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Contents September 2016

Featuring (from left) zig-zag cushion, fusion cushion by nendo and Dito rug, from Bo concept. Yellow throw from crate & Barrel. Shell sofa by Foundry, Bellevue floor lamp, Hug dining chairs, Hay T12 dining table, lueur lamp by Tinge & Desinere and special edition loppa lamp, all from Foundry. Pollyanna artificial flowers, grey vase, dome cover, cake stand and cocktail glass, all from Robinsons. Gabriel candleholder from crate & Barrel.

On THE COvEr PHOTOGRAPHY Wong Weiliang ART DiRecTiOn neo Aik Sing STYlinG Yong Woei na

The monochrome furnishings trend gets a lift with shiny complements.

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PunggOl SPECiAl Why Punggol is fast becoming the most sought-after address in Singapore

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Modern-day auction house HotLotz and furniture emporium HomesToLife

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Norwegian product designer Kim Thomé • Trend-transcending interior designer Dess Chew

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NEIgHBOuRHOOD TO WATcH

Why Punggol is fast becoming the most sought-after address in Singapore

AN EDgE OF SOpHISTIcATION

Harmony reigns in this functional home

NEuTRAl TERRITORy

A combination of neutral tones and soft colours makes this residence the zenith of serenity

IN THE zONE

Soothing white and warm wood tones strike a perfect balance in this apartment

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Tour this cheerful home packed with memorabilia and vibrant furnishings

MODERN MySTIquE

A three-bedroom executive condominium channels class with its black and white scheme


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Take a peek inside the heritage-chic Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

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Up the style factor of your home with dark tones and hints of metallic

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No-reno updates for the living and dining rooms

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Serve up an elegant feast with gorgeous tableware

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One-of-a-kind furniture for the uninitiated

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first things first We all know that making a good first impression is important – studies show that people tend to make snap judgements within the first seven seconds of meeting someone new – so why not apply it when decorating your home too? The living and dining rooms are the first thing you’ll see once you reach home after a long, perhaps taxing, day at work, so taking the time to carefully decorate these two zones is super important. Our story on page 46 has some brilliant no-reno ideas on how you can spruce up the living and dining areas. Plus, we share some ideas on where to find stylish yet functional dinnerware so that you can enjoy meals in the comfort home every day (page 52). In this issue, we are also focusing on the buzzworthy neighbourhood of Punggol. We round up the exciting developments and upcoming projects to be completed in this northeastern Singapore town (page 60) as well as take you on house tours of five uniquely designed apartments located in area (page 66). Go on. Flip through this issue. We’re sure you’re bound to find some useful interior decorating ideas!

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Want to have an outdoor potluck in style? Normann Copenhagen has got you covered! The Danish company recently revealed its latest outdoor collection and all the pieces are super covetable – even for indoor use. One of the pieces released is the Cristal Carafe, a multipurpose pitcher made to look like delicate crystal but actually made of sturdy glass. Coming with a set of five colourful glass cups, this range of essential drinkware bring a little touch of class to picnics in the park. For more information,

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Understanding that the bathroom has become an important part of interior design today, Noken Porcelanosa Bathrooms worked with the late Zaha Hadid to present Vitae, an urban basin and mirror design inspired by contemporary architecture. The Vitae combination embodies a modern and futuristic look, with a fluid silhouette of the mirror and exceptional shape of the basin. For more information, visit www.noken.com/vitae

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Pillow talk The shortcut to a lively living room is a row of quirky cushions, and Kute offers exactly what we need. Recently, the French company released its Africa collection comprising a range of cheerful cushions inspired by African prints. The non-identical but totally complementary prints are designed for mixing and matching, so you can effortlessly brighten up your living room without having to break your back. For more information, visit www.kute.fr

a sqUare Peg Appearing exactly as it sounds, Frag’s Square Collection consists of armchairs, lounge chairs, stools and tables in rectangular shapes. The range features sharp angular lines, slender metallic legs and an undeniably sleek appearance. For more information, visit www.frag.it

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Known for their ultra modern pieces, Italian furniture brand Arflex is now exclusively available at Space Furniture. The brand is known for its unique designs and vibrant colours. Take for instance the Strips sofa, a smart combination of an armchair, bed and sofa all rolled into one versatile chaise lounge. Made for total comfort, the quilted cover can be zipped open to double up as a blanket. We can’t think of a more versatile piece of furniture to meet the demands of the modern homeowner. Available at Space Furniture, 77 Bencoolen Street, tel: 6415 0000, www.arflex.it

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PaPer trail Following the huge success of its ION Orchard branch, kikki.K has opened another door at Raffles City. The interior of the brand’s second store is inspired by the kikki.K Studio in Melbourne. Featuring new elements such birch forest trees, bespoke fittings and fixtures and a custom-made workshop table, the store was designed to engage shoppers in workshops and in-store activities, making it all the more tempting to visit the beloved stationery store regularly! kikki.K is located at Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-22, tel: 6264 3359, www.kikki-k.com


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ear canDy Bowers & Wilkins’s most coveted Zeppelin Wireless speaker now comes in pure white – created to appeal to design devotees who seek a versatile colour palette. The Zeppelin Wireless White is equipped with new improvements including new subwoofers that deliver deep bass at magnificent volume and new connectivity options for AirPlay, Bluetooth aptX and Spotify Connect. A flawless music experience is only a few taps away! Available at B&W Bowers & Wilkins, Millenia Walk #01-108, www.bowers-wilkins.net

Fashion hoUse Leather expert and home of high fashion, Loewe presented a set of oak furniture adorned with unique designs inspired by hand-painted prints at the Salone del Mobile this year. And now, the Marquetry in Leather collection is available at Casa Loewe at Paragon. You will find pieces embellished with intricate patterns consisting of various top quality materials and marquetry. These treasures have been meticulously crafted by Loewe’s master artisans who apply precisely-trimmed leather cutouts onto threedimensional wooden surfaces to create mosaic-like pictures. Imagine how these distinctive pieces will immediately turn any home into a high-fashion house! Casa Loewe is located at Paragon #01-11/12, tel: 6235 4489, www.loewe.com

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Singapore’s leading premium tiles supplier, Hafary, has released four new tile collections to add to your reno wishlist. These include 4.8-mm thin cement inspired tiles, inkjet porcelain tiles, and 20-mm thick porcelain stoneware. From lightweight porcelain tiles for sophisticated-looking bathrooms to wear-proof flooring tiles for high-traffic zones, the comprehensive collections are able to accommodate various outdoor and interior design needs. Hafary is located at 105 Eunos Avenue 3, tel: 6250 1368, www.hafary.com.sg

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Danish Design has added two more astonishing pieces to its Fredericia Spine collection. As the name suggests, the Spine Lounge Petit is a small and light chair that will give an elegant touch to your living room. The other piece, the Spine Daybed is a versatile piece that goes well with both residential and public spaces. The Spine Collection is carefully hand-crafted in Denmark, and features a contrast of its sturdy closed back in lacquered or black lacquered oak paired with soft and fluffy cushions wrapped in high-quality fabric and leather. Available at Danish Design, 100E Pasir Panjang Road #06-03 Century Warehouse, tel: 6270 8483, www.danishdesignco.com.sg

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maDe For loUnging Make yourself comfortable on King Living’s latest sofa, the King Boulevard. With its mixture of angled and round edges, this piece gives any room a contemporary touch, while its soft cushions grant a deep relaxation. For extra peace of mind, the slender engineered steel platforms are supported with a 25-year warranty. The elegant sofa comes in two- and three-seater versions and an L-shape extension for larger rooms. Available at King Living, 22 Kallang Avenue #01-00 Hong Aik Building, tel: 6805 4198, www.kingliving.com

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Celebrate Singapore’s urban environment through exhibitions, tours, workshops and fun activities at Archifest 2016. Take part in the popular Architours where you can get exclusive access to explore the city’s architectural gems, including the new SPCA and the Al-Islah Mosque. Or grab a seat at Conversations at the Archifest Pavilion @ Raffles Place Park and join designers, artists and architects as they share their creative thought processes. For more information, visit www.archifest.sg


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Auctions for antiques and vintage furniture are no longer exclusive to people with all the money in the world anymore, thanks to HotLotz TEXT Rasti Annisa Iwan PhoTos HotLotz

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ancy joining an auction and proudly bringing home a one-of-a-kind item? Come down to Lower Delta Road on a Saturday morning and stroll around HotLotz, Singapore’s first auction house dedicated to art and antique home furnishings. The saleroom is a heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Centuryold furniture and decorative ornaments fill the entire 3,300-square foot space. From a set of Old English dining ware to Oriental cabinets, the room is packed with art and home furnishing items from European and Asian ancestry.

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If a drawer made before the millennium is not your thing, the auction house also offers contemporary and brand new products as well. In between pieces of history, we spotted stylish new lampshades and a nifty snooker table labelled as sold, making the store a vibrant mix of past and present. When talking about auctions, the first thing that comes to most people’s mind is forking out tens of thousands of dollars for porcelain vases from the Renaissance period. However, the founders of HotLotz are breaking this cliche to make bidding accessible to a broader range of audience from all sorts of backgrounds. Items start from as low as $40 and goes up to $5,000. You will notice diverse attendees in the saleroom, where young newlyweds looking to furnish their new flats rub shoulders with newly-arrived expats. If you can’t attend the live auction, don’t worry. Bidding is also available online through the HotLotz app and its website. For homeowners who are looking to experience an auction without breaking the bank, a visit to the HotLotz saleroom sure makes for an entertaining Saturday morning. Who knows, you may just go home with a prized treasure!

INSIDE STORY One of the oldest piece of furniture sold at HotLotz was an English carved oak trunk from the 17th century. Every four to six weeks, HotLotz hosts a night auction called Latelotz. The next event is happening on 13 October for a collection of custom-made jewellery, vintage accessories and timeless fashion pieces.

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A haven for the decor-oriented, HomesToLife’s themed settings showcase a plethora of swanky accessories and furnishings raring to inspire TEXT Ho Li Yen PhoTos Wong Weiliang

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ifferent strokes work for different folks, just like how home decor is subject to the taste and preference of homeowners. At times, this subjectivity makes it hard to cater to the many individualistic desires. Having centred its four-floor showground around the concept of “thematic spheres”, HomesToLife carries a sizeable selection of handpicked furnishings, varying from eclectic to the mainstream Scandi-influenced furniture. Located at the heart of an up-and-coming lifestyle hotspot, the 45,000-square foot store endeavours to provide an experiential affair with each floor featuring a unique capsule collection. Launched in March, the first floor aims to instil the spirit of “Enjoyment in Life”, inspiring individuals with varied displays. Offering a range of brands such

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as Bloomingville, Fabbrica, Gallery and Serax, HomesToLife boasts a selection that befits the tastes of the modern homeowner. Upon entry, roaming eyes immediately settle on the immense wooden wall that features an array of recommended favourites. Take a leaf, or more, out of their book – positioned against brick walls and vibrant hues, living room scenes have been artfully spaced, segregated by rugs, to prevent clashing of elements and textures. With each arrangement aiming to evoke different sentiments, the furnishings have been carefully paired up – take for instance, a colourful children’s room complete with a mini teepee, a small study table, cushions and a sofa in similar hues. On the second floor, the “Artisan” sphere is built around culture and tradition. It hosts contemporary pieces inspired from classic shapes and designs. Recently unveiled, it will house two mainstay high-end brands – Domicil Collection and Domicil Designer Collection. To complete your comprehensive shopping experience, two additional “thematic spheres” will be revealed in the forthcoming months.

INSIDE STORY The in-house cafe, located on the first floor, serves up an array of bites, coffees and teas which shoppers can enjoy while browsing their diverse range of furnishings. Design devotees can glean ideas, inspiration and information from a set of interior design books and magazines at the HomesToLife library.

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too closely at other designs doesn’t generate better ideas for me.

pop arTisT The Norwegian-born designer loves playing with geometry and colours in his creations.

Tell us more abouT how you came up wiTh The plinTh & donuTs candleholders for aTelier swarovski home. I first worked with Swarovski for a project at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (on a 18-m status “Zotem”, embedded with 600 crystals), which was a big structure for the London Design Festival in 2015. It was from then that the crystal house approached me to be involved with the all-new Atelier Swarovski Home collection. They asked me to put together some ideas for a table range, and we ended doing a series of candleholders. It was very different from the last project, which was a large-scale installation. So it was interesting to see what we could work on together to create a product that is massproduced and perceived in a different way. The form of the Plinth is elegant, and on a table it raises the crystal to eye line level, which is very lovely because the focus is then shifted

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whaT oTher projecTs are you currenTly working on? There is an opportunity to work with a ceramic company which could be a really interesting collaboration. I’m also designing a chair for a clear cuT Kim’s Plinth Portuguese client which is focused & Donuts collection for on using traditional local crafts. Atelier Swarovski Home. whaT’s your favouriTe Thing abouT living in london? London has to the crystal. For this a lot of other designers that keep you on top of collection, I wanted your game. There are always exhibitions going on – to put an emphasis you are always culturally inspired. And there are a on using the colour to lot of opportunities that can inform your practice. create patterns. We

used the pairing of natural metal with colourful crystal: a dulled material like aluminium, which is cut quite matte and then to make the crystal “pop”, we use a colour that suited it.

whaT do you see yourself doing in five years? Hopefully I will still be working for myself and doing interesting projects and larger commissions.

how would you describe your work? I like to work with colour but only if it’s necessary, and patterns fascinate me too. I don’t think too hard about my own design aesthetic but hopefully it’s something that evolves as the projects grow and it becomes more apparent.

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were you a creaTive kid? I was always curious about how things worked and how they were put together from a young age. I wasn’t particularly academic at school so I was drawn towards more creative subjects. Design seemed a natural path to follow. whaT do you geT inspired by? I’m not so much inspired by furniture design itself but I take a lot of inspiration from art and graphics. Looking

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good inTenTions Dess believes that good design should improve people’s lives.

ThoughT process Dess likes designs and things with simple logic, flexibility and meaning.

leT’s sTarT wiTh your personal journey in inTerior design. Since my childhood days, I’ve been interested in sociology, non-fiction books and creative work. I then studied environmental design at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. For me, I believe I would have become a product designer or a sculptor if I did not go into interior design. For 10 years, I was working in consultancy, construction and architectural firms to learn as much of the fundamentals as possible. Today, I’m happy to be an interior designer together with my four partners. We share a common interest in spatial design, sculptures, products and an understanding of environmental nature in our works. Tell us more abouT The process of designing inTeriors. Designers must have good intuition and careful thought towards a project. We have to understand our clients and analyse the property before putting forward any

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proposal, which would take at least two to three weeks. It is followed by further evaluation, which would require in all about another few more weeks, and then the construction stage. why do you avoid popular design Trends for The projecTs you design? Our projects are not only about creating things. Designers should be facilitators, and create a community that acknowledges individuals and their latent talents. There has to be a sense of purpose around everything. Design is supposed to enable

funcTional living three-d conceptwerke’s designs are meant to facilitate the way homeowners live.

people to improve their lives, so do not design products for products’ sake. Instead, creating meaningful design is a sustainable design model. how would you describe Three-d concepTwerke’s aesTheTic? We maintain an open mind and we adopt fundamentals by challenging the traditional role of designers in spatial design. We prefer to include the end user in the design process. We have our unique methodology to transform the way people interact with one another and the spaces around them. It’s a combination of design and art, defining communities and shaping the environment. whaT would you like your clienTs To undersTand abouT you? We hope our clients appreciate and understand our strengths, as well as the standards that we portray in our works. We hope to have mutual understanding that good design comes with a price yet its value can be felt for many years to come.

Read moRe about dess chew on www.squaReRooms.com.sg


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Intimately ergonomic, innovatively crafted.

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place to pause

Unwind in style at the convivial Mediapolis branch of Aussie-style eatery Cafe Melba text Jolene Limuco PHOtOS Cafe Melba

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ans of popular brunch spot Cafe Melba living in the western part of Singapore need not schlep to the East Coast for their favourite Melba Burger anymore. This is because the Australian-style cafe has opened an outpost in Mediapolis @ one-north. Located within the shiny new MediaCorp Campus at 1 Stars Avenue, the casual eatery replicates the laid-back atmosphere and kid-friendly policy of its older sibling but with a more sophisticated slant. Designed as a relaxing spot for onenorth office workers to retreat to in the middle and end of the day, the cafe dishes out all-day breakfasts

in a comfy setting decorated by Australian designer Emma Maxwell. On weekends, the outlet becomes a brunch hotspot, just like the original Cafe Melba at the Goodman Arts Centre. A recent winner at the Italian A’Design Awards 2016 for Best Interior Design, interior designer

Truffle parmesan fries

Emma brings her fresh perspective and magic touch to the interior of Cafe Melba at Mediapolis. The warm and cosy space inspired by the Australian landscape takes its cues from Mother Nature. Wood-panelled floors, solid oldgrowth oak tables and handcrafted chairs made of recycled wood

Caraway dark rye bread and avocado


Parma ham and rocket pizza

Grilled asparagus and poached egg salad

are artfully paired to create a stylish and inviting space. Adding a hint of glamour is the handmade copperhued ceiling consisting of layers of bespoke recycled metal plates inspired by the Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke lamp. Other than creating a stunning feature, the metal layers also act as an effective sound baffler. Complementing this are threedimensional geometric concrete tiles famed by two curved windows crafted from pale oak. Known for her ultra-modern and luxurious style, Emma designed all the furniture and lighting especially for the outlet. Reminiscent of midcentury modern shapes, patterns and colours, the pieces are not only elegant they are tremendously cushy, the more to encourage diners to make themselves comfortable

without feeling rushed. The globular copper-lined pendant lamps, in particular, work as a way to softly illuminate the space in the evening. In the day, generous floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of daylight to flood into the space all while letting the greenery from the site play a part in setting the scene. This relaxed and carefully styled backdrop has a knack for encouraging diners to indulge in leisurely meals – be it brunch or dinner. Cafe Melba’s hearty breakfast signatures are all available here, including its popular Full Melba Breakfast consisting of pork sausage, eggs any style, bacon, cherry tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, mini vegetable rosti and toast as well as Eggs Benedict served on an English muffin. There are also all-day dining favourites like the famous Melba Burger and a selection of classic and creative thin-crust pizzas, including the scrumptious Chilli Crab pizza and vegetarian Forest Mushroom pizza.

Cafe Melba at Mediapolis 1 Stars Avenue #03-01 tel: 6352 2721 www.cafemelba.com.sg/mediapolis

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over the moon

From the conventional to modernised snowskin takes, this year’s selection of delectable mooncakes is delightfully decadent

FlavourFul EnsEmblE While the

kids busy themselves with colourful lanterns, treat yourself to traditional delicacies. Old Seng Choong presents seven scrumptious baked mooncakes we will brave the queue for. Enjoy unique fusions like the Custard Egg Yolk Blend and the Red Bean Orange Peel with Yolk Blend & Pine Nuts mooncakes or stick to traditional versions like the Wu Ren and White Lotus Paste with Melon Seeds mooncakes. Available at various booth locations. For online orders, visit www.oldsengchoong.com

N’ice Bites With flavours ranging from rich Salted Caramel Toffee to quirky Sakura Matcha, enjoy a noteworthy selection of mini snowskin mooncakes that have been specially designed for the local palate. Encased within a delicate cool outer skin, these bite-sized pieces make for the perfect dessert with family and friends. Available in nine flavours, there is one to suit every palette. Available at PrimaDeli outlets.

siNful tastes Every Mid-Autumn Festival is incomplete without mooncakes made from the king of fruits. Established as every durian lovers’ must-have, Emicakes returns with two of its perennial favourites. Made with premium Mao Shan Wang and D24 durian flesh enveloped in vivid green and yellow snowskin, these mouth-watering treats are a guilty pleasure of ours. Available at all Emicakes outlets. For online orders, visit www.emicakes.com.sg

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Heritage gets Hip in Katong The newest hotel in Singapore’s most popular East-side neighbourhood carefully blends tradition and modern-day sensibilities in its design TEXT Jolene Limuco PhoToS Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

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he heritage enclave of Katong is perhaps one of the most unique and colourful zones in Singapore. Occupied by rows of conserved pre-war shophouses and interspersed with family-run eateries and shops, the neighbourhood is a popular haunt for local foodies and culture vultures alike. In recent years, the neighbourhood’s laidback vibe has slowly given way to a more bustling atmosphere. Katong and Joo Chiat have always been an anomaly in an urban country – this is where the unique Peranakan or Straits Chinese culture is preserved and where buildings are mostly low-slung. It is only inevitable that hip bars, cafes and a burgeoning collection of hotels set up shop here.

A living room has been set up in the hotel’s pavilion to allow guests to mingle and relax in a comfortable setting.

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The rooftop infinity pool at Hotel Indigo Singapore offers panoramic views of the heritage enclave of Katong, Joo Chiat and beyond.

K E Y FA C T S DESIGN STYLE

Contemporary and retro-inspired INTERIOR DESIGNER

eco.id ARchITEcT

Ong & Ong ROOM TYPES

Deluxe Room and Premier Room FAcILITIES

Two meeting rooms, gym, rooftop infinity pool and all-day dining restaurant Baba Chews

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One such new hotel to have opened recently is Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong. The chain is known for its sensitive approach in creating accommodations that reflect the local culture, character and history of the neighbourhood it occupies. Designed to be a home away from home for its guests, the hotel integrates a multi-storey building with the conserved Joo Chiat Police Station constructed in 1928. The former is where the guest rooms are housed while the latter has been transformed into nostalgia-themed diner called Baba Chews.

From the entrance and the lobby to the rooms, the establishment exudes a sense of intimacy. Instead of a regular lobby, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong’s reception area resembles a Peranakan home complete with familiar local elements such as ceramics, batik and rosewood furniture. There is an actual living room located in the pavilion next to the check-in area. Flooded in natural light and decorated with brightly hued modernised Asian furniture, the space further reinforces the concept of staying in a home. Look a little closer and you will recognise details such as sewing machine tables converted into desks, Ming-style chairs painted


The hotel’s main entrance is tucked along a side road. The entryway is lined with walls of ventilation tiles, a nod towards the old Peranakan homes you’d still find in the neighbourhood.

A feature wall in the check-in area depicts a tapestry of batik and ceramic prints juxtaposed with rosewood pieces. Other heritage designs you will see here include antique oriental furniture and black-and-white marble floor tiles.

in unconventional shades and batik prints on tabletops and chairs. The same treatment has been given to the guest rooms. Each of the 131 rooms has been meticulously designed to mimic the structure and flow of old terraced homes. Measuring 323 square feet, the rooms are long and deep to resemble the narrow pre-war terraced houses you’ll still find in nearby Joo Chiat Road. The rooms contain a living area, bedroom and a spa-like bathroom complete with a shower at the floor-to-ceiling window. While this may

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be rather unusual for a hotel, rest assured that retractable blinds provide much needed privacy. What’s more, in the Premier Rooms, a stunning round bathtub placed right at the window allows guests to soak in comfort while taking in views of the charming neighbourhood. You will find that the rooms are a careful blend of modern and traditional. A large mural dominating one wall of the room depicts everyday Singaporean scenes. Other familiar elements decorating the space include a coffee table repurposed from a carom board, oriental-print soft furnishings, patterned ceramic floor and wall tiles and vintage enamelware that are sure to induce tremendous amounts of sentimentality. More nostalgia can be experienced at Baba Chews, the hotel’s only food and beverage outlet. Taking over the old Joo Chiat Police Station, the all-day casual eatery is named after the “King of Katong”, Chew Joo Chiat. As a nod to the building’s colonial roots, the restaurant has been decked out in luxe leather banquettes,

The hotel commissioned Singaporean Urban Sketcher Don Low to come up with three local scenes for the murals in the rooms.

The dressing area at the hotel’s Deluxe Room is furnished with a full-length mirror, marble-topped dressing table, modernised plastic string chair and patterned ceramic tiles.

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Premier Rooms at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong come with a gorgeous custom-made circular bathtub etched with dragon motifs.


Leather banquette seats, parquet flooring and warm mood lighting contribute to Baba Chews’ nostalgic vibe.

antique-looking embossed tin-effect wallpaper, black-and-white mosaic tiles and dark wood panelling. The result is an atmospheric and rather hip outlet complete with a speakeasy-like bar counter where you can order local-style coffee or classic cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing staycation to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or a way to immerse in the rich cultural charms of a heritage neighbourhood, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong has it all. And for the few of us who lament the rapid pace of Singapore’s transformation, this hotel lets us relive the good old days in comfort.

Baba Chews, the hotel’s all-day diner, has been designed to embrace its colonial past.

WIN! A 2D1N staycation at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong Go to www.squarerooms.com.sg for more details.

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong 86 East Coast Road www.ihg.com/hotelindigo

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Graphic content Play up the drama of a dark palette with geometric shapes and burnished copper.

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Dark mat ter Up the style factor in yoUr home with monochromatic fUrnishings paired with selective pUnches of metallic sheen Styling Yong Woei Na ARt DiRECtiOn Neo Aik Sing PhOtOgRAPhy Wong Weiliang

(Opposite page) Utzon lamp, $728, Shell sofa, $2,847 and wooden tray, $257, all from Foundry. Leather cushion, $195, and Dito rug, $1,595, both from BoConcept. (This page) R&W copper coffee cups, $84 each, and DripTease teapot, $188, all from atomi. Copper net bowl, $95 from BoConcept. Sugar and creamer set, $59, white vase, $129, and Pollyanna artificial flowers, $19, all from Robinsons. Gabriel candleholder, $119.95 from Crate & Barrel. Hug dining chair, $409 and Hay T12 dining table, $2,933, both from Foundry. Featuring (from left) Triana CariĂąo DXO 1357S laminates, Bryson Tobias Steel DXN 4329M laminates and Ando Concrete DXN 5324X laminates, all from Lamitak.


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Gold standard Transform your meals into sophisticated affairs with elegant streamlined tableware and accessories.

(Clockwise from top) Mini black bowl, $3.95, from Crate & Barrel. Small white plate, $18, and Kita demitasse cup and saucer, $148, both from atomi. Kingston gold napkin ring, $9.95, and Gala double drinking glass, $19.95, both from Crate & Barrel. TY square grey plate, $29, DripTease milk jug, $58, and Kita iron teapot, $158, all from atomi. 224 porcelain Diamond platter, $220, and Comme Home hexagon board, $49, both from Foundry. Gold dessert fork and spoon, $3.90 each, soup plate, $29.90, and gold show plate, $99.50, all from Robinsons. Featuring Vito Marmo Flavio DXP 1336K laminates from Lamitak.

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take a shine Nothing says panache more than the artful combination of smooth marble and glimmering gold.

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(From left) Pollyanna artificial flowers, $26, round vase, $29, and Tom Dixon Orientalist scented candle, $159, all from Robinsons. Cire Trudon candle, $120, from Foundry. Melina gold frame, $59.90, from Crate & Barrel. Strange & Deranged Cubistic tealight holder, $128, vase with gold bird, $165, and Aviated vintage helicopter, $149, all from Robinsons. Marble ball clock, $145, from BoConcept. Featuring (on wall) Godiva Luxe DXO 5319B laminates, (inside photo frame) Bianco Marble Uassiq DXO 4316G laminates, and (on table) Luca Marmo Flavio DXP 1334K laminates, all from Lamitak.

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Style

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Rethink the look for your living and dining zones with these 14 no-reno style updates TEXT Disa Tan

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ChiC segregation With its symmetrical forms, this seethrough, open shelving establishes a stylish order of streamlined aesthetics. This chic storage divider allows light and air to pass through and this works well for a space-starved area.


Design: Ganna Design

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MisMatChed Chairs You don’t need to throw out your entire dining set for a change of scene; just replacing a few chairs will do. By bringing new seats into the picture, you put together a fun and fresh dining set; somewhat like playing musical chairs during dinner.

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Leg transpLant Sweden-based furniture leg company Prettypegs gives furniture a leg up in the aesthetics department with its neat range of replaceable furniture legs. Available in all sorts of kooky shapes and gorgeous colours and patterns, these legs will totally transform boring pieces. We’re thinking awesome IKEA hacks – just imagine the style possibilities!

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Living Lights Pendant lamps that hover over tabletops bring a visual focus to that area. Let’s up the ante with these Boskke sky planters which resemble pendant lights in form but are actually living, breathing style accents. From $29.90, from HipVan

Available at Blåfink

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Style

Design: Ganna Design

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CoLour Coding Magazines or books, sorted out by colour, can bring out a dazzling contrast when put together. It’ll spruce up white plain shelves nicely. The best part is that you’ll save lots on decorative ornaments.


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PENNINGGRÄS cushion and HÖSTFIBBLA cushion, $9.90 each, from IKEA

Design: Mint & Pistachio HOME

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soft touCh New cushions are the easiest and a foolproof way to spike the interest level on your couch. Look at how these pretty cushions add a punch of colour to an otherwise neutralcoloured sofa.

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deCorative Ladder We’ve seen the ladder used as a towel rack in the bathroom, but who knew it would also look good in the living area? Use it as a decorative fixture to hang up postcards and your favourite snapshots as a quirky alternative to photo frames.

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personaLise this spaCe For those with a bay window by the living or dining area, have you considered doing up a vignette? It’s a pleasing cluster of objects that tell a story about you or your home’s style. By displaying your favourite things like plants, vases or trinkets, it adds character to your space in more ways than one.

Image courtesy of Ferm Living

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PJĂ„TTERYD picture, $25.90, from IKEA

Design: Versaform

Design: De Exclusive Interior Group

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take a MeMo Postcards, saved mail and little notes to each other will go up nicely on this memo board. And, you can hang it up anywhere! It looks like a pretty piece of artwork even if you keep it bare.

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roCk a new hue A relatively quick and effortless way to transform your dining or living space is to change its wall colour. A vibrant colour can add depth to a space if the feature wall is further decorated with paintings or photographs. Featuring Nippon Paint Odour-less Premium all-in-1 in Zing (8117).

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MatChing aCCents It’s one thing to add a carpet to anchor your living area and another to add a matching artwork to complete the picture. In this living area, the carpet and artwork both make strong style statements but without clashing with its matching colour scheme and patterns.


Light that bLooMs Serve up a side of glam with beautiful brass tealight holders. When lit, the petal-shaped holders will cast alluring shadows on your dining tabletop.

Image courtesy of Bloomingville

STILLhet tealight holder, $9.90, from IKEA

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stateMent sheLving Shelves can be more than just for storage. Piece a few together to create a functional feature wall. Other style pointers to steal from this quirky dining space are its DIY colander pendant lamps and the chalkboard painted backdrop.

Design: Mint & Pistachio HOME

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art Corner Fill up those lonesome corners with your favourite artworks. It’ll render a gallery-inspired look to serve as an artful extension to your main living or dining area. Definitely better than a cold and bare corner.

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DesALtO iCArO tAbLe POA at XTRA

unwind and dine

VALONA VAse $112 at Originals

Treat your guests to an elegant spread served in style

KugeL bOwL $88 at Naiise

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TEXT & COORDINATION Ho Li Yen

Lewis ArmLess ChAir $378 (for a pair) at Castlery


sAwyer LeANiNg wiNe bAr $899 at Crate & Barrel

birDhOuse $59 at Make Room

mAgissO COOLer $92.90 at ToTT

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Delectable delights should be a party in the mouth and a feast for the eyes – serve them up in these beautiful monochrome pieces.

mArbLe trAy $615 at Grafunkt

tOm DixON stONe CANDLehOLDer $240 at XTRA

wOrD up! CLOCK $168 at Naiise

b&b itALiA tObi-ishi tAbLe $9,810 at Space Furniture

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Style+

iCe ChANDeLier peNDANt $3,205 at Grafunkt

OregON wiNe gLAsses $11.95 each at Crate & Barrel

geOrg JeNseN hK pitCher $400 at Naiise

squAre hurriCANe LAmp $119 at Make Room

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Settle in with these always-stylish dining accoutrements as dinner conversation lulls.

bAmbOO brAss AND stONe trAy $249 at Departures & Arrivals

OrtigiA siCiLiA ZAgArA gift set $109 at Vanilla Home

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DesALtO teNDer exteNDAbLe tAbLe $6,790 at XTRA


giObAgNArA rOmA squAre trAy $595 at Vanilla Home

swOON CArAfe $54.95 at Crate & Barrel

rOuND CAsserOLe $240 at Departures & Arrivals

KettLe teApOt $140 at Grafunkt

sehAN brAss trAy $220 at Departures & Arrivals

ALiVAr Cut DiNiNg tAbLe $4,449 at XTRA tOm DixON fOrm bOwL from $320 each at XTRA

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solutions

Made to Match 7 things to know before ordering custom-designed furniture text Disa Tan

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hile customised furniture is nothing new in the industry, the level of customisation services currently offered by furniture retailers is a lot more intricate and will get you closer to the best results. This service is also becoming increasingly accessible and affordable, and definitely constitutes as a viable option for furnishing your space. However, custom orders often have a no-return policy so it is important to get it right from the start. Before moving ahead, get acquainted with these helpful pointers and pitfalls:


tip! Afraid you’ll succumb to buyer’s remorse? Make an appointment to see and touch samples before ordering your bespoke piece.

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ordering a cusTom piece online is quick and easy The world of online shopping is might be unsure on how the fabric upon us and yes, you can order will look in real life, which is why a custom-made piece from the they can request for up to three fabric swatches which will be sent comfort of your sofa. For online to them for free.” However, comfort furniture retailer Castlery, they are expanding their online customisation is something you can’t assess from services to include length and just looking at the screen. Castlery legs for sofas. “Customers can encourages interested buyers to book an appointment for a viewing do it either online or go down to with their consultants. In terms of our showroom,” says Declan Ee, Co-founder of Castlery. “When sofa firmness, they offer three levels: soft, medium and firm. browsing online, our customers

The process is noT as complicaTed as you Think

While the material and colour possibilities can be baffling, the retailers and even your interior designer would probably streamline your choices to a few main colours according to your home’s style. That said, colour shouldn’t be the first of your concerns, it should be size. “The conventional wisdom with picking out the right sofa for your space usually starts with size and where it will sit in your living room,” says Lawrence Yong, Chief Product Designer from Blåfink. “We not only work with the length of a sofa, but also the seat heights, seat depths, back heights and arm widths.”

Image courtesy of Blåfink

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Lester Sofa from Castlery

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tip! Note that leather and even faux leather will not sit well with your fur kids as their claws will dig holes into the material.

leaTher is c h i l d - f r i e n d ly b u T n o T p e T- f r i e n d ly

Photo by Justin Loh

We are talking about synthetic leather and not the real deal which is more than double the cost and maintenance. According to Lawrence from Blåfink, synthetic leather or PVC cloth upholstery is a good midterm solution for a family home as “spills don’t soak in and it’s easy to wipe and remove”. For other child-friendly or petfriendly alternatives, Declan from Castlery recommends sofas with washable covers or fabrics with higher rub test scores so that they will endure heavy usage.

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p o ly e s T e r i s p r a c T For sofas, you will definitely come across the option of polyester for upholstery. Lawrence from Blåfink says: “Polyester is a synthetic fibre which is either 100 per cent polyester or a mixture of polyester and some other component like cotton or viscose. It can be manipulated by textile manufacturers into a variety of appearance, feel and yet, at very similar pricing

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ical and popular points. It can feel rustic yet feel like sexy suede.” Sales manager Naazli Somjee from WTP The Furniture Company asserts that polyester is the best fabric for dining chairs. Besides polyester, WTP offers an extensive fabric library for their custom-made dining chairs which ranges from cotton, silk, linen, viscose, chenille, velvet, leather and faux leather.

Zadig L-shaped sofa from Blåfink


Image courtesy of WTP The Furniture Company

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beds can be cusTomised Too and There’s more To iT Than colour selecTion Headboards are perceived blues as they render a calm and cool touch.” more as an aesthetic part of the bedroom while Besides colour scheme the bedframe provides and fabric selection for function, in terms of hidden headboards, both WTP and storage within the base. Blåfink allow customers to add on embellishments As such, Naazli from WTP states: “Headboards do not such as buttons, special seaming and quilting. get a lot of usage, so you Lawrence from Blåfink can use thinner materials adds: “We get a lot of or even delicate fabrics requests for the diamond like pure silk or pure linen. We see the trend leaning grid tufting features. The wingback feature is also towards linens in softer tones like greys and pale very popular.”

We have five collections of fabrics, each of different composition. It is mainly polyester mixed with other materials. Each collection has three to 10 different colour choices.

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Carraway sofa from Blåfink

The price is comparable To ready sTock Provided you don’t go for genuine leather which can push prices up by 40 to 50 per cent, the cost to customise a basic three-seater is around the midrange price category. Lawrence from Blåfink adds: “It can’t go as low as a mass produced IKEA set but neither will it go as high as a B&B Italia piece. It’s less about the material used rather than the method and process we use to custom make a sofa.” Their average three-seater is $1,890.

Declan Ee, Co-Founder, Castlery

Zachary sofa from Castlery

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prepare To waiT for your cusTom piece

As long as you don’t order during peak periods like Chinese New Year, the soonest you can lounge on your sofa is six weeks – a conservative arrival date estimated by Castlery. Blåfink’s expected waiting period is around eight weeks. For WTP, a custom made dining chair will need two to six weeks while their bedframes and headboards take around two to four weeks for completion.

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Neighbourhood to watch Vibrant waterways, sustainable designs and smart features – we round up the exciting developments and upcoming projects that make a home in Punggol so sought-after TexT Lee Kai Lin PhoTos Wilson Pang (unless otherwise stated)

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’s hard to imagine the lively, advanced and next-generation town of Punggol as the fishing village it once was. But those days are long over with major overhauls transforming Punggol into the sustainable waterfront town it was promised to be. In 2012, the town received seven new waterfront districts: Punggol Point, Canal, Waterway East, Waterway West, Crescent, Matilda and Northshore. Since then, multiple milestones have helped

place the northeastern town on the map for Singaporeans – from the unveiling of Punggol Waterway Park and the buzzedabout Coney Island to the opening of Waterway Point. But Punggol’s development is not yet complete – there are phases it has yet to embark on, from the expansion of its industrial cluster to the upcoming launches of hotly anticipated housing projects. Here are some of the district’s most notable current features, as well as developments to look out for in the next few years.

The picturesque Punggol Waterway Park meanders through the heart of the town, connecting facilities via paths for the convenience of residents.


Treelodge@Punggol has been developed with eco-friendly features.

The new Punggol Visitor Centre will serve as a shared community space for residents.

RESIDENTIAL Treelodge@Punggol

NEIGHBOURHOOD FACILITIES oasis Terraces

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The Treelodge@Punggol precinct doesn’t just feature rarely seen loft units, it is also developed with environmentally friendly features. By simulating conditions such as solar and wind energy per unit area, the blocks in the precinct are oriented to maximise wind flow, allowing for natural ventilation. Punggol norThshore

Not only is Punggol's Singapore’s youNgeSt hdb town, it is also slated to be the country's first eco-towN

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Slated for completion in 2020, Punggol Northshore will be Singapore's first smartenabled public housing district. Features such as sensor-controlled lighting will characterise public spaces, while homes will come with a range of digital facilities like data ports and additional power, allowing for owners to easily install other smart technology. The Punggol Northshore zone will also boast solar-ready roofs, a smart waste conveyance system as well as car park management technology that can control the number of lots for visitors during peak and non-peak hours, ensuring residents have sufficient lots. The first batch of smart homes launched for sale are Northshore Residences I and II, expected to be completed in 2020. They will be situated along Punggol Way, next to Samudera LRT station.

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View of Punggol Waterway Park and Waterway Point Shopping Mall.

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When the HDB constructed Punggol Plaza in 2004, it was one of the last neighbourhood centres it built as part of housing estates. Now more than 10 years on, HDB is bringing back neighbourhood centres – a move in response to discussions with residents. With a focus on community spaces, Oasis Terraces will be one-stop destination for residents to meet their amenity needs.

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Situated next to the Oasis LRT station at Punggol Waterway, it will have 18,000 square metres of retail space, a community plaza, a rooftop community garden, as well as the Punggol Polyclinic – one of Singapore’s largest. The Oasis Terraces neighbourhood centre is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

When completed, Oasis Terraces will house a polyclinic, childcare centres, a community plaza and a wide range of shopping and dining facilities.

Images courtesy of Serie + Mply Architects

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To be completed earlier will be the Punggol Visitor Centre – a three-storey complex in Punggol Town Plaza set to open later this year. The centre will not only be a shared community space, but also serve as a site for residents and visitors to learn more about the development of the waterfront town. A first of its kind, the centre will have an interactive 3D scale model of Punggol Town on the ground floor, allowing the public to have a firsthand experience of key public housing developments, transportation, and the greenery and water bodies in the town.

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origins of its name the word “Punggol” in malay means “hurling sticks at the branches of fruit trees to bring them down to the ground” – referencing the town’s history as a fruit-growing district.

WORK AND EDUCATION The creaTiVe clusTer

Punggol’s Creative Cluster looks set to be the next big phase of development. This is all part of a larger plan to grow Singapore’s northern region, where a new economic corridor will come into formation. The Creative Cluster will also see the introduction of new jobs and opportunities. One highlight is the relocation of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), as it shifts from its interim campus in Dover Road to a permanent home in Punggol. Here, it will be integrated with the new Punggol Downtown and the upcoming Northshore District. With a conscious push for its students to have a close symbiotic relationship with industry partners, SIT will convert their boulevards into vehicle-free zones for pedestrians to enjoy easy access to the creative industry cluster, which will be built by JTC Corporation across the road.

The newly opened SAFRA Punggol is nestled in scenic Punggol Waterway Park.

PARKS AND RECREATION Punggol WaTerWay Park

Already a favourite among runners and cyclists, Punggol Waterway Park, located along Sentul Crescent, is surrounded by plenty of water features and green spaces. Built around the section of Punggol Waterway, the park is also known as the “Venice of Punggol”. It boasts the first man-made waterway designed as part of the landscape feature in HDB estates. Other scenic nature spots in Punggol include Punggol Beach and the 2.4km Punggol Promenade Nature Walk, which stretches between Punggol Point Walk and Riverside Walk. Punggol regional sPorTs cenTre

By 2019, Punggol will also have its own Regional Sports Centre. Catering to a larger range of competitive

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eastern and western parts of the island. Travelling time from Punggol to Pasir Ris, for instance, will be reduced from 40 minutes by bus today to 15 minutes via the CRL. Facilitating cycling as a green, alternative mode of transport, developments of the Punggol Eco-Town Cycling Network are also underway. When completed in the first quarter of next year, cyclists will be able to access a safe, continuous and extensive 8.8km network of cycling paths around the neighbourhood. The North South Expressway (NSE) to be completed by 2020 will significantly reduce journey times from the North-East to the CBD, while the Punggol Semi-Expressway will increase east-west connectivity within the region.

sports, the centre will be integrated with Punggol’s waterways, and co-located with the SAFRA clubhouse launched earlier this year. old Punggol road

Running through the Punggol Downtown area, the 1.5km Old Punggol Road will be pedestrianised and transformed into a heritage space, complete with a vibrant Market Village boasting dining and leisure facilities where the public can relax and enjoy.

TRANSPORT Further in the future, Punggol will stand to benefit much as the Thomson Line (TSL) is gradually extended from the CBD to Punggol North. The extension will be completed by 2030, and coupled with the Cross Island Line (CRL), will make Punggol more accessible to the

Punggol Promenade Nature Walk connects residents to peaceful spots and coastal look-out points.

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sophistication A harmonious combination of natural and industrial elements make for a functional yet cosy home TexT Lim Jia Ying PHOTOs IDID Pte Ltd

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hile some Singaporeans choose to pull out all the stops for their home, the young homeowners occupying this home in Punggol Drive decided to go the functional route. Rugged with polished furnishings complemented by light and dark wood features blend harmoniously here to create a modern yet comfortable abode. “As young newlyweds, the owners preferred a contemporary design that was both humble and highly functional,” says the project’s designer Wynn Neo from IDID, a Singapore-based interior design firm. “On account of the clients’ request, we decided to create an industrialstyle interior with accompanying elements from modern design.”

Living room (above)

Mid-century style furniture in muted colours and wooden surfaces blend well with the cement walls, creating a cosy atmosphere in the living area. dining area (opposite page)

The conjoined kitchen-and-dining area is furnished with a table, bench and chairs that complement the adjacent kitchen counter.


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The industrial theme serves the young homeowners well as it is at once functional and stylish. An expansive open-plan interior integrates the living, dining and cooking zones. Thanks to the apartment’s broad structure, this layout was achieved without any hacking down of walls. Bare ceilings paired with black accoutrements create a sense of space and structure.

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open sesame (below)

A key feature in this home is its expansive open plan that allows the home to appear visually spacious. Clear sliding doors were installed to separate the dry and wet kitchens, effectively contributing to a seamless look while keeping cooking fumes contained.

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The industrial theme is evident from the moment one steps through the door. An expansive open-plan interior integrates the living, dining and kitchen spaces. Thanks to the apartment’s broad structure, this layout was achieved without any hacking. Bare ceilings, cement screed walls and utilitarian track lights also contribute to the apartment’s stripped-down vibe. Yet, there is more to this home than meets the eye. Beyond its simple appearance, contrasting details balance out to create a homely, refined atmosphere. Rough cement walls are juxtaposed against glossy, crystal-polished flooring. Meanwhile black matte elements, such

as the pendant lights and ceiling fans, smartly outline the white background. Besides jazzing up the interior, various furnishings also carry a functional purpose. The full-length mirror by the entrance doubles as a concealed door that hides an electric box and shoe storage space. In similar fashion, the crystal polishing of the floor tiles makes for easy maintenance, as it prevents dirt from collecting in between grouting. Woody elements, a distinctive trait of industrial interiors, are featured extensively in the central living zone. Here, a custom bookshelf made of solid plywood stands sentinel over a plush


dry kitchen (above)

The underlying contrast of the flat’s decor is reinforced through the kitchen’s jet black table top cladding and light wooden laminates. home gym (right)

Built-in gym equipment and a practical full-length mirror allow the owners to work out in the comfort of their home.

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Wet kitchen (right)

Warm backlights that trail along the galley-style counters provide a glowing sheen to the elongated wet kitchen. master suite (below)

Consisting of a study and bedroom, the master suite is a scene of calm. Minimal furnishings and rich timber accents imbue the space with a quiet yet luxurious quality.

reading chair. Meanwhile, a mid-century style sofa completes the entertainment space, along with a metal-framed walnut coffee table and TV console. Located behind the living room sofa is a fitness corner – another of the owners’ key requests. Black pull up bars and push up handles consistent with the track lights were installed, along with a floor-to-ceiling mirror. Close by, the conjoined kitchen-and-dining area features a table, a bench and chairs in a dark wood finish. In contrast, the kitchen cabinets keep the uniformity of the overarching design with their woodgrained laminates. “The clients were inspired by the expanded kitchens found in condominiums and wanted a similar, bar counter layout for their home,” explains Wynn.

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Following this request, the dry kitchen was connected to the dining space via an extended bar counter, in addition to a series of stacked cupboards framing a built-in microwave, oven and refrigerator. Besides adding structure with their bold outlines, clear sliding doors in black aluminium frames serve to separate the dry kitchen from its wet counterpart. Meanwhile, the wet kitchen’s galley-style arrangement maximises usable space and accentuates its elongated structure. While bold, stripped down elements take centrestage in the rest of the flat, the bedroom is decidedly serene. Away from the buzz of activity of the living area, the study and master bedroom were combined to create a spacious suite for open relaxation.

Certain installations in the master bedroom, like its ivory walls and black track lights, once again evoke the flat’s monochromatic theme. However, timbered components are the real stars here, as they make for an elegant, beach resort atmosphere. Honey-hued parquet flooring is paired with sleek wooden furnishings, such as the desk, bed frame and venetian blinds, to deliver an upscale feel. Clearly as this home’s design attests balance is key in developing a unique style without compromising functionality. Soft, refined materials can be deftly paired with avant-garde fittings for an edge of sophistication.

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Nifty laminated cabinets double up as a distinctive feature wall in the living room. Almost in the same shade as the vinyl flooring employed in the communal space, this results in a seamless transition from the walls to the floor, making it an ingenious method of elongating the headroom and living space. Kitchen (below)

The shelves in the dry kitchen have been customised with white laminates to take on a more cohesive look. The original wooden door used in the entryway to the wet kitchen was substituted for a glass bi-fold door to increase spatial depth.

over wow-factor. Furnishings are few and far between, with most possessing white and wooden tones to blend in with the surroundings. Besides freeing up much-needed floor space, the astute palette creates an illusion of greater depth. Yet, the furnishings have been artfully styled in a way that makes the setting visually arresting – take for instance the dining area that hosts a long dining table and a mix of chairs. “It’s common to have chairs of a fixed design when it comes to decor,” Alex says, “But we decided to mix it up. Though the individual designs for the chairs sets them apart, they maintain a level of cohesiveness too. This gives the zone a distinctive edge that garners attention.” To visually enlarge the kitchen, the wooden door was swapped for a glass bi-fold door and the dry kitchen laminates were changed. The space is fitted with low-hanging lights that cast a warm glow. Moving on to the living room, floor-length curtains are used to enclose the space, shutting

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Master bedrooM (above)

To reduce harsh glares and to free up some floor space, white track lights have been installed into the ceiling. Paired with slightly sandier wooden tones and curtains, the bedroom is transformed into a tranquil spot. bed (right)

Because the master bedroom isn’t large enough for ample storage solutions, interior designer Alex created hidden compartments in the bedhead. The bed itself is part of a raised platform made with laminates.

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The traditional study table is re-invented here. Now a cabinet that doubles as a desk, it can be flipped shut to stow away the unsightly mess when not in use, making it easy for the children and easy on the eyes.

out the hustle and bustle of city life, providing the homeowners with a sense of privacy. When not in use, billowy curtains can be peeled back to reveal a balcony. once a sparse zone, this area has been elevated into an inviting space with the installation of a swinging chair to entice the family to bask in the afternoon sun. Though not overtly ostentatious, the home is flashy in its own way. In nooks and crannies that one might gloss over hide a plethora of storage compartments. Made from similar materials, these units are well concealed. “We included a hidden storage compartment in the master bedroom's bedhead,” Alex shares. “The room isn’t huge enough for a side table, bed and dresser – so we came up with this storage

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unit as it’s a simple fuss-free way of containing clutter. Aside from the bedroom, the feature wall was replaced by laminated cabinets that double up as a striking centrepiece.” Instead of the classic study desk, the children’s room features a study “cabinet”. When the study is not in use, the children are able to flip and close the “table”, keeping it compact while extending limited elbow-room. In pursuit of the au naturel concept, Alex skillfully proves that simplicity can be synonymous with sophistication and elegance. Clean and streamlined, the space has been transformed and now exudes a quiet, picturesque and welcoming charm.

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Kitchen (right)

Instead of the commonplace open concept kitchen, the walls were kept up to prevent cooking fumes from permeating the other spaces. Black grouting was employed in the kitchen to reduce the effort of maintenance. Subway tiles are accompanied by a kitchen hood, giving the zone a rustic, cottage-like feel.

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ocated a stone’s throw away from Punggol Waterway Park, this inviting Scandinavian-themed home was conceptualised based on the homeowners’ love for white and wood tones. Embracing functionality without compromising on warmth and style, quintessential Nordic trademarks grace the space in typical fashion. “I love white and my wife loves wood textures,” says Terrence Tan, the proud owner of the charming four-room BTO unit. “We adore the cosy, clean look and we wanted to live in a practical environment with plenty of hidden

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storage compartments. The entire Scandinavian aesthetic was a clear winner.” Tailored to meet the needs of the homeowners, this residence is all functionality. Creative storage solutions play a big role in giving the home its unsullied appearance. The bed in the master bedroom, stairs and study table in the common room are all customised to provide more storage. Perhaps one of the more surprising fixtures in the home is the feature wall in the living room. Made from wooden laminates, the wall was created to introduce some hidden storage units to free up floor space. Complemented by streamlined

Living room

Made from wooden laminates, this magnificent feature wall doubles as a storage unit, keeping clutter from prying eyes. The dual-toned floor is a surprising and noteworthy touch, an unorthodox approach amidst simple, singular toned flooring styles. The dashes of colour divide the communal zones cleanly without the assertiveness that comes with pronounced partitions..


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PH 5 lamp from Louis Poulsen Dining area

A mounted wine rack provides Terrence with a smart storage space to house his beverages and glasses. His wife’s love for wood tones is reflected throughout the communal area. Plus, in direct homage to the Nordic aesthetic, the space is decked out in iconic Scandinavian furnishings.

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master beDroom (above)

Located near the television lies a hidden mini dressing table. The bed has been customised for more storage options. Made from plywood in laminated finishing, the whites of the wardrobe break up the sandy shades, magnifying the space and keeping it fresh and airy. master en suite (left)

The honeycomb tiles used in the dry area of the bathroom adds a touch of quirkiness to the otherwise sparse zone. Plus, the vanity-cum-mirror cabinet was customised to include a handy tissue dispenser, a rather ingenious idea for keeping things organised.

furniture, pristine white walls and white track lights, the zone is cleverly enlarged. Also contributing to the expansiveness of the communal zone is the hacking down of a wall originally separating the living room and an adjacent room. The expanded space is now the dining area complete with a sizeable dining set and bar counter. Favouring minimal furniture with clean edges and durability, the space is decked out with classics like the iconic Eames chair, a salutation to the Nordic-chic look. The mainstream open kitchen concept was given a miss in this flat as the couple was in favour of keeping the walls up to prevent cooking fumes from permeating the other areas of the home. To reduce upkeep, white colour grouting was substituted for black. With its glossy subway tiles and kitchen hood, the space looks and feels like a posh, upscale cottage. To create the illusion of a bigger breathing space in the private sanctuary, hefty display units and vanities have been done away. These are replaced by a hidden mini dresser and nifty storage compartments in the custom-made bed. Constructed from plywood in a laminated finish, the white wardrobe is coupled with furnishings

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of similar shades found in the master bedroom, serving to reinforce the appearance of an elongated room. Usually plain and unadorned, the master bathroom deviates from the norm. honeycomb tiles employed in the wet area and a nifty tissue dispenser hidden within the vanity-cum-mirror cabinet lend the space a quirky air. To keep things functional, homogeneous tiles were used on the walls, as less grouting is needed. The homeowners’ fondness for smart small space solutions are even apparent in the common room. The power source for the desktop is embedded within the study table, hiding tangled wires away from plain sight and more storage compartments were applied at the foot of the small stairs. Barring conventional mainstays, unorthodox approaches were employed in various sections lending an element of surprise to the residence. In atypical manner, the floor in the living room adopts two distinct tones while honeycomb tiles adorn the dry area of the bathroom. Plus, a mounted wine rack was used to house drinks. These uncommon features add flair to the Nordic-inspired home.

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The common room is home to more hidden storage compartments – one at the foot of the stairs and the other in the study desk. A power source for the computer is embedded within the study table, allowing the users to stow unsightly wires away from roaming eyes.

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The black wall doubles as an enlarged chalk board, serving as an artistic outlet for Wei Xiang’s wife to doodle. Embracing their respective collectors’ spirits, the display shelves are adorned with an array of memorabilia from their travels. The display rack is finished with black metal rods and pairs well with the raw bricks employed in the kitchen island.

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s cafes multiply in Singapore, many have zoned in on perfecting their interior, each striving to outdo their competition in the race to provide customers with unparalleled ambience. The immaculate decor implemented in these hotspots have inspired their clientele to recreate or introduce some cafe-specific elements into many of their residences. “Although we started without a particular theme in mind, we leafed through magazines and did some research online,” shares Lee Wei Xiang, the owner of this splendid five-room HDB unit. “We love spending time at cafes and my wife enjoys cooking – so we thought to have a cafe

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Acapulco chair, retailing at HipVan dining area (above)

Aside from lending the space a comforting cottage-like ambience, the brick wallpaper was deliberately chosen for a seamless transition from the kitchen to the dining area. Pillows amp up the casual setting and serve as a neat seat booster for the homeowners’ nieces and nephews.

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corner in our home. This entire concept really fit in with our preferences.” Punchy furnishings paired with black track lights lend a touch of Scandi-industrial aesthetics to the living space. The clever use of brick wallpaper applied in the dining room complemented by tungsten lights amps up the rugged look throughout the shared communal space. Yet, it is the a smattering of cafe-inspired pieces – such as the dark walnut dining table, black seats and pop art throw pillows – that soften the harsher, austere elements. To create a seamless transition from the dining area to the kitchen, the couple got their interior designer from I-Bridge Design to construct a bar counter with real bricks. A display rack fashioned from wood, laminates and black metal rods provides a resting place for their curated memorabilia and paraphernalia. “We like to travel and my wife would always bring something back from the country we visited. The top shelf


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An eclectic ensemble arms the communal space with personality. The daring use of vibrantly hued furnishings provides pops of colour while curated superhero pop artstyle throw pillows evoke a cosy, lived-in vibe. The main light sources are installed on the ceiling. Accented in black, they add a nice industrial touch to the zone.

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Kitchen (below)

This area of the kitchen adopts an open storage concept, much like the ones applied in American homes, alongside the conventional kitchen cabinets. Blinds were installed to block out harsh rays and keep rain out.

houses her entire collection of Starbucks mugs accumulated from our trips,” Wei Xiang says. “The bell near the entryway was also bought on one of our visits to Chatuchak, Bangkok years ago.” Coloured with black chalk paint, the wall serves as a giant canvas for Wei Xiang’s wife, who enjoys doodling. Complemented by a turquoise backsplash, the contrast between the bright and dark shades ties the entire look together. The result is a kitchen that is visually arresting and stimulating. Inspired by American homes, the kitchen employs an open storage concept alongside conventional storage solutions. A novel storage

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Happy with the bathroom, not much has been done to it. The couple added a shower screen and shelves below the sink. Plus, the mirror comes with LED lights, illuminating the space and providing the users a handy ring light. Bedroom (opposite page)

The traditional bedframe has been done away for an unorthodox raised platform. Made of vinyl, the platform extends to fill the bedroom and provides ample space for the mattress to rest on. Aiming for a distinct vintage-industrial look, they affixed tungsten lights next to the beds.

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idea, this eye-catching implement saves room. Instead of installing a window to block out harsh rays and rain, the couple opted for blinds. Standard bedframes were done away in the bedroom. The couple went with an enlarged raised platform that extends beyond their bed. A vintageindustrial wall lamp, wardrobe, display units and settee were made from similar laminates and wood, imbuing the space with a raw, unpolished feel. Though the couple was happy with the bathroom and the length of their bedroom sink, they fitted the area with shower screens and shelving. The bathroom mirror was equipped with hidden LED lights for a rather inconspicuous ring light. With a medley of hues and textures artfully incorporated, this residence has character in spades.

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a landscape that is being dominated by Scandinavian- and industrial-themed homes, dark hues are being pushed aside in favour of lighter, warmer tones. However, black-and-white themed homes are coming back in vogue, and we can see why. Widely regarded as a chic colour palette, these shades add a touch of elegance to spaces all while imbuing it with a sense of contemporary timelessness. This sexy home of a stylish couple uses copious amounts of white, which is enhanced with black tones. The result is a space that is flooded in natural light and artistic flair. To

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keep things cohesive and polished, the zones are mostly decked out in furnishings of varying monochromatic shades. “We wanted a clean and bright space,” explains Jean Tan the homeowner of the swanky three-bedroom condominium. “Our last home had a darker theme, with grey and black walls. With this home, the black-and-white concept allows us to enlarge the space visually with natural light bouncing off the walls and white cabinets.” The couple engaged the team at interior design firm Distinct Identity to help them realise their gorgeous space. Subtle designs elements can be spied throughout the 1,118-square foot apartment. A black archway serves as a subtle

Eames DAR molded armchair, retailing at XTRA Living room

Commissioned from an Australian artist, the print hanging on the living room wall is a stunning centrepiece. White track lights create a gallery-like vibe and draws attention to the art piece when switched on. Proposed by the designer, the black archway is a subtle partition, segregating the dining area and living room neatly.


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An angular ceiling light was deliberately chosen to introduce industrial elements to the space. The divider stretches across the shared space and connects to the feature wall – a simple illusion to create depth and width. Lights were cleverly hidden within the structure and can be activated to enhance the ambience.

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Living room

A coffee table was substituted with two hexagonal tables to maximise floor space. Glossy white cabinets blend into the surrounding walls and provide hidden storage. As selfproclaimed movie buffs, the couple installed a floor lamp to create ambient lighting for movie nights.

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partition, dividing the living and dining areas without being obtrusive. It starts from the door, stretches across the length of the communal areas and extends across the ceiling. It’s a clever deception to elongate the breadth and width of the rooms. More lights have been hidden within the smart structure and is used to create a cosy ambience. The homeowners’ love for geometric patterns are visible in their choice of furnishings – the volley of prints on their throw pillows, the wallpaper selection for their bedroom and even in the hexagonal tables that act as coffee tables. “We were inspired by several design magazines,” Jean shares, “Plus, modern homes have done away with the traditional coffee

tables in favour of smaller surfaces – it helps to maximise the floor space.” Rows of cabinets in white glossy laminates were fitted throughout the house, keeping it clutter-free. Due to its iridescent sheen, the furnishings provide visual interest and magnify the setting. “The developer had provided us with one walk-in wardrobe, which my husband is using,” says Jean. “But I needed more storage space for my collection of clothes and accessories so we decided to introduce another walk-in wardrobe.” Crafted from the same material as the cabinets, the sleek wardrobe is paired with black track lighting, floor-length curtains and a plush rug to evoke a boutique vibe. Jean tailored the


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A statement geometric wallpaper from Goodrich covers one of the walls. Instead of having a traditional bedhead, the bed was customised to include a workstation at the side. The workspace is essential as the homeowners take turns using it for work. WaLk-in WarDroBe (below)

To store her collection of clothes and shoes, Jean decided to run with the idea of having a walk-in wardrobe. As such, her interior designer converted one of the doors to house a mirror and vanity. A plush rug, black track lights and floor-length curtains were added to enclose and create a private space for her. These fittings were intentionally chosen to evoke a boutique-like appearance.

closet to include a mirror and vanity behind one of the doors. Moving onwards to the bedroom, the conventional bed has been given a facelift – instead of sporting a bedframe, the bed has been constructed to include a miniature table that serves as a workstation for the inhabitants. “We take turns with the space. One of us will be working while the other relaxes on the bed,” Jean shares. “It’s purely a lifestyle need.” Cool and edgy, this home is a medley of timeless hues and trendy fittings. The end product is a space that speaks volumes about the owners’ characters and personalities – bold, artistic and contemporary.

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All in the DetAils A stylish space for modernists, this scandi-inspired abode is also home to many hidden storage spaces

F A C T F I L E SPACE 3-bedroom condominium unit SIZE 1,300 square feet LOCATION Bartley Residences HOME TO A family of four DESIGNER Wynn Neo from IDID Pte Ltd RENO PERIOD Four weeks

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IDID (Ideas Defined in Details) renders professional design services and solutions for every phase of an interior design project where clients’ ideas become reality. Each project is derived from a close collaboration with clients, ensuring specific and unique results. Quality workmanship, creativity, uniqueness and the attention to details are the hallmarks of their business. Establishing close relationships with their industry partners, suppliers, and subcontractors, IDID ensures high standards for every project they are entrusted.


LIVING White was chosen as the base colour to magnify the setting. Made from stone-like laminates, the feature wall hosts a mirror to draw attention to the high ceiling and to elongate the headroom. The floor is covered with crystal polished homogeneous tiles, and its glossy nature amplifies the space. WORkSPACE To segregate the workstation in an unobtrusive manner, woodlike vinyl was used to construct a platform. Stone-effect laminates were employed on the table, giving it an illusion that the desk had been cast from cement. At the same time, black track lighting and cove lights were installed on the ceiling to reduce floor clutter.

bALCONy + DINING AREA The dining room was shifted to the balcony to free up more space for a workstation. A wooden dining table is complemented by white rattan chairs and woodgrain strip tiles that successfully create an inviting communal zone. The greenery # W A L L A R T adds pops of colour to the Instead of painting otherwise off-white palette.

your walls, add character with quirky, statement-making wallpapers.

DAuGHTER’S bEDROOM White brick wallpaper was vetoed in favour of a darker toned version, and the astute choice adds character to the space. The room houses a plethora of hidden storage compartments, including the raised steps, which are used as a holding space for books.

MASTER bEDROOM Lined with wood-like parquet and adorned with furnishings in earthy tones, a sense of cosiness and warmth is imbued in the bedroom. Cove lights have been embedded into the ceiling and the miniature feature wall, providing ambient lighting and softening the space. SON’S bEDROOM Painted a pastel blue, this room exudes calm. Accented with hints of azure, the vibrant striped wallpaper complements the shade on the walls and adds a nice splash of colour. Made from laminates, the shelves have been custom-designed with curved edges for a softer look.

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EclEctic havEn With a myriad of woodgrains, brick tones and nostalgic features scattered throughout, this rustic abode is a sanctuary in the concrete jungle of Singapore

F A C T F I L E SPACE 4-room DBSS unit SIZE 1,100 square feet LOCATION Tampines Central HOME TO A family of four DESIGNER Auston Lim from Space Define RENO PERIOD Two months

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Following their slogan, “LOVE Design. BREATHE Design. LIVE Design”, the dynamic team of designers from Space Define believe in creating charisma into the spaces you live, work and play in. The team caters to their clients’ needs by offering creative options in design ideas and concepts to meet your functional requirements. Whether it’s a residential or commercial space, they look beyond design trends to create a concept that works with your space, and more importantly, for you.


ENTRyWAy + BALCONy Made from wooden laminates, this floor-toceiling cabinet is a stylish yet organised way to keep shoes away from crowding the entryway. Further in, the oncesparse balcony has been decked out in pebble-stone floors and a concrete tiled table reminiscent of those found under HDB blocks.

BEDROOM Sticking to its Scandinavian influence, a pale, woodlike wallpaper adorns the bedroom walls. To ensure a smooth transition from wall to wardrobe, the cabinets have been customised from solid plywood laminates and given a white coat. LED downlights cast a warm glow on soft upholstery, creating a soothing atmosphere. LIVING Made from stucco to resemble bricks, the eyecatching feature wall stretches from the entryway to the balcony, giving the living area a fresh and interesting look. False ceilings host cove and LED downlights that soften the austere edges of the communal space.

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BATHROOM Cove lights and plants were paired with unyielding elements such as the woodlike walls and concrete-like floor. These embellishments successfully soften the harsher textures and transforms the space into a quiet haven that is able to rival that of the ambience found in hotel bathrooms.

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Use different coloured woodgrains in areas of the home to enhance different vibes.

KITCHEN Lined with European porcelain tiles, the kitchen island acts as a statementmaking divider with its splash of blue and white amidst neutral hues. The countertops and kitchen backsplash are donned in KompacPlus, a hard-wearing material that melds seamlessly into the overall Nordic-chic tones.

38 Jalan Pemimpin #04-08 M38 Singapore 577178 Tel: 6255 6876 Fax: 6255 6877 Email: enquiries@spacedefine.com Web: www.spacedefine.com Space Define Interior

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Luxe Fancy Fitted lavishly with elegant furnishings and fittings, this immaculate minimalist home oozes luxurious charm

F A C T F I L E SPACE Semi-detached bungalow SIZE 4,000 square feet LOCATION Bukit Timah HOME TO A family of five DESIGNER Vincent Wong from Darwin Interior RENO PERIOD Three months

100 SEP

Whether you’re looking for a simple design update, or a complete home makeover, Darwin Interior has the expertise to meet your needs. Their designs are always “human-oriented”, emphasising innovative ways of catering creative designs to fit your lifestyle. From conceptualisation to conclusion, the Darwin Interior team believes that customers are always the top priority.


KITCHEN The revamped kitchen sports new tiles, cabinets, worktops, an island and sink to maximise functionality. The cabinets were laminated with white core, a material imported from Japan, while the quartz countertops and homogeneous floor tiles were installed to withstand wear and tear.

LIVING White was used as the base colour throughout the home – a classic choice when there is a need to amplify spaces. The pale hue acts as a great canvas to build upon. In the living room for instance, the homeowners opted for a minimalist slant. Furnished with select pieces that have sleek edges and understated tones, the communal space is magnified.

CAbINETS The laminated cabinets act as the centrepiece within the dining space. For easy access to pantry essentials and coffee-making accoutrements, designer Vincent Wong created a nook complete with a preparation counter. Additionally, the door leading to a toilet was concealed craftily through the use of #ENTRY similar laminates.

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DINING Besides the hanging lights, cove lights were installed within the ceiling, creating an intimate setting. Billowy floor-length curtains, prevent harsh glares from streaming in, further softening and enclosing the space. LED down lights were employed to construct showcase areas for paintings and art.

WINE CELLAR Customised with timber wood, the wine cellar is a novel rarity amidst mounted ceiling racks and shelves. Temperature is carefully maintained and controlled in the space to keep the wine chilled.

70 Bendemeer Road, #01-01 Luzerne, Singapore 339940 (Main Branch) Tel: 6396 8558 Block 634, #01-100 Bukit Batok Central, Singapore 650634 (West Branch) Tel: 6786 8558 5 Tampines Central 6, Telepark, #01-12, Singapore 529482 (East Branch) Tel: 6781 8558 Email: sales@darwininterior.com.sg Web: www.darwininterior.com.sg Darwin Interior

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Raw PoweR The unifinished elements and textures employed in this residence create an enrapturing display

F A C T F I L E SPACE 3-storey landed property SIZE 2,800 square feet LOCATION Bukit Batok HOME TO A family of five DESIGNER The Orange Cube RENO PERIOD Two months

102 SEP

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, it’s no wonder the company has gained a firm foothold in the interior design scene.


DINING Taking up quite a bit of floor space, the highlight in the dining area is the majestic wooden dining table. A contrast is created with the introduction of a concrete-like pillar. The raw elements are balanced with glossy floor tiles for a polished finish. Plus, the staircase walls were fitted with tic-tac doors for more storage compartments.

MASTER EN SuITE The bathtub was hacked away to free up much needed space. Floor tiles were changed to cement-lookalikes for a utilitarian, hard-wearing alternative. In consideration of the overarching concept, the same texture was employed on the bathroom vanity. Two sinks were built into the space, allowing the homeowners to use the space at the same time.

FAMILy SPACE In an effort to make this communal zone more inviting, a swinging chair and several plush miniature sofas furnish the area. To achieve a resortlike atmosphere, a raised wooden platform was paired with a lush green carpet. A mounted wall fan, potted plants and hanging lights further serves to enhance the languid vibes.

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Consider using cove lights in places like the bedroom for a softer glow. LIVING The concrete-like feature wall is a visually arresting centrepiece set against a white backdrop. Lights embedded within the structure not only provide the living room with ambient lighting, they also create a showcase area, drawing roaming eyes to the wall.

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BEDROOM To maximise floor space and to do away with harsh glares from spotlights and lamps, cove lights were installed within the bedhead. Surrounded by muted tones, a cosy ambience is created when the lights are switched on.

14 Arumugam Road, #01-03 LTC Building C, Singapore 409959 Tel: 6337 7277 Fax: 6337 7570 Email: enquiry@theorangecube.com Web: theorangecube.com The Orange Cube

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modern romance There is no lack of elegance in this modern Victorian love nest, which is swathed in panelled details, rich materials and luxurious finishes

F A C T F I L E SPACE 3-room HDB unit SIZE 721 square feet LOCATION Fajar Road HOME TO A couple DESIGNER Kalyn Guo from Home Journal RENO PERIOD Two months

104 SEP

Armed with a wealth of experience, Home Journal ensures that each project is meticulously executed with precision. The young and dynamic interior design firm provides a full suite of solutions – from interior design consultation to onsite coordination – for all your home improvement needs. Specialising in industrial and loft-style interiors, Home Journal aims to translate their clients’ personalities into meaningful, well-designed spaces.


MASTER BEDROOM The master bedroom takes on a hotel-like ambience with chic decor, crisp bed linens and a sophisticated neutral colour palette. To add a sense of opulence and a soft touch, designer Kalyn Guo decided to clad one side of the wall in grey fabric panels. The full-height black wardrobe, which extends from wall to wall, is given the same panelled design #open in line with the modern work Victorian theme.

KITCHEN Painted black, the kitchen cabinets stand in stark contrast to the white subway tiled walls. While most of the tiles were laid in a conventional staggered brickwork pattern throughout the cooking zone, the tiles for the backsplash were laid in a herringbone design, giving the space an unusual visual interest. Black pipes and fittings as well as metallic accents provide an industrial spin. OVERALL What best articulates the modern Victorian look the most in this home is perhaps this blue-grey, fullheight TV wall, which was framed and trimmed by a professional carpenter and then spray-painted to leave a woodgrain finish. The TV is fully recessed, allowing the home to achieve a seamless appearance. The living room is defined by light woodgrain tiles, while the flooring for the front entrance and the doorway into the kitchen is defined by a darker shade.

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A half wall not only visually opens up a small space, it also creates a sense of airiness while adding interest.

LIVING On one side of the living room, a brick wall adds tactile interest to the space. The hues of this gritty surface were chosen to match the brown leather sofa. Kalyn chose to create a half-wall that opens into the dining room to create a sense of airiness and spaciousness throughout the home.

DINING ROOM This dining area is temporary – the homeowners plan to turn this into a kids’ room in the future. For now, a custom marble-topped high table is set amidst a crisp-white colour palette, offering the homeowners an elegant spot to hang out. An industrial-style light fixture hangs above, providing a focal point for the space.

2021 Bukit Batok Industrial Park A St 23 #03-220 Singapore 659526 (strictly by appointment only) Tel: 6425 5275 Fax: 6899 8783 Email: kalyn@homejournal.com.sg Web: www.homejournal.com.sg

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Dealings Beat the heat with Crestar’s new range of stylish ceiling fans

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pgrade your wind service with Crestar’s new ceiling fans. Dedicated to offering homeowners a broad variety of options, Crestar has consistently presented products that prove to be effective yet stylish, and are wideranging enough to meet specific decor and space requirements. Their two latest collections continue to allow homeowners to pick and select the most suitable ceiling fans for their homes. Available in 40-inches and a new 46-inches option, the iCol series boasts advanced HY Polycarbonate blades that ensure optimal wind delivery. Sporting an elegant yet minimalist design, the iCol fans will blend in with practically any style of decor. Choose from black, bronze, silver or white for the best fit for your room’s design. Also newly available with the iCol series are four-speed remote controls

that allow you to control light and timer functions apart from adjusting the speed. The iCol fans are ideal for bedrooms and study rooms, and – no surprise here – are progressively becoming the brand’s bestsellers. For tighter spaces without the luxury of a large ceiling area, iRis is Crestar’s newest range, inspired by the trend of small ceiling fans. Available in two compact sizes, 38-inches and 46-inches, the iRis fan is perfect for kitchens, balconies or even bomb shelters. Equipped with the same powerful Crestar 153 Alumi motor as the iCol, coupled with wide angle 3D Double Angle Polycarbonate blades, the iRis fan is able to produce impressive wind delivery despite its size. Keeping to a simple and clean aesthetic, the iRis fan cuts a pristine silhouette that is sure to sit neatly on any room’s ceiling.

Did you know that there is an optional lighting solution is available with iCol and iRis? The Tri-colour LED panel offers three variations of brightness and tones to provide the perfect ambience and illumination required. Crestar enterprise 12 Tagore Drive #03-01 Habitat Warehouse, Singapore 787621 tel: 6254 9483 www.crestarfan.com.sg

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Rid yourself of laundry woes with Samsung’s newfangled AddWash Washing Machine

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What’s more, the Samsung AddWash Washing Machine is able to help you get rid of tough and stubborn stains easily and effectively. With its EcobubbleTM technology, detergent is transformed into foamy bubbles that are able to penetrate fabrics and remove dirt quickly. The result? Clothes that come out as good as new, even without having to use warm water, allowing you to save on energy while minimising damage to delicate fabrics. Clunky machinery is often synonymous with loud whirs and hums, and these noises are often grating on the ears. With Samsung’s

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AddWash Washing Machine, you can bid farewell to your dated clunkers as it is fitted with state-of-the-art Vibration Reduction PlusTM Technology that allows the machine to work quietly and with less vibration. With these new features, the Samsung AddWash Washing Machine not only helps you save time on doing your laundry, it also makes the household chore more efficient, allowing you to free up your time to enjoy the things that really matter. For more inFormation, please visit www.samsung.com/sg/addwash


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Samsung’s cutting-edge Refrigerator with Twin Cooling PlusTM Technology helps keep food fresh while providing you the flexibility to use your refrigerator as you like

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aunted by food turning stale? Say goodbye to refrigerator and storage troubles with Samsung’s new Refrigerator with Twin Cooling PlusTM Technology. Equipped with two independent cooling systems, the top-mounted freezer refrigerator is able maintain just the right temperature and humidity levels in the fridge and freezer to keep your food fresh, while locking in moisture and sealing your ingredients’ freshness at the same time. This effectively extends the shelf life of your food, while decreasing trips to the supermarket. From ice cream to pizzas, frozen foods are delicious and convenient for busy families. But with limited storage options for these products, you may be forced to contain them in the smaller-sized freezer. What’s more, odours from leftovers and other produce stored in the refrigerator can filter into the freezer, sticking to frozen fare and ultimately upsetting the original flavours. That’s why the neat Twin Cooling PlusTM independent cooling system in the refrigerator is such a godsend. It is able to

separate the airflow between the fridge and freezer, preventing unpleasant smells from permeating from one space to another, and ensuring that there are no changes in the flavours of food. Another benefit of the Twin Cooling PlusTM system is that users are able to tailor the refrigerator according to their needs. This is thanks to the Samsung Smart Conversion technology that allows you to convert the freezer into a refrigerator to store more items or switch off the lower part of the refrigerator when you’re off for a vacation to save energy. With up to five conversion modes – Freezer-Fridge, Energy Saving, Vacation, Fridge Max and Mini Fridge modes – you can use the refrigerator according to your food storage needs. Conventional compressors make it difficult to control the temperature within the fridge with its simple start and stop patterns. With the Samsung Digital Inverter Compressor, you can enjoy consistent refrigerator temperature at all times. The compressor is able to automatically adjust the compressor speed in response to cooling demand across seven levels. It also utilises less energy, is able to operate with minimum noise, and reduces wear and tear of the refrigerator for long-lasting performance. And, to sweeten the deal, the compressor is backed by a 10year warranty. Highly durable, quiet and energysaving, the Samsung Refrigerator with Twin Cooling PlusTM Technology is smart, intuitive and versatile, making it an ideal kitchen essential for the modern homeowner. For more inFormation, please visit www.samsung.com/sg/twincoolingplus

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Slim, elegant and functional, Rubine’s BOW Rain series of instant water heaters are perfect for contemporary homes

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leading and established Italian brand in the bathroom and kitchen industry, Rubine has built a strong presence in many markets in the region, including Singapore and Malaysia within a span of 15 years. Known for its contemporary designs, functionality and quality, Rubine continues to develop products, which not only embellish customers’ homes but will also offer practical benefits. The popular BOW Rain series of electric instant water heater from Rubine is developed with the concept of making the heater aesthetically versatile in blending into any bathroom decor. Short for Black Or White, the BOW Rain heater features a slim and elegant design, and is equipped with UL-approved high-quality heating element and a 120mm water saving chromed black or white hand shower with a matching 250-mm rain shower set.

It is also developed with a booster pump to boost water pressure where water flow is highly variable. What’s more, the water heater comes with two water saver chips that help maintain water flow rate within suitable levels at any pressure. This helps the user save up to 50 per cent of water. The BOW Rain series of water heaters come with an extra durable tube connector that enables it to withstand higher water pressure from leakage as well as an antitwist flexible hose that prevents loops and knots from forming. There’s also an option for homeowners to install a sturdy shower caddy that can hold up to 5kg of bath products on the heater shower rod without the use of nails, allowing you to keep your bathroom oraganised without damaging the walls. Sleek, versatile and intuitively designed, the Rubine BOW Rain series of water heaters are perfect choices for homeowners looking for a convenient yet effective way to enjoy their showers. Casa (s) Pte Ltd 15 Kian Teck Crescent tel: 6268 0066 Email: enquiries@rubine.it www.casaholdings.com.sg www.rubine.it

110 SEP


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novita’s new AirCare Pro Air/Surface Sterilizer NAS12000 is a sleek machine that targets airborne and surface-bound germs

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he concrete jungle of Singapore is home to a plethora of invisible germs, bacteria, mould and other allergens. While there exist many types of air purifiers, most provide only the basic features. Enter novita’s AirCare Pro Air/Surface Sterilizer NAS12000. Powered with advanced QuadSystem Technology, the air/surface steriliser boasts efficient sterilisation and elimination of bacteria, viruses and germs. The newest machine to join novita’s suite of air management range is capable of surface sanitisation, air sterlisation, ionisation and air purification, making it an all-in-one solution for a cleaner and healthier home. Featuring a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) rating of 295 CFM - 501m3/hr on PM2.5 smoke in accordance to AHAM AC-1-2015 standard, the machine is able to cleanse air and surfaces quickly. And with its ability to extensively cover an area of up to 1,300 square feet for air purification, up tp 3,000 square feet for air sterilisation and up to 2,000 square feet for surface sanitisation, this machine is also suitable for larger spaces, such as childcare centres and clinics. Enjoy E. coli- and Salmonella-free surfaces as controlled ozone concentration levels emitted by the air/surface steriliser boost surface sanitisation levels, removing 99.99 per cent of surface bound germs, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, MRSA, yeast

and mould within 15 minutes. In addition, the unit facilitates a thorough elimination of airborne germs, removing 99.99 per cent of airborne bacteria, yeast and mould within three minutes. Equipped with the four-in-one PuriPRO filter, the air/surface steriliser is also able to remove more than 99.99 per cent of PM2.5 and PM10 respiratory suspended particulates in just a minute, keeping the air clean and fresh. What’s more, the machine’s in-built advanced Electron Spray Ionization technology produces up to 60 million negative ions per cubic centimetre, eliminating most allergens. Negative ions have plenty of health benefits too – aiding in stress relief, boosting your energy and increasing your alertness. Complete your air quality management with the complementary SmartControl application, which allows you to maintain and operate your unit with ease anytime and anywhere. novita 8 Tagore Drive #04-00 Singapore 787624 tel: 6552 1023 www.novita.com.sg

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For 36 years, Laurastar has used all its engineers and designers’ know-how to create an impressive range of ironing products. By ingeniously combining three forces – iron, steam and air – with high-end technology, Laurastar sought to revolutionise ironing techniques. With their dry steam technology, clothes are ironed 75 per cent quicker compared to conventional methods. Plus, fabrics come out cool and straight after ironing. Combining both performance and ergonomics, the brand’s iconic Laurastar Lift steam generator is equipped with a handle – users can simply lift and carry the machine from one room to the next, ensuring the best possible care for all their textiles. Available in a range of six different colours, this cutting-edge steam generator is a must-have for busy families.

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h me search 2016 novita Backed by more than 16 years of knowledge and experience in creating innovative home appliances, home-grown Singapore brand, novita, returns with its state-of-the-art novita M series massage chair MC3000. Equipped with smart PCB (printed circuit board) control and five different massage techniques together with five comprehensive programmes, the chair lets users enjoy a full-body massage that promotes blood circulation and body metabolism. Serving to effectively stimulate and relieve those tense muscles and nerves, the chair is programmed to target seven focus regions including the eyes, neck, hip and calves. Relish in a beneficial full-body massage – the MC3000 comes with 22 pairs of air pressure units strategically positioned at the vital acupressure points. Plus, this utilitarian piece possesses a minimalist and compact design, bringing an added touch of sophistication and grace to your space.

CorninGWarE Launched in 1958, Corningware has consistently set the benchmark for quality kitchenware with its extensive range of product lines – Corningware CW, Corningware Colours Pop-Ins and Corningware 6-oz Ramekins. Corningware Retroflam, its latest collection, features radiating grooves on the cookware’s bases to guarantee even heat distribution. The tri-layered cookware is made with a combination of aluminium, black titanium and pearl ceramic coating that combats toxic cooking. Cast from a piece of aluminium, thermal conductivity is heightened. The interior and exterior of the cookware is given a coating of black titanium, a strong biocompatible metal that is non-toxic. Cured with nanotechnology and free from unhealthy chemicals like PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), a cutting-edge pearl ceramic coating that seals both layers and ensures a non-stick hard surface, each piece is resistant to heat fluctuations. Corningware Retroflam is available in two colours, Red Ruby and Green Emerald.

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HotEL indiGo sinGaporE KatonG A home away from home, Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is decked out in familiar local elements that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Furnished with a plethora of ceramics, batik and rosewood furniture, and flooded in natural light and decorated with modernised Asian embellishments, the hotel is a melting pot for all things cultural. The 131 rooms within the multi-storey building has been immaculately designed with a careful blend of modern and traditional elements. Within the rooms, large murals depicting everyday Singaporean scenes dominate the walls. Plus, familiar elements like coffee tables made from carom boards, oriental-print soft furnishings, patterned ceramic floor and wall tiles and vintage enamelware are scattered throughout the space. Complete with the quintessential communal zones, this hotel is a hotspot for tourists, hipsters and culture enthusiasts alike.

CastLEry Established to re-invent the furniture retail scene, Castlery is now a renowned retailer amidst other bigwigs. Before opening its doors, the team behind the online furniture store visited over 500 furniture factories across Asia and Europe to find out how the furniture retail market and supply chains functioned. Through the combination of ideas from international designers with the control of supply chains, they are able to offer quality furniture at great prices. In 2015, Castlery moved into a 7,000-square foot showroom in Alexandra Road to let customers get a feel of the pieces before making a purchase. Plus, shoppers can access the whole range of Castlery’s furnishings via the web for first impressions and check on product availability before making their way down to the showroom for a tactile feel. The company has also streamlined processes to reduce order delivery times, allowing their consumers to enjoy their purchased pieces quickly and conveniently.

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ResouRces

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Darwin Interior

Mong Design Studio

70 Bendemeer Road #01-01 Luzerne tel: 6396 8558 www.darwininterior.com.sg

73 Upper Paya Lebar Road #05-01 Centro Bianco tel: 6753 3005 www.mongdesignstudio.com.sg

Free Space Intent

Space Define

8 Ubi Road 2 #02-07 Zervex tel: 6392 8885 www.fsi.com.sg

38 Jalan Pemimpin #04-08 M38 tel: 6255 6876 www.spacedefine.com

Home Journal

The Orange Cube

Block 2021 Bukit Batok Industrial Park A #03-220 tel: 6425 5275 www.homejournal.com.sg

14 Arumugam Road #01-03 LTC Building C tel: 6337 7277 www.theorangecube.com

IDID

three-d conceptwerke

69 Ubi Road 2 #02-07 Zervex tel: 6392 8885 www.idid.sg

24 Eng Hoon Street tel: 6293 8001 www.three-d-conceptwerke.com

Ferm Living Mingle table

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PRODuCTS & SERvICES

Blum SEA

Hafary

TAK Products & Services

150 Ubi Avenue #02-01 Ubi Biz-Hub tel: 6547 1760 www.blum.com

105 Eunos Avenue 3 tel: 6383 2314 www.hafary.com.sg

41 Sungei Kadut Avenue tel: 6366 1212 www.lamitak.com

Hansgrohe

Teka Singapore

69 Mohamed Sultan Road tel: 6884 5060 www.hansgrohe.com.sg

83 Clemenceau Avenue #01-33/34 UE Square tel: 6734 2415 www.teka.com

Caesarstone SEA

10 Bukit Batok Cresent #08-06 The Spire tel: 6316 1938 www.caesarstone.sg Casa (S)

15 Kian Teck Crescent tel: 6268 0066 www.casaholdings.com.sg

KAZE Fans

3 Upper Aljunied Link #06-06 Joo Seng Warehouse tel: 6635 1770 www.kazefans.com.sg Khind System

Corningware

www.worldkitchenasia.com Crestar

12 Tagore Drive #03-01 Habitat Warehouse tel: 6254 9483 www.crestarfan.com.sg

5 Penjuru Close #03-00 tel: 6862 3777 www.khind-systems.com Laurastar

www.laurastar.com.sg novita

Desimage

28 Sin Ming Lane #08-148 Midview City tel: 6456 1636 www.desimage.sg

8 Tajore Drive #04-00 tel: 6552 1023 www.novita.com.sg Redmart

tel: 6261 3456 www.redmart.com Samsung

www.samsung.com.sg Grafunkt Breakchair by Nathan Yong

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Robinsons

atomi

Foundry

333A Orchard Road #04-27 Mandarin Gallery tel: 6887 4138 www.atomi-jp.com

3 Seah Street tel: 6339 6381 www.foundry.com.sg

260 Orchard Road tel: 6735 8838 www.robinsons.com.sg

Grafunkt

Space Furniture

BoConcept

290 Orchard Road #04-01 Paragon tel: 6736 0777 www.boconcept.sg Castlery

2 Alexandra Road #01-03A Delta House tel: 6744 5333 www.castlery.com

9 Raffles Boulevard #02-34/35/36 Millenia Walk tel: 6336 6046 www.grafunkt.com

77 Bencoolen Street tel: 6415 0000 www.spacefurniture.com.sg

Hipvan

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

www.hipvan.com

www.therugseller.co.uk

65 Mohamed Sultan Road tel: 6635 5050 www.homestolife.com

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HotLotz

120 Lower Delta Road #01-15 Cendex Center tel: 6254 7616 www.hotlotz.com

DaWanda

en.dawanda.com Departures & Arrivals

65 Ubi Road 1 #02-61 Oxley Bizhub tel: 8511 3584 www.livingdna.sg

Journey East

315 Outram Road #03-02 Tan Boon Liat Building tel: 6473 1693 www.journeyeast.com Louis Poulsen

www.louispoulsen.com Etsy

www.etsy.com Excelsius

72 Eunos Avenue 7 #05-09 Singapore Handifcrafts Building www.excelsius.com.sg

The Rug Seller

HomesToLife

Crate & Barrel

218 Orchard Road Orchard Gateway @ Emerald tel: 6634 8488 www.crateandbarrel.com.sg

The French Bedroom Company

Make Room

896 Dunearn Road #01-01A tel: 6219 7077 www.tottstore.com vanilla Home

63 Club Street tel: 6324 6206 www.vanilla-home.com XTRA

9 Penang Road #01-01/02-01 Park Mall tel: 6336 0688 www.xtra.com.sg Zara

www.zara.com

315 Outram Road #11-09B Tan Boon Liat Building tel: 6222 3042 www.make-room.net Monoyono

68 Orchard Road #B1-06 tel: 6884 3551 www.monoyono.com Naiise

www.naiise.com

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Imbue some colour into your space with this novel paint job IMAGE COURTESY OF Nordal

Here’s an interesting way to add a wash of colour to your walls. Layer a lighter hue on a chosen wall. Once dry, sponge in a darker shade halfway down the wall, and blend the edges to create a faded effect. When paired with bold, geometric floor tiles, the result is a visually stunning space that can spark great ideas!

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