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Design, ideas and inspiration for modern homes.

having a ball The DC38 is Dyson’s first lightweight cylinder vacuum with Ball™ technology for stable manoeuvring around the tightest corners. Engineered specifically for smaller homes, DC38 is compact but maintains the performance of a large vacuum. Coupled with a new central steering system, the machine is easy to pull without snagging on corners or the carpet pile. It is also equipped with Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone™ technology that captures more microscopic dust than any other cyclone. Available at leading electronics stores.

fashioned sleep watering hole This Mirror Bar Cabinet brings with it all the charm and glamour of old-world Hollywood. Its diamond-patterned, mirrored front brings an elegance that is rarely seen in homes these days. And for its interior, mirror and rosewood veneer offer a romantic mix of materials. Available at Accentuate Home.

pick a side Karim Rashid has collaborated with BoConcept on a full furniture collection. Named Ottawa, it pays homage to his formative years studying in Ottawa, Canada. The collection consists of a series of understated pieces ranging from cups and rugs to tables and chairs. We particularly like the sideboard in the collection for its trim profile and cleverly articulated handles.

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Just like how we keep our wardrobes updated with the season’s latest colours and trends, our beds, too, can benefit from an update every once in a while. This season, take a page from Aussino’s Contempo range of bed linen. It takes inspiration from Spring and celebrates the season of change and renewal with bright colours and fresh florals. Available at Aussino.

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A vanity and sink in one fell swoop, YOVO from Hatria’s Grandangolo® series tapers gently to one end and can be used as a counter for toiletries and other bathroom necessities. Apart from the convenience, the slim, gentle proportions of the sink are equally impressive. Available at Sansei.

Given our tropical heat, there is nothing quite as satisfying as soft-serve ice-cream. With Cuisinart’s soft-serve ice-cream maker, you don’t have to run to the nearest ice-cream store just to cool down. The icecream maker not only lets you whip up your very own ice-cream flavours at home, it even comes with a sprinkles dispenser. You can be sure this will be a hit with the kids! Available at ToTT.

time for tea The 2012 Tea collection by Jenaer Glas is a modernist’s ideal afternoon companion. It geometric shapes offer a refreshing take on tea sets. The combination of handblown glass and stainless steel (strainer and tea cup saucer) instantly brings the tea set into the 21st century. Not surprisingly, the tea set was awarded the Interior Innovation Award 2012 at this year’s IMM Cologne. Available at Zwiesel 1872 Boutique.

totally floored There is perhaps nothing more casual and familiar than hanging out on the floor with loved ones. Admittedly, the hard floor is not exactly the most comfortable of seating options – neither is it ideal for your posture. That is why this floor seat from Nissin Furniture Crafters is so ingenious. In addition to a comfortable cushion, which is available in a variety of sprightly colours, the seat comes with a backrest. Available at Atomi.

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make the connection The apartment belonging to the principals of EHKA Studio is a triple treat of interconnectivity, practicality and simplicity. Text by Rachel Lee-Leong | Photography by Darren Soh for EHKA Studio

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It’s not uncommon for homebuyers to spend a few years waiting for their Built-to-Order

(BTO) HDB flats to be completed before they actually move into their new home. For the most part, it presents some form of inconveniences, especially when the wait often stretches over three or four years. That many newlyweds with no existing homes of their own face this predicament hardly calls for rejoicing. But believe it or not, there are advantages that come with waiting a few years before a couple moves into their marital home, as Hsu Hsia Pin and Eunice Khoo of EHKA Studio would testify. While waiting for their home at the Pinnacle@Duxton to be completed, the two architects stayed in a total of two rented apartments over four years. However, when it finally came time for them to design their own home, they were very familiar with their own living routines as a couple and knew exactly what they wanted: “We knew we wanted all the mess to be cleared away; we wanted open, connected spaces; we are very interested in bringing outdoor environments indoors,” says Hsia Pin. The apartment is a four-room flat measuring a modest 95sqm. “The starting point wasn’t so much a style we liked but had more to do with how we wanted to use the space,” says Hsia Pin. The couple was clear on the fact that creating spaces that were not only connected, but could also overlap in terms of function was the way to go. For this to happen, walls had to be strategically cleared. And so the walls that originally closed in the kitchen and the study were removed. The result: more light throughout and cross-ventilation.

“The starting point wasn’t so much a style we liked but had more to do with how we wanted to use the space,”

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