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MALAYSIAN

INTERIOR

Vol 1 No.1 / 2015 / RM10.60

KDN NO PP18721/04/2015 (034180)

ISSN 2289-9316

INDUSTRYPARTNERS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

CHRIS YAP, MIID PRESIDENT

THE WINNER’S CIRCLE:

MEET THE WINNERS! MOVING ON UP!

Dato’ Vincent Lim, MIIP President

MIIP AWARDS & MAGAZINE LAUNCH

THE MIIP INTERIOR INDUSTRY AWARDS

2014 Rewarding Excellence in Interior Built


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The finest quality residential and commercial carpets.

Artesia Decor Sdn Bhd D3-17-G, Jalan Dutamas 3, Taman Dutamas, 43200 Balakong, Selangor, Malaysia Tel : 012-2333 777 Fax: +603-9544 4411


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6 THE MIIP INTERIOR INDUSTRY AWARDS 2014 MIIP Rewards Excellence In The Interior Built Industry.

Launch 12 MIIP Awards & Magazine Launch SPECIAL FEATURES

16 Moving On Up!

22 Forging Closer Ties : MIIP and MIID Chris Yap, President of MIID shares how both associations will work together for the betterment of the interior built industry.

WHAT’S NEW

26 Check Out What’s ‘IN’ in INTERIOR Built IN THE SPOTLIGHT

34 •Archinspire Malaysia Sdn Bhd 35 •De Stone Sdn Bhd

Dato’ Vincent Lim speaks about his time as President of MIIP and what his hopes are for the association in the future.

36 From Drab To Fab

20 GST and the Interior Built Industry

37 It’s Time To Get Green From The Ground Up!

How the newly implemented GST will affect the interior built industry in Malaysia.

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Find out how you can choose the right colours for your space.

Tips on how to make your interior more environmentally friendly

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Artmatrix Technology Sdn Bhd Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd Jalex Sdn Bhd Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd Inovar Resources Sdn Bhd


Publisher’s Note Dear Readers, In this issue of the MIIP Magazine we are proud to recognise the winners of the inaugural MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014. The award is a testimony of the dedication of quality in the Malaysian Interior Built Industry while it recognises and rewards industry innovation. A biannual affair, we are confident that the award will prove to boost the confidence level of the industry by giving industry players the recognition that they deserve. Also, the awards are aimed to raise the bar of innovation and creativity in one of the fastest growing industries in the country. MIIP has worked tirelessly to be the voice for the Malaysian Built Industry, highlighting issues and challenges through far reaching tentacles one of which is the MIIP Magazine. This magazine is distributed to both private and governmental agencies so that it is an effective platform to have our voices heard as well as to educate the public on our industry and what it does. This is one of the many steps that have been taken to help elevate our industry further thrusting us into the limelight. The committee and I would like to thank the editorial team on a job well done as well as MIIP members who have supported and backed this publication from the start. We couldn’t have made this a success without your help and dedication. Last but definitely not least, I would like to personally congratulate all the winners at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014. You’ve done the industry proud, keep up the good work!

Dato’ Vincent Lim President Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association

Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association c/o C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd 9-1-6, Jalan 3/109F, Danau Business Centre, Danau Desa, Jalan Klang Lama, 58100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-7982 4668 / 012-482 3552 www.miip.com.my PRESIDENT Dato’ Vincent Lim C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd VICE PRESIDENT Tan Goo Can Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd HONORARY SECRETARY Steven Poh Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd HONORARY TREASURER Jimmy Tong Luxx Newhouse Furniture Sdn Bhd ORDINARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS David Cheong Euro Chairs System Sdn Bhd Jimmy Predeep / Ruban PLM Interiors Sdn Bhd Teoh Seck Chong / Pauline Loh Seamaster Paint Marketing Sdn Bhd Lim Gao Leong Sykt Lian Ping Enterprise Sdn Bhd Lee Kong Chin / Shenne Lee Vesta-Inovas Display Sdn Bhd PRINTING Percetakan Skyline Sdn Bhd (135134-V) 35-37, Jalan 12/32B, TSI Business Industrial Park, Batu 6 1/2 Off Jalan Kepong, 52100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: +603-6257 4846 / 1217 (Hunting) Malaysian Interior Industry Partners is produced for MIIP by Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd. Malaysian Interior Industry Partners is published

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All authors automatically agree to indemnify MIIP 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 © 2015 by MIIP 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 MIIP and Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd. MIIP and Harini Management Services Sdn Bhd acept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photography, illustration and other editorial materials.

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REWARDING EXCELLENCE IN THE INTERIOR BUILT INDUSTRY One of the fastest growing industries in Malaysia, the interior built industry professionals got together with pride and with passion for an industry that is close to their hearts.

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A Night of Milestones MIIP members got together for a night of fun networking and to witness the announcement of the first MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014 as well as the Inaugural MIIP Magazine.

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Bringing You The Beauty Of Stone

DeStone Sdn Bhd

B-5-8 Plaza Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara 50480, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603-6204 5725 Fax: 603-6204 5726 Email:destone333@gmail.com


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Moving On Up! Dato’ Vincent Lim has served two terms as the President of the Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association (MIIP) and in that time has spearheaded the association in a positive direction.

Aerial view of Kuala Lumpur’s rapidly growing construction industry.

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GST and The Interior Built Industry YYC Advisors, a leading Malaysian group of professional chartered accountants, tax specialists and GST/business consultants explore the GST and its implementation in the Interior Built Industry.

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his year, businesses in Malaysia are very concerned about one thing - Goods and Services Tax (GST). Here, we would like to highlight the effects of GST implementation, 10 common mistakes to watch out for and some common problems faced in the industry.

THE EFFECTS OF GST IMPLEMENTATION 2WHICH MAY REQUIRE CHANGES OF

ACCOUNTING POLICIES There are specific GST rules, implications and transitional issues

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which may require changes of accounting policies. GST affects how the transactions are captured and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) has come out with guides and rules for businesses to follow in the record keeping practices. For instance, the ‘21 Days Rule’ and the ‘Time of Supply Rules’ determines when you need to raise a tax invoice, thus, certain industry practices need to be changed. Remember to include 6% GST in quotations and contracts as not mentioning the GST in quotations and contracts may result in your clients refusing to pay the GST amount to you, the result - you absorbing the GST!

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GST definitely has a severe impact on a company’s cash flow, contractors will have to learn how to better manage their cash flow, therefore, restructuring credit terms may be required to prevent cash flow problems. The broad idea is that contractors have to pay GST to suppliers for materials and hardware (input tax) and will then charge GST to clients for services (output tax). But when clients take too long to settle the bill, contractors won’t be able to collect the output tax and use it to offset input tax or claim refunds from RMCD within the taxable period


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Forging Closer Ties: MIID and MIIP Ar. Chris Yap S.C. the President of Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) has a one on one with MIIP Magazine on strengthening the relationship between MIID and the Malaysian Interior Industry Partners Association (MIIP).

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he interior built industry brings to life ideas conceptualised by interior designers. It is for this reason that forging closer ties between the two industries is crucial to further ensure the success of the construction industry. Ar. Chris Yap, President of MIID speaks candidly about his vision to create closer cooperatives between MIID and MIIP as well as other industry partners so there will be a collective improvement on the processes and work-flow between all parties involved. Yap is confident that through MIIP’s continued support and cooperation, there will be a reinforced business friendship between the two associations that will create a strong coalition of industry professionals.

“Malaysian Interior Builders are at par, if they are not already on higher standing than a lot of their other international counter parts currently.” – AR CHRIS YAP S.C.

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SIKA® PROVEN ELASTIC BONDING TECHNOLOGY TO HELP WOOD FLOORS LOOK GOOD PERMANENTLY

Sika glue reduces impact and ambient reflected sound because the permanently elastic adhesive can absorb vibration and provide more comfortable acoustics. For renovation projects, new wood floors can be bonded with Sika glue onto old, existing tiles and other surfaces. Sika glue can also be used in difficult areas such as outside, around pool decks and other extreme moisture exposed environments. Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and the motor vehicle industry. For more information on Sika glue or other Sika products from Sika Malaysia, visit them at www.sika.com.my

Check Out What’s ‘IN’ in INTERIOR Built See what’s trending right now.

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NANO SHIELD ANTIBACTERIAL LAMINATE FLOORING

Because your family deserves a better living environment, Inovar Floor introduces the first of its kind Nano Shield Antibacterial Laminate Flooring. The smallest Nano Particle in the world kills germs and pollutants with up to 99% accuracy. It even comes in a variety of shades to suit your needs! Inovar Malaysia is a pioneer in Asia for the laminate flooring industry, for more information please visit their website www.inovarfloor.com.my.

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WINNER’S CIRCLE

Winning their way to GREENER and BETTER Award winner Artmatrix is determined to go green to make the world a better place.

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our office furniture solutions provider, Artmatrix Technology Sdn Bhd won two awards at the inaugural MIIP Awards, catapulting them up the rank as a leader in green innovative office products. CEO of Artmatrix, Herbert Koh says that winning the two awards at the MIIP Awards reiterated and reinforced the company’s commitment to go green and in turn to be the best at everything that they do. Artmatrix took home the Silver in the Innovative Products category for their product, Xenic Chair and the Gold for Artmatrix Factory in the Interior Products for Furniture, Furnishings and Fittings. “Xenic chair was conceptualised by our very own Malaysian designer Joe Leong who was inspired by the dance of the multicolored butterfly. The butterfly wings are used to support and caress your lumbar for a comfortable seating posture,” says Koh. He adds,“Its innovativeness in terms of having and being the first to have a translucent back support system and latex foam support makes it a certified green chair eco-labeled by Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).” Koh explains that having this chair in your office is a stamp of approval for sustainability. The Xenic Chair comes in two frame colours and a combination of seven colours for the butterfly lumbar support together with a choice of various fabrics. This allows for an exhaustive palate of colours for interior designers to create their very own signature product in different environments.

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CEO of Artmatrix, Herbert Koh.

The Gold Winner, Artmatrix factory was certified a green factory in April 2014 providing a testimony to Artmatrix’s very own commitment to sustainability. The 85,000 square feet of space in Taman Perindustiran Selesa Jaya, Balakong, Selangor houses 16,000 square feet of showroom space. The 16 year old building is fully refurbished in accordance with the Green Building Index (GBI), industrial tool. The building is now certified for GBI certification. “We find it pointless just to produce green products for the market if we destroy the environment doing it. We push our limits and the management philosophy to encompass the word green to mean everything we do and breathe,” explains Koh, who is a firm believer in practicing what he preaches.“As a reputable manufacturer of interior products(office furniture system) we need not only just provide green products but it is necessary to be the first to make sure our processes and the way we produce it is suitable for sustainability.” When asked about what was in the pipeline for Artmatrix, Koh says that they aspire to be the industry leader in going green, therefore the industry can look forward to hearing about the latest and most innovative green products periodically. Koh strongly feels that MIIP’s dedication towards elevating the industry through the introduction of these awards is a good move, spurring the movement of innovation and creativity. “We are very pleased that they industry has recognised us in our silent efforts towards a more sustainable future.”“It is always an honour to be recognised for our achievements.”


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The Carpet Experts Carpeting is an essential interior fit-out and Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd is an expert in the field, reiterated by their win at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014.

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t is said that the right carpeting makes a world of a difference to any room. An essential part of interior fit-out, carpeting plays an integral part to the completion of a project to add just the correct touch and trimming to a finished project. Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd is a guru in this field here in Malaysia and is backed by over 10 years of carpet experience. Steven Poh and Kelvin Chee together spearhead Artesia Decor with expert experience in roll carpet, carpet tiles and hand-tuft carpet in Malaysia. Both are very hands-on in the carpet industry, from design concept, fibre selection, colour choice, sourcing, supply & installation.“You will be able to see our work in many four and five star hotels, restaurants, universities and corporate offices,” says Steven Poh. Artesia Décor is responsible for the great carpeting work done in hotels such as The Westin Langkawi, St. Regis Langkawi, The InterContinental KL, Seri Pacific Hotel KL, The Katerina Hotel Batu Pahat, Swan Garden Hotel Melaka, Kings Green Hotel Melaka, M Suites Hotel JB, Quill 9 Ballroom and VIP Lounge, Oriental Restaurant Group. Also an expert in carpet tiles, they have completed projects in University Technology Malaysia (UTM) International Medical University (IMU) UCSI as well as rugs for Langkawi Palace, Bukit Utama condominiums and many

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private homes.“Corporate offices installed with our carpet tiles include Menara Technip, Malaysia Biotech Corp (Menara Atlan), BMW HQ at Quill 3 Cyberjaya, Sunway Headquarters and more,” Poh exaplains. Artesia Décor took home a Gold at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards in the Interior Products for Floor Finishes for their work at the Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa.“We were over the moon to be a winner at the inaugural award ceremony,” says Poh.“The award gave industry players a chance to have friendly competition in a conducive environment,” he adds. Poh, who is also Honorary Secretary for MIIP explained that this initiative by the association was welcomed by industry players as there was a thirst for industry recognition.“It gave us all a chance to be appreciative of our own work as well as the work of other industry players while pushing us even harder to develop our individual strengths.” He admits that he is looking forward to the next award presentation and hopes that Artesia Décor will win again.

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The Builder Of Dreams Winner of three MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014, Can-I Interior Fit Out Sdn Bhd is dedicated to realising the creative vision of designers.

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an Goo Can, Founder of Can-I Interior Fit Out Sdn Bhd shares that the company specialises and is dedicated to realising the creative vision of designers, thinking up innovative ways to implement complicated ideas and turning artistic concepts into life.“ We breathe reality into the ideas by providing the talent that helps acquire, build, craft, assemble and install the actual physical components,” says Tan, who is also the Vice President of MIIP. The company is renowned for its ability to anticipate and solve problems during the production and execution process, and has established a reputation for doing the seemingly impossible by tapping on its inherent reserves of resourcefulness, savvy and never-say-die attitude. The Company employs over 60 individuals in its headquarters as well as approximately 300 skilled workers at project sites throughout the region. With a strong track record in refurbishing and transforming the interiors of many five-star hotels in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka and around the ASEAN region, Can-I consistently achieves annual revenues of around RM100 million. Their work is also constantly recognised for its extraordinary quality, having been awarded with numerous accolades including the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers’ Best Interior Builder Award for three consecutive years (2008 - 2010) and the Enterprise 50 Award from SME Corp Malaysia. Most recently, the company was a big winner at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014 with three wins. Those wins include a Silver for Mutiara Johor Bahru Hotel in the Interior Fit Out works for the

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hospitality category, a Gold for East Coast Mall Kuantan for the Interior fit-out works for retail category and a Platinum award for the Tabung Haji Complex for the Interior fit-out work for workplaces category. “We were delighted to win the three awards at MIIP’s inaugural awards ceremony,” says Tan.“It is always an honour to be recognised for a job well done. The awards is part of MIIP’s plans on elevating the Malaysian Interior Built industry further and will be a biannual affair.“We feel that through the awards, the industry as a whole is able to acknowledge the contributions of a combination of suppliers of finishes, interior builders and manufacturers.” “Our industry is one of the fastest growing in the country and it is about time that the industry got the due recognition it deserves.” Future plans for Can-I include vying for more awards and accolades under their belt.“Our never say die attitude has brought us far through the years and we have no plans on slowing down.” Tan is passionate about the industry he belongs to and this resonates with his company. “I believe that great concepts and ideas can start from a spark of inspiration or a mere kernel of knowledge, even a chance encounter with the unknown. The satisfaction comes when you are able to seize these opportunities and make them work for you,” he concludes.


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First Class Interior Contractor Jalex Sdn Bhd proves once again that they are leaders in the interior built industry with three wins at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014.

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ince 1988, Jalex Sdn Bhd has been popularly known as ‘your partner in interiors’ which is no surprise seeing the project management team of Jalex has delivered to countless satisfied customers a diverse range of interior fit-outs and refurbishing works Staying true to its vision of being an innovative and progressive partner in the interior industry, Jalex was recently a big winner at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards sweeping up a Silver award in the Interior Fit Out works for Retail for Stone Empire Gallery, Gold for Interior Fit Out Works for Workplaces for SP Setia Corporate HQ and the coveted Platinum Award for Interior Fit Out Works for Food and Beverage Outlets for Troika Sky Dining.“We were thrilled and elated to win the 3 awards. It is a great recognition of the diligent and skilled work by our staff and subcontractors in executing high quality and complex projects,” says Janet Lee, Group Executive Director. Having been established for 26 years, Jalex has grown to be among the leading interior builders with the most varied experiences. “Our completed projects range from 160 Offices, 60 Hotels, 40 Restaurants, 50 Lifestyle and Retail Outlets to the prestigious Dewan Filharmonik Petronas and a luxurious floating hotel,” Lee says. Using a well tested in-house standard operational system St Regis, Langkawi. which is accredited by RWTUV (Germany) for ISO 9001 compliance, Jalex has managed multidisciplinary trades like ceiling, partition, flooring, joinery, loose furniture, glazing, plumbing, mechanical and electrical works. “We have a team of loyal and experienced staff who have grown with Jalex Group of Companies. They are absolutely dedicated, committed and responsible. Having our own five factories each specializing in joinery, furniture, metal and stone, enable our project and manufacturing teams to integrate multiple elements seamlessly and together deliver a winning project,” she explains. Jalex brings a unique corporate synergy to the interior contracting industry by successfully integrating service and manufacturing into one cohesive and economically effective function. When asked about the challenges faced by the interior built industry today, Lee shares, “The challenges of today are how to deal with shorter construction periods, intricate complex designs, dwindling skilled tradesmen, very discerning clients

and still offer the best competitive price to secure the project. However, Jalex has no plans on slowing down after their continued success.“Our latest project is the St Regis Hotel at Langkawi where we completed the 25 suites, the whole public area of Lobby, Drawing Room, Bar, All Day Dining Restaurant, Deli, Ballroom, Pre-function and Gym and we manufactured in house all the bespoke furniture too,” Shares Lee. Moving forward, Jalex is dedicated to continued improvement and development in providing integrated customised interior products and service to delight customers and meet market demands.

THE WINNING PROJECTS U SP SETIA CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS AND SHOW GALLERY AT SETIA ALAM

Design by Artwork Kuala Lumpur. The 10 meter ceiling of the 1500 sq meter show gallery is artistically designed and painstakingly installed with 600 pieces of Fiqured Sycamore timber veneer panel in different sizes and installed at staggered levels by skilled carpenter to become a beautiful canvas of timber veneer art.

U TROIKA SKY DINING Designed by Hecker Guthrie from Melbourne, the exquisite contemporary interiors with a mixture of raw and refined elements flowing effortlessly through Cantaloupe (French fine dining), Strata (Italian) and Claret (wine bar) at Level 23A of The Troika Residence, Kuala Lumpur.

U STONE EMPIRE GALLERY A dramatic 5 meter height entrance arch made of cotan steel welcomes the visitor. The wall is built with galvanized metal frame, large glass panels and glass blocks to allow natural lighting and warmth to filter through.

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Making A Bold Statement Award-winning Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd Customisation proudly manufactures some of the best Requests for the production of modified and original designs to suit the requirements of their customers are welcomed. mouldings and decorative ornaments in Malaysia bringing any room to life! The Gaudi Decor Collections Guarantee

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o room is complete without accents on the ceilings and walls to give it that extra character and cozy feel. Established in 1993, Gaudi Decor Collections is owned by Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd who is the manufacturer of polyurethane architectural mouldings and decorative ornaments. Their products are manufactured to meet very high quality-assurance standards and are environmentally friendly and can be used for both interior and exterior fit-outs. Sales and Marketing Director of Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd, CL Chong says,“The Gaudi Décor Collection offers a variety of quality decorative ornaments and mouldings.”

Global Acceptance The Gaudi Decor Collections are used internationally and customers include those from North America, the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, Central America, Singapore, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

International Recognition (ISO9001:2008 certified) Their success, both domestically and internationally, is a reflection of the wide recognition given to their consistently high quality products, prompt delivery, innovation, marketing support, supply reliability and our customer-oriented business philosophy. The company is also certified ISO 9001:2008 which reflects its commitment towards quality. Their manufacturing processs, which do not use any HCFC or CFC chemicals, but instead uses water is one of the most updated processes for polyurethane mouldings.

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Every product from the Gaudi Decor Collections carries the finest quality and target for total customer satisfaction; it is our culture to provide total reliability in product and service, and strive for continuous innovation in both design and production in order to meet the demands of an increasing discerning market. “With 20 years of experience under our belt we are a popular choice when it comes to manufacturers of PU architectural moldings,” he adds. Chong also explains that the interior fit-out industry is such an important part of the construction industry as it is the interior fit outs that create the look and feel of the living and breathing spaces for the buildings. “Touch, feel and the surrounding environment of a room determines the mood and feel of the individuals in the room,” he says. “As interior built professionals, we take our work very seriously.” So, it is no surprise that Pesona Saferay Sdn Bhd is a proud winner at the MIIP Interior Industry Awards 2014. Having won a Silver for their decorative PU moldings for the Interior Products for furniture, Furnishing and Fitting, Chong says that the win illustrates the company’s commitment to fine quality products. “We were incredibly pleased to win an award at such a prestigious ceremony.” “I applaud MIIP on their efforts to bring our industry to the forefront.”


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Vinyl Floor.

The Brand That Makes Malaysians Proud Award winning Inovar Floor leads the way as the premier Floorcoverings Solution Provider.

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novar, the brand that is synonymous with laminate flooring for the last 19 years, since inception in 1996, has unveiled its master plan to become ASEAN’s top floor coverings solution provider over the next 5 years. In fact, the company pioneered laminate flooring in Asia, being the first outside Europe. With the best of technology and machinery from Germany, Inovar took the bold step of a pioneering spirit, investing more than RM100 Million, to be the top producer in Asia. Production capacity has reached 4 Million square meters annually. Today, their dream has been realised. Being the top brand in ASEAN, the company prides itself of having successfully completed more than 300 housing projects in Malaysia. In other parts of the world, Inovar has adorned the flooring of some prestigious residential properties. The key strategy is to ride on Inovar’s well-established brand in the region, having had a strong presence in ASEAN countries, namely Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Brunei since 2007. Other countries where Inovar has its foothold includes Australia, Taiwan, India and Japan. Brand and branding has been Inovar’s driving force to differentiate itself against the increasing number of products and players in the field. Learning from the Parquat experience where the industry is near extinct due to lack of leadership and a distinct brand, price cutting and poor quality of material and workmanship was the order of the day. Over time, PJ HQ Showroom. unresolved issues surfaced and

remained, which eventually destroyed the confidence of consumers. Suppliers and consumers alike need to understand and remember that flooring is the most used part of an architectural product in the home. It is subjected to heavy usage and abuses, to a certain extent. Recognising this, it is only rational and reasonable to provide a flooring that is durable, capable of taking the harsh traffic and constant mopping, apart from its aesthetic value.With the experience and knowledge of the industry plus a reputable brand at its most stable, the management of Inovar finds it fit to expand the business beyond just laminate flooring but taking a broader road of positioning itself as a reliable Floorcoverings Solution Provider. Since 2013, Inovar has started sourcing for reliable overseas suppliers or partners who can share this vision. Today, Inovar products include Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT), both glue down and click, Solid Strand Woven Bamboo and Wood Polymer Composite (WPC) – for decking and internal flooring. Within this period, Inovar has already successfully secured one of the largest projects in the Klang Valley, with contract value of RM3.0 million, to supply LVT to a high end service apartment. Apart from this, it has also completed some smaller budget and mid-sized hotels. The company believes, it is the trusted brand of Inovar that sells. The story and journey does not end here… it is to be continued… For consultant service please call our Floor Designers @ +603-77851266 or visit www.inovarfloor.com.my Executive Director, Jason Tan MALAYSIAN INTERIOR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

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Italian Quartz Surfaces that Creates a Difference Archinspire (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is the sole distributor for OKITE Quartz surfaces, redefining and inspiring creativity and innovation in Malaysian interior spaces.

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he passion for aesthetically pleasing interiors has put Archinspire (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in a league of their own. As the Sole Authorised Distributor in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia for OKITE Quartz Surfaces, Archinspire understands every customer’s needs by exceeding their expectations with quality surface solutions for both individual retails and prestige projects. They believe the world renowned brand name of OKITE Quartz, has inspired homeowners, designers and property developers to be more creative and innovative. Every effort is taken to go that extra mile to provide value-added consultation and excellent after sales service.

The Luxurious OKITE It is a material so beautifully designed that it is quite simply ‘the stuff of dreams’. It’s a unique compound of polymer resin and up to 93% quartz, one of the toughest and most naturally attractive of all minerals that will light up your kitchen and any other area of your home. The composite material is made almost entirely of quartz, which is the fourth hardest natural stone and so it retains the same characteristic: strength, hardness, non-porosity and longevity. Its physicalmechanical properties together with the variety of colours render it the ideal product for worktops in homes, offices, shopping centres, hotels, restaurants and shops. It is also heat, stain and scratch resistant

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and is extremely durable – in fact, it is five times stronger and more durable than any other surfaces. Most importantly, it never needs sealing and it is remarkably easy to clean and maintain. Moreover, the intuition that such product would have had more and more applications, from the baths to the shower panels, from the washbasins to the accessories for the bathrooms, from architectural ornaments to all the combinations of design, rendered OKITE the brand name to distinguish the product made in Seieffe, the leader of this field. SEIEFFE Industries is a family established renowned multinational Italian Manufacturing Company situated in the heart of Italy that has been present for more than 53 years from bituminous conglomerates to building materials, quartz, real estate and many others. SEIEFFE Industries stone surfacing materials’ manufacturing facilities are located approximately 50km from Naples, in the south of Italy. SEIEFFE Industries have a total factory area of about 55 acres in which the OKITE plant alone is 360,000 square feet. OKITE is acknowledged by the Architects and Design Professionals as the most ideal surfacing material for kitchen and has become a synonym of quartz resin countertops due to its highly innovative design and exemplary performance superior to natural stones. Archinspire Malaysia is definitely taking the lead by redefining inspiration in the Malaysian Interior Built industry with the uniqueness of Okite Quartz.


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Stones, Beautiful Stones The durability of stones has been recognised for centuries and DeStone Sdn Bhd brings the beauty of stone to the Malaysian Interior Built Industry.

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tone has been used as a building material for thousands of years. It has long been recognised as a material of great durability and superior artistic quality, the foremost choice for buildings associated with status, power and religion. The pyramids in Giza, burial chambers in the UK and temples in Malta were all built from stone over 4000 years ago and are still standing. DeStone Sdn Bhd has brought the beauty of stone to Malaysian Interior Built with years of experience under their belt. Apart from trading stone, they have embarked on various projects for architectural stonework. Their professionalism has won them bids for many prestigious projects around the country. “Stones have a variety of textural finishes and visual characteristics, making it possible to be as creative as possible,” says Henry Teh, Director of DeStone Sdn Bhd. The company deals with a variety of stones that include marble, granite, sandstone, travertine, lime stone, slate, marble mosaic and tumble stone. “Our stones have been used as wall finish, flooring, countertops, kitchen tops as well as vanity counters just to name a few.” Teh explains that stone creates a whole different look and feel to a space and façade. “Stone that is used either in the exterior or interior creates a unique difference.”“If looked after well, stone can last a long time and stand firm for decades and even centuries,” he adds.

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From Drab to Fab Find out how you can choose the right colours for your space. By Barbara Jacobs

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hy do we find one place appealing and are uneasy in another? Why are we attracted to one product over another? Colour— whether architectural or in products—accounts for 60 percent of our response to an object or a place. The “buzz” about colour is usually called “colour psychology.” But the effects of colour are subtle and significant; physical and psychological. Colour use is not something that results in a definitive equation between “colour and our moods,” as is a currently popular expression. Wherever we go we respond to colour, but the importance of colour is often underestimated. Colour use is important to us personally in our homes and in the places where we work.

THINK ABOUT YOUR MOOD

START SMALL

PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHTING

If you’re not sure where to begin with colour, experiment in a powder room or bathroom, a small hall or area between rooms, or an accent wall. If you’re doing your own painting, pick an area that’s quick to do so you can see your results sooner, and be happy with it or change it. Look at the process as an adventure. To get started, select a favourite colour drawn from artwork, a rug, dishes and an accessory or furniture piece as a main colour or accent.

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When selecting a colour, consider the mood of a room. In a bedroom do you want the feeling to be restful and soothing or dramatic and intimate? Soft, cool colours and neutrals usually create a quieter feeling while stronger colours are for drama. Do you want a dining area to feel sociable and stimulating or appear formal and quiet? Warmer, contrasting and somewhat brighter colours add to a sociable atmosphere; deeper blue-greens and neutrals will give a more formal ambiance. Do you want kid’s rooms to create an active and exciting energy or an orderly and restful feeling? Be careful not to overstimulate your children with intensely bright hues. You may not know it, but some brighter colours can lead to unrest and irritability.

The reason why paint stores have light boxes for you to test paint chips: • Natural daylight shows the truest colour; • Incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows; • Fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone. So, a strong colour might be too bright and overpowering when used on all walls or next to a large window, but it might be effective when used as an accent wall with indirect light.

FOLLOW THE COLOUR WHEEL

A small colour wheel is a great reference tool for modifying and intensifying two or more colours. For example, red and green, which are complementary (opposite) colours, are most intense when used together. You may be surprised at how many combinations function beautifully together, and you may even become attracted to entirely new colour palettes. The colour wheel also illustrates the visual temperature of a colour. Draw a line from the yellow-green mark on the colour wheel all the way down to the red-violet; you’ll see that all the colours on the left are warm and the colours on the right are cool.

CHOOSE DIFFERENT PAINT FINISHES

A single colour used on walls and trim takes on new significance when applied in different finishes. For example, wall and trim colours can remain the same hue, but use an eggshell (matte and less reflective) finish on walls and a satin or semigloss on trim. The colour will appear slightly different on each surface. It’s a good way to create a cohesive look in rooms with many windows and doors, and relatively little wall area.


/ GOING GREEN /

It’s Time To Get Green From The Ground Up! Here are some sure fire ways in which you can make your interior more environmentally friendly.

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uildings have a vast impact on the natural environment, your health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, both economic and environmental performance can be maximised. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project.

GREEN INTERIORS RESOURCE Choosing the right interior finishes has a huge impact on indoor air quality and consequently the health of the inhabitants. Many popular products and finishes are made with dangerous chemicals that can off gas for years in a home. Contractors and interior designers have the opportunity to help their clients choose finishes that

are environmentally friendly and won’t cause health problems. Here are some key considerations: • TOXICITY Some common building products emit unpleasant and even dangerous fumes that can persist long after homeowners have moved in. • DURABILITY Building materials that hold up to the rigors of family life are worth the investment over the long term. • RESOURCE CONSERVATION Reusing salvaged materials or choosing products that have been made with recycled material means fewer resources have to be committed to making something new. • SUSTAINABILITY As with other building materials, floor and wall coverings come from a variety of sources. The best choices are products that are renewable.

Green Interiors’ Transition Guide cUse paint, adhesives and

caulks that have low or no VOC • Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that can trigger a whole host of illnesses. • Carefully read the labels provided to see what chemicals are used in the product. Become familiar with chemicals that have adverse side affects. • These products should be available at your local home store.

cLook for the Green Label Plus or recycled content carpet • Carpet and carpet backing contains chemicals that can affect the immune system. Carpets can now be made from recycled plastics, natural backing and new materials. • Look for carpeting with low VOC emissions certified by the Green Label Plus program by the EPA and the Carpet and Rug Institute. • Carpeting should be minimised as it holds dust, dander and moisture.

Information taken from www.greenbuilding.com

HOW TO GO GREEN?

• Establish an effective interior air barrier. • If available, choose drywall whose core is made with residue that’s taken from air scrubbers at coal-fired power plants. • Choose low-VOC or no-VOC paints, caulks, and adhesives as well as water-based finishes rather than solvent-based products. • Avoid wood products that use urea-formaldehyde as a binder. • Use wood products made with renewable or recycled content. • Consider the distance that building products must be shipped and choose those produced locally or regionally over those that come from overseas. • If carpet is used as a floor covering, favor natural materials such as wool or sisal but avoid products that contain styrene butadiene latex binders and wool that must be fumigated when it enters the country.

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NAME & ADDRESS

CONTACT DETAILS

CONTACT PERSON

NATURE OF BUSINESS

Abitex Designs (M) Sdn Bhd AL121, Lot D, 13th miles, Jalan Subang, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor.

Tel: 03-61571311 Fax: 03-61571312 Email: candy@abitex.com.my Website:vwww.abitex.com.my

Candy Chai, GM candy@abitex.com.my Raymond Cheong, Sales Manager Raymond80@abitex.com.my

Sofa Manufacturing

Archinspire Malaysia Sdn Bhd A1-G2-8, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-62115541/2 Fax: 03-62115549 Email: leeling@archinspire.com.my Website: www.archinspire.com.my

Yeo Lee Ling, CEO Lim Yoke Chin, Director winnielim@archinspire.com.my

Quartz surfaces supplier

Artesia Décor Sdn Bhd D3-17-G, Jalan Dutamas 3, Taman Dutamas, 43200 Balakong, Selangor.

Tel: 012-2333777 Fax: 03-95444411 Email: artesiadecor@gmail.com

Steven Poh, Marketing Director Kelvin Chee, Marketing Director

Carpet

Artmatrix Technology Sdn Bhd Lot 32789, Jalan 5/1A, Taman Perindustrian Selesa Jaya, 43300 Balakong.

Tel: 03-89622286 Fax: 03-89618862 Email: herbertkoh@artmatrix.com.my sales@artmatrix.com.my Website: www.artmatrix.com.my

Herbert Koh CEO herbertkoh@artmatrix.com.my Francis Lau, Vice President, Sales francis@artmatrix.com.my

Design, Manufacture & Supply Office Furniture

Best Stone Building Materials Sdn Bhd Lot 7742, Jalan Bukit Cherakah, Kg Baru Subang, 40150 Shah Alam.

Tel: 03-78471100 Fax: 03-78473391 Email: bestonesb@gmail.com Nictey.best@gmail.com

Carol Siah, Director Nic Tey, Director

Marble, Granite, Natural Stone

Boral Plasterboard (M) Sdn Bhd Lot 606, Off Jalan SS13/1K, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Tel: 03-56292000 Fax: 03-56292008 Email: haliza.yusof@usgboral.com Website: www.usgboral.com

Lynette Siow, Sales Director Lynette.siow@usgboral.com Haliza Mohd Yusof, Architectural Services & Marketing Manager

Drywall Partition

C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd 9-1-6, Jalan 3/109F, Danau Business Centre, Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-79824668 Fax: 03-79821648 Email: info@cisnetwork.com Website: www.cisnetwork.com

Dato’ Vincent Lim, President vincentlim@cisnetwork.com

Exhibition Organiser

Cheksern Young Builders S B 2B, Jalan BM1/2, Taman Bukit Mayang Emas, 47301 Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-78043393 Fax: 03-7804492 Email: leon@cheksernyoung.com Website: www.csy.com.my

Leon Tan How Chek, Director Game Tan How Young, Project Co-ordinator

Construction

CMC Glass Sdn Bhd 9A, Ground Floor, Jalan PJS1/27, Petaling Utama, Bt 7, Jalan Klang Lama, 46000 Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-77848133 Fax: 03-77838133 Email: cmc.glass@hotmail.com

Chen Chee Ming, Director

Aluminium & Glass

C S Alloy Design (M) Sdn Bhd No.8 & 10, Jalan OP1/3 Pusat Dagangan One Puchong, Off Jln Puchong, 47160 Puchong.

Tel: 03-80701295 Fax: 03-80822688 Email: enquiry@csa.com.my Website: www.csa.com.my

Lee Kian Yan, GM kent@csa.com.my Lee Boon Pau, CEO paul@csa.com.my

Manufacturing Gates & Grilles & Fencing

Can.I Interior Fit-Out Sdn Bhd No.1, Jalan PJS 1/33, Petaling Utama, 46150 Petaling Jaya.

Tel: 03-77855887 Fax: 03-77830887 Email: projects@can-i.com.my Website: www.can-i.com.my

Tan Goo Can, MD can@can-i.com.my Rada, Secretary, rada@can-i.com.my

Interior Fit Out

DDS Contracts & Interior Solutions Sdn Bhd 18th Flr, West Block, Wisma Selangor Dredging, 142C, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-21646686 Fax: 03-21643393 Email: marketing@ddsasia.com.my Website: www.ddsasia.com.sg

Jack Chen, Marketing Director

Interior Fit Out

De Stone Sdn Bhd B-5-8, Plaza Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-62045725 Fax: 03-62045726 Email: henry.destone@gmail.com Website:

Henry Teh,Director henry.destone@gmail.com

Stones

Euro Chairs System Sdn Bhd Wisma Euro, Lot 21, Rawang Industrial Estate, 48000 Rawang, Selangor.

Tel: 03-60926666 Fax: 03-60922500 Email: david@eurochairs.com Website: www.eurochairs.com

David Cheong Biz Development Manager

Manufacturing And Selling Of Office Furniture & Chairs

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