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house have got to be the kitchen and the bathroom. I know
homeowners and design professionals on a daily basis. Fast forward
I speak for many as these are the only important rooms where you can literally go over the top and designers can deploy an arsenal of chic materials. Choosing the right materials is integral to allowing your kitchen
now, the kitchen is still my favourite room in the house. Such joy! With our Kitchen Special in this issue, I’m pleased to be seeing the modular kitchen trend moving onwards and upwards. Imagine what my kitchen could have been? The fact that you can experience
and bathroom to function efficiently. So it makes sense that the
a variety of design models certainly helps in the decision making
latest looks for your cooking and bathing spaces are in the mix of
process which will be stress-free and enjoyable to boot.
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Be sure to give your undivided attention in our ensuing pages on the trendiest kitchen and bath ideas. Think high-tech
who went the old route of custom fitting concept into layout.
composite worktops teamed with tactile warm wood, impossibly
Everything was built from an idea on paper. I remembered being
smooth stainless steel or uber stylish gold, decadent marble or
anxious over whether my dream island cum breakfast counter
cool-to-the-touch concrete. Whatever the combination, the idea is
will fit nicely or if it’ll be a huge obstruction in my kitchen and a
to add layers of interest that marry form and function and create a
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feast for the senses.
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Make that room where you de-stress and luxuriate be one that translates joy in any language for you and your family. Get ready to be inspired.
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COMMUNAL EATING TAKES ON A DECIDEDLY DECADENT PLATFORM ESPECIALLY WHEN THE FOOD IS SERVED ON A CRAFTED TABLE. ENTERTAIN IN STYLE WITH OUR TOP PICKS!
ALL ROUNDER This Synapsis table by Pierro Lissoni is a perfect display of how geometric and conceptual aesthetics can bring a setting to life with lines that are minimal but full of expression. The table features a tempered glass surface and chromed base. Available at Dream Interiors. A round table is an excellent meeting point and a perfect convivial dinner setting for an Asian home. Designed by Roberto lazzeroni, the solid wooden top is generous in space to accommodate a turntable. Surprisingly lightweight and stable, this Bolero table is available at Poltrona Frau.
Designed by Franco Albini for Cassina, this TL3 table has a delightful visual lightness. A tribute to old school carpentry, its legs also act as vertical elements which form unique blocks which appears to be suspended in midair due to the use of metal spacers. Available at Dream Interiors.
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FLAT LINERS Italian brand Miniforms, are easily characterised by their clean lines and bursts of colour and playful references to nature as seen in this Gustave table which offers an extendable version. Itâ€™s branch-like base makes this table a piece of functional art. Choice of tops available are Walnut, Oak, Resin Cement Effect and Grey Lacquered top. Available at Grafunkt. The double-base in a contrasting shade lends an edgy streak for an industrial chic ambience. Choice of tops available are Walnut, Oak, Resin Cement Effect and Grey Lacquered top. This Miniforms Keplero table is available at Grafunkt. Designed by Ron Gilad for Molteni & C, this table from the Grado collection displays his signature probing of the basic geometric form. The planes are rotated and blunted, with this wooden and glass table creating a shift form the 90 degrees to the 45 degrees corner with no edge. Available at Molteni & C.
The combination of earthy wood and edgy shatter-resistant plastic makes this English Windsor dining table a thoroughly uber cool sculpture to own. Inquire at Hudson Furniture. Not a conventional dining table of choice with its ethereal web-like appearance and an irregular top to boot, but clearly a masterpiece for the modernist home. Made of Carrera marble and chrome, this Geotable is available at Design Haus Liberty.
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DESIGNED TO DELIGHT.
t is a kidult world of surreal fancies and fairy tale dreams. It is an indulgence in fashion and an ode to art.
A colourful and vibrant world, La Marelle is a whimsical
Laura Plansker, Mijn Shatje, Necoletta Ceccoli and Adolie Day. The principles that govern La Marelle are simple: joy and accessibility. An artist who sought to bring happiness
translation of the everyday in arty-poetic signatures. From
to others through her work, Pascale’s aim is to make art
bags and jewellery to hand painted crockery and decorative
reachable for the wider community. “My artistic style is
objects, each creation is designed to delight.
to transform my often melancholic mind into something
The journey of La Marelle began in early 2000. A quiet
positive, colourful and playful that will bring joy to others,”
budding artist, Pascale Nivet was already selling her art in
says Pascale. “I am trying to flip this tough world into a world
Brittany under the alias of Mademoiselle Heloise (in honour of
her beloved grandmother). She desired to create something
That said, Pascale also holds that art should necessarily be
bigger but lacked something or rather someone to ignite
democratic. “There is no reason why art should be dedicated
the fire. That was until she met a peculiar man at the bar, one
to a certain elite,” the artist puts forth. Using everyday
night. His name is Fabrice Bernetiére, and he was the spark
objects such as handbags and stationery as their canvas, La
she needed. Like a fairy tale unto itself, it was love at first sight
Marelle truly takes care of making the works of their artists
for the two and from their union birthed La Marelle.
accessible to the daily consumer. Detailed and of high
Encouraged to create a company to distribute her art,
quality, each design piece is kept at an affordable price with
the duo worked hand in hand, borrowing money to exhibit
a sincere intention to educate the eye, mind and culture of
Pascale’s hand painted crockery in Paris in 2003. Naturally,
the weary consumer.
it was a big hit. Quickly, they decided to use a well-known French manufacturing company to produce larger volumes
La Marelle’s products are now available at MAD: Museum of Art & Design, located on the fourth floor of Mandarin Gallery.
to meet rising demands. By 2005, La Marelle became one of the first French publishing companies doing a particular style of artistic products and had on board with them some 40 internationally renowned artists. They include the likes of
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NEXT TO NATURE
a tree loving fraternity
BRING THE OUTDOORS INSIDE WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL EVERGREEN PIECES.
1. BRANCHING OUT Keep your front entrance neat and chic. Besides, this coat stand looks just as good on its own. Available at Teak & Mahogany. 2. GOLDEN BLAZE Emblematic of eucalyptus trees, this ornate golden sculpture is a timeless piece of art.
Available at Gilt & Folly. / 3. CLIMB AND DINE The charming earthy designs on these bone china plates will be a conversation starter for years to come. Wild & Wolf Rob Ryan plates available from The Good Things. 4. A SHADE DARKER Accented in matte-black, this faux bois side table makes for a striking contrast in
any home. Available at Gilt & Folly. 5. LEAFT ALONE This delicately handcrafted silk rug has a gorgeous neutral tone. It’s shimmery and incredibly soft too! Sartori Rugs available at Proof Living. 6. TIMBER-TOP With this enchanting
side table made from fiber glass and plantation wood, you’ll be feeling the magic of the woods in no time. Available at Teak & Mahogany.
6. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Gilt & Folly, www.proof.com.sg Proof Living, www.proof.com.sg Teak & Mahogany Pte Ltd, www.teakandmahogany.com The Good Things, www.thegoodthings.com.sg
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dapper douse DRESS UP YOUR BATHROOM TO NINES WITH THESE NIFTY ACCESSORIES.
1. TRICKY SPINNER Have good clean fun with this faux front loader; its convincing impersonation leaves you up for grins while you merrily launder away. Available at CB2. 2. PERCHED CHIRPS These blue birdies made of enamelled steel perch themselves nicely on this over-the-door hook designed by Kikkerland. Available at The Good Things.
3. WASTED LOVE Spruce up your bathroom with this benevolent waste bin, affectionately holding on to your pile of scraps; its holographic heart even changes when re-positioned. Available at The Good Things. / 4. STONE COLOGNE These admirable coloured pebbles are perfect for bathroom décor; use them as soaps or display them for a waft of sweet-smelling aroma. Available at CB2. / 5. JELLY CRUISER Be joined by an aquatic and slightly whacko jelly light for a whimsical bath experience. This quirky
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS CB2, www.cb2.com Lifestorey, www.lifestorey.com The Good Things, www.thegoodthings.com.sg
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illuminator floats in the pool and acts as centrepiece too. Available at CB2. / 6. STOW ON DOE If you’re finding those humdrum hooks a little boring, opt for these rust-free metallic antlers for a fun and quirky alternative. Available at Lifestorey.
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CELEBRATE THE HEART OF THE HOME WITH THESE PRAGMATIC KITCHEN WARES.
1. GIMME’ A HAND Add some pizzazz to your next dinner sitting with these delightful wooden salad tossers – whoever said salad was boring? Available at The Good Things. / 2. FRUITY FLAIR Shaped like a piece of fruit, this stunning recherché glass covered bowl provides ample storage for your food produce. Plus, you’ll never forget what you’ve left inside! Available at Gilt & Folly. / 3. HUMBLE TUMBLERS
Make your next hot beverage with these oh-so-lovable neutral toned ceramic tumblers, coming in sizes big and small. Available at Make Room. / 4. SLICE IT
NICE For an unconventional twist, try out Kikkerland’s utility cake cutter that bands whimsical novelty with functionality. Available at The Good Things. / 5. OH GOLLY! Need to maximize your storage and work-top space? This elegant and chic kitchen trolley is a mobile solution that does both! Available from Make Room. 6. A PAR ABOVE Give your kitchen some stylish flair with these eloquent glass storage jars, ideal for keeping your prepspace tastefully organized. Available at Make Room.
4. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Gilt & Folly, www.proof.com.sg Make Room, make-room.net The Good Things, www.thegoodthings.com.sg
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bring on primary gusto! A DOWN-TO-BASICS PALETTE OF BLUE, RED, AND YELLOW LOOKS ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY. MINI-SAUROUS ERA Roaming your home in blue powder-coated aluminum, this boisterous T-Rex keeps you young at heart, brightening your day with a single tea light. Available at CB2.
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MOD-OTTOMAN Be well equipped for a lazy day with a positive pop of contemporary fun, proudly brought to you by this Mondrian styled bean bag. Available at Lifestorey. A SUNLIT MENAGE With its textural yellow clarion and reflective glaze, this vase boasts a boutique yet palpable nature, radiating happy vibes throughout your home. Available at BoConcept. AS PREDICTED The stencilled typography of The End Bookend adds interest to your bookshelf with a humorous touch, enough to cast a smile upon anyoneâ€™s face. Available at CB2.
ODE STOOL The bright red top of the nelson pedestal makes for comfy oneseater thatâ€™s both trendy and classically modern. Available at Xtra Designs.
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS BoConcept, www.boconcept.sg CB2, www.crateandbarrel.com Fred Lives Here, www.fredliveshere.com Lifestorey, www.lifestorey.com SK Interiors Inc., www.skinteriorsinc.com Xtra Designs, www.xtra.com.sg
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super normal TEXT BY ZULFA JK
MAKING SENSE OUT OF THE ORDINARY.
itting in one of Jasper Morrison designed chairs feels terribly familiar. It didn’t feel new.
A star graduate of the Royal College of Art
The visual side of things aside, it felt incredibly
in London, he cites early inspirations as a light,
natural, that your body somehow recognised the
bright room furnished in the modernist style
rightness of it.
that was his grandfather’s study, an Eileen Gray
There is a pattern with Morrison when Jasper Morrison Product Designer
stack of ordinary flower pots.
exhibition he saw at London’s Victoria & Albert
“just enough” is his modus operandi. He is a
Museum, and later exposure to the work of Jean
philosopher of the adequate. From tea-pots to
Prouve, Charles Eames, Franco Albini, Enzo Mari,
trams, Morrison designs are distinctively simple,
and Dieter Rams.
rational and intuitive as propelled by his ethos -
Still working for Vitra and Cappellini, he has
“to produce everyday objects for everyone’s use,
nurtured a strong rapport with clients including
make things lighter not heavier, softer not harder,
Flos, the Italian lighting company; Magis, the
inclusive rather than exclusive, generate energy,
Italian plastic manufacturer; Rosenthal, the
light and space.”
German porcelain producer; and Alessi, the Italian
“Super normal” is the term Morrison likes to use.
metal maker. The perfectly plain 1998 Tin Family
Aside from being the namesake of a book and
steel kitchen tins he produced for Alessi and 1997
exhibition he curated with Japanese counterpart
Moon tableware for Rosenthal echo the apparent
Naoto Fukasawa in 2007, it is a condition that
simplicity and underlying subtlety of his New
he aspires to in his design. It is almost a moral
Items and the “archetypal objects” that Morrison
attribute, where goodness is directly related to
searches for constantly. “If I watch a film, I often
usefulness and simplicity.
spend more time looking at the details of objects
The iconic British designer believes that the best atmosphere and the most beauty can be found in everyday situations and is not at all interested
in the background than keeping up with the plot,” he admitted. Critically, Morrison’s clients have also allowed
in the idea of luxury. Even as a young creative,
him to experiment with new materials and
Morrison was determined to design for industrial
technologies. The results include his 1999 Low
production. His 1994 Flower Pot table, for example
Pad Chair for Cappellini, which was inspired by
was made from a circular glass top supported by a
one of Morrison’s favourite mid-20th century
The latest series designed for Cappellini is this series of free seats that when assembled provide the possibility to create double-sided compositions. The several modules allow for numerous and colorful compositions with removable cover in fabric and leather.
Part of the Air Series, the arm chair was launched in 2006 by Italian furniture manufacturer Magis Design.
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DESIGN IN MIND
chairs - the Danish designer, Poul Kjaerholm’s 1956 steel and leather Chair, but used a new method of condensed upholstery to create a comfortable, but durable padded leather seat. Another technical coup is his 1999 Air Chair, an elegant, relatively inexpensive moulded dining chair made from a single piece of plastic using Magis’ new gas injection technology. Constant travel keeps him fresh and his observations sharp. He notices when things work and when they don’t, the shape of a pot in this country and the curve of a frying pan in that one. “Thinking about the world and how it works is what it’s about,” he says. One wonders if his home is filled with Jasper Morrison tables and chairs. “That’s the real test,” he replies. “When you’ve designed something, say that Air chair, you can’t visually take it in for about a year. You’re looking at it all the time thinking, ‘Is it any good? Could I have done it better or is it OK?’ and then at the same time you start using things and getting to know how they work. So for
I OFTEN THINK A PRODUCT SHOULD LOOK NATURAL. THE BEST PRODUCTS LOOK NATURAL, LIKE THEY COULD BE ANYWHERE AND THEY WOULD NOT LOOK RIDICULOUS, OR OUT OF PLACE. AND IT’S OPPOSITE OF THE MARKETING APPROACH, WHERE THINGS HAVE TO LOOK UNNATURAL TO GET ATTENTION. JASPER MORISSON
me that’s a really important part of the job.” SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Dream Interiors, www.dream-int.com Jasper Morrison Ltd, www.jaspermorrison.com Magis, www.magisdesign.com Xtra Designs, www.xtra.com.sg
The simplistic Bac table first produced in 2005 by Cappelini in oak and fully demountable.
First launched in 2000, this Air Chair comes in a variety of colours and is suitable for indoors and outdoors use.
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Essential Eames brings more than just a collection of their timeless furniture creations. For the first time in Asia Pacific, rare and never-before-seen works from the Eames’ family collection, The Eames Office and Herman Miller archives are on display. Additionally, original paintings by Ray Eames, selected films from over 125 produced by Charles and Ray, an original segment of the Eames’ 1961 exhibition, Mathematica, the couples’ most loved toys such
Capturing the spirit and philosophy behind the most famous couple in design, Charles and Ray Eames…
The highly anticipated Essential Eames: A Herman Miller
as the interactive and innovative House of Cards will also
Exhibition has finally touched base on our sunny island
be on display.
and it is a showcase you would not want to miss. Based on the book, An Eames Primer by the pair’s
Set to run till 5th January 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands’ Art Science Museum, the Essential Eames: A Herman
grandson Eames Demetrios, the exhibition traces the
Miller Exhibition gives unique insight into Charles and Ray
life and work of the prolific husband-and-wife design
Eames’ extensive works and their legacy as design icons
team, Charles and Ray Eames. Co-presented by the Art
who “…change[d] the way the 20th Century sat down”. For
Science Museum and the global furniture company
additional details and ticketing information, visit
Herman Miller with the California-based Eames Office,
formica forever Have you ever wondered about the origins and future of the laminates around you? Hitting bookstores worldwide, Formica Forever is here Group, the inventor of laminates, it captures the company’s
taking up arms
100-year evolution and successful global design through
Yes, the women are taking
cultural shifts, economic uncertainties, trend exploration
up arms but no, it’s not
and global growth. Designed by Abbot Miller, its 408-page
the Bastilles that they are
draws inspiration from a 1960s Formica brand laminate
storming this time. Today,
swatch book, giving the cumbersome coffee-table book
their fight is against a
concept a fresh and innovative twist.
more insidious enemy – breast
to show and tell. A commemorative book for Formica
Stand up for the women, stand up against breast cancer.
Without grandiosity, it celebrates Formica’s 100 years
cancer; and joining the battle needle-ready, are the good
of worldwide visual assets whilst lending an authoritative
women at Noel, a leading household linen brand in Paris.
but lively approach to the various Formica Group
Headed by Adeline Dieudonne, CEO of Noel, they are
storylines that have unfolded over the course of the last
coming alongside the “Le Cancer du Sein, Parlons-en!”
century. This includes essays by Phil Patton on global
(Breast Cancer, Let’s Talk About It) association in their 20th
business expansion, Alexandra Lange on Modernist
year of campaigning to increase awareness of breast-
Design Legacy and Peter York on Cultural Impact.
cancer screening amongst women. The campaign, aptly
An interesting read and an aesthetic pleasure, Formica
named, Octobre Rose, will take place throughout October
Forever is available at the bookstore near you. Alternatively,
this year. As such, Noel has designed little cushions in
you can acquire it at www.artbook.com
organza with the famous pink ribbon embroidered on by hand and scented with a fragrance created uniquely for the cause. A best-seller, each cushion will be sold at 30 Euros and for every one purchased in October, Noel will be donating 5 Euros to the association and its research works on breast cancer. So if you’re going to be in Paris this October, be sure to A new book to depict the birth…
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all the right
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it was without doubt a gastronomic affair. Top chefs such
to meet your
as Julien Bompard and Tadashi Takahashi of Hashi were on
needs can be
scene serving up a simply gourmet-licious menu.
a real pain.
But what has really gotten us salivating is the coming
together of De Dietrich and Keppel Bay. In a first-of-its-kind
collaboration between the two, De Dietrich and Keppel
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storage products, they absolutely satisfy the organizational goddess in us. So imagine our
2. Undershelf Basket – It may not look like much
sweet joy when they released their nifty new
but don’t be deceived. This one-of-a-kind basket
arrivals for this season. And as always, the product
container hangs on the underside of your
concept is so simple yet wonderfully effective.
cupboard shelf to provide extra space for mugs,
Naturally then, we just had to share it with you.
plates and condiments. No installation required,
Without further ado, here are our picks for the
it is perfect for longer, taller cabinets.
kitchen space: 3. Oxo Pop Containers – Don’t you just hate it
Oxo Pop Containers.
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1. Garlic Zoom – Honestly, chopping garlic has
when your cereals lose their crunch and biscuits
never been easier with this neat little device.
go flat? We do. That is why these nifty containers
Simply fill it with peeled garlic and roll it back
hold a special place in our hearts. With their
and forth. The stainless steel blades effortlessly
unique push-button mechanism on the lid that
chop the garlic inside, leaving you with
creates an airtight seal to retain the freshness of
perfectly minced garlic without the lingering
our dry food. Available in 11 different sizes, these
odour on your hands.
innovative containers are BPA free.
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A PIONEER SOUL THAT’S BLAZED THE PATH OF HOSPITALITY ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN.
Chris Chua Associate Director of Architecture & Design for BLINK
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TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
ithin the Asian and Middle Eastern regions, Chris Chua has made his mark
as one of the most prominent and leading architectural designers, earning a reputation for his forefront design projects. Born and raised on our little red dot, he is often described as a character that is full of colour and cultured taste, adorning a personality that is both facetious and inspiringly intriguing. Chris finds satisfaction in seeing design jobs
GOOD HOTEL DESIGN SHOULD TRANSCEND THE PURELY AESTHETIC TO A REALM WHERE SPACE, FORM, INTIMACY, GRANDEUR, SENSES AND TECHNOLOGY OFFER A HOLISTIC, LIVING REPRIEVE.
through from concept to completion, relished by
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FOR BLINK, CHRIS CHUA
as a team to gather facts and to find something
the fact that he can turn his hand to architecture in all its shapes and forms. “For me the thrill is being faced with a fresh challenge and the chance to apply my knowledge in different ways. From tented naturalist villas to cool urban chic hotels, and from minimalist to opulent, every project is a signature within itself”. Nested under the roof of the renowned architecture and branding firm BLINK, he was recently appointed as the associate director of architecture and branding. It is where he has formed a prolifically entertaining and creative partnership with his long-time comrade Clint Nagata, founder and creative director of BLINK. Being self-confessed workaholics, the duo work that rings true in everyone’s heart – “imagery
sketches, scribbled thoughts on post-it notes, half
job - “predictably surprising”, suggests his partner
remembered details of a dream: it’s all part of the
Clint with a smile: “That’s Chris”.
brainstorming process, which is where the magic happens”, says Chris.
Being a hospitality habitué, Chris has managed to epitomize and enrich a sense of stunning
Chris came from a modest home, working
opulent serenity into each of his luxury hotel
part-time in a hotel to help make ends meet –
and resort projects – the sort that leaves you
that is when he truly fell in love with hospitality.
wishing you had booked a few extra nights. In his
Subsequently, he interned with Eco.id Design
words, “Good hotel design should transcend the
Consultancy and quite naturally, progressed to
purely aesthetic to a realm where space, form,
study architecture at NUS.
intimacy, grandeur, senses and technology offer
During his nine years at Edo.id and Space
a holistic, living reprieve”; that is exactly what you
Matrix, Chris honed in on his feel-based approach
can expect. His upcoming projects will feature a
and focused on resorts, some of which included
resort in Bali for The Luxury Collection; The Regent
The Shangri-La Saadiyat Beach, Abu Dhabi, and
Clearwater Bay Resort & Residences; Hilton Resort
Nikki Beach Resort, Qatar.
Goa and the Marriot Resort, Sanya; and Benxi Hot
Since joining BLINK, he has acquitted his inexorable talent onto Qbe@Gole in New Delhi, an
Springs in Liaoning. With Chris’ mélange of intrinsic talent, deep-
unconventional design that towers into the skies
seated passions for the aesthetics, expect nothing
by setting townhouses on top of one another. His
short of a purely luxurious experience set in a
inspirations derive from the absence of critique,
saccharine vanilla paradise that appeases your
allowing him to subconsciously absorb his
senses all round. In essence, he believes “the first
surroundings. “I tend to switch off my design mind
sketch is often the truest”, and after a moment’s
- If I analyze the space, I can never be inspired by
pause, he left us with his final impressions - “those
it”, Chris reveals.
first scribbled lines are often what shape and
Like many creatively talented masterminds, Chris prefers to rely on instinct and doesn’t have a distinct style; he designs what is appropriate by creating something unique and new with each
define a vision. The truth can be there at first sight,
LEFT TO RIGHT_Benxi Spa: Overlooking a breathtaking backdrop, this villa’s impeccable location boasts an outstanding panorama, oozing a sedate and temperate atmosphere that’s pictureperfect for a restful night. Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay: Nothing says luxury like a touch of gold and marble; these beautifully trimmed lounge chairs add an extra touch of extravagance to this spacious foyer, while a contemporary water feature compels you to unwind in luxe tranquillity. Regent Bali: Take in the night’s alluring ambience as floor lights illuminate the outdoor lobby lounge for an immaculately placid effect. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi: Open views of the patio, pool and ocean are emphasized by long horizontals and soaring ceilings, opening up the skies by sanctioning harmonious flow of space, creating the illusion of outdoor dining. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi: Earthy elements in the series of wall divisions emulate modern sophistication and style, reinforced by symmetrical patterns that create powerful visual boundaries that defines each space beautifully.
like love, if one is brave enough the grasp it”. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS BLINK Design Group, www.blinkdg.com
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frame of mind
CONCEPTUALIZING MUCH MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.
Victor Yeow of Zia Concept.
TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
LEFT TO RIGHT A semi-abstract of the main wall of a house called, ‘The Pines’; combination of wood and stainless steel (4m x 2m). | Coffee table and cheese; single piece of wood with an out of view wood support, bleached to an ivory colour (custom made and made to size). | Nature’s graphics to fool an artist; tamarind wood for consoles, coffee and dining tables (1.5-4 meters in length).
s cited by Oscar Wilde, “An idea that is
and the branding people don’t clap hands,
mind the attendees and the weight of the
not dangerous is unworthy of being
so when the logo and interior is placed
blocks, he purposely cut them in a distorted
together, it doesn’t belong.”
fashion; “It makes sense: art people, photo
called an idea at all”. If there’s anyone who couldn’t disagree anymore, it’d be Victor
Victor also believes in ‘working with the
Yeow, multi award winner and judge for
flow’ - this can mean using a disadvantage to
Creative Circle Awards. If he sounds familiar,
an advantage; “The Balinese are very good
it’s likely you’ve heard of him from the
at carving flower motifs on stone – they are
favourites” he smiles, as he explains how
advertising industry where he made his
not good with carving words. Because they
simple things made big – or composited
career. Today, he is the lone virtuoso who’s
are not good, that’s exactly what I wanted; I
together – can become something else
behind the brand ‘Zia Concept’.
wanted my words to look old and imperfect
entirely of its own. Put simply, “a lot of ideas
on a proposal made for a church wall.”
come from a perspective of looking at
Most would agree he’s kind, patient and young at heart, and of course, a fountain
Yet, Victor craves to do more than create
studio, doing something artistic on the floor – it creates impact,” Victor concludes. “It’s a very simple thing, but it’s one of my
things”; so yes, a root of a tree-trunk to you
head of creative talent; never failing to sew
something radical, attractive and functional.
the threads between the ways people live
Expressing his intentions behind each
their lives, to the environments in which they
concept, Victor uses a broad spectrum of
studio – where he works with stone, steel
exist. In constructing and designing aesthetic
techniques and ambitious strategies to create
and any other material that’s applicable –
environments, an artist like Victor – who
something more – a potential for interaction
rest assured, you’ll never find two things
walks along the boundaries that separate
and involvement. Such an example was
the same. “With sculptural, you try to make
craft and sculpture – believes nothing is
Victor’s use of subtle tactics to enhance the
limited editions” he jokes, but it is true
more important than proposing something
overall experience of a studio launch party
enough; you might call it an abstract, that
that ‘belongs’ to a place.
in Shanghai; Victor created a wave of 50
sets Zia Concept apart from the rest.
In his experience of doing art-
If you do manage to visit his design
wooden blocks that functioned as seats, so
installations, branding and interior designs,
that as you entered, you would see a graphic
he’s noticed too often that “the interiors
on the floor instead of chairs. Keeping in
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and me looks very different to Victor.
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS ZIA Concept Pte Ltd, www.ziaconcept.com
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pamper zone SENSUAL & SPIRITUAL SANCTUARIES.
A decadent setting of healing, imagination and transformation, the bathroom is taciturn space of pacific flow and serenity; a place to unwind as our day unravels. It is where we come to face our naked selves, the native desolate mechanics of our bodies and the sacred element of water, that awakens, restores and purifies our souls. Whether youâ€™re disengaged, weary, stressed or drained, this peaceful refuge offers us a private sanctum to withdraw to; it is here that we escape from the rest of world, only to emerge rejuvenated, revitalized and reborn. TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
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purity for tranquility Create a soft beautiful energy with velvety light tones, symbolic crafts and natural elements to satisfy, revitalize and soothe your spirits.
ALL-WHITE DELIGHT The Regent Phuket: This spacious open bathroom basks in natureâ€™s splendour. Designed by BLINK Design Group.
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LOVERS BATEAU Revel and indulge in luxury with this free standing bath tub from the Axor Massaud collection. The waves and the curves of its shell-shaped poise envelope your rarefied being in a pacified cocoon of relaxation and serenity. Available at Hansgrohe.
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GLISTEN OF EDEN
Designed by Jean-Marie Massaud,
This gorgeous ethereal ornament thwarts all the
this washbasin single handle
predisposed ideas about table lamps; lit from
mixer tap has a delicate and sheer
underneath, these porcelain white orchids create a
semblance making it an alluring and
wonderful illumination that eloquently enhances
tastefully cultured bathroom piece.
the surrounding space. The Orchid Cymbidium
Available from Hansgrohe.
Collection, designed by Jeremy Cole.
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fertility for serenity Use a mixture of natural materials and decor in your bathroom for a balanced quixotic ambience, transuding sensualism and holistic energy throughout the space.
ARDOR FOR TEXTURE A harmonious balance of light and dark woods together creates a visually salient contrast, preserving a spiritual flow of rustic elegance. Designed by Sara Lavoine. 44 decorations | volume 95
WIELD THE TEAL Woven with 100% cotton, these ultra soft teal toned bath towels serve as beautiful accent to any nature inspired bathroom. Available at Crate & Barrel.
SUBTLY DUPLE Practical, efficient and eco-friendly, this bamboo towel rack and chair will compliment your bathroom nicely while saving you space. Available from Ikea.
ON DECK Dark wood floor decking emanates a rustically rich and sombre milieu, affably forming dynamic relationships with other wooden elements, tones and subtleties. Available at Ikea.
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS BLINK Design Group, www.blinkdg.com Crate & Barrel, www.crateandbarrel.com Hansgrohe Singapore, www.hansgrohe.com.sg Ikea Singapore, www.ikea.com.sg Jeremy Cole, www.jeremycole.net Sara Lavoine, www.sarahlavoine.com
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if i were a designer... A PEEK INTO THE HOME OF AN INTERIOR PROFESSIONAL.
TOP How do designers live? What would make up their homes? | FACING PAGE The urban escape.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDWARD HENDRICKS | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG
A ceiling of wood and a backdrop of bespoke wood panelled wall set against lush greenery, this outdoor space is well poised to entertain.
hese are the people who conceptualized
lovely ladies of drive and vision. They are Selina
your dream home and designed your
Tay, Director and Principle Designer of interior
kitchen space. Whether you are just refurbishing
design firm Collective Design and Calsia Lee,
your old home or renovating a new one, they have
Managing Director of kitchen and wardrobe
always worked tirelessly to deliver a beautiful
carpentry specialist, Mudian. Touching base with
home, catered in accordance to your dreams and
Selina and Calsia, who are business partners of 20
desires. Here at DCRS, we consistently feature
years are also great friends, residing under one
products of their works, ogling at all the creative
roof, alongside Selinaâ€™s sister. Given two creative
genius that went into each project across talents,
powerhouses within a singular space, like you, our
island wide. Naturally then, we began to wonder:
curiosity was definitely piqued.
Just how do the abodes of interior designers look
Perched on Mimosa Crescent, we were taken
like? What are their personal preferences and how
into aesthetic paradise. A visage of elegance and
would they have incorporated it into the canvas
opulence, the home is breath-taking. Impressive
that is their home space?
is the availability of space, made more prominent
Our curiosity landed us in the home of two
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One to pay attention to details, Calsia has lovingly, cleverly armed each cabinetry opening with soft closing devices.
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LEFT TO RIGHT Hailing from Italy, Selina and Calsiaâ€™s sofa set beckons with organic appeal and plush luxury. | Where height is beauty and old things are precious, Selina and Calsia wisely retained the old architectural structure of their abode. | Artfully, the stairs lead you into the private enclaves.
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spread of white full across its living room and foyer. Luxurious indeed, is its balance of life and style, comfort and class. Throughout the abodeâ€™s expansive space, we find ourselves consistently romanced by its charismatic aesthetic and embraced in its lucid warmth of home. In conceptualizing the space, Selina and Calsia agreed on three things. They wanted to keep the aesthetics clutter-free whilst steeping it in the theme of contemporary classicism. Here, simplicity must take centre stage. They also desired for the home to possess both wet and dry kitchens. But of course, right â€“ given that Calsia runs her own carpentry business? Well, almost. This third requirement actually stemmed out of the duoâ€™s love for cooking, and hosting frequent gatherings and home parties for friends and family over the weekends. Their social hobby is reiterated through the open plan concept of their abode. In fact, such is its interior architectural lay-out that the eye is blessed with a full view of the living room, dining area and kitchen from the foyer. So how then did they go about realizing their own dream home? Designed by Selina, she tells us that it all lies in artfully playing and balancing contrasts through a keen knowledge of materials, their textual properties and interior architecture. At every turn, opulence must meet with homely humility; classicism necessarily marries modernism; and height complements depth in elegant equilibrium.
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Two things we love: the quiet boldness of the dark wooden floor and the subtlety of the wallpaper.
Pixellated blue hues, the luxurious shower experience goes beyond touch and sound, to include sight.
First to testify to this is the entertainment space
outset takes on an industrial-chic schematic.
of their lavish abode. The use of pearly white
Wide and spacious, it is equipped with three
marble slabs as flooring simultaneously evokes
ovens (a big oven for baking, one steam oven and
Greek classicism and modern affluence. Paired
a combination oven), two refrigerators, a large
with a simple but tasteful fabric sofa and plush
induction hob, an equally industrious gas stove and
grey carpet, the contemporary outset is further
plenty of storage. Built in white-wash melamine, a
enhanced. Likewise, whilst wooden window
moisture and scratch-resistant material, and quartz
panels, grooved doors and cabinetry, and wood
counter-top, it creates workable space and makes
panelled ceiling recall colonialist nostalgia, its coat
for easy cleaning. Smart and sleek, all cabinetry are
of white where traditional hues of dark mahogany
bespoke from Mudian.
once dominated, revives this 1800 classic with contemporary zest.
A designer’s home indeed, it ideally incorporates life into style and balances utility
Now if the living area is a dream, the kitchen
with design. Of breath-taking aesthetics, the
space is every home chef’s wonderland. In both
home is undoubtedly a strong testament of
wet and dry kitchens, tactful space-planning and
Selina’s creative prowess. Touting first-class
quality workmanship ensure that form meets
workmanship and uncompromising quality, it also
function at every point. Moving as a fluid design
bears witness to the high standards and artisanal
inspiration, the dry kitchen maintains a classic
roots of Calsia and Mudian.
contemporary look with its matte lacquered finish and sliding cabinets furnished with LED lights. Wander into the wet kitchen and the aesthetic
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Collective Designs Pte Ltd, www.collectivedesigns.com.sg
In dramatic complement, the wooden bed posts draw the eye up whilst evoking a subtle 18th Century nostalgia.
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splendid living A NON-CLINICAL OUTSET.
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Sleek furnishings from Le Mercier adorns this living and dining space with contemporary class whilst a painting in Chinese watercolour lends a pronounced sense of culture and the red fixture is a lively accentuation against the otherwise monochromatic palette.
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LEFT Softening the polished outset of the design scheme, the TV wall spots a chic grey fabric-like backsplash.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF METAPHOR STUDIO | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG
FACING PAGE Asian ornamentation adds to the overall grandeur of the abodeâ€™s contemporary outset.
signifier of affluence, the home often strives to be aesthetically impressive, oozing sleek charm and opulent perfection. A place
where the heart is, home also necessarily exudes warmth, allows for imperfections and makes room for spills and other such accidents to reside. A single space with opposing definitions and significances, the question that we find ourselves asking is: Can splendid living really take place without a clinical outset? Walking into this three-bedroom abode at Parc Oasis, we are assured with a resounding yes. Full across its 2 000 square feet, the apartment is obviously polished without lacking the call of home. From room to room, sleek finishes boast of grandiosity as its unique palette of bold and earthy tones paints a classy visage. Homeliness, on the other hand, finds voice in the Asiatic nuances that accentuate the home. Paintings, feature furnishings and bespoke motifs on glass doors and wall features create an unmistakeable sense of rootedness that lends identity to the otherwise contemporary anonymity of its design scheme.
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Tastefully balanced, the ease with which the
Maintaining much of its original architecture,
binary comes together belies a sophisticated touch
each bedroom is transformed into a visage
from a masterful hand. Indeed, whilst most interior
of chic orientalism donned in contemporary
design firms can draw up a pretty home, only a
sophistication. By a bold decision, the study room
talented few are able to do so with such finesse.
is relocated outside the master bedroom and
Belonging to the latter, is Metaphor Studio. The
slotted along the corridor. Though the allocation
formula to their success lies not only in their keen
of space is simple, it effectively enlarges the
eye for design but also their ability to translate the
master bedroom and designates a workable area
desires and personalities of their clients onto the
for the study room. Where the latter is concerned,
home front. Of this, Metaphor Studio’s portfolio of
a screen-like door with slightly tinted panels
design projects firmly attests to.
ensures its user of the necessary privacy and quiet
In fact, it was the features of their earlier projects in local interior design magazines that first caught
needed to get work done. In spite of several amendments and upgrading
the eye of the homeowners – a couple in their mid-
of materials, the design team took only eight
40s and their two teenagers – of this abode at Parc
months to see the project to fruition. Savvy but
Oasis. Following through on a referral by the wife’s
personalized, sleek yet lively, the final result is
colleague, it took the couple only one meeting to
one that neither regrets. Such is the couple’s
fully acknowledge the quality of work by Metaphor
pleasure of their new home that they have since
Studio and to, ultimately, entrust the apartment
passed the referrals on. Today, Metaphor Studio is
into their hands. Thus, the task of conceptualizing
working closely with their siblings to realize their
their dream home was set into motion.
respective dream homes.
FACING PAGE Fit for a king! The red wall and panel features truly evoke the luxurious accents of an emperor’s private chambers.
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LEFT TO RIGHT Yet another tasteful put together, Modern is its muted tones and Asiatic is its bold highlight in gold in this bedroom. | A contemporary sanctuary, the quiet attitude of this bathroom does not neglect its Zen-like quality. | Keeping faith to the Asiatic nuances, the sliding screen panels of the study room also spots oriental motifs.
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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Metaphor Studio Pte Ltd, www.metaphor-studio.com
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refreshingly bold & sophisticated A DELIGHTFUL BLEND OF CLASS, COMFORT AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. The cool ash-grey tone of the birch wood behind the TV sets the perfect contrast to the living space, adding sophistication and elegance to the room. The leather couch also establishes a perimeter that borders the area of the living room, while the warm rug placed before it makes for an amorous cozy setting.
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This built-in and multi-functional concealed TV display unit makes full use of its functions, offering ample storage space whilst serving as a display for other dĂŠcor.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHU NGEE HENG | TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
A floating mirror without frames restrains a minimalist style, while the cove-lighting behind the mirror itself gives the space an attractively soft semblance.
t first glance, this apartment conjures up a heartfelt tenderness combined with welcoming aesthetic
appeal; once indoors, the stresses of everyday life begin to withdraw as you put up your feet and make yourself feel right at home. The added advantage of this homestead is its lofty location at 191 Meyers Road, which boasts a beautiful sea view as it overlooks East Coast park. This gracious and enlivening chic arrangement is the perfect fit for its new homeowners â€“ a young couple who desired an inspiringly upbeat, fresh and modern living space. Interior designer Danny Ng from Brilliant Design Works filled the space by contrasting dark and light tones together. Ultimately, these bolder tones resonate a neat and polished look throughout the contemporary abode. Large glass panelled windows flood natural light into the home, creating brightly
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lit areas that offer an energized and uplifting
of colour to the otherwise white and black space,
temperament. Further enhancing these effects are
while injecting impact, drama and glamour into
the austere white walls that drape the halls and
the home. A light grey wall helps to break up
much of the common living areas, creating a more
the bolder colours, separating the space while
spacious and open surrounding.
setting a gorgeous backdrop to the kitchen and
The ceiling of the living and dining areas are fitted with cove lighting: an inexpensive yet
dining environment. With the kitchen counter facing the dining
effective way to amplify the ambience of any
area, the design facilitates entertainment and
space. What is interesting is that the perimeters
socialization by bringing the two areas together.
of the ceiling coves are framed by a black-
The use of a ball-shaped chandelier in the dining
trimmed outline, drawing in the eyes to deliver an
provides a sense of natural harmony. By carefully
placing this beautifully decorated light just above
White marble tiles deck the floors of the
the dining table, focus and attention is brought to
apartment, blending perfectly with the modern
the center of the room without being distractive.
expressions found throughout the home whilst
Aside from its ornamental advantages, its spherical
serving as a continuous neutral palette.
structure allows light to be smoothly and evenly
All-round elegance and sophistication is evident at every turn, while minimalistic pops of colour help to preserve character and artistic expression.
diffused across the room, establishing an alluring and pleasant ambience. With each design feature delicately and tactfully
A dash of fiery hues remains a sonorous element
expressed, this home strikes an impressive visual
in the design theme, forging a range of colourful
balance by keeping things pleasantly simple whilst
dynamics, bringing zest and vitality into each space
invigorating playful intrest. Danny has managed
in its own unique way.
to meld chic and modern design elements into
Clean lines and block colours are evident in the kitchen cabinets, counter-tops and overall dĂŠcor, keeping the space orderly, simplistic and trendy. Bright red kitchen stools offer a fun pop
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every room, leaving a great impression of artistic satisfaction, followed by utter appeasement. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Brilliant Design Works Pte Ltd, www.brilliantid.com.sg
CLOCKWISE Fully cloaked in black wood laminates, the concealed TV display unit breathes interest into the common living space. This sleek modern dining set pairs dark wood and black leather together with an urban-inspired decorative light. Combined with a colourfully textured painting accented by warm lighting in the background, the mix creates a strikingly elegant yet sophisticated visual treat for the eyes. Incorporating a punch of fiery colour into the kitchen is another great way to create focal point in the thick of a neutrally toned background. The use of the red accented kitchen appliance and stools instils drama and modern twist - a great way to make a strong statement.
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contemporary geometricity AMICABLE ELUCIDATION WITH PLAYFULLY MODERN NOTES.
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The wall feature in the living area creates an endearing first impression, while acting as the main focal point in the living room.
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHU NGEE HENG | TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
e enveloped by sense of mischievous lightness, embraced by welcoming
Meanwhile, the fuzzy grey carpet in the centre of the room eases the eyes as it neutralizes the austere
ingression and caressed in unassumingly
black and white accents, creating a softened touch
simple comforts; this apartment at Sanctuary
to home by loosening up the puckish strong
Green condominium is all that, having been
geometric lines within the living area.
transformed into a luminous heart-felt pad for
Even in the bathroom, our focus draws in
its close-knit family of six inhabitants, cleverly
to bubble-like toilet – although to some, this
designed by Steven Tay of I-deal House.
may seem a little too futuristic and perhaps it
Steven decided to outline the feature wall with
is indeed, an acquired taste; yet to the home
lighting for added homely ambience. Reflective
owners, it’s simply another playfully modern take
materials create a luxurious contemporary chic
that is reflective of their style, personality and
allure, enhancing the illusion of an enlarged space
likeness as a family.
whilst reflecting more light into the room, making it appear brighter. However, the feature wall was one of the biggest challenges in this design project; each line had to be painstakingly fused together. Pressing
Another beautiful bathroom element is the high impact of the dark tiled backsplash, offering a conventional contrast that has proven to work wonders in any neutral toned environment. Bedrooms have been specially catered to the
forward, Steven and his team delivered a flawless
needs of every individual; the master bedroom
wall feature that held the focus of the living area
fosters an intimately alluring vibe by combining
for a stunning finish, while creating depth and a
moody colours and soft details such as the
unique sense of character to the home - audacious
fabric wall panel for a glamorous ripened charm.
and playfully modern.
The other bedrooms remain condensed with a
The black tufted leather sofa from Kelvin
youthfully modern savour, manifested in modest
Giormani breathes more playful and elegant
lucidity and clean lines to facilitate multi-
elements into the space, creating a polished
functionality – the perfect solution for tight spaces.
yet quietly detailed appearance that
With so many distinct design elements present
incorporates sophistication and class; almost
in this luscious abode, it’s hard not to appreciate
Victorian inspired, but twisted with dark
what Steven has done; the home delineates an
Hollywood glamour, yet in essence, it remains
inimitably pleasant temperament, burnished
by Steven’s tailored design features that add a
Sheer black curtains offer a supple tactility
certain degree profundity and life into this artful
and easefulness into the space, retaining the
bastion. Every space has been discerningly refined
contemporary design while adding to the
and combined with youthful lustre, making
overall minimalist look with tastefully hidden
this apartment a brilliant piquancy of creative
curtain tracks. Rows of lighted ceilings add a
induction that is both sustainable and practical for
sense of arrival and dramatization to the home,
the whole family.
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CLOCKWISE The moody colours and soft elements in the master bedroom create an intimate vibe, seasoned with comfort, charm and allure. Sophisticated in sheer minimalism, this bedroom embraces a cultivated contemporary look by adopting monochrome colours. This chic and sleek bathroom boasts a bubble-like toilet feature for a unique and quirky touch.
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a luxurious sanctuary LOUNGING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED HOME OF ELLEN POMPEO WITH MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD. Key to the creation of this dreamy space is the textural play of the dĂŠcor. A soft navy blue rug is a homely complement to the polished wood floor whilst a plush fabric sofa sits in cosy contrast to a set of coffee tables with round metal tops.
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FAR LEFT Whilst arches are a classic character in any Mediterranean styled home, their application along the frame of the stairway lends it a modern twist whilst drawing the eye into a full appreciation of the high ceiling.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG
LEFT With a luscious view of Malibu spread before you, moments of siesta has never been this splendid.
veritable genius at creating masterpiece homes, designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is renowned for his broad range of
styles and eclectic yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. His extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim and by Architectural Digest’s ranking, a steadfast place amongst the world’s top 100 interior designers. The key to his success lies perhaps in his singular design vision: To transform homes into luxurious sanctuaries that meet the needs of his clients. Given his amazing track record, it is almost unsurprising to then find out that his clientele is nothing short of A-list. Should you thumb through his portfolio, you will find it brimming with residential projects for the likes of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock and Elton John. And as if that isn’t dazzling enough, his repertoire of works also includes designs for executive offices at Warner Brothers and Paramount Studio. So when we were given a second opportunity to road trip through that star-struck portfolio of his, we absolutely jumped on. This time our pit-stop is the home of the ever gorgeous lead actress of Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen Pompeo.
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CLOCKWISE Relaxed and natural feeling, glamour is added via the large rugged mirror and pierced Moroccan lanterns. Three things we clearly adore about this kitchen – its industrial chic schematics, hexagon-shaped terracotta tiles and a wide open concept wooden cabinetry. Yet another classic characteristic of the Mediterranean style home, the stucco fireplace crowned by a small niche makes this seating alcove a cosy hang-out.
Entering her lavish Malibu abode, a visage of chic elegance
and patterns take precedence, nudes and neutrals abide in
and classy casualness greets the senses. From room to room, rich
complements. And where smooth hard materials adorn a space, soft
colours, stylized wood and iron accents, and warm layers come
textured ones come alongside in harmonious balance. The result is
together to create the luxurious villa. Steeped in Mediterranean
a home decorated to feel like a singular flow of design inspiration,
allure in distinctive Cote Sud, the estate is the dream home that
reworked and appropriated for each room.
we all covet. Yet, despite its dramatically stylish outset, the design
Herein, we gain insight into Bullard’s signature style and design
retains a cosy flavour. Open and inviting with unassuming charm,
philosophy. In developing the former, the designer draws inspiration
every space works to encourage and facilitate fellowship. And this,
from the things in his every day surroundings and most especially
in essence, is Pompeo’s aesthetic desire: To see the vast architecture
from his travels. “It is the most important thing to me, to see the
transformed into a pampering villa without neglecting the
world and experience all the beauty that each new culture has to
trappings of a family home.
offer,” shares Bullard. Taking to heart these very cultures, sights and
In realizing the interiors, Bullard points out that there were
flavours of new countries he visits, they become the threads that
key considerations, “As it is a family house, casualness was very
make up his decorative tapestry – a uniquely eclectic palette. “My
important and they are a laid-back relaxed family so it was crucial
designs are driven by my clients’ requests and decorative dreams,”
for me to give them complete comfort and freedom in their décor.”
says Bullard. “I will, however, always incorporate some of my
This finds expression in the incorporation of the Cote Sud style – a
personal aesthetics – much like adding salt to complete the taste of
favourite of Pompeo’s, in every room. We find it most endearing
a culinary dish! So I am always referencing my travels with nods to
when applied in the kitchen space. Spotting an industrial chic
orientalism and tradition but, given my flair with uses of bold colour
outset, its contemporary appeal is unmistakeable. Complemented
with a spread of terracotta tiles and raw wood cabinetry, its sleek edge is softened with a casual twist that evokes the familial. Bullard’s creative approach then was to allow for the aesthetic
That said it is this very flair for colour and scale that forms the principle core of Bullard’s design philosophy. “Always infuse your favourite colour into a room somehow,” says the designer. “You will
binaries to play out. Where the architecture is voluminous, the
be surprised at how far it can and will transform your residential
interior décor is fluid with comfort and ease. Where colours
space into a happy home – even if it’s only cut flowers.” To this, the
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Keeping faith to the design scheme, the master bedroom too is a smooth visage of greys, cream, ivory and black; a dash of red lights up the space with sweet passion and romance.
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Mediterranean with a touch of vintage and a hint of modern edginess, even the bathroom flows as one with the overall design inspiration.
bedroom is a clear example. Coloured in a blend of greys, cream, ivory and black, its neutrality beckons with quiet relaxation. Yet retained within an antique Egyptian textile headboard are hints of red that stands in bold contradiction to the tonal mainstay of the room. On the one hand, it works to lend an exotic highlight and on the other a perfect accentuation of romance. As we drank in the beauty that is Pompeo’s house, we could not help but be in awe of Bullard’s creative genius. Consistently, the rooms are cultural canvases of classy casualness, sophisticated comforts and modern rusticity. Whilst our favourite spaces are the kitchen and dining room, Bullard holds a soft spot for the living room. “I live the elegant proportions and volume of her living room. The ceiling height is so dramatic and the simple exotic furniture highlights the architecture whilst allowing it to shine. Indeed, a magnificent place to entertain,” says Bullard. SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, www.martynlawrencebullard.com
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A PEEK INTO THE MAD, MAD WORLD OF A FASHIONABLE RESPITE.
TOP The show begins in the lobby where the decor is like a succession of stage sets blending different styles and eras harmoniously. | FACING PAGE The use of all white or all black, mirrors and optical illusions, covered furniture and faux trompe l’oeil translate the fashion designer’s work into new spacial concepts.
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FACING PAGE The hallway is lucid and magical with visual trickery.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DESIGN HOTELS™ | TEXT BY ZULFA JK
TOP It’s strictly cigars only in this masculine smoking lounge.
he next time you’re in Paris, sidestep the
playful interiors that surprise around every corner.
standard and book into Hotel Maison
Located in Paris’ Golden Triangle, the 5-star
Champs-Elysées instead and experience first hand
hotel is set within a prestigious 19th century
through the magical eyes of couture hero Martin
Haussmann building originally owned by the
Margiela’s conceptual eye.
Duchess of Rivoli.
Maison Martin Margiela’s minimal and anonymous style has long been praised for its
belong to the Couture Collection, designed by
individuality. Known for its surreal approach and
Maison Martin Margiela where each has its own
predilection for white, the fashion house is now,
eccentricities. The Gilded Lounge Suite features a
for the first time, applying these characteristics
bookish character with walls covered with black
to a hotel interior and in collaboration with
and white photos of the hotel’s library lounge. In
toulouse-based architect Danièle Darmon.
the White Cover Suite, like its namesake appears
Behind the nondescript door of Rue 8, visitors’ perceptions of reality will be challenged through
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Of the hotel’s 57 rooms, seventeen of the suites
soothing with an all-white palette and hidden charms in the form of pictures concealed behind
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An all-white suite is pretty and charming with its faux trompe lâ€™oeil wall coverings.
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CLOCKWISE A suite painted all black with parquet flooring and going to the extreme – a signature style of the fashion house. A bathroom appears endless with a play on white-on-white for optimum optical illusion. Although austere and equally breathtaking in appearance, the all white effect is also calming.
white cotton, a tuxedo-draped lamp and a hoof-
brown leather armchairs that give the whole
space a burnt effect. And in the summer, the
Visual trickery and imaginative touches
evergreen garden, designed by master gardener
continue throughout the hotel. Along with
René Quendo, bursts into a kaleidoscope of color
communal spaces such as the bar and the ground
and scents. In winter, the box trees, tree ferns, a
floor, have been given a dose of the Margiela
palm tree and an olive tree which is more than 50
magic and now feature the quirky and minimal
years old, create a green oasis.
aesthetic the label is famed for. In La Table du 8 Restaurant, the chairs appear
Located in the hub of Paris’ couture boutiques and a stone’s throw from the capital’s main
to be floating above the concrete floor; oversized
monuments, fashionistas from around the world
moldings and pretend doors add to the illusion.
finally have the ideal place to hit the hay during
In The White Lounge, a woolen carpet portrays a
Paris Fashion Week.
classical French ceiling and paint effects suggest pictures have been hanging on the walls for years. In contrast to this stark white space, The Cigar Room has a stained floor, dark walls and
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Design Hotels™, www.designhotels.com
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Though a more conventional approach to the washbasin, the embedded aesthetic does not lack in classy nor contemporary appeal. Tris (Art. 62.00) washbasin from Olympia, Lavabi Basic collection. Conjured in an open concept with simple lines, have your bathroom awash in classy sincerity and ergonomic appeal. Bacinello Svaso Quadro
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(Art. TD.QU) washbasin from Olympia, Lavabi Basic collection. Designed in perfect harmony so that your bathroom experience is of the same effortless flow. Lavabo 46 washbasin from Hatria, You and Me collection. Equally yoked. Lavabo Doppio 92 from Hatria, You and Me collection.
private pleasures Bathroom indulgences can be wickedly sinful. As sanctuaries where one is able to afford quiet moments and a tad of “metime”, bathrooms should ideally be decorated to pamper and delight. This issue, Belle Chung ponders and explores the aesthetic components that transform our bathroom spaces into absolute delights.
So are sinks pivotal to our bathroom
THERE ARE SOME HARD TRUTHS ABOUT SINKS:
aesthetics? Yes, more than you’d ever imagined or thought to notice. That is why we applaud the designers who understood this truth and
It receives the least of our attention and appreciation. Honestly, how many times have you found yourself actually taking a moment’s – just a moment’s – pause to ogle and gush at it? 03
put great effort into the conceptualization of
It is perhaps, the most utilized component in the bathroom. Every bathroom experience begins and ends at this unassuming feature.
their sinks. Our recommended go to are Italian sanitary ware brands, Hatria and Olympia from Sim Siang Choon. 02
for its wisdom and aesthetics. Sound indeed, is its decision to allow the conventional onebodied sink to be yoked into two. Hatria’s His-and-Her washbasins concept, though
It is the visual appetizer to the greater appreciation of the bathroom. We don’t rightly credit it but you have got to admit – the first thing your eyes are drawn to when you enter any bathroom space is the sink. Subconsciously, you size it up, evaluate its goodness, weigh its aesthetics and upon deciding that it is fair, find yourself settling into the space with a certain ease. That said the sink is the benchmark for the aesthetic standard of the bathroom. A shabby sink begets an unsatisfactory bathroom. Truly, you’ll find your bathroom experience distasteful should you have to face a funky sink. Given a polished and poised alternative, you will be waltzing away deeply etched with a pleasant and pleasing impression.
We enjoy Hatria’s You and Me collection
simple, can be a crucial element in keeping the peace between the Mister and his Missus. Just ask Catherine Zeta-Jones and you’ll know why. Tasteful indeed, is its play on geometry. Combining its concentric bodies with angular bases, it pops with eccentricity whilst remaining completely ergonomic. We celebrate Olympia’s Lavabi Basic collection for its simplicity and sincerity. 04
Whether circular or rectangular, its basic form does not detract from either elegance or class. In fact, its unassuming dynamics in clean lines punctuates the bathroom with chic casualness and evokes a mood of easy comfort within the space. Beckoning with earnest aesthetics, it is a pleasure to view and a delight to consume.
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Enthroned upon elegance. Back to Wall (art.03KR) from Olympia’s Crystal collection.
Bathroom bejewelled. Wall Hung (art. 15KR) from Olympia’s Crystal collection.
Bathroom sensuality. Crono (art. 01.08, art. 02.08 and art. CI.80) from Olympia’s Modern Basic collection.
Eccentrically ergonomic. Monoblock (art.04KR) from Olympia’s Crystal collection.
Perhaps the least glamorous feature in the
As its name suggests, each ceramic model
bathroom, we all cringe a little where the
within the Crystal collection, is elegantly
water closet is concerned. Not so much
cut like a precious gem. Unconventionally,
because it is displeasing but rather because
angled, the eye is unwittingly drawn to the
its association with the excretory is distasteful.
collection. Yet, far from being a source of
So as good civilized people, we for the most
unwanted attention, it presents itself as a
part, pretend to be above and beyond toilet
fresh and delightfully sensual take on the
– excuse the crudeness – bowl matters. We
geometry of water closets. A favourite is the
approach it with double standards: much
Back to Wall (art03KR) model. The slim and
used but least broached, enjoyed yet ignored,
petite build makes it the perfect fit for any
necessary but undesired.
apartment bathroom. Gently angled in clean
On that mental note, if sinks are the first thing we look at upon entering the bathroom, then water closets are the last. But, truth be
and uncomplicated lines, its design versatility is undeniable. Spotting more voluptuous aesthetics, the
told, they are the one sanitary furnishing that
Modern Basic collection is all about clean
really defines our entire bathroom experience.
lines, sensual geometry and simplicity of
And you know exactly what we mean. Clean
build. Amongst the ranges, the Crono range
or dirty, elegant or not, your contact with the
of water closet finds a soft spot in our hearts.
water closet, however brief, sticks.
Tall with a deep-seated appearance, its
So whilst we aim to keep it subtle, we strive to avoid the common. Ideally, our water closets should not be like sore thumbs.
design dimensions come alive with its quirky evocation of “bellying-up”. Unquestionable too is its practicality.
That said, they should not be bland either.
Despite the lean angles of the collection, each
Subtlety, if we might digress a little, is
ceramic model is conjured with luxurious
marked by ingenuity and delicateness. So
comfort in mind. Fittingly spacious, both the
that which is subtle is necessarily beautiful,
Crystal and Modern Basic collection promise
possibly exquisite. Its essence is timelessness.
to pamper. Installed in your bathroom,
To this, sanitary ware brand Olympia’s
they deliver an air of sophistication and
collections of water closets, Crystal and
Modern Basic can attest to.
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*mixers__ Oddly enough, whilst we don’t seem to consciously pay attention to the sinks, we at least notice the mixers. And yes, we actually do gush at them. Though small, the design role of a mixer does carry significant weight. Like jewellery, they ornament the space. They are the accentuations that will lend your bathroom that extra aesthetic oomph. Whether seated atop the washbasin, your bath tub or wall mounted in your shower, such is their aesthetic value. This, of course, we came to fully appreciate with the introduction of Axor’s latest collection, Axor Starck Organic. Developed over a period of three years in intensive collaboration between Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe and Philippe Starck, the collection is all about an organic harmony of head and heart, science and beauty. Sleek and minimalistic, its entire make-up marries one-of-a-kind aesthetics with responsible water consumption. Of the unique design, Philippe Starck explains that what drove him from the beginning of the project was a new intuition.
“To me, the essence of our work consists of allowing people to experience the fascination of water in its best way,” says Philippe Grohe, Head of the designer brand Axor, “and to provide innovative solutions of the highest aesthetic and technological levels.”
A harmony of head and heart, here are five simple reasons why Axor Starck Organic works and is worthwhile. * Unique organic-minimalist design. * Pioneering low water flow rate of 3.5 litres per minute with no compromise on functionality. * New spray type brings a whole new water sensation to the wash basin. * Intuitive, ergonomic and economical, it comes with separate controls for water volume and temperature. * The entire range goes through an innovative and sustainable manufacturing process.
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Yet another revolution from Hansgrohe’s designer brand Axor, the Axor Starck Organic collection is a new cocktail of highest technology and good philosophy.
“It was more a question: What is life?” shares
water flow and temperature are controlled
the designer. “And I started to work – not in
via a singular knob – up-down adjustment
another way, but from a different angle of
affects the former whilst a left-right
view with the same subject of the minimum.”
adjustment tweaks the latter. The designer
His inspiration came from focusing on the
team behind Axor Starck Organic has cleverly
essence of things. Using harmonious lines
and innovatively split the two functions.
reminiscent of shapes we see in nature, Starck
Water is turned on and off at the end of
breathes an exciting and impactful sculptural
the spout. This is ergonomic as the hands
immediacy to the collection.
are right where water emerges, hence not
Of its science and technology, the
needed. Temperature is regulated at the top
a new kind of water spray that ensures
of the mixer. Should users want to change the
functionality and efficiency. Like a generous
temperature – which is not always necessary
shower spray, it consists of 90 individual
– it is done so in a separate action that
outlets, each producing countless gentle
prevents water wastage.
drops of water. This provides not only a new
Innovative and sustainable, with the Axor
sensation but also greater utility as it is able to
Starck Organic collection of mixers, less is
cover a larger surface area despite its slender
indeed more. Exuding sculptural elegance,
outset. In fact, with its pioneering new spray,
it is a picture of harmonious perfection.
the wash basin mixer from Axor Starck Organic
Regardless of position, these handles are a
has set a new consumption standard of only
strong aesthetic highlight in any bathroom
3.5 litres of water per minute.
environment, across a diverse range of styles.
This is achieved without the slightest compromise in functionality. Conventionally,
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a single drop of water falls where it is not
dedicated team at Hansgrohe developed
You’d understand why we declared it a fashion statement now, don’t you?
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Then there are the design accents. Oh how they create mood, ambience and all that wondrous feeling of being in the bathroom! Key to this is the combination of materiality across their varied textures. We bring you four of our favourite designs to give you a little inspiration boost.
POISED & POLISHED A simple put together of wood and marble by HB Design, this bathroom is all about the good life. Whilst its spread of flooring in light timber warmly invites you in, its wall of grey marble embraces you in luxury. Blessed with an abundance of space, the bath experience is further enriched with its large glossy vanity unit in white and a lavish tub. Be pampered as you lounge in the tub in the quiet of a hot summer afternoon with a splendid view of the garden before you.
GLITZING ZEN Its modern day glam meets Zen-inspiration in this lavish bathroom by Edgeline Planners. Staple to its aesthetics are sticks and stone. Ok, not really. Jokes aside, its walls are a visual feast of marble tiles in three different grains and colour gradation. Paired with mirrors framed in naked light bulbs, the bathroom comes alive with that 80â€™s Hollywood glitz and glam. A Rain shower provides extravagant complements and showers the bathroom experience in luxury. Grounding the glamorous aesthetics with a touch of Zen, is a vanity in sturdy wood. The His & Her stone wash basins serve as the perfect accentuations to tie in the wood with its marble counterparts.
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CHIC DEFINITION Itâ€™s casual but chic, elegant yet cosy. Clean lines keep the simplicity of the bathroom aesthetics whilst the uncomplicated palette of dark brown and white lends dramatic contrast. The blending of wood on tile gives it chic elegance whilst pristine bathroom furnishings imbue the space with tasteful functionality. Conjured by world-renown interior designer, Kelly Hoppen for her classic Georgian townhouse, this bathroom speaks of simple pleasures and familiar delights.
VINTAGE ESCAPE Thereâ€™s much to covet in the classically oriental and nostalgically vintage nuances in this bathroom. Designed by Blupin ID, the pairing of tile and wood accents whilst simple lacks not in ergonomic beauty and aesthetic complexity. Evoking the old-school spirit, small square tiles work hand in hand with a dainty wooden wash basin stand. Conjuring modern appeal, matte grey floor tiles flow in harmony with an unassuming glass panel and angular freestanding wash basin. Quaint with its touch of Asian retro, we love this space for its cosy privacy and quiet flash back into times of past.
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If a hot bath soothes the soul, then a bowl of hot soup comforts the heart. Gastronomically, there is refuge in its warmth and strength in its familiarity for the weary consumer. Oddly, there is gratification in its making and blessing in its giving for the sincere chef. Unwittingly, there is purpose in its fellowship as two or more come together over its tasty morsels. An experience that begins in that space called Kitchen for consumer and chef alike; we see why it is often referred to as the heart of the home.
As we chew on the soulful potential and belly-filling significance of the kitchen, it dawned on us that there is perhaps no greater injustice than to neglect its aesthetics in the namesake of practicality. Yes, it is a sin, indeed, to confuse ergonomics with bland simplicity, to forego aesthetics for utility. A place of refuge, gratification and purpose, the kitchen must be a well-balanced palette of form and function.
kitchen crafts PHOTOS COURTESY OF MUDIAN | TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG
DETAILED, EXCEPTIONAL, FUNCTIONAL.
lueless as to what to do with your
with architects and interior designers
has placed them in good stead to
We say, go modular. These days, all the rage is less about
deliver premium modular systems. Derived from the term “ergonomic”,
extravagant individualization and more
the completed output is a modular
about affordable personalization. Where
kitchen that is true to its namesake.
once the term “modular” carried negative
Compact, Ergos maximises space
connotations of average standardization,
with minimal effort. Organized, it
today, it is all about great form and
keeps everything within hassle-free
practical functionality. Leading the
reach. Thorough, it ensures that every
bandwagon on this trend here is
home-chef need is met. Sturdy, it
Mudian’s latest kitchen collection, Ergos.
delivers uncompromising quality with
As with most modular kitchens, Ergos
precision engineering and skilled local
spots a carcass of cabinetry that follows
craftsmanship. Simple, its aesthetic
a basic build and colour scheme. Each
appeal is timeless.
module – kitchen cabinets, worktop,
Despite its simplicity, the Ergos
sink and the likes, abides by a standard
conceptualization is a careful attention
measurement and are assembled in
to details and tasteful flexibility of
parts to make up the kitchen. Made
design. Offering 5 contemporary but
entirely out of melamine, the whole
timeless colours for its exterior, the
system promises quality and reliability.
collection remembers homeowners
Furthermore, because of its customary
who enjoy personalizing their space.
construction, the production and
While the size and form of the carcass
installation of the full system takes only
are fixed, its configuration at installation
approximately two weeks to complete.
isn’t. In other words, just because
However, where Mudian is concerned,
your aunt’s Ergos kitchen has her
this is as far as uniformity and average
condiments, pots and cutlery cabinetry
goes. More than a decade’s experience
lined up in this order does not mean
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THREE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT ERGOS
1 2 3
The possibility of changing out a faulty sink without having to demolish the cabinet and worktop that holds it because of a clever tweak in design. You only have to remove the pins and pull out the cabinetry in order to do so. The drawer capacity of 50kg and 30kg for tall and short drawers respectively. The suaveness of including a built-in fridge and the quiet detail of the ventilation grill at the base of the cupboard.
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yours has to be just so too. How the modules
craftsmanship in mind, the wall cabinets are
are mounted onto your kitchen wall and
not hung. Instead, they are carefully attached
assembled varies in accordance to your
of the walls of your kitchen to ensure absolute
kitchen space and preferences.
strength and sturdiness. To top it off, each
The Ergos modular kitchen is in no way inferior in design and craftsmanship to a customized system. Every cupboard door
piece of hardware is painstakingly out-sourced from the best in Europe. Too good to be true? Head down to
and drawer is thoughtfully armed with a
Mudianâ€™s new showroom at the Vertex
soft-closing mechanism to prevent unwanted
Building at 33 Ubi Avenue 3 in the Vertex
slamming. Also, plastic ponders are provided
Building, Units 01-21 to 01-23 and experience
in the cabinets to protect the wood work
the beauty of Ergos for yourself today.
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WE CHECK IN WITH OUR KITCHEN EXPERT CALSIA LEE ON HER FOOL-PROOF RECIPE FOR THE MOST HARD WORKING ROOM IN THE HOUSE.
, Calsia Lee OR OF KITCHEN RECT MANAGING DI E CARPENTRY OB DR AR W D AN IAN UD M , SPECIALIST
What is your top three musts in a kitchen big and small?
What is the most common pitfall that homeowners make while designing a kitchen?
What is your pet peeve in a kitchen?
Big mistake many home owners
A badly designed kitchen layout in
make is buying all appliances before
terms of usage & function. Your plan
deciding on kitchen layout. Usually
of action should be: 1. Plan layout
homeowners get tempted to stock
based on daily use. / 2. Design and
up during sales or are enamoured by
select materials, colour and hardware
the sleek designs of some appliances
to meet your functions. / 3. Once your
models and they start buying.
kitchen is ready – shop for appliances!
What should we avoid fitting in a kitchen and why?
Since most locals live in flats and apartment units, what would be your advice in designing a small kitchen space?
Even if you’re not a Michelin star chef, you’ll be pulling and pushing Today designing a kitchen is super-
that drawers and cupboards a zillion times over time for your cups of teas
One should avoid veneer doors
easy. Unlike years ago, when one had
and coffees. So it’s common sense
because it’s easily stainable by oil due
to rely on concept and can only fully
to have: 1. Low maintenance for
to its porous surface. And certainly no
experience design upon completion.
counter top. / 2. Low maintenance
fabric as window covering because
Now you can design any layout with
for doors and drawers. / 3. Durable
it traps smell and dirt. Hygiene is top
modular kitchen units and opt for
and fantastic hardware.
most important in a kitchen!
one that suits your needs best. It’s flexible planning and you’ll be rest assured that your kitchen is unique and built just for you..
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kitchenette dynamics PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARLIE LIM | TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
COOKING UP A STORM WITH THE ARRIVAL OF URBAN KITCHENS.
ith kitchens that are built to be organized,
curiosity in design and thirst for life lead him on a path
everything becomes a breeze. It doesn’t
that has filled him with invaluable knowledge of the
matter if you love to cook, or if you don’t - at the end
interior design industry. He spent half his life overseas
of the day it’s about what works; how you lay out your
and found pleasure in fixing, building and creating
kitchen based on what you do, what you need and your
things himself; “D.I.Y is the fun part – that’s actually why
lifestyle habits. Done correctly, the time you spend in
I got into this business” he smiles, seemingly making
the kitchen can be significantly reduced – you might
perfect sense of it all.
even begin to take pleasure in kitchen-related tasks, mooning over the idea of having stress-free kitchen. This is what urban kitchens are all about - it’s a
After returning to Singapore, Loon spent several years in the interior design industry with his own firm ‘Inside Story’, before moving onto real-estate in
cutting-edge concept that’s making waves with
2012; today, he’s a natural au courant in both fields.
innovative designs, ideas and functionalities, saving
Having built a strong foundation of serviceable trade
you time while creating space; if you have yet to get on
experience, Loon has the capacity to understand
board, now might be a good time.
the differences in tailoring Urban Kitchens that are
An urban kitchen is a Modular Kitchen refined, only
ideal for diverging lifestyles. His service-orientated
tweaked by a service-oriented ideology, driven by the
ideology revolves around helping customers make
primary notion of attending to a customer’s needs and
the best purchasing decisions possible – it all depends
desires. Pioneering this idea of urban kitchens is Mr. Loon
on your needs.
Seong Yin, founder of SnapFitGo; the company provides top-of-the-line urban kitchen installation works. Loon is a partner of Blum Inc., a company that
“You see, some of our competitors, they just build the kitchen on size. No one really bothers about how the kitchen works or whether it’s going to suit this particular
specializes in the manufacture of modular kitchen
customer” he explains, adding, “with the modular
hardware in Europe. Blum doesn’t sell directly to
concept, it’s basically like a jig-saw puzzle; we’ll help you
consumers; their products need to be sold with
to work out which modules suit you best.”
experienced urban kitchen partners - naturally,
To get a lay of the land in field of Urban Kitchens, we
Loon was appointed. Together, they’re embarking
sat down with Loon to find out more on the differences
on collaborative venture that sets out to change
between traditional kitchens and Loon’s urban kitchen
the preconceptions on modern kitchens in Asia and
philosophies. To keep the ball rolling, we’ll give you a
transform the industry landscape.
break down on the modular kitchen concept, topping it
A born impresario, Loon’s entrepreneurial visions,
off with few quick tips on how to get organized.
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HOT TIPS FOR AN ORGANIZED KITCHEN With all kitchens, there are two facets; the more obvious reveals aesthetical rudiments which include colors, textures, materials that reflect a person’s style. The obscured however, either makes or breaks the kitchen. Here’s how to do it right:
THE KITCHEN TRIANGLE RULE
THE 5 ZONES
The hob, sink and refrigerator
Separating your kitchen into 5 zones
make up the 3 main functions in
– consumables, non-consumables,
the kitchen; these should form an
cleaning, preparation and cooking -
imaginary triangle. Whether you have
will ensure that everything is within
an L-shaped kitchen, Galley kitchen,
is place when you need it. Sink units
U-shaped or an Island style kitchen,
should have their own area, with
it’s important to keep the 3 primary
all the space you need to put your
workstations close together and
cleaning equipment, dry bins and wet
unobstructed. These areas hosts the
bins. When you cook, you should have
most kitchen activity – ignoring this
a dedicated area for all your cooking
fact can make food preparation a very
equipment kept right under the stove
with bottles and spices nearby.
INNER DIVIDING SYSTEMS
This rule always applies, but it is
PRACTICAL CABINET SOLUTIONS
especially true if you’re not the only
Generally, everyone would agree
to none. When planned correctly, inner
one who does the cooking; if you’re
that it’s never a good idea to keep
dividing systems will also encourage
preparing food with someone else in
bending down, stretching above or
space saving solutions, saving huge
the kitchen, a two-door cupboard that
climb onto worktops to reach the
amounts of time. Dividing systems
opens up horizontally will get in your
things you need. That is why most
such as plate holders, knife holders
way, making the other person squeeze
people recognize the advantages of
and cutlery trays, will enable you to set
or duck behind you to get through.
pull-out drawers - everything is easily
the dining table in a flash. Tangle-free
With a door that opens vertically
accessible. The right drawer solutions
film dispensers and foil dispensers can
above your head, it’s out of the way
also save you space; pull-outs built for
also be fitted into the drawers below
of you, and everyone else. Mechanical
corners and U-shaped pull-outs that
your worktops, giving you a clean-cut
and non-mechanical lift systems fulfill
are located under the sink are just few
edge every time. Say good-bye to those
this purpose; you could even opt for
examples of how to fully optimize your
stressful times of having your plastic
handle-free door designs as well.
wrap get stuck in a bunch!
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Adding practical inner dividing systems within full extension drawers will ensure your organization standards are second
THE MODULAR KITCHEN CONCEPT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, AND THAT IS WHY EACH KITCHEN MODULE IS SPECIFICALLY ARRANGED FOR ITS SPECIFIC USE. MODULAR KITCHENS HAVE A WORKABLE, SUSTAINABLE AND PRACTICAL METHODOLOGY FOR ACHIEVING LAYOUTS THAT ARE HIGHLY TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS; THE THREE KEY THEMES WORKFLOW, SPACE AND MOTION.
In our cosmopolitan city, Singapore, small
A commonsensical kitchen – where everything
With Modular Kitchens, the act of opening
kitchens are virtually everywhere - but that
is stored exactly where you need it, within arms
and closing a cupboard door becomes an
doesn’t have to deter you from getting
reach - saves you a tremendous amount work.
experience of its own. In essence, it’s about
the kitchen of your dreams. You would be
It reduces distances and establishes ergonomic
making things comfortable for all; ensuring
absolutely stunned by how much storage space
works, ensuring an efficient first-rate workflow.
kitchens are beneficial and easy to use for
you actually have with space optimization. Deeper furniture and forward-looking
Data has shown that kitchens usually last 15 years, so it is important to think about day
the long haul. There’s a wide range of hardware solutions
planning will generate space that would
to day practicality. The best way to achieve
advanced features now available; some of
have otherwise been wasted. To make
this is to think of ‘The 5 Zones’; Consumables,
which include handle-free door designs,
the most of your space, the key is to
Non-consumables, Cleaning, Preparations
allowing you to simply press lightly on the
personalize layouts according to your space
and Cooking. These 5 zones revolve around
door to open and close it; mechanical lift
requirements – everyone’s requirement
day-to-day activities, allowing you arrange
systems, which comfortably lift doors above
will vary based on shopping, cooking and
you kitchen more fluently.
your head, keeping them out of your way; and
lifestyle habits. The goal is to make sure there is room for everything. To start off, make a list of everything
Additional things to consider would be how you store items; make sure frequently used items are the easiest to reach and
soft and silent close drawers, doors and lift systems for extra peace and quite in the home. These are the signatures of a stunning and
you need to fit into the kitchen. Second,
place items you rarely use in the highest and
functional kitchen; high quality hardware
remember that you need to be optimizing
lowest cabinets. Also, ask yourself if your
equates to easefulness of use, sitting in on the
every centimeter; pull-outs in high cabinets,
left or right handed, and build modules and
overall ambience of the kitchen.
pull-outs in corner drawers, or even just
storage systems according to what suits you
under the sink – done efficiently, you’ll have
best. Enhance this by ensuring you kitchen
tons of useful storage space in a heartbeat.
countertops are at a proper work height; the distance between your elbows and your working bench should be 10-15cm. You could also install full extension drawers, rather than custom-made shelves – believe us, your back will thank you! Plus, you won’t have to rummage through clutter and dig for whatever is at the back. Having sufficient main work surface area will also optimize workflow – it should be no less than 900mm, and placed between the hob and the sink.
With that, we’ll leave it up to you to decide what your thoughts are – but either way, the tide’s coming in. If you’d like to be dawned by the modular kitchen experience, simply visit any of the two Blum Showrooms in Singapore to see mock-ups of current HDBs; they’ll reveal how easy it is to set-up, while illustrating the working subtleties and innovative mechanics that lie within each module - when pieced together, it makes all the difference, and perfect sense. volume 95 | decorations 109
TRADITIONAL VS MODERN
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Traditional kitchens are customized and done
categories of sizes to choose from. This allows
up by carpenters who measure the sites. But
you to mix and match the ones you need.
when it comes to fitting the kitchen, certain
Because the sizes are fixed, Blum accessories
cabinets make be too small or some too
are fixed and hardware is fixed, you don’t
large; even if you were to by cutlery trays
need to worry about installation issues,
or other similar purchases, they just may
defects or manufacturing issues; you just fit it
not fit. Carpenters need to do everything
there, screw it in, and your done!
themselves; measure sizes, figure out the depth of the holes and install all the runners
IKEA” suggests Loon, “It’s the same thing. The
and things on their own.
cabinets come to your house flat-packed, and
Modular kitchens, you have so many
on. If you see something you like at their
precision engineering manufacturers,
showrooms, you know you’re going to get
ensuring each piece of equipment is accurate
the same exact thing at home. kitchens is that once it’s been built, it’s
in feet and inches, causing installation
done. If you don’t like it, attempting to make
dilemmas from time to time.
changes can cause bigger headaches, and an even deeper hole in your pocket. With
kitchen, you cannot see, touch or experience
modular kitchen concepts, you can always
the final product until it has been built.
remove the cabinets and replace it with
However, urban kitchens work the opposite
another one – sizes are the same so there are
way; you get to experience it first hand, see
no major changes. Besides, all of the Blum’s
the product, the finish, the quality and so
hardware comes with a lifetime warranty.
There’s been a wide misconception about
a European product, built in Singapore...
Urban Kitchens and price – in some cases, it
it’s easily 20-30% cheaper than buying
can be slightly more expensive, but not to
something purely European because
the point where it becomes unaffordable. But
everything is logistically happening within
don’t fret - good news beckons.
Singapore. You’re not losing any quality
Urban kitchens are now more affordable than ever before – they’ve actually become cheap! Loon explains, “What you’re getting is
- that’s something that consumers need to understand; what you’re getting is of European standard.”
With the logistics focused in Singapore, it
week; because the modules are machine cut
no longer takes 3 months for stock to arrive
and pressed, it get’s delivered in 5 days, and
from Europe. Instead, urban kitchens with
installed in 2.
modular parts can now be installed faster than traditional kitchens. The installation time of traditional kitchens
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS SnapFitGo LLP, www.snapfitgo.com
The biggest concern with traditional
traditional kitchens, work from a drawings
When you’re given a drawing for a custom
we install them for you on site”.
Modular kitchen hardware is made by
to the millimetre. Carpenters who build
“Imagine you’re buying a wardrobe from
Loon believes we are on the verge of entering a new age of customization, noting “Doing carpentry the old way, it just takes too
may take up to 3 weeks or more; it might take
long – there are too many defects, issues on
2 and a half weeks to be built, and another few
hand, logistics and so on. When a machine cuts
days to be delivered and installed.
everything and delivers it to your doorstep, you
Modular kitchens can be installed within a
remove the need for all the middle-work.”
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M E T SYS STICATION I H P SO LL BY BE TEX T
COOKING IS AN ART; AN ACT OF DESIGNING FLAVOURS, TEXTURES AND COLOURS TO CREATE A PALETTE OF AESTHETIC PLEASURE. AND AS WITH EVERY ART FORM, IT REQUIRES THE RIGHT SETTING TO TAKE SHAPE. NONE UNDERSTAND AND FACILITATE THIS BETTER THAN THE NEW SCHIFFINI KITCHEN. HERALDING FROM THE LAND OF PASTA AND PIZZAS, WE BREAK DOWN THE PRINCIPLES THAT GOVERN ITS MAKE UP AS WELL AS THE ART AND TECHNOLOGY THAT DEFINES THE SOPHISTICATION THAT IS SCHIFFINI KITCHEN.
MADE FOR YOU
Designed to meet your every need from
A visual essay unto itself, the timeless appeal
inside out, this current range of Italian
of the new Schiffini Kitchen is undeniable.
models keep faith to the brand’s reputation
Characterized in chic industrialist style, its
for delivering kitchen furnishings of
attitude is at once classy and edgy. Cast in
distinguished quality, innovation and refined
minimalism, its form is the epitome of clean
elegance. In striving to do so, the design
and simple design. Steeped in simplicity,
team at Schiffini naturally moved with the
its versatility is the inherent beauty of the
second principle – to ensure that form
Schiffini kitchen model, making it the perfect
always meets function.
fit regardless of interior surrounding.
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RIGHT Setting its vertical rhythm in contrast with its horizontality, the Soviore is a visage of modern elegance and class. Designed by Vico Magistretti. BOTTOM The Mesa collection from Schiffini is the perfect answer to your need for rationality and functionality in a contemporary kitchen. Designed by Alfredo H채berli.
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TOP TO BOTTOM
Spezie reinterprets the kitchen space. An island streamlined in sophistication and openness, it is a social space where people can gather to feast and fellowship. A work space, its doors are integrated into the worktops and under them, creating a graphic and functional interplay of storage. Designed by Ludovica & Roberto Palomba. In its entirety, the very same materials that give the components and structures concealed within the Cinquetterre its exceptional performance, are
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also the materials responsible for its sophisticated appearance. Designed by Vico Magistretti. The Schiffini Aluminium profile. All components conform to the current European Community regulations (CE, IMQ, etc). The fruit of precision engineering the Schiffini SpaceSystem is functionality at its best. Easy to use and highly durable, let your kitchen experience be a tasteful blend of convenience, organization and quality.
Ordinary at first glance, the simplicity of
the Schiffini Kitchen belies sophisticated
innovations. Each model within the range touts Carcass and Space Systems that are exclusive to Schiffini. Where its Carcass system is concerned, Schiffini kitchen models come in a tasteful blend of top-notch materiality known as AlSystems. Schiffini’s Cinquetterre model is a bold example and the first of its kind within the kitchen furnishing industry. Made entirely of natural extruded aluminium plates and tempered glass with no chipboard and by-products of wood, its Alsystem Carcass is completely resistant to humidity. You will be delighted to find that despite exposure to natural elements over long periods of time, the cabinetry will remain unchanged. Neither will it warp with time. Where its interiors are concerned, Schiffini’s kitchen models are all about embracing the spirit of simplicity and convenience. Spotting their very own SpaceSystem, each drawer and cupboard go wide and deep, and is fully extractable. Based on a maximum horizontal width concept as opposed to vertical spacing as in tradition kitchen systems, the Schiffini models effectively minimize any storage hassles. Fitted with hard-wearing triple extraction metal runners, all SpaceSystem drawers are able to muscle a full extraction even when it is on a maximum load of 80kg. Guided by an exclusive mechanism developed by Schiffini Research & Development Centre, these deep kitchen drawers are assured of perfect parallel openings and closings at all times. With such clever engineering incorporated into their elegant designs, you won’t ever find yourself awkwardly stooping over your cabinets, frustratingly rummaging through your kitchen wares or wrestling with weak lopsided drawers. Of brawn and brains, the new Schiffini Kitchen is truly a reflection of precision craftsmanship and exceptional resistance. A historic brand of excellence, its distinguished combination of art with technology is every aspiring chef and cooking enthusiast’s space of inspiration and passion. The Schiffini Kitchen models are available at XTRA Design. volume 95 | decorations 115
perfectly edged TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG
he conceptualization of your
it in Sunyu. Offering more than 295
Its high gloss mirror effect, eco-
kitchen space does not stop at
different edge-band colours and some
consciousness and high resistance to
the construct of its carcass. In the same
92 gloss acrylic finishes, Sunyu clearly
wear and tear. The fruit of its aesthetics
way, quality and functionality should not
understands the necessity for beauty.
results from a keen process of bonding,
be limited to the carcass alone. It must
Combine this with state-of-the-art
cutting, perimeter sealing and
extend over and about its exterior. Thatâ€™s
technology and a team of highly skilled,
polishing. Equally attractive and none
right; we are talking about the surfaces
dedicated employees, and it becomes
so costly as painted brush products,
of your kitchen systems. In as much as
evident that Sunyu makes a serious
a carcass system surface donned in
the outward appearance of the system
case of their work quality and product
Eligere acrylic panels translate into a
is responsible for the overall visual
functionality. All of this culminates
kitchen of contemporary sophistication.
appeal of your kitchen space, it is also
across each of their product ranges.
Made from a mix of E1 plywood with
Take their latest Eligere acrylic
formaldehyde, which is kept at minimum
responsible for ensuring meaningful utility and sustainable quality. For this purpose, we sourced far and wide for that perfect fit; and we found
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collection for example. A trendy yet
level, Sunyuâ€™s Eligere collection takes
hardy substitute for coloured glass,
extra care to create a green and healthy
the Eligere is unique for three things:
environment to you. Now, whilst we all
know that formaldehyde is crucial in
only are the Eligere acrylics resistant
uncompromising quality, Sunyu is one
building materials and producing many
to light, chemical wear and physical
of the leading providers of Edgebands
household products, the minimal usage
tear, it is touts a strong resistance
and Eligere Panels. They began as a
of it here does not translate to poor
to humidity and boasts of water
furniture manufacturing company under
quality of product. Abiding strictly to
repellent characteristics. Putting the
the name Lian Soon Hing Furniture in
their product philosophy – Quality in
claim to the test, Sunyu steeped their
Defu Lane in 1994, and dealt mainly
the workspace and in the environment
panels in water and exposed it to
in residential project. The company’s
– Sunyu goes the extra mile by adopting
high humidity levels. The result: An
decision to expand into edge-banding
PUR bonding processes. This Germany
absence of bloat in the panels despite
in 1999 was pivotal in propelling them
imported technology simultaneously
6 long hours of exposure. Specially
to greater heights and attaining national
enhances bonding strength and
and carefully selected, Sunyu’s acrylics
renown. Today, with a third branch
alleviates surface flatness of panels.
are of optimum grade and guarantee
in Northlink Building and the latest
longevity of aesthetics and utility.
in imported edge-band technology,
Such application of sealing methodology works perfectly in favour of our high humidity climate. Not
Recognised for their unwavering commitment to superior service and
Sunyu’s competitive edge is one to be reckoned with.
LEFT TO RIGHT
Polished, sleek and contemporary, the Eligere range of acrylics will have your kitchen gleaming with modern glee. Eligere door panels are manufactured to the highest quality with PMMA High Gloss Acrylic laminated onto plywood substrate. Available in a range of solid, metallic and wood-grain finishing, your kitchen counters are visual delights with its unprecedented flatness and fine glossy surface. Its solid compact built ensures suitability whilst fuss-free maintenance promises sustainability for residential living.
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TEXT BY BELLE CHUNG
THE CASE OF 5 OVENS IN OUR DAY AND AGE, NO KITCHEN IS COMPLETE WITHOUT AT LEAST ONE OF THESE. IN PICKING OUT THE BEST OF KITCHEN APPLIANCES WE ABIDED BY A RULE OF THUMB: IT MUST BE ERGONOMIC. SIMPLY PUT, THE PRODUCT OF CHOICE MUST NECESSARILY BE EASY TO USE, EFFICIENT AND DURABLE.
DE DIETRICH POLY OVEN DOM1195W Diego Chiarini, Chef de Cuisine at OSO Ristorante swears by it, calling it “his indispensable kitchen companion”. With full electronic intelligent touch controls and a matrix animated display against a white LED backlit control panel, this hard worker masterfully combines the versatility of a multifunction oven and the practicality of a microwave. A super combi-microwave, it is love at first sight for all who want to prepare hearty meals in a hurry.
SHARP HEALSIO WATER OVEN AX1500V
DE DIETRICH STEAM OVEN DOV1145B
Beneath its endearing built lies a revolutionary technology
From their stunningly classy Corium collection comes an
that delivers effective cooking. Using only water, this sturdy
oven that understands efficiency and effectiveness like no
oven can roast, grill, bake and more without compromising
other. Equipped with a two-tier streaming tray, it is able
on taste and keeping health in check. We’re not exaggerating
to prepare different healthy cuisines at the same time
– this water oven has the amazing ability to retain vitamins in
and offers to keep your food warm for up to an hour after
food whilst reducing fat and calories. Equipped with odour-
cooking. Armed with refined technology, it minimizes the
removing coating and steam clean function, its fuss-free
risks of overcooking, whether you’re steaming, reheating,
maintenance adds to your cooking joy.
rehydrating, defrosting or blanching.
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DE-DIETRICH MULTIFUNCTION PLUS PYROCLEAN COLOUR MATRICS OVEN DOP1180X Made of glass and stainless steel, matched with a black on white metric screen, this oven is as avant-garde as it is suave. Its Pyroclean automatic cleaning feature aside, it has a capacity of 60 litres, nine functions and more than 20 pre-programmed dishes. Simply decide on what you’d like to be cooking and you’ll have perfect culinary results at the tip of your finger!
TEKA HA 855 MULTI-FUNCTION OVEN Mixing state-of-the-art technology with elegance and beauty, TEKA’s multi-function oven is truly cutting edge in form and function. Touting nine cooking functions that are great for roasting and maxi-grill, cooking has never been made easier. Live out your sous chef dreams with this delightful cooking assistant.
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS De Dietrich, www.dedietrich.sg Sharp, www.sharp.com.sg Sunyu, www.sunyu.com.sg Teka, www.teka.com.sg XTRA Designs, www.xtra.com.sg
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the cook is in COLOURFUL, FRESH & ECLECTIC KITCHENS.
3 IN 1 FUN
FRESH & CLEAN
This 3 in 1 bamboo canister has a plastic
The homeowner requested this kitchen to be simple, clean and well
insert that can be turned to reveal a
thought through; not extravagant, but not boring â€“ yet all the more
different label, keeping your kitchen stylishly
inviting. In order to create a quality finish, the kitchen was fitted with a
organized and preppy. Available from
bright turquoise backsplash, and combined with neutral tones to add
Howards Storage World.
depth and warmth to the space. Designed by Increation Design.
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BUXOM BUDS Constructed from handcrafted ceramic bone china and clustered together with leafy pendants, this floral inspired light possesses a uniquely modern decorative appeal. Available from Jeremy Cole.
The trendiest kitchen colours of the season are short-lived, so it’s important to design with you in mind. The good news; the eclectic trend is about your style; your personality. A kitchen of confidence is a must if you’re a contessa of cuisine so creating a bright space is key. Achieve this by experimenting with decorative elements; try using coloured-glass splashbacks, patterned tiles or wallpaper. We’re also seeing accented décor, vases and artwork make their way from living room to kitchen, so spruce things up with punchy pops of colour to keep your kitchen flavourful, fresh and fabulous; just remember to use bright hues astutely, perhaps paring it with softer tones or subtle design elements to keep the look easy on the eyes. TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
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DANDELION FIELDS Lime and sea-grass greens make the hub of this home look enlarged and brightly lit, while asserting a workable, sustainable and fun environment for the family orientated home owners to entertain, share and connect. Designed by Loop Design.
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STRAPY WRAPS Machine washable and super durable, youâ€™ll save money on those zip-locks with these extra snazzy multi-coloured sandwich wraps. Available from Howards Storage World.
LEAN TANGERINE Accent chairs like this one in sizzling hot orange may be all you need to give your kitchen that extra oomph of confidence and stylish flair. Available from Francfranc.
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BEACHY ISLES This bright and open kitchen was designed for a family of beach-loving home dwellers, sporting a lovely summer-time vibe that breathes life into every nook and cranny. Designed by Cheryl Kees Clendenon.
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AZURE DEMURE The interior of this conspicuous cabinet is accented with rich blue and paired with austere white exteriors, giving this piece of furniture a strikingly crisp appearance. Available from Francfranc.
CRYSTAL LE TROPICAL The new range of ‘Salud’ serve-ware from Crate & Barrel dons an absolutely stunning hurricane of summer colour; so beautiful, they look good when placed beside pretty much anything. Available from Crate & Barrel.
SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS Cheryl Kees Clendenon, kitchendetailsanddesign.com Crate & Barrel, www.crateandbarrel.com Francfranc, www.francfranc.com.sg Howards Storage World, www.hsw.com.sg Increation Design, www.increation.co.uk Jeremy Cole, www.jeremycole.net Loop Design, www.loop-d.net
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it’s a block party!
HAVE A WHIMSICAL SATURNALIA WITH THESE PERSONABLE WOODEN BLOCKS.
TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN
House Industries for Uncle Goose Collection.
ouse Industries is globally known for their diversified distinct typeface collections, grandiose collaborations and all-
pervading escapades into consumer products. New on the scene is their highly intricate, electrically impassioned, fall/winter 2013 Uncle Goose block collection. Made in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA from recycled woods and non-toxic inks, their eco-friendly collections offer environmentally conscious consumers with sustainable, gorgeous and pragmatic purchasing choices. Founders Andy Cruz and Rich Roat have been pushing the innovate boundaries of production processes since the company began in 1993. With their almost obsessive attention to detail, instinctive work environment and utter devotion to each composition, they have by far outdone themselves with other new releases such as The Counting Koi, Kokeshi Blocks, Love Heart Blocks, and The House Factory to name but a few. “These new collections underline the effectiveness of our design partnership with House Industries” says Uncle Goose owner Pete Bultman and indeed, the partnership has been a huge success. Unitedly, they’ve put together an enthralling ensemble of
House Industries Big & Tall Block Collection.
capriciously-patterned works of art, custom-drawn and executed to perfection – each and every product serves as testimony to phenomenal caricatured mastery and artistic skill, manifested by unprecedented creative talent. That’s probably why you’ve never seen wooden blocks look this good - until now.
House Industries Factory Block Collection.
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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS House Industries, www.houseind.com Uncle Goose, www.unclegoose.com
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Artbook w : www.artbook.com Art Science Museum w : www.marinabaysands.com/ ArtScienceMuseum BLINK Design Group Phoenix Park Office Campus, 306 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247973 t : 6423 9516 w : www.blinkdg.com Blupin ID Pte Ltd 211 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208896 t : 6297 8819 w : www.blupinid.com BoConcept Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #04-01/02/03, Singapore 238859 t : 6736 0777 w : www.boconcept.sg Brilliant Design Works Pte Ltd Beauty World Centre, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-17, Singapore 588177 t : 6465 1152 w : www.brilliantid.com.sg CB2 Peranakan Place Complex, 178A Orchard Road, Singapore 238845 t : 6732 5333 w : www.cb2.com Cheryl Kees Clendenon w : kitchendetailsanddesign.com Collective Designs Pte Ltd Ever Expand Building, 85 Defu Lane 10, #06-00, Singapore 539218 t : 6280 6161 w : www.collectivedesigns.com.sg Crate & Barrel ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #03-25, #04-21/22, Singapore 238801 t : 6634 4222 w : www.crateandbarrel.com De Dietrich w : www.dedietrich.sg Design Haus Liberty w : dhliberty.com Design Hotels™ w : www.designhotels.com
Dream Interiors 456 River Valley Road, Singapore 248342 t : 6235 0220 w : www.dream-int.com Edgeline Planners Pte Ltd IMM Building, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #03-32, Singapore 609601 t : 6899 2522 w : www.edgeline.com.sg Francfranc Vivocity 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-41/42, Singapore 098585 t : 6376 8077 w : www.francfranc.com.sg Fred Lives Here w : www.fredliveshere.com Gilt & Folly Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, #03-07, Singapore 228209 t : 6732 8155 w : www.proof.com.sg Grafunkt w : grafunkt.com Hansgrohe Singapore w : www.hansgrohe.com.sg HB Design Pte Ltd Kewalram House, 8 Jalan Kilang Timor, #02-01, Singapore 159305 t : 6476 1323 w : www.hbdesign.biz
Kelly Hoppen Interiors w : www.kellyhoppenretail.com La Marelle w : www.lamarelle.net Lifestorey Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-15, Singapore 237994 t : 6732 7362 w : www.lifestorey.com Loop Design w : www.loop-d.net MAD Museum w : www.madmad.com.sg Magis w : www.magisdesign.com Make Room Telok Blangah Industrial Estate, 1200 Depot Road, #06-01, Singapore 109675 t : 9113 1274 w : make-room.net Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design w : www.martynlawrencebullard.com Metaphor Studio Pte Ltd 331A Beach Road, Singapore 199562 t : 6291 9786 w : www.metaphor-studio.com Molteni & C Singapore Showroom Newton 200, 200 Newton Road, #01-01, Singapore 307983 t : 6835 7677 w : www.molteni.it
House Industries w : www.houseind.com
Mudian Pte Ltd Vertex Building, 33 Ubi Avenue 3, #01-21/23, Singapore 408868 t : 6733 7378 w : www.mudian.com.sg
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Hudson Furniture w : www.hudsonfurnitureinc.com
Poltrona Frau Singapore Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, #03-08/10, Singapore 228209 t : 6636 0080 w : www.poltronafraugroup.com
I-deal House Pte Ltd Choon Kim House, 780 Upper Serangoon Road, #01-02, Singapore 534649 t : 6469 6538 w : www.idealhouse.com.sg Ikea Singapore 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764 t : 6786 6868 w : www.ikea.com.sg Increation Design w : www.increation.co.uk Jasper Morrison Ltd w : www.jaspermorrison.com
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Jeremy Cole w : www.jeremycole.net
Proof Living ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #03-15, Singapore 238801 t : 6509 0555 w : www.proof.com.sg
Sim Siang Choon Sim Siang Choon Building, 21 Changi South Avenue 2, Singapore 486630 t : 6266 6632 w : www.simsiangchoon.com SK Interiors Inc. w : www.skinteriorsinc.com Snap Fit Go LLP Ubi Biz-Hub, 150 Ubi Avenue 4, #02-00, Singapore 408825 t : 6876 0098 w : www.snapfitgo.com Sunyu Blk 1079, Eunos Ave 7, #01-169, Singapore 409582 t : 6367 7175 w : www.sunyu.com.sg Teak & Mahogany Pte Ltd Century Warehouse, 100E Pasir Panjang Road, #07-02/03/04, Singapore 118521 t : 6273 8116 w : www.teakandmahogany.com Teka Singapore Pte Ltd UE Square, 83 Clemenceau Ave, #01-33/34, Singapore 239920 t : 6734 2415 w : www.teka.com.sg The Good Things The Clementi Mall, 3155 C’wealth Ave West, #03-50, Singapore 129588 t : 6659 3746 w : www.thegoodthings.com.sg Uncle Goose w : www.unclegoose.com Xtra Designs Park Mall, 9 Penang Road, #01-01 & #02-01, Singapore 238459 t : 6336 0688 w : www.xtra.com.sg ZIA Concept Pte Ltd UNI Building, 224 Telok Kurau Road, #01-01, Singapore 423836 t : 6346 6006 w : www.ziaconcept.com
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