22.90 at Mrphy

[ EASY BEING GREEN ] Pay homage to the beauty of nature with botanical hues.

MOOD ENHANCERS FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES IN COLOURS THAT ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL TEXT & COORDINATION Rossara Jamil

BOSA CUT VASES POA at Vanilla Home SP01 CHEE CHAIR POA at Space Furniture

42 OCT

SP01 EILEEN TABLE POA at Space Furniture


DOOB OOMPH BEAN BAG from $289 at Mrphy

FRITZ HANSEN SERIES 7 CHAIR POA at W. Atelier

[ THE COLOUR PURPLE ] Let purple reign for a royal and sophisticated feel.

NORMANN COPENHAGEN GEO VACUUM JUG $112 at Bibliotek SKLO VASE POA at Vanilla Home

CIZETA COLIMBAS CHAIR $2,160 at Marquis HnC

MENU BOLLARD LAMP $159 at Bibliotek

OCT 43


STYLE+

TOFFEE JAR WITH LID $55 at BoConcept HIROMATSU SONO CHEST OF DRAWERS from $2,800 at atomi

[ DOWN TO EARTHY ] Stay grounded with the colours of the earth.

ACTUS MLEKO TABLEWARE from $43 at ACTUS häuse

KELVIN GIORMANI SPAZIOSA SOFA $5,569 at OM Home

LEAF VASE $95 at BoConcept

GRASS WEAVE DRUM STOOL from $89 at Scene Shang

REFINE SCULPTURE $95 at BoConcept

44 OCT

KNITTING CHAIR $3,980 at Bibliotek


KELVIN GIORMANI DIAMANTE SOFA $7,599 at OM Home

& TRADITION VP3 FLOWERPOT TABLE LAMP POA at Made & Make

[ YELLOW AND ORANGE ] Zesty additions for walking on sunshine.

VERPAN WIRE TABLE LAMP POA at Space Furniture

JOE CARIATI FLASK ANGELIC BOTTLE POA at Vanilla Home

QUALY DESIGN DINSOR ORGANISER $32.90 at Mrphy

3. SKLO WRAP LARGE

SHANG SYSTEM POA at Scene Shang

SKLO WRAP LARGE POA at Vanilla Home

OCT 45


STYLE+

BELLA BENCH from $1,419 at Kuhl Home

GRAF S&B TEACUP $43 at atomi

[ PRETTY PASTELS ] SKLO POOL OBJECT POA at Vanilla Home

Say something sweet with soothing baby hues.

BOLIA PHILIPPA ARMCHAIR from $2,100 at Kuhl Home

46 OCT

FRITZ HANSEN OXFORD PREMIUM CHAIR POA at W. Atelier

& TRADITION JOURNEY SHY1 TABLE/WALL LAMP POA at Made & Make


ZANOTTA JOY ROTATING SHELF POA at W. Atelier

WIRE STOOL $245 BoConcept

[ RED WINE ] Go for mystery and magic with the power of deep red.

MENU HARBOUR CHAIR $598 at Bibliotek

& TRADITION CATCH JH13 LOUNGE CHAIR POA at Made & Make

HIROTA FUTACHI GLASS WITH LID $298 at atomi

BOLIA SCANDINAVIA SOFA from $3,276 at Kuhl Home

OCT 47


SIMPLE

FUN WITH

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CREATIVE DIY PROJECTS THAT WILL TAKE EVERYDAY OBJECTS FROM DRAB TO FAB TEXT Jolene Limuco CRAFTWORK & ART DIRECTION Linda Setiono & Pow Sin Ye PHOTOGRAPHY Wong Weiliang

48 OCT


BOWL OF JOY These kaleidoscopic bowls are perfect for containing your jewellery all while prettying up your vanity table. To make, divide your selection of coloured polymer clay into portions and roll them up into small ropes. Then loosely twist or braid them together. Roll them to smooth out the edges. Once combined, roll the clay rope into a coil and flatten into a disc. Then mould the flattened disc using a small bowl to get its shape. Remove from bowl and bake clay as instructed. Once baked and cooled, spray paint the rim with metallic paint.

OCT 49


SIMPLE

MARBLING EFFECT Take your succulent collection to the next level with these chic little planters. Mix the concrete with water in a bucket. Take out a small portion of concrete and place it in a small plastic bucket to dye it in your desired colour. Then pour the white concrete into the dyed mix and stir them together to create a marbled effect. When the mix is still wet, push a copper cap onto the top and leave to dry. Once dry, turn the bucket over to pop out the plastic bucket. do

50 OCT


INTO THE GLASS Update your everyday drinkware with this cool DIY project. All you need are some duct tape, nail polish, warm water and a clear sealant spray. First, cover the top half of the glass with duct tape. In a large bucket of warm water, add your desired nail polish colour and swirl it around. Dip the outside of the cup into the mixture and remove. Spray the outside of the glass with clear sealant spray and leave to dry for at least one hour. Remove the duct tape and enjoy!

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SIMPLE

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TO DYE FOR Shibori is one of the oldest techniques of dyeing cloth and you can totally replicate this craft at home. You’ll need some fabric dye, twine, rubber bands, a small cardboard and a plain cushion cover. Fold your cushion cover into a small square. Then tie the twine over it in a grid, using the cardboard and rubber band to hold the twine in place. Prepare the dye mixture and dip cushion cover in. Leave to dry for a few hours and unfold the cloth. You can create different patterns by using different folding and rolling techniques with the cloth. done!

OCT 53


SOLUTIONS

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FUN WITH TILES With tiles, your options are many and varied. For a feature wall that’s set to impress, bedeck it with patterned tiles or those that are unique in shape. An ingenious approach to cutting costs without compromising style is to arrange classic subway tiles in an unexpected way. For instance, by assembling the tiles in a herringbone pattern, your wall gets a shot of classic style without the cost.

DESIGN BY D’MARVEL SCALE

U P T H E WA L L Blown up to fit snugly onto the entire expanse of your wall, murals can add a dramatic element to a room and even be the highlight of any given space. To avoid overwhelming an interior, keep the room setting restrained. Also, try picking a colour that complements the hues in your home for visual harmony. With murals, lighting is important to bring it to life. Install light fixtures if the area isn’t naturally well lit.

56 OCT


DESIGN BY EIGHTYTWO

EXTRA SPECIAL SHADES Special effects paint goes beyond introducing a brand-new coat of colour onto walls; it offers homeowners a unique way of injecting textures and finishes that resemble marble, linen and even velvet into their living space – by paint alone. Application requires a multiple layering technique that brings out a tactile effect, elevating walls from flat to fab. No additional construction work is required, simply rope in the help of an expert for unsurpassed results.

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B E YO N D T H E S U R FAC E Laminates are the go-to material for the interior because of their diversity, durability and versatility. Apart from offering boundless design options, they also come in different finishes like high gloss, matte and textured to suit your creature habits. As supportive wall panels are constructed prior to laminate installation, designers take advantage of this base to tuck away any unsightly wiring and cables particularly if the feature wall is used as a TV backdrop.

DESIGN BY MINIMO & MINOMOLOGY

A handsome walnut wood-effect laminate-clad TV wall brings an atmospheric mood into this living room. The panels are arranged to form a herringbone pattern – a nifty way to inject visual interest.

SHELF LIFE Shelves bedecked upon a bare wall aren’t just great as a focal point in a room, they also help maximise storage space. Go all out with units that reach the full height of the ceiling to create a grand impression. Line shelves with your collection of literature a la library chic; or showcase travel curios, pottery and beyond amongst books. Remember, don’t cram everything within a shelf – leave breathing space to avoid a cluttered appearance. You don’t want to draw the wrong kind of attention here.

OCT 57


SQUAREROOMS AWARDS

COMFORT EDITION

There is no disputing the fact that rest is important for optimum productivity. This is why getting the right bedding should be on top of your to-do list when kitting out your bedroom. After assessing a range of bedroom essentials, we have come up with a list of highquality bedding in the SquareRooms Awards: Comfort Edition. From child-friendly bedsheets to supportive mattresses, these bedroom accessories will help you get a good night’s sleep.

58 OCT


BEST LATEX MATTRESS

Heveya Natural Organic Latex mattress From $2,388, available at European Bedding Made from 100 per cent organic latex with a removable cover, this mattress is naturally dust mite- and mouldresistant. It features seven firmness zones to provide excellent comfort and support, and over its long lifespan of 15 to 20 years, this mattress will provide you with the ideal sleeping environment throughout.

BEST MICROGEL PILLOW

King Koil Micro Gel Collection pillow $59, available at COURTS For users who prefer their pillows to offer soft to medium support, this micro gel fibre pillow is a good alternative to down feather pillows with the added benefits of being hypoallergenic and odourless.

OCT 59


SQUAREROOMS AWARDS

BEST CUSTOMISABLE MATTRESS King Living Sleep+ mattress POA, available at King Living Sleeping preferences vary from user to user so this modular mattress comes with changeable Sleep+ Fit Covers that can be easily unzipped and swapped as well as an option to add a FlexMat to allow you to create the ideal sleeping surface according to your requirements.

BEST POCKETED SPRING MATTRESS

Hennsley Caribea Pillow Top Mattress From $3,199 (Queen), available at Hennsley, COURTS Megastore and COURTS Jurong Point Comprising seven-zone Pocketed Innersprings and a pillow top, this mattress provides both comfort and support while you sleep. The mattress fabric is also treated with Coolmax, a moisture-wicking technical fabric that makes it cool to sleep on.

60 OCT


BEST MEMORY FOAM PILLOW

Tempur Original pillow From $249, available at Tempur Sleep boutiques Thanks to its gently curved design, this pillow helps to align the spine when you sleep on your back or side. The memory foam material is also able to conform to your natural body shape to alleviate pressure points on your neck and shoulders.

BEST DOWN FEATHER QUILT

IKEA KÄLLKRASSE quilt, cooler $159, available at IKEA Great for tropical climates, this light and breathable natural down feather duvet features a box-stitch pattern that allows air to circulate as it keeps you warm.

BEST CHILDFRIENDLY BED LINEN

Noche Noche waterproof bedsheet From $119, available at Noche Noche Made with a patented material called Dermofresh derived from natural materials, this bedsheet range is anti-bacterial, odour-resistant and waterproof, making it perfect for households with children.

OCT 61


SQUAREROOMS AWARDS

BEST LUXURY BED LINEN

Eurotex Hotel Luxury bedsheet POA, available at Eurotex outlets Made with 100 per cent Egyptian cotton, this sumptuous 1,200 thread count bedsheet is soft and smooth to the touch all while boasting superior durability that promises to cocoon you in luxurious comfort night after night.

BEST LATEX PILLOW

Dunlopillo 100% Natural Latex pillow $69.90, available at Lazada Made with premium Talalay latex, this pillow is able to retain its shape for much longer than lower grade latex. The open structure of latex also means that the pillow promotes good ventilation as well as protection against bacteria, dust mites and mould.

BEST HYBRID FOAMÂ MATTRESS

The Haylee Mattress From $399, available at Haylee.sg This hybrid mattress is made with a high density foundation foam, a cool gel memory foam, proprietary Aeroflo perforated foam and a bamboo knitted fabric cover to provide optimum support and ventilation as you sleep.

62 OCT


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REST AND RELAX

Manufactured based on customers’ needs and requirements, the Caribea mattress from Hennsley is aimed at providing optimal nightly comfort

COMFORT EDITION BEST POCKETED SPRING MATTRESS

A good night’s sleep is what our body needs in order to repair and heal itself after the stresses of the day. But just how do you ensure that you get your best sleep night after night? Well, by getting yourself a good and reliable mattress that checks all of your boxes, of course! A local mattress brand on a mission, Hennsley aims to provide quality bedding products at competitive prices that improve users’ lives, well-being and most importantly, quality of sleep. Under both the Classic and Premium collections, the company offers a range of mattresses that suit varying sleeping patterns and comfort levels. One such mattress is the Caribea, which is part of Hennsley’s Premium series. Fitted

with an extra padding on top that provides additional comfort, the pillow-top model’s Standard Compact Pocketed Innerspring System is further enhanced with a seven-zone sleep system. By dividing the mattress into seven sections – head and neck, shoulders, hips and pelvic, knees, lower legs and feet – users are offered a more consistent and even body support throughout the night. Worried about Singapore’s humidity ruining your sleep? The Caribea model also features a specially treated fabric called Coolmax, a type of moisture-wicking technical fabric that is engineered to improve “breathability”, making it cooler to sleep on when compared to mattresses with natural fibres like cotton.

HENNSLEY SLEEP SANCTUARY 66 EAST COAST ROAD, #01-01 THE FLOW I TEL: 6950 2860 I WWW.HENNSLEY.COM

In addition, the mattress’ non-slip mattress base pad will keep your mattress and bed sheets in place, translating into a much easier process when making your bed in the morning or when you’re replacing your sheets. Perhaps the best feature about the mattress is that it comes with a 10-year full warranty on the innerspring system. This means that should you uncover any issues with the innersprings, Hennsley will do an exchange, no questions asked. For a totally indulgent sleep experience, you don’t have to look any further than Hennsley, whose range of well-designed bedding products are the ideal choice for that all-important nightly slumber.


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COMFORT EDITION BEST LUXURY BED LINEN

LUXURIATE IN STYLE Bringing luxury closer to home, Eurotex aims to be a one-stop shop for all your soft furnishing needs

There’s nothing better than waking up every morning feeling energised and rejuvenated from a good night’s sleep. But a plain mattress on its own does not a quality sleep make, for there are other factors like the bed linen and bedding to take into consideration as well. That’s where Eurotex comes in, where consumers have a comprehensive range of high quality bed linen, curtains, cushions and bath accessories ready for their picking. For true comfort however, opt for the Eurotex Hotel Luxury collection. Fully crafted with Egyptian cotton – the world’s best in terms of softness,

strength and durability – and with a generous thread count of 1,200, each product represents a combination of luxury and quality. Need something for the young ones or the young-at-heart? Eurotex also comes stocked with a chockfull of authentic Disney products, where you’ll be able to score yourself bedding products and accessories that feature your favourite characters. They range from the ever-beautiful Disney Princesses to Disney Tsum Tsum,

EUROTEX 3 UBI CRESCENT, YONG LEE BUILDING I TEL: 6846 9222 I WWW.EUROTEX.COM.SG

as well as everyone’s childhood companions – Mickey & Friends. Ever since its inception in 2003, Eurotex has slowly cemented itself as Singapore’s leading bath, bedding and ready-made designer curtain brand. Besides being readily available in major departmental stores across Singapore, the homegrown label also has physical stores at Compass One, Century Square, Bedok Mall, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Northpoint City and White Sands Mall. But just in case you prefer to shop from the comforts of your own home, Eurotex has you covered too, in the form of their newly launched e-commerce site. Put it simply, luxury living is now only a few clicks away.


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COOL COMFORT

Designed in Singapore, the Haylee Mattress is thoughtfully built to let your body comfortably enjoy the rest and sleep you love so much

COMFORT EDITION BEST HYBRID FOAM MATTRESS

HAYLEE 5 TOH GUAN ROAD EAST, #05-01 I TEL: 6635 8376 I WWW.HAYLEE.SG

Many say that the bed is the most important piece of furniture in the home. We don’t disagree. After all, we spend an average of seven hours on it every day, if not more. But while there are plenty of mattress brands in the market, Haylee hopes to set itself apart from the pack. Designed by Singaporeans for Singaporeans, Haylee understands just how unforgiving our local weather can be, even at night. As such, the Haylee Mattress is tailored to deal with the humidity and is made with layers of Cool Gel Memory Foam and Aeroflo Foam which promise to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. In addition, the Transition Foam and High Density Foundation Foam layers serve to help in consistent weight distribution and enable long-term support. Available in a variety of sizes, the Haylee Mattress also comes with a bamboo-knitted fabric cover that can be easily removed for washing. Once you’ve made your purchase, Haylee will deliver the mattress to you for free. Whether you opt for it to be delivered within two hours or three days of your order, the mattress is conveniently compressed and vacuum-packed into a box, meaning that you won’t have to deal with bulky boxes in your home. But perhaps the most attractive feature about purchasing a Haylee mattress is that it comes with a 100-nights sleep trial. Instead of a quick five-minute trial in the store, you can take up to 100 nights in the comfort of your own home to decide if the mattress is the perfect fit for you. If it’s not, simply return it before the 100 days are up for a full refund. The returned mattress is then refurbished and donated to local charity organisations after a stringent inspection process, so you can be sure that the mattress you purchase is completely brand new with no defects. There’s nothing quite like sinking into a comfortable and luxurious bed after dealing with the stresses of the day. So the next time you’re looking for a fuss-free upgrade on your current mattress, you can’t go wrong with Haylee.


SPACES

LIVING ROOM FEATURE WALL

Hand painted cement tiles from An Huat Trading PLANTS

A combination of cement screed walls, pastel colours and plants evokes an engaging living space.

70 OCT


While this might not be for everyone, the couple loved the inconsistencies. The colours complement the finishes used, from the cement screed walls and floor to the woodgrained and blue surfaces in the kitchen. To counter the bright hues, Raymond kept it pared down in the cooking space with lower cabinets to keep the space looking too busy. Notably, one of the main

ideas is to use colours that are soothing and fun. “These colours can be used whether it is an industrial or contemporary space,� he advises. The master bedroom is also decked out in colour, this time in a lush shade of blue. While there are common elements that tie the look together, the details in every space prevent monotony. That said, aside from style,

S T U DY

Instead of demolishing the entire wall, an internal window does the job of keeping the space feeling open and leaving room for aligning a desk against the lower half. The owners purchased furniture from Ethnicraft Online and Castlery for the home.

OCT 71


SPACES

MASTER BEDROOM

For a space conducive to sleep, the team painted the wall and ceiling blue. At night, the colour deepens like the night sky while fibre optic lights mimic stars. M A S T E R B AT H R O O M (opposite page)

The master bathroom is converted into a powder room with open shelves and a vanity table. It features terrazzo wall tiles, wood-lookalike floor tiles and storage units in turquoise. The shower area is designated to the common bathroom.

72 OCT


SMAR T T WEAKS

Wall partially taken down to form a semiopen concept home office.

Island counter with lower cabinets built in the kitchen to provide sufficient prep and storage space.

Raymond paid close attention to space planning. For one, the owners have different working hours. So, they needed to ensure that the other’s sleep is undisturbed as they go about getting ready. The team installed full-length curtains to separate the bed from the wardrobe area and converted the master bathroom into a powder room with a vanity. The private quarters also feature elements to provide interrupted rest, with a deep coloured wall that mimics the night sky and embedded optic lights that look like stars. With Free Space Intent at the helm, the couple got a home that’s personalised to their lifestyle needs and enhanced beyond their dreams.

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SPACES

LIVING ROOM

By keeping the rest of the walls in the living room in a light grey hue, the lush green feature wall was allowed to be the anchoring statement of the space.

76 OCT

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lose your eyes and picture this: You’rewalking down the sidewalk in Australia and you chance upon a charming little nature-inspired cafe with al fresco dining arrangements. Now open your eyes. If you could put into images what you’ve just pictured in your mind, we bet they’d look something like this threebedroom apartment located in the western end of Singapore. “Before coming over to Singapore, the owners were living in Australia. And because the

cafe culture was already so integrated into their lifestyle, we thought it would be fun to translate the culture and vibrancy of the city they came from into their new home,” explains Li Meiyi, the associate designer on the three-d conceptwerke team that was roped in to help with the home renovation. The owners love to cook and entertain, so naturally, the kitchen and communal zones were major focus points during the planning and design process. They also wanted these areas to be seen as one cohesive space but with


FEATURE WALL

Paint ALCOVE

To fully maximise available space, the alcove along the living room feature wall now plays host to a pair of wood-accented shelves that proudly showcase the owner’s personal photos and trinkets.

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SPACES

Armchair 33 from TON DINING ROOM

Due to their love for hosting, this space was kept in a crisp white to result in a spacious and airy dining zone. Meanwhile, contrasting wood tones seen on the dining table and built-in storage units lend a textural depth to the zone.

78 OCT


KITCHEN FLOORING

Geometric tiles from Hafary KITCHEN EXTERIOR

Several rounds of discussion later, the exterior of the kitchen now encompasses a texture-laden mosaic tile wall. By using a combination of tile sizes and arrangement, the subtle change in design serves to enhance the playful air and visual interest elements of the space.

elements that allow each one to work individually when required. In the living room, an abundance of white and light grey tones dominate the space. But it is hard to find yourself not being taken by the striking deep green feature wall. Initially, the colour choice was something the owners were quite hesitant to adopt, and they needed much persuasion and convincing from the designers. But once they were won over, it was a choice they didn’t regret, for the feature wall now serves as the apartment’s anchoring point against the crisp neutral backdrop. As the owners are frequent hosts of gatherings and parties, the designers decided to imbue the dining zone with a spacious and airy atmosphere, which was achieved through the abundance of white tones. However, with the

KITCHEN BACKSPLASH

Stainless steel KITCHEN

While cool stainless steel and warm wood tones dominate the vertical surfaces of the kitchen, the flooring saw the use of geometric tiles in the design. By doing so, the groovy pattern adds movement and is an eye-catching feature in the otherwise calm space.

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SPACES

BATHROOM WALL

Homogeneous stone-grey tiles MASTER EN SUITE

Retaining the layout and majority of the original fittings, one modification made to the bathroom was that of the tiles on the floor and the halfheight wall. A departure from the original black marble finish, the new stone-grey tiles complements the bright and airy surroundings without overpowering the space visually.

80 OCT

addition of warm wood tones on the furniture pieces and accompanying storage units, the space is prevented from feeling too clinical. The kitchen had to be highly functional without losing its aesthetic appeal as the owners spend much time here. To ensure that the owner’s request for a cohesive home was met, the upper half of the surrounding partition walls were hacked away and replaced with black mild steel-framed glass dividers. “The kitchen could have easily been cracked open to flow into the adjoining spaces, but we chose to contain the cooking area to allow for worry-free cooking,” Meiyi further elaborates. Within the kitchen, a groovy geometric patterned floor catches the eye. The statement

piece was something the owners had specifically requested for, giving guests a peek into their fun and adventurous side. Meanwhile, a selection of sturdy materials – like stainless steel countertops and backsplash – allow the cooking zone to keep up with its regular usage. When it came to the private living chambers, budget constraints meant that there weren’t many modifications that could be made to the space. However, in order to provide the owners with a space that they can retreat to after a long day, the master boudoir features a luxurious bed that was oriented to face the generous windows that line two wall lengths. Even though most of the master bathrooms’ original fittings were retained, one major design


POWDER ROOM FLOORING

Decorative tiles from An Huat POWDER ROOM

Tying back to the master bathroom, the walls of the powder room similarly features homogeneous stone-grey tiles. However, green decorative tiles from An Huat on the lower part of the room add an interesting punch of character to the overall space.

SMAR T T WEAKS

Walls in the living room and corridor painted in a bight green shade to serve as the central focus of the apartment.

modification the shower zones had done to them was the change of floor and wall tiles. “The original glossy black wall tiles in the bathroom did not tie in with the design of the rest of the home, so we changed it out for a tamer grey tile from Hafary. To make the space more cohesive, we then overlaid the flooring with the same grey tile,� Meiyi explains. Additionally, to help the shower zone better serve its purpose, a low wall was added behind the vanity, which is used by the owners as a landing spot for their bathroom and shower essentials. The renovation of this three-bedroom apartment is all about the thoughtful design tweaks that marry form and function. With a solid foundation and an enduring design, every other aspect of the home is able to come together harmoniously to result in a stylish yet cosy abode for all involved.

Opaque walls swapped out for mild steel-framed glass panels to visually tie kitchen and communal zones together. OCT 81


SPACES

a scandi

WELCOME Created to house a family of three, this humble abode is filled with an abundance of natural light, neutral tones and unexpected pops of colour TEXT Germaine Cheah PHOTOS Prozfile

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

2-bedroom dual-key condominium unit

LOCATION

Tampines Road

RENO PERIOD

10 weeks

HOME TO

3 adults

82 OCT


Bruno TV unit from Commune OVERALL

Clean lines, crisp white tones and wooden motifs attribute to the warm and welcoming look and feel of this twobedroom dual-key apartment.

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SPACES

COMMUNAL BALCONY (below, left)

The original tiled flooring in the balcony was changed to timber wood decking, which not only introduces a colour contrast to the surrounding greenery, but also enhances the nature-inspired theme of the space.

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implicity and functionality are the qualities that lie at the heart of every Scandinavian-inspired interior. And things are no different in this two-bedroom dual-key apartment located in Tampines. The project brief was fairly straightforward. Working with interior designer Cadine Lim from Prozfile, the owners requested for a minimalist and uncomplicated home. This resulted in a space swathed in whites and browns that imbue the home with an open, airy atmosphere, whereas eye-catching pops of colours help brighten up the surroundings and distinguish it from run-of-the-mill designs. To anchor the Scandinavian theme, the original compressed marble flooring was swapped out for vinyl, immediately lending the

home a sense of warmth. From then on, it was all about playing with the right materials to keep the apartment spacious, stylish and cosy. Much like its Scandinavian counterparts, this abode’s unsullied foundation was complemented by a collection of streamlined furniture pieces that enhance its serene atmosphere, with most possessing white and wooden tones. The lack of built-in fixtures and the untouched walls also serve to enhance the home’s clean and minimalist appearance. However, the use of subtle details and textures help make the space a visually interesting one. This can be seen through the dark wood and gold tones of the television console as well as the chevron patterns on the door of the shoe cabinet located along the entryway.

STORAGE DOOR

Woodgrained laminates STORAGE

A storage unit was carved out from the unused space along the entryway, which now serves as a shoe cabinet. Meanwhile, the door handle was made from the same cobalt blue aluminium frame as the kitchen’s glass partition wall, drawing visual consistency between the two features.

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KITCHEN DOOR

Cobalt blue aluminiumframed glass KITCHEN EXTERIOR (left)

A major part of the renovation was focused on the kitchen which was opened up by taking down a wall that separated the cooking zone from the living spaces. In its place is a cobalt-blue sliding glass door that allows plenty of light to filter into the two zones. KITCHEN

The newly erected bar counter in the kitchen not only serves as a spot for casual meals, it also doubles up as a food prep counter. Its flexibility and versatility allows the homeowners to keep things neat while giving them ample room to whip up elaborate meals.

Adjacent to the communal spaces, the original kitchen partition wall was torn down to make way for a cobalt-blue aluminium-framed partition wall. On the inside, the kitchen scores highly with its contemporary fittings and understated colour scheme. White acrylic laminates and wooden textures are heavily used here, which can be seen on the cabinetry flanking the stove top. “Specifically requested by the clients, the white tones on the upper cabinets detracts the space from feeling too heavy, while the wood tones on the lower row help to

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SPACES

MASTER BEDROOM

Pairing a crisp white colour scheme with an abundance of wood tones, the master boudoir exudes a cosy ambience perfect for facilitating the owners’ daily rest and repose.

WALK-IN WARDROBE

Dark wood laminates WALK-IN WARDROBE

The sleeping quarters and walk-in wardrobe have been clearly demarcated. In its own isolated zone, the walk-in wardrobe is transformed into a cosy changing area through the use of dark wood laminates in the design.

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ground the fitting. This colour combination is also very easy on the eyes when people are looking straight on at it,” Cadine explains. For the purpose of casual meals and food preparation, a breakfast bar counter was installed behind the sink. Similarly to the base of the sink it’s attached to, the base of the bar counter was also clad in cobalt blue, which matches the frame of the glass partition wall surrounding it. Additionally, the outer vertical surface of the counter was constructed out of slatted panels, giving the feature a tactile quality. Further back, the full-height storage cabinets were constructed using pocket doors, which can be opened up like a display shelf. By allowing the doors to be slotted within special crevices, visual clutter is minimised, keeping the utilitarian zone neat and tidy as a result. The master bedroom similarly adopts a restrained design style. Through its crisp white colour scheme, a sense of brightness and airiness manifests itself throughout the room, while an abundance of wood tones imbue the space with a cosy vibe. To provide the occupants with additional


MASTER BEDROOM BALCONY

The choice of decorative tiles used on the balcony flooring draws a link to the couple’s Peranakan background. It also provides an interesting visual element amidst the wood-accented bedroom.

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SPACES

FAT H E R ’ S R O O M

To bring a cheery note into the bedroom, the walls feature a dual-toned colour combination of white and mustard yellow, which does a good job of brightening up the space.

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storage units, a generous King-sized bed sits atop a solid plywood platform, where items can be placed or retrieved through flip-up panels. Sharing the same area as the bedroom, the walk-in wardrobe is a cosy area thanks to the use of dark wood laminates. “We decided to use dark laminates as they provide a contrast to the

light wood flooring. We also used slatted panels within the design to add a visual punch to the space” Cadine elaborates. On the other end of the dual-key apartment, a separate area is solely dedicated for the homeowners’ father. Kitted out with comprehensive fittings and fixtures, Cadine was


simply required to elevate it to a more conducive and functional space for the occupant to go about his daily activities. For example, a high table and bar chair was included at the corner of the room for reading, and the sliding cabinet door over which the television set is mounted on allows the user watch daily programmes comfortably while sitting in his armchair. Meanwhile, the mustard yellow shade on the dual-tone wall injects a bright and cheery tone to the space. Coupling these bespoke touches and a thoughtful sense of space planning, Cadine has created a home is that comfortable and welcoming. And it is through her strong design sensibilities and dedication to detail that has resulted in a home that shines with beauty and practicality.

COMMON B AT H R O O M

Complementing the cement screed walls, pops of bright yellows and reds from the under-sink cabinet and a Pop Art cabinet help brighten up the overall area.

SMAR T T WEAKS

BALCONY

1394

BEDROOM 3

1200

Original opaque partition wall demolished to make way for a glass partition wall.

MASTER BEDROOM

BEDROOM 2 TV

LIVING

BATH 3

FOYER

T/L

MASTER BATH

KITCHEN

A storage unit carved out along the entryway to fully maximise available space.

AC LEDGE

BATH 2 T/L

STORE

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W.M

YARD

AC LEDGE

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SPACES

tropical GETAWAY A neutral spectrum of white and woodgrains gives this family home a cosy vibe with an enduring style TEXT Germaine Cheah PHOTOS Goy Architects

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

4-bedroom condominium unit

LOCATION

Pasir Ris Grove

RENO PERIOD

9 weeks HOME TO

2 adults, 2 children

90 OCT


OVERALL

Infused with a cosy quality, this four-bedroom apartment features a combination of rich browns and clean whites that are complemented by a choice selection of elegant furnishings.

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SPACES

TELEVISION FEATURE WALL

Dark walnut laminates LIVING ROOM

The shelves along the television feature wall were recessed to create a gap between the back panel so that a backlit, boutiquestyle display could be created. Meanwhile, timber screen drawers help keep AV equipment neatly tucked away, maintaining a neat and clutter-free television console.

92 OCT

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hether indoors or out, in a residential or commercial space, design inspiration can be found anywhere. For this family of four who scored themselves a four-bedroom unit in the new Coco Palms development, the source of inspiration for their home renovation project was gathered from the public spaces of the apartment complex they now call home. “This unit opens up into a large section of the blue lagoon pool sprinkled with sunken lounge chairs and ‘palm islands’, and the owners wanted the same ‘cool and breezy’ atmosphere

to be translated into their own apartment,” says Goy Zhenru, the designer-in-charge of the project. But while the design team – comprising Kulap Loetman and Dessy Anggadewiv along with Zhenru – was given a free-hand over the home’s new design, one specific request the owners had was that the apartment's new design should be integrated into the original layout and structure as much as possible. “This was because they wanted to fully utilise the brand new interior fixtures that came along with the unit,” the founder and lead architect of Goy Architects elaborates. As such, the design team decided to focus on using a combination of choice materials to transform the home into a tropical oasis. Situated along the vertical


BAR COUNTER

To help the existing bar counter better serve its purpose, a pair of customised solid teak bar stools were added for casual meals. Meanwhile, the timber wall panel along the corridor was fitted with two chestnut-coloured mirrors that serve to visually enlarge the kitchen and narrow entryway.

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SPACES

DINING FEATURE WALL

Statuario Venato marble DINING AREA

Paired with a striking feature wall made up of large slabs of Statuario Venato marble, the dark timber finishes of the dining table and chairs from furniture brand Santai mediate the coolness of the marble surface.

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surfaces of the communal zones, the dark walnut finishing in the living room is contrasted with a marble feature wall in the dining zone, which creates an interesting interplay of dark and light planes on each side of the room. Material palette aside, furniture pieces were also essential in enhancing the resort-like vibe of the home. This can be seen through the custom-made rattan armchair, where its distinctively modern yet bucolic look perfectly complements the adjoining cream-coloured sofa and the dark-toned feature wall. For storage purposes, an expansive television feature wall takes centrestage in the living room. With the intent of creating a subtle display shelf that


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SPACES

BEDROOM SHELVES

Light elm laminates MASTER BEDROOM

The sleeping space is awash in earthy tones that are reflected on the laminated finish of the bay window and accompanying television console.

S T U DY

As the room was rather small, the design proportions were simplified so as to not overwhelm the space. By cladding all four surfaces of the bay window in light elm laminates, the result is a peaceful and tranquil area that is conducive for studying and reading.

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seamlessly integrates with the television set, the feature wall was constructed using dark metallic laminates. However, for an interesting design twist, several wood panels were tilted in varying degrees. Where the bedrooms were concerned, their original design saw them fitted out with reinforced concrete ledges against the window. A design fixture that would have been classified as an under-utilised space if left alone, the owners had also specifically requested for these ledges to be converted into usable spaces and cosy corners. In the master bedroom for example, they were converted into a cosy bay window and accompanying television feature wall. Noting the abundance of straight and rigid surfaces in the bedroom, the designers felt it necessary to incorporate a soft


MASTER EN SUITE

Although the original design and layout of the master bath was retained, the design team embedded light strips above and under the vanity counter, which further accentuates the sandstone tiles in the space.

SMAR T T WEAKS

A television display cabinet built into living room wall to provide additional storage solutions.

Large marble slabs installed along the full length of the dining zone wall.

headboard wall into the design. From there, grey upholstery was selected and made into seven equal panels, which was then mounted on to the wall with velcro strips. The study's original configuration came with a bulky storage compartment that the family uses to store bulky items like their luggages. To fully maximise the available space, the owners asked the designers to convert the above space into a usable zone. Covered in a grey cushioned mat, the space is now used as a daybed. “Having a client who trusts in your process, and who are also very receptive to our design ideas, we felt very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them,” Zhenru says about the overall design process, “In the end, it’s all about the special connection forged between the two parties that truly motivates and inspires our team to create beautiful and unique spaces for our clients.”

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SPACES

STAIRCASE

Light woodgrained laminates SHOE CABINET (left)

To evoke a Muji-inspired appearance, light woodgrained accents are selected for the laminated surface of the shoe cabinet. These open niches also allow the homeowner to store or put on her footwear with ease. S TA I R C A S E (below)

This main staircase to the main bedroom remained but another staircase was built to provide access to the guestroom deck.

colours. This creates a relaxed environment where she can unwind after a long day at work. “Her downtime activities include hanging out with her friends in her apartment,” they add. “She also enjoys having jamming sessions at home.” For a calculated floor plan that caters to her design and lifestyle needs, the designers reshuffled the layouts for both levels. They turned to heavy demolition works to carve out an open area at the lower level. “The agenda was to play up the panoramic views of the balcony,” explain the designers of the high-level unit. With all the boundary walls taken down, this presents a free-flowing expanse of space and amplifies the amount of daylight streaming in from the fullheight windows.

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KITCHEN

With the cookspace pushed out into the open, guests are encouraged to interact with their host while she cooks. A neat array of kitchen appliances such as the wine chiller and refrigerator has been carefully slotted into the niches of the built-in cabinetry.

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SPACES

GUESTROOM

Cosy and compact, this bedroom deck provides the perfect spot to host any overnight guest.

102 OCT

This open-plan form of living for the lower storey aligns with the homeowner’s interests of having music sessions at home and entertaining her guests. In fact, the designers took things to the next level by creating a bedroom deck right above the music corner. They say: “We wanted to design a centrepiece for the living area which fronts the music area.” Supported by powder coated mild steel I-beams, the deck fits the criteria of providing rest for overnight guests while affording the space with privacy.

As for her private quarters, the homeowner’s bedroom and study have been relegated to the upper level. Swathed in whitewashed walls and simple woodgrained accents, the bedroom emits a minimalist style which is easy to maintain. Glass railings outline this level and allow light and air to permeate through to promote the sense of space. “We extended the second level which used to house a bedroom,” explain the designers. “It was then hacked to make room for an openconcept bedroom.”


To accommodate the study and a walkin wardrobe, the extended area houses these amenities. An L-shaped row of cabinetry now fills the walls and offers a generous storage capacity. The designers even customised a corner compartment for the wardrobe. “We didn’t want to waste any inch of potential storage space”, they explain. “Many of such wardrobes do not maximise corner units when it actually holds ample space to stash away bulky items like luggage or bedding.” Positioning the custom-made study desk to face the balcony allows the homeowner to take in its riveting views at a vantage point. “It’s a space where she can just take some time to herself to contemplate on life or work,” the designers say.

COMMON B AT H R O O M

Topped by a quartz surface, the neutralcoloured sink counter fulfils the clean-lined appeal of this bathroom.

MASTER BATHROOM WALL

Homogeneous tiles with cement-like finish M A S T E R B AT H R O O M

A restrained colour palette of warm neutrals fills the bathroom with a Muji-inspired aesthetic. A large vanity mirror with a wrap-around ledge offers more countertop space for toiletries.

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PROADS

RESORT CHIC Lightweight furniture pieces and a soothing colour palette bring tropical living to this five-room apartment

F A C T F I L E SPACE 5-room HDB flat SIZE 1,184 square feet LOCATION Pasir Ris Street 71 HOME TO 2 adults DESIGNER Hilda Virgiani from Weiken@IMM RENO PERIOD 8 weeks

106 OCT

For over 22 years, Weiken.com has satisfied its customers with an effective combination of attentive service and innovative design ideas. Offering a “one-stop service� for renovation projects, the Weiken.com team is meticulous in matching interior solutions to project requirements. This quality of work is ensured by effective work processes that provide clients with peace of mind at every stage of a renovation project.


MASTER EN SUITE The master bath serves up a spa-like ambience through the use of glossy wood-effect tiles along with a clear glass shower screen that separates the wet and dry zones. Meanwhile, water pipes were hidden from sight by a box-up to create a streamlined look, and a single shelf below the vanity makes storing bathroom accessories away easier.

#EASY DOES IT

To create a captivating yet tranquil resortinspired home, opt for a mix of gentle hues, such as whites and browns, into your colour palette.

PASSAGEWAY The owners of this five-room flat wanted their new home to encompass a resortlike ambience. Working with Hilda Virgiani from Weiken@IMM, the desired concept is achieved through a soothing palette of whites and browns. In the passageway, for instance, a recessed niche within the full-height storage units were constructed using laminates in a similar shade to the tiled flooring, creating a visual link between the two design features.

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KITCHEN An abundance of clean white tones accentuate the kitchen, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. To further enhance the cooking zone’s functionality, the designer installed an island counter in the middle of the space. Comprising an elegant porcelain slab and a wood-laminated base, the feature imbues some colour and texture into the predominantly white space. MASTER BEDROOM Taking full advantage of the vertical space available in the master bedroom, a variety of storage units abound within the sleeping chamber. Surrounding the bed’s headboard, the originally unused space was converted into a row of storage units that are flanked by a pair of taller cabinets.

DINING Already possessing a configuration that the owners were happy with, the apartment retained its original layout. However, the vertical surfaces were covered over with a new coat of white paint to result in the home’s refreshing new look. Organic surfaces make an appearance here, in the form of an elegant wood-based dining table and chairs, as well as a handsome side table.

18 Boon Lay Way, #01-133 Tradehub 21, Singapore 609966 (Weiken@Tradehub 21) 62 Ubi Road 1, #01-04 Oxley Bizhub 2, Singapore 408734 (Weiken@Oxley Bizhub 2) 24 Sin Ming Lane, #01-103 Midview City, Singapore 573970 (Weiken@Midview City) 2 Jurong East Street 21, #03-28F IMM Building, Singapore 609601 (Weiken@IMM) 10 Tampines Central 1, #04-22 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536 (Weiken@Tampines 1) Tel: 6465 6656/ 8321 8939 Email: facebook@weiken.com.sg Web: www.weiken.com Weiken.com Delightful Interiors

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PROADS

TIMELESS CLASSIC A highly functional floor plan, natural materials and choice furnishings come together to give this well-designed family home its signature look

F A C T F I L E SPACE 4-bedroom townhouse SIZE Approx. 2,500 square feet LOCATION Lorong Selangat HOME TO 5 adults, 2 children DESIGNER Karen Bohn from The Orange Cube RENO PERIOD 8 weeks

108 OCT

Inspired and motivated to provide a complete package of services, The Orange Cube is equipped to take clients through design conception to building completion. As a result of this all-encompassing dedication, the company has amassed an impressive portfolio in both residential and commercial projects ever since its establishment in 2003. With their can-do attitude, enthusiasm in design and impeccable service, it’s no wonder the company has gained a firm foothold in the interior design scene.


MASTER BEDROOM An oasis of calm, the hardwood flooring paired with a white backdrop accentuates the spaciousness of the master bedroom. In order to fully utilise the boudoir’s large floor area, a corner of the room was converted into a dedicated workstation for the occupants. White and grey fabriclooking laminates adorn the surfaces of the built-in fixture, while cove lighting imbue the room with a soft and cosy ambience.

POWDER ROOM Even though all the surfaces of the powder room are in the same colour, a closer inspection would reveal that they all have a different finish according to their usage. For example, the wall tiles have a smooth finish, while the tiles used on the floor of the wet and dry zones have a textured finish that provides an anti-slip surface. LIVING To suit the homeowner’s preference for a cosy yet stylish interior, designer Karen Bohn from The Orange Cube opted to use a soothing combination of neutral tones in the colour scheme. New additions include a sleek television feature wall accompanied by a backlit wood-laminated display rack, and a series of full-length mirrors that serve to make the space look and feel bigger.

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KITCHEN Exuding a simple and elegant look, the kitchen features a glossy white tile overlay that complements the white- and woodlaminated cabinetry. Meanwhile, a small sliding glass window installed into the sink’s back wall allows plenty of sunlight and ventilation to filter into the space.

#ALL LIT UP

Besides providing additional sources of light, embedded cove lighting can also be used to help imbue a cosy ambience into your home.

MASTER EN SUITE Defined by its monochrome decor, the master bathroom exudes timeless elegance with its sleek black-and-white fittings. Over on the vanity, a expanded black granite countertop takes centrestage, providing the users with ample work area when they’re getting ready in the morning. Other modifications include the addition of storage cabinets below the sink as well as a display shelf.

14 Arumugam Road, #01-03 LTC Building C, Singapore 409959 Tel: 6337 7277 Fax: 6337 7570 Email: enquiry@theorangecube.com Web: theorangecube.com The Orange Cube

OCT 109


SPOTLIGHT

sleep TIGHT Boasting smart fabric technologies and top-quality materials, Cellini’s Nightingale Silenite mattress range promises better sleep

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e spend at least a third of our lives sleeping. This is why it is so important to invest in a good quality mattress to support the body as we rest. With their Nightingale Silenite mattress series, Cellini aims to be the premium purveyor of high-quality luxurious mattresses in Singapore. Made with an excellent blend of top-quality materials and smart fabric technologies from world-renowned European manufacturer BekaertDeslee, these mattresses are treated with Purotex technology. Using microcapsules that

110 OCT

the negative ions from our bodies, in turn resulting in a deeper, calmer and fuller sleep. Have asthma, skin eczema or sinus issues? You don’t have to worry about feeling left out. Made from bamboo, the Natura mattress offers up exceptional natural antibacterial properties, and is also able to resist fungi and harmful bacteria. In addition, the bamboo yarns weave together a very breathable textile, with the microscopic gaps ensuring that the fabric always feels cool and fresh, even on a warm and humid night. From the foam and ticking that line the mattress to the individually pocketed spring system, all Nightingale mattresses are made by Cellini, meaning that you are assured of nothing but the best in terms of quality and craftsmanship. So next time you find yourself needing a new mattress, visit Cellini for their Nightingale Silenite range, and we guarantee that you’ll leave excited for bedtime. contain natural probiotics, the result is a product that gets rid of allergies caused by dust mites and other bacteria to create a healthy sleeping environment night after night. For high-tension sleepers who may find it difficult to fall asleep at night or wake up feeling unrested, Cellini has just the solution for you in the form of the Intense Sleep mattress. Where sleepless nights are concerned, they are usually the result of the surplus of negative ions in one’s body. Boasting an ultra-fine multifilament carbon fibre thread interior, the mattresses are capable of capturing and discharging

CELLINI 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent #01-05 Furniture Gallery at Space @ Tampines tel: 6385 3481 www.cellini.com.sg


SPOTLIGHT

scale

IT UP The highly versatile Scale tile collection from Realonda has the ability to transform ordinary living spaces into one that is sophisticated and timeless

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or years now, porcelain tiles have been well-loved amongst homeowners and interior designers alike for their durability and the wide variety of designs available. And coming in a variety of colours, finishes and patterns is the Scale tile collection from Spanish brand Realonda available at Hafary. The designs of this new range venture far away from the ubiquitous shapes we’ve grown so accustomed to. Featuring an interlocking fish-scale design, these quirky yet surprisingly versatile tiles stand out from its counterparts for its chromatic variety and unique designs, which allows for the creation of statement features in the home. Paralleling the mainstream design trends seen in standard square and rectangular tiles, the muted tones of Scale Cotto, Scale Mud, Scale Statuario and Scale White exude simplicity and sophistication, and will add an unobtrusive texture to any room.

Meanwhile, Scale Concrete’s soft palette of greys takes the industrial look in an entirely new direction with its contemporary design, while light and dark hues of greens and blues take centre-stage in Scale Garden. For a higher contrast and stronger visual statement, Scale Boho and Scale Gloss Patchwork offer up patterned combinations that give free rein to creativity and dynamism that makes it possible for homeowners to design lively living spaces. Available in a dimension of 307x307mm, each tile features nine scales in three bands of three, and are suitable for use on both vertical and horizontal surfaces in any room of your home. While it may not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no denying that the Realonda Scale collection is a tile format that can truly introduce a powerful and distinctive design statement to any home. HAFARY 105 Eunos Avenue 3 tel: 6250 1368 www.hafary.com.sg

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SPOTLIGHT

fire up

THE WOK Equipped with Tecno’s latest Inferno Wok Burners, the Tecno SRS828SV cooker hob is a kitchen essential for busy cooks

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ne of the major decisions you’ll have to make when renovating or updating your kitchen is to decide on what kind of cooker hob to install. There are so many options out there but some may argue that a gas hob trumps all

other options. If you are convinced that a gas hob is ideal for your cooking preferences, the new SR828SV cooker hob from Tecno is an excellent choice. Designed to maximise flame power and efficiency, the burner was designed for the ultimate cooking experience.

A key feature of the SR828SV cooker hob is its ability to produce a powerful flame, which allows food to be brought up to temperature quickly. This allows you to infuse your dishes with that desired “wok hei” flavour. The Inferno Wok Burners on the SR828SV also come with Tecno’s Variable Valve System that allows you to eliminate the use of the large outer flame to leave just the middle flame for slow even simmers. If you love wok frying, the SR828SV boasts an ergonomic design with burners strategically spaced out so that the hob never feels cramped even with two large woks positioned on top. And at 75cm, it’s the ideal size for today’s modern homes. Its flat stainless steel form also makes it a breeze to clean and maintain, while smooth turning Cool Touch Knobs ensure safe and precise heat control. Complemented by cast iron pan and wok supports as well as durable aluminium alloy burners and brass burner caps, the SR828SV promises optimum performance as well as an excellent lifespan. The Tecno SR828SV cooker hob is available at leading department stores, home appliance stores and hardware stores For more information, visit www.tecno.com.sg

112 OCT


SPOTLIGHT

a new

CLASSIC With hidden storage solutions, integrated smart technology and improved materials, the new Jasper II seating system from King Living is more than just a piece of furniture

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f there is one name that is synonymous with quality seating systems, it has got to be King Living. The Australian furniture brand was founded on the guiding principles of innovation and comfort, elevating the humble sofa from a standard piece of fixed furniture to one that is highly flexible. One such piece from the King Living collection is the Jasper seating system. Equipped with a precision cut steel frame, Postureflex pocket spring system, memory foam and feather cushions, the Jasper modular system is a lifestyle solution that is at once comfortable and durable. Following the success of the Jasper, King Living recently unveiled the Jasper II.

This new iteration of the original design is a sleeker, smarter and more versatile modular sofa that offers even more customisation options. These include a state-of-the-art media console and clever tech integration solutions as well as a range of Smart Pocket accessories that allow you to add a reading light or swivel table to your seating system. Adjustments were made to the design to result in a more streamlined Jasper II. With squarer corners, slimmer gussets, higher domes and sleek contemporary looking shelves, this new version of a King Living icon is more refined and versatile. Looks aside, the new Jasper II modular system comes equipped with hidden storage solutions to make it easy for homeowners to store away items. It also features the new Jasper Charge Shelf that charges your compatible mobile devices wirelessly. On top of these, it has been improved upon to make it feel even more luxurious. The rear cushions and feather seats of the Jasper II now feature new technology to allow the cushions to stay plump and retain their

shape, while softer memory foam seat cushions provide the ultimate comfort while promising to last longer. Speaking of durability, the Jasper II is made with sofa platforms featuring Flexguard technology to improve suspension and comfort wherever you are seated. With its sleek design, flexibility, luxurious comfort and smart technology all rolled into one seating system, the Jasper II is a lifestyle solution ideal for just about any space or family requirement. KING LIVING 22 Kallang Avenue #01-00 Hong Aik Building tel: 6805 4198 www.kingliving.com.sg

OCT 113


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ANN SIANG HOUSE

2D1N Deluxe Room stay with continental breakfast for 2 Located right in the heart of Chinatown is the iconic Ann Siang House. Reimagined as a newly integrated accommodation, dining, and hospitality concept, this design-driven hotel is perfect for a relaxing staycation that is sure to leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. All 20 guestrooms at the boutique accommodation are larger than a typical hotel room, with generous windows that let in plenty of natural light. And with handmade furniture, eclectic artwork, bold bathtubs and neighbourhood views adorning each room, a stay here is a welldeserved city break that will surely reinvigorate your senses. For more information, visit www.annsianghouse.com

H O L I D AY I N N E X P R E S S S I N G A P O R E C L A R K E Q U AY 2D1N Queen Standard Room stay with breakfast for 2

Championing simple yet smartly appointment accommodation for savvy business and leisure travellers is Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay. Located within walking distance from trendy dining and nightlife spots in the city, this award-winning hotel is a true urban oasis. From hanging out in the well-appointed guestrooms to catching up with friends over drinks in the Great Room, the hotel offers a relaxed and hassle-free stay. Don’t miss out on the spectacular sweeping city views during your stay, which can be viewed either from the 40m glass-walled infinity rooftop pool or at the 7th-floor fitness room. For more information, visit www.ihg.com

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$230


HOTEL G

2D1N Great Room King stay with breakfast for 2 A chic lifestyle hotel filled with trendy and graphic elements that reflect the cosmopolitan rhythms and dynamism of our Lion City, Hotel G is a contemporary hotel perfect for that well-deserved weekend break. While you are here, be sure to check out its famed restaurant concepts: Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar and 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar – both of which serve up daily specials and comfort food accompanied by premium wines and liquors in a chic and eclectic setting. For more information, visit www.hotelgsingapore.com

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$330

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PARK HOTEL FARRER PARK

3D2N Premier Loft stay with breakfast for 2 Situated in a vibrant heritage enclave where eclectic sights and sounds abound is Park Hotel Farrer Park. Standing tall amongst surrounding restaurants and shophouses, the new hotel impresses with its sleek glass exteriors that offer a panoramic view of Farrer Park. Whether it is staying cocooned in the luxurious guestrooms, lounging by the outdoor swimming pool or feasting on a sumptuous meal, Park Hotel Farrer Park is your ideal home away from home. For more information, www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/farrerpark

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RESOURCES

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Minimo & Minimology 5 Jalan Kilang #04-04 The Mill tel: 6909 0796 www.minimo.sg

Bathroom Gallery by Wan Tai & Co. 25 Changi South Avenue 2 tel: 6546 5900 www.bathroomgallery.com.sg

The Orange Cube 14 Arumugam Road #01-03 LTC Building C tel: 6337 7277 www.theorangecube.com Weiken.com@IMM 2 Jurong East Street 21 #03-28F IMM Building tel: 6465 6656/ 8321 8939 www.weiken.com

Caesarstone Experience Centre 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-357 Suntec City Mall Tower 3 tel: 9011 3559 www.caesarstone.sg Casa 15 Kian Teck Crescent tel: 6268 0066 www.casaholdings.com.sg COURTS www.courts.com.sg Crestar 1 Tampines North Drive 1 #04-14/19 T-Space tel: 6254 9483 www.crestarfan.com.sg European Bedding 32 Eng Hoon Street Level 2 tel: 6735 6658 www.europeanbedding.sg Eurotex 1 Sengkang Square #03-26 Compass One tel: 6386 3507 www.eurotex.com.sg

Sancal Mullit chair

Franke Singapore 138 Robinson Road tel: 6265 6988 www.franke.com

Haylee www.haylee.sg Hennsley Sleep Sanctuary 66 East Coast Road #01-01 The Flow tel: 6950 2860 www.hennsley.com King Living 22 Kallang Avenue #01-00 Hong Aik Building tel: 6805 4198 www.kingliving.com.sg Lian Seng Hin 3 Ubi Avenue 2 #01-01 Crocodile House tel: 6747 2522 www.liansenghin.com.sg Samaire 1 Kallang Way 2A #06-01 tel: 6846 7737 www.samaire.com.sg Samsung www.samsung.com/sg Space @ Tampines 18 Tampines Industrial Crescent www.furnituregallery.sg Stitch & Kit 12 Arumugam Road #01-02 tel: 6741 1488 www.stitchkit.com.sg Sunbrella www.sunbrella.com

Hafary 105 Eunos Avenue 3 tel: 6250 1368 www.hafary.com.sg

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STOCKISTS

ACTUS häuse 333A Orchard Road #04-28 Mandarin Gallery tel: 6887 4138 www.atomi-jp.com/actushause/

Crate & Barrel 2 Orchard Turn #04-21/22 ION Orchard tel: 6634 4222 www.crateandbarrel.com.sg

Bibliotek www.bibliotek.co

Ethnicraft Online 72 Eunos Avenue 7 #05-01 Singapore Handicrafts Building tel: 9272 1545 www.ethnicraft-online.com.sg

BoConcept 290 Orchard Road #04-01/02/03 Paragon Shopping Centre tel: 6736 0777 www.boconcept.com Castlery www.castlery.com Commune 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-52 Millenia Walk tel: 6338 3823 www.thecommunelife.com

hansgrohe 69 Mohamed Sultan Road tel: 6884 5060 www.hansgrohe.com.sg Harvey Norman www.harveynorman.com.sg HipVan www.hipvan.com IKEA 60 Tampines North Drive 2 tel: 6786 6868 www.ikea.com

Sancal DB sofa

kikki.K 252 North Bridge Road #B1-22 Raffles City Shopping Centre tel: 6264 3359 www.kikki-k.com Kuhl Home 100E Pasir Panjang Road #08-01 Century Warehouse tel: 6878 0180 www.kuhlhome.com

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Made & Make 6 Genting Road #04-00 Jubilee Industrial Building tel: 6908 5908 www.madeandmake.sg Mrphy 3 Gambas Crescent #08-09 Nordcom One tel: 9753 5927 www.mrphy.sg Marquis HnC 16 Tai Seng Street #01-00 tel: 6742 2386 www.marquishnc.com OM Home 15 Tai Seng Drive Level 1 tel: 6235 0777 www.om-home.com Scene Shang 263 Beach Road tel: 6291 9629 www.shop.sceneshang.com

Tangs www.tangs.com Vanilla Home 63 Club Street #01-01 tel: 6234 6206 www.vanilla-home.com Victoria + Albert Baths www.vandabaths.com W. Atelier 201 Henderson Road tel: 6270 8828 www.watelier.com XTRA 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-48 Marina Square tel: 6336 0688 www.xtra.com.sg

Sancal Tonella barstool

Schneider Electric 50 Kallang Avenue tel: 6484 7877 www.schneider-electric.com.sg Space Furniture 77 Bencoolen Street tel: 6415 0000 www.spacefurniture.com.sg Stylodeco www.stylodeco.com

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SHORTCUT

HOUSE STYLE Create an eye-catching shelf to display your favouite books and magazines IMAGE COURTESY OF Prozfile

Love to include a bookshelf into a corner of your home but don’t have the space to accommodate it? A narrow shelf is the answer. This house-shaped version not only keeps books and periodicals off the floor, it doubles up as cool feature for the wall too!

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m i n i m o

www.minimo.sg EMAIL enquiry@minimo.sg TEL +65 6909 0796 STUDIO 5 jalan kilang, the mill #04-04, singapore 159405 (by appointment only) residential | design consultancy | design & built | project management | office | retail

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