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OBJECT OF DESIRE – KATIFA 46

PEOPLE – JOSEP DELICADO

An extension of Lievore Altherr Molina’s 2000 design, the Catifa 53, the Catifa 46 mimics the original’s graceful curves and sleek lines.

The Managing Director of Roca Malaysia and Singapore shares about how design plays an important role in providing bathroom solutions to consumers.

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20 CHECK OUT – HÄFELE For all your kitchen and bathroom inspiration needs, there’s Häfele Design Centre.

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PEOPLE – DEE ZOLKIFLI With a love of fabrics and a dedication to upcycling pre-loved clothes, Dee Zolkifli’s Dikara features home products made using the leftover pieces of damaged kimonos and obis.

22 CHECK OUTVCR This black-painted building stands out among a row of 80’s houses.


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FE ATURES

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HOTELS WITH HISTORY

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Thinking of taking a trip up north to Penang? Why not pick a hotel that’s more than just a roof over your head?

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COFFEE IT UP We’re paying homage to World Coffee Day with a selection of our favourite coffee-making products. What machine suits your lifestyle? Find out in our feature!

84 R E J U V E N AT I N G T H E OLD Malaysia is rich with pre-war buildings, all of which feature beautiful architecture from days long past. We speak to some who’ve braved the task of restoring these buildings, to give them a new breath of life!

94 MADE IN MALAYSIA Go local! We speak to ten designers, artists, and craftspeople who most certainly make Malaysia proud with their works.

106 SPICE OF LIFE SAFFRON Le Cordon Bleu alumnus Chef Sapna Anand shares an utterly delicious recipe for saffron madeleines, and talks about the spice and its benefits.

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H OM E S

112 MARBLE AND TIMBER Simple insertions clearly differentiate the spaces in this home, comprising of a combination of ‘timber boxes’ and full-height vertical planes of various materials.

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DESIGN FOR LIFE

N AT U R A L B E A U T Y

Founder and director of Ziggurat Sdn Bhd, Leong Seng Kheong’s serene Taman Desa home is a poetic yet functional realisation of architectural ideas.

Two’s Company strikes the perfect balance between maximising a stunning natural setting, and catering to the needs of the multi-generational inhabitants of this sprawling home.

REGUL ARS

144 ECLECTIC AND ELECTRIC Effortlessly elegant and unquestionably unique, Omar Khan’s studio home is a veritable cave of wonders.

COVER

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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PROPERTY

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EXPERTS SAY

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KITCHEN

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FIX IT

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WHERE TO BUY

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FLASHBACK

150 CURATED AND CLASSY This beautiful house, with a modern tropical architecture, flaunts antiques, art, and other collectibles that reflect its owners’ personalities. photography CHRIS LEONG

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Drink good coffee, see great places It’s September, and World Coffee Day, as well as World Tourism Day are upon us! Today’s world aims to inspire us in so many ways, whether visually or through the written word. Gorgeously-furnished and laid-out hotel rooms give us ideas on how to jazz up our nests at home. Beautifully-manicured gardens show us the wonder of colour and vibrancy, and so often lead to lovely prints. Even perfectly-poured leafs in our coffees are so very Instagramworthy, and make us want to fill our kitchen with lovely dishes to facilitate stylish dinner parties. Inspiration is everywhere, and in conjunction with World Tourism Day, we should all travel to see it! To start with, we’ve compiled a collection of some gorgeous luxury hotels. Check it out on page 68. In celebrating World Coffee Day, we’ve put together a feature on coffee machines, and which

types you might like in your home. Check it out on page 76. Also check out page 105 for details on how you can snag yourself a Genio 2 capsule coffee machine, courtesy of Nescafe Dolce Gusto! September is also a month of patriotism for Malaysians. Malaysia Day reminds us just how far we’ve come as a nation, and teaches us to be proud of ourselves, as well as our neighbours. It teaches us to be proud, ultimately, to be Malaysian. We’ve featured some local designers, who have most certainly added their mark to the nation in terms of design! Find it on page 94. Our collection of homes also seeks to inspire, whether for landed bungalow living, or for apartments and condominiums; we hope you’ll find them inspirational and exciting! Happy Malaysia Day, friends, and enjoy the coffee and travel!

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NOW Dutiful Droid If you were impressed by the bravery of the R2-D2 droid in the Star Wars movie series; you can now enlist its help to store your prized tea leaves, in this tea canister by Royal Selangor. Crafted from pewter, and part of an ongoing Star Wars collection, its design is a remarkable likeness of its film counterpart.

The R2-D2 tea canister by Royal Selangor (9cm by 9cm by 12.5cm) retails for RM900. Pre-order online at www.royalselangor.com. Orders take two weeks to be delivered.

text REBECKKA WONG photo ROYAL SELANGOR

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OBJECT OF DESIRE Katifa 46

BIO An extension of Lievore Altherr Molina’s 2000 design, the Catifa 53, the Catifa 46 mimics the original’s graceful curves and sleek lines. Widely touted as the ‘inspiration that extends to Arper itself’, the Catifa family features the seating collection in various widths, with different configurations that can be personalised to suit individual tastes. The family continues to cohere in aesthetics even as it grows, drawing on the original’s distinct silhouette to provide for different purposes. The newest Catifa 46 is narrow, well suited to modern interiors.

The Catifa 46 unveiled at the Salone Del Mobile 2016 featured popular Pantone colours of the year, Serenity and Rose Quartz.

The numbers denote the width of the chairs.

Catifa chairs can be fitted with bases of various design: sled, trestle, swivel, and bar stool among many others.

THE KATIFA FAMILY BY ARPER IS AVAILABLE AT SPACE

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text EMMELYN CINDY MAH photo SPACE

TRIVIA Lievore Altherr Molina was founded by the trio of Alberto Lievore, Jeannette Altherr, and Manel Molina in the year 1991. The brand has then gone on to design more of Arper’s most iconic products, such as the Leaf chairs.


The Managing Director of Roca Malaysia and Singapore, Josep Delicado tells us how design plays an important role in providing bathroom solutions to its consumers.

JOSEP DELICADO MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ROCA MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE

Could you brief us about your background before you became Roca’s Managing Director in Malaysia and Singapore? I was an engineer with experience in the automotive industry. I received my education at MBA Business School in Barcelona. I’ve been in ROCA for twelve years. I’ve moved from Barcelona to India, where I was part been working with designers from Germany, but aside from that, we’re currently not working with any other brands. Could you provide us with a few tips in choosing the right toilets and bathroom fixtures? It really depends on the type of bathroom you have, the space, your lifestyle, and needs. For example, would you be rushing out to work or would you be spending some time in the bathroom? What is the style you’re looking for?

of ROCA’s marketing team before I came down to Malaysia and Singapore. What makes Roca different from the rest of its competitors? What distinguishes your products from the others? The innovation, creativity, materials, technology, and design that go into our products are very different. We’re very conscious when it comes to launching new products as we believe each of them should bring a lasting impact to the consumers. Are there any new brands you plan to collaborate with? We worked with Armani to produce new pieces for Archidex and we will continue working with them in the future. We’ve

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The functional and sophisticated basins of the Inspira Collection are made of a high quality ceramic material called FINECERAMIC®. They are available in round, soft and square shapes. The Inspira. TOP RIGHT

Roca’s partnership with Armani (ARMANI ROCA) offers a range of bathroom furnishings and accessories that exudes a look of sophistication with its clean and minimalistic designs.

text NG YI XIANG photos ROCA

Has ROCA thought about designing products for the elderly? We’re working on that. There are different needs for the elderly here in Malaysia. In Europe, you’ve got the bidet in the bathroom even for those in their 60’s. But here in Malaysia, getting in and out of the bathroom is a great risk. We’re looking into long-term solutions, ways to put a shower in the bathtub. One such solution is to have the latter replaced with a shower tray to lower the risk of falling. How does design play a role in providing bathroom solutions to your consumers? We have products like the 35 degrees angle (water splash) ceramic basin. It is designed to prevent water from splashing out of the basin. But, it is also about the mindset and perception that a product gives, based on the experience people have when using them.

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The showroom’s practical interior enables Häfele to create a “makeshift” meeting room without sacrificing the aesthetics of the design centre. A stylish pull-out room divider made of glass is used to close off a section of the kitchen area that is inclusive of a dining table. The advanced technology and the ingenious designs Häfele has to offer to customers is truly amazing. At the walk-in wardrobe section, an accessory cabinet is accessible only by the use of a transponder, while a closet features a rod that can be pulled down to easily acces your clothes.

HÄFELE DESIGN CENTRE

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The kitchen is the heart of any home. With this in mind, Häfele’s two-storey design centre sets to inspire house owners, architects, and designers alike with its modest, clean, minimalistic, and modern kitchen, wardrobe, and bathroom designs. It offers smart solutions to cater to modern-day customers’ needs. Think of an ingenious space-saving ‘hidden’ kitchen fitted into the tight space of your apartment, or consider soft-closing drawers to prevent injuries to you and your children. Häfele resolves common household problems with simple designs equipped with the latest practical, advanced, and sophisticated technology. The design centre’s first floor features both kitchen and wardrobe solutions. Here, the German brand flaunts several operating systems and special features including automated glass windows for your kitchen cabinets that can be opened or closed with just the touch of a button.

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You don’t have to reach out for the items at the back of your cabinet with this rotatable-pull out carousel unit. TOP RIGHT

It’s wardrobe section is located near the entrance. It is at Häfele’s Design Centre that we gain firsthand experience of the technology and products the brand has to offer. RIGHT

Häfele offers its customers with a variety of home fittings and appliances such as door knobs and kitchen hoods.


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The second floor is dedicated to bathroom products. Didn’t think it possible for you to have a kitchen in your small apartment? Think again.

On its split-level, Häfele tells the story of its deep-rooted 100 year history. It’s an area dedicated to architects and designers, whereby one can discover the mechanics, insideouts of gadgets, electric hobs, hoods, taps, types of cabinet closings, and lightings. According to Dominik Fruth, General Director of Hafele Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam, the most essential equipment for any home is good lighting. Häfele also carries bathroom solutions in varying styles, and accessories, as well as products for sale on the second floor. The space also includes a glass-panelled meeting room where workshops and briefings on product usability and functionalities are held. The spacious design centre enables customers to test out the ingenuity of Häfele’s designs.

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Häfele offers its customers with a variety of home fittings and appliances such as door knobs, kitchen hoods and showerheads. The kitchen is equipped with sophisticated technology.

HÄFELE DESIGN CENTRE IS LOCATED AT NO.42, JALAN SS21/1, DAMANSARA UTAMA, 47400 PETALING JAYA, SELANGOR. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.HAFELE.COM.MY

text NG YI XIANG photography PATRICK CHAN

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PEOPLE

DEE ZOLKIFLI AS FAR AS BEAUTIFUL THINGS GO, DEWANI ZOLKIFLI’S GOT MORE THAN A PRACTICED EYE FOR THEM. A TRUE MASTER AT THE ART OF UPCYCLING, DEE PUTS HER COLLECTION OF OBIS AND KIMONOS TO GOOD USE, TURNING THE DAMAGED ONES INTO BEAUTIFUL HOME ACCESSORIES THAT SHE SELLS UNDER THE DIK ARA BRAND NAME.

The mother of seven first started Oldees in 2009, as a hobby. With a keen eye for vintage and classic fashion, Dee’s passions began with a collection of vintage clothing, from kebayas, to batiks, to songkets, to sarees, to cheongsams; these, she would wear herself for work and for leisure. “I love beautiful fabrics, and I’m known within my circle of friends and family for buying fabrics just because they’re beautiful.” She says.

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“My first vintage kimonos and obis were bought by my darling husband, and I fell in love with them instantly. They’ve been my obsession for the past few years.” By 2012, she had quit her job in the workforce to work full time on Oldees, providing a wide selection of pre-loved clothes, kimonos and obis included, to the vintage-loving masses. “My collection of vintage clothing grew. Besides those I wear, I also collect those with unique make and

designs.” Dee tells us. “Buying preworn clothes saves them from the landfill, and gives me an ethical way of satisfying lust for new clothes.” And with vintage clothes making waves in an increasingly urban community, there’s definitely room for Oldees to grow. “I’m very passionate about the green movement – reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycling, growing our own produce, and so on.” Dee adds. As with any extensive collection, it became an eventuality that Dee was


“My first vintage kimonos and obis were bought by my darling husband, and I fell in love with them instantly. They’ve been my obsession for the past few years.”

left with boxes of damaged or imperfect kimonos and obis. “I kept them, and planned to repair them for my own use, or to repurpose them somehow.” Dee says. “One day, I decided to play around with them, and salvaged an elaborate beautiful, hand-painted and embroidered phoenix from a damaged vintage tomesode. I framed it using a wooden embroidery hoop, and now it’s hanging pretty in my home office.” Pleased with the outcome, Dee began to ponder just what else she could do with other discarded materials. “An afternoon later, I’d made a few cushion covers and all sorts of eco bags.” She adds. “The cushion covers are now a part of my home decor.” Because the Japanese are notorious for crafting the most beautifully ornate kimonos and obis, it doesn’t come as a surprise that decor accessories formed with the fabrics are beautifully intricate. “I’ve always wanted to venture into something apart from clothing.” Dee says. “And I liked the fact that these items were upcycled, and so I formed Dikara, which means beautiful in Bahasa Malaysia. Dikara is an extension of Oldees’ aim to promote sustainability,

text EMMELYN CINDY MAH photography LILIAN TAN

merging arts and crafts with design.” The idea is to minimise fabric waste, and to fully utilise even the smallest of remnants. Dee herself conceptualises the product designs, and plans to use a variety of other vintage fabrics like sarees, batiks, and songkets for her next projects. Currently, Dikara’s collection of upcycled products include cushion covers, table runners, place mats, wall drapers, wine bottle holders, aprons, clutches, eco bags, and deco items. They’re also uniquely limited in quantity, given the kimonos and obis themselves are one-of-a-kind. “We also do customisation and take made-to-order requests.” Dee adds. “We’ve also started to outsource, and are reaching out to the single mothers’ community, as well as seamstresses back in my father’s hometown in Segamat to help boost the economy of the local community.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VIS IT W W W. FACEB O O K . C OM/TH E .OLD E E S /

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Painted black, VCR stands out among a row of houses built in the 80’s. It occupies a corner lot, where a frangipani tree stands in the garden, surrounded by custom-made bench seating. Two sets of alfresco seating occupy opposite ends of the patio, the perfect spot for a chat and treat with friends. On an ordinary day, the two house cats at VCR take naps underneath the benches at the patio, or give sneaky strays a good chase for nipping at their food. After witnessing such an amusing scenario, we open the door to a contemporary, homey, and rustic-indie look brought on by the combination of black vintage accessories. We find pulleyconcept lamps behind the

counter, wooden antiques in the form of a room divider, a vintage staircase behind the counter, and shutter windows which were left intact after major renovations and extension works were done. Allin-all, these elements create an old-world charm that assimilates with the Victorian age. While there are larger portions of wood, steel, and brick elements downstairs, the interior upstairs is given a touch of glass and steel, enabling customers to enjoy the outdoor scenery with a cup of coffee. One can opt to sit on rattan chairs located right next to a vintage window, or along the “connecting bridge” that opens up to a larger space. There is also al-fresco

seating with faux grass, overlooking many rooftops. “Andrew (one of the three owners) was studying overseas for a few years when he developed an interest in coffee. He came back around three to four years ago with a few friends. One day, he decided to drive around and discovered this house, which was occupied by a production house (owned by a current business partner) called Used Tape Creative Lab Sdn Bhd,” VCR’s Manager, Alwin Yu says. We’re amazed to see how the cafe looks spanking new, even after two years! In the cosy ambiance of the ground floor, we indulge in VCR’s Big Breakfast, which is bursting with flavour. Their Lamb


Bolognese is neither too sweet nor too sour, and can be paired with Chipolata sausages, or sourdough toast topped with free-range eggs, cooked any style you want. The dish also comes with heirloom tomatoes, turkey ham or beef bacon, exceptionally juicy mushrooms seasoned with herbs, and salad with sour vinegar dressing. Overall, it’s a very splendid and filling breakfast to have. If you like the fusion of Eastern and Western, try out VCR’s unique Soft Shell Crab burger. When eaten fresh, one enjoys the crunch and tenderness of the meat, which is tinged with sweet and sour flavours produced by a caramelised onion jam, a squeeze of lime, and pickled cucumber. Besides, who can say no to the creamy sunny-side up, and the buttered burger buns that come with this amazing dish? Apart from food, VCR serves coffee using Boma beans (from the brand Auresso). The cafe

also caters to corporate and individual events, but only during weekdays. VCR was established by a trio who are passionate about coffee, Yus, Latif, and Andrew Lee Yong Song. It is at this very cafe that customers can enjoy a cup of coffee produced by award-winning barista, Keith Koay. The cafe has recently housed their roastery several houses away, also painted black to suit the theme. The space will also include their central kitchen which has yet to be moved from their current location. Pastries at VCR are baked in-house. NOTE

Park at the Swiss Garden Hotel & Residences to avoid summons.

VCR IS LO CAT ED AT 2, JALAN GAL LOWAY, BUK IT BINTANG, 50150, K UAL A LUMPUR, WILAYAH PER SEK UT UAN, T EL : +603-2110 2330. FO R MO R E INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.VCR .MY OPPOSITE PAGE

It is at this ver y ca fe t ha t custo m e rs ca n e n j oy a c u p o f cof fee pro duced b y a wa rd -w i n n i n g ba r i sta , Ke i th Ko ay.

In contrast to the cosy ambiance the interior brings on the ground floor, you can find an airy ambiance on the first floor. Sit on rattan chairs to enjoy the view of lush greenery. OPPOSITE PAGE BOTTOM LEFT

Painted black, VCR stands out among the rest of the residential homes. ABOVE

There are plenty of seats on the ground floor. One can sit next to picture perfect, white washed brick walls with panelled windows or underneath the staircase. The cafe has certainly attracted plenty of tourists living at a nearby homestay. LEFT

The counter at VCR. Major renovation works were required as certain parts of the cafe include a shipping container. CENTER

Soft Shell Crab burger. RIGHT

Big Breakfast.

text NG YI XIANG photography PATRICK CHAN

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Bursting with colour SPICE UP YOUR SPACE BY INJECTING A BURST OF COLOUR WITH THE CLEVER USE OF FURNITURE!

We live in a world that loves and appreciates colour, and that’s perfectly fine by us! And while it may be difficult to indulge in too many colours at home, there’s nothing to stop the clever use of statement pieces in bold, bright colours. Kartell, Bomtempi, and SLIDE are all brands that show up with a bang, and we’re loving the explosion of colour we’re treated to in their beautiful things. It’s fairly easy to decorate your space in neutrals. And neutrals, as a whole, are great. They’re not jarring to the eye, and provide a serene backdrop for when you want to relax. They’re also easy to work into any surroundings, and can be paired without

much trouble with other more colourful, or abstractly-patterned designs. In the world of beauty, a neutral palette would be the base, the foundation upon which one builds. And then comes the colour. Adding a burst of colour into your space can truly liven up the overall outlook. What’s true is that an all-neutral palette can sometimes come off a touch lacking in life and dull. What’s also true, is that one can easily inject colour into a neutral space, and often, all it takes is one single piece of furniture! It can be anything, from a chair, to a throw, to a carpet woven in beautiful shades of red and blue.

K A RTE L L , B O M T E M P I, A N D SL IDE AR E AVAIL ABL E FR O M L IGH TC RAF T.

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Kartell’s furnishings, boasting the brand’s long-standing tradition of crafting high-quality plastic products, add both colour and textural interest. Similarly rich in cultural heritage with longstanding Italian roots, Bomtempi’s contemporary designs add a wealth of texture and colour, echoing a minimalistic simplicity that nonetheless draws the eye. Further adding to the wealth of colour and vibrancy we’re presented with today, SLIDE’s products are manufactured at the gates of Milan, and notably feature the use of recyclable polyethylene, thereby rendering their furnishings sustainable and as well as eco-friendly.


The perfect wash WHEN YOU NEED THE PERFECT WASH, THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN THE MACHINE THAT DOES IT ALL, DOES IT WELL, AND DOES IT JUST THE WAY YOU NEED.

Hitachi’s Japanese Technology Ultra-Stream wash washing machines feature large capacities as well as water-saving tech. The new washing machines incorporate the Ultra-Stream Wash technology, which circulates twice the amount of water previously possible for a clean, powerful wash. Because the machines boast a capacity of up to 24 kgs, you can wash all your large loads and items without any problem – curtains, blankets, and quilts alike. And with savings of up to 32% in electricity, 20% in water, and 30% in time, you can rest assured that the machine is nothing short of a winner. For added hygiene, the washing machine also boasts an Auto Self-Clean function, with a tub clean program that washes out all the grime and dirt in the drum, reducing up to 99% of mold and bacteria. That way, you can truly rest easy knowing your clothes, as well as the vessel they’re washed in, are clean as can be. And if you generally

dislike having your clothes come out of the wash in a jumbled, tangled mess, have no fear! This machine repeatedly rotates your clothes clockwise and anti-clockwise at the end of every cycle, so your garments disentangle and become oh-so-easy to remove! In terms of design, the machine is no less smart. A glass top design permits for easy cleaning, whilst a push-open assisted top allows for easy opening of the lid, and does so quietly and softly. Say goodbye to all manner of caught-finger injuries! The machine also features a removable and washable, all-in-one detergent drawer to better facilitate spreading your detergent properly around all your clothes as they are washed. A clever memory option allows for you to save settings like wash time, number of rinses, spin time, and how much water is to be used, ensuring your laundry is done just the way you like it, every single time.

FO R M O R E IN FOR M AT IO N , VISIT WWW.HITACHICO NSUMER .COM.MY/P ROD U CTS -CATE GORY/WAS H ING-MAC H INE /

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Smarter home, smarter living Schneider Electric launched their new line of products at Archidex 2016. Featuring USB wall chargers, the Vivace switch and Easy9 circuit breaker solutions, Schneider aims to provide consumers with modern designs for living. The USB wall charger eliminates the need for your device’s typical plug adapter and speeds up the charging with up to two sockets with a 2.1A charging current. The Vivace is a switch and socket set that features an elegant and minimalistic modern design which complements any home’s interior design. Worried about electrical surges? Schneider introduces the Easy9 circuit protection system, which brings high end, reliable circuit protection at a mid-range price. “Our solutions bring out the best in lifestyle innovations for offices, hotels, and homes, and we want to create experiences in the home that enhance the lives of our customers.” said Francis Heng, Business Vice President of the Partner Retail division of Schneider Electric Malaysia.

FO R M O R E IN FOR M AT IO N , VISIT WWW.SCHNEIDER -EL ECT R I C .C OM

Purify your life We breathe an average of 20 times in a minute. Now, imagine the amount of polluted air our lungs deal with in our lifetimes. Daikin’s Streamer Air Purifier features the company’s latest air filter technology which promises enhanced air filtration when compared to conventional purifiers. It employs a sophisticated sixlayered decomposition and removal system that removes hazardous allergens, bacteria, dust, and odours. Coupled with the powerful 3D air intake design, the purifier cleans a greater volume of air in a shorter amount of time.

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A touch of Indian flair Come September 2016, Ikea will be introducing the limited-edition SVÄRTAN collection, a collaboration between Swedish designer Martin Bergstrom and Indian fashion students. The collection reflects a monochromic side of India inspired by the urban landscapes. This is an unconventional representation of India, which is generally associated with bright, vivid colours. The SVÄRTAN collection is solely designed in India and features various decorative pieces, furniture, posters, stationary, and bedroom furnishings.

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Organic beauty Neal’s Yard Remedies introduced the Purifying Palmarosa Daily Moisture to combat excess oils while purifying and nourishing the skin. Lightweight and easy for skin absorption, the moisture cream is a blend of palmarosa, alpine willow herb, and elemi. All ingredients are organically produced and are certified vegan.

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Rock-a-bye-baby Dulux presents the DuluxPureAir™, the paint designed with your beloved infant in mind. It has a low VOC, and a low sheen finish with added resistance to fungus, mould, and bacteria. You do not need to mask your nose with this paint as it neutralises formaldehyde, the cause of the strong smell in most conventional paints. This lessens your burden while painting and ensures that the air in your home remains odour-free and fresh, perfect for your infant’s health!

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Mosquito away Sharp’s Mosquito Catcher air purifier is another arsenal for Malaysians in their war against two constant harmful threats: mosquitoes and polluted air. It touts Sharp’s proprietary Plasmacluster Ion Technology which offers unparalleled air purification, protecting against viruses, allergens, and microbes. Coupled with a LED UV light, the purifier seduces mosquitoes and traps them with the suction power of a special mechanism, reducing the nuisance and threat of mosquito-related diseases like dengue.

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Pretty in Purple Tired of beige appliances? Add colour to your kitchen with the Electrolux EBR3646 blender in pastel purple! Don’t let the aesthetic fool you, as it has both style and substance. An ice-crush feature lets you create your own unique home-made smoothies fast and simple! It is also multifunctional, with a detachable mill grinder for grinding up spices, nuts, and even coffee beans. The machine is BPA Free certified, so you can grind and crush away with peace of mind.

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Oven of all traits An oven, a grill, and a steamer, the Electrolux EMS3288X gives you the ability to cook a wide variety of dishes. It also has a flat bottom cavity which offers a cavernous space for you to work with, and is easy to clean! Enjoy perfectly home-cooked meals with the Auto Cook Programmes, which offer optimum cooking settings for your dish with just the touch of a button!

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Sustainable shower Hansgrohe introduces a new EcoSmart version of their Crometta showerheads, which offer efficient water management. The showerheads feature special spray nozzles and a flow limitation system that reduces water flow, but offers the same level of cleaning prowess. With its ergonomic handle and beautiful chrome finish, the Chrometta showerheads blend style with eco friendliness.

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A bed for day time The art of lounging is best done on a lush patio with modest sunlight and a comfortable day bed. Try out the Ram daybed from NestNordic, which presents itself with clean and simple lines, adorned in jungle green Delaine fabric and supported by oak-coloured legs. Rest well on this aesthetic comfort piece.

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Self standing ladle Conventional ladles are a hassle when it comes to miduse resting spots. They can take up a lot of space in an already cramped kitchen. h concept’s self standing ladle eliminates that problem with a flat bottom which lets the ladle stand by itself on the accompanying small plate, which minimises its footprint. Made with premium materials and a beautiful design, it’s certainly a ladle you won’t have the urge to throw into a drawer after use.

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The cool doctor Keep the air in your home clean and chilled with Samsung’s R410A air conditioner, with it’s Virus Doctor technology. The AC touts an S-Plasma ion technology coupled with an Easy Filter that helps eliminates dust, dangerous airborne contaminants, and allergens as well as certain bacteria and viruses. Maintenance of the air conditioner is also bolstered by the Easy Filter, which is easier to remove and clean when compared to conventional air conditioners.

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D y s o n ’s A i r M u l t i p l i e r A M 0 7 To w e r F a n Stay cool and breathe in pure, fresh air with the Dyson Air Multiplier Tower Fan. A bladeless design coupled with a powerful air purifier, the Dyson AM07 is a technological marvel. It also consumes 40% less power compared to conventional fans and is more stylish and modernistic. Escape the polluted air and cocoon yourself in the wake of the Dyson.

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Cutting-edge thinness Sharp like a katana when viewed from the side, the LG E6 OLED 4K TV is a feat of engineering with its pixel on glass technology that allows for its extreme thinness. However, picture quality is not sacrificed as the E6 features an OLED panel that produced deep, detailed darks and bright highlights. With a 4K resolution, the 65 incher also offers an unrivaled viewing experience. With its understated design, it is a sight to behold when placed in a living room.

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Octopus table Designed by Carlo Colombo, the Octopus is table very much inspired by sea creatures. Standing atop light and minimal thin stands, the table seems to ‘pose’ in a casual way, poised to stand out amongst the conventional crowd. With a round plate finished in lacquered metal and topped in black Marquina marble, the Octopus most certainly doubles as an art piece.

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Stain away Sharp’s ultra portable Ultrasonic washer is perfect for those pesky stains that seem to pop out of nowhere. Just add a bit of water or detergent, and the Ultrasonic washer will run its magic and wash all the stains away! Light and compact in design, it can be stuffed in a pocket or a bag and taken anywhere, giving you the ability to treat a stain on the spot so it doesn’t become a permanent fixture on your clothing!

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A coat rack bench The magic doors LG’s award-winning line of Dual Door-in-Door refrigerators features external access doors that offer easier access while conserving cold air. This feature also allows for easy loading and accommodation of items without your needing to open the fridge completely! The conservation of cold air also allows for food to keep fresh for longer periods of time.

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The coat rack has become scarce in modern homes, especially those in the tropics where the weather ranges from warm to hot. However, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s Coat Rack bench seeks to defy convention, offering functionality that justifies its place in a home. With a built-in bench, it serves as a coat holder and a seat for when you have to put on those tight leather shoes.

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Elegant in design Designed by Italian-Danish design pair GamFratesi, the Targa sofa and lounge chair feature organic lines that flow in a single motion, exuding an air of elegance. The wrap-around design also fits into compact spaces to create an atmosphere of intimacy and seclusion. The Targa line is typical of the famed Gebrüder Thonet Vienna Style, working in alignment with the philosophy of delivering a modern-contemporary design.

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THE GREEN HOUSE EFFECT Plants are stylish home accessories that’ll never date. However you display them at home, the more healthy and lively varieties you have, the merrier! But don’t forget to check if they can survive and thrive in your space.

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Papaya Far East Flora

Thaumatococcus Daniellii Far East Flora

Nematanthus “Tropicana� Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

Legend

Full Daily sunlight watering

Shady bright areas

Water when soil is dry

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Jagger pot, RM191.70, from Harvey Norman. Gubi 5 white chair, RM1656; Soborg wooden chair, RM2340, and Spider marble dining table, RM10,161, all from Danish Design. Frama Aj Otto bowl, RM177; plates, RM177 and RM297, all from Noden. Serax Az & Mut lamp, RM597, from Mountain Teak. Door, price upon request, from Siong Door. ON WALL

CAC1136T Bleu Matisse laminate, price upon request, from Admira. Wall mouldings, price upon request, from The Interior Library.

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Frama Aj Otto plates, RM177 and RM297, all from Noden. Green marble cutting board, RM192, and white wooden board, RM38.90, all from Make Room. ON WALL

JAU6168SC Gres laminate, price upon request, from Admira.

Trichoglottis Philippinensis Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

Eichhornia Crassipes (Water Hyacinth) Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

Jar of Succulents Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

Hoya Carnosa “Variegata” Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

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Dartmoor Seagrass white basket set, RM491.70, from Harvey Norman. Black and white basket, RM117, and yellow basket, RM147, both from Make Room. Wall shelf (140cm), RM585; wall shelf (70cm), RM405; oak Air bed, RM4,995; Shadow chest of drawers, RM6,375, and Air nightstand, RM1,275, all from Ethnicraft Online.

Monstera Deliciosa

Rubber

Philodendron Xanadu

Ficus Lyrata Far East Flora

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Asparagus Sprengeri Far East Flora


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Vintage sideboard with top compartment by Karpenter, RM4,140, from Mountain Teak. Lampart cement white wash pot, RM68.70, from Harvey Norman. Frama Aj Otto black cup, RM117, from Noden. ON WALL

QAG900RW Byblos Pine laminate, price upon request, from Admira.

Pachypodium Lamerei (Madagascar Palm) Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

Cacti Far East Flora

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Desk by Karpenter, RM4,350, and Chillax arm chair by Karpenter, RM2,340, both from Mountain Teak. Glass house, RM627, from Harvey Norman. Moebe frames, RM147 for A5 size, RM207 for A4 size, RM297 for A3 size; Jens Quistgaard 1960s’ Rune Trio teacup set, RM207, and Rune egg holder RM105, all from Noden.

Hedera Helix (English Ivy) Far East Flora

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QAG900RW Byblos Pine laminate, price upon request, from Admira.

Peperomia Scandens Variegated Far East Flora

Bonsai

Garcinia Subelliptica Far East Flora

Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose) Gardens by the Bay Arrival Gift Shop

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text LOUISA CLARE LIM photography DARREN CHANG assisted by CHERYL RAHARJO art direction & styling DON TAN assisted by GENIE LIM

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A GREEN SLATE Build your new home with the environment in mind. Every element counts in maintaining a greener lifestyle, and renovating your place is a good time to start afresh!

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Soft Furnishings

ACACIA FABRICS The Montenegro fabric (pictured) from Acacia Fabrics passes the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, is noncarcinogenic and free from harmful substances. Its fabrics are also fire-retardant and have been tested to ensure that even lit cigarette butts will not burn the material.

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KIRKBY DESIGN BY TATUM Kirkby Design offers the eco-friendly Leaf collection, which uses recycled wool obtained from salvaged yarns used in the fashion industry. The reconstituted wool from the Prato district in Italy has a limited impact on the environment. The range includes fabric in now trendy pastel shades of mint, yellow and blue.

SUSANNA DAVIS FROM E&A INTERIORS The Susanna Davis range of linens is made of the highest quality flax fibres from Belgium – dedicated farmers use only ecological non-toxic chemicals in the yarn dying process. They then work directly with weavers in Latvia and Lithuania to create the stylish fabrics.

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EVOFABRIC FROM GOODRICH GLOBAL Goodrich Global’s Evofabric padded faux leather range comes in designs such as embossed contours in metallic colours and with glass beads. Created using an ultrasonic sealing process, Evofabric has a 3-D look that’s flexible enough for easy upholstering. It’s durable and free from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalate, formaldehyde and heavy metals.


HEMPTECH FROM BODE Hemptech uses hemp and linen that require little to no chemical sprays during the growing cycle. Via the environmentallyfriendly dewretting method, the harvesting and processing of these fibres also use less energy and water. All dyes used in Hemptech’s fabrics also comply with strict European Reach regulations, and are 100 per cent chloride-free.

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RAGNO TILES FROM RICE Italian tile brand Ragno has stylish yet eco-friendly ranges, such as Bistrot (above) and Brick (left), which are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)–certified by the US Green Building Council, for its recycled material content of at least 40 per cent.

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Walls and Floors

BELKA An alternative to wallpaper and paint, Belka is an eco-friendly wall coating made of premium recyclable cotton, cellulose fibres and mineral flakes, bonded together by a natural adhesive. As such, there are no chemicals, pollutants and volatile organic compounds. Just add water to apply it or remove it!


QUERCUS & CO WALLPAPER FROM E&A INTERIORS This Australia-based wallpaper brand makes use of eco-friendly paper to create its beautiful hand-painted and handdrawn designs. The paper is made from renewable and sustainable resources, with 30 per cent being recycled post-consumer waste. The company has Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and LEED certification, and makes the wallpaper to order — meaning no stock is held and wastage is minimised. NEOSTONE TILES FROM HAFARY This collection of porcelain tiles is made of recycled materials. The products have been awarded the Green Label by the Singapore Environment Council.

SYMPHONY WALLPAPER FROM GOODRICH GLOBAL Wallpaper by Symphony is produced in New Jersey, according to standards that fulfil the US Environment Protection Agency requirements, and the Clean Air and Water Acts. The brand’s printing facility recycles printing inks, using a closed-loop ink system. Not just decorative, but durable as well, the wallpapers are easy to maintain and will last a lifetime.

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WOODEN FLOORING FROM WOW FLOORS The hardwood used used in flooring by the brand have been certified by the FSC and awarded the Green Label. You can select from species such as maple, black walnut, white oak and hickory.

MAFI ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING FROM MIMI Mafi handmade engineered wood floor boards are sustainable and durable. The product, from Austria, is FSC-certified, and contains no chemicals and volatile organic compounds.

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DECODE THESE LOGOS These are labels which denote that the products and materials you’re buying are eco-friendly. Here are what they represent.

FSC

KEBONY TIMBER CLADDING FROM MIMI Kebony is a sustainable softwood, enhanced with a bio-based liquid to become an alternative to tropical hardwood! Used as exterior decking and cladding, it is resistant to rot, mould and decay, and doesn’t require maintenance. The product is FSC, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Good Environment Choice Australia (GECA)-certified. The Norway-based brand is listed as a Global Cleantech 100 company, too.

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) trademark provides a guarantee to consumers that the products they’re buying come from responsible sources, such as companies that support forest conservation, offer social benefits, and enable the market to provide an incentive for better forest management. FSC is most commonly used for paper and products made of wood. For more information: www.ic.fsc.org/en

Step by Oeko-Tex – International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology The Step by Oeko-Tex certification includes an audited assessment to determine sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible textile and apparel facilities. It addresses the reduction of hazards and risks across the entire textile production chain, with the goal of increasing the sustainability, quality and resource efficiencies of factories. For more information: www.testex.com

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Countertops SILESTONE ECO FROM COSENTINO This product is manufactured from 75 per cent recycled materials, such as porcelain from tiles and sinks, glass, vitrified ash, and waste generated by blast furnaces. Furthermore, 94 per cent of the water used in its manufacturing process is reused. It also has Greenguard certification.

Laminates

LAMITAK Lamitak laminates from TAK are awarded with both Greenguard certification for indoor air quality, and Green Label Singapore certification for low emissions and low toxicity.

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M A D E I N I TA LY RANGE FROM EDL EDL’s Made in Italy range of laminates has FSC certification, which means that the paperbased materials used to make them come from responsibly managed forests.


ORGANOID RANGE FROM PANELOGUE Developed using green technology from Tyrol, Austria, Organoid by Panelogue is all-natural and makes use of recycled raw materials, such as peppermint stalks, vanilla husks and coffee beans. The natural fragrances of the materials are also persevered, so you can get not just decorative, but also scented, interiors.

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Glass and Windows

As sunlight begins to heat up your room, your first line of defence is the window. The right type of glass and window will help keep your home cool, which in turn saves energy on air-conditioning.

VARISHIELD FROM SINGAPORE SAFETY GLASS Varishield adopts a thermochromic approach to cooling your home – glass panes become tinted when heat from sunlight is directed at it. When there is no heat, the window remains clear. The technology requires no wires, power supply or control apparatus, and is purely heat-activated, so you’ll never have to worry about a technical glitch.

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Before you switch on the air-conditioner, open all the windows to let out the trapped heat. Let the breeze ventilate the room first, otherwise, the air-con will have to work extra hard to cool down the hot, humid space.

PRESTIGE WINDOW FILM FROM 3M This specially treated product – which is made of a non-metallised, multilayer optical film with nanotechnology – will cut the sun’s infrared heat by as much as 97 per cent, and keep your rooms cooler all day. Designed to maximise daylight without UV rays and heat entering the home, the film helps to reduce glare and strain on the eyes due to excessive light. It also helps extend the life of home furnishings, as UV rays are known to be the single largest cause of colour-fading.

VARISHADE FROM SINGAPORE SAFETY GLASS An electronically controlled blind system housed within insulated double-glazed glass, Varishade helps regulate light in the home, while buffering heat and sound entering from outside. The layer of air between glass panels reduces the amount of solar heat and sound transfer. In addition, the materials used are durable and the blinds do not require cleaning as they are kept enclosed.


DULUX Dulux Light & Space paint is not only Green Label-certified, but it also has low volatile organic compounds. Furthermore, it features the brand’s Lumitec technology — it reflects twice as much light as normal emulsion paint does, brightening your space. This means you’ll use less artificial lighting!

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Paint

Opt for paints and finishes with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — not only are VOCs damaging to the environment, but they are also harmful to humans! - Yun Ho from Green Vine Design. NIPPON PAINT Nippon’s Paints, such as the Odour-less Premium all-in-1 and the Odourless Easy Wash, have low levels of volatile organic compounds. Besides being non-toxic, the paints are water-based and formulated with a solvent-free resin, which limits air pollutants.

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Green Walls

Whether it is a small wall or a tall air well, green walls add a beautiful natural element to your space, both indoors and outdoors. Functionally, they help keep out the heat by acting as a barrier on the wall surface that traps a layer of air within the plants. This means there’s less need for cooling systems —and significantly less energy usage and costs. They also help in soundproofing. Best of all, because they are installed vertically, they don’t take up precious floor area! HYGRO WALL FROM VERTICAL GREEN This is made up of different layers of irrigation geotextile, which the plants grow on, and can be easily installed onto curved surfaces and cut into shapes. Its highly automated irrigation and fertigation systems provide the plants with a nutrient solution and needs only minimal maintenance.

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GREENOLOGY VERTICAL GREENERY FROM GREENOLOGY This green wall system comes in the form of fireproof substrate panels customisable to various sizes and shapes. It features an automated drip irrigation system, which not only allows plants to retain water, but decreases overall water consumption for the green wall to only 0.8 to 1 litre per square metre.

BENETTI MOSS FROM FREEPLAY SOLUTIONS In tile format, this is a natural preserved lichen for indoors, and can be easily installed and shaped. The moss is collected without any damage to vegetation and processed using non-toxic substances. Because it does not grow, it doesn’t require watering, pruning or sunlight. Requiring at least a 40 per cent humidity rate, it is perfect for our climate! It comes in nine colours.

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FROM H O TE L T O HOME

This room in Phum Baitang, a resort in Cambodia, maintains a rustic and organic look with woven rugs, a wooden headboard, and a neutral colour scheme.

photo PHUM BAITANG

Want to take home a slice of your fabulous holiday experience? Do so by replicating the look of your hotel room! We feature three styles that’ll make you feel like you’re perpetually on vacation.


There is a reason why holidaygoers head to resorts for a citydetox; they are often miles away from everything fast-paced and noisy! To be surrounded by nature is a luxury for city-dwellers, but it is not impossible to recreate this environment in your home. Three important features make up the experience of a villa bedroom. “Incredible views, privacy, and spaciousness,” says Anthony Lark of beachfront resort Trisara Phuket. “Imagine your home as part of a garden. Your bed should face a view and the interior should be simple; don’t let it distract you from the surrounding environment.” Not in a home surrounded by nature? Bring nature indoors. Susan Colley and Marco Scarani, interior designers of the Nihiwatu resort in Indonesia, suggest using materials such as rope, woven fabric and wood. “The authenticity of artisanal accessories such as handmade baskets and traditional ikat prints will also add character,” they say. As villa bedrooms are often spacious and uncluttered, be careful not to overdo the accessories, and choose items with similar hues and details to unify the look.

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A Blissed-out Sanctuary


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Scents complete the space. Whether it’s a floral aroma – Trisara offers hints of jasmine and lemongrass through its soap and shampoos – or something “spicy”, such as Phum Baitang’s bespoke sandalwood-grapefruitclove concoction, fragrance your room with its own signature scent!

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You might not have an outdoor bedroom like the one in this Nihiwatu guest room, but you can steal the idea of its bamboo structures!

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In Trisara Phuket, the designers extended the elements of nature, such as plants and wood, into the bathrooms.

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Ikat or tribal prints on artisanal linen are used as decorative elements in this guest room in Nihiwatu. The designers kept the use of colours to a minimum for a fresh look.

Alternatively, you can bring the outdoors in by using colours inspired by the landscape; Nihiwatu uses terracotta-hues, greens and blues, whereas Trisara opts for a dark brownand-white colour scheme, in the form of teak furniture and white orchids. To create a sense of privacy and tranquillity, Geraldine Dohogne of Phum Baitang Cambodia says the resort focuses on features that ensure total relaxation. This includes quiet air-conditioning, dimmers to create various atmospheres throughout the day (though natural lighting is still the best option) and a firm and thick mattress with quality linen.


Ting Huong Tak, general manager of M Social, echoes a similar sentiment: “Decide on a theme or mood, and use unique finishes and a variety of furnishings and fittings to tie it together. However, keep comfort and practicality in mind.” Take a cue from M Social, the recently launched designled hotel (M Social is too big to be considered a boutique hotel, though!) designed by Philippe Starck. Its rooms feature statement-making designs such

No space for fancy furniture? Try lighted mirror frames, padded headboards, arches, and concrete finishes, as seen in The Nicer Room in M Social!

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The Unique Boutique Experience

What sets boutique hotels apart from luxury hotels, other than the former having fewer and smaller rooms, is their strong emphasis on design and individuality. Each bedroom usually has a different theme. “A boutique-hotel guest room gives you a sense of escape from the daily grind,” says Colin Seah of Ministry Design, who designed the New Majestic Hotel. For such a bedroom, homeowners should aim for “comfort, but with a strong visual presence”.


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as pitched roofs and concretefinished walls, and also high padded headboards, printed carpets and plush leather sofas. If you don’t want to commit to bold finishes and colours, Colin suggests retaining a sense of playfulness by displaying quirky travel finds, oversized plants, and artwork. Other elements such as platform beds and multipurpose furniture – great for small spaces – will also work!

You just need one attention-grabbing furniture or accessory item to achieve the desired look. Consider lounge-like or oversized furniture pieces that will not only create a lasting impression, but are comfortable and functional as well. How about an armchair upholstered in a loud print or colour?

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This Andy Warholinspired suite in Naumi features a printed rug, and unique furniture pieces such as B&B Italia’s UP5 chair, and a spoollike study table.

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Cool ideas in this New Majestic Hotel guest room: A suspended bed frame with a mirror, ambient lighting around the bed, and a bold wall colour and mural.

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This guest room in the New Majestic Hotel imbues a modern oriental vibe with a playful mural by local artist Justin Lee, and lanterninspired lamps.


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The Ultimate Luxury

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To do subtle luxury, look to The Westin Singapore’s Presidential Suite – high pile rugs, and simple accent chairs and bedroom lamps. Keep prints to a minimum, and focus on exquisite materials and workmanship.

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The Bayview room in the Westin Singapore features materials such as leather and marble (as seen on the ottoman and console). These are materials you can use to create a luxurious, contemporary look.

The guest room of a luxury hotel exudes a restful but sophisticated ambience, and that goes for both renowned marquee names as well as boutique establishments which might prefer a cleaner, contemporary design. Marguerite Casey from Fbeye, an interior firm that has worked with hotels such as the Four Seasons Maldives and Pan Pacific Singapore, says a low-key but glamorous interior focuses on the finer details, rather than ostentatious features. To replicate that in the home, homeowners should choose a neutral colour palette that is not


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A good night’s sleep is a priority; like hotels, homeowners should pay attention to the type of mattress and linen they use. For instance, Westin Singapore uses the Westin Heavenly Bed, an oftpraised, pillow-topped mattress, and Capella Singapore uses linen by Italian luxury label Pratesi. Give your room a luxe feel by choosing quality materials such as Egyptian cotton and Irish linen, as well as plush feather or down pillows – whichever agrees with your body and skin! After all, the bed is the most important furniture piece in the bedroom.

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M U S T - H A V E F E AT U R E : DIM LIGHTING Create a warm and inviting bedroom with ambient light from bedside lamps. If you have a passageway leading to the main bed-space, install dimmable lighting here – this breathing space sets the mood and prepares the senses for relaxation.

The plush seating areas in this Capella Singapore guest room create a cosy environment. BOTTOM

Capella Singapore’s Colonial Manor room exudes Asianinspired elegance and warmth through wooden furnishings, a glamorous bed-space with a heavy canopy, and gold-hued curtains. The dim lighting completes the experience!

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too masculine or feminine, such as white, soft beige, and blue-grey. “Introduce glamour in hints of gold or blue trimmings, or custom-made pieces such as a uniquely crafted air-con vent or hand-painted armoire,” she says, using the design treatment of Fbeye’s revamp of Intercontinental Singapore, as an example. Furnishings, from chaise longues to canopies and pillows, “will influence the ambience and add softness to the interior”, according to Jaya International Design, the firm behind Capella Singapore’s design.

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The Premier Suite in the Intercontinental Singapore features an understated yet inviting design, with gold trimmings against white wainscoted walls and a curved and padded headboard. A touch of heritage can be seen in the batik-like art and painted porcelain lamp bases.

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H O T ELS W IT H H I S T ORY Malaysia is no stranger to a diversity of cultures, and this is visible in our architecture. In terms of holidaying, these are some well-known gems, perfect for both tourists and locals alike. Their architectural and design aspects are definitely things to talk about.


C H E O N G F AT T T Z E M A N S I O N , PENANG

A gorgeous blue mansion stands out from the rest of the Anglo-Indian houses in the area with its elaborate 19th century, EasternWestern architecture and design. Its beautiful exterior includes intricate porcelain trimmings (carved Chien Nien works) that run along the sides of the roof, and uniquely-shaped windows. If you’re filled with curiousity and a love for architecture and design, Cheong Fatt Tze might just be worth staying at.

BLUE WONDER Have you wondered what inspired the owner to use lime-washed indigo for his mansion? Is it a colour that symbolises auspiciousness, or is it merely a colour to make the mansion stand out among the rest of the buildings? Blue, which was a popular colour during the colonial period, was chosen over white, which is a colour representing death for the Chinese. The colour is produced through a mix of lime and the natural

blue dye of the indigo plant which is imported from India by the British. FROM A HOME TO A BOUTIQUE HOTEL Indulge in a little piece of China, right home in Malaysia. The bold-coloured house was once the Penang home of Hakka financier, politician, and minister Cheong Fatt Tze. He and his family of close relatives lived in the centre bay and rooms on the first floor, where The Liang collection and the Tang and Han


Suites are situated. Here, double, twin, and triple rooms of varying themes are available. The wings of the home hosted lesser family members and those who had lost favour. The building also served as a home, office and commercial enterprises. The financier hired artisans from Southern China to work on the mansion, which occupies 56,000 square-feet of land. They used imported building materials from countries including Scotland. As a result, the mansion with its five courtyards became one of two homes of its size and intricacy to be constructed outside of China, built in the eclectic Teochew and Hakka architecture styles.

The condition of the mansion has deteriorated since Cheong Fatt Tze’s passing in 1916. His last son, Cheong Kam Loong and his wife Thong Siew Mee could barely afford to maintain the home, and had resorted to renting it out to squatters. After his last son’s passing, the mansion was sold to conservationists who restored it from its depleted conditions. Waterproofing was required, but most of the restorations were made using traditional methods, local materials and artisans. Foreign expertise was hired to overlook the application of original Chinese materials. It took six years to complete restorations, but a year later, more works had to be done

due to the construction of a nearby highrise car park using percussion hammer piling, which caused damage to the mansion. After the completion of the second restoration works, the Blue Mansion was made a boutique hotel. AMBIANCE AND ROOMS The Blue Mansion is anything but cold; it is a modern-minimalistic hotel. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a sense of cosy and lively ‘community living’ ambiance. Its intimate setting starts from the lobby all the way to the rooms. Guests’ necessities and comfort are not compromised, as modern amenities are


provided, including air conditioning, wireless internet, and coffee machines. Guests will certainly lack no chance for exploration. Look into the detailed designs of the magnificent tiles, architectural mosaic of Scottish cast-iron balusters, Cantonese timber lattices, English Art Nouveau stained glass, filigree, and furniture. Discover the functionality of these spaces, take a stroll around the courtyards and unique archways or read at the outdoor corridors which are paired with blinds for blocking out excess sunlight. Breakfast and lunch is served at the Courtyard, with the former offering a choice of cereal, banana pancakes, nasi lemak, and more. Guests looking for fusion food can head to the Indigo Restaurant. THE LIANG COLLECTION ROOMS The theme rooms under The Liang Collection are mostly a dedication to Cheong Fatt Tze, his ventures, and

heritage. They are called Feng Shui, Chang Yu, Hakka, Nanyang, Sinkek, Batavia, Scholar, and Fragrant Poem. The rooms are furnished with the personal antique collections and artworks of Cheong Fatt Tze. Double and twin rooms are available. Fragrant Poem is the only room to signify the years of restoration, and is named after the current owners’ daughter, Szu Fen. *Guests who love nature and architecture in their surrounding ambiance are advised to book the Feng Shui room. THE TANG SUITES There are only two themed rooms available in the Tang Suites. They take you back to the 19th century with spacious, luxurious rooms personally curated with artefacts and memorabilia. The Old Kitchen is exactly what it says; a kitchen utilising firewood and charcoal. A repurposed coffee table features in the room. Tucked in the

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corridor is a monochrome luxurious bathroom with a plunge pool. However, if nostalgia is what you’re seeking, the spacious 50’s room is a quirky chamber filled with old-school memorabilia from the era. THE HAN SUITES Looking for a grander and more extravagant stay? These two chambers, named Yantai and Mandarin, reflects Cheong Fatt Tze’s recognition and successes. They are located in the corners of the Blue Mansion, and feature a luxurious sitting room and an en-suite bathroom equipped with a tub and shower. The chambers are spacious enough to cater to families of three.

WHERE TO GO

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located at 14, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang. For more information visit, www.cheongfatttzemansion.com/ discover


E A S T E R N & O R I E N TA L H O T E L , PENANG Where did the stars, travellers, and globetrotters of the 1890’s stay on their trips? Where did they attend balls, weddings, and cabaret acts in exotic Malaya? Naturally, the Eastern & Oriental Hotel is the place to go to. It has hosted several of these events in the past, with guests comprising writers, actors, and playwrights. HISTORY AND EXPANSION The Eastern Hotel was established in 1884 by the Armenian Sarkies brothers Martin and Tigran, who are also known for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Malaya, as they noticed, had become ‘the’ place to visit since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, according to travellers from around the

world. The Eastern Hotel became the largest hotel in Penang, and Oriental was established a year after. Both hotels featured 80 rooms total. The expansion was continuous for E&O, and a Victory Annexe was built in 1922, further adding 40 rooms to the establishment with a 842-foot seafront. In 2013, long after the great depression which saw the mismanagement of the hotel and the changing of hands, E&O added a new wing, a 15-storey building that is named after the original Victory Annexe, a nod to the British victory in World War I. DESIGNS AND ROOMS Guests are greeted by the grand


facade of the heritage wing that bears the iconic monochrome signage. Heavily favoured by the westerners were the uniform, graceful arch curvatures paired with symmetrical patterns, classic white columns of glass panelled doors, and a wooden revolving door. Designed for relaxation in mind, Eastern & Oriental welcomes guests into its cosy establishment, lit up only by orange-tinged ‘lanterns,’ providing a touch of warmth. Expect nothing less than four poster beds with sheer coverings, shutter doors, Victorian armoires, vanity tables, and bathrooms with black and white flooring. The heritage wing features 100 elegant and expensive suites ranging from 58-square metre rooms to 522-square metre rooms. They include Deluxe Suites, Georgetown Suites, Premier Suites, Straits/Writers, Pinang Suites, and lastly, the E&O Suite, which can be connected to two adjacent suites and spacious three bedroom suites that measures up to 630-sq metres. In this establishment, guests enjoy modern amenities and aroundthe-clock butler services. The new Victory Annexe on the other hand houses a larger ballroom, five meeting rooms equipped with advanced audio visual equipment, projector kits, and coffee machines. There are a total of 128 suites that face the sea. 118 of them are studio suites that include a bedroom, bathroom, twin vanities, and private balconies. There are only 10 corner suites that provide guests with separate living rooms, unique rainforest showers, dining areas, and a beautiful 270 degree view of the sea. Guests have access to gyms and swimming pool. DINING AREAS Eastern & Oriental certainly does

not lack dining areas. These are rich with an elegant ‘English’ ambiance, allowing one can dine under beautiful chandeliers. Guests can choose from a huge selection of wine to go with the fusion food served. The beauty of 1885 is particularly striking for its simple, clean, and minimalistic use of space. The dining area is also rich with texture from draperies to starched linen and carpets. Traditional afternoon tea is also served. Guests who aren’t after fusion food can head to Sarkies for a buffet of local and international delicacies. For a drink, guests can drop by Sarkie’s Corner, a colonial coffee shop or Farquhar’s bar not unlike a private club room. The Poolside Terrace, located at Level 6 of the new Victory Annexe, serves as a bar and restaurant. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the spectacular views of the Andaman sea, or the sunset. Guests can sip on signature cocktails and light snacks while enjoying the view. On the other hand, the Planters Lounge has an a’la carte menu for guests to order from. However, guests of the Victory Annexe can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, coffee or tea, and cocktails throughout the day. ACTIVITIES Guests can shop for souvenirs at E&O’s Bombay shop, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment, or take part in cooking classes or yoga. Guests can also share about their experiences and stays at E&O, with objects and personal anecdotes at the gallery.

WHERE TO GO

Eastern & Oriental Hotel is located at 10, Lebuh Farquhar, 10200 Penang. For more information visit, www. eohotels.com/

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F L AVO U R A N D VA R I E T Y

FROM CAPSULE TO CUP IN A WORLD WHERE CONVENIENCE REIGNS SUPREME, CAPSULE COFFEES HAVE CARVED A NAME FOR THEMSELVES IN DISTINCTIVE QUALITY AS WELL AS EASE OF BREWING.

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It’s one machine that does it all. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto is the artist in the house, crafting your beverages with creativity and imagination. Whether it’s coffee, or chocolate, or tea you’re after, these machines are on the ball and ready to go. Nineteen different capsule varieties see to it that you can have your coffee, however you like, and whenever you want. With fifteen bars of pressure, the machines ensure that each cup served is topped with a rich, smooth crema. Dedicated to serving up the perfect cup every time, NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto machines are smart in nature and easy to navigate for your convenience. Imagine a machine that fits seamlessly into your decor. The Drop machine, which has won an award for design, is streamlined with an elegant silhouette. Genio 2, the brand’s most popular automatic machine, gives you style and performance in one. Fun on the outside and power on the inside, the Mini-Me machine is proof that size doesn’t matter, and is able to produce all the drinks larger machines make. The other offerings are similarly stylish, and waste no time becoming statement pieces. What’s even better is that they’re presented in bold colours, all perfectly slated to fit into your home aesthetic of choice. For the avid coffee drinker, these machines are investments. There’s no better feeling than waking up in the morning and knowing with absolute certainty that within your fingertips rests the power to make your cup of coffee just the way you like it.


ONE MACHINE, MANY POSSIBILITIES The possibilities are endless with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto’s capsule varieties. Whether your favourite is an espresso or a latte, you’ll find there’s nothing you can’t add to spice your coffee up. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and a pinch of something delicious from your pantry, whatever it is you like best! Here are two recipes specially crafted using NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto’s capsules.

ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR ALL Choose from nineteen flavours that range from black and white coffee, to rich cocoa and exotic teas!

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Ingredients • NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Latte Macchiato capsules • 30 ml gula Melaka • Fresh basil and mint

Method 1. Infuse gula Melaka and five leaves each of basil and mint in hot water. Strain the leaves out. 2. In a clear glass, prepare Latte Macchiato capsules. 3. Stir syrup mixture into Latte Macchiato. 4. Garnish with fresh basil and mint.

ICE COFFEE LEMONADE SODA

Ingredients • NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso Intenso capsule • Ice • 20ml lemon juice • 15ml simple syrup • Soda water

Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

In a clear glass, prepare Espresso Intenso capsule. Add a scoop of ice. Stir in lemon juice and simple syrup. Fill glass with soda water. Garnish with a lemon slice.

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Some flavours are online-exclusive. Check out www.dolce-gusto.com.my/drinks for more flavours and find the one that suits you best!

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FEATURE

COFFEE IT UP For many of us, the first word of the day is coffee. We’re a world of coffee drinkers and caffeine lovers, whether in espresso, latte, or cappuccino form. To celebrate World Coffee Day, we share our picks for coffee machines, as well as our favourite ways to drink a cuppa!

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Cafes are sprouting up nationwide! While popular coffee chains have been touted as gourmet coffee years prior, a third wave has risen to take the throne, and artisanal coffee is the new king. Where kopi-o was once our one-true-coffee, today, technology and innovation have given us brand new coffee varietals, brewing methods, and serving methods. Sustainable, organic, single-origin, and fair trade coffees take centre stage as the world moves towards an ideal greener take and greater accountability. The world of coffee today, is so very significantly different from the world of coffee just ten years ago. At home, we’re more often than not limited to instant espresso and the traditional

kopi-o steepers. And while a good kopi-o is welcome at any time of the day, there are times when nothing but an Italian-style espresso with perfectly smooth crema will do. It may seem like a bit of a stretch to say that a coffee machine is a necessity at home, but for those who frequent cafes, it can be an economical option in the long run. And there’s no need for one of those fancy, shiny machines you find at cafes, neither; those may be appropriate for cafes that serve anywhere up to hundreds in customers daily, but are overkill for the home. That’s not to say that an espresso machine is completely off the table. Make sure you know what’s in the market and invest in one that suits your needs

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Before you do run to the stores with your money in hand, consider the constraints of your kitchen. Do you have enough counter space for a free-standing coffee machine, or are you leaning towards a sleek, inbuilt machine? What kind of coffee are you looking to make? It goes without saying that there’s probably little to no need for you to invest in a machine if you’re a French-press coffee, or a cold brew coffee drinker. And if you’ve decided that a machine is worth investing in, which will it be? Automatic, manual, or capsule?

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Teka’s CML45 coffee machines are inbuilt, and allow for you to customise your coffee with precision, from how strong the resulting cup is, down to how much of it you want. RIGHT

Smeg’s coffee machines are beautifully streamlined, and can fit seamlessly into any modern kitchen.


beans are freshest when ground immediately before use, you’ll need to buy a grinder as well. Different types of beans are also at their best at different grind sizes, which is why manual coffee machines are perfect for budding baristas who want to experiment at home. Capsule coffee machines offer convenience as well as quality, and are the easiest, and most hasslefree among the three. Because your coffee comes in capsule form, cleanup is minimal, and you won’t need a grinder. And because capsule machine producers also give you plenty to choose from in terms of coffee flavours and such, you’ll be spoilt for choice. These types of

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Automatic coffee machines do the bulk of the work for you. What you’ll need to do is to make sure there are beans and water in the allocated spaces, and that the waste compartment is continually emptied of used coffee grounds. Clean your machine periodically, wiping down the steamer as well as the filter parts with each use, and you’ll have plenty of good, well-extracted coffee to last you! Manual coffee machines are for the artisans at home. Some amount of expertise is required to operate a manual coffee machine, so do some research before investing in one. Your beans need to be ground to the appropriate grind size, and because

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machines are perfect for those who want the perfect balance of convenience and variety. Other methods for extracting coffee include the use of a coffee percolator. These work by way of pressure, where boiling water seeps upwards through a coffeefilled filter into a chamber above, ready for pouring and drinking. If you’ve got more time to spare, try making drip-coffee, which entails pouring hot water over ground coffee over a filter, and waiting for the coffee to drip down into the vessel directly underneath. For a coffee that is sweeter and crisper, try a cold brew method, which entails steeping coffee grounds in cold water for up to twelve hours.


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IKEA’s RADIG coffee percolator is a low-fuss and high-reward method to brew yourself a good cup. It’s easy to operate, and equally easy to clean afterwards.

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We’re firm believers that, as important as it is to drink boldly-flavoured coffee, it is equally important to serve it up in beautiful vessels. Whether it’s to start off your day by doing something nice for yourself, or as an afternoon treat, or for a lazy weekend coffee-date at home, you’ll definitely want to keep around something pretty for serving up in style! We’ve also included some coffee-making instruments to serve your daily caffeine needs!

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1 ELBA ECM-F1895(BK) coffee maker, available from major departmental stores. 2 Seletti Estetico Quotidiano milk jug, available from Gudang. 3 Siirtolapuutarha mug, available from Janine. 4 Stelton AJ press coffee maker, available from Gudang. 5 Spode Blue Italian Range breakfast cup and saucer set, available from Janine. 6 ANRIK coffee or tea maker, available from IKEA. 7 Serax Roos Van De Velde small coffee cup, available from Gudang.

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8 Portmeirion Botanic Garden Poppy cafetiere coffee pot, available from Janine. 9 Electrolux ECM3505 coffee maker, available from major departmental stores. 10 KitchenAid burr grinder, available from West Metric. 11 SANNING mug, available from IKEA. 12 VARDAGEN teapot, available from IKEA. 13 Marimekko Saapaivakirja mug, available from Janine. 14 Nespresso Inissia, available from Nespresso.com. 15 Seletti Estetico coffee percolator, available from Gudang. 16 KitchenAid Siphon coffee brewer, available from West Metric.

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FEATURE

REJUVEN

THE OL Creative Agency @Cyberjaya by FRAL

Entering a bare space with concrete floors and insulated ceiling tiles, Faiz and Ayu is faced with the challenge of revamping the typical classic style office space, infusing it with a modern aesthetic. FRAL- an acronym of the founder’s names Faiz Rosli and Ayu Lamien - is a duo design studio based in Petaling Jaya. Both founders graduated with Honours Degrees in Architecture from UiTM under their belt; however, the inspiration to go into interior architecture only came along 5 years ago when they discovered their interest in the different aspects of architecture and design. “Great design is more than just good aesthetics; it is the way the space inspires and lifts up 84


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a person’s spirit,” stated Faiz and Ayu. This personal design philosophy was channeled into their latest restoration project that involved a creative agency in Cyberjaya. When presented with the project, FRAL essentially took charge of a plain canvas with the area being bare concrete with four walls and a dropped ceiling. They were only given a brief by the client, and that was to not incorporate any form of a typical office layout which became the basic guideline for the project. “Our approach was to design a community spirited environment where the layout is extremely flexible. Spaces in the office include a mini auditorium, meeting room, resource center, lounge, breakout space, and

discussion corner. The mattefinished white hexagon mosaic tiles silently define the communal working space,” stated Faiz and Ayu. When employees of the creative agency enter the office through the main door, they are greeted with the foyer where the mini auditorium and significant solid stacked lumber tables dominate the breakout space. It is a stark contrast as they leave the ‘tropical-resort development concept’ on the exterior to enter a ‘resolutely minimalist vibe of Scandinavian-like interior architecture’. “Employees are encouraged to move around the table with respective laptops and change according to their preference; high stool or beanbag. There is 85


no limitation or boundary to where they can do work or hold a discussion,” said Faiz and Ayu, pointing to the versatility of the newly constructed space compared to a conventional office. Besides the distinct furniture and amicable Scandinavian aesthetic, one would come to realise the airiness of the interior, which is defined by its exposed primary roof with the removal of the former space’s secondary dropped ceiling. “The most challenging part of this project was to create the double volume effect when we exposed the existing roof

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truss. We needed to repaint and reconfigure all wiring that was previously hidden in the ceiling,” they admitted. Despite the mass restoration of the office space, FRAL ensures that they preserve certain traits of the original site. “We pay attention to the existing aesthetic of the space and understand finishes of every component. It is important to take note of the elements we wish to preserve when visiting site. Once we identify the areas we need to demolish or refurbish, it’s easier to move forward with client’s brief.” The end result as it

currently stands has garnered positive reactions from the clients, especially the solid timer tabletop that captivated them. “They were surprised to see the original space had been revived and transformed,” said Faiz and Ayu. Besides the creative agency, FRAL also restored residential and old shop lots and turned them into studios, restaurants, and cafes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VIS IT WWW.FAC E BOOK.C OM/ F RALS PAC E


Chocha by MentahMatter

Walking along the streets of Sri Petaling, one would be hard pressed to discover the presence of Chocha café even if one were to seek it out on purpose. Hidden within the shell of a 70-year-old hotel-building called the Mah Lian Hotel, café owner and designer Shin Chan stated that it was his intention from the beginning. As one of the founders of MentahMatter, a multi-disciplined design studio, Shin Chan had the idea to restore the abandoned hotel building and turn it into a café on his many walks through Sri Petaling. “I frequent this area and have always walked past this building. Every time I did, I kept thinking what a waste it was to let a landmark like this fall into disrepair. So I decided to rent out the place and start revamping it.” With a monumental task of restoring a 70-year-old abandoned building, it took Shin Chan and co. a staggeringly short period of 4 months to complete the whole project. When asked about his concept for the project he simply answered, “There really is no concept; it is just based on the existing structure and characteristics. We just create things to fit in.” As it currently stands, Chocha exudes an unassuming façade; however once patrons

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enter the double doors, they are greeted with an interior that is likened to a tribute act to honour the aesthetic of the original building. Shin Chan has kept a lot of the walls, floor tilling, and even the original hotel signage, only filling in the cracks and gaps when needed. The result is an interior that conjures memories of old, especially amongst the middle aged crowd. Getting the building in shape within the 4 months was not without its challenges. One of them lies in the integrity of the structure itself. With years of neglect, the building, which is front heavy, is noticeably leaning forward in its stance. To counter that, heavy metal beams had to be fitted to support the structure. According to Shin Chan, it is a

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mere counter measure and not a cure, as the building is still slowly sagging and must be constantly maintained. That, however does not deter the daily operations of the café as they serve patrons their special take on local Chinese food, all specially created by MentahMatter cofounder, Penny Ng. “Too many people are doing western food, so I thought why not do Chinese.” These dishes, according to Shin Chan, are all made from locally-sourced ingredients and stays true to Hakka roots. As patrons feast, they are comfortably seated at wooden tables that are specially made from local Nyato wood and crafted by Shin Chan himself. All furniture items are locally sourced and made. “I believe


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Wooden doors waiting to be fitted for the soon to be completed bar.

in ‘regionism’ and in sourcing everything in here locally,” said Shin Chan. From the exterior, it is obvious that the building has two floors. However, the upper levels are not accessible by customers. Instead, what Shin Chan and co. has built on the upper deck is a co working space for MentahMatter and an assortment of other design start-ups. The space is defined by plywood and metal wiring that create the barrier and the artificial walls for the space. The structures are simple and utilitarian in nature which contributes to the short construction time. Leading out to the corridor from the co-working space is an upcoming bar that will be

completed mid-September. When asked about the competition he faces from the nearby cafes along Sri Petaling, Shin Chan says he welcomes it, as he is happy that these previously abandoned buildings are given new life. “My aim with restoring this building is not only to start an establishment but also to create a sense of community. I grew up coming to this area remembering how vibrant it was, and I want to bring that back.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VIS IT WWW. ME NTAH MATTE R.C OM

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Merchant’s Lane by POW Ideas

With just a pair of teal coloured doors to indicate its location, the presence of a serene café residing just beyond is often missed by the casual passerby. Still, it is a hidden gem amongst the old buildings of Sri Petaling. Merchant’s Lane is a place for the weary traveler looking for relief from the outside world. Walking through those double doors, patrons ascend a flight of stairs to enter a space that was designed and constructed by POW Ideas for their first project as a studio. Created by both Kyle E and Jun Ong, POW Ideas acts as a platform to explore new ideas and possibilities. When approached to create what is to be Merchant’s Lane, Kyle E and Jun Ong were given the freedom to ‘go crazy’ with the space, since their client was very taken with the site. The two designers wanted to preserve the essence of the building’s history, which had previously been a

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brothel. They drew inspiration from the famous Wong Kar Wai’s films and creating an experience around it. “We didn’t want to blend in and just recreate something old. So we injected neon pink and teal as our main colour palate. The building itself had lots of character to offer, so it was up to us, how we wanted to play it up,” the two designers say. The first space that greets patrons is the air conditioned interior, dominated by the lack of a dropped ceiling, a mixture of metal and wooden furniture, and a ‘Lorong Petaling’ sign that sits by the top of the stairs. All of these combine to give the place an air of nostalgia, one that reflects the Petaling Street of old, namely from the 1970s.

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As it stands now, Merchant’s Lane is a reputable café, filled to the brim during lunch hours and lauded for its atmosphere and interior design, owing to the two creative individuals at POW Ideas. What was once a run-down, decades old brothel, is now a thriving hotbed for great food and lots of fellowship. “We were fortunate to have clients who had full faith in what we were doing and trusted our decisions. They were truly pleased with the outcome of the project which was also a first for them (in terms of) a project at that scale,” said the two.

FOR MORE INFORMATI O N O N POW I D EAS, VIS IT WWW.P OWID E AS . CO

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HARVEY NORMAN SPECIAL

A BLAST FROM T H E PA S T Convenience and ease of use are the key features in every gadget. Harvey Norman takes a look at the evolution of yesteryear’s products and how they evolved over the centuries.

Technology will continue to reinvent in the future. Gadgets equipped with their basic functions are enhanced with extra features to cater for the current consumers’ need. Technological advancements which were once thought impossible have since changed our everyday lifestyle as well as habits.

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Trendi ng pi eces re co mme n d e d b y Ha r vey N o r ma n

MOBILE PHONE

FITNESS TRACKER

SOUND SYSTEM

History: Long distance communication once meant the use of carrier pigeons to send messages across. This method was used by many including Genghis Khan in Asia. Smoke signals, on the other hand, were used by both the Native American Indians and the Chinese, as a signal to their tribes.

History: Before the invention of fitness trackers, one can monitor and record their fitness activities through handwritten logs. Precision is however debatable then.

History: The first surround sound system in the 1940’s comprised of a multichannel audio with three audio channels and speakers. It was used in a theatre showing the Disney Studio’s film, Fantasia.

Today: You’re just a click away from communicating with your loved ones. Smartphones are user-friendly once you understand how they work. With this sleek and compact phone, you can also play games, watch videos and transfer files. Co-engineered by Leica, the Huawei P9 is equipped with a 3000mAh battery that lasts much longer. It also produces quality pictures with brilliant colours, as well as striking monochrome images that the brand is renowned for.

KITCHEN APPLIANCE

History: Two centuries ago, preparing a meal would involve all family members, from planting, harvesting, hunting, washing and so on. Today: It is not easy to get your family members involved in everyday cooking. The Philips OnionChefChopper HR2505 aids in timeconsuming chores, from grinding to chopping at varying speeds. Equipped with a ChopDrop technology, the food are dry even after being cut.

Today: Fitbit Blaze comes with a colour touch screen. With FitStar, you can receive workout instructions and coaching right from the device worn on your wrist. The Fitbit also monitors your weekly exercise goals. Fitness trackers use technology which relies on sensors to measure galvanic skin response, pulse rate, and blood pressure. Available in an assortment of classic bands.

CHAIR

History: A chair symbolises status and dignity in a society. This could be seen in ancient China, where their emperor was seated on an elevated throne. Today: You probably need constant adjustments of cushions, chairs and even footstools to sit in a comfortable position. Wall Away La-Z-Boy functions on a PowerReclineXRw system which enables you to recline inches away from the wall. It also tilts 7 degrees more so that you can enjoy the best and most natural sitting position.

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MADE IN MALAYSIA While design overseas is plentiful and exciting, our local designers are equally rich in talent and know-how. We speak to ten designers who definitely make us proud!

Anthony Fook

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Humble and down-to-earth, multi-talented illustrator and graphic designer Anthony Fook relates to his friends who have moved abroad for better opportunities. But the designer is grateful for the multilingual education in Malaysia that gave him the ability to appreciate both Western and Eastern designs. “Taiwan never ceases to amaze me with their Chinese typography, while the Swiss (otherwise known Swiss Design) does extraordinarily good layout designs,� says Anthony, who received a


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KONGSI takes one through a journey from Malaysia to Taiwan, displaying their sharing culture to the fullest. The duo made paper dolls in the form of Taiwan’s glove puppet and Malaysia’s very own shadow play doll for users to utilise them when “interacting” with the map-like infographics. Anthony is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Visual Communication Design

at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. He once thought that he could be a full-time watercolour illustrator. MIDDLE BELOW

Anthony does the illustrations and photography of Beyond the Horizon: Community Magazine, which is documents stories related to exotic, minority cultures in military villages. It is designed to

evoke memories for the descendants living in the city of China. BELOW

Anthony’s old sketches consist of still objects, current issues, travels, imaginative, and festive scenes. Although he has not picked up his watercolour palette for awhile now, the designer plans to pick it up someday.

scholarship to study in Taiwan last year. He is currently working on a thesis, a design project based on a pink paper booklet that fellow Malaysians of the older generation can identify with. Anthony’s grandmother, aunties and even his mother has referred to the Tua Pek Kong Dream Book. It’s named after a deity who is sought after to grow an abundance of crops, healthy livestock, prosperity, safety, happiness, and, of course, a lucky strike in the 4D lottery! The book contains square boxes of numbered images which you choose based on the elements seen in your dream. This number is used to buy a lottery ticket. Anthony will be incorporating the book into a board game, something that the younger generation will be able to relate to, and remember it by. This, the designer hopes, will be showcased in an exhibition next year. Before his involvement in graphic design, Anthony’s passion lay in illustration, watercolour works in particular. But by the time he had graduated from his studies in New Media Design in Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang, the designer had developed an interest in Print Design. Illustration, he learnt from his studies in Taiwan, is just a part of graphic design. It also involves layout design,

typography, printing, and more. Anthony’s current approach mostly includes computerdrawn, vector illustrations. The designer won a silver award with Sherry Ke at an International Summer Design Workshop organised by the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in 2013. It was a seven day workshop requiring international participants to team up with a local student in presenting two posters. His teammate had given him two Taiwanese glove puppets as a gift. It became the source of inspiration behind KONGSI (the word sharing in Malay), infographics reflecting the concept of reciprocity not only visually, but also in practice when given as a gift. “A spectrum of cultures between the two countries were incorporated in the design process,” says Anthony. He has worked as a graphic designer at an architecture studio in Malaysia, ZLG Design, has done editorial design for a local magazine, Someday, and now picks up branding projects, does logotype design, illustrations, and also photography.

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Safuraa Razak

Safuraa Razak is a well-travelled architect who has a weakness for wicker goods and textiles. She works in her family’s architecture firm during the day but also devotes half her time to an online business she started, Mowgli Store. Its debut product is aptly called the Baloo Bakul (baskets). Mowgli Store? Baloo Bakul? We wonder if the products are an adaptation from what we see in the exotic world of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book? Locally made or not, one can nonetheless expect lush tropicalthemed products that are made using traditional methods and natural materials at Mowgli Store. Safuraa will be introducing more handcrafted products (eclectic homeware and accessories ranging from floor mats and rugs to smaller hand-carry baskets) from all walks of life and cultures, including local ones, under the

She’s an architect with a weakness for wicker goods. She travels aplenty, and has been to 32 countries and counting. The Baloo Bakul is internationally known as Belly Baskets (originally referred to as Rice Baskets) and are handwoven in a village located in South East Asia. They’re made of locally-sourced materials such as treated seagrass, and dried for a duration before being woven by village artisans.

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“I was obsessed with wicker goods. I thought, if I want them this bad, I am sure there are others like me too!”

exotic brand name that Malaysians are so familiar with. Mowgli, who is a childhood character, has a curious, adventurous, adaptive spirit and is true to his own identity. “I wanted to create a brand to curate, and eventually create things I appreciate, revolving around the tropical theme,” explains Safuraa. Mowgli Store, which encourages curated self-expressions, is not a brand; it is also a lifestyle and an ideology. Safuraa believes that handcrafted products are still relevant in this day and age, especially where eclecticism is the norm. Homeowners can create a paradise in their very own modern homes with traditional ornaments that come in varying styles. One can learn about the culture, origins, and functionality of these home decorations and give them a new purpose according to their own lifestyles.

“The story behind each item adds depth into the element. Functionally, they suit our climate and our culture. What was once created, useful from the past, can still do the same now. But it is worth more now because it is harder to get,” says Safuraa. Apart from “Mowglifying” local products in support of Malaysian artisans and local workmanship, the Mowgli Store will incorporate collaborative works with fashion labels. At the time being, Safuraa strives to prove that handmade products from Malaysia can be recognised and used globally. “It’s time for the world to know about our home decoration crafts too!”

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I n e z Ta n WHILE THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY HAS GAINED SOME TRACTION OVER THE YEARS, INEZ TAN FIRST LEARNT THE ART OF ROUND HAND SCRIPT ONLINE, WHEN FEWER PEOPLE WERE INTERESTED IN IT

Two years have passed since Inez came across a gif of a person writing calligraphy in gold ink. Inez recalls that only a handful of people were into calligraphy back then. Today, however, she’s taught more than 100 students in KLigraphy workshops, conducted with Jil Sta. Ana (@ inksandletters). “Jil was looking for a partner to teach calligraphy with. She found me on Instagram through hashtags,” says Inez who had been wanting to spread the calligraphy “bug”, to create a group of calligraphers to chat with about inks, nibs, papers, and all ‘nerdy calligraphy related stuff’. She recalls that there were not many people she could turn to for advice locally, so instagram became the go-to social media platform where she received feedback and constructive criticism. The graphic designer and part-time calligrapher was also given her favourite tool, a handmade oblique pen holder by

Vietnamese calligrapher, Hoang (@huyhoangdao). Besides conducting calligraphy workshops, Inez has had an impressive portfolio with experience working as a part-time graphic designer at The Alphabet Press, a local bespoke letterpress company. “They’ve been a huge part of my calligraphy journey and I’m thankful for that!” exclaims Inez, who is a graduate from The One Academy. She has dedicated her skills to projects involving envelope addressing, corporate invitations, and greeting cards. “The variations of classic script aren’t many if you’ve learnt Copperplate, Engrossers, and Spencerian, but there are plenty of interpretations of modern calligraphy out there,” says Inez. It takes a steady hand to create the perfect stroke, so Inez advises to not drink coffee beforehand. Plenty of experimentation and researching for the right materials has to be done. Calligraphy can be

done using various mediums from pointed pen to brush! When shopping for a pen, brush, ink, and the type of paper to work with, the graphic designer suggests looking into the recommendations of fellow calligraphers and their preferences. “I get most of my supplies online from paperinkarts.com and sometimes from local art stores which have limited selections. The prices vary depending on the quality and the instrument you’re buying,” says Inez. Based on her experience, the public has been receptive towards the revival of calligraphy, but there are still difficulties in getting people to appreciate the art. KLigraphy has conducted workshops in Klang Valley, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and will be heading to Penang and Malacca this month!

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photo JASON KANG

photo JASON KANG

photo JASON KANG

Michelle A l i c e Ta n

Michelle Alice Tan could have been a Marine Biologist. Instead, she finds her true calling as a designer!

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Michelle noticed the lack of design stores that carried local contemporary designer products and spaces that designers could seek guidance from when it came to making their ideas reality. Thus, she founded DESIGNation.co with the initial goal of supporting emerging designers in their finances, creating their first prototypes, to helping them test out the market demand by marketing and selling their products through pre-orders. DESIGNation.co was established in 2014 as an incubation and retail platform for local independent designers. It is an online store which later expanded to a physical one at Publika. The space is a well-curated area that caters to customers who want to experience, feel, and touch the furniture sold online. “It was meant to be an online store. We had no plans to create a physical one to begin with,” admits Michelle. However, it turns out the store made the most sales when compared to the online one, as the curated shop gave customers a unique shopping experience. This year, however, we saw the closing of their physical shop and the revamping of their website. It became DESIGNation LAB, focusing on its initial objective of a product incubation with the possibility

of exporting the product through international trade shows. “We realised that we have the funds to start investing in new designers and their ideas, and also that we’ve got a hang on doing marketing and sales. We found it rather difficult to manage both simultaneously. Hence, we decided to close the store to focus on the Lab. Part of the decision was made due to my pregnancy,” says Michelle who will not be uploading the projects onto their website until November. Michelle graduated in Interior Architecture and Design at the KBU International College. Her degrees’ final year project won her the Favourite Invention Award at the ASEAN Youth Inventors Expo that was held in Jakarta. It involves designing a way-finding system in a large government children’s centre based in Subang Jaya. It’s meant to guide students using multi-coloured fiber optic lighting embedded on the ground, and will usher the students to designated locations such as the upper level during fire emergencies. “This is definitely one of my most memorable projects as a designer,” says Michelle.

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Nicholas Lim

A graduate in graphic design, Nicholas Lim of Moo Creative Art Studio works with his hands to produce works of pottery, clay, and ceramic. “A friend of mine who is a clay artist, sparked a desire in me to create with my hands,” the designer reflects in his very own pop-up store at Publika’s Art Row, a space where he’s created and sold his whimsical creations since its establishment in May. If you’ve been to the shop, you’ll recognise the playful black sheep, the swine in their bubble bath, and the tapirs in their zen rock garden accessorised with a tree-shaped succulent. “The Tapir series was created out of a request from one of my students, who is also an exchange student, who expressed her wish to give a present to her schoolmates in China. We had to work from developing a 2D sculpture to the finalised 3D product made of clay,” says

Nicholas. In regards to the characters he has in the store, they’re divided into series called, ‘Clay Animal of My Fantasy World,’ and ‘Bu-Hei,’ which is the main character Nicholas relates to the most, as it’s based on his story. It includes illustration works and various merchandises. The third collection, also featuring Bu-Hei, includes diningware and homeware. “My very first ceramic works lean toward applying my character into pieces of clay and ceramic works including diningware,” reveals Nicholas. The designer had learnt how to work on ceramics during a backpacking trip to Thailand. It was there that his Bu-Hei series came about, and where he was encouraged to further develop this series based on his life experiences. For Nicholas, who has poured all his concentration and focus on their making

and the creation of a fantasy world takes his stress away. He wanted to share this positive experience to the public, hence, the establishment of the studio as a clay workshop eight years ago. He also hopes to increase the opportunity to have a solo exhibition not only in Malaysia but overseas. Speaking of our country and locally produced handcrafts, Nicholas believes that, “we get to learn something beyond the design, it reminds us of our childhood memories, and our appreciation towards our own culture and history would increase.” Currently working on a huge Bu-Hei sculpture, Nicholas is surprised that the public today is interested in both ceramics and pottery.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ MOONICHOLAS OR WWW. INSTAGRAM.COM/MOO NICHOLAS

NOTE: Throughout the years, the meaning behind the word Moo has changed to reflect the artworks he’s done. It began with the mandarin word for “Mother” representing artworks that displayed the world he dreamt of. It changed to “Nothing else” which reflects his personality as he creates his then-new series character, Bu-Hei, which represents his philosophy and thoughts. The industry according to the designer has improved significantly as the public has become more appreciative towards pottery.

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Eeda Melissa’s line of hand-made scented candles.

Eeda Melissa

A full time mom to 3 young boys and living abroad in Ireland and now in Australia, Eeda Melissa Razak has developed a passion for using and collecting scented candles. While her hobby flourished, it also became expensive at the same time, thus, her decision to start making and designing her own. At first, it was only for herself and friends, then people took interest which led to the birth of the mika.kimi brand. “I believe in producing something only if I like it. I am my own customer. I do not really follow the trend or what the market offers. I won’t be able to produce something that is not to my liking,” says Eeda Melissa. The scents created by Eeda Melissa are indeed an encapsulation of her own inspiration, taken from social media and her favourite candle makers Jo Malone and

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Diptique. She also creates mika.kimi’s various scents based on the favourites of the current season and special celebrations. There are endless possibilities in the combination of oils to make the perfect scent for the candles. According to Eeda Melissa, formulations can be simple or complicated depending on the climate of the country, transportation, and storage. It is also important to her that each candle’s scent has a purpose, be it for therapeutic relief or one for pleasuring the senses. But, what about the wax? “100% Soy wax, for the scent throw. The best for cold throw and hot throw. Producing 100% handmade soy wax candles, which is known to be difficult, has it flaws. In appearance, soy wax is not flawless looking, but the scent throw gives pure satisfaction to

scented candle lovers,” explains Eeda Melissa. Eeda Melissa’s mika. kimi brand have been in the Malaysian market since November 2015 and is currently a small scale business. However, the artist aims to make the brand known and start hiring extra hands, besides her own. “Since I started mika.kimi, I have learnt so much and discovered the other side of me that I never knew existed. I know every rejection and closed door is part of my learning process. It is tough but the journey has been beautiful and fulfilling,” she quipped. Currently, she is working on new Autumn scents which will be released in September 2016.

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Hani Ali’s ‘back to basics’ philosephy materialising in her furniture design. Elegent and simple.

Hani Ali

Hani Ali is a furniture designer who found herself fixated with furniture design and production when she interned for an Interior Design and Architecture firm in Bangsar. Her journey towards her passion, however, is a comprehensive one, starting with her Diploma in Interior Architecture at a local university before moving several hundred miles overseas to Adelaide to finish her Bachelors of Industrial Design at UniSA. She later worked a year at NuSteel Homes, then two years at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design. It is this cumulative workstudy experience that exposed her to the various facets of furniture design that have continued to influence her product designs, even till today. Hani favors working with white oak, ash and locally sourced Nyatoh wood. She commends the local nyatoh for their beautiful grains, and

believes in the potential of new designs that can stem from the promotion of these locallymade materials to the world. When asked about her inspiration, she points to Tom Dixon, her idol. Hi his works, she sees similarities, mainly in materials used and in the thought process. As a designer, her philosophy is one that is straight and simple: Go back to basics. In her own words, “Designer nowadays normally uses 3D computer software. I don’t. I still hand sketch my drawings for the items that I want to put into production. It is easier to amend and refine the design by hand.” Back to basics indeed. This approach lends itself very well when applied to her furniture design and making workshop – LAIN, Hani’s brainchild which was started in early 2012. LAIN works on small volume productions, focusing on bespoke furniture pieces

for clients, and runs furniture making workshop programs over selected weekends. LAIN has now established a furniture line at Gudang Furniture, which is located in Bangsar Shopping Centre and Great Eastern Mall in KL. They’ve recently reached over to Pomelo in Singapore, too. The brand’s furniture line includes the MEKAR, CHEVRON, and MADU coffee tables, and the KOI side table. “The joy I get from doing this line of work is that I can see the progress and designs being build, from a sketch drawing, to the construction, to the items being displayed at retailers’. It is truly a personal satisfaction seeing the finished product,” says Hani.

FOR MORE IN FO RM ATI O N , VI SI T LAIN F U RNITURE’S FACEB O O K AND INS TAGR AM PAGE AT ‘LAINF U RNITURE’.

I realised that I love looking at odd things, ugly things, things that we see so often on a daily basis that we sometimes overlook their beauty. Just like the saying, ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’

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Chia Yi’s Floating Table Design.

Chia Yi

As a child, Chia Yi enjoyed exploring while developing a passion for sketching. As she flourished, people around her took note and proclaimed that she would grow up to be an artist one day. This came to pass as she ventured into Industrial Design, and from then on, she hasn’t stopped creating and designing products. As one who took to exploring, she traveled and came across new inventions and technology. She’s quick to exchange ideas with other people. She learned to draw inspiration from these experiences, the emotions and feelings that come upon the moment which she channels into her designs. But how does one instill inspiration into creation? “If I were to design furniture that is purely based on selfexpression and experimentation, then there’s no limit to how I can express my inspirations to

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the design. I think playing and creating out the piece would sometimes create a channelling effect that might continuously inspire me more and more instead of just sketching on papers. I would say I channel inspirations to my pieces by experimenting,” says Chia Yi Her motto has always been ‘Think Beyond’, and it translates in her non preference for any specific design material. She appreciates every material as long as it matches her capability to create and make an idea come alive. When asked about the challenges faced by designers like her, she conceded that it is not the design works that occupy her time the most, but the creation of a sustainable business that is the sole challenge. According to Chia Yi, the process of turning passion

into profit is a play of balance, one that involves marketing, branding, understanding of buying power, and people’s needs. However, she does not let that business side of things take over her design process, as she always reminds herself of her priorities in her career path. Her latest product design project, which she is currently working on, is a collaboration between Malaysian and South Korean designers. Initiated by both Malaysian Design Council and Gwangju Design Council, it aims to create a meaningful cultural exchange in ideas and design through handicraft products. The final products from this product design exercise will be commercialised and exported globally.

FOR MORE INFORM ATI O N O N CHI A YI, VIS IT WWW.CHI AY I . I O


Lua Chen Chie’s latest carving series to create awareness about endangered animals around the world.

Lua Chen Chie

Born in Terengganu in 1994, JC Lua, affectionately known as the Leaf Man, found himself entwined in the art of leaf carving at the ripe age of 22. His leaf carvings captivate viewers, leading them admire the small intrinsic details. It astounds the mind how such a feat can be done using such a thin and fragile material. Currently furthering his studies in Industrial Design at the University of Canberra, Australia, Chen Chie discovered his knack for leaf carving when he was inspired through his exploration of nature - both flora and fauna, and self taught himself the intricate craft to channel his inspiration. “The carving technique is same as Chinese traditional paper cutting (carving). The only difference is that they carve on paper and I carve on

leaves. Leaves have a skeleton structure, and it is hard to cut off, so I have to enhance the carving technique to overcome the skeleton structure,” Chen Chie stated. It is his striving for the perfect technique, which meant hours of focused carving, that ultimately led him to an altercation with his health. “There is challenge in every piece of leaf carving, but the hardest time for me was during my back-bone pain attack, when I was too addicted to my carving sessions. I paid a visit to a back-bone specialist doctor, and he asked me to stop carving until I felt better,” admitted Chen Chie. With back problems under control, he is now taking the next step in improving his skills and dipping his

hands in new methods of leaf carving. Currently, he is paying homage to his inspiration by taking up a role as an advocate for nature conservation. “My new carving series is about endangered animals around the world. I would like to create awareness among the public and help endangered animal species with my knowledge and skills. It is something related to our mother earth, which reflects my original intention of leaf carving,” says Chen Chie. With a new collection, Chen Chie will participate in various art bazaars to sell and promote his brand.

FOR MORE IN FO RM ATI O N O N CHEN C H IE AND H IS CREATI O N S, V I SI T WWW.FAC E BOO K . CO M / LEAFM AN . YE ZINAN

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Shahril’s TWINELIGHT suspension lamp. Shahril’s TWINE series.

Shahril Faisal

From LEGO and clay to metal and wood, Shahril has since graduated from a course in Industrial Design, and has then gone on to work in different design disciplines ranging from products to automotive. Shahril draws very much from his roots. His designs are described as having ‘compositions of rectilinear lines with contoured profiles that create a well-balanced and harmonious form’. It comes together in producing ‘timeless objects of beauty imbued with elegance, gracefulness, and simplicity of traditional Malaysian roots’. He is also an avid advocate for innovative and original designs, reflected in his description of modern design as the ‘age of sameness’. “In this millennia, every day, new products

are released into the market. The pace is immense. And it is difficult to distinguish between products of different companies due to significant similarities” he muses. Currently working on his bamboo and TWINE series of furniture, it is clear that Shahril is strongly distinguishing himself. His TWINE furniture design is especially breathtaking in its unique, continuously flowing lines that are akin to a 3D drawing that has come to life. His bamboo collection, on the other hand, also shows his penchant for wood because of ‘its spirited characteristic’. “It’s a material that is alive or ‘hidup’. It can be shaped, carved, bent, formed, molded into a living piece of furniture,” he says. “I hold onto rigorous philosophical paradigms that

are meant to evoke emotions, provoke thoughts, and stimulate the senses. I believe it should be innovative in many ways, be it on appearance or functional aspects. It should also comprise a story that users can relate with and appreciate,” said Shahril. Looking to the future, Shahril is searching for potential collaborative partners in hopes of venturing into hospitality and interior projects. Apart from that, he is also working to develop a brand of his own. In the mean time, he continues to work on existing projects with TNGGAM, under the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MITB).

FOR M O RE I N FO RM ATI O N ON S HAHRI L FAI SAL, V I SI T WWW. SHAHRI LFAI SAL. CO M

“As a kid, I used to love playing with my small set of LEGO and cheap clay,” said Shahril Faisal on how he found his passion for creation. “I used LEGO to imitate other fancier toys that I used to want. These activities and explorations have made me fond of creating.”

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PROFILE

Cooking did not come early, or quickly, to Sapna Anand. The Le Cordon Bleu graduate started off perfecting French fries at sixteen, and only learnt to cook when she moved away from home in India. Now settled in Malaysia, the mother of two is the author of the New Indian Kitchen. Sapna’s cooking is the perfect combination of age-old French and Indian cuisine. Still, with both being deeply rooted in culture and traditions, perfecting the combination can be a challenge – one Sapna finds an exceedingly exciting. Armed with her knowledge on spices and Indian cuisine, as well as the Blue Ribbon Academy’s teachings on French techniques, Sapna’s cuisine is fresh and rich, bold and innovative. Currently, Sapna is working on launching her own high-quality, pesticide-free spice brand with Hexa. She is also working on her second cookbook.

THE RECIPE: SAFFRON MADELEINES These gorgeous little pastries are distinguishable by their shape: linear crevices denoting a shell on one side, and a distinctive hump on the other. Well-favoured in France, where they were first made, they’re the epitome of perfect teacakes, and make for delicious, easy-to-make, and oh-so-satisfying treats.

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Q: What do you love best about cooking? A: I like to explore original recipes and find their roots. This usually takes me into a route completely unknown to me, and I learn a lot from it too. The process of learning is what I love best about my cooking.

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SAFFRON MADELEINES

Ingredients

Method

• 210 g butter, softened • 60 ml milk • 1/3 tsp saffron threads • 3 eggs, at room temperature • 30 g honey • 210 g flour • 120 g caster sugar • 9 g baking powder

1. Preheat oven at 180˚C. 2. Butter and flour madeleine moulds. 3. Lightly beat butter to a creamy consistency. Set aside. 4. Warm the milk and soak the saffron for about 5 minutes. 5. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, saffron milk, and honey. Whisk to blend well. 6. Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Whisk lightly to combine. 7. Gradually add dry ingredients into the egg mixture, and whisk to incorporate everything together. Add butter into the mixture, and whisk again to combine. 8. Pipe or spoon the batter into prepared madeleine moulds. Knock the mould to ensure the batter spreads well. 9. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes.

The spice itself is the stigma, taken and dried from the saffron crocus flower. “It takes around 70,000 flowers to make about 500 grams of saffron strands.

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THE SPICE: SAFFRON It’s the most expensive spice in the world, and widely regarded as culinary gold. Saffron more than earns and deserves its moniker; when soaked in warm water, the spice releases its aroma and colour, a deep, rich amber that turns your food luscious and delicious. The spice itself is the stigma, taken and dried from the saffron crocus flower. “It takes around 70,000 flowers to make about 500 grams of saffron strands.” Sapna tells us. “Hence, the high price.” With a delicate, distinct flavour, saffron has been used over the centuries in cuisine both sweet and savoury. Sapna often laces her cake batters with the strands of soaked saffron, both to obtain a natural colour and to enhance its flavour. “It works wonderfully with desserts and curries, but is also great to have in your home facial kit.” Sapna tells us. “I use saffron as part of my home-made face packs, as it naturally helps to clear skin and give it a glow.” Besides its skin-improving benefits, however, saffron as a spice is also hugely beneficial health-wise. With anti-oxidant, health-promoting and anti-depressant qualities, the spice helps to protect the body from cancers and infections. It’s also a good source of various minerals, from copper, to potassium, to manganese, to magnesium. Traditionally, it has been used in Persian medicine to lift the spirits, often drunk in teas or cooked into rice, flecking the grains a gorgeous burnished gold. “A glass of warm milk with saffron is a traditional health drink in India and the Middle East, which is consumed by pregnant women.” Sapna adds. Because it’s so expensive, it’s imperative to check for quality before making any purchase. Locally, they’re often sold in precious one gram sachets. “Look for saffron that is not clumping together.” Sapna advises. “I store my saffron in the chiller for a longer shelf life, too.” CHEF’S TIP: When using saffron, always soak the strands first in warm water or milk, and use it all to obtain maximum flavour.


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M A R B L E A N D T I M B E R Simple insertions clearly differentiate the spaces in this home, comprising of a combination of ‘timber boxes’ and full-height vertical planes of various materials.

WHO A retired couple in their sixties and their three adult children HOME A five bedroom bungalow SIZE 6,000sqft

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From design to completion, putting together this Johor Bahru bungalow took interior designer Darren Tee two years. The home, meant for a retiring couple in their sixties, whose three adult children would visit from time to time, features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a powder room, a living space, a dining area, a bar, and both a dry and wet kitchen. “The owners were looking for a home for their retirement.” Darren says. “They wanted to move from their previous home of twenty years, which had sported disparate interior styles.” The new lot, a partially strata-titled site in a gated residential precinct in Johor Bahru, would see a space that functioned in a similar fashion to their old home, but with larger spaces and a consistent design language throughout. With that in mind, Darren set to work.

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The owners liked the idea of a thick marble-framed timber entrance door, but Darren counter-proposed a full-height timber door flanked by full-height marble walls expressed as a cut out. “It was not something that the client had imagined, but they love the result just as much.” Darren says.

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Marble and wood feature prominently in the bar area. The Chinese-style interior is further emphasised by the decorative items inshelf, coupled with the structurally Oriental design of the Carl Hensen & Son Wishbone chairs.

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A simple shelving unit divides the spaces while providing ample room in which to showcase the family’s collection of Chinese collectibles and travel memorabilia. A swivelling panel permits for the television to be turned around and used from both seating areas.

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Darren first communicated with the owners, a necessary start to understand their needs and wants. “Not only the programmatic requirements, but also their aesthetic and subjective preferences, which might not be so obvious initially.” He says. “We recognised our clients’ strong likes and dislikes, and we conceptualised our design narratives accordingly without losing the key design direction.” Although there is a marked difference in each room of the home, Darren consolidates it all with the use of similar materials of a similar colour scheme. Dominant among the design narrative is timber, marble, and neutral fabrics in shades of grey and brown. It’s all very earthen, and coheres together to fit the overall theme.

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The master bedroom is large and unfettered, with plenty of floor space. Calming blues form a striking backdrop upon which the bed is placed.

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The marriage of timber and marble is yet again emphasised here. To a corner, a minimalistic workspace is permitted plenty of light through the drawn curtains of the full-height windows.

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A walk-in wardrobe features plenty of lighting, seating, mirrors, and storage for the owners’ clothes.

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To cater to their adult children’s occasional visits, the owners had bedrooms built for them: two sons and a daughter. Pictured here, the elder son’s bedroom features the necessities, lacking none of the luxury of five-star hotels. Visuallyarresting walls bring to mind the beauty of raw natural materials.

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“We referenced our clients’ ancestral roots from the Southern part of China, and also took a cue from our clients’ personal collection of oriental collectibles.” Darren says. Available for sprucing up the space were natural crystals and other travel memorabilia that were largely Chinese in character; these were used to further inject the space with subtle, yet clear Chinese influences. “We decided that the interiors ought to be sleek

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but equally rich in textures and natural in material.” Darren adds. The home is fitted with an array of furnishings locally sourced, including lighting. “We did a lot of shopping with, and sometimes without, our clients.” Darren says. “This was really to ensure that the various spaces we had imagined would be complete as much as possible, right down to the ideal choice of bedding and accessories.”


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With both a wet and dry kitchen in the home, the owners are able to differentiate between where heavy cooking, and light cooking is done.

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A skylight provides ample light for the growing tree beneath.

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Echoing the overall Chinese aesthetics of the home, the koi pond features seating of wood, reminiscent of twisting bonsai trees. The deck is of wood, which coheres spectacularly with the materials used throughout the interior.

Darren Tee is the founder of WHITE, a small architecture and interior design studio that focuses on delivering buildings and spaces that are not only functional and sustainable, but also delightful and fun. He is currently also working as an adjunct lecturer with the Diploma of Interior Design at the Singapore

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D E S I G N F O R L I F E Founder and director of Ziggurat Sdn Bhd, Leong Seng Kheong’s serene Taman Desa home is a poetic yet functional realisation of architectural ideas. WHO Founder and director of Ziggurat Sdn Bhd, Leong Seng Kheong, his wife, and their two sons HOME A three-storey, loft-like home SIZE 26,800 sqft

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Except for the lucky few, living in a housing estate is one of the realities of modern life – vast terraces of linked and semi-detached houses in single and double storey varietals which have bloomed across tracts of suburbia, creating new townships and communities. While these massive developments have been the norm in Malaysia since the 1970s, it’s unfortunate that the quality of design has not varied much with more attention paid to cosmetic flourishes like window styles, pedestal sinks, and double volume living rooms, rather than making them truly practical for tropical living en masse. Despite being faced by the limitations presented by a typical double storey link house, founder and director of Ziggurat Sdn

Bhd, Leong Seng Kheong, worked within these restrictions to transform his home into a practical and serenely beautiful sanctuary for his young family. Beginning with a typical two storey midterrace house of about 1,900 sq ft, most of the house was gutted and reworked into a loft-like space of three stories with a whopping build up of 26,800 sq ft. Leong rethought the usual procession of spaces and replaced the usual car porch with a pond and a stone walkway, so that the split level ground floor, that opens up into the kitchen and dining area, has a serene view rather than the usual arrangement of vehicles. 125


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In order to maximise the efficacy of the space within the limitation of the plot size, Leong pushed the staircases to the extreme left of the house, so that usable spaces like the living room and bedrooms become uninterrupted blocks of space.“To me, the spatial quality of a house is very important. I admire the work of John Pawson and Tadao Ando where you notice the spatial quality rather than anything else. If you have one space which is heavily detailed, I think that the spatial quality is more diffused. Similarly in my own house, I put less emphasis in the decorative elements but focused in the spatial quality,” he explains. With the ever rising cost of square footage, especially in the city, Leong is passionate about maximising every inch of space. However, his take on making the most of what’s

available translates into something more abstract, like the quality of living. “Because this house is in an urban setting, the lack of trees and space make it so much more important that you can’t just leave nature out. What is the use of landed property when you don’t have even a small garden to step out into? When you build it up to the boundaries or put in grills? The advantage of living in landed property is to have breathable space, so I opened an air well in the middle of the house. There is a constant interplay of architecture, interior, and nature, and we like the idea of the tree growing inside. It has heightened our sense of living with nature, because when you’re having dinner with the rain pouring into the airwell, it makes you appreciate nature in a very intimate way.” He says.

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Leong opened an air well in the middle of the house, inviting nature into the space.

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The art pieces that grace the home include pieces by local artists, whom Leong and his wife are happy to support.

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Such a meticulously designed envelope demands to be filled with beautiful things and Leong’s wife, who is an interior designer, populated the home with a carefully curated selection of furniture and object d’art. Leong discloses that since she left all the architecture decisions to him, he was happy to leave the interior design to her, which has resulted in a stylish mix of pieces from Fiske and Space Furniture. “We have a similar aesthetic, although I did request for our dining table to have a glass tabletop to

echo the transparency of the space,” he says. As for the artwork, which features quite prominently throughout the home, Leong reveals that they’re both keen supporters of local artists and have a growing art collection which includes pieces by Fauzul Yusri, Justin Lim, and Samsudin Wahab. The proof of the pudding, they say, is in the eating, ideas, and abstract concepts, which are all very good. The real test, however, is how they translate into reality. Happily, Leong reports that his family has settled

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comfortably into their home: “My two sons, who are five and two have adapted well to the house and even the youngest one climbs the banisterless staircase without incident as we taught him to always keep close to the wall. You just have to train them, and this comes back to creating awareness because we know we can’t shelter our children 24/7. So far, I’ve worked on mostly residential projects and I must say, I feel an affinity to homes because I enjoy the challenge of integrating design into daily lives.”

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N AT U R A L B E AU T Y Two’s Company strikes the perfect balance between maximising a stunning natural setting, and catering to the needs of the multi-generational inhabitants of this sprawling home.

WHO A family of four generations HOME A bungalow in Bukit Gasing SIZE 20,000+ sqft

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We live in an age of nuclear families, where having any more than three children is greeted by amazement. Multi-generational homes are the exception, rather than the norm. So, when Tony Heneberry of Two’s Company was faced with the challenge of renovating a home for four generations to live in together, he had to envision a space in which the great grandmother, grandparents, parents, and their toddler son could live and grow comfortably. To solve this, he looked towards the home’s surrounding environment and took his design cues from the lush tropical flora, creating a magnificent family homestead that would endure for generations to come. The house in question is a sprawling 20,000 plus sqft bungalow in Bukit Gasing, which the family patriarch had bought in the 80s. Over time, the home had gone through several iterations of renovations but none of them were cohesive or particularly

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well thought out. In fact, when Heneberry came aboard the project, he found the family living in a tiny corner of large house because it was full of Chinese collectibles, and resembled a collector’s warehouse more than a home. Heneberry, an erstwhile engineer turned record company CEO turned house flipper, has made his home in Malaysia for over two decades. In the last five years, both he and his partner, Jessica Lim, have carved a niche in the property market for renovating houses that embrace the Malaysian tropical climate. The owners of the Bukit Gasing house had been referred to him by another client, and after they dropped by to have a look at Heneberry’s own house in Bukit Gasing, invited him to pop over and see what he thought. “When I went over, I was blown away

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by the setting of this house, perched as it is over the entre Bukit Gasing jungle reserve. I walked around for an hour and did a few quick freehand sketches after visualising a totally different flow and aesthetic. I left it at that, assuming they would want to hire their own architect, but after they had a family discussion a few days later, they invited me to develop the designs and transform the house for them,” he remembers. “I guess it was just chemistry and a sense of trust that that seemed to develop very quickly between us. And trust and chemistry are perhaps more important than skill and creativity when dong a project as large and complex as this one was.” During the design development process, Heneberry was so inspired by the house’s enviable surroundings that he was determined to make that the focal point. “The setting of the house is truly magnificent, possibly one of the best in KL and PJ, and certainly one of the best I have seen here. The owners are active conservationists, therefore we were immediately on the same page in terms of my natural style of integrating landscape and external features with the architectural ID,” enthuses Heneberry.

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“The original house had many interesting and good aspects to its structural framework and when I stripped that away, I visualised a stunning, bright and cheerful space that embraced its own landscape and was connected to the views of the Bukit Gasing hills.” Although the basic skeleton of the house was maintained, every wall and floor was changed and the arrangement of spaces reconceived to allow the generations to have private, as well as shared spaces. This was achieved by providing for apartments within the house. For example, the parents and their son have a separate living area and a large elevated child friendly garden which is set away from the grand living room and main pool garden, but are still on the same level so that they can all still live as a family. “The last thing I wanted to create was a situation where the generations were separated by a floor, and therefore missed out on casual interactions” he explains. “Being a very social family who entertain a lot, the house is centered around a large dining area

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Plenty of sunlight filters into the bathroom through the sunroof, so one can rest in the tub amidst the light of nature!

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and kitchen which opens out on to a huge balcony, all with the most stunning views. The basement of the house has been converted into a Chinese style teahouse where a selection of the collectibles is used as practical furniture pieces in the vein of a China town style teahouse, but no longer overloads the modern, open, spacious living space they now have.” In keeping with Heneberry’s preference for simple finishes, polished concrete and cement, brushed concrete driveways, bare finished rusted steel features, recycled railway sleeper bench seats, and horn granite steps are featured throughout the house. However, this was balanced with more intricate finishes to give it a more luxe feel, which include high quality micro terrazzo and Germanmade cement screed finishes as well as a feature courtyard floor where black and white marble tiles were employed. All these provided a background of soft neutral textures, which the interior designer layered with strong bold textiles and wall colours. The driveway entrance opens out like a pair of

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Colours and patterns give this bedroom a superb vibrancy. The textiles eco Heneberry’s nod to keeping in line with the natural scheme of the space.


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The lot overlooks much of the Bukit Gasing greenery, the serenity of the location permitting the lot a sense of calm and natural beauty. There’s green visible in every nook of the property, just as nature intended!

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From its facade, the property is all wood and stone and trees, streamlined, yet welcoming.

arms welcoming visitors, complete with cut steel Chinese lettering depicting the name of the village in China that the family originated from. From that, to the 300 mature trees planted throughout the property to ensure that airconditioning is barely used in the home, Heneberry is clearly happy at how the house has been transformed, but what he’s more pleased with is how the whole family is

settling comfortably in the home. “I pop by the house quite regularly and every time I do, I just love it more as the huge landscaping matures in and settles. It has the most peaceful and relaxed vibe, partly because of the design, but also very much because of the personality and friendliness of the family who live there.�

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E C L E C T I C A N D F A N TA S T I C Effortlessly elegant and unquestionably unique, Omar Khan’s studio home is a veritable cave of wonders.

WHO Designer Omar Khan HOME A home studio in the city centre SIZE 3,000 sqft

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Personal style transcends trends and the vagaries of time. It is so specific and idiosyncratic that one cannot help but associate that aesthetic with that person. Think about Diana Vreeland and Iris Apfel, fashion greats with such strong individualistic looks that they’ve influenced and inspired the media, fashion, and art. In the context of interior design, icons like Jaya Ibrahim and Christian Liagre, Andrée Putman, and Paola Navone have stamped their visual vocabulary so firmly on the spaces they create that the homes and hotels, restaurants, and furniture are unmistakable. On a different scale (but headed steadily in the same trajectory), creative wunderkind Omar Khan creates quirky yet elegant spaces that are anything but ordinary. His work in Malaysia includes private residences,

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show units, and food and beverage outlets Melur & Thyme and Mr Brooks. Despite being Singaporean by birth, and with interior design projects spanning Asia, Khan has made Kuala Lumpur his base for the last few years and works from his home studio in the city center. A multi-talented designer who has worn various creative hats including visual merchandiser, lately, Khan has been more focused on designing rugs for his eponymously named company, Omar Khan Rugs. Indeed, his extraordinary imagination and instinct for beauty has served him well in creating statement rugs which have a transformative effect on the space they inhabit. Khan’s home studio is as much a reflection of his personal aesthetic as it reveals the inner workings of

his head. Spread out over a generous 3000 sq ft, the apartment bears various clues of his unique career thus far. The charcoal sketches hanging in the living room are his works from when he was a student studying animation and graphic design at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. An exquisitely-intricate Pols Potten ceramic sculpture displayed in a glass box like a museum exhibit was picked up while he was travelling to source for props during his stint as head of visual merchandising for the Hong Kong based Pedder group. The vintage-style wooden chairs around his dining room table also stand in his interior design projects for Troika and KLCC restaurant, Melur & Thyme, and family treasures and keepsakes like his grandfather’s

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The curios and object d’art in Khan’s home is perfectly framed in a backdrop of timber and polished stone finishings. The furnishings echo a gentleman’s taste, refined and evocative of steampunk aesthetics imbued with a mid-century modern classic vibe.


collection of eye glasses reflect his exotic background – his mother is DutchChinese-Egyptian, while his father is half Pakistani and half German – an eclectic mix which informs his unique aesthetic blending heritage and modernity, oriental and occidental, idiosyncrasy and refinement. Having stayed in “small boxes” during his time in New York and Hong Kong, Khan revels in having the luxury of space to make the apartment his own. “My home really is about my journey and I wanted to express me. No explanations, no apologies, I had this canvas I wanted to play with and that’s what I really did,” Omar explains. Rather than follow any trends

or be confined by a particular style, Omar stayed true to his instincts: “It’s my home and having been in a number of creative fields where you had to follow briefs, client comments and a series of opinions, I really wanted to just play. There is a huge value in letting an artist have free reign to complete their vision. This was my chance to do that.” Omar’s aesthetic, which he aptly describes as “dark and twisty with a hint of whimsy” infuses the home. His collection of object d’art is showcased against a masculine palette of timber and polished stone finishings. The furniture is part steam punk, part gentleman’s club, with a smattering of

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Lighting is kept moody and atmospheric in Khan’s home, perfect for displaying his collection.

mid century modern classics – an unusual mix which Omar manages to pull off with panache. Lighting is kept moody and atmospheric, all the better to enjoy the curiosities like antique shirt cuffs displayed under Victorian bell jars. “My collection has been accumulated from pieces I collected from everywhere I lived – Hong Kong, New York, Jakarta, and my travels throughout Europe and the States. These range from candlesticks from an old church in Belgium and random pressed flowers, old objects from an artist couple in Italy and weird resin sculptures from France.” Despite the value and often delicateness of the objects, there isn’t a cold, untouchable “museum” feel to Khan’s home. Instead, it feels inviting and relaxed, with tactile textures and welcoming areas in which to curl up or chill out with

friends. This is particularly true about the shaded balcony, which has been turfed over with artificial grass. Featuring vintage style hurricane lamps, and a low table and seats, this spacious balcony has become an extension of the living area. It’s Khan’s favourite part of the house, as everyone who comes over ends up hanging out there. As with most creative types, Khan sees his apartment as a work in progress: “I’m not done with it yet, as I still have to add some black and white bamboo chick blinds and relook at the some more furniture as well.” However, with Omar Khan Rugs taking off in such a big way and being specified for exclusive projects like the St Regis Maldives, a series of show flats in Singapore and Hong Kong, and bespoke rugs for an international clientele, it looks like those blinds may take some time yet.

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C U R AT E D A N D C L A S S Y This beautiful house, with a modern tropical architecture, flaunts antiques, art, and other collectibles that reflect its owners’ personality. WHO A well-travelled mother, her son, and a maid. HOME Two-storey detached bungalow with a swimming pool in a gated and guarded development. SIZE 4,500 sq-ft

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The client’s house, exhibiting a stylish modern tropical architecture, was yet untouched by an interior designer when they moved in several years ago. Raymond Lee, a consultant at Xceptional Interiors’ personally handpicked eye-catching Chinese Peranakan antiques inherited from his client’s parents, art, and collectibles from her former home, and incorporated newly purchased pieces alongside them. The existing art pieces were reframed, allowing the homeowner to rediscover those that had been stored away for a long time. Raymond’s intention was for the homeowner and her family to come home to a well-curated space that is both warm and stylish. Most importantly, the space reflects the well-travelled homeowner’s personality; she has an appreciation for privacy, art, and culture, as well as an eclectic taste for both Asian antiques and Italian furniture from Minotti and Bontempi.

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“My design approach has always been to ensure that the personality of the homeowner stands out, and the interiors that I create reflect this,” says Raymond, who shares the same taste in aesthetics with his client who is open to suggestions and opinions. Given the freedom to be as creative as possible, Raymond employs layering techniques to give the rooms their personality. Colours, textures, and designs greet guests from the glass-panelled living room, accessible from both the entrance and a corridor leading from a room connected to the porch. With sunlight trickling through the panelledglass window of the living room, the homeowners can enjoy a view of the outdoor scenery while lounging on a fabric-upholstered couch, or listen to music while reclining on Minotti’s Jensen armchair, which is upholstered in buttery leather. On a


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A bedroom was converted into a study. It’s slideopen wardrobe and bathroom remains intact. The study includes a custommade shelf, a vintage piece on the right and a desk on the left. The study is located next to a gym.

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Energy-efficient LED lights from Flos and Artemide were added to the home. The Tatou floor lamp is featured. TOP RIGHT

The wet kitchen is kept to the basics. It’s equipped with only the basic necessities, but made to look interesting with playful colours, stripes, and butterfly prints. The homeowner has access to a dry kitchen and the maids’ room. MIDDLE

The common room on the second floor enables the family to lounge together. BOTTOM

grandeur scheme of things, decorative elements like fresh flowers, scented candles from Diptyque, and dimmers create a warm, cosy, and relaxing ambiance, while the windows are dressed with soft linen curtains. The room features a piece of art hung to showcase its full beauty on a recessed, wallpapercovered wall that provides a certain depth to the room. A corridor decorated with a vintage French poster from the 50’s takes you from living room to dining area, which sports an intimate ambiance. Antiques line a feature wall, which is decorated with Victorian tiles, so often seen in Peranakan homes, accompanied by one of the homeowners’ Batik Tulis: art with Indonesian origins. To facilitate a period aesthetic, a sideboard accommodates a table lamp that provides a warm glow, while a modern pendant lamp from Flos of Philippe Starck design is situated above the dining table. The first floor also comprises a wet and dry kitchen, a maid’s room, a study, and a gym. Stairs beside the wet kitchen allows you access to the second floor, which opens up to a common area where family members can linger and enjoy watching television programmes. It’s decorated with striking artworks, some from the Wei-Ling contemporary

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No renovations were needed for the bathroom in the Master bedroom, which comprises a rain shower and a bath tub. OPPOSITE (TOP)

Arm lamps were necessary, as the well-versed homeowner is an avid reader. OPPOSITE (BOTTOM)

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The dining area opens up to a patio and pool on the left, and a wet kitchen to the right. Straight ahead behind the antique cabinet is a study.

gallery and others from the homeowner’s personal collection. Also visible are an antique chest and a Tatou Floor Lamp from Flos, designed by Patricia Urquiola. The bedrooms, on the other hand, feature rather distinctive characteristics based on the owners. For the master bedroom, Raymond plays with colours and textures to give the room a subtle touch of femininity. The owner did not want a room that was too feminine, so Raymond toned down the crimson hue with subdued colours. The bed is further accessorised with an upholstered cushion bearing a tongue-incheek message that reads, “she who must be obeyed.” The homeowner also dedicated a room to her visiting mother, and chose to personalise the room with vintage photos. Soft colours and curvy-patterned sheets were used for this room, while her son’s room features a distinct monochrome theme. Because the son is a big fan of iconic actors and actresses, Raymond also chose to add two additional bookshelves next to the window to accommodate a collection of memorabilia and CDs. “It took over a period of six months of planning, design work, curating, renovating, sourcing, and shopping before everything fell into place,” says Raymond.


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CO M PA N I E S BILL 2015: THE R E A L E S TAT E PERSPECTIVE

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THE PASSING OF COMPANIES BILL 2015 On 4 April 2016, the Malaysian Parliament passed the Companies Bill 2015.The Bill was formulated with an aim to revamp the existing corporate landscape in Malaysia under the Companies Act 1965 (“Act�), of which some provisions were deemed to be obsolete due to economic development, corporate sector expansion, and globalisation. Amongst the objectives of the Bill were: to increase the ease of doing business in Malaysia, to reduce the cost of compliance, and to improve corporate governance

and internal control of companies. In this article, we share our views on the implications of the Bill from the real estate perspective, ie. how the Bill affects owning of property via a private limited company in Malaysia. THE ADVANTAGES OF HOLDING REAL PROPERTY BY A PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY A company is a separate legal entity from its shareholders. This means that, generally, the liabilities of the company are separate from its shareholders. In the event the private limited

company is liable for any matter (whether related or not related to real property), the liability of the shareholders is limited to the amount of capital that each has contributed to the company. Secondly, the process of disposal of shares is easier and faster than the process of disposal of real property. Instead of disposing the real property outright, the shareholders may dispose of their shares in the company that owns the real property. In addition, the stamp duty rate for the disposal of shares may be lower than the stamp duty rate for the disposal of real property.


IT IS EASIER TO INCORPORATE A COMPANY UNDER THE BILL Under the Bill, a company may be incorporated by a single shareholder and a single resident director (instead of two subscribers and two resident directors under the current regime).This means that a single person may have full control over the company, and indirectly own real property through a company. The person may dispose of the shares in the company as a whole in the event he wishes to sell the real property.

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Another essential consideration is that, if there will be several parties owning a piece of real property, it may be useful if all parties incorporate a company to hold the real property. Those parties will become shareholders of the company, and appoint directors to manage it. Decisionmaking at the company level is less burdensome, as only a simple majority or 75% majority approval from shareholders is required depending on the nature of the transaction (instead of the approval of all parties in the case of a direct disposal of the real property). Further, in the event of disposal of the real property, it may be easier for a purchaser to deal with a single company (which is represented by its authorised representative) than a group of vendors (who may each have differing opinions) during the negotiation of the sale and purchase transaction.

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Besides that, the Bill has removed the requirement for a private company to conduct an annual general meeting. This saves the company maintenance cost to hold an annual general meeting of its shareholders every year. The risk of dilution pursuant to subsequent fundraising may be mitigated Another important development under the Bill is the introduction of a no par value regime where the share capital of a company has no par value. One important implication from this reform is that a company may be able to issue shares at a value of its choice, without being restricted by the rules on issuing shares at a premium or at a discount. Following the abolishment of the par value regime, the risk of dilution pursuant to a subsequent

fundraising may be mitigated, as the company is free to determine the issue price per share and the number of shares to be issued. That said, in practice, the company may have to assess the value of its shares so that it is issued at an acceptable valuation to parties.

Under the Bill, written resolutions to acquire or dispose of substantial undertaking (ie. an undertaking which value exceeds 25% of the total assets of the company) may now be passed by a simple majority (instead of unanimous consent under the Act).

DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IN THE COMPANY IS SIMPLIFIED The Bill makes it easier to pass a written resolution. Under the Act, a written ordinary resolution may only be passed by the shareholders if it is signed by all shareholders of the company. The Bill diminishes the difficulty of passing a written ordinary resolution; it only requires a simple majority of more than half of the shareholders of the company to sign on the written resolution in order to pass it as a written ordinary resolution.

THE PROCESS OF CAPITAL REPAYMENT TO SHAREHOLDERS IS SIMPLIFIED In the event the company has excess of capital (eg. following the disposal of assets or as a result of collection of rental income), it may return the capital to its shareholders by way of capital reduction. The process of capital reduction under the Act is cumbersome as it requires a court order to do so. With the passing of the Bill, capital reduction is now possible without the need to obtain a court order.


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L I M J O YA N Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial Practice Group MahWengKwai & Associates

TEOH HUEI WEN Associate MahWengKwai & Associates

The Bill allows for reduction of share capital by a special resolution supported by a solvency statement made by all directors that the company is able to pay its debt when it becomes due, and the asset of the company is more than its liability. THE PITFALLS OF HOLDING REAL PROPERTY BY A PRIVATE COMPANY The company will incur costs (such as corporate secretarial fees, auditor fees, tax agent fees) to maintain the existence and operation of the company. Depending on the income level of the company as compared to the individual, there may be income tax efficiencies through a company. Separately, the company disposing real estate is required to pay real property

gains tax regardless of the number of years of acquisition of the real estate. The rate of real property gains tax depends on the number of years the property is held by the owner. Note also that shareholders disposing shares in the company may be required to pay real property gains tax in the event the company is a real property company. Under the current real property gains tax regime, no real property gains tax is payable in the event the shareholder (being an individual) has held shares in the company for more than five years. CONCLUSION There is no hard and fast rule on which is the best way to own real property, either in the name of the individual text by WWW.MAHWENGKWAI.COM.

owner or by a company. That said, we foresee that the Companies Bill 2015 when it comes into effect will bring great advantage to investors when deciding on the method to own real property. Last but not least, in the event two or more persons incorporate a company to acquire real property, it is highly advisable that these persons enter into a shareholders agreement to regulate their relationship as a shareholder of the company. The shareholders agreement sets out the rights and obligations of each shareholder, and it may include provisions on the terms of exit of a shareholder (either through the sale of shares or property owned by the company). 161


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long as the colours or material (stoneware, stainless steel, wood) are the same. Vary the height of the items by stacking bowls and cups (turn them upside down to keep dust out), or raising smaller items on a footed cake stand. Unlike in closed cabinets – where items can be crammed into every available space – items on open shelves need breathing space. Often-used items should be placed on the lowest shelf and more decorative items higher up. You can make a display of daily foodstuffs such as sugar, coffee,

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YOUR RENO & DECOR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

I like the idea of open shelves in the kitchen, but they might look messy. Any suggestions? Open shelving is a great storage option that is both functional and decorative, if styled right. You don’t have to be limited to storing or displaying dinnerware and food canisters; you can place appliances (hide the cords to neaten the look), cookbooks, and even some framed art on them. The important thing is to edit and organise your collection. Start with a cohesive set of dinnerware. They don’t have to belong to the same set, as

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and cereal by using opaque canisters of different heights and sizes. Label them on the bottom with a marker and you’ve got them sorted! Finally, introduce something natural such as fresh flowers, a houseplant or even fresh herbs in a small vase. I’m renovating soon. Which interior design apps can I use to help me with the process? Safe and neutral Amish Linen or uplifting Tampa Bay? These are colours on the nifty Dulux Visualiser app, which takes the guesswork, stress and time out of paint colour selection. Take a photo of the room (furniture and all) and select a paint colour from its vast range, or get the app to match paint colours to a fabric or any object you already have. Augmented reality allows you to see your room “painted” with the selected colour. A masking tape tool lets you block out walls you don’t want “painted”. Forget scraps of paper and poorly drawn room plans with Photo Measures (the Lite version is free on Android and the App Store). This app allows you to take a photo of your space and mark the dimensions (as many as you want) on the photo so every measurement is at hand while you’re out shopping for materials or furniture. DIY feng shui is within reach with apps such as Bagua Compass (free on iOS), which uses the nine-sector map as the foundation of black hat feng shui. Once the renovation is done and you’re styling your home, spirit level apps will ensure those picture frames and shelves are hung right. There are many available: Bubble Level and Spirit Level Plus on Android; and Tiltmeter, and Multi Spirit Level on the App Store.


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My family includes an elderly mother and school-age kids, and I hire a part-time cleaner twice a week. I’m not comfortable making multiple keys, but each family member does need their own access. What are my options? With smartphones so integral to our lives these days, why not use the same device to unlock your home? Just a touch of your hand on the Kevo Bluetooth Electronic Lock by Kwikset locks and unlocks your door, even if your phone is in your bag or pocket. It works with all iPhone models, fifth-generation iPod Touch models, and thirdgeneration or higher iPad/iPad mini models, but compatibility with Android devices is limited. The lit-up ring around the keyhole (yes, it works with keys, too) indicates whether the deadbolt is locked or not. To give access to ad hoc users such as your cleaner or house guests, email them an eKey with limited

access to your home. You can view the lock history to tell who has unlocked or locked the door and when. It’s like giving out a spare key, and being able to limit access to a preferred time frame. Those who don’t own a smartphone can use a keychain fob for access, much like your smartphone. “The Kevo can be installed by a locksmith or it can be a DIY job,” says Ekwin Chua from Spectrum Brands Singapore. text WONG SIOW YUEN

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I like wood floors, but don’t want to worry about the maintenance. Laminate flooring feels hollow to me. What are my other choices? High-end resilient flooring (Herf) seems to fit your needs as it gives the appearance and feel of wood and is easy to care for. Made of vinyl resin and not wood, like the base of laminate flooring, it does not swell or deform when it comes into contact with water. Being waterproof, it can even be installed in the kitchen, so your flooring can flow seamlessly from space to space. The realistic wood look and feel is also present, with an embossed surface that feels like wood grain. The lack of underlay also means that the floorboards are laid directly on the subfloor, eliminating that floating or hollow feel with laminates. When it comes to maintenance, treat Herf just like you would treat tiles – just vacuum and mop. A ceramic bead technology treatment on the surface protects the floor against scuffs, scratches and stains. It comes with a 15-year, commercialuse warranty and lifetime residential warranty against surface wear. As it isn’t glued or nailed down, the flooring can be removed and reinstalled when you move house. You can find Herf at Evorich, Singapore.

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Whiskey Bar-none Conjure images of fancy cocktail parties with Royal Selangor’s latest ‘Bar’ line of accessories for your assortment of expensive whiskeys. The collection, which consists of tumblers, decanters, and stoppers, adopts a retro-futuristic aesthetic inspired from the 1950s and 60s. The collection’s sleek lines, classy aura, and demure stance make it a luxurious staple piece for any kitchen marble top. Available from Royal Selangor.

Lukin for silver Looking for a classy wine cooler? Try this finely crafted silver piece from Comyns. The Lukin Wine Cooler is an intricatelycrafted octagonal holder with elaborately embellished acanthus leaves and scrolling foliage. It adapts designs from 18th century craftsman William Lukin, which were initially specially made for Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Available from Comyns.

The floating chopsticks Designed by famed Mikiya Kobayashi and made in Japan, the Uki Kashi bamboo chopsticks from ‘h concept’ is a natural pick for fine Asian dining. With a unique ‘floating bridge’ design, the chopsticks negate the need for a chopstick rest. Crafted from high grade bamboo, these chopsticks are a true marriage of style and utility. Available from h concept.

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Mobile water dispenser Need a mobile solution for your water dispensing needs? Take the Tupperware 14.5L round water dispenser for a spin. Crafted of strong and thick material, the Tupperware can withstand rough handling and plenty of knocking around. A built in handle also allows for easy transporting, from home to outdoors! Available from Tupperware.

Cook with style The old spark-lit stove is great, but we think it’s time to step into the future with the elegant and sophisticated Panasonic IH Cooktop. With a smooth finish and a crystallised glass top surface, the cooktop exudes an air of class while adopting a futuristic aesthetic. It is also smart, with an IR sensor that detects the type of cookware you are using so as to optimise cooking temperatures for the best results. Don’t waste time waiting for your pan to heat up, because the IH Cooktop’s powerful induction hob offers fast heating, cutting down on cooking time! Available from Panasonic.

Under pressure Hate long cooking times? Waste no time in cooking with Sharp’s pressure cooker! Cook your favourite dishes with great ease. The pressure cooker comes with a special stew cooking mode which distributes pressure and cooks your food evenly. To make your life even easier, the cooker comes with a removable top, so you can easily wipe those pesky stains away! Available from Sharp.

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FIRE SAFETY DOS AND DON’TS Prevent fire hazards and keep your home safe with these tips.

DO Install smoke detectors on the ceiling of each room. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure proper working conditions, and change the batteries at least yearly, or as recommended by the manufacturer. n Switch off all appliances and devices when not in use. Unplug them before you leave the house. n Designate a cabinet for storing flammable products, such as aerosol sprays, lighters fluids and paint thinners. Choose one that is situated away from heat sources. n Devise a fire escape plan, using the nearest fire exits and staircases in your building. Practise the route with your family several times, and allow children to do it by themselves to make sure that they are prepared if a fire breaks out. n Check your stove frequently. For electric, make sure that its power cord connections are intact. For gas, check that it is leak-free by applying n

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a soap solution onto the gas hose; bubbles will appear if there is a leakage. n Keep a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen and ensure that everyone knows how to use it. Purchase one weighing 1.5 kg or more and with an ABC rating (meaning for all type of fires) from a servicing company that is certified by TUV SUD PSB Singapore, the internationally recognised testing, inspection and certification body.

DON’T Run cords near water sources or under rugs, in case of wearing out and short-circuiting that will cause a spark. n Attempt to fix damaged sockets and frayed cords, as you may hurt yourself or do it wrongly and cause a potential hazard. Hire a professional electrician! n Overload your electrical outlets by plugging in too many appliances or extensions. n

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Don’t pour water on a grease fire (when oil becomes too hot while cooking), as it will cause the oil to splash and spread the fire! Turn the heat off and cover the pan with a metal lid or wet cloth to extinguish the fire.

DID YOU KNOW Apply the P.A.S.S method when using a fire extinguisher:

Pull the safety pin from the handle.

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Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the flames. n

Squeeze the lever above the handle. Release to stop the flow. n

n Sweep from side to side, until all flames are extinguished.


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MALAYSIA Acacia Fine Fabrics tel: +603-4252-3378 www.acaciafabrics.com

A-Jung Electric Sdn Bhd Suite E-06-08, Plaza Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-6201-9101

Akemi Uchi

www.akemiuchi.com

Alpha

tel: +603-5740-6666 www.alphamalaysia.com

Bangsar Shopping Centre www.bsc.com.my

BoConcept

T112 Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2011-0178

Bilton Industrial Products Sdn Bhd 95 & 95-1 Jalan 1/17 Off Jalan Kepong Taman Fadason 52000 Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-6257-6327

Bosch

www.bosch-home.com.my

Caesarstone

www.caesarstone.com.sg

Courts

www.courts.com.my

Eastern Decorator Sdn Bhd WHITE ROOM (Eastern Decorator Sdn Bhd)

Suite E-3A, Level 3A, Corporate Bulding (Block E), Southgate Centre, No2, Jalan Dua, Off Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-9222-3488

Electrolux

tel: 1300-88-1122

Epson Malaysia Sdn Bhd

3rd Floor, East Tower, Wisma Consplant 1, No 2, Jalan SS16/4, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. tel: +603-5628-8288 www.epson.com.my

Feruni Ceramiche 12 Jalan 213 Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7784-7277

Flexform Kuala Lumpur by Studio 216 The Gardens, Level 2, Unit S-203, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur. tel: +603-2202-1798

Goodrich Global

M-2-2 Block M Plaza Damas Phase II Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-6201-5757

Gudang Damansara S15 Bangsar Shopping Centre Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2092-2618

Guocera

5th Floor Wisma Kemajuan No 2 jalan 19/1B Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7958-7922

Harvey Norman

For store listing, go to www.harveynorman.com.my

Häfele Design Centre Kuala Lumpur No 42, Jalan SS21/1, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. tel: +603-7733-4526 +603-7733-6526

Hitachi

Suite17.3, Level 17 Menara IMC, Jalan Sultan Ismail Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2031-8751

IKEA Cheras

No 2A, Jalan Cochrane, Taman Maluri, 55100, Kuala Lumpur

IKEA Damansara

2 Jalan PJU7/2 Mutiara Damansara Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7726-7777

Interfal

No 45 & 47 Jalan SS18/1B Subang Jaya. tel: +603-5638-9213

Janine

S112 Bangsar Shopping Centre Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2094-9530

J & J Chesters Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Miele

Menara Kencana Petroleum Solaris Dutamas Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-6205-3899

MML (Malaysian Mosaics Sdn Bhd

Block B-0-1, Megan Avenue 1, 189 Jalan Tun Razak Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2166-4121

1A Jalan 205, Off Jalan Tandang Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7718-7333

Johnson Suisse

NestNordic.com

www.johnsonsuisse.com.my

KDK

3rd Floor, No 15 Jalan Tandang Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7785-5011

Kimgres Marketing Sdn Bhd Lot 5, Jalan Kilang/ Jalan 217 Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7783-9811

Kitch

11, Jalan Dato Abu Bakar, 16/1, 46350, Petaling Jaya tel: +6018-599-8233

Kitchenaid

tel: +603-7877-5216

Legrand

Lot 1888, Jalan KPB7, Kawasan Perindustrian Balakong, Selangor tel: +603-8962-3333

LG

tel: 1800-822-822 www.lg.com

No.G2-G4, Oval Tower Damansara, Jalan Damansara, 60000 KL tel: 03-7733 7605 www.nestnordic.com

Nippon Paint

tel: 1800-88-2663 www.nipponpaint.com.my

Niro Ceramic (M) Sdn Bhd

Lot 2, Persiaran Sultan Section 15 Petaling Jaya tel: +603-5033-9333

Panasonic

Lot 10, Jalan 13/2 Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7953-7600

Pensonic

tel: 1800-881-770 www.pensonic.com

Robinsons

The Gardens Mall Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2089-1188

Samsung

149 Jalan Sungai Besi Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-9222-2413

Suite E-09-01, Level 9 East Wing ICON Jalan Tun Razak Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2165-0000

Ligne Roset

Sharp

Lightcraft

S3 Pamper Floor Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2710-3388

Linds Furniture 162 Jalan Maarof Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2094-6055

Lorenzo

For store listing, go to www.lorenzo-international.com

No 1A Persiaran Kuala Langat Section 27 Shah Alam tel: +603-5102-5311

Signature Kitchen

Lot 24 Jalan Teknologi Taman Sains Selangor 1 Kota Damansara tel: +603-6286-7000

Stadler FormBlue Orange Resources Sdn Bhd

Storage Systems 15-2-3, Megan Corporate Park, Block B, Jalan 1/125E, Taman Desa Petaling, Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-9057-7933

Studio At 216 Sdn Bhd

The Gardens L2 Unit S216, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 KL tel: 03-2201 1798 www.studio216.co

Teka

tel: +603-7620-1600

Terracotta Tiles

15 Jalan Pendidik U1/31 Hicom Glenmarie Shah Alam tel: +603-5569-4799

Toshiba

tel: +603-5565-8000 www.toshiba.com.my

White Horse Ceramic tel: 1800-88-1880 www.whitehorse.com.my

White Room

www.whiteroom.asia

Vanguard Interiors

D1-G/M Jalan Selaman 1 Dataran Palma, Ampang, Selangor tel: +603-4270-3933

Venetta Fabrics and Distribution tel: 06-799 6666

Visionary Solutions Sdn Bhd

A-G-08 Block Allamanda, 10 Boulevard, Lebuhraya Sprint, PJU 6A, 47400, Petaling Jaya tel: +603-7710-5877

Vluz Concept (M) Sdn Bhd

40, Desa Sri Hartamas, Jalan 28/70A, Kuala Lumpur, tel: +603-2300-1665

Space Furniture

3-12 The Intermark Mall Kuala Lumpur tel: +603-2166-2212

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PLAIN WALLS CAN GET BORING AFTER A WHILE, SO WHY NOT TRY WALLPAPER TO JAZZ UP YOUR LIVING SPACE?

Home is where the heart is, especially considering the amount of time we spend within its walls. Walls are easy to decorate! All the colours we could possibly think of using are available in metal paint cans, ready to be bought and used for our walls. That said, however, plain coloured walls can be too simple and generic for some people despite the diverse palette available. The simplest solution to this: paste on wallpaper!

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Wallpaper adds a lot of character and atmosphere to a living space. With intrinsic patterns, textures, and a plethora of custom colour combinations, wallpaper helps to convey its own individual aura to the occupants of a room. It also adds a personal touch instantly and makes a bold design statement. Wallpaper options are also wrought with versatility given the variety of patterns and finishings that can be

utilised in any combination. Metallic wallpaper can easily complement a display of silverware, vases, and metal frames, providing stark contrast to neutral furniture. Floral prints presented in different colours can give off a range of atmospheres, from fun and light, to warm and sophisticated. It’s also a great and easy way to reflect your own unique personality, and is also a versatile choice for your next or current home!

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