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FEATURE

SPOTLIGHT

EDITOR’S NOTE

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A festival of happy hues, lights up every space in this 8, 000 sqf house.

Reported by Chiquit Torrente.

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The main and the first use of magazines or maybe going more back of newspapers was to inform people for political, economical or artistic subjects.

Old is gold in this apartment, Reported by Teo Kuan Yee.

This time there is a big variety not only of magazines but also of subject’s about fashion, gossip news, general news, design, houses and kinds!

which is filed with the colour and design language of a carefree bygone area.

DESIGN BUZZ

Any kind of magazine in any kind of form! And now, in the present, I am just wondering what magazines real do in our life!

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Are they just for entertainment and to inform us about world news or they’re something more than this, something more “mysterious” that we’ll never thought when we where reading our favorite mag.

is the TYPOGRAPHIC GRID:

To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible.

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INTERIOR DESIGN IS IN HIS BLOOD

NO DOUBT THE PRINCIPLES,

Reported by X2admin.

Reported by Lacey Graves Gerard.

the Hong Kong-born designer, Andre Fu, is currently one of the biggest names in the hospitality design industry. With more projects, he plans to take it a step further – watch this space.

Magazines make the world come around! And sometimes they don’t stay only on this level.

After all people needed more, they always do I guess, and so it happened, as one imagined, magazines started ruling the world of papers.

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The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

of the grid layout laid foundational work for all of graphic design today, but in a time when there are so many variations, is the typographic grid still as applicable?

- The Editor

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RETRO ROCKS Replicating the feel-good vibes of the ‘60s, the homeowners of the Tiong Bahru walk-up apartment filled the space with quirky finds to complement the retro theme of their love nest. They chose the look as it is what they grew up with and brings back memories of their childhood days.

Instead of literally transplanting the aesthetics of that decade, the Tans – the husband works in the media industry and the wife is a teacher of students with special needs – forged a retro-meets-minimalistic look with clean white walls and conversation pieces.

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These complement pieces such as the sofa and the dining table set, which were bought from retro furnishings store Lorgan’s. Wood, their favourite material, was chosen for the flooring due to its ‘calming effect’.

Part of the fun was to go around searching for the right pieces of furniture for their home. “There are still many shops selling old furniture here – you just have to keep your eyes and ears open,” says Mr Tan.

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NOSTALGIC ACCESSORIES Much of the homely and nostalgic ambience of the space is created by its accessories, which comes from a multitude of sources. Songs by Cher blare from the husband’s bought-in-Chinatown but made-in-the UK vintage tube radio-andrecord player in the living room, while a vintage pendulum clock acquired from a shop in China Square graces the wall above.

Taking centrestage in the kitchen is a low cabinet converted from an old food larder that Mr Tan bought from a shop in Bukit Batok. The porcelain bowls and plates inside are the crockery he used as a child. Deliberately keeping the kitchen storage units and the stove modular lent a retro vide to the space as well.

FAST FACTS: A young couple in their 30s lives in a walk-up 1,291 SQF apartment in Tiong Bahru.

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In the study, a white cabinet displays the couple’s treasure trove of items, including toys and knick-knacks bought locally and overseas, with contributions from friends as well. The customised headboard fashioned from an old window grille is a conversational piece that adds height to the master bedroom.

c e v o l “We s i h t o t r a h a after - Mr T Items that deserve special mention include a special aromatherapy vessel shaped like an old man smoking a pipe, which a friend bought in Europe, and a vintage orange telephone with a rotating dial pad that still works perfectly well.


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MAKE IT CURRENT Thanks to the abundant natural light that streams in through the hallway window, the two-bedroom apartment looks spacious, despite the extensive use of wood furnishings. The couple also likes the touch of nature.

A contemporary statement piece such as the accordion-like chair also serves to balance out the retro aesthetics. The chair, which can be stretched to sit up to eight, take prime position at the entrance to the master bedroom – one of two rooms along a long corridor.

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e m o h g n i m o c e c a l p c o sy ” . k r o w s ’ y a d rd Tan

Parts of the charm of this old apartment are its “quirks” – existing architectural features such as niches set into the wall (according to the homeowner, these were used to safeguard valuables in the old days), which now serves as storage nooks for the couple’s cosmetics and photo frames.

When done (the renovation costs was $60, 000), the couple then took over half a year to fully furnish their apartment with the items that they love. But it was well worth the effort.

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FACE-TO-FACE

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INTERNATIONALLY passion for interior,

the Hong Kong born designer, Andre Fu, is currently one of the biggest names in the hospitalty design industry. With more projects, he plans to take it a step further - watch this space.

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Reported by X2admin.

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D E M I A L ACC Q2:

You have an interest in fine art – what was your criteria for choosing the artwork for the Fullerton Bay Hotel?

Q1: You’ve said previously that you enjoy travelling. Do your travel experiences inform your approach to hotel design? I think travelling is an integral part of my daily life and the exposure to different cultures, smells and textures could all inform my approach to hotel designs.

Artworks should be conceived as highlights within the entire experience – they should co-exist with the interior design, but they should never be treated as decorations.


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ANDRE FU

Q4: Q3:

The faceted along with the 3D elements in the hotel are stunning. How did this idea evolve?

Your design schemes for the Fullerton Bay Hotel are rich in historical references. Did you do a lot of research?

The particular concept came from our earlier research on Islamic patterns which goes hand-in- hand with our overall approach to echo the hotel as the jewel of the bay.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is conceived as a holistic journey that is created with layers of experience. The inspiration from heritage is be interpreted through my design language, yet it is not intended to be literal.

ANDRE * FUon his

SIGNER

Design is all about reinvention – to borrow from the historic references and using our eyes today to reinterpret and also to celebrate heritage through the design of a truly sensuous journey of visual intrigues.

The furniture is a mixture of vintage-inspired pieces and also some contemporary products. Did you try to source locally as well as choosing some key products by the big international brands? I have designed every piece of furniture and decorative light for the Fullerton Bay Hotel – even the carpet and the marble mosaic are bespoke. Materials are sourced internationally.

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DESIGN

Q6: Is it a challenge to reconcile contemporary design with more traditional styling?

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Q7: What were the biggest challenges on this project? I would say the whole concept was complicated. We had to take into account the historical context and the juxtaposition between the new and old elements as we had to integrate both of the elements together.

PROJECTS.

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ANDRE FU

Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 2009. Designed by Andre Fu, Brown's Hong Kong space was the first London gallery to open in the Pedder Building, offering a programme of western / international art exhibitions tailored to the Asian market.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore, 2010. To commemorate its cultural location, the hotel's interior will reflect the historical and the contemporary, combining traditional patterns with modern art and technology to create an elegant and refined atmosphere.

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INTERNATIONALLY

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The Upper House, Hong Kong, 2009. The Upper House isn’t exactly a boutique hotel, and yet everything from the Andre Fu designed interior to the personalized service says otherwise.

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ANDRE FU

The Clifford Brasserie, Singapore, 2010. This elegant indoor promenade paved in bespoke marble mosaics is The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s lounge du jour. It is designed by Asia’s highly sought-after design wunderkind Andre Fu.

Nadaman Shangri-la, Tokyo, 2009.

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Walking into the refined interior of Nadaman, one can understand why this restaurant has enjoyed such a long relationship with the Shangri-La Hotel chain. Designed by Andre Fu, the interior employs minimalism with Japanese influences.

Lane Crawford Library, Hong Kong, 2012.

tfolio picks

Conceived by Asia's design golden boy, Andre Fu, the new Shoe Library covers 25,000 sq ft, with over 200 brands lining six distinct zones.

inspiring than to see a customer being It is the lifestyle aspect of hospitality to continue to push the boundaries.

- ANDRE FU

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DESIGN BUZZ

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THE SYSTEM You may also recall that layout or design using the golden section is scientifically and also psychologically proven to be by many as the most visually pleasing for the printed word.

is the

Either on your own or in school, you probably learned at a certain point about the origins and the history of the typographic grid. You know grids were developed with measurements from the golden ratio, as it is the measurement that defines good visual aesthetics.

No doubt that principles of grid layout laid foundational work for all of graphic design today, but in a time when there are so many variations in how users absorb information, is the typographic grid still as applicable as they should be? In short, the answer is: of course, they should be.

foundational work for all of graphic design today, but is the typographic grid still as applicable today? Reported by Lacey Gerard.

But a user experience designer has an opportunity to meaningfully forecast these issues and make a difference for users. It’s a thankless job – sometimes your only job is to get people to read the core message, not to do it beautifully.

Use the grid across platforms and devices. Many companies today reach people in various multiple ways, so web and user experience designers are expected to adapt to sending a core message in several different ways. No problem! You can use the same grid on a website or a mobile device.

This may also seem very much impossible, as the column widths obviously would seem so much smaller on a mobile device, or completely overwhelm on a large monitor – but here’s where one of our heroes, the grid, enters the scene.

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Grids are very much more important to us now than ever it was – they can also adapt to the different screen sizes and change a user’s outlook instantly. And as always, grids give us an opportunity to get much content beautifully to the users.

The eye still gets tired after reading 7-10 words per line. Only now, eye strain is even worse because people are reading on a glowing screen all day. Additionally, multiple available touchpoints and a constant barrage of distractions make for a decent design challenge on its own.

NO DOUBT THE PRINCIPLES, of the grid layout laid

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S There has been a lot of top-notch attention lately Here’s why: fluid grids combined with screen-sizecountless devices (some companies will be able to


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Grids are not limiting.

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The thought leaders on web grids have poignantly reminded us that we need to be mindful of the grid as not only a powerful layout tool, but a necessary structure for commanding information and most importantly, getting our core message to users. Why use the same grid on multiple devices? Not only does using the same one grid save an immense amount of time and energy, you can reuse all assets by using a single grid.

I have heard from a few or some of the user experienced designers claiming that they find grids limiting. Why do they think so? I completely cannot relate to it, because the grid is actually just a liberating design device.

This saves even more time and energy. The same image asset can be used on a mobile device and an email, a landing page or a kiosk screen. The image doesn’t need to be cropped or renamed. Additionally, by using the same grid across touchpoints, your site is likely to be easily modularized, if it’s not already. Take one piece here, plug it in there. Seamless.

The medium of the clean printed word has also certainly evolved and changed – a glowing screen, after all, is also called as the newly “printed” word. However, for many others, the underlying principles of good layout and typography really haven’t changed.

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Influential graphic designer and an educator Ellen Lupton had famously said, “To say a grid is limiting is to say that language is limiting, or typography is limiting.”

The best page layouts, in my opinion, are ones you don’t even notice. The Swiss design taught us this. Their minimalist plus aesthetic style and thoughtfulness towards human behavior set the standard for how we read the printed word today. Your mission as a is to get people to the core message, and the grid enables designers to present that core message meaningfully.

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given to fluid grids, especially since the advent of responsive / adaptive design. sensitive media queries allow you to create one online experience that adapts kiss their mobile sites goodbye!).

Lacey Graves Gerard is a

design generalist living and working in Houston, TX. She highly specializes in designing experiences for the web, mobile devices, and kiosks and infuses each of those touch points with her passion and understanding of graphic design.

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