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Contents AUGUST 2016
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The humble HDB flat gets a style upgrade with the clever use of trendsetting industrial fittings.
Product and event debuts
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Red and white parade
Lifestyle stores Vanilla Home and Naiise at The Cathay
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Taiwan-based KIMU Design Studio Architects-turned-scarf designers Binary Style
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
Lessons on how to live it up stylishly in a industrial-inspired BTO flat
A sleek and cosy Executive Maisonette for a modern family
A STuDy IN ElEGANCE
Scandinavian furnishings and wood accents give a resale flat its classic good looks
Taking a cue from Singapore’s heritage, this double-storey HDB maisonette exudes character and charm
This plant-filled apartment is an oasis in all sense of the word
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Space, like wealth, is relative. Whether a space is large enough depends on what you think is enough. After all, it is how you use and shape a space that makes it comfortable. If you are looking for smart ways to maximise your home, we have plenty of ideas. From employing visual tricks to using convertible furniture, we have a few design tricks to help you make a tiny floor plan look and feel larger (page 56). And with the sizes of kitchens getting tighter, we’d totally understand the need for multipurpose equipment. That’s why we have rounded up the most hardworking kitchen appliances that are able to execute different cooking styles (page 52). Another great example of an efficient use of small space is, but of course, Singapore. As we celebrate
National Day this month, let’s spare a minute to think about one of the country’s most recognisable icon, the Housing Development Board flat. First introduced in 1960 to accommodate a growing population, the HDB flat is now synonymous with a nation of homeowners. This has made many HDB dwellers extremely houseproud. And to exemplify that, we have found five stylish HDB homes for you to get inspired by (page 68). In this issue, we also shine the spotlight on local furniture designers (page 34) and pick some red and white decor to let you show off your national pride (page 22). Yours truly,
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DelightFULL has added four new sculptural lamps that lend a touch of luxury to any room. Inspired by music and Art Deco, the Brubeck Chandelier is an elegant flock of handmade brass tubes designed to beautify the dining table. It is fully customisable to fit different rooms and table sizes. Likewise, the Donna Table Lamp is a toned-down version of Brubeck that fits snugly on a bedside table. The fully customisable lamp is designed to fit into the contemporary space with a hint of 1920â€™s drama. For more information, visit www.delightfull.eu
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touch of elegance Koket, a high-end home furnishing brand from the US has introduced the Millicent Chaise, a conversation starter for the home. With its combination of soft crushed velvet and graceful curves, it adds an instant touch of luxe to any room. The elegant chaise lounge measures 1.85-m and comes in any colour of choice, perfect for homeowners who seek a luxury piece that defines their personality. For more information, visit www.bykoket.com
B&B Italia has opened another door in Taiwan, after Taipei and Kaohsiung. The stylish two-storey retail outlet is located at the exclusive shopping district of Taichung. The sophisticated interior incorporates a play of shadows and light to evoke an opulent yet welcoming ambience. The clever mix of interior and graphic design warmly welcome shoppers as they leisurely browse the vast selection of furniture for the living and outdoor environments. For more information, visit www.bebitalia.com
the right fit Having a made-to-measure corner sofa is now possible. Thanks to Rume, a British home furnishings company and its ingenious Powis sofa. Each Powis corner system is adaptable to the size of the rooms the chaise is to be placed in. Once the spot is decided, the room will be mapped and measured to create a 3D cad drawing for visualisation purpose. Be it onearmed, wide cushions or even U-Shaped, each unit of Powis sofa is individually tailored to fit specific corners where you want it to be. For more information, visit visit www.rume.co.uk
Swedish company, Steel by Göhlin has debuted its first furniture piece, Chair No 1, created by architect Pontus Lomar. The seating collection features deep black powder-coated steel rods that flaunt minimalist geometric lines – a design feature that lends a modern touch to the home. As the name conveys, steel is the primary material that forms the collection, with the additional touch of leather, marble, wood and glass to enhance its aesthetic. For more information, visit www.steelbygohlin.se
A tried-and-tested trick in any home decorator’s book is to scatter cushions around a space to add instant vibrancy. Lane, a UK homeware brand, has just released its first collection of Twin Tone Cushions. The 43x43-cm cushions come in four different combinations of bright and muted tones to suit your whims. Depending on the side that you choose, you can effortlessly change the mood of a room by simply flipping over these tweedcovered pieces. For more information, visit www.lanebypost.com
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Back to the future Looking back at the past to create the future is the main idea of Sancal’s new collection. Futura Collection re-imagines the 1960’s and its projection of the future. The range draws inspiration from fashion designer Paco Rabanne and the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey – think round-edged chairs, structured coffee tables, and white and gold colour schemes. The clever spin on past and present results in fun and sophisticated pieces that convey the serious Space Age vibes. For more information, visit www.sancal.com
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The OK Disc Lamp by Konstantin Grcic for FLOS is a re-imagination of the classic Parentesi light invented in 1971. The designer re-defined the classic lamp without losing its roots by swapping the original light bulb to an ultra-flat LED surface with a 360-degree rotation. Thanks to its sensitive re-integration and modernised functionality, the OK Disc lamp was awarded the prestigious Compasso d’Oro Prize, for an “object that presents the evolution of an icon while maintaining its traditional elegance.” For more information, visit www.flos.com
The Layer x Bitossi Ceramiche Charge Tray is the epitome of design and functionality. While it doubles up as a base to store and display small items, the ceramic tray enables easy wireless charging for tablets and mobile phones too. The induction charging system is made possible by a compression-moulded silicone module located on the base of each plate. The innovative home accessory comes in four sizes and finishes – salt, matte, crackle and soba. For more information, visit www.layerdesign.com
stone age Danish homeware brand Louise Roe’s new stoneware collection, Pisu, adds a touch of Japanese aesthetics to its Scandinavian sensibilities. Each piece from the collection is shaped and coloured by hand to give it an element of artisanal craftsmanship. The collection consists of eight pieces that come in three colours – white, black, and jade green. With a combination of matte exterior and shiny interior for a pleasant contrast and colour play, the elegant kitchenwares are made at high temperature that renders them sturdy and suitable for oven and microwave cooking. They are also dishwasher safe. For more information, visit www.louiseroe.dk
the mighty net The Cradle collection by Layer for Italian furniture brand Moroso presents a unique blend of a hammock and a conventional lounge chair. The pieces are made with high-performance stretch textile exclusively developed by Layer to emulate the traditional net. Exceptionally strong but without the bulkiness and weight, the high-tech cultivated fabric provides support and comfort for the body. The Cradle lounge chair comes in various colour and two different sizes. For more information, visit www.layerdesign.com
Another Country, a UKbased furniture company, has introduced new additions to its Series Two range, a collection of ash and walnut-coloured furniture made of high-quality solid wood. Desk Two is a timeless worktop desk with two soft-close drawers and an open shelf, adorned with a brass accent. Another new member of the range is Stool Two Round, a three-legged stool in with a sharp silhouette polished in white oiled ash. For more information, visit www.anothercountry.com
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SMALL BUT MIGHTY With its elegant spherical shape and glimmering metal body, the AP-C100 by cado is an upgraded version of the conventional air purifier. The machine functions on an extensive threestage filtration process that absorbs and breaks down harmful substances and suppresses the breeding of viruses. Plus, it is developed with a self-renewing filter that uses photocatalysis technology that prolongs the lifespan of the filter. As with most purifiers in the market, the AP-C100 is able to block PM2.5 particular matter that measure less than 2.5 micrometres. Good looking, quiet and efficient, this machine is made for bedrooms and studies. Available at selected Gain City, Parisilk and Mega Discount Store outlets
ELEGANT FORM With a frameless screen and an invisible sound system that radiates backwards and delivers a powerful threedimensional stereo sound, the Loewe One ($3,999) is the epitome of style and substance. Produced by Loewe in collaboration with Atlas Sound & Vision, the 55-inch television allows for premium playback with high-resolution images and high-quality sounds. The Loewe One is also able to let users to record and watch different TV shows simultaneously as well as switch between channels quickly using the remote control’s instant channel zapping feature. Available at Atlas Sound & Vision, 10 Winstedt Road, #01-18 Block D, tel: 6334 9320, http://atlas-sv.com/loewe
furniture can’t emulate their chic adult-sized counterparts? Children and baby furniture retailer Deer Industries has just added a slew of trendsetting Scandinavian and industrialstyle furniture to their repertoire, selected to suit the tastes of stylish tykes. From sheet metal cabinets to study desks with ample storage, items in the range are functional and trendy all at once. Deer Industries is located at 315 Outram Road, #0705 Tan Boon Liat Building, tel: 9485 4430, www.deerindustries.com
Gallery & Co. has teamed up with artisanal Vietnamese chocolatemaker Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat and design agency Rice Creative to come up with a collection of chocolate bars with packaging inspired by the National Gallery Singapore. Featuring architectural details found around the museum, the wrappers have been handcrafted using traditional Vietnamese techniques of Dong Ho printing, making them collectibles in their own right. Available at Gallery & Co., tel: 6385 6683, www.galleryand.co
SOAPS WITH HISTORY We all know Crabtree & Evelyn for its quality skin and body care products. But did you know that the company started out as a family-run business producing fine soaps? As a nod towards its heritage, the brand has unveiled re-designed packaging for their Heritage Soap Bar collection ($15 each). Featuring charming prints and striking patterns, you’d be forgiven if you leave these exquisite soap bars unopened as bathroom decor. Our favourites include the refreshing Citron, Honey and Coriander Triple Milled Soap and the fruity Crabapple and Mulberry Triple Milled Soap, both of which are made with skin-softening shea butter and nourishing evening primrose oil. Available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores islandwide, www.crabtree-evelyn.com.sg
BATHROOM ORGANISER The bathroom is somewhat of a private sanctuary of sorts in the home. So the last thing you want is a messy space with products and accessories spilling over your shelves. With 3M Command™ range of bathroom organising accessories, you can now keep your utilitarian space organised easily with their water-resistant stretchand-release strips that let you mount storage organisers without the hassle of drills. The 3M Command™ Corner shelf ($20.90) is designed to make use of tight corners in the shower area. With its ability to hold up to 3kg of products, this easy-to-install shelf is a small-space saviour. There is also the 3M Command™ Caddy ($20.90). Its basket design lets you store everything from shampoos to shower gels and bath sponges so that you’ll have more space to luxuriate in the shower. Available at all Fairprice Xtra, Giant Hypers, Home-fix, Selffix, selected Popular bookstores and Japan Home outlets
DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS Working with design heavyweights such as Marcel Wanders, Edward Van Vliet, Front and Maison Christian Lacroix, Moooi has come up with a series of eye-catching carpets made with a revolutionary printing concept that allows for the creation of photo-realistic prints on carpets. With pieces that evoke surrealism, baroque and romanticism, the carpets are stunning enough to be treated as works of art. Available at Space Furniture, 77 Bencoolen Street, tel: 6415 0000, www.spacefurniture.com.sg
PROPER LIGHT SOURCE 3M has
introduced its first wireless lamp to allow you to position the task lamp wherever you decide to sit down to work or read. Equipped with the brand’s trademark Polarizing Filter Technology that reduces glare while providing effective illumination, the 3M P1600 Polarizing Light ($289) offers five adjustable brightness levels – from Level 1 that provides a soft glow while watching television to Level 5 when reading or writing. With a sleek modern design that features a woodgrained textured finish, the portable light source fits into just about any contemporary decor too. Available at Home-Fix, Best Denki, Self Fix and leading online retailers
SCENT OF SUMMER Evoking bright, sunny holidays, Mt. Sapola’s newest home scent Verbena Rose combines the fresh notes of citrus and the sweetness of florals. Available in diffuser sets ranging from 60ml to 450ml and 500ml and 1-litre refills, the scent starts off bright and citrusy and mellows down to a sweet middle note thanks to the influsion of rose oil. As with all Mt. Sapola products, only natural ingredients are used to create their scents, making them free of parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and other harmful chemicals. Available at Mt. Sapola stores islandwide, including #B1-48 ION Orchard, tel: 6884 6001, www.mountsapola.com
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Discover time-honoured artisanal homeware, furnishings and fashion accessories at the re-established Vanilla Home in Club Street TEXT Jolene Limuco PhoTo courTEsy of Vanilla Home
omeowners who love decorating their homes with understated and elegant furnishings will be happy to hear that Vanilla Home has re-opened. Its new location at Club Street is a homecoming of sorts for the store as the address is where it all started for Vanilla Home 14 years ago. Sitauted off the main drag of the street, the new 1,600-square foot showroom is an inviting space complete with plush carpeting, carefully laid-out products and a double-volume air well – dubbed the “jewel box” thanks to intricately detailed arches – that frame a stunning silk chandelier by Porta Romana. It’s a place where you’d want to take your time to discover the array of beautiful handcrafted home decor pieces, jewellery and art on display. Director of the store Stefanie Hauger reveals that the Vanilla Home team is constantly looking to bring in exclusive brands that tie in with the store’s mainstays. The latter of which include Italian-made leather trays
and lamps from Riviere and sterling silver picture frames from Delconte as well as exquisite hand-cut crystal glasses from German company Rotter. What makes Vanilla Home different from other multi-label lifestyle stores is that it focuses on bringing in products that are predominantly artisanal. In fact, some manufacturers such as German brush-maker Bürstenhaus Redecker and Italian silk-lamp producer Fortuny boast a long heritage in their respective fields. The store is also introducing some new brands to the market. One of which is cult favourite By Lassen, a Danish homeware brand known for its Kubus range of contemporary receptacles and candleholders. Other than homeware and lifestyle accessories, Vanilla Home showcases a collection of contemporary art. Stefanie, whose captivating artworks are exhibited here, explains that the showroom strives to be a departure from a blank gallery space, offering artists an opportunity to show off their work as it would in a home.
INSIDE STORY Stefanie says that she closed the store two years ago to focus on painting. With the new store, she hopes to promote art in a lifestyle setting to make it more approachable. The store features products that have been handpicked for their excellent craftsmanship and quality. Expect to find wellmade sterling picture frames from Delconte that will last a lifetime alongside 24-karat gold-plated jewellery from Galeria Eldorado and superluxurious grooming brushes from Bürstenhaus Redecker. Vanilla Home 63 Club Street tel: 6324 6206 www.vanilla-home.com
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Design-driven retailer Naiise, brings more to the plate with their biggest brick-andmortar store yet at The Cathay TEXT Sharon Salim PhoTos Naiise
you know Naiise for their Pinterest-worthy home accessories, you’ll be happy to note that their sixth and largest store at The Cathay is not only bigger, it is better. Nestled within an ever-evolving 8,500-square foot space that introduces new concepts and unique products to their legion of fans are rows of shelves carrying more than 300 brands. Keeping to the brand’s philosophy of making good design accessible, the store located at the basement of The Cathay features a “studio life” concept designed to showcase retail offerings alongside a workshop space and DIY corner. The aim of this is to inspire customers to pick up a skill or personalise a gift. With Naiise’s very first giftwrapping station here, shoppers can easily add a bespoke
touch to gifts with wrapping papers, ribbons, markers and adorable rubber stamps provided. With brands like Pindemic, Pestle & Mortar and ninetyninestates occupying their own positions on the floor, you will also be able to take your pick from trendy apparel to quirky stationery. There is also a section dedicated to Lamitak, a laminate maker that showcases a range of laminates suitable for various surfaces and products. If you drop by every two months, expect to see different pop-ups and installations too. But the fun doesn’t stop here. Shoppers can look forward to a slew of new furniture decor showcases by well-known designers like Ethnicraft, Sketch Interior, Fritz Hansen, Tinge x Desinere and Snap Design Co. Not keen in getting a home yet? Doesn’t matter. This showcase will inspire you to browse, explore new home and decor ideas and lounge around. Feel free to test out the furniture unabashedly, because you won’t know what’s best for you until you try it for yourself!
INSIDE STORY In 2013, Naiise started as an online destination with only five suppliers, 20 test users and a team of one – that founder Dennis Tay himself. The retailer’s first customer carted out their cool Droog sticky wall lamp. They have never turned back since.. Naiise at The Cathay boasts the biggest space and the most comprehensive range of products, offering more than 300 brands across diverse product categories. Naiise Flagship Store 2 Handy Road, #B1-08 The Cathay www.naiise.com
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A natural knack for environmentally-friendly designs led this creative trio to create functional products that blend elements of East and West TEXT Sharon Salim PhoTos KIMU Design Studio top Hit The design trio’s much-loved product The Old New Light combines a wooden frame with a paper lantern.
How did your design studio come about? At the start, it was just about a couple of friends who wanted to do some work and participate in an overseas exhibition together. But after that, we started to think more about establishing a company since we work perfectly together. is tHere a story beHind tHe name? The name KIMU comes from the Chinese character that means “seven woods”. The idea of seven woods simply originates from the original members, where there are seven “wood” Chinese characters in our names. Besides that, KIMU could also mean “perch” in Chinese, which also matches with our vision of the brand that provides our audience with a sense of relaxation and peacefulness.
together. After some democratic procedures in deciding our direction, we divide ourselves into different roles. For example, production, packaging and marketing. How do you resolve conflict? There are always conflict during the creation process. But we know that deep down our hearts, we are all just trying to do what’s best for KIMU. That’s really important to understand. We also engage in a kind of cool down time out by resting and sleeping on our ideas for a while and see if they change anything. wHat was tHe inspiration beHind tHe new old ligHt? The idea originated from Taiwan’s geogaphic and cultural influence that blend East and West. The simple shape of
sHare witH us How tHe design process is like. Our design process is a bit tricky. Not so much of how three is a hard number to work with, but also because we work in different time zones. Alex is currently studying in Helsinki while two of us stay in Taipei. As a result, we work a lot via Skype and Facebook to discuss our products and branding related matters. We usually nature positioning Recreating the generate ideas and sketches wooden flower ware in The Old New Vase.
lampshade comes from traditional Chinese paper lanterns. But the lamp also combines contemporary industrial styles. The New Old Light can be adjusted for different lighting effects by simply pulling down the lantern part to switch from a spotlight to a soft light. Due to the flexibility of lantern structure, you can also change the length of the lampshade. is tHe detective survival guide notebook supposed to be used as a tool to people watcH? We use the Detective Survival Guide notebook in our daily lives a lot, but not so much for spying on people. It turns out that this design stands out too much, so there’s no way detectives could survive from the attention of others.
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tHe red and wHite “Merah Puteh” is Binary Style’s newest piece, a National Day-inspired design featuring local icons such as the Tembusu tree.
sQuare beauties A range of Binary Style scarves including “Canoeing Day in MacRitchie” (middle).
SAnthi And SAri, Binary Style
Meet the twin architects-turneddesigners who transform local landscapes into beautiful scarf prints TEXT Lee Kai Lin PhoTos Binary Style
sister act Originally from Indonesia, Santhi (left) and Sari have been living in Singapore for 15 and five years respectively.
wHat gave you tHe idea for binary style scarves? sari: Binary Style came out of our personal obsession with scarves. They’re so versatile and keep you warm in Singapore’s freezing malls. We were trained as architects, and love drawing urban scenes, and thought that there’s no better medium to present them than on scarves. One of our first designs depicting urban scenes is the Tiong Bahru scarf, and it proved so popular as people were fascinated by the level of architectural details they could find.
tiong baHru This design captures the architecture of the iconic neighbourhood.
How do you go about selecting a landscape to use in your designs? sari: We’re always drawn to present something that we personally love. For me, that’s the historical districts, such as Chinatown and Joo Chiat. I also have a fondness for the nature reserves of Singapore. I want to be able to capture all the things that I can see, feel and smell in the design. santhi: I try to imagine the landscape on a scarf.
Something can be interesting in real life but not necessarily make a nice pattern on scarf. I also like choosing sites that are easily recognisable. wHat are some arcHitecturally underrated neigHbourHoods in singapore? santhi: As an architect, I get frustrated when I see a place that doesn’t live up to its potential, and I try to imagine how it can be converted into something more attractive and notable. The Rail Mall area in Upper Bukit Timah is underrated – there’s so much history in it and it’s just next to a beautiful old railway bridge. wHo are your favourite local designers and craftspeople? sari: I have many – Singapore is such a hotbed of creative designers and makers. The energy is simply unstoppable and you can feel it all around you. I love WOHA for their wonderful architecture and Carolyn Kan of Carrie K. for her stunning jewellery designs and her passion.
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ground Soak up the laid-back vibes of alfresco eatery Camp Kilo Charcoal Club as you indulge in spit-roasted meats text Jolene Limuco PHOtOS Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
hink “barbeque” and the inevitable images of Korean table barbeques or sweaty evenings at East Coast Park come to mind. However, there is a new kid on the block that is about to challenge your perceptions of charcoal-roasted meat joints. Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is a new breed of casual dive that combines the height of hipsterdom with relaxed outdoor dining. The open-air eatery – which occupies the now defunct Loysel’s Toy cafe at an old storage warehouse in Kampong Bugis – feels like your friend’s backyard. Simply but tastefully arranged with industrial-style steel furniture, zinc sheets and a smattering of Scout
The star of the menu here is the whole pig roasted at the open-fire spit at the back of the eatery.
paraphernalia (think kerosene lamps and flags), the space is the definition of laid-back dining. Round the back near the roasting spit is a cargo container converted into a massive outdoor chiller, which is covered in eye-catching artwork by graffiti artist Didier “Jada” Mathieu as a nod towards Camp Kilo’s star attractions. The fact that the space is bordered by the secluded Kallang Riverside Park and the Kallang River also adds to its off-the-beaten-track vibe, although Camp Kilo is located
just minutes by foot from the Arab Street enclave. As the newest venture of hospitality group Series of Intentions (SOI), the no-reservations establishment bears the DNA of its siblings, namely the Kilo restaurants and Grain Traders. If you are at all familiar with these two brands, you will recognise elements such as unassuming yet tasteful decor, choice indie music playing in the background and hearty yet delicious food done well here at the Camp Kilo.
For this outdoor joint, the team hooked up with roast meat expert Joshua Adjodha, who is known for throwing meat feasts in Miami. Because it is the meat that take pride of place here, foodies will appreciate that a whole 30kg pig cooks at the eatery’s homemade spit for four hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Marinated in a blend of secret spices and slow-roasted till deliciously tender, the roast pork is undoubtedly the star of the show. Our favourite cuts include the tasty pork belly ($10 for 100g) and fall-off-the-bone tender ribs ($30 for a full rack). Don’t forget to ask for
a handful of crispy pork crackling for that satisfying crunch. However, there are other good stuff offered here too, including the flavourful roast chicken, corn bread with honey butter, patatas bravas, roasted Brussel sprouts and tom yam-spiced “cocido” beans. Half a roast chicken is priced at $10 and sides start at $6 per serving. With its laid-back setting, studiously picked backyard-style decor and hearty
food done well, we are certain the Camp Kilo is fast becoming one of the most popular weekend gathering spots in the city.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club 66 Kampong Bugis #01-01 Singapore 338987 kilokitchen.com/camp-kilo-charcoal-club
Opening hours: Friday 5:30 – 11pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am – 11pm
Offerings at Camp Kilo include homemade corn bread, tom yam-spiced “cocido” beans and roast chicken.
Born in Singapore Furniture design is much more than alive and well in Singapore, with a new generation of designers who are passionate about taking the art into the future. Here are the Singapore furniture designers you should know TexT Rossara Jamil
Ivan Ho tizumuka
A former interior designer and furniture design lecturer, Ivan made the switch to furniture design midway through his career. He founded tizumuka, a multidisciplinary design studio, in 2012. The studio focuses on artisanal craftsmanship, where materials play a major role in the studioâ€™s research and idea conception process. Ivanâ€™s earliest work was a console he designed for the Furniture Design Award in 2001, which garnered a merit award. The Yodessa stool, a clever design consisting of three parts that are secured in place
with a plumbing valve knob, won him an Honourable Mention from the Red Dot Award: Design Concept in 2014. This year, the studioâ€™s 2016 collection made its debut at the International Furniture Fair Singapore. The 37-year-old was one of 20 designers around the world featured in the Design STARS 2016 programme. tizumuka collaborated with furniture manufacturer Scanmark to produce the Mushu collection, consisting of three designs: the Kak stool, Pak+Tar modules and Eesup chair.
natHan Yong Nathan Yong Design
As one of Singapore’s veteran furniture designers, Nathan’s list of achievements in the field is a long one. An industrial design graduate from Temasek Polytechnic, he started his career as a buyer where he learnt about the processes in production, craft and marketing. He started furniture retail store Air Division. The store carried his designs, which were made by Asian craftsmen. Along the way, he attained a master’s degree in design and won the Red Dot Concept Design Awards for two consecutive years in 2006 and 2007 with his conceptual designs of a mass production coffin and a portable room heater. He was also awarded the President’s Design Award 2008 Designer of the Year – the highest accolade for designers from all creative disciplines in Singapore. Today, Nathan runs his multidisciplinary design
consultancy firm. His work spans industrial design, graphic design, interior design, architectural design, strategic planning in product development, manufacturing process and branding. He is also the cofounder of furniture retail store Grafunkt. The store carries his pieces, as well as contemporary furniture and accessories labels from countries including Italy, Denmark and the US. Grafunkt also produces products under its own label GFKT.
JulIan KoH Commune
Julian is no stranger to the furniture industry. He grew up watching how furniture pieces are made and marketed. His family founded and grew the brand Koda, an export-only furniture manufacturing company. Trained in industrial design in Melbourne, Julian then founded contemporary furniture and accessories store Commune in 2012. Aside from spearheading Koda’s design team, Koh has also been busy with raising Commune’s international presence. The home-grown brand is now available in China, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia. It is a challenging task, as Julian explains, “We had to look at all of the existing markets we were present in and how they would be received in the different countries. This is because each market looks for different design elements such as material, colours, size and features.” The creative director heads the in-house Sensory Design Lab, where collaborations with different designers from around the world take place. Recognising the technologically advanced world of today and the rising popularity of small homes, Commune’s upcoming projects include space-saving and smart furniture designed to engage and enrich the user experience.
Hunn WaI Lanzavecchia + Wai
Hunn is based in Singapore while his business partner, Francesca Lanzavecchia, works in Italy. The duo met while pursuing the masterâ€™s degree programme at the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Hunn had earlier completed his industrial design education at the National University of Singapore. Since founding the company in 2009, the duo has received international attention, having been featured in Newsweek and won the Young Design Talent of the Year at the Elle Decor International Design Awards in 2014.
The studio has also worked with clients such as Mercedes-Benz and helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland. This year, the duoâ€™s works that have hit the market include the mouthblown glassware capsule collection named Glasss for Luisa Via Roma and the PLAYplay furniture collection for homegrown furniture retailer Journey East. In June this year, Lanzavecchia + Wai received the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 for the Transition porcelain stoneware tile system for Italian tile brand Mirage Granito Ceramico.
Pamela tIng and JessIca Wong Scene Shang
Jessica, a trained architect, and Pamela, a former banker, collaborated to form Scene Shang in 2013. They met while working in Shanghai and bonded over their love for the stories, design and culture they came across in the city. Inspired by Singapore and Shanghai Art Deco, Scene Shang’s clean silhouettes give a modern touch to Asian aesthetic. Pamela, who holds a degree in Economics and Finance from Singapore Management University,
heads the business development. Jessica, who has an Honours degree in Architecture from the National University of Singapore, leads the design direction. The two founders also draw upon their shared culture and personal stories to create contemporary furniture with an infusion of Chinese design aesthetics. Many consider Scene Shang’s pieces as modern heirlooms. The Shang system, a stackable component and storage system, garnered special commendation at the 2014 President’s Design Award and the Golden A’Design Award for Furniture and Homeware Design at the Milanbased A’Design 2015. The duo recently opened their flagship store at Beach Road. Jia Ju, a new collection consisting of a dining table, sideboard, chair and rocking stool, was also released in April this year.
KoK YIH mIng Kudzu
Kudzu was also part of the Design STARS showcase at this year’s IFFS. The brand, named after the Kudzu plant, was founded in 2011. Yih Ming is both co-founder and creative director. His designs bear a sculptural quality and the works are eclectic. For instance, his first collection, called Densetsu showcased at the Milan Satellite Fair in 2007, is vibrant and playful in its use of shapes, colours and patterns. Kudzu is a brand to watch for its novel and surprising designs. Yih Ming’s latest collection embraces colours but tones down considerably with its military influences. Decked out in army green and leather, the pieces such as the Colt Commander Chair sport tubular frames that give them a mobile, lightweight look. “My designs are often perceived as unconventional, hence there is always a need to overcome manufacturing challenges for each and every collection,” he says. He is currently collaborating with a Japanese retail outlet to produce a series of furniture and products.
Hippie cHic adorn your bedroom with these easy-tomake boho-inspired decor
TEXT Ho Li Yen CrafTwork & arT dirECTion Neo Aik Sing & Linda Setiono PhoTograPhy Wong Weiliang ShoT on loCaTion aT HomesToLife
LEATHER BOUND Stow your belongings on these nifty leather straps instead of classic shelves. Choose a piece of coloured leather and cut it into strips. Halve the strips by folding it and pin them up. Loop blankets or towels through them or slot loose papers into the loops. Featuring (clockwise from top left) Pisa shelf, $429, Prado photo frame, $71.95, ant decorative object, $32.95, arrow knot scarf, price unavailable, Lova candle holder, $55.95, Spray candle, $17.95 and grey and black vase, $24.95 atÂ HomesToLife.
Enhance your bedroom with these hand-painted pillows. Get your hands on a simple cushion, some fabric paint and masking tape. Tape to mask out the spots you want to keep colour off before painting or freehand it for an original look.
Give tired brown boxes a makeover with a coat of white paint. If you are worried about the mess, print out Aztec patterns and stick them onto the flat surfaces or combine the two methods for a swanky finish.
Featuring (from left) Signe wall art, $90.95, Pure green cups, $24.95 each, Pure oval plate, $25.95 and zigzag rug, $89.95 at HomesToLife.
Featuring Rhus carpet, $83.95 at HomesToLife.
FRAMED FLOWERS What’s better than a pressed flower? A pressed flower display. Stick fresh flora or your favourite leaves in a tissue and press them with books. Once dry, remove and place them in the frames. Note that you have to purchase two frames for each DIY display – an extra piece of glass is needed to sandwich the petals in place. Featuring (clockwise from left) wall shelves, $325, Seasons box, $45.95 for two, Bubble votive, $9.95, Drunken II bottle, $12.95, Way table lamp, $269, Merlin bookshelf, $880 at HomesToLife.
MIRROR’S EDGE Pick up a round mirror from a craft store. Place it on a bit of cardboard and trace around it. Ensure that the circle you have drawn is larger than your mirror so that the section is extended for the petals to rest on. Attach the cut circular board to the base of the mirror and embellish it with potpourri in your favourite shades. Featuring House Doctor Scissors, $25.95, House Doctor pink and blue ribbons, $6.95 each, fluted ceramic vase, $23.95 and Glasgow study desk, $669 at HomesToLife.
GLASS FAVOURS Here’s an idea on how to revamp those ubiquitous glass bottles you have lying around the house. Snip off a bit of twine, and knot the cut end before curling it around the base tightly. Repeat the steps for a similar effect on the stem. Glue down any loose ends to fasten the twine in place. Easy enough to replicate, you can even make multiples for your friends as gifts. Featuring (from left) Itako folding chair, $249 and Bistrot table, $549 at HomesToLife.
THREAD COUNT Have spare threads of yarn lying around? Trim them down to your desired lengths and secure them on a small wooden stick or dowel with a larkâ€™s knot. Once you have secured enough pieces for a visually arresting wall hanging, snip off the ends to create a chevron shape. Tie some raffia string on the ends of the stick and display your handiwork. Featuring cork and ceramic vase, $129, Voyager Collection toiletry case, $79, Have a Seat stool, $179 and JWA greyand-white carpet, $799 atÂ HomesToLife.
Time To indulge Keep your home spa organised while making it feel like it could belong in a five-star resort with leather trays and handsome receptacles.
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Bath-time treats take your daily grooming routine to the next level with these exquisite bathroom accessories and skincare products Styling Michelle Lim ARt DiRECtiOn Neo Aik Sing PhOtOgRAPhy Wong Weiliang ShOt On lOCAtiOn At Bathroom Gallery by Wan Tai & Co.
1 Forma Soapstone soap pump, $34.95 at Crate & Barrel 2 Bürstenhaus Redecker massage brush, $53 at Vanilla Home 3 Forma Soapstone toothbrush holder, $25.95 at Crate & Barrel 4 Bürstenhaus Redecker grooming brush, $26 at Vanilla Home 5 Riviere grey hand-woven leather tray, $450 at Vanilla Home 6 Riviere ivory quilted leather tray, $370 at Vanilla Home 7 Riviere black hand-woven leather tray, $430 at Vanilla Home 8 Taylor Morris sunglasses $370 at Vanilla Home 9 Ortigia Zagara room essence, $63 at Vanilla Home 10 Ortigia Fico D’India eau de parfum, $152 at Vanilla Home 11 Ortigia Zagara shampoo, $18 at Vanilla Home
Soak in luxury Who says you can’t luxe it up in the bathroom? Set the mood with gilt-edged accessories and delicioussmelling skincare products.
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1 Gold photo frame, $467 at Strange & Deranged 2 Gold bird vases, $276 at Strange & Deranged 3 Candle, $118 at Strange & Deranged 4 Bürstenhaus Redecker bath sponge, $58 at Vanilla Home 5 Avocado and Olive Oil triple milled soap, $15 at Crabtree & Evelyn 6 Oatmeal and Wheatgerm triple milled soap, $15 at Crabtree & Evelyn 7 Gold ceramic bowl, $33 at Strange & Deranged 8 Moroccan Myrrh after-shave balm, $48 at Crabtree & Evelyn 9 Ribbed white bath towel, $39.95 at Crate & Barrel 10 Bürstenhaus Redecker bath brush, $34 at Vanilla Home
Featuring MGM Loto freestanding bathtub in Imperial Black Marble from Bathroom Gallery by Wan Tai & Co.
grooming eSSenTialS Treat yourself with quality soaps and grooming tools and you’ll have a spring in your step everyday.
1 Decor Weather stone tumbler, $57 at Vanilla Home 2 Decor Weather white tray, $176 at Vanilla Home 3 Bürstenhaus Redecker face brush, $26 at Vanilla Home 4 Bürstenhaus Redecker nailbrush, $34 at Vanilla Home 5 & 6 Ashley & Co mini bars, $14 each at Vanilla Home 7 Black Sea Mud and Seaweed triple milled soap, $15 at Crabtree & Evelyn 8 & 9 Dr Vranjes Firenze candle cover, $24 and sandalwood scented candle, $98 at Vanilla Home 10 & 11 Ribbed hand towels, $19.95 each at Crate & Barrel 12 Bürstenhaus Redecker anti-cellulite brush, $36 at Vanilla Home 13 Ashley & Co Tui & Kahili Washup Original, $45 at Vanilla Home
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Pull ouT The SToPS When you really need to recharge, thereâ€™s nothing like plush towels, gorgeous accessories and sweetsmelling fragrances to lift the mood.
1 Hurricane lamp with oak bark, $75 at Strange & Deranged 2 Ortigia Onda perfume diffuser, $163 at Vanilla Home 3 Gold box, $308 at Strange & Deranged 4 Marble canister, $569 at Strange & Deranged 5 Verbena Lavender bath and shower gel, $30 at Crabtree & Evelyn 6 Ribbed bath towels, $39.95 each at Crate & Barrel 7 Ashley & Co Gone Green Soother Up, $55 at Vanilla Home 8 BĂźrstenhaus Redecker anti-cellulite brush, $36 at Vanilla Home
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Â jack of all trade All you need is just one of these multitasking kitchen appliances to be a master of a multitude of different cooking styles TexT Amanda Jayne Lee
hanks to technology, a home cook's repertoire of recipes has increased tremendously. With new kitchen appliances and gadgets appearing on the market ever so often, not only do you have the means to whip up all sorts restaurant dishes in your own home, you can dish them out in a flash too. But really, do you need that new kitchen appliance that promises to perfect or speed up just one style of cooking? Rather than purchasing a truckload of clunky one-dish wonders, de-clutter and go for kitchen appliances that can work for a variety of recipes and cooking styles. Take this handful of multitasking kitchen appliances for example. You could prepare a feast with just one of them!
steam ovens and airfryers PhiliPs AvAnce Xl Airfryer, $539, available at all major
electronics and department stores
it can: fry, bake, roast, gratinate, grill, toast, soft boil eggs, cook rice, make popcorn.
Airfryer technology isn't new anymore: as the hot air circulates around the food, the high-temperature "fries" the food giving you the crisp consistency you want with the guilt from oil. But what is new are the many recipes that come from creative home chefs. Toggling with different temperatures can bring plenty of surprising results. You can even soft boil an egg! Coupled with a 1.2kg capacity, attachments like the baking pan and stand that allows you to cook two layers at once, the possibilities are endless. If you need inspiration, ideas are in abundance on the "I Love Philips Airfryer" Facebook page, where recipes and tips are posted daily.
hitAchi suPerheAted steAM MicrowAve oven, $2,399,Â available at all authorised dealers
it can: Microwave, steam fish and other dim sum dishes, super-steam (this method drains fats and salt from food) meat, grill, roast and bake.
Quite possibly the pinnacle of multi-purpose cooking technology, the everyday microwave oven becomes super with Hitachi's new technology. Unlike ordinary microwave ovens, it has five different cooking modes that will allow you steam, grill, and roast food and even bake cakes. More importantly, the microwaveâ€™s steam-grill mode, used with an accompanying tray that allows for even distribution of heat, ensures that your food retains its original moisture and nutrients. Another standout feature is its autobakery function. Simply add the raw ingredients to the baking pan attachment, pop it into the microwave oven and wait as it kneads itself and bakes to perfection.
riCe CooKers they can: cook rice, make claypot rice, make porridge or risotto, braise meat, bake cakes, poach fruit, grill meat, make jam and other sauces
1.8l hitAchi ih rice cooker, $999, available at all major electronics and department stores No ball-shaped pot here, but a high-tech Pressure and Steam Induction Heating (IH) process. The winner of the Good Design Award, the Hitachi Rice Cooker preserves the flavour of the rice by introducing the technology of a pressure cooker. The higher the atmospheric pressure, the hotter the temperature in the cooker, helping rice cook faster. The pressure also forces liquid into the food sealing its flavour while preventing it from burning. If it can do that for rice, imagine what it can do for other types of food!
Value for money
MAyer rice cooker Model MMrc18d, $159, available at all major electronics and department stores
The rice cooker's ability to retain steam and slowly circulate it makes it perfect for dishes that require plenty of moisture. The better your machine, the more moist and soft the dishes you cook turn out. Mayer's rice cooker comes with eight cooking functions and, interestingly enough, a unique ballshaped pot. Mayer claims this helps it mimic the firewood cooking style from bygone eras and that it ensures proper circulation and absorption of liquid as your dishes cook. We're not sure if this is true, but the 1.5l pot is definitely an adorable addition to any kitchen.
food ProCessors and stand miXers
sLoW CooKers tAkAhi electric crockery Pot,
$57, available at all major electronics stores and http://www.qoo10.sg/shop/ homesolutions
it can: roast, keep food warm, make soups and stews, make porridge, make cheesecake and creme brulee, bake cakes, barbecue ribs, braise meat, bake potatoes and other vegetables.
A staple of many households, this praise-worthy kitchen appliance hasn't changed much over the years. There is little need to do so, as it has mastered the most important kitchen function: control of heat. Using low and even heat means food cooked still retains its moisture. Meat, for example, is able marinate in its juices for longer, making it tastier and very tender. The low heat of slow cookers allow for a great range of recipes. While you might not be able to fry, you can rest assured that whatever you cook will come out softer and much more moist. This Takahi slow cooker is also versatile – its inner pot doubles as an actual pot that can be removed and placed right over the stove for a higher heat.
cuisineArt Mini-PreP Plus Processor, $198, available at Tott Store
it can: Grind nuts, make paste, blend smoothies, grind meat, crumble biscuits, chop garlic and onions, shred and slice vegetables, cut cold butter into flour, make frozen yoghurt, churn heavy cream.
The Mini-Prep might be small, but it sure is powerful. Despite having only two functions – chop and grind – it is a versatile tool that can used with almost any recipe. It also helps save time by making quick work of prep such as having to finely chop all the many herbs, onions and garlic and more for a curry paste. Equipped with an auto-reversing smart blade, it is wellequipped to handle both hard and soft food. Its pint-sized proportions also make it an easily stored kitchen appliance.
Bosch MAXXiMuM sensor control kitchen MAchine, $1,699,Â available at all electronics and department stores
it can: knead dough, whip cream, beat eggs, mash avocados and potatoes, shred meat, mix batter, crush biscuits. Splurge
That's just the tip of the iceberg. Bosch's MaxxiMUM Kitchen Machine is a lot more versatile than regular stand mixers. With the right attachments, it can be used to mince meat, create pasta, evenly slice vegetables, grind nuts and more. In fact, Bosch claims it has over 120 different functions thanks to its plethora of attachments. The only downside is that these many attachments have to be purchased separately. On its own, at 1,600 watts, it is a powerful mixer ensuring a smooth, easy blend for whatever batter you make. Its balloon-shaped whisk also moves in a patented 3D Planetary Mixing pattern. This way, the whisk covers every inch of the 5.4l bowl. It might look bulky, but the machine is easily stored with no wires in sight, thanks to its automatic cable retraction.
sandWiCH maKers cuisineArt Griddler, $624, available at Tott Store it can: Grill burgers, steak and other meats, make pancakes, press paninis and grill sandwiches, make waffle cones, fry bacon, fry hashbrowns, grill potatoes and other vegetables, fry an omelette, reheat pizza, make french toast, sear seafood.
The interchangeable grill and griddle plates of the Cuisineart Griddler isn't the only thing that makes it a versatile kitchen appliance. The hinge release lever and Panini press-style handle bar allows you full control of what you are cooking. Combined, the lever and handle bar keep the top plate in a flat position, allowing you to press the food down to provide crisp edges or bring more heat to the surface of your dish. It comes particularly handy when you want to create a hash brown with a mass of shredded potato strands. The smooth griddle and textured grill plates provide plenty of cooking options for when you need a meal prepared quickly.
PhiliPs dAily collection sAndwich MAker,
$59,Â available at all electronics and departmental stores
it can: Make grilled sandwiches, pizza pockets and calzones, sunny-side up eggs and cook waffles.
The triangular pocket-shaped plates of the sandwich maker mean that you can have plenty of fun with a variety of fillings. The plates cut and pinch the sides of the bread, creating funsized puffy pockets of toast while the sandwich maker's locking system ensures you can stuff your toastie to the brim without fear of fillings pouring out from the sides of the machine. From grilled cheese sandwiches and delicious Nutella and banana stuffed toasties to even warm-on-the-outside and cold-on-theinside toasted ice-cream sandwiches, you get to explore your creativity with this great snack machine.
Upsize yoUr space No-fail design tricks to make any tiny floor plan look and feel larger TEXT Disa Tan
Design by Story of Us
W a l l - l e s s & d o o r - l e s s
Design by Brim Design
Take on these semi or fully open concepts
1 Big picture By taking down the boundary walls in the communal zones, the amount of light and air in this shared living and dining space is greatly enhanced. While it opens up a boundless visage of space, the identity of each zone gets lost with similar design treatments. Using visual markers such as area rugs will help to subtly demarcate each area and wonâ€™t affect the space-enhancing magic.
2 Showroom worthy The closest thing to going wall-less without compromising on its space demarcation function is perhaps, a glass panel. It is suited for a wet zone such as the kitchen or bathroom but what people donâ€™t consider is that these see-through panels will also show off unholy messes. If you can keep clutter under control, you will benefit from this exhibitionist treatment which will bathe your space in good light.
Design by Axpertise
3 Art of conceAlment
An open-concept space where the living, dining and kitchen converge as one is pretty much a must-have in small apartments. How about upping the ante with secret doors? Take this homeâ€™s bedroom entrance for instance; you canâ€™t tell where it starts and ends, and this seamless door is all part of a decorative backdrop that minimises visual clutter.
Design by Ganna Design Studio
4 Sliding wonderS
Pocket sliding doors are a gamechanger in flexible space configuration. In this one-bedroom apartment, the bedroom can be merged with the communal areas which induces a flowing expanse of space, air and natural light. When privacy is needed, the doors can be activated on either side to close the space in.
1 cleAn order
A white colour palette goes great with woodgrained patterns and that is exemplified in this modern contemporary kitchen. The soothing symmetry of grainy hues, clean-lined aesthetics and a white backdrop stretches the visual square footage of this cooking space. This simple but still stylish setup works well in a space that doesnâ€™t get much natural light.
Design by Rob.Wynn
2 white done right The best all-around colour to make a space feel expansive is of course, white. Put whitewashing everything on hold first though â€“ too much of this anti-colour can render a cold, stark or even dull look. What you want to do is throw in accents with a strong colour contrast and deep textures but in small, impactful doses.
W h i t e & W i d e Neutral colour schemes go a long way in elongating your space
Image courtesy of Bemz
V i s u a l t r i c k e r y
Photography Heidi Lerkenfeldt. Image courtesy of Mademano
Fool the eye with the illusion of extra room
1 free the BASe Go for half-height, rather than full-height counters to show off more floor area. It definitely creates a larger-looking cooking space and upkeep will be a lot more fuss-free.
Design by Axpertise
2 the long Stretch Keep things classy with a long framed black-and-white photograph and put it up on the longest side of the wall. This will elongate the visual width of the wall even further.
3 light AS Air Although custom-built furniture can fill up every inch of your space to minimise wastage, the appearance it takes on is usually bulky. Sleek, open shelves such as the Twin Bookcase from by Lassen however, change this perception with its lightweight structure and classy monochromatic colours. 4 douBle imAgery We all know how shiny surfaces such as mirrors can help animate petite spaces. However, you do need to consider hanging it at a strategic position. Have it face the window, an open door or lush greenery so it reflects elements that draw in more light, air and space. This Mirror Mirror piece by Functionals pushes the envelope with its dual-function of a small portable face mirror.
Image courtesy of Functionals
Image courtesy of ByLassen
Design by Prozfile
h i d d e n p o c k e t s Revive all those previously underutilised areas
1 reAch for the StArS
2 wAlkwAy wrApAround If you have some walkway space to spare, consider building a low-slung bench seat with hidden storage along your walls. Brimming with multifunctional possibilities, the most obvious uses would be to seat more guests or as extra tabletop space.
Design by Ganna Design Studio
Have a high ceiling? Lucky you! Build a loft or mezzanine to house a small chill-out nook just like this cosy little corner.
s a V V y f u r n i s h i n g s Furniture that work harder and smarter
1 hAng upS Made of rubberwood, this minimalistlooking rack will keep your floor devoid of clutter. Hang Cactus, $89 for a pair at Comfort Design
2 Booklight Made of cast
aluminium, this table lamp can be used as a bookend or a cool showcase fixture.
Mr.Ed bookend, from $373 at Functionals
3 hAngmAn Taking the
utilitarian design of a coat stand to new dimensions is the chromed metal rack by E.Mapelli – P. Passarino for Porada.
Clip Coat Stand, $1,165 at Marquis Q Square
4 cAddy tABle Why a handle on the table? You can tote it around to make more room or hang stuff like keys in the living room. Station Coffee Table, $179 at Comfort Design
5 trAy tABle A tray, a leg rest and extra tabletop space – need we say more about this hardworking pouf? Softline Quadro Pouf with Tray, $1,682 at Lifestorey
Small Space SaviourS If lack of space is a problem, these well-designed furnishings will fit right into your cosy crib TEXT & COORDINATION Yuen Yi Ying
MELO TWO-SEATER SOFA from $2,195 at BoConcept
MODERN DuO WALL CLOCK $101.35 at Art Club Concept
L I V I N G R O O M
SET OF COFFEE TABLES $391.55 at Scandi Living
Look for charming pieces that’ll appeal to everyone’s taste and needs.
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revolution Take cues from this BTO unitâ€™s interpretations of the industrial style TexT Lee Kai Lin PHOTOs Free Space Intent
3 monThs reno period
4-room BTo uniT
Home to 2 adulTs
Statement pieces that anchor the industrial look of the flat include this dining table made of distressed wood. So raw and unfinished, designer Raymond had to lay a piece of glass over it before actual usage.
ne of the hottest decor trends of late, the industrial style has made “industrial chic” a catchphrase, and influences of this theme have popped up everywhere from cafes to the workplace. This four-room Built-To-Order unit in Tampines tackles the trend in refreshing fashion, with hints of Scandinavian sensibilities featured in the details. “Most of our decor inspiration came from the homeowners,” design director Raymond Seow from Free Space Intent explains. “It made it much easier to work with that way – when they knew what they wanted.” With no restrictions on childfriendly accommodations, Raymond and his team were free to experiment with the all the quirks of the industrial style. “First, we used plenty of raw-looking materials to play up the industrial style of the apartment,” he explains. Many of the features
Brown leather vintage Chesterfield, retailing at The French Bedroom OVERALL (left)
A unique metal rod partition works as an interesting foyer divider, and is the first thing that greets visitors when they step into this four-room BTO unit. Partially concealing the rest of the living room, it adds a touch of intrigue while sealing the overall industrial style of the apartment, along with other statement features. LIVING ROOM (below)
A few factors contribute to this visually striking area. First, the reddish bricks lining the TV feature wall characterise the space. Layered in gradually decreasing order and juxtaposed against the smooth cement screed, they pop out from behind the TV in three-dimensional result. Finally, coupled with the thick I-beams behind the sofa, the brick tiling seems to subtly demarcate the boundaries of where the living area ends.
S T U DY A R E A
Behind the standalone brick wall is an open-concept study area reminiscent of industrial-style warehouses. Complete with fulllength bookshelves and track lights, this compact workspace stays clutter-free and robustly lit.
T V F E AT U R E WA L L
In the corner next to the TV, exposed copper pipes hanging off the brick wall add interesting visual impact, and, at certain angles, can double up as bookshelves too. Apart from built-in features, individual furnishings such as this coffee table also contribute to the industrial style, with its raw, unfinished look.
were built with actual construction-grade material, an uncommon move for most houses these days. The bookshelves in the study area, for example, are made with industrial-strength rod iron, which is usually used to form the internal skeletons of walls. The choice of furniture also plays up and adds to the raw, gritty vibes. The coffee table in the living room is a standout piece of woodwork â€“ essentially a piece of log cut halfway. Similarly, the dining table is made of equally unfinished, distressed wood.
One of the features that took the longest to build was the standalone brick wall behind the sofa, separating the living room from the study area. Securing the two I-beams took some time but Raymond and his team eventually made it work. The eventual result is a half-height wall that looks like it is still undergoing construction, playing up the unfinished-looking effect of the industrial style. The statement green Chesterfield sofa in the living room is a giveaway to the ownersâ€™ love for colour. Mosaic tiles used on the base of
COLOUR CONTRAST (above)
The colour-loving couple wanted some bright contrast, and so chose this shade of green for their sofa, which sets off remarkably against the reddish brick wall. The resulting pairing adds a vintage flair to the living area, while the industrial-style full-length bookshelves feature in the background. KITCHEN (right)
While the vinyl flooring runs consistent from the living space into the kitchen, more vintage influences come out at play here. Rectangular trimmings on the cabinets, paired with round doorknobs add just the right complementary old-school vibes.
Simplicity reigns in the bedroom, with minimal furnishings and only a splash of colour on the wall â€“ purple, the ownersâ€™ favourite. The same I-beams from the living room are installed here, in a black powder-coated finish. They hold up a wire mesh to act as a partition between the sleeping quarters and a pseudo walk-in wardrobe.
the bookshelves, as well as the foyer metal rod partition, add splashes of colour too. Wanting to maximise as much natural light as possible, the owners opted to keep the ceilings high. A mixture of pendant, track and wall lights are used, with suspended lighting beams also thrown in the mix for the classic industrialstyle touch. Deeper into the house, the master bedroom is where things get toned down a little. More I-beams are used here, along with a wire mesh that efficiently partitions the bed from the walk-in closet, and simultaneously adds texture to the room. The black wire mesh also echoes the monochromatic cues of the rod iron that feature prominently in the living room.
M AT E R I A L S
L I V I N G R O O M W A L L Exposed brick wall
T V F E AT U R E W A L L Cement screed
S T U D Y A R E A B O O K S H E LV E S Industrial rod iron
Home to 4 adults
3-bedroom executive maisonette
This designer employed the use of patterned tiles and wood furnishing to create a sleek yet cosy look for this spacious maisonette TexT Amanda Jayne Lee PHOTOs The Scientist
Touch of glass
A major part of the renovation was focused on the kitchen, which designer Alvin opened up by taking down a wall separating the cooking zone and the living area. In its place is a sliding glass door that allows plenty of light to filter into the two zones. Glass panels were also used to replace the original metal railings of the staircase, ultimately opening up the space while giving it a contemporary look.
S d-Bodhi Urban Bookrack, retailing at Journey East enTrance (above)
The custom shoe cabinet with casement door was mounted onto the wall, keeping the floor clear and giving the illusion of a larger floorspace. living room (opposite page)
Grey patterned homogeneous tiles and a smattering of wood furnishings and fabric furniture soften the spartan appearance of plain white walls in the living room. The entryway of the home is kept uncluttered to make the home feel spacious. Adding to the home's character are the colourful bicycles that are given place of honour right at the door for easy access.
pacious and functional. That was what the owners had in mind when they shared their vision for their resale maisionette with Alvin Ling, design director of The Scientist. Having spotted some of the interior design firm's designs in magazines, the couple knew that they could trust him to give them a home that would remain stylish through the years. To rehaul the 20 to 30 year old maisonette, Alvin began by opening up the kitchen. The wall separating the space from the living area was taken down and replaced by a glass sliding door, flooding both spaces with more light and bringing an easy flow to the home. Glass panels were also used to replace the original metal railings of the staircase. Once dark and imposing, the staircase now sports a sophisticated, sleek look, and contributes to the spacious appearance of the home. From then on, it was all about playing with the right materials to keep the home spacious and stylish, yet cosy enough to be a home for four. To do this, the maisonette was given a timeless white and grey palette that
KiTchen and dining area
Unconventionally, the dining area has been positioned in the kitchen. The space is anchored by striking neutral-hued Peranakan tiles that are contrasted with sleek cabinetry and fittings. The mix of dark matte-finishes and woodgrain laminates bring life and warmth to this part of the home.
was kept from becoming monotonous through the use of wood, matte-finished laminates and an array of art tiles. In the living room, the sparse appearance of plain white walls is softened by grey patterned homogeneous tiles and a smattering of wood furnishings and fabric furniture. Also adding to the home's character are the colourful bicycles that belong to the owners, given place of honour at the entrance of the home. In the kitchen and dining area, the mix of darker matt-finish and wood-grain laminate along side the grey art tiles, bring life and warmth to the communal part of the home.
Upstairs, the rooms are decidedly warmer. Rather than tiles, each room is kept cosy with the use of wood in the same warm tone. The bedroom floors are laid with Burmese teak strip parquet, wooden venetian blinds keep prying eyes away from the bedrooms of the low-floor maisonette and wood furnishings are used to tie the look together. Built-in cabinetry, covered in white, mattfinished laminate and trimmed in black and the same warm wood, complete the sophisticated, yet cosy look of the rooms. The daughter's bedroom is the only exception though, the owners requested that the room was designed to their daughter's
To maximise space in the master bedroom, Alvin built cabinetry flush against the wall, adding a little alcove for the television. Intead of handles, the doors have grooves.
masTer en suiTe (below)
The master bathroom was given the luxurious makeover. Marble-look tiles cover the walls, while a slate-grey floor and plenty of glass bring a modern touch to the space.
requirements: painted a cheery robin's egg blue and brightened with white furnishings. All loose pieces, they can be switched as she grows older and her tastes change. The old bathrooms were also given a complete makeover. Particular attention was given to them, as Alvin had to work around their limited size. The kitchen's common toilet, incredibly small and tight, was turned into a statement feature, surfaced with a variety of tiles. Glossy, black subway tiles dress two walls, the bold colour broken by a lighter, softer art tile. Bathrooms upstairs were much larger, giving Alvin space to work with the home's concept. The master bathroom was given the luxurious treatment with marble-effect tiles dressing the walls, while the common bathroom was kept simple with white subway tiles and a feature wall of art tiles from Hafary. The use of classic materials such as wood and marble-look tiles, and many other design elements used within the space give the home a timeless appearance that will stay classy and elegant even as the family grows.
daughTer’s bedroom (above)
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Departing from the home’s subdued palette is the daughter’s bedroom designed to the inhabitant’s requirements. It is awash in a bright robin’s egg blue and brightened with white loose furniture, which can be switched up once her tastes change. K i T c h e n c o m m o n b aT h r o o m (above, right)
Even though this utilitarian zone is incredibly tight, designer Alvin transformed it into a statement feature with glossy black subway tiles juxtaposed with eye-catching art tiles and intricate Peranakan floor tiles.
K I T c H e n A n d d I n I n G R O O m F L O O R Peranakan-style homogeneous tiles
B e d R O O m w A R d R O B e matte-finished laminates
B AT H R O O m w A L L Black subway tiles
2 montHs reno period
4-room HDB unit
Home to 2 aDults anD 1 cHilD
Boasting designs that crisscross between different styles, this apartment's neutral colour palette tones everything down. The result is an interesting and cosy home that would never go out of style.
a study in
From timeworn to timeless, an old apartment now oozes eclectic appeal TexT Fidz Azmin PHOTOs Joey Khu Interior Design
C O m m u n A L S pAC E
A colour palette that comprises soothing neutral tones provides the perfect backdrop for the mix of textures and finishes peppered throughout the home. Solid wood, reflective surfaces, and even fabric make merry in a space that would last through trend and time effortlessly.
hile most typically follow the latest fads in interiors, the owners of this resale HDB unit wanted the contrary. “The couple reached out to me without a specific theme in mind. In fact, they highlighted that they didn’t want anything trending. They simply desired a cosy living space that would never go out of style,” says Joey Khu, the interior expert that the family roped in for the renovation, recalling his initial meeting with them. “I really enjoyed working on this project as the homeowners gave me complete freedom to conceptualise and craft a brand new look for their timeworn apartment. Plus, they were really receptive to my ideas,” he continues. Taking into account the kinfolk’s lifestyle needs and creature habits, Joey proposed the modern eclectic style for their home’s makeover. The eclectic interior is adventurous, boasting designs that crisscross between wildly different styles. To tame down the look
Carl Hansen & Son Elbow chair, retailing at Space Furniture d E tA i L S (left)
Cement screed-patterned wallpaper was used to clad an entire wall in the living room to define the zone. Joey explains that unlike paint, wall coverings are able to create depth, add character and soften the overall mood of the home. dining AREA (opposite page)
As the flat sports a huge kitchen, Joey decided to hack off part of its original walls to create a nook for a dining area. A customised sliding door was put into place, serving both form and function. It demarcates these two zones apart, and is visually appealing. The island keeps the family members happy as it provides extra counter space for kitchen duties, and allows one to nosh by the windows.
and bring it cohesively together, a neutral colour scheme comprising ivory, gold, and shades of brown was chosen as the foundation for the play of mixed textures and finishes used within the space. Boasting vintage Moroccan inspired motifs, the coverings that swathe the communal areas of the dwelling add drama without being overwhelming. On the other side of the room, cement screed patterned wallpaper clad the television feature wall instead. This helps define the area. The designer explains that
unlike paint, wall coverings are able to create depth, add character, and soften the overall atmosphere of the abode. More texture is introduced into the apartment through the use of woodgrain patterns. From the High End Resilient Flooring (HERF) and the herringbone coffee table that stands on metallic legs to the solid timber dining set and sliding door, wood makes an understated statement with its natural beauty. To the equation, Joey adds accessories with burnished metals and mirrored surfaces â€“ all of
WALL ARt (left)
The interior designer accessorised the pad with art and artifacts such as this wall candle holder to reinforce its eclectic style. B At h R O O m (below)
The lustrous gleam from the bathroom tiles as well as decorative mosaic tiles and photo frame by the vanity keeps this area of the house far from monotony.
The cooking zone continues the home's elegant style with the generous use of woodgrained laminates and black glossy surfaces.
which emit a seductive glimmer that imbues the space with an aura of sophistication. For Joey, the most challenging part of this renovation lies in thinking out of the box. “Homeowners might not always be receptive to my ideas, so I’d usually prepare several beforehand to allow them to select their favourite,” he explains. “At the end of the day, I always think that achieving good design is about creating places or spaces that work well for the user.” Through creativity and smart space planning, Joey managed to grant the family of three a beautifully curated home that truly defies trend and time.
M AT E R I A L S
S l I D I n G D O O R F R A M E Solid timber
R O O M F l O O R S Evorich High End Resilient Flooring (HERF)
1,636 sqf 3 months reno period
home to 2 adults, 2 children
4-bedroom executive maisonette
Touch of glass
A major part of the renovation was focused on the kitchen which designer Alvin opened up by taking down a wall separating the cooking zone from the living area. In its place is a sliding glass door that allows plenty of light to filter into the two zones. Glass panels were also used to replace the original metal railings of the staircase, ultimately opening up the space while giving it a contemporary look.
Memorabilia and vintageinspired furnishings abound in this hybrid home TexT Ho Li Yen PHOTOs Meter Square
espite its long shelf life, Scandinavian and industrial styles are still the rage. Reminiscent of the ever-popular styles, this abode for four is an eclectic blend of old and new, which results in a unique combination. Barring wood tones and raw concrete screed, the home is a culmination of the best aspects from both interior trends. Earthy hues and simple white walls interspersed with rustic furnishings come together in a diverse mesh that induces a comforting, lived-in air. A sense of intimacy is invoked in the living room with the use of chocolate overtones, throw pillows and an industrial floor lamp. To cordon off this communal zone from other areas of the
Herman Miller Eames DSR moulded chair, retailing at XTRA Dining area (below)
A red brick wall acts as a partition to distinguish the dining and kitchen areas. A weathered bench and local street signs insert an element of nostalgic charm to the communal zones. The Nordic influence is emulated with the inclusion of pencil-legged furniture. living room (opposite page)
The white walls and concrete screed-like tiles act as a great canvas to build upon. Black track lighting, a silver clock and retro throw pillows add a pop of colour to an otherwise understated space. To create a focal point, a feature wall was installed in the recess between white walls.
house, a floor-to-ceiling storage unit was installed, amping up the spaceâ€™s cosy setting. Black ceiling lights, a ceiling fan and wooden console were introduced to complement and play up the flavour of the Scandi-industrial vibe. A wood toned feature wall acts as a charming point against the surrounding white walls, embellishing the space in an approach to create a juxtaposition between the airy feel of the Nordic style and urban undertones of the industrial style. To partition the kitchen and dining zones, the commonplace and, oftentimes, uninspiring structural pillar was revised and replaced with a statement-making brick wall. In consideration of the overall design aesthetic, woody finishes and concrete screed-like tiles were added amidst other distinctive textures to give the kitchenette a characteristic edge. As an alternative to a floating kitchen island, a tiled counter unit was installed, doubling up as a miniature workspace or breakfast bar. Surrounded by brown and neutral palettes, the distinctive white tiles of the island also act as a focal point, invigorating
Clutter and organisational woes begone – easily converted into a breakfast bar or a workstation, the versatile kitchen counter comes fitted with storage units while the microwave and oven are stowed in nifty niches.
the area. Besides its obvious aesthetic appeal, it comes fitted with storage compartments, highly convenient for organisational purposes. Kitchen cabinets have been customised with niches for the oven and microwave to minimise space clutter. “The homeowners have a wide collection of knick-knacks and they wanted to display them,” explained May Chang, the design director of interior design firm Meter Square. “I played around with existing furniture and the collections in a way that best fits the overall theme.”
Curated memorabilia and paraphernalia proliferate the shared space between kitchen and dining zones. The refrigerator and bookshelves are adorned with dozens of bric-abrac, paying homage to the adage “old is gold”. A feature board was installed to create more display zones to exhibit the plethora of curated magnets. Paired with the local street signs and a worn-in bench, the entire setting is kept homely and it succeeds in evoking a sense of nostalgia. Customary Nordic style places emphasis on clean, streamlined edges which this home has integrated. These include pencil-legged funriture
masTer BeDroom & en suiTe (below)
To create a space for respite, neutral hues were employed. The earthy tones enhance a sense of warmth. At the same time, harsh lighting is kept to a minimum. Instead, illumination is provided by ceiling lights. The bathroom decor is kept simple. Utilising cement screed-effect tiles and black-painted water pipes, the space exudes an effortless style that personifies tranquility.
that take the place of traditional heavy-duty fittings, giving the area an uplift. wood tones are highly prominent against the dashes of white â€“ adopting a Scandinavian look in the master bedroom. Save for finishings, the colours employed are kept subdued to create an enclosed environment for rest and relaxation. To keep glare to a minimum, lighting in the sleeping quarters originate from installed ceiling fan and lights. Contrary to the master bedroom, the master en suite features a utilitarian, light grey colour scheme with cement screed lookalikes and exposed black conduits that sport an industriallike finish. Counterbalancing that, more Scandinavian influences were scattered around the area â€“ such as a polished white sink and wooden surfaces.
M AT E R I A L S K I T C h E N C o U N T E R T o P Glossy ceramic tiles
K I T C h E N A N d d I N I N G A R E A Brick wall partition
B AT h R o o M w A l l S Cement screed-like tiles
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Made from powder-coated metal, the screen draws attention upon entry. Before the partition, interspersed plants sit atop timber furnishings. The foliage hides the platform bed from view, an unorthodox method that encloses it. To strike a balance with the raw elements used, glossy silver wire mesh chairs were paired with matching low hanging lights.
947 sqf 2 montHs reno period
Home to 2 aDults, 1 cHilD anD 1 Dog
4-room HDB unit
Interspersed greens invigorate andÂ give this industrial-style home aÂ contemporary twist TexT Ho Li Yen PHOTOs David Chan & Dennis Lim for
0932 Design Consultants
favourite among Singaporeans for its raw finishes and emphasis on brick walls, the industrial design concept was given a new spin in this home. While keeping the trademark features of the industrial style, interspersed shrubbery break up gunmetal greys and wood tones â€“ making it a literal urban jungle in all sense of the phrase. Potted plants perched atop a timber bench greet visitors upon entry. Slightly beyond that a customised powder-coated metal screen catches the attention of roaming eyes. Behind the subtle partition lies a miniature platform bed, an elevated space for moments of leisure.
Beyond the mini concrete partition is a hidden pond. The soothing sound of water lulls and comforts, while the greenery ensconces the space, creating the illusion of a secluded corner. Strategically placed beside both fixtures, an Eames longue chair invites the homeowners to unwind after a long day.
“Thanks to the homeowners’ green thumbs and keen interest in plants, we worked a green wall into the living room,” says Rosytern Goh, the direcor of interior design firm 0932 Design Consultants who led the team in conceptualising this abode. “In addition to that, a pond was incorporated to house guppies. The use of shrubbery and the sound of trickling water invokes a sense of tranquility and adds a sense of cosiness to the space. It’s enough to persuade the homeowners to settle in the lounge chair next to the wall to unwind.” The green wall is maintained by an irrigation system, and measures have been taken to ensure that no mosquito-related problems arise. Sitting in the middle of the space is a large coffee table made from a piece of timber log. The raw wood element, when paired with grey homogeneous tiles and living greens, gifts the communal zone with an unfinished yet polished look, accentuating both the industrial vibe and underlining its distinctive features.
s h a d o w p l ay
Installed blinds fragment streams of light. Slants and shadows are influenced by the time of day. The interplay of light and shadow produces a strong visual impact.
With an eclectic array of fixtures and fittings, they kept the feature wall simple, having it manufactured from the same concrete material as the surrounding walls. Instead of opting for floor-length curtains, blinds were installed in many areas of the home in consideration of their fourlegged companion. “Aside from its pet-friendliness, the slats fragment the light streaming in from the windows, providing an atmospheric charm that lulls,” explains Roystern. “The blinds also facilitate upkeep.” Beside the window, white sliding and bi-fold doors were introduced to compartmentalise the living area and kitchen. When in use, the doors can be opened, conjoining the zones to create a bigger communal space.
A large kitchen island rests in the middle of the space. The open concept allows both guests and hosts to communicate with ease. In addition to the kitchen cabinets, beams were installed to create more storage spaces for appliances, crockery and books.
communal zone (right)
White bi-fold and sliding doors stand out against the cool tones of the walls, segregating the communal spaces when not in use. Made from white powder-coated metal and tinted grey tempered glass, the statement-making sliding door is a stunning visual piece. A rustic table made from a real piece of timber log adds texture to offset the austere feel of the surrounding walls and floor. master bedroom (below)
The bedroom is kept sparse with the simple wall being the main focus. Little niches accommodate photo frames and little ornaments. Instead of depending on track lighting or floor lamps, the main source of light comes from the bedhead, reducing harsh glares while creating an atmospheric ambience.
Cupertino desk from BoConcept s t u dy
For a smooth transition from the bedroom to the study, the pared-down look was retained. The miniature alcoves double up as convenient displays. Colour is introduced via the chosen pieces of art that adorn the area.
most of the kitchen space is taken up by a quartz kitchen island â€“ the open-concept and large seating capacity eases interaction between guests and hosts, convenient when the latter are busy cooking up a storm. Beams, an innovative method implemented in homes with little elbow room, were installed in addition to the kitchen cabinets, providing the owners with increased storage space. Beyond the sliding door is the open-plan dining area. Aiming for a lighter industrial look, the homeowners opted for glossy silver wire mesh chairs and matching low hanging lights for the zone. A dining table with a glass countertop was chosen to complement the lustrous furnishings and to create a greater depth of space, while padded seats and huggable throw pillows introduce a casual setting. The diverse mesh of textures and colours build up visual interest.
In consideration of the ownersâ€™ tastes, the bedroom is kept modest. Cement screed walls were deconstructed to expose the underlying original texture for a raw look. Paraphernalia and photos curated by the couple line the bedside, personalising the space. The same raw effect is applied in the study, ensuring a smooth transition from bedroom to workroom. Paintings and maps, collected by the couple, adorn the nooks and crannies, injecting vibrant pops of colour into the otherwise understated space. The narrow study table, obtained from BoConcept, features even more storage compartments. Though simple, this home houses a myriad of elements and textures that serve to accentuate its industrial influence. The result is a tasteful, cosy and totally liveable home for a modern family.
M AT E R I A L S L I v I n G R o o m f L o o R I n G Grey homogeneous tiles
B e D R o o m W A L L S Unfinished concrete
easy does it open and airy, this clean-cut home has a laid-back charm which beckons people to feel at ease almost immediately
F A C T F I L E SPACE 5-room HDB flat unit SIZE 1,184 square feet LOCATION Marine Terrace HOME TO A married couple DESIGNER Brim Design RENO PERIOD Two weeks
With their creative know-how, the designers at Brim Design pride themselves on their flair for practical, everyday ideas and a keen eye for design trends. This boutique interior firm caters to residential and commercial projects of all kinds to suit most budgets. Brim Design attributes their success in the creative field to their skills in building and nurturing meaningful and lasting relationships with their customers.
KITCHEN To keep the cooking fumes out but natural light in, a semi open-concept was the way to go. It makes the kitchen look more refreshed as well.
STUDY A ledge plus under window shelving create a less obstructive flow to the entire study. This allows room for a central workstation which can accommodate #Enduring two comfortably on stylE various sides.
LIVING Timber laminate floorboards were laid over the existing high gloss floor tiles. Even though the original flooring was in relatively good condition, the overlay creates a European style which sits in well with the Scandinavian look. One wall was finished in bricks and painted white and the neat white grouting keeps the Scandi style neat and seamless.
Brim Design PTe LTD
A neutral palette of white and woodgrains can make a homeÂ feel cosy and timeless allÂ at once.
MASTER BEDROOM Keeping the design ethos consistent, the master bedroom is furnished simply with wooden pieces and a high gloss laminate wardrobe for added sheen. DINING The dining space is clean and pristine thanks to the full wall of hidden storage flush against the wall.
9 Marshall Road, Singapore 424845 Tel: 6299 5733 Fax: 6299 5676 Email: email@example.com Web: www.brimdesign.com.sg
KnocK on Wood This Scandi-industrial home extends a warm welcome by employing diverse wood textures and tones
F A C T F I L E SPACE 2-bedroom condominium unit SIZE 850 square feet LOCATION Whampoa East HOME TO A couple DESIGNER Samantha Tee from Space Define RENO PERIOD Six weeks
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ENTRyWAy + DINING + KITCHEN Cheery orange-yellow segues into the conjoined kitchen and dining area. The dining table is easily adjusted to accommodate more – it seats up to seven and serves as a sublime substitute for a hefty kitchen island. White kitchen cabinets were reworked with laminates to imitate the texture of swar wood. LIVING To create more storage space, a full-height cabinet was installed. A noteworthy centrepiece with its chic woody tones and black match panels, the cabinet is a fitting alternative for the classic feature wall. Sweeping curtains part to reveal a balcony.
SpACe DeFine inTerior
STuDy Glass panels have been used to compartmentalise the study and communal areas. Venetian blinds replace flowy curtains for a harsher utilitarian look. Paired with a wooden display rack, black “exposed” conduits, matching wine cooler and a ceiling cabinet, the Scandi-industrial influenceis reinforced here.
A simple and fussfree way to change up your mini feature wall is to use spray paint to colour glass partitions.
BEDROOM + BATHROOM In a cheeky imitation of wooden planks, the tiles chosen for the floors and walls in both areas are plank-lookalikes. With little leeway, designer Samatha Tee opted for a narrow dresser. The minute recesses in the vanity are convenient resting places for small items like perfumes. Modifications in the bathroom were few – these included lights installed in the mirror and KompacPlus panels positioned on the sides of the bathroom vanity.
318 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427569 Tel: 6345 0318 Fax: 6345 0319 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.spacedefine.com Space Define Interior
sCANDINAVIAN EsCAPE This seaside residence is made chic and fuss-free with statement features like wood textures and cove lights
F A C T F I L E SPACE 3-bedroom condominium unit SIZE 1,350 square feet LOCATION Costa Del Sol HOME TO A couple DESIGNER Lance Goh from Eightytwo RENO PERIOD Nine weeks
If you are looking for differentiated designs, you will feel right at home with Eightytwo as they inject creativity with pragmatism to create stunning, yet functional designs. Turn your house into a home, your office into a haven, or bar into a design masterpiece with them. And feel at ease to leave your projects in their hands as they will help you manage contractors, ensuring good time management, smooth execution and quality workmanship.
DRY KITCHEN + DINING A timber feature wall with track lights draws attention to this otherwise understated dry kitchen and dining area. Made of raw sanded plywood, the wall balances out the dining table’s plain white backdrop with its rustic, natural vibes. WET KITCHEN Besides scoring top marks in efficiency with its simple yet direct layout, the wet kitchen strikes a classy balance between modern and vintage – see how the subway tiles exude traditional charm, while the cove lights bring a touch of contemporary sleekness. Bonus points for the overhead ledges that make for easy organisation.
In-wall oven installations can make checking on food and plating a tad more LIVING convenient without the A signature of this threebend-over-tobedroom unit, cove lights access part. are first used here in the living area to space-maximising effect. Running along the length of the cabinet shelves and TV feature wall, they create a clever illusion, directing any onlooker’s eye movement to amplify the length of the living room.
BATHROOM This shade of blue, used throughout the apartment somewhat as an accent, is a nod to the Nordic style, and also handpicked by the owners. Here they adorn the doublebasin backsplash and shower walls, while the mirrors, framed by more cove lights, conceal extra storage.
WALK-IN WARDROBE + BEDROOM With their coastal address providing a precious vantage point, it was pivotal to the homeowners that designer Lance Goh maximised their sea view. He had the entire sleeping quarters built on a raised platform to enhance their perspective of the seaside scenery. Occupants need only take one step up from the walk-in wardrobe’s parquet flooring to access this other segment of the room, complete with bay window and additional storage space. STUDY A row of cove lights underneath the workspace shelves plays up the “suspended” look of the cabinets, which are adorned with art pieces and stationery.
685A East Coast Road Singapore 459054 Tel: 6698 7987 Email: email@example.com Web: www.eightytwo.sg Eightytwo
Charming Comforts an ensemble of rustic furnishings and colonial influences results in a cosy space designed for relaxation
F A C T F I L E SPACE 5-room HDB flat SIZE 1,100 square feet LOCATION Jelebu Road HOME TO A couple DESIGNER Ryan Liu from Z L Construction RENO PERIOD Four months
Starting out in the late seventies, Z L Construction was once the subsidiary company of a family-run corporation. Focusing on residential upgrades and HDB renovations, the firm believes in offering sincerity, honesty and quality assurance to its clientele. By building their reputation through the years, they have grown to become a trusted name for homeowners plus commercial and industrial customers alike. Armed with a team of trusted professionals, Z L Construction aims to provide top-notch personable service and quality workmanship for all customers.
MASTER bEDROOM + EN SuITE Billowy floor-length curtains were installed to create the illusion of high ceilings. Dark bi-fold doors separate the master en suite from the bedroom. Cast from concrete, the bathroom vanity works well with the textures employed in the bathroom, swapping tired spartan features for utilitarian verve.
Adopted from bungalows, beams hide unsightly exposed wiring and serve to widen up long and narrow spaces.
STuDy The study doubles up as a home office for the couple. Laminated cabinets have been customised to introduce more niches for the couple’s extensive collection of Lego models. To create spatial depth, a window was installed in the wall, overlooking the living room.
LIVING + DINING Surrounded by subtle wood elements and immaculate white walls, the stunning feature wall makes for a great conversation starter. Display units made from customised laminated plywood strips house several Lego figurines collected by the homeowners. A tiffany blue sliding door separates the kitchen from the communal spaces.
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KITCHEN Designer Ryan Liu opted for a blue backsplash to match the sliding door. Employed against black quartz countertops and white cabinets, the pop of colour is particularly distinctive. Strategically selected blue-andwhite Peranakan tiles complement the colour palette yet manages to set itself apart as an impressive centrepiece exuding colonial vibes.
756 Upper Serangoon Road #02-13B, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, Singapore 534626 Tel: 6284 0118 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.zlconstruction.com.sg
Personal haven For this frequently jet-setting homeowner, comfort and relaxation come first â€“ and this apartment achieves that in style
F A C T F I L E SPACE 2-bedroom condominium unit SIZE 1,250 square feet LOCATION Daisy Road HOME TO An adult DESIGNER Justin Wong from The Orange Cube RENO PERIOD 10 weeks
Inspired and motivated to provide a complete package of services, The Orange Cube is equipped to take clients through design conception to building completion. As a result of this all-encompassing dedication, the company has amassed an impressive portfolio in both residential and commercial projects ever since its establishment in 2003. With their can-do attitude and enthusiasm in design and offering impeccable service, itâ€™s no wonder the company has gained a firm foothold in the interior design scene.
LIVING Creating a cosy and relaxing apartment was the main goal, says designer Justin Wong, so the homeowner can always return from her constant travels to an instantly-inviting space. Mixing up contemporary elements with classical aspects, he makes the unit look warm and welcoming, instead of distant and excessively spacious. WALK IN-WARDROBE The use of mirrors on the wardrobe achieves two effects here. First, Justin wanted an unconventional option to breaking up the monotony of the closet, without resorting to clichéd trimmings. Second, the illusion of space is created, since a sizeable portion of this room was eaten by the extension of the bathroom. DRY KITCHEN As the owner hardly cooks, a separate dry kitchen is ingenious as it doubles up as a work zone. This dry kitchen also showcases a custommade false ceiling, and houses the apartment’s main storage space, in the form of full-length cabinets. Note the two effective pairing choices in toning down the coldness of the acrylic cabinets and Caesarstone countertop – with wood laminates and marble flooring respectively.
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BATHROOM The bathroom wall was the only one in the house that was knocked down, catering to the owner’s request of a larger shower space. The use of lowmaintenance ceramic marble tiles on the walls lends a sense of class to the utilitarian zone. At the same time, it sidesteps the issues that real porous marble presents.
Track lights are a sensible option for homeowners who love displaying items, as the direction of shine can focus on different objects.
BEDROOM The false ceiling and cove lights imbue a cosy ambience, while parquet flooring exude warmth that immediately relaxes. Besides that, Justin prefers to keep things simple in the bedroom. Rather than having everything built-in, he takes into account the owner’s love for collecting travel souvenirs. By letting her individual purchases do the talking, her personality and unique globe-trotting lifestyle are subtly showcased.
14 Arumugam Road, #01-03 LTC Building C, Singapore 409959 Tel: 6337 7277 Fax: 6337 7570 Email: email@example.com Web: theorangecube.com The Orange Cube
Stay cool with Khind Systems’ modern take on the ubiquitous ceiling fan
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common fixture in landconstrained Singapore, the ceiling fan is the paragon of functionality. Though intended for utilitarian use, its traditional designs have transitioned with the times, putting a new spin on things for the stylish homeowner. Enter Khind Systems’ Relite Column Light Walnut and Column Black ceiling fans, two home appliances where functionality meets modernity. Available in 52-inches, the ceiling fans boast a bigger cover area. With up to 200 revolutions per minute (RPM), they provide a constant easy breeze – the essential complement to help circulate cool air from your air-conditioner.
The Column Light Walnut and Column Black ceiling fans also use advanced Direct Current (DC) technologies to optimise performance – sustaining a powerful, noiseless airflow whilst reducing energy consumption, using about 4 to 35W – enabling you to stay environmentallyfriendly and capitalise on its cost-efficiency. Dark handcrafted solid wood blades add an edgy punch, allowing the fans to distinguish themselves from their minimalistic counterparts, while maintaining
an understated elegance that would suit most homes. Install one of these in the living room to tie your interior together, the master bedroom for the extra wind service or dining area to dissuade pesky flies from entering. Khind SyStemS (Singapore) pte Ltd No. 5 Penjuru Close #03-00 Singapore 608600 tel: 6862 3777 www.khind-systems.com
Caesarstone’s cool contemporary kitchen instalment is all straight edges and sleek corners
recent years, the open kitchen concept has become a main fixture in Singapore. With it came a demand for multipurpose, heavy-duty kitchen islands. Caesarstone has partnered up with celebrated designer Tom Dixon to reinvent the conventional kitchen installation, transforming it into something unorthodox. ICE, the first instalment in a four-part series, was unveiled after the year-long collaboration.
For each semi-professional kitchen installation – Ice, Fire, Earth and Air – the designer will use a secondary material that will become part of the element’s narrative. For ICE, an aluminium extrusion system developed for flat pack housing
was employed. The system acts as the structural support and lighting rig for the installation. Fret not gastronomy enthusiasts, as the hardwearing qualities and durability of Caesarstone have not been compromised despite modifications. The kitchen installation is inspired by the jagged chunks of ice left in the wake of icebreakers and the great frozen lakes of Toronto, resulting in a series of monolithic triangular prisms in varying sizes and heights. The smaller pieces form mini chairs, while the larger surfaces make up the food prep area, dining and serving stations. This collaboration with Tom Dixon best exemplifies Caesarstone’s commitment in pushing boundaries. The brand’s ambition to consistently set new standards with collaborations with world renowned designers and creating new styles allows discerning homeowners to enjoy the latest and most cutting-edge designs at home. Caesarstone sea Pte Ltd 10 Bukit Batok Crescent #08-06, The Spire Singapore 658079 tel: 6316 1938 www.caesarstone.sg
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