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OBJECT OF DESIRE â€“ ALESSI 9093 KETTLE This has been Alessiâ€™s best-selling item, for the past 30 years.
KNOTS LIVING Modern-rustic wooden furniture and decor.
NOW PEOPLE â€“ EUGENE YIP Interior designer and founder of Teetfa handcrafted grilles.
CHECK OUT â€“ KATAMAMA The conventional tranquil-andtropical design you see at beach resorts has been completely dismissed in Baliâ€™s newest hotel, Katamama.
MY PICKS What we saw and liked this month.
INTO THE BLUE Connected by technology but ultimately alone, this distance and isolation can render a poetic melancholic mood.
THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL We scoured the events, exhibitions and installations across the city from Sept 7 to 27, to bring you key looks for your home in the coming year.
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Entertaining at home may not be easy, but half the battle is won when you have a stylish dining area to host your guests.
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This apartment was redesigned with plenty of storage space for its familyâ€™s growing collection of keepsakes.
Visually impressive features instantly capture oneâ€™s attention in this abode.
This cosy home shows us a great way to mix and match colours and prints.
The small size of his home did not stop this homeowner from fulfilling his big dreams of a beautiful abode.
A RAW DEAL What started as a request for an easy-toclean home became an ultra-chic picture of industrial minimalism.
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DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVES CRAFT IN TRANSITION More than just about the finished product, the value of craft lies in the process of making, shares designer-maker Zoe Hillyard.
SIMPLY BRILLIANT Seen at the London Design Festival, these exciting innovations in contemporary lighting are more than just pretty lights.
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I’ve spoken to many homeowners throughout the years, and most of them designed their homes not just for their own enjoyment, but also to entertain their friends and family in. With the popularity of open-concept layouts (due to shrinking home sizes), homeowners are treating living and dining (even kitchen) spaces not as separate zones, but as one seamless space. So put some effort into designing your dining area, for it will definitely enhance the overall impression guests have of your home, and of your prowess as a host! Dining room styles are closely linked to the design theme you have for the rest of your home, and in this issue we suggest four you can try – BohoRustic, Minimalist Japanese, Modern Classic, and Mid-Century Modern. Our Setting The
Scene feature on page 76 defines each style and gives you product suggestions to create these themes – you can use this as a guide to creating your own unique look, too! Download our digital edition and you can watch a video on styling up your dining table in a casual but elegant beach-house style. We serve up more design inspiration in The London Design Festival on page 66, a round-up of exciting new trends for the home distilled from the massive amount of events, exhibitions and launches at this annual festival, which is held in one of the world’s most dynamic cities for design innovation. Exclusive to our digital edition, read an interview with an award-winning British designer on the evolution of Craft, and a showcase of exciting new lighting innovations!
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To address different needs, the Twin Cooling Plus TMF comes with up to five modes, including freezer-fridge, energysaving (for selected models), vacation, fridge max, and mini. For example, when you are on holiday, simply switch the fridge compartment off and leave just the freezer on. Having an energy-saving appliance at home saves you money in the long run! The fridgeâ€™s digital inverter compressor helps reduce wear and tear, as it adapts to usage patterns and keeps humidity and the temperature at ideal levels. This keeps noise to a minimum, too. Plus, the compressor comes with a 10-year warranty! With these features, you can be assured of having fresh ingredients for your meals everyday! 7KH6DPVXQJ7ZLQ&RROLQJ3OXV 70)UHWDLOVIURPDQGLV DYDLODEOHDWPDMRUHOHFWULFDOVWRUHV 9LVLWZZZVDPVXQJFRPVJ WZLQFRROLQJSOXVIRUPRUHLQIRUPDWLRQ
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A FAST WASH This new innovation in washing machines will make sure you get your laundry done as efficiently as possible. If you use a front-load washing machine, it’s frustrating to forget a piece of laundry after you’ve started the wash cycle – you’d have to stop and drain the machine to add the item. Samsung has a practical solution to that problem, with the industry’s first Add Wash door to front-load washers.
Now, the consequences of being forgetful aren’t so bad because this additional access door lets you add any item anytime, from forgotten items or softener, to handwashed items for rinsing.
It saves you time, too! And if you’re in a rush, there are functions, such as Super Speed, that utilise powerful water jet features and allow for shortened washing times of under an hour without compromising on cleanliness. Using hot water to remove stains can be energyconsuming. With Samsung’s Ecobubble technology, fine cleansing bubbles are formed to penetrate and remove dirt more effectively, even in cold water. Not at home? Simply monitor the progress of your laundry from Android and iOS devices via Wi-Fi using Samsung’s Smart Home app. These smart innovations make doing the laundry much more efficient, freeing up your time for more leisurely pursuits!
An IF Design Award winner, the Samsung Add Wash washing machine retails from $1,399 and is available at major electrical stores. Visit www.samsung.com/sg addwash for more information.
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12: Mighty Mushroom If you’re a fan of the iconic Panthella lamp by Danish designer Verner Panton, you’ll love the newly launched mini version (250mm in diameter, instead of the original 400mm). Not only does it come in eight vibrant shades drawn from Panton’s colour spectrum, but it also sports a metal shade, which the designer wanted the original lamp to have! The Panthella Mini is available for a special price of $398 now ($605 after Dec 15), at Louis Poulsen, 5 Purvis Street, tel: 6339-6086.
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OBJECT OF DESIRE Alessi 9093 kettle
BIO A little bird whistles every time the Alessi 9093 kettle boils. This stovetop kettle was created in 1985 by American designer Michael Graves – who, at this point, had never worked in industrial design – as a way to inject some fun into the everyday household object. The public loved this whimsical item, driving the kettle to become Alessi’s best-selling item, for the past 30 years.
Trying to find a way to experience nature at breakfast, Michael designed a bird-shaped plastic whistle to fit the tip of the spout.
Michael chose blue for the handle as it signals a cool (and safe) area to touch; the red bird indicates hot temperatures.
The kettle’s shiny, conical stainless steel body, as well as its brightly coloured handle, contribute to the lighthearted appeal of the appliance.
TRIVIA A French poet sent Michael a postcard saying: “I’m always very grumpy when I get up in the morning. But when I get up now, I put the tea kettle on, and when it starts to sing, it makes me smile – damn you!”
Its magnetic steel bottom is suitable for induction hobs.
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After the whistling bird, Alessi released a dragon-shaped whistle called Tea Rex.
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View the designs Teetfa metal grilles come in. See page 22.
character. This got me thinking about reintroducing patterned grilles, and the thrill and satisfaction of seeing a heritage design revived when the piece was completed, motivated me. Tell us about some of the classic designs. The hexagonal pattern is around 80 years old. Another classic design is of overlapping squares (pictured), which I spotted at the Church Of St Bernadette in Zion Road. I recently did a survey of Tiong Bahru, and catalogued all of its grille designs. As the estate is constantly being rejuvenated, with people removing the old grilles in the process, we will be seeing fewer original designs. In what way do you modernise the grilles to fit into contemporary homes? As traditional designs might not fit all kinds of modern interior-design schemes, we create new patterns that are geometric. And to break away from traditionally neutral colours, we experiment with fresher ones.
EUGENE YIP INTERIOR DESIGNER AND FOUNDER OF TEETFA HANDCRAFTED GRILLES
Self-taught designer Eugene Yip has been doing up homes for the past decade, and recently launched the Teetfa (“metal flower” in Cantonese) collection of handcrafted metal grilles. Apart from preserving a part of Singapore’s architectural history by seeking out grilles in old buildings and estates and replicating the designs, he also produces more contemporary-looking versions. His aim is to make our built landscape more exciting and charming! What was the starting point for Teetfa? I needed a metal gate with a period-look design for a project. Nobody wanted to do it, so I decided to make it myself in my workshop. I also realised that our corridors and streetscape have become rather uniform and boring — the new Housing Board flats have grilles that are just thick horizontal bars, with little
How are the grilles made? The most efficient way is to first form a module of each design. We produce the various parts of the module and weld them together, and then duplicate that. Sometimes, it’s easier to form long horizontal pieces first before joining them up with the vertical pieces. They are all made using mild steel, and we either powder coat, spray paint or brush paint them. Each is made to order by hand in our studio and workshop. How do you envision these grilles being used in the home? I would love to see them being used as they are meant to be used, as a gate and on windows, because I want to liven up our HDB corridors. Patterned grilles like these are a teaser to the interiors of a home. Of course, there’s also the option of using them as features in the home – for example, as a screen.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TEETFA AT 129 JALAN BESAR, TEL: 6100-6010, WWW.TEETFA.COM.
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View more of the trendy wooden furniture pieces Knots Living carries. See page 22.
Knots Living combines lifestyleoriented elements – decor, plants and coffee – all in one industrialchic space. RIGHT
The occasional pop of colour from plants add to the space.
KNOTS LIVING MODERN-RUSTIC WOODEN FURNITURE AND DECOR.
It’s hard to put Knots Living in a box and call it a furniture shop, because it’s a flower shop and cafe, too. Located in an industrial estate in Paya Lebar, the 2,600sqf space was designed by Cube Associate Design with an industrialchic vibe – befitting of the warehouse space it occupies – with its distressed-looking grey walls and floors, lofty ceiling height and expansive facade windows. Adding warmth to the space are furniture pieces from Philippine brand Triboa Bay, which you can try as you grab a bite from the cafe. The brand’s dining tables, benches, chairs, sideboards and shelves look both rustic and modern at the same time. All the items, including lighting, are made to order. Here, you can also get shabby-chic or country-style decor objects from American brand Creative Co-Op, which complement the sturdy furniture pieces. As Knots Living houses a flower shop, you can be sure that the place will always be decked out with fresh plants and flowers. In fact, the three-in-one space is the brainchild of Soh Yee How, founder of Xpressflower.com. Although the businessman has been managing the successful florist chain for 21 years, he has a keen interest in design, and has been attending design fairs around the world to keep up to date on the latest trends, especially in gifts and decor.
Yee How shares that the concept of Knots Living was inspired by an old shophouse in Hong Kong that married a plant store with a cafe. His own space is just as soothing, and also efficient — you can get coffee, shop for furniture or gifts, and pick up flowers, all at once!
KNOTS LIVING IS AT #01-07 ORION @ PAYA LEBAR, 160 PAYA LEBAR ROAD, TEL: 6817-0383, WWW.KNOTSLIVING.COM. RIGHT
From the flower shop, you can buy terrariums, bouquets, tropical plants, preserved roses and more. RIGHT, BOTTOM
Solid wood furniture from Triboa Bay are made to order, while decor objects from Creative Co-Op match the look nicely. FAR LEFT
The cafe offers light bites, pastries and desserts, as well as beverages – all of which you can enjoy while trying out the furniture.
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The heavy emphasis on artisanal practices and Indonesian heritage is complemented by Akili’s personal collection of furniture and accessories, many of which are Mid-Century Modern classics, such as the rocking chairs by Hans Wegner and PH5 pendant lamps by Louis Poulsen. The 3,444sqf Katamama suite – the biggest in the hotel – features floorto-ceiling windows, a private terrace with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean, and a separate living and dining area. It is adorned with unique curated artwork and exudes a homey and inviting atmosphere. The conventional tranquil-and-tropical design you see at beach resorts has been completely dismissed in Bali’s newest hotel, Katamama. The facade of this 58-suite luxury boutique hotel in Seminyak sports angular lines, formed into a boxy four-storey building made using handmade bricks – one of the many elements that make up Katamama’s “handcrafted hospitality”. This beachfront destination was designed by Indonesian architect Andra Matin, and belongs to the PTT Family – the same team, helmed by Ronald Akili, behind Bali’s popular Potato Head Beach Club. Together, they assembled a team of Bali’s finest craftsmen to create the vintage-style timber furniture, woven textiles and ceramic pieces seen in the rooms and throughout the compound.
KATAMAMA IS LOCATED AT JALAN PETITENGET NO. 51B, SEMINYAK, BALI, INDONESIA 80361. VISIT WWW.KATAMAMA.COM.
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A pair of George Nelson bubble lamps, a Mid-Century Modern icon, hang above the Katamama Suite’s dining table. LEFT
Every room, including the Katamama Suite, features kingsize beds, each adorned with hand-weaved and naturally dyed bed throws by Indonesian textile brand Tarum. LEFT, BELOW
The hotel uses more than a million handpressed Balinese bricks – as seen on this wall – which are normally seen in holy temples.
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The Multi-Lite pendant lamp from Gubi can be rotated to create multiple combinations where the light can be directed upwards, downwards, or even project an asymmetrical light design.
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The Butterfly chair, from Make Room, is my ideal lounger after a day’s work.
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I put this cocktail kit to good use on my way back to Singapore after a vacation. It’s the perfect traveller’s companion for a long flight. Found at Delish General Store in Vancouver, Canada.
The Tokyo Cafe guidebook offers simple, yet important information you’ll need when cafe-hunting in the city. Available at Noden.
I’ll never have to change or top up engine oil again, with the Tesla Model X, which I saw in Vancouver. With falconwing doors and the ability to go from zero to 97kmh in 3.2 seconds, what more could you ask for from an SUV?
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F o r Yo u r L i t t l e O n e s Dress up your child’s nursery with new arrivals from Deer Industries. The Fynn (pictured) and Fay furniture collections, designed and made by Dutch company Kidsmill, features white and wood designs with soft, pleasing profiles. Also check out A Little Lovely Company’s cute range of lights (from $19.90) that come in shapes such as ice-cream cones, clouds and stars. The lights are BPA-free and lit with LED bulbs so they remain cool and safe to touch.
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Blow Wind Blow Ceiling fan designs and functions seem to be getting better and better. Acorn’s new Fantastique AC-326 comes with three acrylic blades, each angled perfectly to maximise wind performance. The simple and clean design comes in two sizes of 46 and 54 inches (117cm and 137cm), to fit different spaces, and the fan can be controlled by a touch-screen remote control. You can also choose to have the fan with or without an LED light, which can switch between three tones — day, warm and cool lighting.
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Framing Spaces Ethnicraft has launched two new bedroom furniture items as part of its Nordic collection. The Nordic II bed and nightstand, made from sustainably harvested teak and oak, personifies simplicity. The strong and clean designs have minimal adornment, letting the beauty of the woodgrains shine through. The pieces also come with lifetime warranty, and free delivery service.
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New Romantic Create an eclectic and dreamy atmosphere in your home with Moroso’s Romantic Chic seating range. Clad in shades of pink – from dusty hues to bold, hot fuchsia – the plush armchairs and loveseats feature rounded corners and quirky silhouettes. They are also low to the ground, and have adorable names like Juju and Sushi!
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Try And Buy Not all shops will allow you to try out appliances before you buy, so the new Philips Consumer Care centre is perhaps the first of its kind here. Designed to look like the spaces in a home, such as the living room, kitchen, and children’s room, the almost 7,000sqf facility is decked out with Philips appliances that consumers can interact with, and find out more about. Workshops, cooking classes and exclusive events are also in the works.
VIS IT TH E P HILIP S C ONS U ME R CARE C E NTRE AT THE P H ILIP S APAC C E NTRE AT 622 LORONG 1 TOA PAYOH, LE VE L 1. IT’S OP E N F ROM 9AM TO 6P M (MONDAY TO F RIDAY), 9AM TO 1P M (S ATU RDAY), AND C LOS E D ON S U NDAY AND P U BLIC H OLIDAYS .
Known for its unique, Singapore-centric design, Love Sg recently launched a new brand – Design Driven Goods, which aims to create “pieces that would fit in an art gallery or museum”. To kick-start the brand, the designers have introduced five neon light creations, which will give your home some serious street cred.
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New Experience The Muji store at Ion Orchard has expanded and relaunched. Now occupying a 9,100sqf shop space, Muji at Ion is home to its interior advisors, who will provide complimentary consultation on storage solutions, furnishing coordination and room layout. There is also a wide range of Muji furniture, such as oak beds and dining tables, in store.
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Sleep Easy Sealy, the brand behind the comfortable mattresses in The Ritz Carlton and Capella hotels, has relaunched the Sealy Sleep Palace. This newly designed flagship store showcases 22 mattress models, including its newest line, the Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite Collection, and its Hotel Collection. Senior sales consultants with many years of experience are stationed at the store, so homeowners will be welladvised for their mattress selection.
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Sitting Bunny For those who love rabbits, Qeeboo has a range of chairs just for you. Designed by Stefano Giovannoni, the rabbit chair is adorable and practical at the same time. Based on the idea of creating quality products at low cost, the seat is made of polyethylene and comes in two sizes â€“ for both adults and children. It also comes in various colours.
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Organise And Display Have your often-used items handy, or show off your knick-knacks on the Folded shelves by Muuto. Designed by Johan Van Hengel, these wall-mounted steel shelves feature soft corners, practical folds and pockets, as well as hooks. Folded is available in black, grey, olive, and light terracotta.
Global Mix Robinsons brings in a new wave of home furnishing brands this autumnwinter season, including Belgium-based label Dome Deco (pictured) for interior textiles, furniture, as well as accessories in elegant and contemporary designs. You’ll also find the candle range by American designer Jonathan Adler, and handwoven candle baskets by top Belgian fragrancemaker Baobab Collection.
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Elegant Italian The Beuro, a multi-brand furniture boutique, now counts Italian label Potocco as one of the luxurious contemporary brands it carries. Pieces at the store include the Bon Bon table (pictured), whose round marble top features fossilised leaf prints – unique to each slab – as well as the handwoven Vela lounge chair (pictured), which is available in both indoor and outdoor versions.
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Boutique Fairs Singapore Nov 4 to 5, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard. Admission is free.
Bookends: Singapore Good Class Bungalow 1819-2015 Find out more about the rare and sought-after Good Class Bungalow (GCB) properties in Singapore through this book, written by architecture expert Robert Powell. It traces the architectural history and development of GCBs from the colonial days to present day, highlighting the various styles — from late Victorian, to Arts and Crafts, to contemporary. Peek into over 100 of these exclusive residences, as the book also features beautiful photos by renowned photographer Albert Lim KS.
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This annual shopping bazaar returns with its largest edition yet, featuring 150 vendors offering furniture and home accessories, men’s, women’s and children’s fashion and accessories, gift items, and more! Violet Oon Singapore and Liberty Coffee will offer food and beverages – and if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, there are workshops, tasting classes, and even a play area for children, too. We love discovering new brands that pop up here, and chatting with the business owners, designers and vendors. Find out more about the vendors at www.facebook.com/ BoutiquesSingapore.
Affordable Art Fair 2016 Nov 18 to 20, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard.
Bookends: Building Memories Featuring four iconic local buildings on the cover – the National Library, the National Theatre, the Singapore Conference Hall, and the National Stadium, Building Memories is divided into chapters recounting the history of each building. The authors – an architect, an illustrator, and a designer – have created a book filled with delightful surprises, such as a mock-up of the book’s Browne borrowing card, a 3-D paper pop-up of the National Theatre, and the opening programme of the National Stadium. More importantly, the authors want to preserve the memories we have of these buildings before they, too, vanish, like three of the buildings have.
BUILDING MEMORIES IS AVAILABLE FOR $ 49.30 AT GALLE RY & C O, TH E NATIONAL GALLE RY, 1 S AINT AND RE W’S ROAD .
The Affordable Art Fair is back. With art pieces priced between $100 and $15,000, the fair is a great place for both beginners and seasoned collectors to find something that appeals to them. Look forward to workshops and live art demos, too. There will even be a children’s art studio, so the young ones can get in on the action. For more information, visit www.affordableartfair.com/ singapore.
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Turtleneck, coat, trousers and shoes, all from Cos.
Nordstjerne Lass vase with brass stand, $260, from Strange & Deranged. Dyson Cook desk fan (25cm), $399, from Dyson. Kayseri coffee table smoky black, $729, both from Homes To Life. Ploum small lowback settee in fabric Mood Gris, $6,292, from Ligne Roset. Gervasoni Brick 18 19
Blue Galaxy GSC297 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam. ON FLOOR
Dakota Cafe SIR5606 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam.
ottoman designed by Paola Navone, price upon request, from Xtra. Flos Ipnos floor lamp in burnished brass, $1,510, from Space. Other items, stylistâ€™s own.
Watch a behindthe-scenes video of this photoshoot! See page 22.
INTO THE BLUE Connected by technology but ultimately alone, this distance and isolation can render a poetic melancholic mood.
Relit LSX-170 desktop audio system in bronze, $550, from AV Intelligence. Kartell Sparkle table in Fume, $410, and Flos Ipnos floor lamp in burnished brass, $1,510, both from Space. Tom Dixon Warp vase, and Tom Dixon mediumsized Materialism oil candle, prices upon request, both from Xtra.
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Blouse and necklace, from In Good Company. Wrap pants, from Cos. FROM LEFT
Espalier SCX 1172D laminate, price upon request, from Lamitak.
Dyson Supersonic hair dryer in white silver, $599, from Dyson. Gebruder Thonet Vienna Cirque stool with plywood seat, $1,065, from Space.
Dakota Cafe SIR5606 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam.
Purple GSC454 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam.
Other items, stylist’s own.
Other items, stylist’s own.
Coat, from Cos. Boots, from Repetto.
HK Living glazed copper ball lamp, $165, from Make Room. Fuss cushion, $99.05, and Caterina fruit iron basket, $119.95, both from Homes To Life. Tom Dixon large-sized Materialism oil candle, prices upon request, from Xtra. Flexform Oliver side table in ashwood stained brown, $1,720, and Flexform Helen bench in dark brown hide leather, $15,680, from Space. The Ciclotte exercise bike, $16,900 (including delivery and installation), from AV Intelligence. Tom Dixon Melt table lamp, price upon request, from Xtra.
Espalier SCX 1172D laminate, price upon request, from Lamitak. ON FLOOR
Dakota Cafe SIR5606 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam.
55-inch SUHD 4K KS9000 Series 9 curved smart TV set, $4,999, from Samsung. Alexa Lixfeld glass bowl, $2,960, from Strange & Deranged. BeoSound 1 portable wireless speaker, $2,200, from Bang & Olufsen. Flexform Oliver side table in ashwood stained brown, $1,720, from Space. ON WALL
Purple GSC454 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam.
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Shirt, tie, coat, trousers and shoes, all from Cos. FROM LEFT
3M P1600 polarising light, $289, available at Popular, HomeFix, Best Denki, and Selffix. Roma Giorgio Carafe roma glass and conical glass, $69.95 each, Kayseri console table, $499, all from Homes To Life. HK Living plexiglass floor lamp, $127.50, from Make Room. Kartell Masters chair in metallic titanium, $810, from Space. ON WALL
Nautical SCA 1124D and Nero Caraceni DXO 1353D laminates, prices upon request, all from Lamitak. ON FLOOR
Dakota Cafe SIR5606 laminate, price upon request, from Greenlam.
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Benjamin Hubertâ€™s kinetic Foil installation reflects light from 50,000 metal triangles onto the V&Aâ€™s medieval tapestries.
provided the capital with a great excuse to step outside and soak up the last of the English summer, along with the best in global design. While the Whil h uncertain i post-Brexit B i climate li has h been sobering, it has not dampened the spirit of diversity and innovation embodied by the Festival. Boasting over 400 events, exhibitions and installations across the city from Sept 7 to 27, and showcasing ideas from more than 300 partners representing the heart of London’s design community, the future-focused Festival has grown rather than shrunk. At the Victoria & Albert Museum, design entrepreneur Benjamin Hubert’s shimmering installation, Foil (pictured) – comprising 50,000 metallic triangles reflecting moving light onto the museum’s medieval tapestries – was inspired by the 360-degree movement of the Braun shaver head. Other equally ingenious projects include Asif Khan’s Forests, which addresses the need for “third places” in the urban environment, and Alison Brooks’ playful The Smile, the world’s first hardwood “megatube”. “This was an opportunity to stretch the material to the limit,” says Alison. Notable additions to the line-up include London’s first design biennale, and the introduction of the British Craft Pavilion at the London Design Fair. We’ve scoured the Festival to bring you key looks for your home in the coming year.
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THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
7UHQG ARTISANAL TOUCH The focus on reimagining craft continues to drive contemporary design, with emerging artisandesigners combining modern materials with traditional production processes and a handmade aesthetic. Equal emphasis is placed on visual and tactile qualities. Look out for faceted and inlaid surfaces, textured glazes and flowing coats, and bold hues paired with pastels.
Each a one-off piece, Atelje Maliâ€™s hand-turned and faceted Takete By merging fluid into static glazes,
wooden vessels each come in a unique
Helen Evans of Planet Ceramics
pattern and colour combination.
draws attention to surface
movement, texture and colour. www.planetceramics.com
7UHQG MODERN ESSENTIALS The timeless character of Mid-Century Modern design is its triumph and its pitfall. The market today is saturated with poorly manufactured reproductions, or poorly restored originals. Yet, when approached ovingly, pieces from this iconic era, as well lo as those inspired by it, can last a lifetime.
Winner of the iF Design and Interior
British design studio Self is a true
Innovation awards, the Marlon chair by
master of Mid-Century Modern style.
Axel Veit combines a hint of Mid-Century
The Naked Desk is a gallant example
Modern design with the generous and
of a restored original done right.
laid-back proportions of our time.
Read our interview with award-winning designermaker Zoe Hillyard, whose work champions the contemporary craft movement. See page 22.
Every item in the Unearthed Interiors collection is handmade in designer Sevak Zargarian’s garden. The products feature shards of parian (a type of porcelain) incorporated into clay.
SPLASH, DAB, POUR Paint splashes, drips, dabs and pours are appearing on everything from wallpaper and woven fabrics to tables, tiles and hand-cast bowls. All expressive of the artist’s hand, painterly and mark-making motifs celebrate the act of creation as a fluid state full of unseen potential, deliberate moments and happy accidents.
Lente by Dana Finnigan comes in three vibrant colourways and can be printed on a variety of surfaces: ceramic, paper and fabric. www.danafinnigan.com
The Gaiola Credenza by Tree Couture is a limited-edition piece handcrafted from
Poured is the latest addition
solid American black walnut,
to Troels Flensted’s award-
with detailing in steamed English pear.
winning collection of plates,
Every board of timber is selected for its colour, tone, and figure. http://treecouture.co.uk
bowls, tiles and tables, which capture every movement made by the designer during the hand-casting process. www.troelsflensted.com
Charlotte Beever’s Fuzz and Tropicale textiles add warmth and sweetness to any space. Check out her framed abstract prints, too. www.charlottebeevor.com
7UHQG Self-assured and seductive,
the Draper armchair by Jetclass is a
Jazz up the living room and make it look fit for a party thrown by the great Gatsby himself, by drawing inspiration from the 1930s and Art Deco styling of West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. When Art Deco meets Hollywood Regency, it’s all about getting the scale right. Play off shimmery upholstery and flamboyant trimmings with solid colours and clean geometric shapes.
nod to the riotous world of American interior decorator Dorothy Draper. www.jetclassgroup.com/en
Reminiscent of elegant feather boas and days of decadence, Mineheart’s Feather table lamp is a statement on contemporary glitz. www.mineheart.com Individually crafted in a family-owned artisan studio, the Flamingo storage unit (above left) and From Above Marble table by Hagit Pincovici exude an unmistakable air of restrained glamour. www.hagit-p.com
The Balloon chandelier by Glassworks Matteo Gonet exudes casual opulence and ethereality. A truly transcendent centrepiece. www.matteogonet.com
Nestled, by internationally renowned Cathryn Shilling, was formed by bringing together each strand of fine glass cane, working them into multiple layers to create deep and complex bowls. The fragility of glass is underscored by eggs cast from enduring bronze. www.cathrynshilling.co.uk
Ode to Intuicion by rising design star Juli Bolanos-Durman explores preciousness and play through the construction of non-functional vessels, otherwise priceless receptacles of memory and experience. www.julibd.com
7UHQG HEART OF GLASS Designersâ€™ daring experimentations with the sculptural and conceptual possibilities of glass as their primary medium have thrust into the limelight an industry that has often been undermined. This yearâ€™s best pieces strike a playful balance between function and fragility, minimalistic simplicity and ornamentation.
Discover the brilliant new innovations in lighting design, as seen at the festival. See page 22.
Shortlisted for the International Product Design Awards 2016, Romuald Stefanskiâ€™s effusive
New Sun sideboard was inspired by a series of grey
TROPICAL DREAM Bringing an endless summer indoors is possible, as designers have proven this year. Tropical flora and fauna prints, extraordinarily piquant palettes and hand-painted visions of otherworldly paradises evoke the magical realism of a Frida Kahlo canvas or the dreamy heat of a Paul Gauguin painting.
days in London. www.romualdstefanski.com
A bold twist on the classic Windsor chair, the limitededition WW (Windsor and Wire) by H Furniture x Studio Makgill is an adventure in colour and expression. www.hfurniture.co
Artist-designer Amy Isles Freemanâ€™s hand-turned and handprinted objects are fabulous pieces of functional art. www.amyislesfreeman.co.uk
Inspired by the shape and colour of tropical palms, the Guinea floor lamp by Servomuto couples natural materials such as stone and wood with iron that has undergone tropicalisation, giving the metal a rainbow nuance. www.servomuto.com
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STOPOVER SIGHTS If London is a short stopover on your way to Europe during the next Festival period, trying to see it all can be a challenge. If time is an issue, just gun for these three design destinations.
The Victoria & Albert Museum The hub of the Festival, the V&A hosts some of the most spectacular design and architectural exhibits. It commissioned leading designers, including Paul Cocksedge and the late Zaha Hadid, to create a collection of design-led London souvenirs this year. There’s no lack of exhibitions and interior showrooms around the Brompton Design Destrict and Chelsea Design Quarter, either, both of which are a stone’s throw away.
The London Design Biennale New this year, the London Design Biennale featured design projects from over 37 countries and territories. The Green Room by Glithero, supported by Panerai
Our favourite experience this year was the experimental menu at Taiwan’s forest-like Eatopia installation (pictured right). It explored Taiwan’s history, and its heterogenous identities and cultures. Eatopia, Taiwan Pavilion at the London Design Biennale 2016
The London Design Fair In its 10th year, this fair – which included Tent and Superbrands – took place in East London’s Old Truman Brewery and was at the heart of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, home to a hive of London’s edgiest creative businesses. This year, exhibitors from around the globe were featured, including independent designer-makers, established brands, country pavilions and design galleries. There were plenty of beautiful design products to buy, too! Floral Bag by Sunny Todd Prints, seen at Tent London
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SETTING THE SCENE Entertaining at home may not be easy, but half the battle is won when you have a stylish dining area to host your guests. We put together four distinctive looks to consider.
1 Navi reclaimed rope pearl pendant lamp, $479.20, from Departures & Arrivals. 2 Denali red rug, $690, from Departures & Arrivals. 3 Ferm Living Kelim rug, price unavailable, from Lifestorey. 4 Bloomingville Sandrine plate, $38, from Stylo Deco. 5 Bloomingville Flowers On Cream dessert plates, $68 for set of three, from Stylo Deco. 6 Ethnicraft Slice Teak dining table, from $1,425, from Originals. 7 Nomad Village Dinglik teak bench, $680, from Originals. 8 Frost blue vase, $169, from Homes To Life. 9 Lis Deco insects, $32.95 a pair, from Homes To Life.
%2+2-5867,& The boho-rustic look is free-spirited, with no pressure to be prim and proper (or matching). Warmth is imbued through layering soft furnishings such as rugs and cushions, as well as colours and prints. Organic materials, textures and shapes give it a hint of nature. Key elements: â€˘ Wood pieces with textured surfaces, or weathered furniture pieces â€˘ Elements of nature, in the form of items with animal and ďŹ‚oral designs â€˘ Organic materials such as rattan and jute for a rustic touch â€˘ Woven rugs and bright-hued cushion covers â€˘ Mismatched tableware
1 House Doctor bowl and plate by Hand, $14 and $25, from Mondays Off. 2 Mini vases, $18 each, from Oh Leaf. 3 Kamuy dining table, price unavailable, from Conde House. 4 Comet lamp, $549, from Galanga Living. 5 Gebruder Thonet Vienna single curved stool, from $1,045, from Space. 6 Baltic linen table cloth, $135, from Kamilinen. 7 Chatter vases, from $28, from Oh Leaf. 8 Oak low table, $469, from Muji
MINIMALIST JAPANESE The Japanese use empty spaces to highlight the forms and textures of the items present, so take your cue from this philosophy. Keep the space bright, open and clutter-free, and use only furniture and items with subtle details and clean shapes. There is a preference for natural tones and textures. Add colour with nature, such as a simple potted plant. Key elements: â€˘ Plenty of natural lighting â€˘ Light hues such as white, cream, browns, and pale grey â€˘ Primarily wood furniture with smooth surfaces â€˘ Accessories made of natural materials, such as ceramic, linen, and stone â€˘ Greenery, be it towering plants or smaller potted shrubs
Watch Caroline from Arete Culture style a dining table with an elegant, beachinspired setting! See page 22.
1 Barbara Barry Bowmont chandelier, price unavailable, from Proof Living. 2 Nobilis decanter, $229, from Villeroy & Boch. 3 Nobilis glassware, $169 for a set of two glasses, from Villeroy & Boch. 4 Potocco Bon Bon table, $10, 410, from The Beuro. 5 Tufenkian Galaxy Crystal Blue rug, price unavailable, from Proof Living. 6 Baker Arcade Shell chair, price unavailable, from Proof Living. 7 Diane James Blooms faux ďŹ‚owers, price unavailable, from Proof Living. 8 La Classica Contura tableware, from $34.95, from Villeroy & Boch.
MODERN CLASSIC Glamorous without being too fancy or fussy, this look is classic, yet keeps up with the times. Balance more ornate traditional styles with clean-cut designs for contemporary luxury. You will never spot anything too â€œtrendyâ€? in a Modern Classic theme â€” think elegant colours, too. Key elements: â€˘Luxe fabrics, such as velvet and silk â€˘ Neutral base colours, with jewel-tone accents â€˘Brass or gold-tone metallic trimmings and details â€˘ Fresh ďŹ‚owers with opulent blooms; for example, roses, hydrangeas and lilies
1 George Nelson Bubble lamp, price unavailable, from Pomelo. 2 Applicata Torso vase, from $50, from Bibliotek Design Store. 3 1900s’ brass candleholder, $150 for a pair, from Mobler. 4 1950s’ cheese platter from Denmark, $80, from Mobler. 5 Brina dining table, $1,799, from Commune. 6 1960s’ vintage Danish Schionning & Elgaard teak dining chair set, price unavailable, from Noden. 7 Ansley vases in olive and pumpkin, $39.95 and $59.95, from Crate & Barrel.
0,'-&(1785< 02'(51 The graceful, refined proportions, and uncomplicated details of this style ensure its enduring appeal, and make it very desirable. Design masters, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Hans Wegner, created a warm and cosy vibe with their furnishings, which dominated homes of the mid-20th century. Key elements: • Lots of wood with a clean, natural and smooth ﬁnish • Furniture with pointy pencil legs, and pared-down forms (preferably a design classic) • Darker neutral tones and earthy colours • Graphic optical-art patterns • Nature-inspired motifs
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These quirky and chic party accessories make perfect conversation starters at your shindig. Plus, tips to make sure your party runs smoothly!
Make guests feel welcome with a personal touch, such as placing a name card on each seat or place setting.
Lighting helps create ambience. For an intimate mood, opt for fairy lights, which are affordable and convenient to take around â€“ from the living room to the backyard! â€“ Noura Aljunied, co-founder of events company Plan B.
1 Hoop bowl, $58, from Boxes n Things. 2 Champagne Kiss dish, $39.90, from Dreams & Confetti. 3 Menagerie Collection cake plate, $101.25 each, from Decordinary. 4 Totem stacking bowls, $135, from Decordinary. 5 Tapas fondue, $75.90, from Tott.
To ensure your cakes look their best on the day of the party, bake them the day before, then ice and decorate them on the morning of the event. â€“ Jenna White, pastry chef from artisan bakery Baker & Cook. Store party decorations in labelled boxes for future use. Categorise them according to items or by themes, such as birthdays or baby showers â€“ this will make planning much more convenient in the future! â€“ Noura Aljunied, co-founder of events company Plan B.
6 Tweet salt and pepper holders, $28, from Pylones. 7 Jazz Age champagne flutes, $160 for a set of four, from Dreams & Confetti. 8 Scallop dessert stand, from $18 to $18.50, from Jom! Style. 9 Wood-marble square platter, $29.95, from Crate & Barrel. 1 0 Drink dispenser, $119.95, from Crate & Barrel. 1 1 Dessert plate, $20, and spoon, $16, both from Pylones.
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For that rustic organic look, dress your dessert tables with garden herbs and tropical leaves. Using wooden wine crates as dessert stands also gives the table more dimension! â€“ Jenna White, pastry chef from artisan bakery Baker & Cook.
1 2 Strala lighting chain with 24 LED bulbs, $39.90, from Ikea (available from Nov 3). 1 3 Jazz Age Hard Stuff decanter, $120, from Dreams & Confetti. 1 4 Quelle salad servers, $50, from Pylones. 1 5 Black animal shot glasses, $24 each, from Decordinary. 1 6 Painted Plumes Flamingo & Crane Heads acrylic tray, $72.50, from Decordinary.
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LIFESTYLE D E S T I N AT I O N Discover a unique shopping experience at the refurbished HomesToLife store in Katong, wherre you can even dine in.
The Cetus leather sofa, in Rustic Red, from $3,499.
Its pop-up store at I12 Katong was so well received, home furniture and furnishings destination HomesToLife has turned it into a permanent retail space. The 7,000sqf store has welcomed a food-and-beverage partner, Gastrosmiths, which has gained a following for its inventive modern Singapore nosh. The aim of the collaboration was to provide customers with a unique and holistic shopping experience. â€œShoppers welcome new retail concepts which bring together elements that traditionally do not exist in the same space â€“ as long as there is a coherent narrative,â€? shares
Phua Bo Wen, senior manager of retail excellence at HomesToLife. Dine in, and browse through a large collection of furniture, including dining sets, cabinets, shelves, and sofas, such as the classy Cetus leather sofa in Rustic Red. The striking piece pairs well with even the simplest black-and-white palettes, to add a touch of luxury. Not looking for furniture? There are accessories, such as the Notre Monde range of mirrors, patterned cushions, trays, tableware and scented candles, to tempt you. Children are not forgotten, either! The kidsâ€™ tent from Danish brand Bloomingville, made using cotton canvas and wooden poles, makes a quirky and fun hideaway for any kid (or kidult). Throw in some whimsical toys made of organic cotton from the Anne-Claire Petit collection, for some company! 3RSE\+RPHV7R/LIHDW ,.DWRQJ(DVW&RDVW5RDG RUYLVLWZZZKRPHVWROLIHFRP
The Cetus leather bed frame, in Rustic Red, from $3,109.
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H I DDE N TRE A SURE This apartment was redesigned with plenty of storage space for its familyâ€™s growing collection of keepsakes.
WHO A couple in their 50s and their two daughters HOME Three-bedroom condominium apartment in Pasir Panjang SIZE 1,400sqf
Fitted with surround sound speakers, the family room doubles as an entertainmentcum-home theatre.
Having lived in this condominium unit for over two decades, homeowners Cecilia Tan and her husband wanted to clear the clutter that had accumulated. â€œI had wanted to spring clean the home for a long time!â€? quips Cecilia. Aside from desiring a neutral palette, the couple knew they needed plenty of storage space to accommodate their many travel souvenirs collected over the years. They worked with Kelvin Bing, design director of Renaissance Planners & Designers, for the overhaul, which cost $400,000 (including furnishings). Besides display and storage units, marble flooring throughout the home give it an elegant and luxurious appeal, and designer furniture pieces in light and earthy tones create a welcoming ambience. Along the corridor leading to the family room is a full-height display cabinet made of solid Sapele wood, which was designed to look like an oriental-style etagere, and provides sufficient space for Cecilia to showcase her Chinese teapot collection.
The customised dining table is paired with chairs by Patricia Urquiola from Space Furniture. The homeowners imported the chandelier from Canada. It was made using deer antlers that were naturally shed. â€œNo animal was killed in the process of making it,â€? Cecilia says.
The cream-coloured sofa in the living room, from Space Furniture, pairs well with the Greek key motifs of the plush carpet. A storebought coffee table was customised by Kelvin to create varying heights, which Cecilia preferred. RIGHT
Besides using travel souvenirs for decoration, Cecilia also displays family photos along the corridor walls leading to the bedrooms.
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The kitchen has a sleek modern design, and is built with plenty of hidden storage space to keep it looking neat and clutter-free.
Kitchen tools are kept off the countertop with the use of rails and hooks, freeing up workspace.
The customdesigned bedside tables in the master bedroom are clad with tinted mirrors. BELOW
The display cabinets in the master bedroom are where Cecilia showcases her bottled sand collection.
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Cecilia’s favourite piece of furniture is the Herman Miller Scissor chair, which she often lounges on in the bedroom.
A similar design is adapted for the master bedroom, where Cecilia has her collection of bottled sand from places such as Africa and Bali. “Sand from different places has different grains and tones,” Cecilia explains. Also, what looks like a feature wall in the master bedroom conceals a wardrobe and cabinets where she keeps her evening gowns, bags, and other knick-knacks. Although she has many belongings, the space is always kept neat and tidy thanks to this storage solution! In the rest of the home, a special feature in the dining area is the large backlit mirror which, when lit, reveals
words that celebrate the family’s faith, etched at the back. A mirror was applied on the false ceiling to visually enhance the height of the space. Kelvin separated the dry and wet kitchen with a sliding door, and the kitchen cabinetry is fitted with Blum’s automated hydraulic system for opening and closing. Wood-look laminate from Lamitak is used for the cabinetry, tying together the now clean and contemporary aesthetic of the home. WHERE TO GO
Renaissance Planners & Designers, TEL: 6291-1545
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A R AW DE AL What started as a request for an easy-to-clean home became an ultra-chic picture of industrial minimalism.
WHO A couple in their 20s HOME Two-and-a-half storey terrace house in Thomson SIZE 1,808sqf (land), 3,010sqf (built-up)
The original glass panel at the front of the house was kept to open up the space. The solid wood surfaces of the dining table and bench from Knocknock add a touch of warmth. Cushion and black and white pots, all from Make Room. 100
Ed customised the wall-mounted shelves in the dry kitchen for the homeowners to display their knick-knacks and alcohol. Foscarini lamps from Xtra hang above the kitchen island. Green marble board, striped cups, ampersand ornament, and black vase, all from Make Room. RIGHT
The homeowners stash beverages in the dry kitchenâ€™s built-in fridge. BELOW
Individual coffee tables from The Beuro are grouped together in the living room for an interesting visual effect.
Daphne Chua and her partner wanted an industrial style for their house as it was “easy to clean”; but the raw elements and “authentic” feel which their designer Ed Ong of Dwell incorporated in the design, soon grew on them. The renovation, including furnishings, cost $500,000. “I wanted the industrial style to come through as authentically as possible,” shares Ed, who used construction beams or metal I-beams at the front and back of the ground floor of the home. He also clad the walls on the first floor, as well as the stairwell and staircase, in concrete screed. The latter sports no-frills metal railings and tension cables. For the flooring, the matte grey tiles from Hafary have a concrete-like feel underfoot that adds to the sensorial experience. The heart of the home, the dining-cum-dry kitchen, is where the homeowners spend most of their time, especially when they have guests over. The island has a grey Caesarstone countertop; the same material is used for the kitchen countertop, which segues into the TV console in the living room. “I wanted a seamless and clean look that extends all the way to the living room.
To complement the industrial style of the home, Ed stripped the Bosch hood in the wet kitchen and exposed the duct.
Ed used metal sheets to clad the flooring of the backyard, to complement the industrial style of the home.
Only minor changes were made to the bathroom on the second floor. The new black metal sink from Bretz & Co and the metal louvres echo the raw feel of the ground floor. ABOVE
â€œThe second floor is for guests to enjoy when they stay over,â€? shares Daphne. The coffee table and TV console are from Journey East. Blue glass bottle, copper pot and copper tray, all from Make Room.
The interiors of the master bedroom are kept simple and cosy, perfect for the couple to unwind in. The bedside table is from Crate & Barrel. BELOW
The original skylight was kept, which allows natural light to illuminate the staircase during the day. OPPOSITE
Beautifully designed Philippe Starck fittings from Hansgrohe create an understated but luxurious look in the master bathroom.
The stone supplier said it was the longest piece he’s ever done for a residential project,” says Ed. The interior designer separated the wet kitchen from the common areas with glass walls, held up by a frame of metal beams. The beams were positioned carefully to ensure that they don’t obstruct the view that looks out into the dining and living areas. Upstairs, the home’s attic was transformed into a master bedroom suite with an open-concept bathroom. “We wanted the bedroom to have a calming effect,” shares Daphne, of the only space in the home which has wood-look tiles. “We also wanted a resort-style bathroom, where we could feel relaxed in, and specifically told Ed to create the pebble flooring!” she adds. WHERE TO GO
Dwell Interior Design, TEL: 6883-1005
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VISUAL EFFECTS Visually impressive features instantly capture oneâ€™s attention in this cosy abode.
WHO A couple in their 30s with a young son HOME Three-bedroom condominium apartment in Whampoa SIZE 1,195sqf
The white and light-wood furniture pieces in the dining room, such as the Boconcept dining table, match the oak herringbonepatterned feature wall. The dining pendants were bought from The Half Half Studio. Vase and tableware from Make Room. 108
Not many homeowners have the luxury of a double-volume space in their flat, so Goh Rong Yi and her husband, wanted to take full advantage of this feature in their three-bedroom unit at Eight Riversuites, and further accentuate it, too. Their designer, Keave Lim of Eightytwo, created a visual statement in the home through the addition of a spiral staircase, which is used to connect the lower floor with the newly created loft level. This style of staircase also helps to save space. For a liveable and cosy abode, Keave clad the walls throughout the living and dining area with strips of solid honey-hued white oak placed in a herringbone pattern. The wood wall also helps lead the eye upwards and enhances the height of the living room space. The natural light that streams into the home from the two levels of windows adds to the interiorsâ€™ warm and welcoming ambience.
The white sofa from Boconcept and coffee tables from Jottergoods are in the same colour palette as the rest of the home â€” light wood and white.
Floor-to-ceiling windows open up the home to views of its surroundings, while allowing lots of natural light in.
The black spiral staircase makes a strong visual statement in the home. (OPPOSITE) LEFT
On the loft level, Keave built a fullheight shelf for the husband to display his collection of model cars. It also functions as storage space for books and knick-knacks. RIGHT
This concrete industrial-style hanging lamp was customised by The Half Half Studio.
“As the rest of the home is in a lighter hue, I chose a matte black finish for the staircase for contrast,” explains Keave. Says Rong Yi: “My husband and I really like Keave’s design concept. Many guests have complimented the staircase, too.” Part of the approximately $50,000 renovation cost included the wall-to-wall shelving on the new 54sqf loft level. Keave designed the shelving as a series of nonstandard-sized boxes – a design feature in its own right, complemented by the family’s collection of model planes and cars. The designer worked his magic in the master bedroom and study room on the
lower level, as well. Instead of positioning the bed frame against the wall in the master bedroom, Keave created a slanted headboard design which doubles as a low partition between the bed and the mini “walk-in” wardrobe. The study is done up in restful shades of powder blue and greys. Wall shelving, with an unconventional design, makes the space look modern and smart, which fits perfectly with the style of this contemporary home. WHERE TO GO
Eightytwo, TEL: 6698-7987
Keave took inspiration from Pinterest when designing the geometricinspired shelf in the study room. BELOW
Rong Yi and her husband like Keave’s unconventional interpretation of a “walk-in” wardrobe in the master bedroom.
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& 2 / 2 8 5 ,7,1 This cosy home shows us a great way to mix and match colours and prints.
WHO A couple and their pet dog HOME Three-bedroom HDB flat in Telok Blangah SIZE 700sqf
Clarence saved a lot of money by buying some furniture pieces on sale, including this modular L-shaped sofa from CB2.
A home with lots of stripes and colours sounds a tad excessive, doesn’t it? On the contrary, the Housing Board flat we‘ve just described is a vibrant yet cosy retreat from the city – perfect for urbanites Clarence Tay and his partner, both of whom are in the architecture industry. After a complete overhaul, the 40-yearold 700sqf flat is now divided into three main spaces: an open-concept living and dining area, a spacious bedroom, and a galley kitchen. It’s dressed in a rojak style, as Clarence calls it, with heavy influences from Sri Lanka and a touch of New England decor. This is how they conjured up the look of their place, in a renovation that cost $100,000 (including furnishings).
Sought inspiration from Sri Lanka The couple are frequent travellers to Sri Lanka, and love the wide range of striped prints the textile stores there offer. From their travels, they brought back fabric to tailor into upholstery for the sofa and cushion covers, in both warm and cool hues such as yellow, red and blue, as well as stripes of varying widths. The fabrics were chosen to highlight Sri Lanka’s vibrant culture. These also complement the striped feature walls in both the living area and bedroom. “We were not worried that the walls would clash with the fabric; in fact, they go together perfectly as the former have wide stripes, and the latter, narrow,” says Clarence.
One of Clarenceâ€™s prized possessions is this Timothy Oulton lamp in a shape of a curved ruler, by his study area.
Clarence designed his home without an interior designer, as he felt he knew best on how to evoke the mood he wanted.
The couple decorated their home with accessories in various colours, such as these glass vases bought at an auction.
The idea for a striped wall came when Clarence wanted to camouflage the protruding structural column, which the lamp is now mounted on â€“ how clever!
The only part of the home devoid of colour is the grey and white kitchen that’s fitted with Blum systems. BELOW
The couple deliberately created a dim and cosy ambience for their home, so that it would be more restful.
Other unique home accessories from Sri Lanka include large green candleholders, rugs made of organic materials such as jute, and framed elephant prints that hang above their large bed. Included other interior themes “We didn’t want a boring one-theme look, so we included a range of styles, from retro pieces such as the wall-mounted living room lamp from Lorgan’s The Retro Store, to Indonesian-style furniture,” says Clarence, who draws design inspiration from his profession, as well as interior and architecture magazines. While the living room exudes an eclectic vibe due to the mismatched dining chairs and vibrant colours used, the master bedroom is a quieter space. In place of colourful accessories, lamps with hardwood bases from Sri Lanka rest atop concrete pedestals by the bedside. For the boutique hotelinspired bathroom, the couple chose a range of black tiles for the surfaces,
For a coherent look, the same few colours were used throughout the home; the black frames in the bedroom match the black tiles in the bathroom.
The en-suite bathroom, which has a separate WC, has two entrances â€“ one from the kitchen, and another from the bedroom. (OPPOSITE) TOP
The bedroom is a picture of symmetry, but spot the slight difference: the height of the concrete pedestals! BOTTOM
The couple chose these black Art Deco-inspired tiles for their green tint to them; it was to echo the lush greenery surrounding their HDB block.
such as the hexagon-shaped marble floor tiles which form “a feature floor, like a rug!” says Clarence. Made space for what they wanted The flat’s modest size did not stop the couple from buying large furniture items, such as the modular L-shaped sofa and wooden dining table from CB2. The duo also wanted individual study corners; these are now placed at opposite ends of the living room. To accommodate these big-ticket items, they enlarged the living room space by removing one bedroom. As they don’t cook often, they downsized the kitchen and made it a narrow galley-style space. In the process, the remaining bedroom was enlarged to fit their American king-size bed from CB2, and an en-suite bathroom.
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S M A L L A N D S A V VY The small size of his home did not stop this homeowner from fulfilling his big dreams of a beautiful abode.
WHO A bachelor in his 30s HOME One-bedroom condominium apartment in Alexandra SIZE 604sqf
The customised full-height TV console doubles as a display cabinet where Jay showcases home accessories and books. The rug with the geometric pattern is from Boconcept.
Jay enjoys lounging in this open-air space. He bought the coasters and tableware from H&M Home and Zara Home, abroad.
The wall in the patio area is painted a bright yellow for a cheerful ambience. BOTTOM
The homeowner cladded the surface of the extendable dining table from Ikea with black laminate, to match the home’s colour scheme.
Naval architecture graduate Jay Chia has always had an interest in design and an eye for detail, so when it came to designing his own home, he knew what he wanted – a cosy contemporary-style space with dark hues and earthy tones, even if the apartment was only 604sqf. His six months’ long renovation cost $50,000 (including furnishings). Because the interior space is extremely limited, Jay extended the living area of the home into the semi-outdoor patio. He even replaced the bay window in the bedroom with a sliding door for more light and ventilation, as well as easier access to the patio. The hands-on homeowner created the impressive green wall in the patio as a doit-yourself project. “I bought 1,000 pots of artificial plants from Ikea and displayed them in the supporting frames that I built,” he says.
His initial idea was to use real plants but, as he travels often for work, he knew he could not maintain them. Nonetheless, he has a corner dedicated to easy-to-maintain real plants, including herbs such as rosemary, which he uses in his cooking. The teak bench in the outdoor area is customised by a contractor, and Jay installed a rain-activated awning to prevent his cushions and other furniture, such as the coffee table from Grafunkt, and Normann Copenhagen outdoor seats, from getting drenched. For the apartmentâ€™s interiors, he had the TV cabinet custom-built to display his favourite knick-knacks, cookbooks, and Bang & Olufsen speakers. Jay also kept his bedroom simple, using Marimekko fabric as artwork, positioned within a black frame that takes the place of a headboard. The bathroom stands out with the use of deep blue tiles that add colour to this intimate space, proving that not everything has to be light and bright in a small space.
“I was fortunate to get these tiles because they were meant for a swimming pool, but that project was shelved at the last minute. I really love the colour,” says Jay of his bathroom tiles.
A small mirrorcum-storage cabinet from Grafunkt is mounted on the wall next to the bed, to store knick-knacks.
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YOUR RENO & DECOR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
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We answer your renovation and decorating questions with help from industry experts. E-mail questions to email@example.com.
My contractor says he needs to waterproof my marble flooring. Is this necessary, or an extra cost I can avoid? Waterproofing is required only in wet areas such as bathrooms, balconies and kitchens. What marble needs is sealing, not waterproofing, and this is done to the surface of the marble prior to installation, says Maena Ong, art director at Mong Design Studio. “Sealant helps to protect the stone against stains, water marks and regular wear. The sealer fills in the pores and
repels spills on the surface, which will give you time to wipe off any liquid,” she says. Being a porous and delicate stone, marble is easily stained and etched by acids such as fruit juice. Sealing does not make marble stain-proof, but renders it highly stain-resistant instead, making the surface easier to clean. Even the grout in between the marble tiles will stain, so a second sealing after the tile is laid is worth paying for. Keep marble free of dust and grit as these are abrasive and do the most damage, advises Maena. She also recommends a polishing every five years to keep marble flooring looking its best. One of my bathroom tiles has come loose. If I don’t replace the tile right away, will water seep into the flat below? According to interior design firm Weiken.com, one or two loose tiles in the bathroom are no cause for concern, as it is the membrane layer under the tiles that provide the waterproofing, not the tiles. But if there is a long crack in between tiles, it’s time to call in an expert to check for water leakage. To replace the loose tile, chip the tile layer off before laying the new one – and without damaging the waterproof membrane below. The only problem with just replacing one or two tiles is that the colour of the new tiles may be different, due to the old tiles’ exposure to dirt and moisture. There are some reasons why tiles come loose. An inadequate amount of adhesive might have been used, which leaves hollow voids; wrong or unsuitable adhesive might have been used; or the adhesive may have been applied and left for some time before the tiles were laid, leading it to dry out.
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I entertain often, so is a round or square table better? Assuming your dining room is large enough to accommodate either shape, think about how many people you will typically have over. Round tables are usually used in small dining rooms and suit small and cosier get-togethers. Keep in mind the kind of table base you want as well, as this impacts the number of guests you can accommodate comfortably. A table with a pedestal base can seat more than a table with four legs. For example, a 152cm-wide round table with a pedestal base seats six, while the same table top with legs will only seat four. Also, the bigger
the table, the harder it is to reach the food, so a lazy Susan might be needed. Square tables seat an even number of guests, so if you typically have four or eight at parties, then go for square. Compared to a rectangle table, each guest is equidistant from one another, which makes for comfortable interaction. Finally, consider your entertaining style as well. Do you have formal meals where each guest has a plate, side plate, wine glass, water tumbler and array of cutlery, or are your parties more of the Asian communal-sharing style? The former requires a larger table surface.
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Why do I need to change the piping when I replace my air-con? Aren’t they all standard sizes? If the existing air conditioner is a non-inverter system, the refrigerant or “air con gas” it uses is R22. Inverter systems are cooled by an R410A refrigerant, which is more energy-efficient and environment-friendly. R22 is an ozone-depleting gas, which is restricted under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and is being phased out worldwide. Some countries have already banned it, while in Singapore, it has been gradually curtailed since 2013. Samsung highly recommends replacing the piping if the air-conditioning system is more than 12 years old. The reason for this is that R22 system piping has a smaller internal diameter than the R410A system, plus the latter also runs on higher pressure. Contact a reputable supplier or installer, and get them to assess what you have now. If you are replacing your unit with a similar capacity system and only one pipe is of a smaller size, it is possible to reuse the existing piping – but only after proper assessment. A pressure test should be done if the piping is 10 years old or older, and/ or there is a suspected leak. As an additional step, Samsung recommends a vacuum and flush of the piping before installing the new system. For the new piping, ensure that the installer bends the piping with a proper pipe bender for good refrigerant flow and lower possibility of condensation.
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Royal Ham Put something special on your party table this year, in the form of Emmett’s Ham from the UK. The Suffolk-based company has been producing ham since the 1820s – even supplying it to the late Queen Mother. Only free-range pigs which have not been fed antibiotics or growth hormones are used for their ham and bacon; and only leg meat is used for the hams, giving them a lovely bite and texture. Innovative flavours such as root ginger, lime, and jasmine tea have been introduced, and you can also enjoy the ham in dishes at Xi Yan Private Dining restaurant, as part of its Christmas and New Year menus.
To prevent your kitchen sink from clogging up, pour a mixture of boiling water and baking soda down the sink frequently. The hot water will dissipate builtup oils, and the baking soda will absorb odours.
Style And Function Gaggenau recently launched the EB333 90cm oven in celebration of the premium German brand’s 333rd anniversary. Showcasing a sleek and streamlined design, the 3mmthick stainless steel oven door has soft opening and closing features, while the control module integrates a touch display. Exclusively designed black rotary knobs are available as an alternative to the shiny silver-tone ones, too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and purchase. Visit www. gaggenau.com for product details.
Emmett’s Ham is available through Xi Yan Gourmet Direct, from $459.90 for a whole ham of about 7kg. Half portions are also available. Visit www.xiyan.com. sg, or call 6220-3546.
A New Look Kitchens that look worse for wear can be easily (and affordably) updated – simply with new handles! Furnipart offers a diverse range of cabinet handles, so whether you want vintage charm or a sleek, futuristic look for your kitchen, you can easily find something suitable. Furnipart handles are available at The Ewins Home, #01-100 Midview City, 24 Sin Ming Lane, tel: 6659-0080.
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Rice Above The Rest Aside from quality rice grains and the right amount of water, the secret to delicious rice is a good rice cooker! Tefal’s new 1-litre Advanced rice cooker features Spherical Pot technology, making use of circular heat convection to cook rice evenly. It has 10 cooking programs, is easy to use and clean, and its six-layer pot makes it more durable than traditional rice cookers. Tefal’s Adva nced rice cooker retails for $179 at all major electrical stores.
Plenty In One With just one machine, make both coffee and tea! The CM7500 countertop coffee machine by renowned German brand Miele is programmed to prepare up to 20 types of beverages. With larger containers for water, as well as coffee beans and grounds, it can fill up a pot with up to eight cups of coffee – ideal for when you’re entertaining guests. There’s also an automatic descaling function, among other smart features, for even more convenience. Find out more about the CM7500 countertop coffee machine at the Miele boutique, #04-03 Winsland House II, 163 Penang Road, tel: 6735-1191, www.miele.sg.
GREEN LIGHT Talk about energy-efficient home lighting and most picture a harshly lit space with little or no ambience. But this is far from the truth! Energy-efficient lighting has advanced beyond the ugly, buzzing fluorescent tube. Now, choose from four types of low-energy lighting — compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL), electron-stimulated luminescence (ESL) and lightemitting diodes (LED). CFL Shaped like swirly soft ice cream, these need slightly more energy when they are first turned on. But once the electricity starts circulating, they use about 70 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 10 times longer. Unlike the old fluorescent lights, CFLs are quiet and offer a variety of tones. Higher-end CFLs can be dimmed with existing incandescent dimmers. They contain mercury and should be recycled when they burn out.
CCFL They may resemble regular incandescent bulbs on the outside, but look closer and you will see CFL-like swirls on the inside. CCFLs come in a wide variety of colour temperatures and can be dimmed down much more than CFLs. ESL ESL lighting is the latest invention from the US.
ESLs turn on instantly and contain no mercury. They last up to 6,000 hours, which is about three to four times the lifespan of incandescent bulbs. LED LEDs are extremely longlasting and energy-efficient. Unlike fluorescents, they contain no mercury. LEDs produce directional light, rather than diffused light.
THE LIGHT MIX To produce interesting and dynamic interiors, lighting designers often use the concept of “light layering”. This means incorporating a mixture of four types of lighting: Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination for orientation and general vision. Choosing a warm tone softens shadows and creates a relaxed ambience. Fixtures: Downlights, pendants, cove lighting. Suitable bulbs: All.
Task lighting is for carrying out activities where you need to see clearly, such as reading, shaving or typing. Fixtures: Desk lamps or floor lamps. Suitable bulbs: All.
Accent lighting is used to highlight specific objects or features, such as paintings or sculptures. Fixtures: Track lights, portable uplight lamps, or directional landscape lights. Suitable bulbs: LED.
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Decorative lighting is used to add visual sparkle to a space and should not be too bright. Fixtures: Chandeliers, candlestick-type wall sconces. Suitable bulbs: CCFL.
WIRELESS ROUTER A wireless router connects multiple wireless devices to the Internet in a home. The new generation is the “tri-band” type, or “AC3200”class routers, which claim to deliver faster Wi-Fi speed. HOW IT WORKS The popular dual-band router broadcasts a 5 GHz signal and
the older, slower 2.4 GHz signal. The tri-band router, on the other hand, hosts a 2.4 GHz signal and two separate 5 GHz signals. Having one is akin to having three Wi-Fi networks. If you have many devices requiring Internet connection, a tri-band router could be the solution to preventing
the devices from interfering with each other. ASK BEFORE YOU BUY If you don’t have that many devices at home, a tri-band router may not be necessary as you might find no difference in Wi-Fi speed between the dual-band and tri-band routers.
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Linksys EA9500, $539
The Linksys EA9500 router features eight adjustable external antennas, which can be positioned for optimal performance in multilevel homes. It provides powerful streams of data to your devices, ensuring complete Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. This impressive router comes with eight Gigabit ethernet LAN ports for wired devices, such as the TV set, game console and network-attached storage device.
D-Link DIR-895L, $449
D-Link claims that its DIR-895L is able to provide Wi Fi coverage of up to Wi-Fi 500 sq m. With its Smart Connect technology, the router chooses from the three Wi-Fi bands and automatically connects each device to the best and less congested band for optimal wireless experience. This router comes with four Gigabit ethernet LAN ports.
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Asus RT-AC5300, $469
Designed as the ultimate state-of-the-art router for gamers, the RT-AC5300 by Asus includes an exclusive built-in game accelerator, powered by Gamers Private Network. This significantly reduces ping times and latency for virtually all competitive multiplayer online games. Its Smart Connect technology selects the optimum frequency band for each device, based on the device’s speed, its signal strength, and how busy each band is.
PART 1 OF FOUR IN A SERIES ABOUT NEW HOMES AND AMENITIES IN MATURE ESTATES
A mature estate fringing the city centre, Bukit Merah is bordered by Alexandra Canal to its north, Telok Blangah to its south, Tiong Bahru to its east and Queenstown to its west. Its housing estates include Redhill, Alexandra Hill, Henderson Hill and Depot Road. The former squatter town has become one of Singapore’s most popular housing estates. Bukit Merah flats are notoriously pricey, thanks to its prized location near the city. A 1,076sqf four-room flat at Lengkok Bahru, just across Redhill MRT and within 0.5km to Gan Eng Seng Primary School, was recently listed on STProperty.com for $780,000. Closer to Tiong Bahru MRT station is a nicely renovated 30-year-old five-room flat at Bukit Merah View. The spacious 1,421sqf five-room unit, right in the middle of amenities such as a nearby food centre and a 15-minute drive to town, is marketed at $960,000. Bukit Merah is also home to many condominiums, including The Metropolitan, Ascentia Sky and the new Echelon that are conveniently located near Redhill MRT station.
R E D H OT E S TAT E The gentrification of Bukit Merah (“red hill” in Malay), located near the heart of town, is turning it into one of Singapore’s most expensive addresses.
Old money The high value of existing residences has priced many who grew up in the estate out of their own neighbourhood. Jessica Cheung, 27, whose parents bought their flat in Bukit Merah directly from the Housing Board over 30 years ago, laments: “I want to live near my folks, but the resale flats here cost so much, I simply can’t afford them. And that’s not including the massive renovation for the old flats.” Like many, Jessica is hoping to book a new Build-To-Order flat in Bukit Merah. Unfortunately, the project originally planned for launch in May this year is now undergoing further review to better integrate the project with the surrounding developments, according to the HDB. “My boyfriend and I are holding back on buying a flat because we want to find out more about the new project,” she says.
Others also tried their luck balloting for the Sale of Balance flats (SBF) in May this year, where about 250 flats ranging from two-room flexi (short-lease units; from $102,000) to fiveroom flats (from $622,000) were up for grabs. New developments Adding glitz to the landscape are several new developments. Among them is City Vue @ Henderson, which will be completed in mid-2018. Lucky buyers include former residents at Redhill Close and Henderson who got first dibs when their homes were chosen for the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers). Consisting 1,232 units of two-, three-, four- and five-room flats, it is located at the junction of Tiong Bahru Road and Henderson Road, conveniently close to Tiong Bahru MRT and Tiong Bahru Plaza. Among its highlights are the three sky bridges connecting the five blocks, which range between 27, 40 and 48 storeys. According to the SBF exercise in May 2015, four-room units ranged from $455,000 to $630,000; five-room flats from $660,000 to $750,000. The newly completed Telok Blangah Ridgeview comprises 492 units of three- (from $317,000) and four-room (from $458,000) flats. Crowned by a sleek ridge-like roof feature, the residential blocks are staggered in height – not just for an interesting skyline, but also to maximise views of the Southern Ridges, from which it draws its name. Less conveniently located (and thus a little cheaper) is Depot Heights, with one new 26-storey and two 21-storey residential blocks to be completed in the third quarter of this year. Comprising 418 units from studio apartments (from $115,000) to three- (from $285,000) and four-room (from $430,000) flats, the podium carpark and multi-storey car park offer roof gardens. In particular, the studio apartments are built specifically with the needs of those above the age of 55 in mind. They come with a built-in kitchen cabinet with a cooker hood
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tower over older low-rise flats in the Redhill area. 2 The sprawling
estate of Bukit Merah is conveniently served by several MRT stations, such as Redhill (pictured), Queenstown and Tiong Bahru. 3 Foodies – including
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who was spotted queueing up for chicken wings at Redhill food centre – will enjoy Bukit Merah’s many wet markets and hawker centres.
and stove, two height options for a kitchen cabinet (wheelchair-bound residents can choose the lower option), as well as elderlyfriendly fixtures such as grab bars, a ramp at the unit entrance, bigger switches and an alarm system. These popular flats come at a premium. In comparison, a five-room unit in Choa Chu Kang costs less than half the price, from $290,000. More to do Among its amenities are Alexandra Hospital and shopping malls, such as Ikea and Anchorpoint. It even boasts a new hotel – Park Hotel Alexandra, which has a connecting mall. Young families also have the choice of several primary schools, including Alexandra Primary School. Lush greenery is also not far away. Kent Ridge Park, Hort Park and Mount Faber encourages residents to enjoy a green and healthy lifestyle. The Alexandra Canal park connector even lets you walk all the way to the city alongside the Singapore River. Another draw: its authentic heartland eats. Redhill Food Centre – where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was once famously snapped queueing up for chicken wings at Yan Fried Bee Hoon stall – draws foodies from all over the island. And since the area is near Tiong Bahru, which has gone from gangster to hipster in recent years, a bustling hive of cafes and quirky boutiques await.
4 Old flats in Bukit Merah still command strong prices, often 1½ times that of similarly sized units in far-flung places such as Bukit Panjang and Choa Chu Kang.
5 Local hangouts
near the estate include the ever-popular Ikea Alexandra, Anchorpoint, and Queensway shopping centre.
Ever popular Bukit Merah may be an old estate, but it undoubtedly still draws strong interest. While its location is unbeatable, it also comes with a stiffer price tag. For those willing to dig deep into their pockets, a home in Bukit Merah offers much convenience, especially if they work in the city. “Bukit Merah is such a convenient location that I cannot imagine living in far-flung estates like Jurong West or Punggol, and travelling over an hour to work every day,” says Ong PL, 55, who works in town. The good news is that prices in such popular estates usually hold strong through the good and bad times. Don’t miss part two of our four-part series next month as we head east to explore Bedok.
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Affordable Style Want a gorgeous timber coffee table for your living room? Home-grown design brand Commune offers a wide range of furniture, such as console tables, dining chairs and dressers, made of wood from sustainable sources, and sized to fit compact spaces. If you’re on a budget, head over to its IMM outlet store, which offers discounts ranging from 20 to 50 per cent. The Commune outlet store is at #02-06 IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21, tel: 6563-1761, www.thecommunelife.com.
Perfect Pair If you’re having trouble finding a good dining chair and table combination, the perfectly matched leather Flute chair and Ax dining table – both by luxury Italian brand Bonaldo – will solve that problem. Ax features a Calacatta ceramic top and visually arresting base, whereas Flute has a similarly strong silhouette. Together, they form an elegant and contemporary look! The Flute chair and Ax dining table by Bonaldo ($6,998 and $1,188 respectively) are available at the XZQT showroom, #01-05 8 Pandan Crescent, tel:6774-8031. For more details, visit ww.xzqt.com.sg.
Global Touch Soft furnishings, such as rugs and upholstery, make your home unique and cosy. Nomad Home by Originals features a diverse range of sofas with removable covers – in a soothing palette of blues, pinks and greys – as well as one-of-a-kind rugs from India and Turkey. The Nomad Home collection also includes beautiful linens from Korla Homes, which you can order by the metre. See the Nomad Home collection at the Originals showroom, #02-03 Sime Darby Centre, 896 Dunearn Road, tel: 6471-9918. Check out www.originals.com.sg.
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AIRY ABODE A combination of neutral hues and a clever use of space result in an airy and relaxing home.
Designed by Alicia Koh from Ipoise Design, this 700sqf three-room Housing Board flat belongs to a young couple who requested a simple and spacious home. The contemporary style space, which features Scandinavian and industrial elements, is dressed in black, white, and brown – neutral tones that create a relaxing atmosphere. The colour-zoned foyer features a full-height cabinet
with a mirror door; the bricklook laminate used here is easy to clean and a more affordable option, too. To provide more room for storage, Ipoise designed a hidden cabinet behind the TV wall, and a full-height cabinet in the kitchen’s laundry area. The open-concept living and dining area visually enlarges this modestly sized flat, while the tempered glass walls of the study room further create
an airy and spacious look by allowing more light to flow within the space. Past the kitchen and study room is a narrow wardrobe-cumwalkway – in black, to match the kitchen cabinets. It’s also a designated space for the couple to show off their hats and jackets on a row of hooks. The bedroom, tucked at the end, is a private and cosy space. WHERE TO GO
Ipoise Design, TEL: 9738-6690
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