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VOL. 09 / NO. 4 / 2016 WM RM10.60 / EM RM12.70

HOME DESIGN & DECOR TRENDS

Opal Residensi, A Contemporary & Stylish Living Space

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PKNS presents modern and affordable living spaces that ooze subtle elegance and simple luxury BEAUTIFUL BRASS With the luxe feel of gold and subtlety of bronze, brass adds instant oomph to any room

FRESH FEEL Reflective furniture surfaces help create a fresh feel

DRESSING UP CHILDREN’S ROOM

Fun ways to brighten up a kid’s space

HOMEDEC SHOWHOME 3-GEN Living & Design Showhouse

COPPER IN YOUR HOME Some ways to accent your house with the copper look


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Editor's Choice PRETTY FACES Brighten up the process of cooking prep with these cutting boards with the pretty faces taking the main focus.

SIMPLE & SLEEK Simple and sleek lines make the Stockholm Dish pendant stand out.

ANIMAL PLANTERS These Kawaii-style animal planters feature an innovative selfwatering feature – sipping up water through their felt tongues in order to grow the seeds in their backs.

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ultigenerational homes are becoming a trend in many households today where more than two generations stay together under a single roof. To help homeowners get an idea of how they can accommodate and bring the different generations living in a house closer together while maintaining the option of a close private space, HOMEDEC is showcasing the 3-GEN Living & Design Showhome at the annual HOMEDEC Parts 1 & 2 exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The life-sized double-storey showhome with a built-up area of 384sqm, and displayed at Hall 5, is designed by Chan Mun Inn and Wong Pei San, directors of Essential Design Integrated Sdn Bhd, a multi award-winning local interior design company. In designing the unit, the duo used the feedback from their clients with three generations. The kitchen, living room and dining area were identified as the places where family members interacted more frequently. The duo worked towards making these high intensity areas into multi-functional spaces. Permeability is achieved by breaking down solid walls, large windows and ledges, but at the same time each space is designed and connected closely with each other. Also in this issue, we have articles on a range of subjects. As Christmas is around the corner, get inspired by our Christmas tree ideas. The selection includes DIY, rustic, space-saving, contemporary and avant-garde Christmas trees. Want to create a spa-like feel in your bathroom the inexpensive way? Turn to page 22 on how you can use scented candles, bathsalts, essential oils and green plants to create that ambiance. Happy reading and see you at HOMEDEC exhibition Parts 1 & 2.

COLOUR BLOCK It’s hard not to fall in love with this Royal Blue colour sofa, the new Block collection by MUT Design for the Spanish brand Missana.

Vimala Seneviratne EDITOR

GLITTERING CRYSTALS The Roxy Chandelier from Koket features four decadent metal orbs surrounded by glittering crystal sunburst panels surrounded by a metal halo. It was showcased recently at the Decorex International 2016, one of the London Design Festival’s event.

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HOME DESIGN & DECOR TRENDS VOL. 09 / NO. 4 / 2016 WM RM10.60 / EM RM12.70

VOL. 09 / NO. 4 / 2016 RM10.60

HOME DESIGN & DECOR TRENDS

Opal Residensi, A Contemporary & Stylish Living Space

I N

T H I S

I S S U E

PKNS presents modern and affordable living spaces that ooze subtle elegance and simple luxury BEAUTIFUL BRASS With the luxe feel of gold and subtlety of bronze, brass adds instant oomph to any room

FRESH FEEL Reflective furniture surfaces help create a fresh feel

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DRESSING UP CHILDREN’S ROOM

HOMEDEC SHOWHOME

COPPER IN YOUR HOME Some ways to accent your house with the copper look

3-GEN Living & Design Showhouse

Fun ways to brighten up a kid’s space

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Opal Residensi, A Contemporary & Stylish Living Space

PKNS presents modern and affordable living spaces that ooze subtle elegance and simple luxury.

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22 THE COVER Opal Residensi, Section 7, Shah Alam PHOTO Mazlan Mohamad

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Velvet Reboots Interior Space

If you’re looking to reboot your home decor, velvet curtains and blinds can do the trick.

Tropical Box House

A bungalow which sits on 7,500 square feet land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, has a concrete egg-crate structure surrounding the abode to shelter it from the harsh sun and rain.

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Bathrooms with a Spa-like Feel

Check out some of the easy ways to create that spa-like feel in your bathroom.

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Stylish Sinks

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Feast your eyes on HI-MACS three new versatile basins in its bathroom collection.

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Storage Solutions

Looking to save space? Opt for floating shelves to store all your things and to enhance your interior space.

Unconventional Christmas Trees

Get inspired by our Christmas tree ideas. The selection includes DIY, rustic, spacesaving, contemporary and avant-garde Christmas trees.

Entertain in Style

With the festive season round the corner, we have put together some items to help you enjoy the festive period with friends and family.

The Shift

B3R2 Design incorporates Feng Shui principles in a modern and contemporary house in Rue Saint-Denis, one of the oldest streets in Paris.

Dressing Up Children’s Room

Fun ways to brighten up your kid’s room.


HOME DESIGN & DECOR TRENDS

C.I.S NETWORK SDN BHD Publisher Vincent Lim HARINI MANAGEMENT SERVICES SDN BHD Director N. Premala Consultant V.S. Ganesan Senior Editor Vimala Seneviratne Creative Designer Goh Wei Lee Advertising Consultant Faridah Ismail

A joint publication of

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Copper in your Home

Ways to accent your house with the chic yet industrial copper look.

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Kitchen Updates

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Give your kitchen an easy, fresh and affordable update by using tiles as splashback.

Vibrant Colours

Inspired by the colours of India, Dulux shows how you can incorporate some of the colour trends into your home.

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Marathon Shopping Spree is Back

The biggest annual two-part HOMEDEC exhibition is back with loads of new products at bargain prices and prizes in cash and kind, among others.

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3-Gen Living & Design Showhome

HOMEDEC’s signature Showhome is on a single house designed to accommodate 3 generations – all under one roof.

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Dynamic & Colourful De Resident

Drawing on the rich colours used by well-known Dutch artists, the designers at HofmanDujardin give the office know as De Resident, a vibrant and colourful personality.

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Cocktail Collection

The Quench Cocktail Collection is a luxury cocktail kit designed to complement your cocktail bar at home.

Going Tropical

Cushions, throws and accessories with motifs of palms, cheese plants and exotic birds help create a tropical paradise in your home.

Fresh Feel

Stylish mirrored, reflective furniture for a fresh look.

Soothing Sanctuary

Create a calming environment at home with a mixture of stylish furnishings and accessories in a subtle blue palette.

Modern Femininity

Metallic accents, velvets and textured accessories are a great way to add a delicate, feminine charm to your living space.

Geometric View

Adrian Gaut’s architecture photography focuses on graphic and geometric details of buildings around the world.

HARINI MANAGEMENT SERVICES SDN BHD (609031-W) W-9-12, Menara Melawangi, Amcorp Trade Centre, 18, Persiaran Barat, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 603-7932 3259 Email: harini.mservices@gmail.com PRINTER UNITED MISSION PRESS SDN BHD (755329-X) No. 25 & 27, Jalan PBS 14/14, Taman Perindustrian Bukit Serdang, Seri Kembangan, 43300 Selangor. Tel: 603-8941 6618 Fax: 603-8945 5168 DISTRIBUTOR MPH DISTRIBUTORS SDN BHD (MALAYSIA) (5048-A) Ground Floor, Bangunan TH, No. 5, Jalan Bersatu 13/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Tel: 603-7958 1688 Fax: 603-7956 5995 Email: distributors@mph.com.my All articles featured in HOMEDEC magazine represent the personal views of contributors and are not necessarily those of C.I.S NETWORK SDN BHD & Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd. All writers automatically agree to indemnify C.I.S NETWORK SDN BHD and Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd against any loss, costs, expenses (including legal fees), damages and liabilities that might arise from their own incapacity, negligence, breach of contract or other civil misdeeds. We reserve the right to edit all articles. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2016 by C.I.S NETWORK SDN BHD and Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without prior written permission from the publisher. The views expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of C.I.S NETWORK SDN BHD and Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd. C.I.S NETWORK SDN BHD and Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd accept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photography, illustration and other editorial materials.

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OPAL RESIDENSI, A Contemporary & Stylish Living Space PKNS presents modern and affordable living spaces that ooze subtle elegance and simple luxury BY CHRISTINA THOMAS PHOTOS BY MAZLAN MOHAMAD

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Projecting a distinct urban feel, the interiors have soothing earthy shades of white, brown, beige and grey.

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et against a rustic suburban backdrop with modern architectural lines, Opal Residensi offers contemporary and stylish living spaces. Featuring a fuss-free façade with soothing hues of grey and white, Opal Residensi is a sight to behold gracing the skyline of Section 7, Shah Alam. The development comprises four design options – Type A & A1 (1,227 sq ft), Type B & B1 (1,345 sq ft), Type C- Semi-D Villas (1,539) and Duplex units, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. One is welcomed by a distinct urban feel with interiors sporting soothing earthy shades of white, brown, beige and grey. The foyer sports a glass shoe cabinet with subtle lights and a feature wall with marble-themed panelling, whilst the entire home features alcove lighting. The kitchen is a compact yet highly functional space complemented by mirrored

walls and a breakfast bar separating the cooking space from the dining. The kitchen cabinets with hood and hob are tucked away in a cosy corner. The kitchen stretches out into a spacious utility yard which also houses a maid’s room and a toilet. The dining room takes centre-stage in the home, sporting a glass dining table, complemented by elegant black chairs. A tubular-themed overhanging lamp hangs over the table and a carpet under the table defines the borders of the dining room from the kitchen and the lounge. The dining flows smoothly into the living room which presents a graceful set-up comprising a three-seater sofa, an arm chair and a unique coffee table, fronting the wall-mounted television set against a marble-themed wall, and flanked by low-lying shelves. A white 3-legged lamp peeps from the corner of the sitting room.

The foyer has a floor-to-ceiling glass cabinet with subtle lights and feature wall with marblethemed panelling. A compact kitchen and elegant dining table and chairs complete the setting.

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Wood panelling is used extensively in the open concept living, dining and kitchen areas. The marble feature wall with its dark grey veins provides contast and texture in the dining area.

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White sheer curtains, soft tan and warm grey coloured chairs lend a calming atmosphere in the living area.

The lounge offers a panoramic view of the neighbourhood and the suburban skyline from the balcony. Brown curtains complemented by white sheer drapes filter the sunlight coming through the sliding doors. The bedrooms are compact but highly functional. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom, and alcove lighting. A large queensized bed sits against a textured wood-themed wall accompanied by side tables and small decorative mirrors, fronting a wall-mounted television set. The TV is flanked by windows on both sides providing ample natural sunlight and a beautiful view of the surroundings. A wall-towall wardrobe with multiple drawers occupies one side of the bedroom, and ends with a vanity 12

Clutter-free study room with clean design line.

top. A plush carpet lies on the floor at the foot of the bed, adding a touch of luxury. Earth toned textured wallpaper line the walls of the second bedroom which has a queen-sized bed set against a wood-themed feature wall, flanked by two swan-shaped lampshades on either side. A wardrobe with symmetrical shapes and lots of storage space is set on one side of the bedroom, and ends with a study table. A plush carpet lies on the floor at the foot of the bed. The third bedroom has been converted into a clutter-free study room with clean design lines. A brown coloured long table-top and multi-level overhanging shelves adorn the room, accompanied by a swivel chair. A large carpet sits on the floor at the centre of the room,

whilst the walls feature wood-themed panelling. The room has an attached bathroom that also doubles up as the common bathroom with dual entry. A sterling project by PKNS, Opal Residensi is an ideal abode for those seeking a stylish residence away from the city, yet within a convenient distance from modern amenities. The development presents exciting in-house facilities which include a swimming pool and changing rooms, a gymnasium, sauna, a multipurpose hall, kindergarten rooms, laundrette, a multipurpose court and ample parking spaces. Opal Residensi also boasts a central location with easy accessibility and surrounded by modern amenities.


The master bedroom sports a textured wood-themed feature wall with side tables and small decorative mirrors. A wall-to-wall wardrobe with multiple drawers provide ample storage space.

Earth-toned textured wallpaper line the walls of this room while a wardrobe with symmetrical shapes provides storage space.

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Velvet Reboots Interior Space If you’re looking to reboot your home decor, velvet curtains and blinds can do the trick. The silken fabric has the capacity to maintain richly coloured dyes evoking the luxury of yore with just a hint of charm.  With a decadent vibe, choose from rich heavy curtains and lighter weight window blinds to update living areas and bedrooms alike. IMAGES COURTESY OF BLINDS2GO

VELVET TAUPE

This dark, powdery brown Velvet Taupe roman blind is a fantastic way of adding a little elegance to your design scheme. The soft fabric is warm and cosseting and is ideal for rooms where comfort is priority.

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CRUSHED VELVET MINK

Set a dramatic scene with a bold statement from the Crushed Velvet Mink roman blind. The sheen that fronts the blind reflects light in all directions, meaning it won’t send your room into a darkened abyss.


Coulisse Blind Fabric Collection

Coulisse Blind Fabric Collection Eclipse range from Prestigious Collection

Grayson range from Ashley Wilde Collection

ELYZA’S NEW COLLECTION

Elyza, a leading window dressing specialist in the country, recently introduced 26 new collections which include 15 fabric and 11 wallpaper ranges imported from various countries for the festive season.

Fancy Sheers

Essente Collection

Under 18_ Mechanic 1 & Monet 1

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Tropical

BOX HOUSE

Designed by WHBC Architects, the bungalow which sits on 7,500 square feet land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, has a concrete egg-crate structure surrounding the abode to shelter it from the harsh sun and rain PHOTOS BY KENT SOH

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he architects designed a concrete eggcrate structure to envelope the house in order to keep the heat out but draw sunlight in to create comfortable spaces within. “The perforated nature of this envelope also allows the existing overgrowth to grow into the volume of the house, thus softening the boundary of inside and outside.” The egg-crate structure which stretches from the ground and extends into the home’s ceiling areas, is built of in-situ concrete at the depth of 900mm. The concrete fins of 150mm thickness reinforce the structure by framing openings of various sizes at a controlled rhythm to further facilitate the regulation of light intensity inside. The house, designed for a family of five, including a grandmother, sits on a grassy slope. “The design takes advantage of the sloping terrain to keep the dampness and humidity out within a tropical environment. It also keeps the house airy and dry,” the architects said. As such, the living areas are elevated from the ground giving the occupants a view of the surrounding trees.

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The main spaces – living, dining, kitchen and the pool – are placed at the entry level; the bedrooms are placed on the upper floor while a garage and service area sit on the lower ground. The main approach to the house is via a bridge flanked by mature Albizia trees. From the entrance, a relatively narrow walkway, adjacent to a stairway and an internal courtyard, leads to the open living area. Lovely patterned shadows are cast across the pool room as light filters through the concrete shell. Looking beyond the pool and a semi-enclosed garden, one is greeted with a clear and extended view of the green foliage. On the upper floors where the bedroom are, windows are specially designed to offer views of the foliage which also provide some privacy. u

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Bathrooms with a Spa-like Feel You don’t need to splurge on a full remodel of your bathroom to turn that private space to exude a spa-like feel. Simple small changes such as using natural elements such as pebbles, stones, and small rocks can give your bathroom a natural and very relaxing, spa-like feel. You can also use green plants and wood to create a relaxing ambiance. Here are some easy ways to create that spa-like feel in your bathroom.

PEBBLES, STONES & MORE

Include natural materials in your space with stones, pebbles and wooden elements.

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INCLUDE GREENS Adding a little greenery can go a long way in creation a calming atmosphere. Creepers winding their way up a wall can look beautiful or you can hang potted plants.

TOWELS & SLIPPERS

Beautify your space with extra plush towels and fluffy slippers. Although white towels are commonly used, you can use other colours and patterns to beautify the space.

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To make your bathroom your own personal hideaway incorporate these spa essentials.

WATERPROOF BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS. Give

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SOAPS, BATH SALTS & ESSENTIAL OILS. Pleasant-

smelling soaps, bath salts and other treats create a calming ambiance and are a great way to enhancing your space. A few drops of essential oils in your bathtub can sooth aching muscles and tense nerves.

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BATHTUB TRAY.

Have simple wooden tray near your bathtub so you can reach out to your book, beauty products or anything else that helps you relax.

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CANDLES & TEALIGHTS. Fill a

tray, jar or plate with tealights (or any candles) surrounded by pebbles or sand to set a naturally calming atmosphere.

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The ancient Romans and Greeks used rose petals in their spa to help them unwind. Rose petals are not only fragrant but are also a natural skin toner.

yourself the full spa treatment by playing acoustic music and soothing sounds of nature, without having to worry about your device’s water damage.


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ix and match is a reality, especially for renovation projects where there is a need to combine styles and materials for an eclectic space design. HI-MACS recently added three new versatile basins to its bathroom collection. These new slender top-mounted basins come in three shapes – square, rectangular and circular ¬– and are specially designed to sit on top of vanity units or bespoke designed top surfaces. Thanks to its non-porous surface, HI-MACS acrylic stone is waterproof, resistant to scratches and repels stains, making it easy to clean and maintain. u

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SIDEBOARD

A contemporary furniture collection inspired by early 20th century industrial design, the Felix sideboard can house a 55-inch television. The sliding door sections can store the bulkiest of media equipment, whilst the drawers can conceal DVD’s, remotes, charging cables and other unsightly clutter. It can also be used to store all your crockery and cutlery.

OTTOMAN

Set up on charming curved feet with deep button detailing to enhance the luxurious feel this ottoman is a stylish yet practical piece of furniture for storing all of your household essentials. The cushioned top also creates the perfect perch for any room around the house. Ideal for the living room and bedroom.

Storage Solutions The right storage not only provides a place to hide things at home but can enhance your interior scheme. Floating shelves are one such solution for anyone looking to save space. MODULAR SHELVING SYSTEM

The Uno Modular Shelving System is a wall mounted system which can be as simple or expansive as you wish. It’s designed to hold DVD’s and paperback books and can be used individually or in multiples. The bevelled mirrored glass finish gives these shelves a sleek, seamless finish which will add a touch of luxury to any space. 26

FLOATING SHELVES

Fully mirrored and bevelled, the Inga floating shelves feature a spacious drawer and a hidden handle underneath the unit. Simple, luxurious and practical, the floating shelves can be used in several ways, from space saving bedside tables to practical corner storage units.


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COCKTAIL COLLECTION

The Quench Cocktail Collection is luxury cocktail kit designed to complement your cocktail bar at home. Comprising 22 individual items, each piece has been carefully sourced, tried and tested to offer the discerning home mixologist the ultimate ‘one stop’ collection of professional barware.

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Unconventional Christmas Trees Get inspired by our Christmas tree ideas, and add one or a combination of several to your living space, office or anywhere a little cheer is required. The selection includes DIY, rustic, spacesaving, contemporary and avant-garde Christmas trees. They all have one factor in common – they are big on imagination.

Louise Roe's wall Christmas tree with star ornaments.

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A DIY tree made of cut PVC pipes.

A Christmas tree created from balloons.

Cork Christmas tree.

Christmas tree composed of cut wood.

A Christmas tree made from architectural drawings.

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Christmas tree made of string and cloth.

Corrugated cardboard Christmas trees by Giles Miller.

Wall decals stick- on Christmas tree.

Rope ladder Christmas tree.

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Open ladder decorated like a Christmas tree.

String lights and trimmings in the shape of a Christmas tree.


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With the festive season round the corner, we have put together some items to help you enjoy the festive period with friends and family. 1. LSA JAZZ WINE GOBLETS Red, white or rose – add a touch of jazz with these handmade, mouth-blown glasses with assorted hand-painted decors. These wine glasses create a real sense of occasion.

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2. LSA POLKA CAKE STAND This stunning 3-tier cake stand from LSA will add a sense of occasion to teatime treats. The vintage inspired, hand painted lustres reflect the glamour of yester-year, and give an air of sophisticated elegance. 3. ROBERT WELCH HENLEY CANDLESTICKS Made from 18/10 mirror polished stainless steel, the Henley candlesticks have fantastic reflective properties, perfectly suited to adding a touch of elegance to any interior. 4. MENU WATER/WINE CARAFE Designed by Benjamin Hubert, this wine breather is not just any wine breather –it provides 800% aeration through its 'raining' process, thus improving the wine's flavour. Ideal for serving water or wine, the carafe is suitable for any occasion and you can be sure it will look good in any situation.

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5. LSA POLKA CHAMPAGNE FLUTES This set of four stylish champagne glasses with their hand-applied elegant metallic lustres gives a hint of the glamour of yesteryear. Their vintage inspired colours add a subtle touch of sophistication. 6. MENU'S CHAMPAGNE SABRE Designed by Karim Rashid and made from one piece of polished stainless steel, this fabulous champagne sabre is the perfect way to add a touch of theatre and ceremony to your celebrations. Simply slide it along the body of the bottle hitting the lip of the cork and the whole neck will break away from the bottle. 7. STELTON GLACIER ICE BUCKET The new Glacier collection from Danish brand Stelton, allows wine lovers to celebrate their passion to the fullest. The combination of white glazed stoneware and quality leather handle, is a fitting tribute to the glorious world of wine. 8. ALESSI SQUIRREL NUTCRACKER What's not to love about this fabulous Squirrel Nutcracker from Alessi? When he is not busy cracking nuts, he makes an adorable ornament.

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The Shift

A modern and contemporary house in Rue Saint-Denis, one of the oldest streets in Paris, is designed according to Feng Shui principles IMAGES COURTESY OF B3R2 DESIGN

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to the personality of the home owner, just like Feng Shui whose end is to enable the occupants of a place to express both their personal and professional potential in full. “The perfectly complementary nature of these two disciplines allows B3R2 Design to open up its projects to new possibilities by bridging the world of decoration, design, architecture on the one hand with that of the well-being and health on the other.” As Feng shui is primarily about the flow of energy and how placement of objects within a space affects the energy flow of a living space, and their influence a person’s own energy flow, Berthou decided to use the principle of Yin and Yang (one of feng shui fundamental principles) to give the abode concrete substance. “We did this by interlacing very structured flat tints of colour with a very freely inspired decorative painting, and used some very

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urban decorative elements as well as very classic pieces.” In order to accomplish that, the designer’s first choice was to use healthy or eco-friendly materials such as lime or mineral painting. “To us it is vital to use of materials and techniques that are sound and respectful of the environment. It is a vital part of our effort to reduce our carbon footprint.” Mineral Decorative painting is used in the cloud ceiling paint in the bedroom, a yellow bamboo granite painting in the kitchen and bark painting in the dressing room and in the bathroom. Berthou also used sculptures and artefacts placed in strategic positions throughout the apartment. As for lighting, there is a made to measure Murano chandelier, a Diva suspension by Celine Wright, the Etta Brass finish wall lamps by Delightfull and Chipperfield table lamp by Kos Lighting. u 36


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GOING TROPICAL

The striking Jan Constantine’s Tropical collection of hand embroidered cushions, throws and accessories are inspired by 'the return of the house plant', currently gripping interiors everywhere. Made from black or cream wool and intricately hand-stitched with palms, cheese plants and exotic birds, these decorative designs create a little piece of paradise for your sofa.

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BRIGHT BOOKS The children’s book collection on the shelves are easy to reach out to and looks organised. The book covers add bright colours to the room. Image: Danielle Sykes Photography

Dressing Up Decorating children’s rooms should not only be well-planned but an entertaining process as well. You can add colourful accents in the form of wall decals, books, stuffed toys, bedding and rugs, among others. The best part is that all these colours and patterns can be easily changed as and when desired. Here are some ways to fun ways to do it.

STUFFED SHELVES

Stuffed animals and brightly coloured book spines add youthfulness to this contemporary bedroom. Image: Bill Bocken

TOUCHES OF TURQUOISE

The bedframe, curtains and record player in this modern Bohemian bedroom make it bold without being overwhelming. Image: NICHE home styling 38


SCANDINAVIANINSPIRED DECALS

With an all-black, white and wood colour palette, this room looks youthful. Image: Urbanology Designs

SHAPED UP

The accents of triangles, stripes, and circles in this room add interest and playfulness to this Scandinavian-inspired space. Image: Gyprock

Children’s Room PERFECTLY PATTERNED

The mixing of patterns on this bed add cool tones to the rest of the room projecting a youthful style. Image: Stewart Interiors

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GEOMETRIC DREAMING

Design A mix of geometric prints, a flying washi tape airplane, and a few knickknacks turn this room into a space to dream and create. Image: Hide and Sleep Interior

VIBRANT BED FRAME AND ACCESSORIES

NEON NAUTICAL

The orange desk and accent pieces add a bright spark to the nautical look of the room. Image: Charmean Neithart Interiors LLC

3D BUTTERFLY COLLAGE

The butterflies stick onto walls like decals and they can be removed when need. Image: SPAZIO ROSSO

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This bright yellow bedframe is a funky statement piece while a decal, floral pillow, and touches of colour make this room sweet and simple. Image: Mae Mae Studios


HERE COMES THE SUN

A statement wall with a bright yellow sun and a few cloud decals add a cheerful touch to the room. Image: Artful Days

FRUITY FUN

If you have plain white walls why not dress them up with some watermelon decals? Carrying the whimsy of the walls are the patterned beds in warm colours, and a modern nightstand. Image: Chango & Co.

TOUCHES OF LOVE

Bits of red go a long way in this bedroom. Each accent piece is dainty and adds a tiny bit of colour. Image: Hancock Architects

DIAMOND REMOVABLE WALLPAPER

The diamond removable wallpaper adds a bit of whimsy to the room. Image: Drom Living 41


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SIMPLY BEACHY

If there’s one example of the power of accent pieces, this is it. Throw blankets and pillows bring out the colors of a tropical print, and the result is a kids room as tranquil as the beach itself. Image: B Interior

PATTERNED PINK

This room is packed with colours and patterns that pop. Image: Youthful Nest

GO FOR GARLAND

Pink textiles and a strand of feminine garland are all this room needs to become the perfect place for a young girl. Image: Create Construction 42


ROOM FOR THREE

Platform and lofted beds save space while accent pieces such as books and pillows create the kid vibes in this room. Image: A! Emotional

BRIGHT BIRCH DECALS

The tree decals are subtle in this nursery where white stands out on grey walls. Colourful birds add a touch of playfulness. Image: Andrew Snow Photography

BUTTERFLIES & BIRDS WALL

A bold wallpaper with butterflies and birds can make a big statement in a room. Image: Laura U Interior Design

SPACE TO DREAM

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Copper In Your Home Here are some ways to accent your house with the chic yet industrial copper look.

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etallics have always been a favourite in the interior design world, with their strong finish and hues effortlessly adding that touch of luxury to any product. This rich and warm colour is the ‘gold of 2016’ – it offers a different level of depth compared to the brushed chrome of the past, and lacks the over-indulgent feeling of gold.

The shine from the strong metal design of the pendant light creates an instant level of glamour. Team with Mad Men Sky Scraper rug for ultimate luxury and to complete the look. ƒ The rug has copper threads running through it that will be picked up beautifully with the light, and be accentuated by this gorgeous lamp shade.

Another stunning rug that takes advantage of the copper trend, is the gorgeous cooper rug in denim. It’s a wonderfully unique piece that combines patchwork denim, overlaid with strips of cowhide in a copper tone that shimmers in the light. Team this beautiful piece with a copper coffee table to tie together your copper décor and bring out the subtle shades in this stunning rug. 44


You can also include copper pendant lights to give your kitchen or your dining area a touch of class. Pendant lights also look great in bedrooms.

You’re looking for a muted but equally fabulous part in this trend, use a small feature of the room to bring out copper tones such as red-browns. This rug shows how copper can be done in a big way, or a more affordable and muted way – and still look fabulous!

Include subtle features such as copper candle holders, placemats or plant pots to accentuate other complementary shades and make your copper interior décor pop.

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Easy Kitchen Updates with Splashback Tiles

The kitchen is the social hub of the home, so it’s important to keep it looking fresh and interesting. You can give it an easy, fresh and affordable update by adding a new splashback. To get you started, here are some great tile designs for creating a characterful splashback. IMAGES COURTESY OF WALLS AND FLOORS

RUSTIC METRO

An elongated brick shaped wall tile in a rich red hue. Made from ceramic, with a characterful, rustic, bumpy surface and a gloss finish.

BRICK-SHAPED QUARRY

A perfect alternative to brick slips, these Brickshaped Quarry Tiles are made from clay and can be used on both wall and floors areas inside the house. They have a matt, unglazed finish.

HEXA-CUBE 3D

A hexagonal porcelain wall tile with a striking geometric design in grey, white and black shades. They create a unique 3D effect. 46


ANTIQUE CRACKLE METRO

A smooth white ceramic brick-shaped tile with a decorative crackle glaze. Perfect for a herringbone feature wall or splashback.

BEVELLED METALLIC METRO TILES – GOLD

A bevelled brick shaped metro tile with a copper metallic finish. Made from ceramic.

HERRINGBONE CARRARA MARBLE POLISHED BRICK TILES

A striking herringbone mosaic, made from natural carrara marble. With a polished finish, the brick shaped pieces are arranged in a herringbone layout. Suitable for both walls and floors and ideal for creating a feature wall, splashback, or statement floor.

COUNTRY COTTAGE METRO TILES

A range of ceramic brick-shaped metro tiles with a bumpy rustic surface, and a gloss finish. Three different tiles are used to create this blend. 47


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PATCHWORK MOSAIC EFFECT

A textured mosaic effect patchwork tile in soft pastel purple and pink shapes. Each square has a different raised pattern; adding character and definition to an interior wall space. Perfect for use as a kitchen splashback.

BLACK METRO

A bevelled ceramic brick shaped metro tile in a black hue with a gloss finish. Perfect for creating a splashback or feature wall. 48

HARVEST SQUARE MOSAIC

A patchwork mosaic tile consisting of metallic leaf trapped behind a glass face. It has a glossy finish making it suitable for use on walls and floor.


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CHELSEA COLLECTION

Simple, classic, elegant, high quality mirrored furniture ideal for bedrooms and living rooms.

KNIGHTSBRIDGE CONSOLE TABLE

A unique look featuring inter-crossing grooves on the mirrored panels. Large square diamondshaped handles and a bond of hard crystal and metal add a look.

Fresh Feel

Stylish mirrored, reflective furniture surfaces help in creating a fresh feel without having to fully redecorate and change the colour of walls and carpets. They generate a perception of increased depth in the room – useful when trying to open up a small space. Featured here are 6 stylish mirrored furniture that combine functionality with style. IMAGES MY FURNITURE

AURELIA CONSOLE TABLE

This timeless classic console is beautifully finished in high quality bevelled mirror and set up on solid steel chrome plated legs that look stunning.

THE LEONORE RANGE

A visually stunning item which fuses Georgian proportions with Art Deco finishes. The range has bevelled mirror panels that are flushed mounted into elegant, white wooden frames. Range includes dressing table, stool, wall mirror and chest of drawers, and tall chest.

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REFINED MODERN LIVING Supercool Creative Culture Sdn Bhd beautifies residential and commercial properties by providing a comprehensive range of services

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upercool Creative Culture Sdn Bhd (SSC), founded in 2004 by Royce Loy Chai Meng and Chai Yuen Hey, has been creating waves in the residential and commercial sector by providing a whole new meaning to the term refined modern living. With over 10 years of experience, SCC has been beautifying residential and commercial properties by providing a comprehensive range of services that include home improvement and roofing. Staying true to its design philosophy of using only high quality sustainable materials, SCC incorporates the classical Balinese concept of island resort lifestyle into the homes. Regarded as one of the leading specialist in roofing in Malaysia, SCC’s main areas of expertise are building pergolas, roof tiles, gazebos, polycarbonate awnings, laminating glass skylight, timber decks, fences and railings.

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Royce Loy, the Managing Director of SCC, said that the company, which has its head office in Puchong Permai, Selangor, and a branch office each in Seremban and Johor Bahru, is committed to giving its customers great value for money. As such, only quality materials are used. Natural hardwoods such Chengal, Balau and Resak are used for building decks and pergolas. The timber is treated to withstand humidity, at the same time it is water resistant and durable enough to be exposed to direct sunlight. Timber pergolas, which can be combined with laminated roofing, polycarbonate sheets, help prevent direct sunlight streaming into the house. More importantly, timber, whether used in pergolas or flooring, is eco-friendly and adds beauty and character to any area. SCC also provides polycarbonate roofing, laminated glass skylight, roof tiles and fences and railings, all of which can be customised to suit the budget of the home owner and the overall architecture of the house. “We have an extensive range of design options, colours, textures and material to give our customers the best,” said Loy. The passion, dedication and the persistence to provide the best in home improvement for the customers, have earned for SCC several local and international accolades. Among them are the Asia Pacific International Honesty Enterprise Keris Awards 2014, the Sin Chew Business Excellence Awards 2014, The Entrepreneur Award 2014 and The Service Quality Award, 2014. u

For more information, contact Supercool Creative Culture Sdn Bhd at (603) 5885 1180 or sales@supercool.com.my


We Specialise In: • Polycarbonate Roof • Laminated Glass Roof • Tiles Roof • Pergola • Gazebo • Timber Deck • Fence, Railing, Gate • Industrial Deck Roof • Laminated Shingles • Aluminium Composite Panel

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Specialist in Roofing & Outdoor Home Improvements Supercool Creative Culture Sdn. Bhd. (874137-M) Supercool Roofing Sdn. Bhd. (1142173-U) Kuala Lumpur Headquarters No. 12 & 14, Jalan Permai 4, Taman Industrian Puchong Permai, 47150 Selangor. Tel: +603 5885 1180 M: +6012 312 3619 Fax: +603 5885 1198 Email: sales@supercool.com.my

Johor Bahru Branch No 5, Jalan Ekoperniagaan 1/19, Taman Ekoperniagaan, 81100 Johor Bahru. Tel: +607 353 1180 M: +6012 755 2515 Fax: +603 353 0188

Seremban S2 Branch 181, 1st Floor, Jalan S2 B3, Seremban Two, 70300 Negeri Sembilan D.K. Tel: +606 601 2502 M: +6012 425 8850 Fax: +606 601 1401

www.superecool.com.my / www.supercool2u.com.my

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 JUTE RUG BLUE

These striking jute runners have a timeless design. They are handwoven on traditional handlooms using age old techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries. They look great in a hallway adding both style and warmth.

SOOTHING SANCTUARY

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reate a calming environment and soothing sanctuary at home with a mixture of stylish home furnishings and accessories in a subtle blue palette. Choose from tactile handwoven Kilim arm chairs and textured hand coiled baskets in soft muted blues through to luxuriously soft throws in traditional navy blues. For a more rustic look choose a distressed or faded blue finish in the form of reclaimed frames, tactile linens and industrial tripod lights. u

 MOBALI LINEN CUSHION AND THROW

The Mobali Linen cushion covers have a lovely natural and laid back feel to them. This textured natural linen looks beautiful with this soft shade of blue.

 LIGHT

Oboro Film Lights are a statement piece handmade by skilled artisans. The stylish iron tripod base works perfectly with the distressed metal lamp design.

„ WOOL THROW

The Etawah wool throw sits beautifully at the end of a bed or over a sofa. Its muted shades create a relaxed style.

ƒ INDRA COIL BASKETS

 BASU MULTI FRAMES

Handmade from reclaimed wood, the Basu frame has a charming distressed painted finish. Filled with photographs they create a striking wall display.

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These wonderful coil baskets are handmade by a collective of craftswomen in India. They are perfect for storage and each is naturally dyed, then hand spun and woven. These rigid, freestanding baskets are made using natural fibres such as jute, cotton and leather.


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ƒ COSY SEAT

The moss green velvet armchair is formal but also cosy, and is upholstered in a versatile green velvet fabric which will sit effortlessly in traditionally or contemporary interiors.

 FRENCH SEAT WITH ROSES

The Duchess Chair is a beautiful combination of graceful and feminine design with classic French style. The wooden frame is finished in a subtly distressed white, upholstered in soft pale pink velvet and then finished with doublepiped edging.

CUTOUT SIDE LIGHT „

Modern and bang on trend brushed copper. This contemporary table lamp made from iron, looks great as a desk lamp and will sit beautifully next to a black or white bed.

ƒ DOUGAL BLUSH PINK THROW

The extra-long fringing of this soft pink throw adds a finishing touch to your sofa or bed. It is made from a super-soft combination of wool, acrylic and polyester.

 SABRINA TABLE LAMP

This elegant Sabrina Table Lamp has a mirrored base with an antique silver finish. The base encourages the light to refract around your room and the pleated white oval shade is the perfect match.

MODERN FEMININITY  BOTANICAL GARDEN

Bring a sunny garden into your home with this floral design which depicts an array of beautifully painted garden flowers, with a subtle textured coloured reverse for a coordinated look. The bright colours keep this cushion feeling fresh and contemporary.

Enjoy a quiet day in your living room or any other place in your abode with delicate pink sunset colours offset against leafy greens and turquoise hues. The combination of these on-trend colours creates modern femininity, especially when combined with metallic accents, sumptuous velvets and textured accessories. IMAGES COURTESY OF THE FRENCH BEDROOM CO

 MARQUISE SILVER MIRROR This is a real statement mirror with timeless and elegant style. The baroque double-framed mirror is hand-carved from wood and embellished with leaves, flowers, scrolling and swags.

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Vibrant Colours

Inspired by the colours of India, Dulux shows how you can incorporate some of the colour trends into your home and spice it up for the upcoming Deepavali celebrations

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eepavali, the Festival of Lights, which signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. To prepare for the celebrations, families ensure that their home is in a presentable state for their visiting friends and family. Some rush to complete minor renovations around the home, while others buy new furniture to give their home a brand new look.

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way to transform any space in your home for this festive season is by using colours. Drawing inspiration from the ancient Mogul palaces of Rajasthan, warm neutral colours is a great palette for any living or dining room. To ensure that space feels light and bright, pick colours on the lighter side of the warm neutral colour palette.


m You can also add a touch of the romantic Taj Mahal by incorporating the white from the marble or the blue tones from the Yamuna River located next to it. As these classic colours work well across your home and for spaces that are slightly smaller, be sure to use Dulux Light & Space. The technology found in this paint reflects up to twice as much light, making rooms brighter and more spacious. Similarly, to the warm neutral colour palette, these classic colours can go well with your existing furniture. However, these colours allow you a little more freedom to go outside your comfort zone when it comes to picking patterns and colours for your accessories. Take this change to explore and go wild with bold patterns when picking items such as photo frames or throw pillows.

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like an intimidating colour to pick when it comes to interior design. However, it can be easily integrated into your home when done strategically. A wonderful way to do this is by having a feature wall using this colour or creating a gold Indian motif mural. Monarch Gold was announced as Colour of the Year 2016 by AkzoNobel and it is the perfect hue of gold to be used for your feature wall. This colour breathes positives vibes into any room while making it feel cozy. 55


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Marathon Shopping Spree is Back! • Scores of new products at bargain prices • Prizes in cash & kind • Tips on décor from industry experts • Discover HOMEDEC’s signature feature, 3-GEN Living & Design Showhome.

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From left: Chan Mun Inn, Wong Pei San and Dato' Vincent Lim.

he biggest annual two-part HOMEDEC shopping session for all things related to home renovation, design, decor and furnishing, is back. Held over two consecutive weekends at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the two events offer visitors a mind-boggling range of new products at bargain prices for the home, more rewards in cash and kind from the HOMEDEC Contest and Register & Visit and useful tips, solutions and help from industry experts. Taking the spotlight at the exhibition is the 3-GEN Living & Design Showhome, HOMEDEC’s signature feature. Since 2012, showhome have been the centrepiece of HOMEDEC exhibitions. The showhome offers visitors real-life experience of walking into an actual house that depicts innovative interior décor and design possibilities. The 3-GEN Living & Design showhome which is on display at Hall 5, highlights the design possibilities of housing three generations under one roof. The life-sized double-storey showhome with a built-up area of 384sqm, is designed by Chan Mun Inn and Wong Pei San, directors of Essential Design Integrated Sdn Bhd, a multi award-winning local interior design company. The showhome was build on site within 46 hours and all items used in building the showhome were sourced from the HOMEDEC exhibitors. Dato’ Vincent Lim, President of C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd, organiser of HOMEDEC exhibitions, said the idea to showcase the three57


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MARK THE DATES generation showhome was based on feedback from visitors of previous exhibitions. “HOMEDEC is more than just an exhibition – it's a marketplace to source products and more than that, it is the place where the showhome takes pride of place. It's where reputable designers introduce to visitors the ideas of space planning,” he said. Both Chan and Wong noted that there is a rising trend where three generations live together under one roof due to factors such as cultural expectations, finance and time. Wong, who has 15 years of experience in the industry, pointed out that conventional design of homes need to evolve to take into account the multiple needs and requirements of different age groups and lifestyle requirements. The design of the 3-GEN Living & Design Showhome takes into account the living patterns of each individual. The duo also relied on the feedback from their clients with three generations. The kitchen, living room and dining area were identified as the places where family members interacted more frequently. “These are the high 58

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27-30 Oct (Furnish & Decorate) VENUE: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre TIME: 10am to 8pm

intensity spaces and we worked towards making them into multi-functional spaces,” said Chan who has 17 years of experience in the industry. Permeability is achieved by breaking down solid walls, large windows and ledges, but at the same time each space is designed and connected closely with each other. An interesting feature in this showhome is the hammock area on the upper floor. Instead of a conventional floor, an open nylon net is used to form a hammock that hangs over the kitchen and dining area. It can be used as a place to read or relax. Apart from the showhome, visitors will be spoilt for choice as the exhibition offers more than 20 major product categories from over more than 500 companies occupying 1,600 booths.

HOMEDEC Part 1, which focuses on Design + Renovate brings together exhibitors’ products and services for permanent fixtures for renovation while Part 2 showcases all things related to the theme Furnish + Decorate. Visitors can also pick up tips and ideas from industry experts by attending a forum that will be held at the exhibition hall on 22 October (English session) and 29 Oct (Chinese session). There are also lots of fabulous prizes, in cash and kind, waiting to be won. Be sure to take part in the various contests when you spend at HOMEDEC. Entrance to the exhibition is free. For more information, log on to www.homedec.com.my or www.facebook.com/homedec.exhibition or watch HOMEDEC TV at You Tube. u


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Showhome highlights design possibilities of housing three generations under one roof.

An overview from the exterior.

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he annual HOMEDEC Exhibition Parts 1 &2, organised C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd, is all set to unveil its signature Showhome. This time the spotlight is on a single house designed to accommodate 3 generations – all under one roof. The life-sized double-storey showhome with a built-up area of 384sqm, is designed by Chan Mun Inn and Wong Pei San, directors of Essential Design Integrated Sdn Bhd, a multi award-winning local interior design company. Both Chan and Wong who have between them a total of 32 years of experience in the industry, say there is a rising trend where three generations live together under one roof due to factors such as cultural expectations, finance and time. Wong, who has 15 years of experience in the industry, points out that conventional design of homes need to evolve to take into consideration the multiple needs and requirements of different age groups and lifestyle requirements.


Top: The Daytime play area for children. Bottom: The 3-GEN Living & Design - Living Room.

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3-GEN Living & Design Showhome will be showcased in both HOMEDEC exhibition Parts 1&2 in Hall 5, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Part 1 is from Oct 20 to 23 while Part 2 is from Oct 27 to 30.

As such, the 3-GEN Living & Design Showhome takes into account the living patterns of each individual. In designing the showhome, the duo relied on the feedback from their clients with three generations. The kitchen, living room and dining area were identified as the places where family members interacted more frequently. “These are the high intensity spaces and we worked towards making them into multifunctional spaces,” says Chan who has 17 years of experience in the industry. Permeability is achieved by breaking down solid walls, large windows and ledges, but at the same time each space is designed and connected closely with each other. “The family members can interact with one another while doing their own work even if they are in a different area of the house,” he says. The ground floor of the showhome is an open layout plan which has spaces for the grandparents, a play area for young children during daytime, laundry area as well as kitchen

The unique and fun concept of a giant slide that connects the child’s room to the garden on the ground floor.

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and dining spaces. There are no solid walls between the nursery, kitchen and dining areas. However, an open shelf structure with storage boxes act as a divider between the spaces. An open plan sleeping area is located next to the play area with a hidden slide and stairs that connects directly to the grandchildren's bedroom above. The bedrooms of the children and the parents are on the upper floor. The master bedroom is located in the centre of the house so the parents can catch glimpses of other family members throughout the house. This sleeping area also opens out into a bench and a hammock area. Instead of a conventional floor, an open nylon net is used to form a hammock that hangs over the kitchen and dining area. “The hammock can be used for resting, reading or just sitting around to chat. It also connects the upper floor and the ground floor, and there is a sense of permeability here. Those upstairs can see what’s happening downstairs and vice versa,” says Chan. u


Top: Dining area of the 3-GEN Living & Design showhome. Bottom: The open nylon net forms a giant hammock in the showhome.

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Dynamic & Colourful De Resident Drawing on the rich colours used by well-known Dutch artists, the designers at HofmanDujardin give the office know as De Resident, a vibrant and colourful personality IMAGES COURTESY OF MATTHIJS VAN ROON / HOFMANDUJARDIN

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orking together with cepezed and the Antea Group, HofmanDujardin, a Dutch architectural and design firm, recently gave a modern look to two existing high-rise office towers in the heart of The Hague. The Helicon and Castalia buildings, known as De Resident, houses the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. The renovation was part of the strategy to downsize the Dutch government and the transition to new ways of working. In the new design these two building are connected by a light and transparent atrium designed by cepezed. From the atrium, people

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can enter the two ministries or the vibrant petit cafÊ on the ground floor of the Castalia building. New stairs, bridges and voids give access to the lower five floors which house a variety of meeting areas, work zones and restaurants. The fifth floor of both the buildings are dedicated to the offices of the ministries while the regular offices are on the 6th to the 20th floor. The topmost floor of Castalia is a shared meeting space which offers an expansive view of the city below. The original Resident offices were designed by American architect Michael Graves and Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters in the 1990’s. Both architects are known for their Post-modernist designs. During the design process, the team from HofmanDujardin noticed surprising resemblances


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between the existing interior of Castalia and famous Dutch art and architecture. Inspired by Graves’s enlarging of Dutch classic artists such as Vermeer, De Hoog and Berlage, HofmanDujardin continued on this concept of bringing colour and personality into the interior design. Over 30 paintings were selected on the theme ‘health and leisure’ for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and on the theme ‘work’ for the offices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Each of the selected paintings was enlarged to the size of the floor plans and divided in a grid of 50cm x 50cm floor carpet tiles. To match the richness of colour found in the original masterpieces, 70 additional colours were developed by HofmanDujardin in collaboration with a carpet supplier. The result? 300 dynamic and stunningly colourful floor patterns that give each floor and space a unique and personal atmosphere. u 66


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‚ SHELF BRASS BRACKET

The shelf brackets are fashioned from brass and look stunning when mounted on a wall. Just add a wooden beam for a rustic yet contemporary shelving solution.

ƒ RAW BRASS SWIRL BASE LAMP Stunning side lamp made of raw brass with a swirl base – ideal for side lighting in the living room or in a bedroom.

 CIRCLE CEILING BRASS LIGHT

This ceiling light is made with shiny brass and consists of brass ceiling rose, black fabric wire and brass circular pendant light. It's simple, chic and contemporary. Hang it on either side of a bed for a gorgeous modern look. It would also look good over a dining table.

STORAGE BOWLS „

These small storage bowls can used to place all your small items and even kitchen utensils.

BEAUTIFUL BRASS There is no doubt that metallics, with their gilt finishes and subtle sheens, are here to stay. While cool copper is still relevant, it’s the beautiful brass that’s making heads turn of late. With the luxe feel of gold and subtlety of bronze, brass adds instant oomph to any room.

WALL MAGAZINE/FILE RACK „

This 3 tier magazine rack is the perfect storage solution for the style conscious magazine hoarder. The antique copper wire unit should be wall mounted. Hang it in the bedroom to keep your magazines close by. Alternatively, it makes a great and super-chic office tidy.

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Geometric View

New York-based Adrian Gaut’s architecture photography focuses on graphic and geometric details of buildings around the world. His artistic eye is visible through all his series ranging from cards, landscapes, still life, and portraits.

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HOMEDEC|Vol 9|No 4|2016|PKNS Opal  

HOMEDEC (Home Décor Trends) Magazine is a quarterly magazine jointly published by C.I.S Networks Sdn Bhd, the organiser of HOMEDEC, Malaysia...

HOMEDEC|Vol 9|No 4|2016|PKNS Opal  

HOMEDEC (Home Décor Trends) Magazine is a quarterly magazine jointly published by C.I.S Networks Sdn Bhd, the organiser of HOMEDEC, Malaysia...

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