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The Concrete Canvas Getting Close to Nature

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COVER: 2ND EDITION PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD HENDRICKS

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he thing about living in the tropics is that, we tend to take the outdoors for granted. Heat, for one is the major culprit. I was at

the new Punggol Promenade park and was pleasantly surprised by

Interior co ncept

by Mykon os Theoxe nia.

environment. Others include the Southern Ridges, the Woodlands Waterfront and the Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk. The conventional approach to an outdoor room has been pushed

a pretty sight. There, recreational activities were aplenty from nature

to an extreme. Now we have outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms

walks to pony rides. A ship-like viewing deck allows me to enjoy the

and outdoor dining areas complete with chandeliers. Outdoor

sea breeze and a panoramic view of the Straits of Johore.

showers have given way to outdoor baths. And why not?

A short wander ahead and a charming ranch awaits, complete

Thanks to the design industry, the range of sophisticated furniture

with stable-like chalets overlooking lush greenery fitted with

that can stand up to the elements is staggering. Outdoor fabrics,

individual porch for barbecues. Adults predilections aside, my little

which once consisted of little more than stiff canvas or woven

one was sold on the cowboy experience - hook, line and sinker. She

plastic, have undergone a revolution. Today’s soft and supple

insisted on having her next birthday party there.

versions mimic everything from sheer cottons to velvets and suede.

Singaporeans have embraced the outdoors on an unprecedented scale. Thanks to the design industry, we are living outside in greater style and comfort then ever which is what this issue celebrates. One of the most inspiring elements in this shift is that, we don’t

And every day, it seems, another appliance is adapted to outdoor use—ovens, refrigerators and wine coolers. This issue celebrates the increasingly porous barrier between in and out. It’s proof that the urge to connect with nature is universal,

have to travel far to experience the beauty and reviving power of

and there’s no reason not to enjoy comfort, style and elegance

nature. Across the country we have parks rehabilitating projects,

wherever you are – indoors or out.

reclaiming of waterfronts and shorelines and creating community gardens and pocket parks. The Punggol Promenade is the latest in a series of improvement projects that the URA has undertaken to enhance the living 10 decorations | volume 93

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TIME OUT IN THE SUN IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL. WHETHER IT’S JUST ON A BALCONY PATCH OR A SPRAWLING MANICURED GARDEN GROUNDS, WHEN FLANKED BY A SELECTION OF STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE YOU’LL SOON FIND YOUR TIME IN THE SUN ALL THE MORE ENDEARING. YOUR BEST PICK OF OUTDOOR FURNITURE NOW IS ALL ABOUT CONTEMPORARY FORMS IN EASY PARED DOWN STYLES. TIME TO BRING THOSE FAMILIAL COSY COMFORTS INTO THE SUNSHINE!

FOR LOUNGING From the new Barbara Barry outdoor collection, this Harbor Chaise has a curved back that is as comfortable as it is inviting, creating a personal oasis in any outdoor space. Its neutral grey resin basket weave is hand wrapped around a sturdy powder-coated aluminum frame. Removable cushions feature residential material and construction wrapped in a waterproof and mold-resistant casing, creating the same level of comfort as indoor furniture. Available at McGuire Furniture.

With heavy duty strength, this wicker chair is 100% recyclable and produces a surface that is very comfortable to sit on. Petan® is ideal for outdoor living as it is resilient to both very high and low temperatures as well as water. A weather resistant powder coating has also been applied to the light steel frame of the chair. The new Elba range of contemporary and light furniture is ideal for outdoor areas where space is limited such as balconies and small courtyards. A small seat cushion is also available for the Elba chair. Available at BoConcept.

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Perfect for lazy days in the sun, this daybed is all-weather proof and handmade with high tensile strength fabrics that is UV resistant and 100% recyclable. This is one seat that is good for you and the earth. Available at Roops.

It’s all about creating comfortable spaces with the Plateau Sectional double seat which is generously deep and wide, with a low, contemporary profile. Crafted with durable woven resin in a neutral grey basket weave pattern hand wrapped over a sturdy powder-coated aluminum frame. Removable cushions feature residential material and construction wrapped in a waterproof and mold-resistant casing, creating the same level of comfort as indoor furniture. Available at McGuire Furniture.

FOR DINING This rectangular table from the Elba collection can seat up to 8 people and ideal for space-starved balconies and patios. Its streamlined features makes it easy to fit in tight corners without appearing bulky. Available at BoConcept.

Hosting an intimate cocktail party or a larger, lively get together with the versatile and dramatic Communal Extension Dining Table. Comfortably seats six without extension and up to ten fully extended. The top effortlessly glides open on aluminum channels, where the two extension leaves can easily store out-of-sight. Designed to withstand the elements, but would look right at home and outside. Available at McGuire Furniture.

Bring in the colours! Built with sustainable aluminium using eco-friendly materials, this collection comes in bright happy shades. Surprisingly light and effortlessly easy to maintain, the pieces are easy to move around to fit small spaces. Maiori collection is available at Roops. When blessed with a generous outdoor space, why not go for this elegant round table enough to fit a boisterous party of ten. This Chester dining set is available at Roops.

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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS BoConcept, www.boconcept.sg McGuire Furniture, www.mcguirefurniture.com Roops, www.roops.com.sg


SPECIAL REPORT

raking it TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG

SEVEN YEARS IN THE MAKING.

T

heir Brooklyn Tins wallpaper collection adorns the walls

their genesis, the varying pressure of pen upon paper, a corrected

of Merci’s concept store in Paris. Their Concrete wallpaper

error, a tiny ink stain, fingerprints and signs of wear. As he did so, the

collection was designed by Piet Boon. Unique with a realistic edge, demand for each of these digital wallpaper collections has propelled

obscure members of this amateur orchestra slowly came to light. Yet, historical knowledge was not the only thing that found

Dutch Wallpaper Company NLXL to great renown as market leader

revelation. Upon sorting the music sheet in accordance to subject,

within this niche field since their release in 2011. Now, two years

he painstakingly subjected each to critical examination, drawing

on, the collections are available at more than 2 500 resellers over 70

forth intricate designs that were often followed by corrections.

countries to meet rising demand.

Seven years in the making, Slenk produced 144 letter-size designs

Building on their reputation, NLXL is launching yet another

– an enormous task which he then considered completed. Of

stunning collection of wallpaper. Aptly named Remixed, it is a

these 144, NLXL selected eight. Using state-of-the-art scanning

creative masterpiece borne out of their successful collaboration

techniques, they were able to capture the depth of the paper

with artist, Arthur Slenk. Spotting eight astonishing designs,

clippings, which were then translated onto yellowed paper that

its inspiration stems from the artist’s discovery of two boxes of

evoked a vintage touch.

handwritten music sheets that had been used by an amateur orchestra between 1872 and 1941, some 20 years ago. The documents had not seen daylight in almost half a century. Intrigued and curious, Slenk started examining page upon page, uncovering

Thus combined, it stands like historical document on a wall. The aesthetic impact is simply astonishing. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS NLXL, www.nlxl.com

The creative genius behind NLXL’s latest Remix Collection, artist Arthur Slenk.

So textured, it recalls brick and concrete walls of old, lending nostalgic air to the room it adorns.

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Like something out of a vintage book, this wallpaper design marries history with art.


NEXT TO NATURE

1.

2.

animal kingdom

3.

WILD FOR SAFARI.

1. BUNNY LOVE A quirky storage

4.

option to have in the kitchen. Available at Grafunkt. / 2. TAKE FLIGHT Adorn table tops with these birdies figurines just for fun!. All available at Eggthree. / 3. SQUAWK ALERT Inject a dose of brights by way of this vibrant painting of these birds of paradise from the Ke’liling collection. Available at Journey East. 4. BOTTLED UP Keep cookies and pastas visible in these animal top jars. Available at Eggthree. / 5. ZOO MAGIC Designed by Martí Guixé for Magis, these animal figures made of cardboard are your answer to whimsical sculptures. Available at Xtra Designs.

5. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Eggthree, eggthree.com Grafunkt, www.grafunkt.com Journey East, www.journeyeast.com Xtra Designs, www.xtra.com.sg

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TALENT SCOUT

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FANCY TIME OUT UNDER THE SKY? INDULGE IN THESE FUN FINDS JUST TO MAKE YOUR CHILL-OUT TIME ALL THE MORE WORTHWHILE. 2. 1. SEE THE LIGHT You can’t miss your drinks if they’re on these illuminated coasters. Philips myLightAccent Coasters is available at all Phillips Home Lighting Stores, major DIY Stores, select electrical stores and major hypermarkets. For more details, visit lighting.philips.com.sg / 2. PLUSH POWER Do have some of these colourful cushions

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nearby for some serious lounging. Available at Franc Franc. / 3. BROLLY BRIGHTS Find shade under these cheery brollies in rain or shine. Available at Franc Franc. / 4. SHINE ON Install these neat LED reflectors on your garden or patio walls to ensure your space is well lit at all times. Enquire at Megaman. 5. RUSTIC CHIC A hammock never fails to conjure lazy days or nights outside. For a touch of Danish charm, fill your space with aged metal accessories. All available at Make Room. / 6. SIDEKICK This bamboo side table comes in handy for that additional holding space. Available at Make Room. 7. WOOD NOTES Toss out the plastics and opt for these woody dining companions instead. Available at Franc Franc.

3.

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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Franc Franc, www.francfranc.com.sg Make Room, make-room.net Megaman, www.sg.megaman.cc Philips, lighting.philips.com.sg


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gifted

A LITTLE THOUGHTFUL PICK GOES A LONG WAY..

3.

4. 1. ...THE RETRO GREENIE A good seat to own loud and proud.

5.

Available at Artsyfact. / 2. ...THE BEST BLOOMS Display your choice bouquets in these unique vases. Available at Grafunkt. / 3. ...FOR THE GREAT COOK The pasta in this jar will feed an army for sure. Available at Journey East. / 4. ...FOR A SPACIOUS DESKTOP This giant paper clip is your fun take on getting organised – the big way. Available at Journey East. / 5. ...THE DOMESTIC DIVA This salt and pepper dispensers will make a stylish dinner setting proud. Available at Grafunkt. / 6. ...YOUR FAVOURITE POOCH Nothing short of the royal treatment for man’s best friend. Available at Xtra Designs.

6.

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HANG TOUGH The lamp to hang over the dining table for that perfect illumination. Designed by Louise Campbell and available at Space Furniture.

ROOTING FOR PERPETUAL CALM.

GLACIAL GLAM Go for full on Hollywood glamour with a white-on-white colour palette in your home. Custom furniture by Mudian. WABI SABI Conjure the art of Japanese serenity with this origami armchair by Nendo. Available at Moroso.

GOING POTTY Made of rotational-moulded polyethylene, these planters are perfect pot holders on wheels, indoors and out. Designed by Marc Newson, Tubby is available at Xtra Designs.

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HOT HUE

TABLE TALK Hands down, a round table top always induces warm familial gatherings. While its tree-like base calls for a great conversation starter, the table works double duty and convertible from coffee table to dining. Designed by Eoos, this Dedon Mangrove coffee table is available at Xtra Designs.

LIGHTEN UP These candle-stands scream French chic and delightfully adjustable in height. Available at Grafunkt. SHELVE IT A shelf this slim will effortlessly display your most bulky of literature neatly on the wall. Available at Grafunkt.

BOWLED OVER Soups suddenly taste better in these pretty bowls. Available at Grafunkt.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Grafunkt, grafunkt.com Moroso Singapore, www.moroso.it Mudian Pte Ltd, mudian.com.sg Space Furniture, www.spacefurniture.com.sg Xtra Designs, www.xtra.com.sg

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architecture for dogs PHOTOGRAPHY BY YOSHIAKI TSUTSUI | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG

AN EXTREMELY SINCERE COLLECTION.

U

ninspiring with its simplistic imitation of a house, the conventional kennel is a morbid

space that stoically characterizes the relationship between dog and man. That is until Kenya Hara (Creative Director of MUJI) kick-started his newly founded company, Architecture for Dogs (AFD). Breaking into this niche field, its aesthetic mission is bold : By revolutionizing the form and challenging the functions of the kennel, the AFD collection will ignite a new joy within the relationship between dog and man. This collection comprises 13 extremely sincere yet sophisticated breed-specific designs. To realize this, AFD’s creative roster collaborates with 13 world-class designers who each picked a breed of choice before embarking on the design journey. These architects and designers include Kenya Hara himself (Teacup Poodle), Atelier Bow-Wow (Dachshund), Shigeru Ban (Papillion), MVRDV (Beagle), Toyo Ito (Shiba), Konstantin Grcic (Toy Poodle), Kazuyo Sejima (Bichon Frise)and Kengo Kuma (Pug), among others. Conceived years ago, Hara desired Architecture for Dogs to be an innovative venture that blurs the lines between exhibition concept, commercial company and crowd-sourced, interactive online project for the global community. With that in mind, he worked in conjunction with Imprint Venture Lab on a multi-tiered business strategy which incorporates online interactivity, cultural exhibitions and integration of a traditional retail component, to see the project to fruition.

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DESIGN IN MIND

Download the blueprint of your favourite architectural structure and get hands-on!

November 2012 saw AFD move in accordance

brought on board – allowed us to help develop

with its plan as it launched its interactive website,

this concept into a start-up that’s unlike any we’ve

www.architecturefordogs.com. Designed by Yugo

ever seen.”

Nakamura, the brainchild behind Uniqlo, Louis

Indeed, as the exhibition moves steadily to

Vuitton, MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind

its final location at Tokyo’s Toto Gallery this

websites, it is a cyber-platform where anyone

October 2013, and followers of AFD continue

anywhere in the world is able to view the full AFD

to grow in numbers across the various social

collection, enjoy feature videos, download free

media platforms, spring of 2013 is anticipating

blueprints and access in-depth instructions on

the roll-out of AFD’s third phase : Retail. Flat-

how to build and assemble each structure. The

packed versions of each design in the collection

website also allows users to upload their own

will be introduced, allowing visitors to

versions of each structure upon building them.

www.architecturefordogs.com or retail outlets

This is to come up alongside the second phase

around the globe the opportunity to purchase

of the venture, an equally fun and comprehensive

ready-to-assemble versions of each design. Then,

exhibition, which opened on 39th Street in Miami

set to coincide with the final exhibition, October

on December 9th, 2012. Here, the conceptual aim

2013 will also see the publication of a book on

is to grow and evolve AFD. Ideally, as more and

the project, written by Kenya Hara.

more users begin to interact with the project by

Bringing a whole new concept of “kennel”,

making their own versions of each design and

its approach is nothing short of intriguing.

uploading them onto the AFD website, others will

Innovatively tapping into the ever-changing media

be roped into the loop through exhibition tours

environment and boldly exploring the potentiality

and from there, share their involvement with the

of the creative industry, Architecture for Dogs is the

project via other social media channels.

marriage of modern consumerism and creativity at

“When we first began discussing the

Kenya Hara, Director of Architecture for Dogs

FACING PAGE_TOP TO BOTTOM Wanmock by Torafu Architects for the Jack Russell Terrier. Mount Pug by Kengo Kuma for the Pug. Architecture for Long-bodiedshort-legged Dog by Atelier Bow-Wow for the Dachshund. D-Tunnel by Kenya Hara for the Teacup Poodle.

its best. Concerned with more than the display of

Architecture for Dogs concept with Kenya Hara,

aesthetics alone, it is at once a lesson in design and

we were immediately intrigued,” says Julia Y. C.

a creative movement that spurs Man on to revisit

Huang, Founder and CEO of Imprint Venture Lab.

the bond that they share with their dogs and re-

“We, of course, have a great deal of respect for

experience their interaction each other.

Hara’s work with MUJI as well as his academic and curatorial work, but the multi-pronged approach we were able to develop in conjunction with him – as well as the incredible roster of talent he

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Architecture for Dogs, www.architecturefordogs.com

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Through a range of different room concepts, Timothy Oulton provides guidance for creating and evolving one’s own interior style and preferences. At their gallery at Curio, customers will be able to experience this first hand and take an interesting journey as they move through the themed areas.

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tim is in!

What’s old world charm without the iconic type writers.

We’ve been dying to scream this out since their grand opening at their new gallery on the 8th of March : Yes! They are finally here! Continuing its global expansion, leading lifestyle and furniture brand Timothy Oulton has at long last touch base in Singapore! And their partner in crime is none other than Curio Home, who like Oulton, believes that details and quality craftsmanship matter, and values balance of beauty and function in design. On scene to celebrate this joyous occasion that evening were Oulton and his team members Frank Spikker and Antony Pearce, along with distinguished guests from top interior designer firms such as the Mils, Anasana and Jaya

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International Design. The evening was inaugurated with a resounding ribbon-cutting by Oulton and Jeanne-Marie Meier. All 150 guests were then welcomed with fine food and champagne as they were presented with Oulton’s new collection. In true-blue Timothy Oulton style, the gallery is just oozing with nostalgic appeal and old school romance as it displays the full range of Oulton’s furniture collection. Excited much? We are! See you at Curio, 14C Dempsey Road! For more information, you can also visit www.timothyoulton.com

Bosch Styline All-in-One Kitchen Machine – For moms who loving baking, the MUM52110 features the 3-dimensional Multi-Motion Drive mixing system which ensures first-class pastry processing. Its strong 700 watts motor power tackles even the most demanding tasks such as preparing bread dough of fine pastisserie.

wait! there’s more! If you’re looking to go the extra mile to indulge your mom, spoil and love her well this Mother’s Day, Bosch is ready to come alongside you. Thoughtfully, they have handpicked some beautiful kitchen appliances, packaged in a Mother’s Day special from now till 12th May. Offering excellent prices and resistible gifts with purchases, the joy of this Mother’s Day is one she’s bound to carry with her for years to come. Bosch is also giving away 10 pairs of tickets to the Bosch Mother’s Day Culinary Experience. Both Mom and you will be treated to a three-course

The Compact MCM 4 Food Processor – A real space saver, its integrated drawer allows storage within the appliance so Mom doesn’t misplace its accessories. Whether she’s using it to whip up some French Fries, blend juice or crush ice, its vast array of accessories enables Mom to do so without hassle.

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cooking demonstration followed by an intimate luncheon by popular local chef, John See, founder of cooking studio, The Food Dot. The luncheon will be held on 25th and 26th May from 10am to 1pm at The Food Dot, 70 Race Course Road. To join, simply email Bosch at bshsgp.contest@bshg.com with your name, NRIC and contact number, titling the subject as ‘Bosch Mother’s Day Culinary Experience’. The closing date is on 17th May and winners will be notified by the 20th. For more product information, visit www.bosch-home.com.sg


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SodaStream’s Genesis Soda Maker – Featuring an automatic access gas release mechanism and customised carbonation level, this is one soda machine that will bring a whole new kitchen experience to your mom. Slim and compact, it tucks neatly away and comes with an easy-to-clean drip tray. Great for smaller kitchens!

knock knock! Operating in Plaza Singapura since 1974, Equip-Design & Supply have been faithfully Carrying the widest range of designer door handles, handlesets, knobs and pulls in Singapore, you’ll definitely be spot for choices at Equip-Design & Supply.

HotmixPro’s Gastro – An astute cutter-and-mixer in one, it integrates 20 functions into one sleek appliance. This dream machine also comes with a cook function that is ideal for browning, roasting and shining, whisking, pasteurizing and more. The gadget savvy mom will love it for all that and its electronic storage feature, which allows you to store more than 150 recipes in an SD card for easy access.

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carried out by the Van Gogh Museum, its partner in Science Shell

Developments Limited (CDL). Following our push for wider

Nederland and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE),

exposure, we launched a readership programme, which

the exhibition tracks Vincent Van Gogh’s development into a unique

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April. The party was held to

conventional content. It showcases paint samples, microscopes

celebrate the launch of one

and X-ray photographs that will provide fresh insights into both

of CDL’s latest development

Van Gogh’s first experimental drawings and later famous paintings.

project, NV Residences at Pasir

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special new home owners.

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REDEFINING THE DYNAMICS OF THE MODERN SPACES FOR WORK AND PLAY.

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I’M INSPIRED BY AN OPEN-PLAN OFFICE WHERE INDIVIDUAL TALENTS CAN ENGAGE, INTERACT AND ENHANCE A HEALTHY AND VIBRANT WORK CULTURE.

TEXT BY ZULFA JK

MAENA ONG, ART DIRECTOR

Maena Ong, Art Director

L

ong gone are the days where offices are

the aim was to create a fun and interactive space

ensconced behind nondescript beige walls

for its young readers of up to six years old.

sheltered beneath hard white lighting. Enterprising entrepreneurs and solo creatives

using a bright colour palette of apple green, sky

alternative work space where everybody knows

blue, cherry red and lemon yellows throughout

your name.

as a design constant. Keeping to an open-plan

CLICK. Keeping it current and relevant, this photo retail outlet stays on trend with a modern approach in display elements. JURONG TOWN REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY. Organic shapes and childrenfriendly fixtures make learning and discovering an adventure. CAIRNHILL RESIDENCES. Using lean lines and sophisticated dark tones in thus guest lobby and lift area, accentuates the exclusivity ambience of the building’s interior.

child and minders and ensures a lively ambience

offering a creative vision much attuned to the

throughout.

characterise the corporate and retail design scene. Making brands speak through their interiors is

Interesting installations include tree structures which stops at the ceiling displaying a vibrant mural of sunny blue skies which extends to

a mission driven by the company. Their ability to

the walls. These fun focal points house the

understand clients’ requirements and corporate

touch-screen computers and story-telling areas.

needs, has translated into dynamic offices which

Consistent to the theme, area lighting is via

deliver a spatial language both engaging and

pendant lamps with shades in blue to resemble

functional. These days, works range to include

passing clouds.

concept stores, luxury retail chains, food and

As the area needs to be child-safe, lines are

beverage outlets, public institutions and corporate

kept fluid and organic like, devoid of sharp edges.

offices. While the smaller projects offer insights into

Book shelves are kept to a specified height for

aspects of material and detailing, the larger ones

easy access.

provide opportunities to explore scale and form.

In this new wing, a fun reading experience

“The internet allows us to communicate

awaits the young readers - successfully achieved

in interesting ways, but in the end, real live

through a considered choice of forms, materials

conversations are where ideas start,” shares Maena,

and an attentive listening ear.

who is the residing art director. “I’m inspired by

The transformation of the children’s wing is

an open-plan office where individual talents

a pilot initiative and calls for more spaces both

can engage, interact and enhance a healthy and

commercial and public design for human contact.

vibrant work culture,” The warm take on the working space seems to be popular with many and it is never too late to

AIA SINGAPORE. Reflecting a modern and contemporary corporate identity with a neutral color theme, sleek clean lines and discreet design features.

concept also enhances interaction between

this growing interior design company has been fluid and interactive structures that have come to

FACING PAGE_TOP TO BOTTOM JURONG TOWN REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY. Encouraging and enticing the young reader is easy when greeted with a delightful visual which are both a fun and promising child-like fantasy.

The 3200 square feet area was transformed with

can look toward Mong Project Design for an

Headed by Jackson Ong and Maena Ong,

Jackson Ong, Project Director

Drawing on nursery rhymes as key inspiration.

“We’re facilitating those conversations by bringing people together to an inspiring, welldesigned environment, adds Maena.

start with the small people. With the company’s refurbishment of the children section of the Jurong Regional Library,

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Mong Project Design Pte Ltd, www.mongdesignstudio.com.sg

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Windows of Opportunity Oil on canvas, 2013 18 X 28 X 2.5 inches each

Thukral and Tagra aka T&T.

truth be told TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG

AN INDIAN DIASPORA.

H

Dominus Aeris : Escape 3 Oil on canvas, 2012 96 X 72 inches

arsh yet subtle, social realities are not always easily accessible

waiting patiently for escape. Another witty choice of imagery hints

despite it being a part of our everyday lives. Though there

that a difficult reality belies this dream : these portraits look to be

are a number of artists out there, few are able to extract the

encased in pinball machines, likening the process of getting a visa or

subtleties and decipher them simply for the masses the way that

living abroad to a never-ending game where one is thrown back and

Indian artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra have.

forth, jostled between reality and fantasy.

Widely known as T&T, they are renowned for their rich bodies

Humorous yet provocative, the global appeal of their art is

of work in painting, sculpture, installation and product design. In

undeniable. In creating these masterpieces, the prolific duo

fact, they are responsible for most famously creating the fictitious

combines graphic design with high art references and fuses

brand “BoseDK” (a rude word in Punjabi) and various pseudo-

international popular culture with clichés of the rising Indian Middle

commercial products under its name. Addressing universal themes

Class. The aesthetic result is a dreamscape unlike any other. Based

of identity, consumerism and change, their works delve and reflect

on the everyday, it is a visual space where man’s heroes and vice

specifically on the present-day harsh realities of the Indian society

collide in playful paintings. Coloured in T&T’s signature saccharine

while mirroring its fantasies and aspirations. Amongst their well-

hues, each teases our ideas of reality and desire in the technological

known works is the socially conscious “Put It On” series which raised

context of today. Rife with meaningful paradoxes, the art of Thukral

awareness of HIV and safe sex practices for the upwardly-mobile

and Tagra pulls the issues of our time from under the carpet and

urban Indian youth.

throws them into the open, creating an experience that are at once

Proving to be a hit is their latest roll-out of paintings and wall reliefs, aptly titled Windows of Opportunity. Through the series,

aesthetic and reflective, tongue-in-cheek and brazenly seductive. Bringing just such an aesthetic experience to you is the Art

T&T explore the socio-political issues behind the Punjabi diaspora

Plural Gallery. Working closely with the talented duo, a site-specific

– a subject of which the artists know first-hand as many of their

installation of a running track has been set up to meander through

own peers have migrated out of India in recent years. “Most of our

all four storeys of the gallery’s 12 000 square feet space. Appearing

works address the issues, cultural shifts, problems and beliefs of

and disappearing from its walls, the Thukral & Tagra : Windows of

people living in India today,” explains Thukral and Tagra. “We grew

Opportunity exhibition will not only tease your experience of the

up with the general acknowledgement that most Indians dream of

gallery space but also expand on the idea of “gaming” and provide

leaving India and moving ahead, albeit a dream that is laced with

you with a fresh way of viewing contemporary art. The exhibition will

anxiety and insecurity.”

be held from the 22nd March to 25th May.

Thus said, the windows of opportunity they sought are referenced in portraits of young individuals framed in airplane windows,

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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Fabrics and Papers, www.fabricsandpapers.com Francfranc Vivocity, www.francfranc.com.sg Giardini Wallcoverings, www.giardiniwallcoverings.it Inspired By This, www.inspiredbythis.com Masters Home Improvement, miy.masters.com.au Nodus Rug, www.nodusrug.it

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in every season AN AESTHETIC TRANSLATION OF HOME AS CONCEPT AND PURPOSE.

Celebrating spring and summer with dynamic visuals, this 1 + 1 bedroom unit type is flourished in laser cut floral patterns. To further reflect the cool yet lively vibes of spring-summer time, the showroom is lime washed in white and splashed in vibrant colours.

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FACING PAGE_CLOCKWISE What better way to awaken each dawn than to the illusion of inhabiting a garden paradise. Bold and refreshing, the wall of greenery truly lends punctuation to the entire design scheme. Lime washed in white, the kitchen keeps faith to the palette. Finished in glossy white laminates, its bespoke cabinetry adds to the sense of spring-time freshness whilst creating the illusion of wider space.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWARD HENDRICKS | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG

Beauty meets brawn in this study room. Simple but multi-faceted, this space effectively doubles up as both study room and a lady’s dressing room. Splendid yet practical, the laser cut floral wall is mindful of storage needs with its clever incorporation of shelving units.

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nter the premises of the show units at

indulging in two things crucial to creating

Gambir Ridge Residences and you’ll

luxurious form : motif and mood.

find yourself caught in a delicious whirlwind

Where the sprightly seasons of spring and

of seasons. Spring, summer, autumn, winter –

summer dominates in the one-plus-one-bedroom

skipping across the interiors, their individual

showflat, floral motifs and brilliant colours dance

charm is poignant. Yet, there is more than meets

across the palette. This is boldly embodied in the

the eye beneath its entire aesthetic flourish.

feature wall that separates the living room from

Possessing stylistic candour that is at once

the private enclaves of the study and master

captivating yet unassuming, the beauty of this

bedroom. Visually stunning, the intricacy of

interior spread is not lost even to the most

its floral patterns is well-balanced against the

fastidious crowd.

singular shade of white wood. Thus combined, its

Conjured by Hilary Loh, Design Director of

aesthetic effect is one of whimsical class, delicate

2nd Edition, the design aim is all about evoking

and dream-like. Full of contemporary elegance

purpose through form so as to meaningfully

and nostalgic fun, it rightly embraces the spirit of

contextualize space. This she achieves by

spring and summer.

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Like a snow-capped winter, this 3 bedroom unit type apartment is a visage of glacial class and timeless elegance.

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Frozen in time – Hilary pays careful attention to decorating details too. Photos of winter landscapes reinstate the design theme.

Where the soulful seasons of autumn and

Enter into the private enclaves of this 3-bedroom unit type and be transported into a different season, a different time.

in unique yet familiar warmth. Like its counterpart,

winter reside, a similar pairing of hues and well-

this show unit too, successfully captured the

themed motifs is used to appropriate the mood.

aesthetic nuances of autumn and winter.

Here in this three-bedroom show unit, white and

As we drink in the attitude that each season

silver shades along with a feature wall of snow-

brings to the home space, we begin to appreciate

covered tree motifs define the living and dining

the wider meanings of Hilary’s design scheme. On

areas in wintry elegance. Venture into the deeper

the one hand, her decision to create a nature-

recesses of the home space and autumn comforts

inspired interior is her innovative answer to the

take precedence. Symbolically representing

current design trend, which places increasing

these are the gold-leafed wallpaper adorning the

emphasis on extracting the extraordinary from

corridor and brown tones colouring the bedroom

the ordinary as a creative means of expanding

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Quaint are the textured wall and ceiling lamp with its tree branch base.

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Doubling up as a dressing table, this feature wall of mirrors will serve its lady well.

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TOP & FACING PAGE Spotting a palette of crisp browns and rustic candour, the space takes you into the heart of autumn where there is soul yet in the things of old.

our aesthetic experiences beyond conventional boundaries. On the other hand, her interpretation of “bringing the outdoors in”, allows the space to become an aesthetic tribute to Mankind’s first purpose for homes. Conjured in Hilary’s design signature of unassuming class, the 4000 square feet show units are also a celebration of our modern day concept and purpose of home as a space of delightful pleasure, joyful relaxation and soulful reflection. Each a romance unto itself, the show rooms of Gambir Ridge Residences stand as testimonies of Hilary’s design finesse and sensitive understanding of spatial concepts and purpose. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS 2nd Edition Pte Ltd, www.2ndedition.com.sg

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adam & eve A MARRIAGE OF MASCULINITY AND FEMININITY.

Doing away with wall divisions, the apartment is given a fluidity of space that lends it a sense of openness and spaciousness.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEE CHEE KEONG | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG

F

or many of us, our homes are both a private and communal space. On a singular level, it

is a retreat where the individual can seek solace and quietude. On a plural level, it is a shared space where family gather in cosy fellowship. As such, our homes are naturally reflections of ourselves as individuals and familial units. At the core of this spatial concept is a firm respect for the personalities that inhabit a home space. Though straight-forward, translating the theory into living reality does not come easily to all interior designers. The craft of blending and balancing individualism into a harmonious palette is one that requires keen intuition and creative skill. Amongst the few who possess such talent is interior designer Maena Ong of Mong Design Studio. To this, her latest project stands as testimony. Located in the East Coast area, this 2 300 square feet apartment embraces the concept and embodies its owners. Home to a young couple and their toddler girl, its seemingly simple and fuss-free From Kelly Hoppen’s collection comes a glamorous combination.

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A neat little trick and a favourite feature of the couple is the conceal TV wall. Made with sliding wooden doors of dark wood laminate, it quietly tucks the TV away whilst keeping faith to the sleek appeal of the living room.

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TOP A cosy spot for quiet reading. | RIGHT Urbane yet raw, this outdoor space is perfect for summertime entertainment.

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FACING PAGE_ CLOCKWISE Decked in minimalist nuances, the bedroom beckons. For both he and she, a spacious walk-in wardrobe to meet their fashion needs. Simple but bold, the clean cut design of this study room oozes manly appeal.

interior is not without class or sophistication. A closer appreciation

By contrast, the living room takes on a softer and more feminine

reveals a home space carrying character that runs deeper than its

appeal. Its plush furnishings ground the room in voluptuous

stylistic framework.

luxury and pastel hues colour it in gentle warmth. Then just as

Interwoven into its modern accents, is a subtle but tasteful balance

how a woman’s outfit is never quite complete till she puts on her

of the “he and she”. In achieving this, Maena explains that the focus fell

diamonds, the design is only fully realized when it is adorned with

heavily on the furnishings, “Carefully and thoughtfully selected, the

touches of “bling”. This is epitomized in the set up of two single

furnishings are more than just style statements. They are masculinity

chairs with a round mirror by Kelly Hoppen at the far end of the

and femininity objectified.” Making for fine example is the study room.

living room.

A work space for the husband, the study desk and chair both spot

A tasteful balance of man and woman, homeliness and class,

strong, dark hues. Made of hard materiality such as steel, it lends the

sophistication and warmth, this apartment is indeed a firm

room sleek manliness. This coupled with the luxurious black leather of

testimony of Maena’s design talent.

the armchair by Eames punctuates the room with an unmistakable air of masculinity befitting the man of the house.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Mong Design Studio Pte Ltd, www.mongdesignstudio.com.sg

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bright spot RESURRECTING A MODERNIST DWELLING.

It’s all lght, clear and crisp inside. Flanked by full length windows, the outdoors are brought inside effortlessly.

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LEFT TO RIGHT Clearly a modernist kitchen with shiny wall units and sleek marble island. Glass banisters keep the staircases looking bright and modern while a singular hanging mirror expands the space beautifully.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWARD HENDRICKS | TEXT BY ZULFA JK

The pool enveloping one side of the house with access into the dining and kitchen.

N

estled amidst a leafy housing estate, a moderninst gem is brought back to life by

a design duo who outfit the modest interiors with easygoing hand. The house at 3100 square feet and spread over three levels, stands unassuming with its nondescript façade. Other than a pool enveloping one side of the building, the house’s most striking feature is perhaps the open rooftop garden, peeking out and above it, as canvas to the bright blue skies above. When the owners, a couple with two young boys, commisioned dsigners Selena Tay and Cherie Goh from Collective Designs, they

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Towards the middle of the house, the dining table seats eight comfortable and playfully blocked by a pillar. A few steps beyond is the pool with a loungind deck.

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Making full use of the roof top, a bar is installed to facilitate outdoor entertaining and barbecues. With a pretty lounging space like this, it’s always good to invest in functional and stylish seats to outlast the weather. Outdoor furniture by Roops.

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CLOCKWISE A perfect dressing room in the master suite, decked in chic white with discreet details. This master bathroom is truly a respite especially with a luxurious shower. A child can grow up fast in this room. Devoid of temporal details, this room with its sophisticated and classic lines can easily grow with him.

envisioned a living space filled with clean lines, a light colour palette and classic details – the kind that will ensure a moderninst theme for years to come.

sharp lines. Discreet patterns are evident in the form of wood grains. Where bathrooms are concern, the one inside the master bedroom is a clear respite. Deliciously sizeable, this private

The living area is spread across the first level encompassing the

sanctuary is designed with a handsome sit-in marble shower next to

dining area and kitchen. Commanding laidback elegance is the play

an expansive view sequestered by a handful of planters for privacy.

of tone on tone white throughout the interiors from walls to floors and from choice furniture to custom wall units by Mudian. Bringing the outdoors in is a series of full length windows and sliding glass doors, forming a fluid interplay of the two areas and setting the style that is emlematic to this family home. This

Up at the roof top, the effect is an even more overt statement of inside – outness, adding another area where the lines between them are blurred. A few steps is a bar for outdoor entertaining and barbecues. The transformation of the house spanned over five months from

connection is best seen in the dining area towards the centre of the

design to completion. It’s no wonder that the homeowners are

first level, which opens to a secluded porch and the pool.

bowled over by their new home and why shouldn’t they when all

Upstairs, the bedrooms are simply furnished and decidedly

their wishes are fulfilled - each with effortless style.

unfussy. Unlike the master bedroom which maintains its light touch, the colour theme for the rest of the rooms are geared towards warm wood notes. Wall units are minimal in details displaying clean and

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Collective Designs Pte Ltd, www.collectivedesigns.com.sg

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a la mode

WITH DEDICATION, PLANNING AND PATIENCE, THIS CLUSTER HOUSE IS TRANSFORMED INTO A CONVIVIAL HOME, DESIGNED FOR EASY LIVING.

Unfussy details and a neutral palette forms the perfect canvass for the display of vibrant paintings on the wall.

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The way to enjoy familial gathering is when basked with ample beautiful light.

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TOP LEFT It’s all about strategic lighting in the room. Down-lighters are neatly concealed and spread across the ceiling. TOP RIGHT Pigeon-holes are both fun and stylish as wall display units.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES T. | TEXT BY ZULFA JK

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ith dedication, planning and patience,

even though there are random pops of colour,

this cluster house is transformed into a

the interior undoubtedly radiates a calming and

convivial home, designed for easy living.

soothing balance.

Cheerful accents abound in this family home

The kitchen which shares space with the dining

and the art especially strikes an upbeat tone. It

area, is anchored with an island for added seating.

is a matter of course that the subsequent design

Shiny counters and a unique backsplash now

overhaul of the interiors in this cluster house

complement satin-finish lacquer cabinetry. The

is inspired by the homeowners’ collection of

existing white marble floors lends a softly neutral,

paintings and prints which are largely vibrant

contemporary touch.

depictions of the human form. With that in mind the design team at 9 Degree,

Upstairs where the more private spaces are, the colour tone takes on darker shades of browns

oversaw a dramatic renovation, enhancing the

in tandem with the wooden timber flooring.

interiors with natural materials and custom

Visually, the unity of the design elements conjure

finishes. A neutral colour palette is adopted

a soothing ambience, much desired in this part

throughout the main living spaces to counter

of the house where the family gather the most to

balance the colourful art on the walls. As such,

rest and play.

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Wall alert with animations of the automobile, specially for the little boy in the house.

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The wild wall covering appears subdued when in a dark tone. Full length mirror panels reveals wardrobe for the couple – a great idea to maximise narrow spaces in many walk-in closets.


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Ensuring that every inch of space stays functional, the designers installed wall units which deliver ample concealed storage as they are visually appealing and consistent with the design throughout. In the study for example, the display shelf has neat pigeon holes which adds interesting dimension as well as lends a fun and stylish edge. Similarly in another bedroom, the bed-head hides secondary lighting. Fancy wall coverings adorn the bedrooms from funky concentric in the master suite to elegant architecturally inspired ones in another. Throughout the house, the sensation that greets you when you step through the front door is one of cohesion and calm. In many ways, this pared down style is a reflection of the ideas behind the designers. Coupled with the collection of artworks which adds a crucial layer of personality in the design process, the effect is of warmth, comfort and cosiness, important in a family home. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS 9 Degree Construction Pte Ltd, www.9degree.com.sg

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the bold. the beautiful. GLAMOUR KNOWS NO BOUNDS AT ST JOHNS WOOD. Ingeniously balancing the classic palette with a modern edge, the TV wall is custom made with wood laminates in natural brown and black glass panels. Not only does it lend a contemporary finish to the overall design, it also serves to create the illusion of a deeper space by reflecting the living room.

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LEFT TO RIGHT Inviting family members and guests into its plush embrace is the cosy sofa by Fendi Home in perfect complements with the soft coffee table and custom-made rug by Steppevi.

IMAGES COURTESY OF ANNA DODONOVA | TEXT BY BELLE CHU NG

Cast in a beautiful spread of stone flooring and adorned with a mirror by Creazioni and a unit by Bessana (specially made to match the mirror), the entrance hall spots an open space plan.

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Kiev-born businesswoman, she began following her interior design dream in 2003 when she left a flourishing graphic

design career in her adopted home of Berlin to retrain in London. Drawing on her natural artistic flair and experience at the forefront of the German capital’s creative hub, she excelled in a range of interior design projects across London and Germany. From thence, came the birth of her business start-up, Anna Casa Interiors. Today, the 31 years old entrepreneur and interior designer has expanded her business into the heart of London’s luxury design scene on Hay Hill in Mayfair where she works on international projects for select residential and commercial clients. So who is she exactly? As glamorous as her works are, she is the talented and much sought after interior designer, Anna Dodonova. Possessing zest and aesthetic flair, Anna has gained an impressive reputation for spatial creations of timeless, unapologetic charm – a signature of what is widely known as the Anna Casa style. This issue, we get a glimpse into her world of uncompromising luxury and the design journey behind it as she reveals one of her latest projects, the St Johns Wood apartment in Northwest London. Of cosy proportions, the two-bedroom apartment belongs to a young Saudi Arabian family based in Jeddah. Because the family travels out of the country often, the apartment was acquired with the intention of creating a home away from home. It was to be a space of plush comforts and familial appeal but not without the elements of glamour and luxury. Well acquainted with Dodonova’s works, the family naturally entrusted her with the task of creating the perfect get-away apartment.

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Given its apartment setting, the design concept of the dining room is unusual but outstanding. The large sitting bench, designed by Anna Casa, effectively breaks up the striking velvet wallpaper, allowing the room to be an elegant push and pull of boldness and subtleties.

Taking on the project, Dodonova relished the challenges it presented. And her design philosophy and approach, rightly prepares her for it. Speaking of the latter, Dodonova honestly declares, “I work with the most high-end, good quality, luxurious brands. But I am also very spiritual.” This is reflected in her regular travel bouts along what she terms as her “design circuit”. A woman on a relentless quest for beautiful and inspiring creations, her destination choices are determined by her desire to connect with spiritual experiences and increase her personal energy flow. Such is the philosophy that extends into her professional life and all her design projects, “I believe your home reflects your whole life. Thus, good design is about balance.” That said, her first challenge was to create the dream abode that the homeowners have envisioned – an intricate balance between glamour, modernity, comfort and classicism. Using a predominantly black and white palette, Dodonova evokes a sense of classicism across the home. Punctuated with silk fabrics and refined materials, the apartment is also all about glamorous pleasures. Coupled with furnishings in natural brown wood, the space is given homely depth and familial warmth. All of which are further facilitated with the expansive variety of lighting options in the home. Whether the client desires a romantic evening spent nestled in the luxurious fabric sofa from Fendi Home or a bright night of soccer enthusiasm as they catch the live matches on TV, the homeowners are able to manipulate the mood in the apartment with a simple flick of the switch.

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The master bedroom is paradise personified with its luscious custom designed headboard by Anna Casa in classic form and plush spread of carpeting by Wool Classics.

Accentuating the classical elements of the interior design is this exquisite chair by Creazioni.

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Proving that a mix of different styles can look great is the funky armchair in Baroque style with comic fabric by Creazioni.

FACING PAGE Created for their son, this bedroom uses the latest contemporary fabrics and finishes. Making for fine example are the curtains and sheers designed to look like flowing steel by JAB. The headboard, designed and tailor made by Anna Casa is made from separate round cushions attached to the wall and adorned in fabrics by JAB.

The second challenge involves overcoming architectural shortcomings. Located in a building no more than 10 years old, the apartment is described as “new construction”. “What this means,” explains Dodonova, “is that there are certain limitations that come with its innate architecture. In this case, unlike older buildings, the St Johns wood apartments have relatively lower ceilings which impedes on the sense of spaciousness.” To counter this, Dodonova’s technique is simple but timeless. Where the space is narrower,

Picking from only the best, the wardrobe with its distinctive niche features is by Besana.

visual impact is further enhanced through her application of an open space plan as testified by the living room and entrance hall. Allowing the entrance hall to flow smoothly into the living area without the obstruction of partitions and such, Dodonova enlarged the sense of space. Setting a mirror by Creazioni framed in a custom made unit by Bessana along the entrance enables light to bounce into the deep and narrow corridor. The aesthetic result is an apartment space that remains bright and airy, losing none of its atmospheric charm even when the London weather is not at its best. Rightly balanced with its bold subtleties and luxurious charm, the apartment is yet another stunning testimony of Dodonova’s design prowess.

mirrors are fashionably set in place so as to shift the optical perspective, thereby creating the illusion that each room looks and feels larger. This

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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Anna Casa Interiors, www.annacasa.net


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sustainable design IN A TREE HOUSE.

The house sitting on steel foundations, making the entire structure hanging out over the rock hill and into the tree tops.

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rchitect Tommie Wilhelmsen’s practice is based upon the idealogy of focusing on

the big picture, especially in residential designs. Fundamentals for all his designs are the basic elements of wind, terrain, sun, rain, landscape, and climate. Projects in his care are developed not just through practical planning, but also through visual research. The playful, naïve, optimistic, and useless have just as big a value in the design process as the logical or the practical. Essential to this is the belief that architecture can change your life. Good architecture, he believes, is a place that is never easy to leave. Located in a remote area of Norway, this impressive Trekronekabin is perched elegantly on a steep rock on the Sjernnaroy islands. The site is only accessible by boat, adding to its retreatstyle charm, and is nestled serenely within the surrounding landscape. Dubbed the ‘cabin in the treetops,’ Trekonekabin is a dramatic lodge hidden deep in the woods. Using only local materials, including oak, pine and fir taken directly from island, Wilhelmsen has created a sleek but sympathetic intervention into the landscape. Very highly insulated, the house at 100 square metres in living space, is designed to touch the site lightly, making a minimal impact on the environment. To complement the natural surrounding, sober black and natural oak tone are consistently used throughout the house.

The living room is nestled beneath a timbered enclave.

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Simultaneously, the intersection of house

The project is designed and developed

and rock is treated as dramatically as possible,

mainly as sections, as it was a natural approach

with slender steel pilotis pushed to the edges

to the steep terrain on the site. The sections

of the floorplan, and the whole building is

are organized as series of layers along the

visually anchored to a rocky outcrop by the

rectangular plan. Movement in the length

vertical concrete shaft of the chimney. This sharp

direction allows all the different sections that the

horizontal edge is in contrast with the vertical

cabin has, to function cohesively for lounging,

line of the concrete chimney while the entire site

eating, sleeping and bathing.

holds its ground above the ocean below. Inside, the ceiling is made from wooden slats

All main constructions are of wood, except from the steel foundations on the north side that

that curve to encapsulate a seating area. Large

makes the cabin hang out over the rock hill and

windows open out onto spectacular views and

into the treetop while lying down quietly against

are complimented with simple furnishings and

the mountain on the south side, which is the floor

modest decor. The entire space is flooded with

that follows nature’s forms.

light, and looks like a stunning space to enjoy the enticing Nordic summers.

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TOP Using only local materials in its natural tones, its interiors is crafted into a voluminous space filled with natural light. FACING PAGE Massive windows and glass walls are purposedly integrated around the house to capture the natural surroundings.


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The view from inside where the house blends beautifully into its immediate surroundings.

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An upper level is created to maximise the house’s generous internal height.

The bathroom is simply furnished and practical.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Wilhelmsen Architecture, www.tommie-wilhelmsen.no

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Earthy tones rule while style remains simple and cosy.

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stolen STEAL AWAY WITH THE THIEF.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY DESIGN HOTELS™ | TEXT BY ROSIE ‘POPPS’ MY

An Oslo escape : The Thief in the waterfront.

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itting right in the arty district where the

Sune Nordgren who heads the hotel’s art concept,

spanking new Scandinavian Astrup Fearnley

in collaboration with the Astrup Fearnley Museum.

Museum of Arts stands The Thief designed by

For the love of true art and luxury, ‘The Oslo Suite’

the prizewinning Mellbye Architekter AS. The

penthouse has amazing views both inside and out

boutique hotel, part of the Design Hotels™

with pop art in tribute to English living legend Sir

Group, is a symbolic structure that’s organically

Peter Blake. There’s a 360-degree panoramic view

distinctive and the sustainably-constructed

from its own rooftop terrace.

building is almost entirely surrounded by water. In

Your heart will be stolen with its incredible mix

the summer, guests can be whisked away to the

of interior pieces by designers such as Tom Dixon

hotel by boat from Oslo’s city centre.

and Boca do Lobo. A museum in its own right,

Each of its 120 rooms and 6 Jumior Suites

guests will be awed by the new inspiring from

features French balconies and state-of-the-art

Norway’s new breed of designers like Magnus

amenities designed to complement the artwork

Pettersen and Anne Haavind, selected annually as

pieces. They are exclusively selected by curator

part of The Thief’s collaboration with DogA (the

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The Thief takes art very seriously indeed : elegant furniture pieces stay truely devoted to art and luxury to complement the fine art piece carefully selected by renown curator Sune Nordgren.

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TOP The dining interior at the restaurant is an ensemble that focuses on texture and ambience. FACING PAGE Dine in the splendour of Norwegian sophistication that’s simply elegant with a stunning view to steal your heart away.

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Who says grey is boring when mixed with the right textures. Each bedroom comes with French balconies to capture the romance of the waterfront.

Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture). Already renown as an important institution and showcase for young, talented Norwegian designers, The Thief also takes prides to provide travelers with world-class comfort, with its six state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a 750sqm spa and wellness centre slated for completion in 2014 and sophisticated dining room. Discover the finesse of fine Norwegian cuisine at the hotel’s brasserie. Enjoy seasonally prepared seafood with the catch of the day freshly caught just miles away and served with market produce. If all that is not enough, a cosy wine & champagne bar with a stunning waterfront vistas at The Thief will steal your heart away. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Design Hotels™, www.designhotels.com

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& such A little time over tea with Belle Chung and Melody Tedja.


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Summer’s here! And we’re pulling out the tea cups and scones for a little bit of outdoor fun. Cliché as it may be, we’re sure you’ll agree that if sleighing is for winter and Rudolfs for Christmas, then scones and tea must be for summer! So in lieu of our little tea party, we’ve gone tea-set hunting to find that perfect pot for that classic moment. Like you, we never thought about why we so indulge in these little clichés but that we do and it brings a certain enjoyment. Should we put thought to it, there’d likely be 101 reasons why a tea-party is all wrong for summer : Everyone’s doing it; Tea parties are for stiff-necked adults; it’s overrated; it’s so yester-year and the list goes on… Yet, as we travelled all over town scouring for the prettiest tea set, we also came upon 101 reasons why a tea-party is just the thing to bask in this sunny season. (Well ok, not exactly a 101, but enough to keep grinning over tea.)

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Precisely because it’s old school, it becomes a vintage indulgence, so why not?

An ode to good ol’ times, sometimes doing the cliché brings back fond memories.

When done in the right spirit, that seemingly cliché tea party can be a lot of quirky fun.

Really, there isn’t quite another enjoyment

You remember the old tin coffee pot your

Laura Ashley reminded us : cliché doesn’t

like lounging on your picnic mat with a

grandma used to brew her coffee in? You

necessarily translate to lame. Her latest

hot cup of coffee, a crunchy apple, a tasty

remember how she used to drink it out of

red-and-white polka dot collection is all

sandwich and a good book under the sun

this cranky-looking tin cup? How she’d use

about having fun in a big quirky way. So,

on a cheery Sunday morning. And Cats

to sit everyone who visited her, down to that

whilst the concept of a tea party is old, the

Socrates understands this well. From the

hot cup of kopi-o and roti? It wasn’t quite a

contents don’t have to be so. Stowing away

quaint yellow tin tea pot to the cute little

fanciful tea party with dainty cupcakes and

the dainty teapot, this beautiful pitcher calls

boxes, they’ve got the picnic basket nicely

English tea the way our parents do it these

for some refreshing lemonade or iced tea.

packed and are ready to hit the garden.

days. But it was warm, earnest and full of

Coupled with fresh bread and hearty treats,

love. Spotting this coffee pot amongst the

you and your friends will have a ball of a

contemporary stash of home wares at Franc

time as you soak up the summer sun.

Franc was a priceless moment as we recalled fond memories of evenings spent with grandma, listening to her stories of Tofu Jie and Bukit Ho Swee over the bittersweet aroma of her home-brewed coffee…

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Then of course, in the name of Summer Fun, tea parties give us good reason to be as dainty ladies of the 1800s! Should you sit with a stiff posture and pinky finger pointing out whilst sipping tea at any café, you’ll find yourself at the receiving end of curious stares and quiet sniggers. Not because these people are being mean but because this is the 21st Century and you are in urban, cosmopolitan Singapore. Yet who can resist in the face of such dainty wares from Laura Ashley and Tools of The Trade (ToTT)? So with pinkies twitching, what are you waiting for? Send out invites to a couple of your girl-friends and have them come over to your place for high-tea. Then, let the roleplaying be epic and the giggles hysterical. All for fun’s sake, this cliché affair would be an unforgettable one, embedded in heartfelt laughter and plenty of good feelings.

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Pronouncing this tete-a-tete in elegance is the glass cake stand from Laura Ashley. The white fruit cake that graces the table is available at King & King Wong. Making for sweet complements to the floral printed tea set from Laura Ashley are the 2-tiered 8-piece tart stand and peach coloured Moliz Napkin. Both items are available at iwannagohome and Franc Franc, respectively. Simple but tasteful, the white rectangular plate and loaves from King & King Wong are perfect accompaniments for this tea setting.

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Secretly, these occasions are for a bit of showing off... Don’t get us wrong! We’re not encouraging

matte gold teaspoons from ToTT’s, we went

snooty-ness here. However, when we

absolutely bonkers. The liveliness of form,

chanced upon this gorgeously chic yet

elegant casualness of attitude and chic

elegant tea set at ToTT’s, we couldn’t help it

Parisian flair it exuded was to die-for.

– We fell in love and we had to show it off! Everything from its porcelain whiteness

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Ogling at it and feeling this way, we suddenly understood why we still indulge

to its unique finish, compelled a strange

in tea parties : Despite all the discriminating

urge in us to bring it to people and rouse

clichés surrounding it, they give good

them to appreciation. Of course, when we

reason to show off our exquisite set of

found that oh-so-chic navy blue and white

porcelain without incident. And to be

striped table cloth and sweet Bossa décor

absolutely honest, there is a secret pleasure, a

bowl from Franc Franc, paired it all together

narcissistic joy in watching your guests envy

and topped it off with the most exquisite

your precious set of pots and cups.


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At other times, tea parties are a return to our cultural roots. Along the way, we began to wonder about

a medicinal drink. What we didn’t know was

tea sets that were more Asiatic. Amidst

when it reached the West and to whom first.

all the English rah-rah, surely the more

The assumption that the English found it first

conventional Chinese sets weren’t flushed

proved wrong. Instead, this fragrant organic

out right? We almost lost hope till we

beverage was first introduced to Portuguese

chanced upon these precious ones from

priests and merchants in China during the

iwannagohome. Then as we admired the

16th Century. The British only really got hold

Asiatic beauty of the tea sets, we got curious

of tea in the 17th Century and began their

and did some reading up.

own production in India in order to compete

Truth be told, tea drinking began not in

with the Chinese monopoly.

the West but in Asia. Yes, unsurprisingly in

In light of that, we believe some good

China. Historical records show that it likely

old fashion Oolong Tea and Chinese snacks

originated from the Yunnan province during

are in order‌

the Shang Dynasty (1 500BC to 1 046BC) as

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Those quirky wooden forks on that organic wheat coloured lunch mat are from Franc Franc, while the pretty white tea tray is from King & King Wong. Delicious but inedible, the fruit cake and the wooden tea tray are from King & King Wong.


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In every other moment, tea parties are a tireless consumption of pots, cups and such other things. This is not because we ran out of reasons but because whilst we were trying our darnest to pick only the best and the prettiest of tea sets, it dawned on us that it was almost Mission Impossible. Considering the variety of colours, shapes and sizes, it’s a no wonder the Mad Hatter himself has such a voracious collection. And we don’t blame him. We love the pastel blue set from Franc Franc for its dreamy hue and the organic combination it makes with the wooden Bondy Saucer. And we simply couldn’t ignore the contemporary brilliance of iwannagohome’s Degrenne Safran teapot

In the end, our continued indulgence is not birthed from mere boredom. Instead, it is because we honestly do enjoy the fun of clichés, the guilty pleasures of consumerism, the celebration of style, the reminiscences of that distant past, the upkeeping of traditions and most importantly, the joy of fellowship. Cheers, to a beautiful summer people.

and mugs. They sat so prettily on the shelves in a lovely bloom of orange, lime, red, brown, black and white. Then, there was no way we could leave iwannagohome without the most charming teapot to date, the Degrenne Salam Gold and White teapot. Just look at it! So sleek, so wellmade, so handsome, so matte – you totally get us right?! So yes, we grabbed it and just when we thought we were satisfied with the accompanying tea cup on a cutest triangular saucer, these little squat ones and the wooden cake stand snagged us.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Cats Socrates, www.catssocrates.com.sg Franc Franc, www.francfranc.com.sg Iwannagohome, www.iwannagohome.com.sg King & King Wong, www.kingnkingwong.com Tools of The Trade (ToTT), www.tottstore.com

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& city-dwellers TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELODY TEDJA & COURTESY OF FAR EAST FLORA


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For those of us confined to apartments and units, gardening is not the most obvious of pastimes. But that’s not to say that we should not live off the land when we’re stuck off the ground. Itching with green fingers, Belle Chung and Melody Tedja dug deep into the luscious foliage of the flower markets and found out what it takes to create a garden within our urban abodes.

PLOT & PLAN Good planning is essential. Apartment units have limited space and varying access to sunlight, which means that you can’t really have any and all plants you find pretty from the flower market. Whether it’s along your corridor or on your balcony, your first consideration should always be light. Is it a space that gets a whole lot of sun? Or does it only get the morning sun? Is the space bright and airy or somewhat more shaded? How much sunlight can access the space and at what time of the day will determine the plant types you should acquire. There really isn’t a lot of point in gardening should your plants start dying out quickly because conditions do not meet their needs for growth. Once you’ve sorted out the light issue, look carefully into the availability of space. Map out your proposed garden so you buy only what you need. If you are big on herbs, plant things you will eat regularly lest you end up with a crop of stuff you don’t love. Also, be sure to take measurements to ensure the containers and pots you intend to buy will actually fit. As a novice, start small. A simple herb garden of mint, parsleys, rosemary and thyme is a lot easier to maintain than vegetables, fruits and flowers. Whilst at Far East Flora, we also discovered that the staff on deck was excellent in taking us through what we can and can’t plant in accordance to our balcony and/or corridor’s size and position. This is important. You really don’t want to end up buying a whole lot of stuff you don’t need and can’t use. And worse, plants that don’t fit so you wind up wasting time, money, and effort. And yes, a crappy looking garden.

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MINI PETUNIA PLANT TYPE : Outdoor FYI : They require some specific growing conditions. They become leggy and sparse, refusing to bloom when they don’t get the right care. CARE INSTRUCTIONS : They need to be in bright, sunny locations and require 6 to 8 hours of sun every day. The more the nutrition, the better the bloom, thus they should be fed with liquid fertilizers every 1 to 2 weeks. WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Let soil dry up a little between waterings as stalks are prone to rotting. It would be best to water straight into the soil and avoid wetting the stalks and foliage.

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID

GERBERA (AKA. AFRICAN DAISY) PLANT TYPE : Outdoor

PLANT TYPE : Indoor Flowering

FYI : African Daisies can be placed indoors but will require direct sunlight in order for it to flower faster.

FYI : Bold, beautiful yet delicate, the Phalaenopsis Orchid thrives best in a cool area, preferably where there is air condition. This allows their blooms to last longer and push for quicker re-blooming.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Avoid wetting the blooms as it rots the flowers easily. Feed with liquid or slowrelease fertilizer as and when necessary.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS : That said, they are indoor plants and do still require lots of bright light. Feed with orchid fertiliser, alternating between growth and flowering, once a week.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : If placed indoors, water it twice a week.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Water once a week.

a watering can small trowel and changkol for soil disturbance and transfer. cleaning materials like broom and secateurs for trimming and cutting stems. extra pots in the event that you will need to re-pot your plants for propagation purposes plant support stakes or trellis fertilizers extra soil or compost for topping up or usage

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SEDUM

PLANT TYPE : Full Sun to Partial Shade FYI : They are sun-loving but despise the rain. CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Fertilise with high phosphorous fertilizers. WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Sedum is a succulent plant that loves drought conditions, thus water sparingly and usually only when the soil is dry.


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PLANT & POT Herbs need only pots that are 15 centimetre (cm) deep. Vegetables, fruits and flowers may require pots that are up to 30 cm deep. The general rule of thumb is that you should re-pot your plants once their roots outgrow their pots. The surest sign that your plants need larger homes is when their roots begin to curl out of the pots, either on the underside or over the edges. When re-potting your plant, don’t get overexcited and buy the prettiest but largest pot available in stores. The new pot should be just one size up (no more than one inch larger in circumference) from the current one your plant is sitting in. This will ensure room for new soil around the root ball as well as optimum root growth, old and new. Secondly, you’ll want to get a pot with up to four half-centimetre holes at the bottom for drainage of excess water (unless of course, your intentions are to drown your plants). Other than that, you can really use almost anything. Plastic tubes and terracotta pots are the gold standard but vintage wooden creates, old kettles, jugs and teapots are ace. The Little Veggie Patch (www.littleveggiepatchco.com.au) has a pretty cool video on how you can create your own crate pot along with other rad garden ideas and tips.

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JAPANESE BAMBOO

PLANT TYPE : Semi-shaded FYI : They will shed their leaves rather frequently if they are not receiving sufficient direct sunlight. CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Japanese Bamboo loves the morning sun and good ventilation. They may, however, get sunburnt under strong afternoon sun. Fertilize them once a month with conventional fast-release granular fertilizers. WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Water them every alternate day.

AFRICAN VIOLET

PLANT TYPE : Indoor Flowering FYI : They grow and bloom beautifully in bright areas without direct afternoon sunlight. You may fertilize them as and when necessary. One of the best ways to do so is by incorporating liquid fertilizer into the saucer of water. WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Keep soil relatively moist but not waterlogged or soaked. The best way to water the plant is from bottom up by leaving the pot in a saucer of water.

AGLAONEMA

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SONG OF JAMAICA

PLANT TYPE : Indoor

PLANT TYPE : Indoor

FYI : The simple rule to caring for this plant is : the lighter the variegation of its leaves, the more light it needs.

FYI : Compared to other plants, Song of Jamaica and its fellow Dracaenas family members are more prone to rotting than insect attacks.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Have them placed in bright and well-ventilated areas to minimize yellowing of leaves and mealy bug attacks. Apply liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks to maintain colour and optimal growth.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Place in areas that receive as much bright or indirect sunlight as possible as it is prone to leaf-dropping if it is not getting sufficient nutrients from the sun. Ensure that the space is also well-ventilated. Feed with liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks to maintain colour and continuous growth of the plant.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Usually watered once every 2 weeks in accordance to the water indicator. This is because Aglaonema has a slower water absorption rate than regular plants.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Once every 2 to 3 weeks is sufficient. Do let the soil dry out a little between watering.


HERBS

PLANT TYPE : Outdoor FYI : Easy and relatively fuss-free, they are great for novice gardeners. Basil, thyme, rosemary, sage, chilli and parsley will happily grow alongside each other. Mint should be kept in a separate pot as it has a tendency of over-crowding its neighbours. CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Herb plants love a lot of sunlight. So be sure to have them placed in areas where they can enjoy the sun. Position herbs like a school photo with big herbs in the back and small herbs in front. This is to ensure everyone gets enough sun. Feed with organic fertilizers once every 2 weeks. WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Use only well-drained soil and water them only when the soil is dry to touch as herbs do not like to be constantly wet.

THAI BASIL DILL

OREGANO

ROSEMARY

LAKSA LEAF

MINT

LEMON BALM THYME

PARSLEY

Now that you’re pot set, here are the simple steps to re-potting : 1 2 3 4

Line the bottom of your pot with gravel or rocks, taking care not

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Check to see if your plant has become root bound – roots tightly

to completely block out the holes.

curling around the sides and bottom of the root ball. If so, it is

Water must still be able to drain through.

important for you to slit through the sides and bottom of the root

Add a layer of potting mix. You can choose one that already has fertilizer mixed in.

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ball to encourage the roots to branch out into the new soil. Remove approximately one-third of the soil and sit the plant

Fill the base of the new pot with a couple of inches of

into its new pot. Your plant should have a soil line that is about

potting mix.

an inch below the top of the pot. If it is too high, water will run

Remove the plant from the old pot. Slip your hand over the top of the pot, hold the plant by its stem and turn the pot upside

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right out when you water your plant. Backfill with your potting mix, making sure to push it down

down. If it does not slip out of the pot easily, tap the pot against

loosely. Do not pack it in too tightly but ensure that there are no

a hard surface and slowly, gently pull the pot away from the

large gaps either.

plant. If that doesn’t work, use a knife to cut around the edge of the soil. In super stubborn cases, break the pot.

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or those who find pots a space hassle and would rather keep your floors free for other uses, yet would appreciate greenery in

your home, fret not. In our modern age, gardens come in many forms. Mini-gardens are a whole new sight to behold when they’re given a vertical lift. That’s right make use of your walls! Whilst at Far East Flora, we chanced upon this unique but beautiful gardening solution made possible through the use of a stack system on a special modular framework. This allows the plants to be hoisted against the wall. Whether you decide to go for all-green foliage or a full wall of floral lovelies, it is sure to add height to your space and dimensional intrigue to a flat plain.

Mobile and durable, the Mini Garden system fits everywhere, whether it’s along your corridor, in your living room or up against a balcony wall. Unconventional but convenient, it promises a fresh sense of fun to gardening and a beautiful home.

If a full wall of plants is too much for the novice gardener, you could opt for the simple and hassle-free Frame Garden. Literally, it is a mini wall garden in a frame that will lend a touch of modern flair to your interior. Its unique system of vertical culture and irrigation comprises three complementary elements – plant pouch, water reserve and frame. These come together to reduce the amount of care to just one requirement : Fill the water reserve only when the water indicator shows a low water level and voilà, your frame garden is kept in sprightly health and beautiful condition. You can then round up your miniature gardens with the Plantplus Series, an intricately designed watering system that simplifies plant maintenance for the busy individual. All Plantplus range comes fitted with a water indicator so it takes only a single glance to know TOP Never out of style, the collection comes in various plant compositions set in coloured frames. | BOTTOM So simple, so fuss-free, gardening is made possible even to the clumsiest of green hands with the Plantplus Series.

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when it is time to give your plants a drink! Without having to sweat about it, the Plantplus Series allows you to freshen up your interiors with pretty greens and happy floras.


FEED & REAP It’s always best to water your plants early in the morning. Drizzle according to each plant’s needs and try not to over-water. It is much better to water fewer times thoroughly than to water frequently with just a little bit. Every week or so add some worm or compost juice into the mix. If not, be sure to feed your plant with fertilizers once every two weeks or so. What type of fertilizers will be good then? Really, there are only two types (categorized according to the substance they contain) : organic and inorganic. The former is made up of by-products from animals and plants. It is recommended for your pots of herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. The latter is laboratory derived. In other words, they come about through the extraction of nutrient essence needed by plants and come in two forms, fast-release and slow-release. According to the horticulturist at Far East Flora, they are relatively the same except that slow-release fertilizers have a coating that controls the release of nutrients into the soil. It not only lasts longer but also enables nutrient availability to be present over a longer period of time.

PLANT TYPE : Semi-shaded FYI : Their leaves might start to rot if it is constantly wet. CARE INSTRUCTIONS : Fertilize with slow-releasing fertilizers once every 2 to 3 months to maintain its colour and optimal growth. WATERING INSTRUCTIONS : Only water the plant when the soil is a little dry to touch.

TRADESCANTIA (COOL LEAF) DIEFFENBACHIA DAGENSIS

A big thank you to Far East Flora, their wondrous staff and sweet horticulturalists for the help they’ve given. Without them, our lovely apartment garden would never have came to fruition. As Singapore’s leading nursery operator, we were really spoilt for choices of flora and plant accessories. 48 years in the running, they truly stand for quality horticulture, priding themselves in the provision of top quality plants.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Far East Flora Pte Ltd, www.facebook.com/fareastflora

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getting close to nature DO YOU HAVE TO GO OUTSIDE?

TEXT BY ROSIE “POPPS” MY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DESIGN HOTELS™ & PAOLA LENTI

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VISUAL ESSAY

IN OBLIVION When life throws you a sea view, enjoy it on the deck with streamlined outdoor furniture that’s fit for the queen. Interior concept by La Réserve Ramatuelle.

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VISUAL ESSAY

ALMOST OUTSIDE

UNDER COVER

Too hot and bothered for al fresco dining? Enjoy

Should the outside get a little too much for you,

the sunshine while being just barely outdoors.

put up the canopy whilst enjoying a day by the

Interior concept by Mykonos Theoxenia.

pool. Interior concept by Mykonos Theoxenia.

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SWING!

GARDEN SHOWER

When outside is all too wet, stay indoors and relax on a

Velaro is a stunning outdoor shower with material that is made

swinging sofa, reminiscent of those carefree school days happy

exclusive to Garvida. Most of Garvida’s garden furniture and

on a swing. Designed by Francesco Rota, the Swing Columpio

products, including Velaro is made of Gardan, a handcrafted

Wabi is available from Paola Lenti.

quality synthetic wicker fiber that is developed specifically for outdoor use. With the silhouette of a sail, the garden shower has a modern sleek look whilst providing privacy and a quick freshen up any time. Available from Garvida.

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VISUAL ESSAY

TREE INSPIRED Can’t have a tree in the house, embrace its silhouette in your home like this tree jewellery holder. Available from Howards Storage World.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Garvida, www.garvida.de Howards Storage World, www.hsw.com.sg La Réserve Ramatuelle, www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com Mykonos Theoxenia, www.mykonostheoxenia.com Paola Lenti, www.paolalenti.it

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bamboo for the furniture and the discarded

turned into a mission for Pet Lounge

shredded remnants of orthopaedic human bed

Studios. The designer and founder wanted to

mattresses from factories are used in the pet

create environmentally conscience, high quality pet

cushions. The shredded material offers a plush

products that seamlessly and comfortably integrate

surface that your pet will enjoy while still having

into our homes with fine aesthetics and decor.

the same benefits of this polyurethane foam. Its

The high end pet products ranging from pet

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friendly. The designer Corey Drew worked at one

is especially beneficial for aging pets with arthritic

of the top, 4 to 5 star hospitality furniture design

conditions and smaller pets that are attracted to

manufacturers in the world. Together with his

warm surfaces.

experiences and love for the environment and

Another unique pet product from Pet Lounge

animals, he aspired to draw up the production of

Studio is the Angled Bambú Diner. It’s not a bowl,

his own creations to create high end pet products.

it’s poochie’s very own dining table. The elevated

The Bambú Hammock is the most sought after

Diner is created with rich, renewable bamboo,

design which combines the modern clean lines

one of the most luxurious water resistant finishes

with a unique sleeping surface. The solid bamboo

which will not stain. The set comes with 2 stainless

frame comes with a removable/reversible ultra-

steel bowls and the four non skid rubber feet raise

suede cushion which is inherently stain resistant

up the set so not damage your floor.

and hypoallergenic. Made from materials that are sustainable like

Corey Drew graduated at the top of his class with a bachelor in furniture/ product design from the prestigious Savannah College of Art & Design.

SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Pet Lounge Studios, www.petloungestudios.com

More than just a pet bowl, it’s your pet’s very own dining table, The Angled Diner.

Pochie will love you for the Bambú Hammock designed with a unique sleeping surface that responds to your pet’s body weight which helps relieve many of the pressure points that create discomfort.

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2nd Edition Pte Ltd 158 Cecil Street, #06-02, Singapore 069545 t : 6298 8829 w : www.2ndedition.com.sg 9 Degree Construction Pte Ltd Tradehub 21, 18 Boon Lay Way, #03-102, Singapore 609966 t : 6793 1123 w : www.9degree.com.sg Anna Casa Interiors w : www.annacasa.net Architecture for Dogs w : www.architecturefordogs.com Art Plural Gallery w : www.artpluralgallery.com Artsyfact Blk 2 Everton Park, #01-47, Singapore 081002 w : www.facebook.com/artsyfact BoConcept Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 t : 6736 0777 w : www.boconcept.sg Bosch Home Appliances w : www.bosch-home.com.sg Cat Socrates Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, #02-25, Singapore 180231 t : 6333 0870 w : www.catsocrates.com.sg Collective Designs Pte Ltd Ever Expand Building, 85 Defu Lane 10, #06-00, Singapore 539218 t : 6280 6161 w : www.collectivedesigns.com.sg Design Hotels™ w : www.designhotels.com Eggthree Tong Yuan Industrial Building, 85 Playfair Road, #07-01, Singapore 368000 t : 6281 2197 w : eggthree.com

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King & King Wong Nex Shopping Mall, 23 Serangoon Central, #04-13/14 & #04-73/74/75, Singapore 556083 t : 6634 4344 w : kingnkingwong.com La Réserve Ramatuelle w : www.lareserve-ramatuelle.com Make Room Telok Blangah Industrial Estate, 1200 Depot Road, #06-01, Singapore 109675 t : 9113 1274 w : make-room.net Masters Home Improvement w : miy.masters.com.au McGuire Furniture w : www.mcguirefurniture.com Megaman (Singapore) Electrical & Lighting Pte Ltd Concept Store, Jalan Besar Plaza, 101 Kitchener Road, #01-32, Singapore 208511 t : 6396 5576 w : www.sg.megaman.cc Mong Project Design Pte Ltd Trivex, 8 Burn Road, #13-05, Singapore 369977 t : 6753 3005 w : www.mongdesignstudio.com.sg Moroso Singapore 5 Purvis Street, #01-03, Singapore 188584 t : 6338 7189 w : www.moroso.it Mudian Pte Ltd w : mudian.com.sg

Pet Lounge Studios w : www.petloungestudios.com Philips w : lighting.philips.com.sg Roops Pte Ltd Ever Expand Building, 85 Defu Lane 10, #06-00, Singapore 539218 t : 6281 1377 w : www.roops.com.sg Space Furniture 77 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189653 t : 6415 0000 w : www.spacefurniture.com.sg Timothy Oulton w : www.timothyoulton.com Tools of The Trade (ToTT) 896 Dunearn Road, #01-01A, Singapore 589472 t : 6219 7077 w : www.tottstore.com Van Gogh Museum w : www.vangoghmuseum.nl Wilhelmsen Architecture w : www.tommie-wilhelmsen.no Xtra Designs Park Mall, 9 Penang Road, #01-01 & #02-01, Singapore 238459 t : 6336 0688 w : www.xtra.com.sg

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For that warm homely touch, brick tiles are the top choice. New brick tiles are creative, versatile and durable. Most of all, they are available in an assorted range of colour tones to make your interior modern and trendy.

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