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ands down, two of the most hardworking rooms in the

know? I was the visionaire, who reviews and showcase interiors, its

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.

materials that thrill in different ways. When I designed my kitchen years ago, I was amongst many

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

potentially expensive disaster to fix. And yes, I was also guilty of

feast for the senses.

buying my appliances before my kitchen is ready. Que in: a certain kitchen expert, rolling her eyes at me. Back then, my family members and the hubby included, thought

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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TOP FORMS

table manners

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.

PERFECT SQUARE

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. It’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.

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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.

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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

of fantasy.”

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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dapper douse DRESS UP YOUR BATHROOM TO NINES WITH THESE NIFTY ACCESSORIES.

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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.

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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 anyone’s face. Available at CB2.

ODE STOOL The bright red top of the nelson pedestal makes for comfy oneseater that’s both trendy and classically modern. Available at Xtra Designs.

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super normal TEXT BY ZULFA JK

MAKING SENSE OUT OF THE ORDINARY.

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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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TOWN TALK

essential eames

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,

www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum

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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de dietrich at corals Oh how we drooled at this bit of news!

Shopping for

The 11th July marked a day of celebration for all at

a good sized

De Dietrich. As they gathered at the show unit of the

cupboard with

prestigious Corals at Keppel Bay to commemorate 330 years

all the right

of excellence in conjunction with Bastille Day celebrations,

proportions

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

Usually, the

together of De Dietrich and Keppel Bay. In a first-of-its-kind

drawers are

collaboration between the two, De Dietrich and Keppel

too shallow; shelves set

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either too low or high and all in all, the space is

create 367 units of splendid living amidst eco-innovations

insufficient. The general consensus by the end of

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Undershelf Basket.

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

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chop the garlic inside, leaving you with

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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

hospitable virtue

W

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


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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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ARTIFACT

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).

A

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.

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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 you’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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ALL-WHITE DELIGHT The Regent Phuket: This spacious open bathroom basks in nature’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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HEREIN BASIN

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

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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


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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.

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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.

T

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 Selina’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 Calsia’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 abode’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 – given that Calsia runs her own carpentry business? Well, almost. This third requirement actually stemmed out of the duo’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 abode’s contemporary outset.

A

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.

A

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 – 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

unconventional touch.

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

B

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

effervescently gorgeous.

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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SAY YOU SAW IT IN DECORATIONS I-deal House Pte Ltd, www.idealhouse.com.sg

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.

A

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

and scale.”

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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FEATURE

extreme chic

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.

T

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 l’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

patterned rug.

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.


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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.

*sinks__

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

01

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.


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*water closets__

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

contemporary appeal.

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.

LEFT

“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.”

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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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*design accents__

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 80’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 It’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 There’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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THE

KITCH KITCHEN

IN

A Home Edition brought to you by BELLE CHUNG & CHANEL MORGAN.

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.

C

lueless as to what to do with your

with architects and interior designers

kitchen space?

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

Mudian’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.

01

, Calsia Lee OR OF KITCHEN RECT MANAGING DI E CARPENTRY OB DR AR W D AN IAN UD M , SPECIALIST

03

What is your top three musts in a kitchen big and small?

04

What is the most common pitfall that homeowners make while designing a kitchen?

02

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?

05

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.

W

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:

02

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

exhausting task.

with bottles and spices nearby.

03

04

05

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.

storage space.

wrap get stuck in a bunch!

MINIMIZE OBSTRUCTIONS

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Adding practical inner dividing systems within full extension drawers will ensure your organization standards are second


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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.

SPACE

WORKFLOW

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


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FLEXIBILITY

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

PRODUCT GUARANTEE

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

INSTALLATION TIMES

we install them for you on site”.

Modular kitchen hardware is made by

to the millimetre. Carpenters who build

PRICE COMPARISONS

“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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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.

PRINCIPLES

ART

MADE FOR YOU

MODERN AESTHETICS

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.


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Ordinary at first glance, the simplicity of

TECHNOLOGY

the Schiffini Kitchen belies sophisticated

ENDURING ELEGANCE

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

T

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. That’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, Sunyu’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


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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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KITCHEN SPECIAL

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 – 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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VISUAL ESSAY

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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VISUAL ESSAY

STRAPY WRAPS Machine washable and super durable, you’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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VISUAL ESSAY

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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ECONISTA

it’s a block party!

HAVE A WHIMSICAL SATURNALIA WITH THESE PERSONABLE WOODEN BLOCKS.

TEXT BY CHANEL MORGAN

House Industries for Uncle Goose Collection.

H

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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CONTACT DETAILS FOR PRODUCTS, SUPPLIERS, SHOPS, DESIGNERS AND PEOPLE IN THIS ISSUE.

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

Howards Storage World w : www.hsw.com.sg

Noel w : www.noel-paris.com

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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