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TIDY PANTRY

Organising secrets for an efficient kitchen

CHEF’S ESSENTIALS The ultimate appliance guide

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Recommended materials for your prep zone


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Contents NOVEMBER 2017

ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Cox

An ideal kitchen that lets you cook, eat and entertain in one stylish space.

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Product and event debuts

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Furniture designer Tanya Rechberger Architect and furniture designer Richard Hassell • Furniture upcycler Brenton Huang •

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29 BROWSE

Le Salon, a unique lifestyle store set within an apartment

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Art Deco gem ATLAS and pop-inspired yakitori bar CHIKIN

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HOUSE OF EARTH AND SKY

A gorgeous Cape Town bungalow built with honest materials

COLLECTOR’S DEN

A four-room HDB home filled with pop memorabilia and 80s nostalgia

SCANDINAVIAN DELIGHT

Pastel hues and playful details define this Nordic-style home

MORE THAN MINIMALISM

Lessons in minimalist-luxe from a stylish four-room BTO flat

SPACE EXPANSION

Clever space planning lends this 753-square foot apartment its lofty look


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DEPARTMENTS 32 STYLE

Professional chefs share their secrets to a hardworking and efficient kitchen

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The hottest kitchen trends to know now + Instagram accounts to follow for beautiful #kitcheninspo

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48 SOLUTIONS

Ingenious organising solutions for a neat and tidy cooking space

52 SAVVY

Essential appliances for your kitchen

58 SURFACE

A guide to recommended kitchen countertop materials

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SOLUTIONS

102 PRO ADS

Intelligent interior design solutions from our advertisers

117 RESOURCES ID and shop listings

120 SHORTCUT

A quick and effortless decorating idea just in time for the holidays

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EDITOR’SNOTE

Kitchen confidence

With so much emphasis on the kitchen, we have decided to dedicate yet another issue on this very important zone. This time, we spoke to the professionals who spend the most time in the kitchen and asked them what makes a truly efficient and functional cooking space. Read our story on page 32 to find out the chefs’ recommendations on kitchen essentials that make their work and life easier.

To help you realise your dream kitchen, we have also included pages of kitchen inspiration to help you get started with planning your makeover with stories on the hottest kitchen trends (page 38) and Instagram accounts to follow for daily #kitcheninspo (page 44). We have also included an article on how to keep the prep space organised (page 48), a handy guide on the essential cooking equipment you need (page 52) and a feature on recommended countertop surfaces (page 58) in this issue to help you create a hardworking kitchen. Whether you are remodelling your existing kitchen or building one anew, we have included plenty of practical tips and advice as well as stylish interior ideas to help you put together a space you’ll love to spend time in. Happy reading!

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The kitchen has transcended its traditional role as a food prep space to something more of hub of sorts these days. With the trend towards opening up the kitchen to the living spaces, we are seeing the utilitarian zone being used as a gathering spot for families and friends, essentially claiming the title of the heart of the home. And because the kitchen has become one of the most important interior spaces, renovations are very likely to revolve around it.


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QUIET GRACE

With its slim and delicate frame, the JW Table designed by Jakob Wagner for Montana is a thoroughly contemporary piece that can integrate into any space. Despite appearing weightless, this streamlined table has been engineered to be indisputably stable. Available in a variety of tabletop materials and colours, this graceful piece is a stylish and functional addition to the dining room or home office. www.montana.dk

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HANDCRAFTED GEM Made using traditional glassblowing techniques, the Brompton pedant lamp from Antique Glass is a stunning accessory that can add a hint of elegance into your personal space. Crafted with care, each glass shade boasts the finest colour, clarity and brilliance. www.originalbtc.com

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OF ANOTHER TIME Inspired by their Dorset heritage and 19th century furniture design, Another Country’s Hardy Series – named after celebrated writer Thomas Hardy – has been extended to include a new collection of timeless classics created with contemporary homeowners in mind. These include an armchair, rocking chair, bar stool, side table and coffee table that feature typical 19th century elements like tapered dowel joints and steam-bent back chairs made of solid oak and ash, and finished to show off the natural character of the timber. www.anothercountry.com

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NATURAL BEAUTY

While natural stones are prized for their unrivalled beauty, more often than not, they are less hardwearing than man-made materials. UK-based tile retailer Walls and Floors has come up with a new collection that combines the best of both worlds. Made from either ceramic or porcelain, the Ruska Limestone Effect tile collection looks just like the real thing but are more durable. www.wallsandfloors.co.uk

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SUSTAINABLE CHIC Made with recycled aluminium, recycled wood fibre, reclaimed timber and recycled nylon, the Axyl collection created by London-based design studio Layer for furniture brand Allermuir is a study in contemporary sustainable design. The range comprises chairs, bar stools and tables influenced by strong geometric designs and mid-century Danish design sensibilities, making them at once original and familiar. www.layerdesign.com

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CONFIGURE THIS Extensive research has gone into the making of the Basilea shelf by NODUS. The five themes, Basel Warm, Basel Minimal, Basel Decorative, Basel Rock and Basel Sophisticated utilise variants of woods, lacquers, parchments, leathers and crystals to exemplify the versatility of the shelves. The customisable combinations are nearly endless – add drawers, compartments or even additional shelves at a later stage to create an everevolving piece of storage solution to fit your changing needs. www.nodusrug.it

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WATER FOR LIFE The novita HydroPlus Premium Water Ionizer NP9938i is a handy kitchen appliance that is able to dispense your choice of alkaline, purified or acidic water at seven precise pH levels to extend your usage from drinking, cooking to even cleaning. This certified medical device by the Korean Food & Drug Administration is equipped with a Hi-Performance Advanced Ultra Hollow Membrane Filter that is able to remove 99.9 per cent E.Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria as well as suspended colloids that are up to 0.1 micron in size, all while keeping essential minerals intact. Available at the novita e-store, www.estore.novita.com.sg

PERFECT HARMONY Upgrade your home theatre experience with the new Bowers and Wilkins 700 Series speakers. Equipped with a Carbon Dome tweeter that delivers cleaner, high-frequency sounds and a revolutionary Continuum midrange driver, the 700 Series is at once high-performing as it is aesthetically pleasing. Available in eight different models that include floor-standing models, stand-mounted speakers and dedicated centre channels, the collection will complement just about any home set-up.

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Quiet and confident – the Adelaide collection from BoConcept has expanded to include a new sofa with its characteristic winged armrest, a coffee table and a living chair with customisable legs. For small homes, there’s the Billund dining table that comes with a flip-flop mechanism to stow away knick-knacks. Match it with the oak or walnut variants of the Aarhus dining chair for a wholly handsome interior. 290 Orchard Road #04-01 Paragon, tel: 6736 0777, www.boconcept.com

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BATHROOM ESSENTIAL Departing from typical instant water heater designs, the Samaire i18 Impressive Rain Shower Instant Water Heater is a sleek shower system perfect for compact bathrooms with its streamlined water heater and attached rain shower and hand shower nozzles. Available in classic Silver White or Space Black, the instant water heater is able to provide perfectly heated water for your showers within seconds when you need it. It also includes a safety feature where at 55ºC, the device will trigger an overheating protection by activating its anti-scalding thermostat, making it safe for all to use. Available at Samaire, 1 Kallang Way 2A, #06-01, tel: 6846 7737, www.samaire.com.sg

A FUN TWIST Moving towards a more contemporary aesthetic is Tiffany & Co.’s new Home & Accessories collection created by the brand’s chief artistic officer, Reed Krakoff. Realised with a notion that beautiful things need not be limited to special occasions, this tongue-in-cheek series includes handcrafted sterling silver pieces, such as drinking straws, paint cans, first aid boxes and paper clips – basically everyday basics taken to the next level. Also in the collection are colour-blocked tea sets, porcelain cups and a piggy bank dressed in white and Tiffany Blue. Available at Tiffany & Co. stores, www.international.tiffany.com

WORK OF ART

The Frame by Samsung has evolved beyond the primary purpose of a television. With its Customisable Frame and One Cable Solution, it can blend into your living space like a discreet picture frame. When not in use, the Frame’s 4K UHD picture quality display goes into Art Mode to flash an artwork of your choice. Available at major electronics and home appliances stores, www.samsung.com/sg/tvs/theframetv

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HOTNEWS

BREATHE EASY Did you know that indoor air quality can be up to five times worse that the air quality outside? You can’t avoid the dust, odours and allergens completely, but the improved Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan can remove 99.95% of ultrafine dirt particles as small as 0.1 microns from the air. Other new features include a 360° Glass HEPA filter for particulate capture and an extra layer of activated carbon for improved gas capture. Available at major department stores and home appliance stores, www.dyson.com.sg

ARMCHAIR SHOPPING Lifestyle and furniture retailer atomi has launched its online store, making it easier than ever to browse and buy their selection of well-crafted made-in-Japan pieces. Showcasing an exclusive range of products from the atomi and ACTUS häuse brands, such as tableware, homeware, stationery and furniture, the e-store is a convenient stopover for your home decorating needs. www.atomi.shop

20 NOV

WALL DRESSED UP

The Tenue de Ville collection of wallpapers is heavily influenced by imaginative adventures, travel experiences and a love for nature. The exploratory ideation process uses engraving techniques, sketching, paper art and photography before engaging the assistance of graphics programmes resulting in striking, one-of-a-kind designs. Available at Tatum, 29B Keong Saik Road, tel: 6221 2524, www.tatumcompany.com


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1. Earthy Delights stardust cast iron teapot, $450 at T2 2. Rose gold crazy straw, POA at Tiffany & Co. 3. Copper and glass pendant lamp, $259 at Commune 4. Kartell Kong chair, from $3,250 at Space Furniture 5. Scented candle, $49.90 at kikki.K 6. Seuras cushion cover, $41.30 at HipVan 7. Crane floor lamp, $249 at HipVan 8. Repeat clock, $195 at BoConcept 9. Brass vase, $79 at Commune

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2 1. Coast dress, $309 at Robinsons 2. Toffee jar, $55 at BoConcept 3. Kartell Thayla chair, $410 at Space Furniture 4. Penny armchair, $339 at FortyTwo 5. Earthy Delights jelly matcha bow, $125 at T2 6. LÄBORG rug, $49.90 at IKEA 7. GRÖNÖ table lamp, $9.90 at IKEA 8. Mineralogic pink agate trivet, $38 at T2 9. Kartell Prince Aha stool, $150 at Space Furniture

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HOTWHO

TANYA RECHBERGER, lead designer at King Living

We sat down with the Australian furniture designer to find out more about how the King Living team comes up with innovative furniture INTERVIEW Jolene Limuco PHOTOS King Living

CREATIVE INNOVATOR The lead designer of King Living constantly seeks to improve her designs.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AT KING LIVING?

I’ve been with the company for six years now. King was a company I had always been interested in working for, given their extensive experience with furniture, particularly the way each product is designed from the base up. As a designer, I could already tell from the finished product that each aspect had been considered and designed, the products are never “just another sofa”.

from timber, but steel, and that steel frames allowed for steel suspension so that cover components or cushion components didn’t bear the brunt of everyday wear and tear. To this day, King Living’s steel frames are the backbone of all our sofa designs. This questioning nature and a philosophy to constantly improve and make better products has been embedded in our design methodology from

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? I completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design with Honours, with a sub major in Furniture Design. I have always loved making things, working with my hands and solving problems, but while at university I discovered a passion for furniture design and haven’t looked back since. WHAT IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT GOES INTO DESIGNING KING LIVING FURNITURE?

From the start, King Living has never been content making just ordinary furniture. We want to make better furniture that lasts. Our founder David King studied furniture that was being discarded and asked why? He noticed car seats were not made

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STYLE PICK The Zaza sofa is one of Tanya’s

favourite pieces because of its sexy curves

CULT CLASSICS

King Living designs are meant to be timeless.

day one. When designing a piece, we look at uniqueness, excellence and style. Not just what the customer is asking for but what they don’t yet realise they want. HOW DIFFERENT IS DESIGNING A MODULAR SOFA FROM A CONVENTIONAL SOFA? Designing modular furniture is a

real challenge. There are so many more things to consider in the design than just comfort and style as you would with a static piece. Our galvanized steel frames are crucial in achieving this flexibility. I would say our modular designs are more of an evolution as opposed to a completely new design. We like to make the comparison to luxury cars where new models are introduced only once every couple of years. We take the same approach, improving on a classic design with cult status. COMFORT OR STYLE: WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER MOST IMPORTANT WHEN DESIGNING A SOFA?

I don’t think you can divorce the two! Our customers are discerning and want to experience the very best of both. There’s also one crucial element missing – the aim to create well-resolved design products. Ones that have a tangible benefit to the customer, are made with quality and stand the test of time.

READ MORE ABOUT TANYA RECHBERGER ON WWW.SQUAREROOMS.COM.SG


HOTWHO

BRING TO LIGHT

With reference to Hindu and Buddhist geometry, the Oli Collection celebrates the importance of lantern and illumination in Asian cosmology.

RICHARD HASSELL, architect and furniture designer We speak to co-founder of award-winning architectural practice WOHA to find out more about their inaugural furniture line, WOHAbeing INTERVIEW Fabian Loo PHOTOS Studio Periphery & WOHA

MULTIPLE CHOICE Richard draws inspiration from different cultures to create designs that evoke various interpretations.

YOU HAVE CREATED BESPOKE FURNITURE FOR YOUR PAST PROJECTS. WHY IS WOHA LAUNCHING WOHABEING NOW? There has

always been the intent to develop the furniture into a line but we’ve been so busy that we never had the time to focus on it. So the trigger came when we found out that we had won Designer of the Year Asia 2017 by MAISON&OBJET. They asked us if we would like to exhibit at their Paris exhibition, and that’s when we thought, “Oh, we should really start now, and do what we’ve always wanted to do.” HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR BACKGROUND AS AN ARCHITECT HAS INFLUENCED YOUR FURNITURE DESIGNS? As architects, we imagine furniture

being in a particular space, and for a particular project. There’s a very specific environment each

piece is being designed for – sort of like a “world” behind it. I think in filmmaking they call it having a “back story” for characters. Our designs have back stories as well. WHAT IS WOHA’S DESIGN STYLE? We really like designs that make connections, where it reminds you of many things at once. I think it makes design richer, and it allows people to bring in their own interpretations. PARKROYAL on Pickering is an example of a building that does two things at once. It has a romantic landscape, but the grand columns running through also reminds you of a civicbuilding. By never settling on one reference, the design becomes more dynamic. And it intrigues you, because it’s always changing between states.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND FURNITURE DESIGN?

I think in furniture there’s a lot more softness with the human body. You can touch it, sit on it, and experience it. Everything’s a lot more tactile. Architecture is not so much a touching environment. The person is smaller than the place, and the scales used are very huge. So while with architecture you experience with your eyes and ears, you interact with furniture using your hands and body. WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL HOME AESTHETIC? I think it’ll be a collector’s home. Definitely eclectic – with art, objects, and various things that I find appealing. Everyone has a history with items that they like or have collected over time. And I do like being surrounded by lots of things that stimulate me visually.

NATURAL APPEAL Inspired by the sandy beaches that overlook the Singapore shoreline, the Bintan Collection fuses urban sensibilities with a relaxed resort vibe.

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HOTWHO

BRENTON HUANG,

furnishings upcycler and Carousell user @hey.izzy

LIGHT UP Brenton made

this quirky lamp out of an old portable turntable.

We speak to the accidental craftsman on how he got started on refurbishing unwanted everyday objects INTERVIEW Stanley Lim PHOTOS Brenton Huang

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET STARTED ON UPCYCLING?

NEW LOOK Brenton’s projects include giving old guitars a new lease of life.

It was purely coincidental. To be honest, I’ve not heard of that term until I started crafting my first guitar shelf in 2013. I was surfing the net when I chanced upon this picture of a really good guitar shelf made by someone overseas. I remember staring at the picture for a long time and being intrigued by how a guitar could be turned into something totally different! A few days after that, one of my friends told me how his mum was nagging him to get rid of his guitar as it was taking too much space in his room. I asked if I could have it, and that’s how I had my first upcycling experience.

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WHAT CONSIDERATIONS ARE THERE WHEN CHOOSING AN ITEM TO UPCYCLE? First and

my works centre around upcycling where I “modify” an existing piece of item (usually used or spoilt) into an entirely different piece with a new functionality. Thus far, I’ve upcycled more than 30 pieces of neglected and/ or spoilt acoustic and classical guitars into home decor shelves. Earlier this year, I’ve experimented with touch sensor circuitry and successfully converted vintage tin containers into fully functional touch lamps.

foremost, the item has to be unused, underused or spoilt because I try not to “operate” on perfectly working items! I will also make it a point to tell the Carousell sellers (whom I buy old guitars from) that I will be sawing the guitars, in case they are not okay with it. There was a seller who changed his mind about selling me his guitar after going through my Carousell account. He eventually gave me another guitar that was more bearable for

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him to be operated on! Upcycling lamps is trickier as every vintage material I use is unique and constructed differently. Hence, it’s pretty much based on gut instincts before deciding if the item can be upcycled into a touch lamp. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON TASKS INVOLVED WITH UPCYCLING OLD ITEMS?

Being handy with a handsaw and drill, and having a basic knowledge of electrical wirings are some of the basic tools and skills needed to make most of my works. For my lamps, it is also equally important to know what type of bulbs, light sockets, power cords and wattage rating is suitable in the making of each piece.

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EVERYDAY CHIC Most of @hey.izzy’s items on are quirky functional decorative objects.


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feels like HOME

Browse a special selection of artisanal fashion and lifestyle accessories at the unique apartmentstyle showroom of home-grown luxury bag designer Ling Wu TEXT Jolene Limuco PHOTOS Natsuko Teruya for Le Salon

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ith online shopping is becoming a mainstay in consumer culture, it takes a brave entrepreneur to open a brickand-mortar store. But Goh Ling Ling, the creator of eponymous luxury handbag label, LING WU, is not your typical retailer. Having gained recognition by those in the know for her ultra-soft exotic skin handbags, the designer – whose creations are also sold on consignment at major department stores – took a bold leap to open a showroom nestled in leafy Chip Bee Gardens. “I opened Le Salon because I realised that my customers wanted a more personal experience when it comes to shopping,” the designer explains. Tucked away on the second floor of a walk-up apartment, Le Salon is a living-inspired creative space that houses not only the LING WU label but other under-the-radar brands from independent makers, such as home fragrance brand A Dose of Something

Good, fine jewellery by Alexandra Alberta, vintage accessories from Dark Horse Vintage, minimalist jewellery from Pyar and luxury cashmere art scarves from Trebene. Taking the apartment theme to heart, wares are displayed on shelves and tabletops. Customers are invited to sink into comfy sofas, sip a hot beverage while browsing the curated selection of artisanal accessories. Ling is a self-confessed vintage lover and has amassed a handful of vintage furniture procured throughout the years. In her 1,500-square foot showroom, you will find a 1960s Aage Christiansen leather sofa sharing the living space with a pre-loved ghost coffee table topped with art books, hooped shells and conches collected by Ling and her children. Nearby a vintage starburst clock bought for $5 at a Melbourne flea market sits alongside an Art Deco console table displaying vessels of scented candles and fragranced art objects from A Dose of Something Good. Despite its residential feel, the showroom is open to walk-in visitors from Mondays to Fridays between 10am and 6pm. Appointments can also be arranged for Saturdays. We won’t blame you if you feel like staying here for hours, whether it is to browse Ling’s curated selection of artisanal accessories, have a chat with the friendly designer or to simply soak up the tranquil ambience.

INSIDE STORY Le Salon is a treasure trove of vintage gems. Take your time to browse through a selection pre-loved Tiffany & Co. accessories alongside ultrasoft cashmere scarves. If that girl in the large-format photograph hanging over the vintage dining set looks familiar, it’s because the print is a Helmut Newton photograph of a young Jodie Foster.

Le Salon 43 Jalan Merah Saga #02-78 tel: 9696 3118 www.lingwu.sg

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Mayura Wagyu beef knuckle steak

glam GRUB Take a step back in time for a taste of glamour and romance at Art Decoinspired bar and restaurant ATLAS TEXT Isabel Pang PHOTOS ATLAS

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ood food is abundant in Singapore and foodies are no longer satisfied with just palatable dishes. We’re constantly on a look out for unique dining experiences that incorporate quality dishes with an environment that transports us away from reality. And the atmospheric ATLAS bar and restaurant is a case in point. Situated within the elegant Art Deco themed Parkview Square building, ATLAS takes over the lobby where Divine Wine Bar once stood. Instead of a complete

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revamp, multidisciplinary design firm HASSELL retrofitted the cavernous three-story space with contemporary touches that continue to draw inspiration from the Roaring Twenties. You will find that the original colour scheme was

Gin Tonica

retained and implemented in custom designed furniture featuring period touches that integrate seamlessly with brass accents, gold details and lacquered wood finishes. Furniture and fixtures aside, the high ceiling is amplified by a three-storey high liquor cabinet made of wooden logs and glass shelves with special backlighting to highlight individual bottles. This impressive feature is home to the world’s largest collection of gin specially curated to satisfy diners’ taste for a classic Negroni or an exotic martini. If gin isn’t your poison, ATLAS also caters to bubbly lovers, wine enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs. Guests can taste avant-garde concoctions inspired by icons of the 1920s like the fruity

Crispy prawn heads, cod skin, Sawagani crabs, cucumber relish

S.S. Normandie ($25) with nutty hints or smoky flavoured Young Churchill ($28) that fuses citrus and chocolatey flavours. This opulent watering hole is not just for cocktail hour though. ATLAS offers an equally posh menu that features decadent bites such as Mayura Wagyu beef knuckle steak with vinegar glazed Borretane onions and fried friggitelli peppers ($40) and white Peking duck breast served with green lentils and homemade ricotta drizzled with a blackcurrant sauce ($38). And if you are one for afternoon tea, ATLAS’ version is a luxurious one. Pick between savoury and sweet options ($56), with the former featuring yabbies and truffles while the latter stars caneles and bonbons. Whether it is a casual afternoon tete-a-tete or a dinner to impress, ATLAS is a fully immersive dining experience with a breathtaking ambience.

ATLAS 600 North Bridge Road tel: 6396 4466 atlasbar.sg


HOTBITES

diner POP Joining the restaurant-cum-bar bandwagon is CHIKIN, a Japanese pop-inspired space that offers yakitori skewers with a Szechuan twist alongside a slew of creative cocktails TEXT Lynette Goh PHOTOS CHIKIN

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o meet the insatiable appetites of discerning foodies, restaurants and bars have been coming up with refreshing concepts to attract a steady throng of customers and CHIKIN is one such outlet that is pushing the boundaries when it comes to unique F&B concepts. Marrying the simple fare of Japanese yakitori and popular Szechuan Shao Kao flavours, the yakitori bar is a colourful spot to indulge in two niche but equally delicious cuisines. The one thing that characterizes CHIKIN is its space. Housed in a

three-storey conservation building, the gastrobar emulates a different vibe from its neighbours. Right at the

Szechaun-style yakitori

doorstep, you’ll notice a yellow-lined door resting against a black wall, accompanied by a proud exhibition of iconic Japanese cartoon collectibles on its front windows. The loud and quirky first impression is just a hint to what you will find within the yakitori bar. Inside, the dimly-lit space flaunts a fresh, young and effortlessly cool ambience. Walls are plastered with customdesigned installations and artworks, which are in turn enlivened by neon lights. Creative Director Cheah Wei Chun makes use of fashion, music, art and cartoons that are reminiscent of ‘80s Japanese pop nostalgia to articulate CHIKIN’s laidback and fun atmosphere. On the second floor, you will find a lounge-like dining space created for guests who prefer a sit-down dining experience. A continuation of the J-pop theme, the zone features a splashy backdrop filled with eye-popping art that promises to brighten up just about any kind of occasion. With its wacky design, CHIKIN makes for a great place to gather with a group of friends

or colleagues for a fun night out. As its name suggests, its menu focuses on chicken and takes inspiration from traditional yakitori bars where every part of the bird is cooked. Its Szechuan-style yakitori menu offers 13 parts of the chicken (priced at $3 per skewer), including thigh, wing, heart, gizzard, skin and cartilage alongside other meat and vegetable options. Other highlights on the menu include thinly-sliced salmon cartilage in spicy sauce ($9) and chilled Japanese snails in Szechuan spice ($14). More substantial bites include the CHIKIN karaage ($9) and unagi garlic fried rice with fish roe ($12). Wash down the tasty bites with cocktails crafted by CHIKIN’s award-winning bartender Sam Wong. Some of his original concoctions include Dozo Mango ($19), a sake and gin infusion mixed with hints of mango and pineapple, and Sake Sangria ($19), a delicious beverage immersed in a medley of melons and other fruits. Whether it is to grab a satisfying meal or a couple of after-work drinks, a trip down to this psychedelic space is sure to lift the spirits.

CHIKIN 6 Bukit Pasoh Road tel: 6221 3670 www.chikinbar.com

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STYLE

COOK’S PARADISE LEVEL UP YOUR COOKING SKILLS BY DOING WHAT THE EXPERTS DO IN THEIR HOME KITCHENS AND USING THE APPLIANCES THEY LOVE TEXT Disa Tan

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1 EASY REACH Displaying your tools in order will simplify your cooking process. Ribbon by Cafim lets you store and reach for kitchen tools that you will regularly need. This aluminium strip keeps your countertops free and you can hang anything from shelves, hooks, kitchen towel holders to magnetic knife holders.

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Featuring Ribbon by Cafim from The Ewins Home

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STYLE

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ROOM WITH A VIEW For those who enjoy having an audience while you whip up a storm, having a kitchen enclosed in glass is a great way to show off those slick cooking chops. This window view brings daylight in and keeps the heavy cooking smells out of the other communal spaces. You can also consider swing-out casement windows to create a serving station or for easier interactions with guests. Featuring Motif Pattern Series from KompacPlus

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RAISED WORKTOPS Don’t break your back working up a sweat with standard-sized countertops. Opt for higher counters for your prep area. The average height is 36 inches but you can push it up to 38 to 39 inches. Featuring Motif Pattern Series from KompacPlus

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SLEEK & SEAMLESS Keeping the knobs and controls hidden can instantly conjure a clean-cut appearance on your workstation which is conducive for some serious cooking. Maintenance will also be a breeze, considering how the flip-up lid will keep out grime and oil stains. Featuring BelNet storage system from The Ewins Home

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SMALL PRO KITCHEN Storage is an integral part of a hardworking kitchen and you’d want everything to be within easy access. Open shelving creates a practical organisation system and will make it easy to spot what you have and need. This works best for a compact space as closed shelving tends to close the space in.

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STYLE

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SPREAD THINGS OUT Decide where to allocate the preparation, cooking and washing up areas. You should zone the locations of these areas based on work flow to maximise efficiency in the kitchen. For instance, start with the prep zone, followed by cooking and lastly, washing up. Always try to situate the sink at the end of the kitchen to facilitate this work flow. It also means dirty dishes won’t collide with fresh ingredients or piping hot dishes. Featuring Dendron Wood Series from KompacPlus

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CHEF’S TABLE

We speak to two celebrity chefs, Heman Tan and Melvyn Lee, to find out what’s on their kitchen hotlist

HEMAN TAN

WHAT’S YOUR HOME KITCHEN LIKE? I share my home kitchen with my mom and my children, where I can bond and impart my culinary skills to them. An ideal kitchen should be a good size to accommodate both the young and old. WHAT DO YOU USUALLY COOK AT HOME? I do a lot of roasting because there’s less cooking smells and less cleaning up to do afterwards! MUST-HAVE APPLIANCE? There’s so much you can do with a combi oven. I like to steam a nice down-to-earth Chinese-style fish dish with it or even a fish papillote wrapped in paper.

Aside from his culinary prowess, this humble but determined chef is also a competitive triathlete. He has been affectionately dubbed “Iron Man Chef” by his fans and currently oversees Dining Place by Chef Heman, an Asian fusion restaurant.

GAS HOB OR INDUCTION? I am traditional in my cooking methods so gas hob for sure. OPEN OR CLOSED STORAGE? Covered storage solutions will keep pests such as flies out and makes for less maintenance in terms of area cleaning. The dustbin or waste area should be covered and cleared in half a day. I’m always nagging at my kids to clear it!

WHICH KITCHEN LAYOUT WORKS BEST FOR YOU? Island

MELVYN LEE

MOST IMPORTANT APPLIANCE IN THE KITCHEN? Combi oven. WHAT STORAGE SOLUTIONS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IN A HOME KITCHEN? Drawers with a multi-functional features. Homes are getting smaller and you need to really save on space. PREFERRED WORKTOP SURFACE? Stainless steel. It looks professional, is durable and easy to maintain – I use it both in my home and work kitchens. OPEN CONCEPT OR ENCLOSED KITCHEN? I prefer an open-concept kitchen because I like having high chairs around the kitchen tables for the young ones to watch the cooking. HOW ABOUT FLOORING SURFACES? Black rough tiles. Looks cleaner, and they are easy to maintain.

Chef Melvyn started his private chef business at only 21 years old. This photogenic culinary star has appeared in numerous cooking shows such as the cookingtravelogue Accidental Chef which features the cultures and cuisines of eight Asian countries.


STYLE+

WHAT’S HOT IN THE KITCHEN FROM UPDATED CLASSICS TO OF-THE-MOMENT HUES, THE LATEST KITCHEN TRENDS ARE ALL ABOUT STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

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TEXT Jolene Limuco

THE NEW SHAKER

Streamlined in appearance yet carved with subtle details, Shaker style furniture and cabinetry has appealed to homeowners for years. What’s more, this timeless style – developed in the 1860s in the United States – is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with its streamlined aesthetics getting updated in trendy iterations. Rather than safe palettes like brown and white, Shaker-style kitchen cabinetry designs are sporting saturated hues paired with unexpected metallic accents – think Tiffany Blue cabinets accented by copper hardware.

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A CL ASS ABOVE Thanks to its streamlined aesthetics, Shaker-style designs can complement a whole array of interior looks. Straddling classic good looks with a thoroughly contemporary ambience, this kitchen pairs Shaker-style cabinetry with polished silver accents and elegant Silestone countertops designed to look like Calacatta marble.


DESIGN BY SPACE DEFINE

{ M ODE R N U P D A TE Shaker-style cabinetry can be adapted for use in an island countertop. This unique L-shaped counter has been dressed in deep-blue Shakerstyle panelling and paired with sturdy granite countertops. Overhead, steampunk-inspired pendant lamps take the cooking space from classic to modern.

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HARDWORKING ISLANDS

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Not longer belonging strictly in the kitchen, island worktops are increasingly being used as secondary (and sometimes primary) dining zones. This is due to the popularity of openconcept kitchens where the cooking space seamlessly merges into the eating space. And it makes sense too, why use it just for food prep when you can also use it as an extended dining table when guests come a-knocking? What’s more, island countertops are easy to clean, thanks to their durable surfaces. So using it as a substitute tabletop is a no brainer, really. CE N TR E O F AT T E N TIO N This generously-sized island accommodates a prep space, sink and elbow room for a few diners – talk about hardworking! We can imagine fun dinner parties being held around this kitchen island, which allows the homeowner to prepare meals while interacting with her guests.

DESIGN BY DAN’S WORKSHOP

{ G O W I T H T HE F LO W With the dining table flowing from the countertops, this kitchen design allows for the easy expansion of the food prep area when needed. Putting the dining area next to the kitchen in an openconcept kitchen also makes things super convenient for the inhabitants. Another bonus: this built-in design is a great space saving solution for homes that are tight on space.

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FEELING BLUE

Traditionally seen in spaces like the bedroom, blue is now becoming a mainstay in the cooking space. Associated with feelings of calm and serenity, this hue translates well to the kitchen thanks to its versatility. Keep your kitchen looking and feeling fresh with a wash of charming pale blue or go the sophisticated route with a trendy mid-tone blue. Just remember to pair it with neutral tones to keep things looking neat in this utilitarian space.

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{ FRE SH ST A R T Despite its compact size, this kitchen exudes a lofty ambience thanks to the cool blue METOD cabinet doors from IKEA paired refreshingly with a predominantly white scheme. Keeping the space looking tidy are the cabinets’ handle-less doors and glossy surfaces.

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BACK TO BLACK

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We love this shade in the kitchen because it has a tendency to elevate the humble cooking zone to an ultra-chic space. Whether you use it on the cabinets, countertops, fixtures or appliances, this hue instantly adds a sophisticated touch to a much-forgotten space. To ensure that a dark scheme doesn’t overwhelm tight corners, pair it with lighter shades, like off-white and light grey. Or simply choose to dress just a single part of the kitchen in this on-trend hue for a subtle punch.

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T I M E AND T I M E AG AI N If you are one for enduring styles, then you will love a black and white kitchen. Balance black cabinets doors and fixtures with white walls and countertops. To keep it streamlined, opt for built-in cabinetry flushed against the walls and sleek, industrialstyle accessories.

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{ COSY CORNE R If you think a black scheme for the kitchen is too severe, think again. The trick is to complement dark cabinets and countertops with lighter shades. Sufficient lighting also helps in keeping the space looking bright and inviting (as well as functional).


{ ORG ANI S IN G S E C R E TS For a neat-looking shelf, compartmentalising is key. Keep frequently-used cookware on the bottom shelf and less important items at the top shelf. This FALSTERBO shelf from IKEA is designed with additional pull-out drawers and hooks to store and hang other small kitchen knick-knacks to help you fully-maximise your wall space.

N E A T S O LU TIO N Replacing overhead cabinets with a few rows of shelves can actually expand your kitchen visually. Use this vertical space to store essential cookware or well-loved recipe books for easy access.

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Sure, enclosed cabinets are great for keeping everything neatly stowed away. But overhead cabinets can make a petite cooking space appear cramped. Open shelving, on the other hand, help to make a space look bright and open. In addition, shelves let you create a welcoming space as it allows you to display (and show off) your dinnerware or any other kind of collection. And the fact that open shelves make it easy to reach for items, makes it all the more functional.

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OUT IN THE OPEN

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STYLE+

KITCHEN INSTA-RATION

@dustylu

WHIP UP A GORGEOUS DREAM KITCHEN, INSPIRED BY THESE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TEXT Bryan Yeong

[ WHITE ] Although things can get messy in the kitchen, having an all-white space gives off an open and inviting ambience. A sleek and monochromatic kitchen also provides you with the freedom to decorate with colours for versatility, by adding in a bowl of fruit or adorning corners with terrariums, for instance. 44 NOV

@raquellangworthy.interiors


[ RUSTIC ]

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@gravityhomeblog

@hygge_for_home

The rustic charm of a country-style kitchen is undeniable, with its wooden surfaces and natural look. Channeling the old-school vibe of such is easy to execute too – simply opt for muted hues and painted cabinets to complete the cosy vibe.

@devolkitchens

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STYLE+

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[ CONTEMPORARY ]

@designlovesdetail

@apolishedfinish

State-of-the-art designs take center stage for contemporary kitchens. Amp it up with a dash of colour to brighten up the space, and opt for eclectic kitchen lighting that serve as high functioning statement pieces. To give of-the-moment styling a dash of personality, go for bold, geometric shapes or glimmering metal finishes. 46 NOV

@housesevendesign


DESIGN BY JOEY KHU INTERIOR DESIGN

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@lovefordesigns

@latalahomes

For a taste of luxury, transform your kitchen into one fit for royalty – think sweeping overhead chandeliers, marble accents and gold-finished fittings. By selecting the right materials and tiling for your countertops, flooring and backsplashes, you can achieve an exquisite look for less.

@kathykuohome

NOV 47


SOLUTIONS

CALL TO ORDER AIDES AND IDEAS FOR AN ORDERLY KITCHEN TEXT Fidz Azmin

Overburdened cabinet spaces and messy drawers stand in the way of potential masterchef moments. What’s more, a chaotic kitchen wastes time inanely searching for items and ingredients – making the home chef less inspired and more frustrated. The key is to speed up and streamline workflow with smart storage aides and ideas. Learn the secret to planning an efficient workspace in the busiest part of the house.

ENCLUME STANDING 8-TIER POT RACK, from Crate & Barrel

48 NOV


WIRE SHELF RACK, from Grace & Glory

Keep rarely used items at the top in order to optimise the spaces available in other cabinets.

HEADS UP Overhead cabinets are known for their yawning span of space that makes it difficult to manage. Plus, you’d probably need to rely on a step-ladder to access the upper reaches of your cabinet. Häfele takes it to the next level with a brilliant solution that doesn’t just ensure the contents of your cupboard are in order, its pull-down system helps bring them down towards you. What’s also great is that you don’t need a major renovation but a mere intervention for this move.

R AC K AT TAC K There’s a rack for everything, from pots and pans to knives and spice jars. They help corral similar items together, so you know exactly where to locate what. Bump up the efficiency factor in your kitchen by placing most commonly used items such as the condiments and cooking utensils closer to the cooktop.

IMOVE, from Häfele

UNDER SINK UNITS, from Blum

U N D E R S I N K S AV I O U R S Cleaning tools belong under the kitchen sink – one of the trickiest spots to take advantage of. Handy home dwellers resort to DIY, while some simply let the area be. Every bit of space is precious, which is why we should let you in on one of our best-kept secrets. Fittings specialist Blum came up with a brilliant drawer extension that fits under and around your sink to fully utilise every inch of space. This way, detergents and sponges can be kept close by, yet out of sight.

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SOLUTIONS

Keep to a single shade or colour palette to ensure a clean and cohesive appearance.

O P E N S H E LV I N G Although it’s not a conventional choice among homeowners, open shelving in the kitchen makes for a refreshing alternative. It feels airy because of the lack of cabinetry, but most importantly, family chefs get to enjoy a clear view of and instant access to their serveware and glasses – saving precious prep time.

CUT CORNERS The more useable space you have, the easier it is to manage operations in the kitchen. Put tricky spots such as awkward corners and nooks into good use with solution systems that maximise these nooks. Consider fitting them with drawers or pull-outs that can extended fully to reveal all of your stored items – even the ones that stay hidden at the back. This saves you the trouble and headache of retrieving and sorting back the necessary.

FINELINE MOSAIQ, from Häfele

SPACE CORNER, from Blum

D R AW E R O R G A N I S E R S Rest assure the calamity in your cabinet drawers can be saved – all thanks to smart modular systems in the form of drawer organisers. These lifesavers can easily be configured to suit your storage needs and according to your ergonomic preferences. Time spent hunting for missing tools is now time gained for bonding with the ones that matter most.

50 NOV


EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE Get your basic storage principles right in two of the most visited places in the kitchen

PANTRY Home to everything from dry ingredients and snacks to condiments and canned foods, the pantry should be put in order so it can serve you better.

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Purge If your pantry’s a mess, it’s time to whip it back into shape. A regular purge is a great way to discover lost and forgotten items as well as check if they are going past the expiry date.

Remember, out of sight means out of mind. Canned foods that are hidden right at the back may risk being forgotten. Use stair-step shelves to prop them up.

Assign Assess the available space, and allocate suitable zones for each food category. Take note: designate most frequently used items where it’s most accessible for you, while rarely used supplies can be stowed away higher.

Divide Separate your provisions into designated categories. For example, flour, brown sugar and other baking ingredients belong in the one category, while cereals and oats go straight to the breakfast section.

Label Labelling the categories let you locate specifically what you’re looking for; this cuts back time taken to prepare meals. Choose your weapon of choice from adhesive labels to erasable chalkboard signs.

TANDEM PANTRY, from Häfele

REFRIGERATOR Understand your fridge’s geography to fully utilise its capacity and keep its contents fresh for longer.

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Top shelf Keep jams, peanut butter, leftovers or ready-to-eat snacks at the top where the temperature is relatively warm but consistent.

is great for vegetables, while the low-humidity compartment that’s sometimes marked as a crisper is meant for fruits.

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Lower shelf It’s the coldest here, so reserve the space for food that can go bad easily such as milk, yoghurt, sour cream, as well as packaged raw meat.

Drawer There are two types: the high-humidity drawer is the moistest spot in the fridge and

Door As they are the warmest part of the fridge, pack items that can handle warmer conditions. This includes condiments, butter, soda and water. Freezer It’s not just meant for raw food, the freezer can be used to store bread, pasta and grated cheese. REFRIGERATOR, from SMEG

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SAVVY

EQUIPMENT CHECK EQUIP YOUR COOKING SPACE WITH DOMESTIC APPLIANCES THAT WILL WORK MOST EFFICIENTLY FOR YOU TEXT Fidz Azmin

It’s the arsenal of appliances in the most utilitarian part of the house that keeps it in running order. But big-ticket items such as your fridges, cooktops and hoods should never be bought on a whim – these are investment pieces that ought to serve you in the long run. Take note: top-of-the-line tools aren’t for everyone. Domains that belong to hardworking home chefs require different cooking companions from a kitchen that feeds two. Unsure of what you need? Read on to get a clearer inkling of what you should be investing in.

Ergonomics is key – look out for easy-to-reach control knobs that can be wielded easily.

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COOKTOP

Cooktops are indispensable in a home, whether you’re a family of five or it’s just you lovebirds. Its basic purpose is to generate heat for cooking; but new and improved versions boast a host of smart features to make this task more enjoyable – and safer – so you can focus solely on creating your piece de resistance. Gas cooktop Powered by gas flame, this cooktop has served many generations of family faithfully. In fact, you probably have seen it first in your grandmother’s kitchen. Today, this basic utility appliance boasts a sleeker and more stylish appearance with stainless steel or glass finishes. Higher end models even come equipped with an easy ignition system.

+ The flame provides visual feedback, so you

are able to wield the temperature easily. + Spacious hobs are great for Asian style cooking. – Those cast-iron trivets – used to prop your pots and pans – can be rather unwieldy to clean. Induction cooktop Here’s a throwback to science lesson. This cooktop works using an electromagnetic current that passes through a coil beneath the surface to heat up only the cookware – never the cooktop. This makes it an ideal option for families with curious little ones and frisky pets. We also love how the hob heats up in a flash – saving precious prep time.

+ As the surface – save for the pans –

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doesn’t heat up, say sayonara to baked-on spills that are a nightmare to clean. + Some models boast sensors to ease prep time. – Not all types of cookware can be used on this cooktop.

Bertazzoni La Germania Futura Series 90 5-Brass Burners Side Control Hob

Bertazzoni La Germania Futura Series75 2-Burners Gas Hob Ceramic Glass

Tech two-burner built-in induction hob

Ceramic electric cooktop Connected to your household power supply, this cooktop is heated by elements beneath the surface that in turn increase the temperature of the cookware upon contact. This means a longer wait time is needed for the element to warm up or cool down. On another note, if you’re not using the hob, its flat surface can easily double as extra counter space.

+ Its flat continuous surface with no or

minimal dirt traps makes cleaning up a joy.

+ Serves those looking for purely functional pieces.

– The ceramic glass surface retains heat –

be careful not to burn yourself even when you’re done with cooking.

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SAVVY

OVEN You can do so much with an oven – bake a chicken or crunchy cookies; make roast beef; or even whip up a healthy meal of steamed fish. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the sheer selection of ovens in store, start by deciding between the electric or gas powered one. The former runs on electricity and tends to produce drier heat, whereas the latter requires a gas connection to work. Bosch Series 8 oven

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Tefal OF500E Equinox toaster oven 9L (870W)

Whittle down your choices by considering the cooking style you’re more inclined towards.

Wall oven Also known as a built-in, this is a favourite with many because of its versatility – you can install it according to your kitchen’s layout and at your preferred height. Freestanding oven This type of oven comes with a cooktop, thus removing the need for a separate purchase. It does bite into precious space, but it can easily be moved and positioned anywhere. Double oven Best for big families or those who are big on entertaining, the double oven allows dual cooking – so you save more time prepping and gain more time relaxing. Steam oven Combine the heat from a conventional oven with the right amount of steam, and you get food that’s moist and full of flavour and nutrients. Toaster oven As a compact alternative to a full-sized oven, the toaster is better fitted for lighter tasks like grilling hot dogs, not so much baking an entire birthday cake.

When shopping for an oven, remember to test-drive the door as well. It should be easy to operate and sport large clear-view windows with at least three layers of glass

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Kitchen essentials for under $4,000

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Your recipe for a go-to kitchen starts with the right essentials

Philips Viva Collection Digital Airfryer (HD9238/01), $289 at Tangs

RANGE HOOD

The perfect accompaniment to your cooktop, the range hood takes away the odours and fumes produced during meal preparations to allow your olfactory senses to enjoy only the delicious aromas. Its in-built fan blower frees your kitchen from excess heat too – further enhancing your cooking experience. Chimney hood This design is favoured by stylish home dwellers because of its distinctive look. Essentially, it is a range hood with a chimney-like canopy. It can be installed freestanding and over an island, or mounted on the wall above the hob.

Electrolux Refrigerator (ETE4602GA), $1,659 at Harvey Norman Jurong Point

Bosch downdraft stainless steel hood

Mistral MRC908 Rice Cooker (0.8L), $88 at COURTS

+ Ideal as a focal point in a spacious kitchen Telescopic hood Play hide and seek with an exhaust hood that can be pulled out when you’re ready to cook and disappears into an upper cabinet when you’re done. All that’s left is its sleek front – and a kitchen that’s free of fumes. + Suits compact spaces Canopy hood It is built right into a flat panel – cabinet or wall element – right above the cooktop and

Tecno telescopic hood (TH 913T)

fits flush within the paneling for ventilation that you can feel but hardly see. + Complements a minimalist interior Downdraft ventilation hood Unlike traditional ventilation systems, this resides behind the cooktop instead of above it. When not in use, simply press a button and it’ll lower and retract back into the countertop – and completely out of sight. + Achieves a completely seamless look

KitchenAid KAEK5KEK1722BSX ELECTRIC KETTLE (1.7L), $239 at COURTS

Electrolux Steam Oven (EOB3434BOX), $1,399 at Harvey Norman Jurong Point, Millenia Walk and Parkway Parade

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FRIDGE The modern refrigerator has gone a long way from the basic utilitarian iceboxes of yore. Now, not only does it offer more in terms of colour and style, it is far more feature-rich from the likes of smart and super handy storage compartments and in-built features that help conserve energy to bonuses like temperature and humidity controlled drawers. Top mount With the freezer unit at the top and the bottom two-thirds dedicated to fresh-food storage, this traditional option is generally for those looking to fulfil utility needs, not necessarily for style. That said, there are some brands that load the top mount with pretty nifty features. Bottom mount Access to your fresh provisions is relatively easier as compared to the top mount when the compartment is at eye level. Take note, its freezer section typically boasts drawers instead of shelves, making it less versatile than its counterpart.

Samsung RL4354 BMF with Digital Inverter Technology

LG Side-by-Side Refrigerator with InstaView Door-in-Door (GS-X6011NS)

Side-by-side Split right in the middle with one side dedicated for frozen food, while the other stores your fresh provisions. This design veers towards narrower doors that need less clearance to open – making it ideal for restricted spaces. French door Open one door to access a specific item and prevent cold air from escaping, or enjoy unobstructed access and view when you open up both. Its accessibility and mega capacity makes it popular among industrious home chefs. Single door Some are equipped with an icebox chamber, while some sport a single compartment much like a bar fridge only bigger. This is a fit for kitchens that see little activity.

SMEG 50s retro style refrigerator-freezer

Samsung French Door Refrigerator (RF858VALASL)

Samsung RL4004 BMF with Digital Inverter Technology

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Look for fridges with energy rating labels that display more ticks and lower kilowatt hours (kWh) – they use less energy and help you save money in the long run.

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A fridge with a capacity of 250L to 300L should suffice for two people, while a capacity of above 400L is adequate for an average family of four

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SURFACE

COUNTER CULTURE PONDER OVER SOME OF THESE IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE YOU SEAL THE DEAL ON YOUR IDEAL KITCHEN COUNTERTOP MATERIAL TEXT Isabel Pang

58 NOV


DESIGN BY THREE-D CONCEPTWERKE

We demand quite a lot from the kitchen countertop. A good countertop material should have a long lifespan, be heatand stain-resistant and at the same time, be stylish enough to complement our interiors. In fact, the kitchen countertop is probably the most hardworking surfaces in the home. While most countertop materials are engineered to withstand harsh conditions, it requires consistent effort to maintain its lifespan. Here are some tips on how to choose and maintain the most popular kitchen countertop materials.

TILES Old school tiles are making a comeback with a modern twist – the various combinations of textures and patterns provide flexibility in design and will suit any budget.

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DURABILITY

Scratch- and heatproof, tiles have only one flaw: brittleness. Any heavy impact can result in cracks. Hence it is wise to keep a few spare pieces around if the need to replace tiles ever arises. MAINTENANCE

Unless you’ve opted for

untreated tiles, which require periodic sealing, a typical cleaning agent and wet cloth will suffice for glazed ones (those sealed with melted glass). Put as much thought into selecting the grouts between each piece of tiles as they tend to trap dirt and turn black. The tedious cleaning process involves getting down and dirty with a toothbrush, vinegar and baking powder. Save on cleaning time and cost of sealants by choosing Fusion Pro Grout over typical cement options.

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SURFACE

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DURABILITY

While scratches and chips are known to appear with time, natural stones still have a good track record for its durability. After all, the granite pyramids and pillars of marble in the ancient Greek temples are still standing – there is an appeal to naturally aged stone as long as it isn’t exposed to uneven heat.

Be prepared to shift your island out of the sun and whip out the coasters to avoid discoloration. If you are unable to commit the upkeep required for marble, opt for granite instead. It is generally less porous and any chips or scratches can be easily filled up with colour matching alternatives. MAINTENANCE

Natural stones literally breathe – it is extremely porous if untreated. Homeowners will have to whip out their trivets and adopt a clean-as-you-go approach. Periodic stone

sealing will form a protective layer for water resistance and bacterial build up. In the meanwhile, day-to-day maintenance demands tender care. Use only gentle detergents as even organic lemon juice and vinegar can be damaging. Occasionally, wipe with a mixture of three parts detergent and one part rubbing alcohol for a deeper cleanse. Excessive use of normal cleaning agents will dull the surface, but tougher stains can be solved with a watered down solution of bleach.

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The aesthetic appeal of natural stones is incomparable; marble and granite are popular choices for homeowners looking for a touch of elegance and grandeur in their kitchen.

ENGINEERED QUARTZ Pure quartz stones are extremely scratch resistant but brittle, making it too vulnerable for use. Blending a mixture of crushed quartz with a malleable polymer can help make countertops shock resistant. This combination gives you the best of nature’s beauty and the durability of man’s creation. DURABILITY

Made mostly of its natural counterpart, engineered quartz offers homeowners the best of both worlds – despite being on the pricier side, you’ll appreciate saving on periodic maintenance.

IMAGE COURTESY OF CAESARSTONE

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Quartz is a hardy material and better suited for the kitchen – a normal wipe down with the usual cleaning agent won’t dull its shine and you are more likely to blunt knives before scratching the countertop. Pure quartz can withstand extreme heat but with the introduction of polymers, it’s better not to risk it with pots hot off the stove.


L A M I N AT E S

DURABILITY

The protective resin holds your countertop together; once damaged, the paper layers underneath disintegrates at a rapid rate. If heat resistant pads are used religiously and the countertops consistently kept dry, laminates can last

for up to 12 years or more – although this is largely dependent on how the laminates are applied. MAINTENANCE

Despite being scratchand water-resistant, laminates will warp if the countertops experience “ponding” or are exposed to direct heat. Remember to use trivets and keep the kitchen tops dry with a soft cloth. Periodically, clean with a vinegar solution and seal with lemon oil to maintain its original lustre.

IMAGE COURTESY OF GREENLAM LAMINATES

A composite of paper covered with a protective layer of melamine resin, laminates come in a wide variety of designs – a popular choice for those on a budget who crave a natural stone or wood finish.

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SURFACE

SOLID S U R FA C E The homogeneous material has the ability to adhere with all edges of the kitchen sink – customise a slab for your kitchen to achieve a fluid look. With advanced technology, it’s possible to have any design printed on a solid surface; the typical gel finish makes a convincing natural stone look. DURABILITY

While it is sensitive to heat and vulnerable to deep scratches, unlike other countertops, its flaws and stains can be easily sanded and buffed away. This material is naturally shockproof as well – it will last at least 10 years. The seamless design is chic and hygienic, there’s practically no pores or corners for germs to build up. Normal cleaning agents will suffice for day to day cleaning, it’s one of the lower maintenance countertop for a wallet friendly price!

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IMAGE COURTESY OF WYE VALLEY RAILROAD

MAINTENANCE


KOMPACPLUS Every layer is made of paper pulp infused with resins and treated at high temperatures and pressures before it’s completed with a realistic wood finishing – the material can be mounted onto other surfaces so your cupboards match the counters. DURABILITY

This material is steam-, scratch-and-dent proof. It is also fire-resistant and non-porous, allowing it to withstand the hard knocks of life. What's more, it is also resistant to the natural wear and tear that comes with heavy usage.

IMAGE COURTESY OF KOMPACPLUS

MAINTENANCE

Wiping with water and detergent or a mild cleaning agent can go a long way. For the occasional stubborn stain, nail polish remover will do the trick! Although it’s been treated to be water-proof, try to keep your countertops dry to extend its durability.

5 OF OUR FAVOURITE BACKSPLASH TRENDS 2. Chevron Once white tiles are stained, there’s no going back; pairing simple tessellations with dark colours is both modern and easy to maintain.

3. Creative lay Play up the plain white tiles by laying them in opposite directions for a chic and unexpected backsplash.

4. Etched The raw and unfinished look of etched designs on stone-like tiles add subtle interest to a simple monochromatic cooking space.

5. Unexpected pairings Pair traditional European-style tiles with industrial-esque cement screed for a thoroughly modern take on a classic kitchen.

IMAGES COURTESY OF HAFARY

1. Patterned tiles Tastefully mismatched patterns in a muted colour palette introduce warmth and fun into the kitchen.

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house of EARTH AND SKY

A house on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard challenges the conventional approach typical of most of its neighbours, at once deferential to the natural beauty of its setting, and friendlier to people on the street TEXT Graham Wood STYLING Sven Alberding PHOTOS Greg Cox

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

4-bedroom bungalow LOCATION

Clifton, Cape Town HOME TO

2 adults

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FRONT DOOR

The front door sets the tone for the interiors, combining beautifully cast off-shutter concrete with timber shutters. Rather than presenting a barrier, the detailed woodwork on the door creates a sense of texture and interest that is inviting.

ENTRANCE HALL

A double volume atrium forms the entrance hall of Jan-Heyn and Pieter’s home. The rooms are comfortably arranged around it, with no long passages or rambling connections, so that the home seems intimate and contained. The floating staircase leads down to the guest suite, wine cellar and services, and up to the bedrooms.

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hen you walk along Kloof Road in Clifton along Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard, there’s one house where the joggers, dog walkers, strollers and others slow down, stop and gather for a chat, or pause to look more than the others. “Clifton doesn’t have the typical suburban setup where people just drive. There’s a lot of foot traffic and people use the sidewalks,” says architect Jan-Heyn Vorster of this seaside South African neighbourhood. Jan-Heyn and his partner Pieter Bruwer built the house specifically with the hope that it would be

friendlier to the street than the blank, overpowering mansions typically seen in the neighbourhood. The houses in the area tend to follow a fairly predictable formula: get up as high as you can and face the sea view, and build as big as you can according to real-estate logic. “They are built from left to right, the full width of the site to maximise the views,” says Jan-Heyn. They typically have no garden – just a deck and a swimming pool outside. For all the beauty of those ocean views, however, Jan-Heyn points out that the houses all face west, so they tend to be uncomfortably exposed to the harsh afternoon sun.

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Kitchen flooring

Terrazzo KITCHEN

The kitchen area reprises the theme of timber and black, and the terrazzo floors carry through from the entrance hall, too. The work surfaces are bus-hammered granite. The free-standing Beaune oven in anthracite with brushed copper accents is from takes centrestage in the cooking zone, while the pendant lights hang like statement visual cues over the island.

Jan-Heyn and Pieter had been living in an old Clifton house, built in the 1940s, for two years before they decided to rebuild. While the old house “didn’t respond very well to the site” (and left them with a long, steep climb up the stairs carrying groceries from the garage, which was especially uncomfortable when it was raining), they nonetheless learnt some important lessons while living there. “It told us few things about wind – wind direction, the views, the sun and how to design around these climatic challenges,” says Jan-Heyn. As Jan-Heyn and his business partner in their architecture firm, Pieter Malan, began designing the house, they found that their first key design decisions were driven by those lessons about the wind and the weather. He and Pieter came up with the idea of an arrangement, a little like a courtyard building, which created a sheltered outdoor space that faced north, turning its back on the southeaster. “A lot has gone into bringing the landscape back to the building,” says Jan-Heyn. “It was very important that the building did not feel like an apartment block in the air.” Despite it being densely built-up, the presence of nature in Clifton – the ocean and the mountain – are central to the sense of place.

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G U E S T B AT H R O O M

The guest bathroom reprises the pattern of vertical wooden slats found throughout the house. The space is furnished with a selection of fine fittings that include brassware designed by Arne Jacobson for Vola, a rose gold framed mirror from Muuto and a marble undermount basin from Flamina.

DINING ROOM

The dining room is marked by a transition from the terrazzo in the entrance hall and kitchen to a timber floor in pre-finished brushed oak, which brings about a change in texture and pace.

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LIVING AREA

In the lounge area, the fabrics are kept to a neutral palette of blues, greys and beiges. The Long Island 2 sofas and the Echoes Armchair are both from Roche Bobois. These are complemented by a selection of streamlined and geometric side tables and a handmade silk rug purchased from The Rug Company.

OUTDOOR DECK

The timber-decked patio creates an outdoor room, which adds to the sense of a complete indoor-outdoor experience. The transition from indoors to covered patio, and from there to the poolside lounge area is seamless and integrated. The built-in server includes a wood-burning stove and food prep area. The stone wall brings an earthy, landscaped element to the outdoor entertainment area.

Inside, the top two levels of the home are arranged around a double-volume atrium. “We tried hard to make the house a complete indoor-outdoor experience with certain areas almost becoming outdoor rooms when you open the big sliding doors and windows,” says Pieter. “So you’re always part of the garden, always part of the view no matter where in the house you are.” “The house has an intimate quality because it is compact and contained,” he adds. “There are no rambling passages; spaces are all interlinked and well connected.” The lower, courtyard living level includes a lounge, a kitchen area, dining room and guest cloak room, with the entertainment patio and pool in the front. Above the kitchen there’s a study, which could also be used as a fourth bedroom. Above the dining room there’s a separate bedroom suite and a bathroom. The master bedroom, dressing and

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Bedroom flooring

Brushed oak timber panels MASTER BEDROOM

Even the private boudoir is decked out in “honest materials� of wood and stone, which are complemented by a muted palette and minimal furnishings, making for a restful space.

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MASTER EN SUITE

In the main bathroom, the basins are Flaminia Miniwash Undermount basins in white. These are matched with taps and brassware designed by Arne Jacobson for Vola and oiled oak cabinetry.

DRESSING ROOM

The dressing room joinery was custom designed with oiled oak and mirrored panels. Sliding doors keep things looking neat and streamlined in this space.

bathroom are located above the lounge and close to the road edge to ensure the best views. All the bedrooms are connected by means of a transparent steel and time bridge, located in the double volume atrium. The interiors are an exercise in restraint and awareness of the selected materials’ inherent textures and colours. Pieter and Jan-Heyn limited their palette to concrete, timber and stone: honest materials. There’s very little plastering and painting. It’s not always easy to create a sense of warmth and homeliness with that kind of approach. “A lot of the success of the building had to do with the comprehensive use of joinery, and the attention to detail in the kitchen and bathrooms,” says Pieter. “We aimed to create a warm, homely experience, with much emphasis placed on hand crafted components and the fusing of the work of various tradespeople.”

The furnishings keep to a palette of quiet neutrals and refined design. Natural materials such as leather, wood and steel predominate, with coppery or metallic sparkles providing interest and variety and black adding definition and contrast. Blue, grey, beige and white predominate, although the defining characteristic of all the interiors is the materiality of wood, concrete, glass and steel. Likewise, the natural materials of the furnishings introduce a warm, tactile quality to the house. “The choice of materials underlines our design philosophy that finishes are to be carefully considered to create a sense of timelessness and calmness,” says Jan-Heyn. With the passing of time, as the plants grow and the stone and board-marked concrete gathers patina, he hopes the house will age gracefully and become more integrated with its natural surroundings.

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collector’s DEN

A homeowner’s love for 80s pop culture and design infuses this four-room HDB flat with a unique retro-meets-industrial flair TEXT Jolene Limuco PHOTOS Fuse Concept

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

4-room HDB unit LOCATION

Bishan Street 23 RENO PERIOD

12 weeks HOME TO

3 adults

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Dualtone three-seater sofa from Commune OVERALL

The homeowner of this four-room HDB flat wanted to recreate his memories of growing up in the 80s. As such, he decided to fill his home with pop culture paraphernalia from that decade as well as retro-style fittings and furnishings. These include mid-century style furniture, nostalgic ventilation tiles and Peranakan-inspired floor tiles.

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DINING AREA

The dining area sports a retro marble-topped coffeeshop dining set, which is contrasted by an exposed bulb chandelier. Nearby, the surrounding wall showcases a unique display of electrical trunking framing some of homeowner Edmund’s prized movie posters.

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Living and dining room floors

Patterned homogeneous tiles LIVING ROOM

With its tricoloured Peranakan-patterned floor tiles, mid-century style leather seating and a half wall constructed of ventilation tiles, the living room is an homage to 80s-inspired living. However, thanks to pristine white walls and functional track lighting, the look doesn’t veer into kitsch territory.

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ost people think of their homes as a personal sanctuary – a place where one can fully relax and feel totally secure. But the definition of a sanctuary differs from person to person. It could mean a space decorated in a low-key manner or it could be a space that reflects a homeowner’s personality. For 39-year-old compliance officer, Edmund Lau, it is the latter. With a wish to fill the home he shares with his parents with his collection of toys and memorabilia together with a vibe reminiscent of his growing up days in the 80s, he engaged interior designer Eddie Tay from Fuse Concept to help him realise a space-efficient yet personality-filled apartment. Fusing all these elements together, the designer came up with a fun-filled home that not only cleverly incorporates all of the homeowner’s collectibles,

he also added a subtle retro-meets-industrial vibe throughout. The first thing that Eddie set out to do was to convert one of the three bedrooms into a hobby area. To do this, sections of the wall between the living room and bedroom were taken down and replaced with black-framed wire mesh glass panels. This was done to allow more light to enter the room, while visually enlarging the space. Inside the hobby zone, the designer built up a feature wall constructed out of ventilation tiles to reiterate the home’s retro theme. The wall is the centrepiece of the room, as this is where Edmund gets to display his prized collection of robot toys and memorabilia. Complementing this is an eye-catching chandelier and a collection of 80s-inspired furnishings and accessories sourced from Amazon and 2by2 Store. The communal zone, too, shows off various nostalgic elements by way of the same ventilation tiles

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Kitchen cabinet doors

Distressed woodgrained laminates KITCHEN

The existing kitchen was updated to include new floor tiles and additional cabinets to camouflage the rubbish chute. Keeping to the retro theme, distressed woodgrained laminates and black-andwhite patterned tiles were also used on the cabinet doors and backsplash. LIGHT WORK (opposite page)

HOBBY ROOM

This room features a large wall laid over with ventilation tiles. Adding to the man cave vibe is an eye-catching industrialesque chandelier and a collection of 80s-inspired furnishings and accessories sourced from Amazon and local retailer 2by2 Store.

Also near the dining area is a display of electrical trunking connecting a series of industrial lighting and a pedestrian crossing light. This was installed to recreate an art gallery ambience to highlight the vintage Star Wars posters and paraphernalia on display.

used in the hobby room, a marble-topped coffeeshop dining set, mid-century style seating and Peranakaninspired tiles used to section off areas in the space. These charming old-school furnishings are offset by a slight industrial vibe that ties into the homeowner’s appreciation for 80s sci-fi movies. These include exposed electrical trunking and a unique fretwork of exposed lighting that incorporates a pedestrian crossing light. While the communal zones feature plenty of creative displays of the homeowner’s tastes, the utilitarian spaces of the home received more functional updates. The kitchen, for one, was revamped to include new floor tiles and cabinets. Interior designer Eddie reveals that the bottom section of the kitchen cabinets was also extended to camouflage the rubbish chute. As a slight nod to the retro theme, distressed woodgrained laminates and black-and-white Peranakan-inspired tiles were applied to the cabinet doors and backsplash respectively.

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B AT H R O O M

The utilitarian space was given a facelift with new floor and wall tiles as well as sleek new fixtures. Unique additions here are the wall hooks and toilet roll holder that appear like industrial pipes.

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Bedroom wardrobe

Woodgrained laminates MASTER BEDROOM (left)

A refreshing shade of blue was painted onto one of the walls in the master bedroom to complement the canvasbacked headboard. Other subtle industrial and retro elements were included here as well, such as exposed electrical trunking and a retro-styled “man and woman� sign on the bathroom door. MASTER BEDROOM WARDROBE

Another new addition in the master bedroom is the built-in wardrobe dressed in woodgrained laminates laid out in a herringbone design.

The bathrooms also underwent an update. Existing floor and wall tiles were hacked away and replaced with matte-textured homogeneous tiles, while matte-black bathroom fixtures were installed for a sleek look. An interesting industrial-style element added to the master en suite are wall hooks and a toilet paper holder made to look like industrial pipes. These subtly complete the industrial concept of the bathroom without going overboard with the theme. Exuding a calm and restful vibe is the master bedroom, which was updated with some solid wood furniture and a built-in wardrobe dressed in natural woodgrained laminates laid out in a herringbone pattern. A bright cornflower blue boldly covers the wall where the bed is positioned to inject a punchy dose of colour into an otherwise muted space. Eddie explains that the colour was intended to provide a contrasting background to showcase the old-school canvas-backed headboard of the bed. To tie in the industrial motif found elsewhere in the home, industrial-style lighting and exposed electrical trunking were again included in the boudoir.

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Wall partially taken down and replaced with wire mesh glass panes to allow more light into the hobby room

A short wall built between the living and dining rooms to demarcate the two zones

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scandinavian DELIGHT Pastel hues and playful details breathe life into this Nordic style home TEXT Fidz Azmin PHOTOS Free Space Intent

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

3-bedroom condominium unit

LOCATION

Pasir Ris Grove

RENO PERIOD

2.5 months

HOME TO

2 adults

LIVING ROOM

Instead of the usual neutral, Raymond decided on a pinkhued sofa to add a touch of blush to the pale interior.

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Living room television console feature

Laminates TV CONSOLE

In the living room, the television console stands out with a style that’s inspired by herringbone’s zig-zag pattern.

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ood design takes time. And designing an interior is no exception. For this condominium unit that belongs to a young couple, the creative process took one and a half months. But dedicating extra time makes it worthwhile when the result is a dwelling that’s a better version of the vision they had in mind. “Solidifying all of the ideas took time, but it was necessary,” shares Raymond Seow of Free Space Intent who was in charge of the makeover. “We bounced ideas every step of the way until we reached a consensus –

one that satisfied the homeowners following my feedback.” When they met with Raymond, the pair revealed that they wanted their apartment to emulate Scandinavian’s clean and clutter-free aesthetics. Staying true to signature Nordic hues, the dwelling opens to a soft palette of whites, pastels, and pale wood tones. A tall and narrow shoe cabinet lies beside the front door, the perfect spot for the working duo to throw off their footwear and stow them away upon entry. Adjoining is a storage compartment to keep their possessions within reach but out of


North Sofa from Kuhl Home DINING

The owners have a sizeable collection of artworks, but Raymond chose this painting of an embracing couple due to its pop of blue that is tune with the colour scheme in this zone.

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Master bedroom headboard

Laminates MASTER BEDROOM

The bay window seats by each side of the room were given an upgrade. One was bolstered with cushions for the couple to relax and enjoy a view of the outdoors, while shelves were added to the one that sits by the vanity area. MASTER BEDROOM HEADBOARD (above)

A picket fence-inspired headboard was built in the master bedroom to reference a garden-like ambience.

sight – both units compact in design and equally functional. By its side, the television console feature stands out with a style that’s inspired by herringbone’s zig-zag pattern – a fresh alternative to the ubiquitous subway tile. All white might be bright, but it lacked life – which was why Raymond suggested adding colour to bring cheer into the home. Punctuating the space in small doses, bright blue – Scandinavia’s favourite accent hue – contrasts brilliantly against the stark minimalism of the interior without swaying away from the style’s monochromatic appeal. Case in point, the dining area that’s illuminated by a pendant light in a gorgeous turquoise. Raymond wanted to inject a touch of humour into Scandinavian’s studied seriousness – so instead of playing safe, the interior designer decked the space with mismatched chairs. Although they might not appear exactly identical, those wooden tipped legs ensured a cohesive look that stayed on track with the abode’s overall aesthetics.

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SPACES

S T U DY (right)

Going clutter-free doesn’t mean keeping everything out of sight. This study toes the line between practicality and personality. There are sufficient storage cabinets to ensure a tidy appearance, and enough display shelves for the owner to show off his collection of curios. S T U DY W I N D OW S (below)

The walls that enclose the study were demolished to make way for more light to flood the interior. Raymond proposed a design with white window-like panels – a breezier interpretation of the industrial style partition.

Pass the common area, the walls that enclose the study were demolished to make way for more light to flood the interior. The initial idea of building a half glass wall was rejected as the homeowners were concerned about privacy. After several rounds of discussions, Raymond proposed a design with window-like panels dressed in white – a breezier interpretation of the industrial style partition. Pushing the envelope further, the interior expert decided to deck the lower half of the walls with trimmings – a nod to classical style. White on white, this subtle detail is exactly what the home needs to turn up the style dial. “They were initially skeptical with my suggestion to add trimmings,” recounts Raymond on the homeowners’ reaction to this design element. “After seeing it materialise, they loved it. In fact, this became one of their favourite features in the abode.” Deeper within the private confines of the home, the master bedroom beckons with its

winsome simplicity and spaciousness – the latter a result of a merge between two rooms. The floor area where the wardrobe and vanity table stand used to be the other room. With the internal wall removed, the suite becomes more utilitarian rather than just a place for slumber. What’s more, twice the number of windows means more natural light is able to shine in onto the space. Scandinavian style is known for its affinity with nature – which explains why there are mini pots of greenery peppered around the place. For the master suite though, Raymond decided to take inspiration from the garden and thus built a headboard in the likeness of white picket

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Balcony floors

Artificial turf BALCONY

The balcony was initially a planter box designed to fit only pots. But Raymond decided to extend the living area out by laying a solid foundation over the area, and placing artificial turf on top. This allows the homeowners to step into the outdoors to enjoy the view.

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fences – pretty but pared down. He decked it along the lower expanse of the wall that backs the bed, and painted this wall a pretty pastel blue reminiscent of a clear morning sky. “A design specialist is ultimately there to assist homeowners and offer advice on what’s best for them,” says Raymond. “Sometimes the idea is there, and all it takes is an expert’s sound judgment to help it bloom.” Truly, the invaluable experience gleaned from years of perfecting the craft – from concept and design to styling – produced results. A Scandinavian-style interior that surpassed everything the homeowners had hoped for in a home, this is a haven that’s filled with life.

Internals walls hacked away to combine two rooms into one sprawling space for the master bedroom

Walls that enclosed the study were demolished to make way for glass-panelled partitions

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LIVING ROOM

This communal space follows the same design language seen by the front entrance. To add more visual interest to the soothing limestone-textured laminates, the designer conceptualised a black wall-to-ceiling feature to break the monotony.

more than

MINIMALISM Taking the minimalist aesthetic further with premium materials and a tasteful decorating flair, this humble HDB flat is equal parts serene and stylish TEXT Disa Tan PHOTOS KDOT Associates

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

4-room BTO flat LOCATION

McNair Road RENO PERIOD

2 months HOME TO

2 adults

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SPACES

Front entrance feature

Laminates from EDL E N T R Y W AY

Behind this wall of laminates is the bomb shelter. The shelter’s entrance is neatly concealed by a tic tac door. Warm lighting is emitted by the sleek line-up of wall lights on the laminated coverings. DINING AREA (below)

The design scheme here centres around the kitchen and the contemporary dining set fits harmoniously into the backdrop.

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hile this 1,001 square-foot HDB unit has adopted a minimalist style, it exhibits none of the cold and monotonous traits usually associated with it. The game-changer lies in beautiful-looking surfaces and the homeowners’ well-curated decorating sense. Of course, this picture of poise wouldn’t be made possible without the design intervention of designer Kobe Wong from KDOT Associates. “The homeowners approached us with plenty of style references,” recalls Kobe, “From there, we pieced together a fitting look ideal for their lifestyle and design preferences.” The married couple in their 30s gave the interior designer a clear direction but also flexibility when it came to new design features. “They trusted our expertise and welcomed our proposed designs,” he adds. One of the biggest overhauls is the kitchen, which has been completely transformed. “The original

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Kitchen backsplash

Stainless steel KITCHEN

From an enclosed kitchen to the light-filled semi-open concept space it is now, the cooking quarters emits a bigger and brighter vibe.

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R E C R E AT I O N R O O M

The room behind the living area has been turned into a multipurpose space. It offers room for the homeowners to showcase their favourite decorative accents and houses a piano as well.

configuration saw the entrance located along the front but it didn’t sit well with the owners,” explains Kobe. Another thing they didn’t like was the cooking zone’s petite floor plan. It was then decided that this previously enclosed space would be turned into a semi open-concept kitchen. To facilitate that, the boundary walls were hacked away, and the space within was reconfigured. A glass door system was proposed by Kobe to ensure a sense of spaciousness – the sliding door can be tucked within a slot between two cabinetry fixtures. This presents a seamless appearance, and the boundaries between the kitchen and dining spaces can be blurred. The designer also worked with new materials, which include the cutting-edge Fenix nanotech matte surfaces from EDL. “This material is perfect for the hardworking kitchen as micro scratches can be removed by cleaning it,” says Kobe. For the countertops, they chose quartz surfaces from Caesarstone that bear marble-like grains to usher in a touch of luxe. Complementing the kitchen is an added extension: a beverage station and full-height storage which is located conveniently next to the dining set. With some meticulous space planning, Kobe managed to fit in a large double-door fridge into this kitchenette.

Gubi Adnet mirror, retailing at Danish Design COMMON B AT H R O O M

Homogeneous wall tiles with marble veins line the common bathroom. This overlay creates a more luxurious atmosphere as compared to an ordinary HDB bathroom.

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Bathroom wall

Mosaic tiles from Hafary M A S T E R B AT H R O O M

To facilitate better ventilation, a louvered door is used for this bathroom. Dark mosaic tiles clad the wall backing of a recess and this contrast in colour offers a spa-like atmosphere. MASTER BEDROOM (opposite page)

The concept of a raised platform bed advocates the larger visage of space. Hidden storage units with flip-up doors add to the functionality of the room.

SMAR T T WEAKS

Kitchen wall hacked away to form a semi open-concept kitchen

Wall of laminates and a tic tac door installed in entryway to conceal bomb shelter entrance

The three bedrooms have been scaled down to two bedrooms; with the third bedroom nearest to the living area converted to a recreation room. It can be distinguished by a sliding door which encloses the space. This space allows the homeowners to indulge in their personal interests and to display their favourite decorative ornaments. For their master bedroom, the homeowners like the aesthetic of a platform bed and Kobe worked that in with a raised platform. It is integrated with hidden storage units next to the window. He says: “The height of the platform cuts right below the window and we didn’t want to go higher just to incorporate more storage.” This design treatment of a low-slung platform draws out a fluid flow of space which ultimately leads to a visual upsize. Since the laminates used for the headboard and raised platform have a woodgrained finish, he utilised black tinted glass for the wardrobe’s sliding door to provide a sleek contrast. The success of this striking HDB dwelling lies in its well-designed spaces and luxurious surfaces that elevate its overall aesthetics. Says Kobe: “There is a really a big difference with Italian-made materials and those from China. By not compromising on the quality, they will go a long way for this home.”

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space

EXPANSION To make the most of this compact penthouse that comes with an extra-high ceiling, the only way to go is up – and this the homeowners did with plenty of style TEXT Rossara Jamil PHOTOS Z L Construction

AT A GLANCE

SPACE

2.5-bedroom condominium unit

LOCATION

Chestnut Avenue

RENO PERIOD

7 weeks

HOME TO

2 adults

96 NOV


LIVING ROOM

A preference the couple had was for large-format laminates in the carpentry so that there would be minimal joint lines. So, the design team kept this in mind when constructing the television feature wall. Here, dark woodgrains imbue warmth into the home.

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t 753 square feet, this penthouse apartment is tiny. But there is much going for it. For one, it offers a gorgeous bird’s eye view of the sprawling Chestnut Nature Park, Singapore’s largest nature park. As for the apartment, it boasts double-volume living spaces and massive windows. The high ceiling mitigates the limited floor area, and natural light flows easily into the spaces. For the couple, a two-bedroom home that comes with a study offers sufficient room for their lifestyle needs. But there were some things they wanted tweaked to maximise the space. “As this is a penthouse with an almost 4.7-metre high ceiling, the intention was to make use of the double volume

Living room feature wall

Laminates DINING AREA

The dining area connects with the kitchen, and it serves as a transitional space between the kitchen and living area. A full-height mirrored wall located near the entrance enlarges the space visually, so it doesn’t feel cramped as one walks into the home.

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KITCHEN

To soften the look and keep the design concept cohesive, Z L Construction replaced all its high-gloss doors with matte doors. The team also altered and enhanced the built-in carpentry to include MR 16 LED lights and install Blum Tandem drawers. MASTER BEDROOM (opposite page, left)

After combining the study with the master bedroom, it is now larger than before. Constructing a walk-in wardrobe behind the bed and a loft above it proved to be an ingenious use of limited floor area in the bedroom. Jake also conceptualised a mild steel cat ladder with laminated steps.

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CONCEALED DOOR (right)

Step into the master bedroom, and you’ll see the walk-in wardrobe that comes with a concealed door. This layout keeps the bed area further in the bedroom and hidden from view for privacy. WALK-IN WARDROBE (far right)

It is hard to tell from the outside, but the walk-in wardrobe is surprisingly roomy. This space connects to the hidden en suite bathroom too, which keeps the master bedroom itself looking neat and streamlined. Every detail in the wardrobe is customised for the couple, with double-volume hanging racks and slim drawers in between for accessories.

and remove the study room so as to have a bigger master bedroom,” says Jake Yeoh. The director of interior design practice Z L Construction then conceptualised rooms with loft spaces. With this concept, Jake has ensured that the spaces retain their open, airy feel while the owners get to enjoy more living space and storage options. It might not look it, but it was a complex project that took seven weeks. “The working space was a constraint,” he explains. “Staging and scaffolding had to be done. But there were also new carpentry steps and storage installed all over, so careful planning and logistics were needed to ensure that work got done.” To achieve a modern minimalist look, Jake concealed all cables. Even the

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SPACES

Loft flooring

Vinyl S T U DY

The loft in the master bedroom accommodates a small desk as well as a custom glass display for the couple’s collectible toys. Vinyl flooring clads both levels for easy maintenance.

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air-conditioning system was carefully installed. There are no exposed blowers in the living area and master bedroom. The couple wanted Scandinavian influences, and these breathe personality into the home. They picked out a palette of white, blue, grey and woodgrains like dark oak, as well as matte surfaces and soft textures. Combined, the play on textures and colours add an overall sense of cosiness in the home. The couple was keen to contribute ideas as well. Sharing that the lady of the house

even sketched preliminary ideas, Jake says, “She is very talented, and has an eye for detail. The experience and end result the clients wanted were of a high-end hotel feel with extreme comfort and functionality throughout.” The collective effort paid off. Every area is a haven where the owners could enjoy peace and quiet. The couple also knew early on that they wanted a home that would stand the test of time. And with the careful attention to every aspect of the design and renovation, the homeowners got more than they dreamed of.


SMAR T T WEAKS

Moooi Heracleum II suspension lamp, retailing at Space Furniture

Kitchen counter extended to form an island-cumdining table

LOUNGE AREA (above, left)

The guest room has been transformed into a “girl enclave”, with seating, a piano and a lot of storage. The huge storage-cum-display unit forms an L-shaped staircase that reveals more storage cupboards under the steps.

Wall taken down to make way for a walkin wardrobe and study loft

COSY CORNER (above, right)

The stairs in the lounge area lead to a cosy corner with cushy seats. Here’s where they can enjoy time for introspection while taking in the blues and greens in nature.

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PROADS

THE SIMPLE LIFE Clean lines and a muted colour scheme transform this three-bedroom condominium unit into a tranquil abode

F A C T F I L E SPACE 3-bedroom condominium unit SIZE 1,442 square feet LOCATION Yishun Ave 1 HOME TO 2 adults, 2 children DESIGNER Jeff Lee from Weiken.com RENO PERIOD Approx. 1.5 months

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For over 22 years, Weiken.com has satisfied its customers with an effective combination of attentive service and innovative design ideas. Offering a “one-stop service� for renovation projects, the Weiken.com team is meticulous in matching interior solutions to project requirements. This quality of work is ensured by effective work processes that provide clients with peace of mind at every stage of a renovation project.


MASTER BEDROOM While already equipped with a wardrobe, the homeowners requested for more storage solutions to be installed to accommodate their collection of bags. As such, Jeff converted the available space along the rear and adjacent walls of the bed into storage cabinets. Additional light #BRIGHT fixtures were also installed to IDEA counter the room’s dark An easy way to enliven colour scheme. a dark scheme is by

introducing unexpected pops of colour into the space. Additional lighting can also help in illuminating dark corners.

LIVING & DINING With an open concept created between the living and dining rooms, designer Jeff Lee from Weiken.com utilised a monochromatic colour scheme to bring about seamless continuity between the two areas. Custom-built shelves also flank the feature wall encompassing the television and entertainment system, giving the homeowners an area to display candles and other collectibles.

WEIKEN.COM GROUP OF COMPAINES

MASTER EN SUITE To complement the original tiling found in the en suite bathroom, a cabinet outfitted in a similar colour scheme was added below the sink, giving the owners extra storage space. However, the standout feature here is the mosaic tiled sink, which gives an otherwise monochrome bathroom a much needed pop of colour. KITCHEN To keep up with the owners’ regular usage of the kitchen, Jeff installed cabinets made of solid plywood lined with dark woodgrained laminates, coupled with a white quartz countertop to keep the area elegant yet sturdy. Meanwhile, a tempered glass backsplash helps to protect the wall from spills and splatters, with the smooth glass surface allowing for easier clean-ups as compared to textured backsplashes.

SON’S BEDROOM Originally a girl’s bedroom, this space was once filled with cartoon wallpaper running down the walls, which the designer carefully removed as part of the makeover. To fully maximise available space, a custom-built structure encompassing a study table, cabinets and display shelves was installed, creating sufficient storage for the user to store his clothing and other belongings.

18 Boon Lay Way, #01-133 Tradehub 21, Singapore 609966 (Weiken@Tradehub 21) 62 Ubi Road 1, #01-04 Oxley Bizhub 2, Singapore 408734 (Weiken@Oxley Bizhub 2) 24 Sin Ming Lane, #01-103 Midview City, Singapore 573970 (Weiken@Midview City) 2 Jurong East Street 21, #03-28F IMM Building, Singapore 609601 (Weiken@IMM) Tel: 6465 6656 Email: weiken@singnet.com.sg Web: www.weiken.com Weiken.com Delightful Interiors

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PERFECT SYMMETRY

A harmonious blend of rustic finishes backed by contemporary furnishings account for this four-room HDB unit’s signature style

F A C T F I L E SPACE 4-room HDB unit SIZE Approx. 1,000 square feet LOCATION Yishun Street 61 HOME TO 2 adults DESIGNER Nicole Lim from Richfield Integrated RENO PERIOD Approx. 2 months

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Richfield Integrated carries a strong belief in working hand-in-hand with its customers to create the interior of their dreams. With a team of professional consultants that actively seeks to understand client needs through clear communication, Richfield Integrated promises to help you achieve your desired interior for both commercial and residential properties alike.


MASTER EN SUITE Engineered Chengal wood flooring takes over the bulk of the original flooring in the master en suite. Not only is the material slip resistant, it is also more stable in an environment where moisture levels fluctuate constantly. Thoughtful fixtures can also be found here, including an extended bench that can be used as a seating area while showering.

OVERALL When the homeowners requested for a “modern industrial” feel for their home, interior designer Nicole Lim from Richfield Integrated begun the home makeover by installing vinyl wood flooring over the existing tiles to evoke a sense of warmth. The design theme was then further accentuated by track lighting and exposed electrical trunkings found throughout the unit.

#SLIM PICKINGS

Banquet seating are smart space-saving features for the dining room as they take up less space than conventional dining chairs.

KITCHEN A tempered glass backsplash and quartz countertops were installed to boost the kitchen’s durability. The most unique feature of the cooking zone, however, is a white laminated storage cabinet that hides a rubbish chute, keeping the space looking neat and streamlined.

RICHFIELD INTEGRATED PTE LTD

GUEST BEDROOM Despite its relatively simple furnishings, the guestroom oozes familial comfort that stems from a neutral colour scheme that matches the vinyl flooring. Each row of track lights can be individually controlled, allowing the user to adjust the lighting based on their preferences. DINING As the homeowners enjoy entertaining, they requested for a larger living area to accommodate their guests. To create a bigger communal area, the wall between the living room and kitchen was knocked down and replaced wth a glass door to create a semi open-plan layout.

122 Eunos Avenue 7, #05-17 Richfield Industrial Centre, Singapore 409575 Tel: 6841 7701/ 6841 7281 Fax: 6841 7721 Email: ask@richfieldin.com Web: www.richfieldin.com Richfield Integrated Pte Ltd

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JEWEL BOX This four-room HDB apartment was given a vibrant new look with jewel tones and clever space-planning

F A C T F I L E SPACE 4-room HDB unit SIZE Approx. 1,000 square feet LOCATION Circuit Road HOME TO 2 adults DESIGNER Brim Design RENO PERIOD Approx. 2 months

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With their creative know-how, the designers at Brim Design pride themselves on their flair for practical, everyday ideas and a keen eye for design trends. This boutique interior firm caters to residential and commercial projects of all kinds to suit most budgets. Brim Design attributes their success in the creative field to their skills in building and nurturing meaningful and lasting relationships with their customers.


ENTRYWAY & KITCHEN Vibrant colour scheme aside, the renovation also saw the creation of several brand-new fittings that tackle the challenge of combining meaningful design and aesthetic appeal. In the entryway, a woodgrained sliding door serves as a neat facade for the apartment’s bomb shelter, whereas the kitchen entrance was remodelled with tempered glass doors that make for open-concept friendly barriers.

#BEJEWELLED BEAUTY

Don’t be afraid to mix things up with a combination of bright hues as they can instantly refresh a tired interior with a sophisticated sparkle.

DINING For visual consistency, the dining area was given a similarly vibrant colour treatment as the living room where an eyecatching combination of blue and yellow conveys cheerful allure. Meanwhile, a smooth transition between the apartment’s living spaces can be found in a customised table that connects the dining area with the adjoining kitchen.

MASTER BEDROOM Aside from a raised bed platform, the bedchamber was also outfitted with an inset wardrobe, flushed along the length of a wall. Although the wardrobe’s full depth is visible from the adjoining entertainment room, a pair of doors are the only visual indicators in the boudoir – making it a minimal but smart addition to the space.

OVERALL Standing out from the rest of the other home spaces, the living room brings together a vivid combination of jeweltoned furnishings, such as a turquoise sofa and a bright yellow pouf, which pop against a backdrop of cool Connecticut blue wall for a distinctive look that is equally balanced between glamour, richness and warmth.

BRIM DESIGN PTE LTD

ENTERTAINMENT ROOM For the entertainment room, the Brim Design team had a wall torn down and replaced with a full-height storage unit that comes with a built-in shelf and overhead cabinets. Storage aside, the structure also features a comfy study nook that incorporates overhead lighting and a simple study table.

9 Marshall Road, Singapore 424845 Tel: 6299 5733 Whatsapp: 9877 2277 Fax: 6299 5676 Email: info@brimdesign.com.sg Web: www.brimdesign.com.sg

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IMMACULATE STYLE Featuring a contemporary look, this four-storey terrace house embraces the homeowners’ personalities to result in a restful abode for everyone involved

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

F A C T F I L E SPACE 4-storey terrace house SIZE Approx. 5,000 square feet LOCATION Springside View HOME TO 2 adults, 3 children DESIGNER Karen Bohn from The Orange Cube RENO PERIOD Approx. 2 months

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LIVING A feature wall that combines wall laminates and mirrored panels take centre stage in the living room. Meanwhile, the feature wall also serves as a mounting surface for a sleek flat screen TV and an entertainment system housed within a black #STATEMENT cabinet to keep the PIECE area refined and Opting for wall laminates uncluttered. of different textures will

help to inject a shot of character into the overall look of a home.

DINING Because the high ceilings didn’t allow for ample light to stream into the dining room, designer Karen Bohn from The Orange Cube added three wooden ceiling beams to house light fixtures and a ceiling fan. Sitting in the centre of the space is the owner’s tree stump-inspired dining set that lends to the room’s rustic cabin vibe. Meanwhile, a mirrored wall sits behind the table and chairs, creating the illusion of a bigger dining area.

MASTER BEDROOM A woodgrained accent wall extending from the bay window complements the rest of the master bedroom’s muted tones. In addition to that, a custom-built display shelf that flanks the television set allows the owners to showcase their collectibles. Warm cove lighting outfitted in the feature wall add to the cosy atmosphere of the bedroom.

THE ORANGE CUBE PTE LTD

JUNIOR BEDROOM A Simple furnishings and a soothing colour palette makes this bedroom the perfect sanctuary for the room’s young occupant to unwind in after a long day. Lining the headboard is a row of mirrored panels that end above a vanity table. A series of seamless cabinetry was also installed along the room’s main wall, both as a means to supplement storage solutions and to reinforce the home’s common design language of tidiness.

JUNIOR BEDROOM B To counter the room’s small area, Karen took advantage of its high ceiling, installing a loft-style structure encompassing a sleeping area and a study area. Complementing the structure is a built-in storage cabinet and a mirror-fronted wardrobe.

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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COSY SANCTUARY Smart spatial planning accompanied by luxurious furnishings make this high-rise three-bedroom apartment the epitome of modern living

The design team at Renozone prides themselves on creating long-term relationships with their customers. One of the main reasons why they manage to cultivate such amiable ties is because the company takes pride in all the projects that they have completed. Renozone guarantees quality workmanship and services, making customer satisfaction their top priority.

F A C T F I L E SPACE 3-bedroom condominium unit SIZE Approx 1,000 square feet LOCATION Whampoa South HOME TO 2 adults, 2 children DESIGNER Edwin Hong from Renozone RENO PERIOD Approx. 1.5 months

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OVERALL As this apartment measures approximately 1,000 square feet, the homeowners’ main request from Renozone’s Edwin Hong was to give the compact unit adequate storage solutions. As such, the designer converted an entire wall at the home’s communal zone into a storage unit, which keeps the area looking neat and tidy with its streamlined profile.

JUNIOR BEDROOM To keep the junior bedroom looking uncluttered, pull-out drawers were installed above the television set to tuck away the entertainment system and its accompanying cables. Additionally, a glass cabinet was installed above the headboard to provide more space for the inhabitant to display his toy collection.

LIVING & DINING While the living and dining areas share the same space in the open-concept apartment, both spaces boast their own unique characteristics. In the living room, a pair of specially constructed cove lighting strips serve as the main light source for the space. In contrast, the dining area sports a statement chandelier complemented by woodgrained laminated panels #OUT laid over the ceiling, which O F SIGHT give the surrounding space Maximise storage space its cosy cabin vibe.

in a small bedroom by opting for a platform bed outfitted with drawers that double up as extra storage units.

RENOZONE INTERIOR DESIGN HOUSE

BALCONY The floor and walls of the balcony were replaced with dark timber panels at the owner’s request, transforming it into a private corner perfect for reading or a quiet discussion. A retractable sunscreen roller blind was also installed here to provide privacy and shade.

MASTER BEDROOM The master bedroom keeps to the cosy theme of the apartment’s overall look with a tasteful white and woodgrained scheme. Here, designer Edwin custom-designed an L-shape wardrobe with an open niche at the side. This niche, in fact, serves as a space-saving bedside table. Meanwhile, ceiling-mounted ambient light fixtures flanking the bed add to the relaxing vibe of the sleeping quarters.

116 Lavender Street, #01-07 Pek Chuan Building, Singapore 338730 Tel: 6292 3345 Fax: 6292 3045 Email: admin@renozone.com.sg Web: www.renozone.com.sg

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FULL OF CHARACTER A home should be a reflection of your personality, and this bachelor pad shows us just how to infuse individualistic character into a personal space

F A C T F I L E SPACE 2.5-bedroom condominium unit SIZE Approx. 1,500 square feet LOCATION Rangoon Road HOME TO 1 adult DESIGNER Cadine Lim from Prozfile RENO PERIOD Approx. 2 months

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Prozfile is a dynamic design establishment that firmly believes good design emerges from the smooth communication channel and relationship between clients and their designers. The highly motivated design trio aims to achieve the concept of “a living space” that is not just aesthetically beautiful, but a reflection of their clients’ lifestyles and personalities. With their unique approach to design while conceptualising highly polished yet simplistic homes, Prozfile is the perfect choice for people who want something different and are not afraid to stand out in the crowd.


#BALANCE IS KEY

ENTRYWAY Keeping the entryway clutterfree is a cabinet that serves as a storage space for shoes. The cabinet doors were dressed in mirrors to allow the inhabitant to check his final appearance before stepping out the door. Additionally, the condo visitor intercom system was also tucked inside one of the cabinets to avoid having it disrupt the streamlined look of the entryway.

LIVING In the living room, an L-shaped woodgrained laminated accent wall was constructed to serve as a mounting surface for a flat screen TV and its entertainment centre. To keep the feature wall looking refined, matte black paint was used on the borders to tie the look together. Warm lighting was also utilised in the space to create a cosy atmosphere within the room.

Create talking points without overpowering the overall aesthetics of your home by only placing your collectibles at areas of your house that you’d want to highlight.

OVERALL Different and outstanding – that was what the owner of this two and a half-bedroom condo unit wanted for his home. Giving designer Cadine Lim of Prozfile free reign to create a stylish and comfortable abode, the space is a reflection of the bachelor’s love for collecting. From a display shelf full of trinkets in the entryway to larger ornaments cleverly strewn around the unit, the end product is a home that truly embraces the inhabitant’s personality.

PROZFILE PTE LTD

BALCONY Even though it is located outside of the apartment, the balcony was made over to complement the home’s overall look. Instead of leaving the walls bare, laminates in colour schemes that match the rest of the home were used to create a cohesive appearance. Additionally, the ceiling was outfitted in industrial light fixtures that emit a warm glow when switched on.

DINING The dining area was given a bold treatment with eyecatching portraits hung against concrete screed wallpaper. These are accentuated by industrial-style dining room furnishings. Meanwhile, a customised bright blue storage container serves as a dividing wall between the living and dining rooms.

1 Starlight Road, Singapore 217754 Tel: 6396 6672 Fax: 6396 6673 Email: info@prozfile.com.sg Web: www.prozfile.com.sg

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SPOTLIGHT

stylish kitchen

HELPER

Whip up delicious and healthy meals effortlessly with the ZIP HydroTap that conveniently dispenses hot or cold water at a touch of a button

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he kitchen is one of the most functional spaces in the home. This is where you whip up meals as elaborate as weekend dinners to simpler affairs like a quick breakfast. A versatile kitchen fixture is the ZIP HydroTap, a water dispenser with the ability to serve hot or cold water. This clever apparatus not only makes it convenient to prepare meals, it is stylish too.

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It is available in three models that provide either boiling or chilled water, boiling or ambient water or boiling water only. The water dispenser sports a sleek design that takes up very little space in your cooking zone. If you prefer one on your kitchen countertop, there’s the optional and specially designed Tap Font that facilitates water drainage with its drip tray. If you are worried about safety, the tap’s design has that covered too.

Equipped with a unique childproof safety lock, the dispenser only releases water via a two-finger operation. What’s more, no wires and cords clutter up the kitchen counter, which contributes to a neat and efficient cooking zone. This sleek design is the perfect finishing touch to your dream kitchen! MULTICO BUILDING PRODUCTS 62 Ubi Road 1 #01-05 Oxley BizHub 2 tel: 6283 8888 www.multico.com.sg


SPOTLIGHT

seamless

KITCHEN STORAGE Combining function and style is the Scala drawer box system designed to keep the kitchen looking neat and organised

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t goes without saying that having ample storage solutions in the kitchen is a must. Whether it is keeping your cooking equipment neatly stowed away or your pantry essentials within easy reach, sufficient storage options should be included within the cooking space. Combining the best of functionality and style is the Scala drawer box system available at Häfele. Developed as a modular system designed with elegant and slim edges, the drawer system can be configured to a variety of kitchen layouts and settings to suit your storage needs. Made with double-wall slides, the Scala box system offers unparalleled quality, stability and ease of use. Equipped with fully synchronized slide technology that offers excellent running characteristics, the drawer system is able to take loads of up to 70kg. It also comes with

soft closing technology that requires very low opening forces. Not only that, the Scala drawer system has been designed to look good in contemporary homes. With its streamlined design that comprises an 8mm aluminium front panel, striking lines, right angles and small radii, the double-wall metal drawer sides form a sleek and timeless look. This versatile drawer system has been crafted with top quality materials for long-lasting value. Available in a wide range of finishes and colours, such as Silver, Ice and Stone, and coming in various heights measuring 63mm, 90mm and 186mm, the Scala drawer box is able to match a variety of kitchen settings. In addition, there are the new Scala Crystal and Crystal Plus systems that allow homeowners to fit all parts – including drawer sides, attachment posts and material – in clear

glass panels. What’s more, new Crystal Plus drawer allows homeowners to customise their drawers thanks to a newly developed clip technology that allows strong and secure bracing of large design elements to be incorporated onto the sides of the drawers. Adding to the Scala drawer box system’s functionality is the FineLine MosaiQ interior accessory system. With elements that can be combined and arranged to suit your kitchen storage requirements, the flexible drawer organiser system includes foil roll holders, spice jar inserts and knife blocks to help you keep your kitchen essentials in order. Despite its innovative design, the Scala drawer box is easy to install. This is all thanks to its clever, detailed design that makes installation simple, saving you valuable time while providing you with functional kitchen organising solutions. HÄFELE SINGAPORE SHOWROOM 1 Kaki Bukit Road 1 #01-27/28 Enterprise One tel: 6848 9075 www.hafele.com.sg

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Moroso Modernista armchair

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INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Brim Design 9 Marshall Road tel: 6299 5733 www.brimdesign.com.sg Prozfile 1 Starlight Road tel: 6396 6672 www.prozfile.com.sg

The Orange Cube 14 Arumugam Road #01-03 LTC Building C tel: 6337 7277 www.theorangecube.com three-d conceptwerke 24 Eng Hoon Street tel: 6293 8001 www.three-d-conceptwerke.com

Renozone 116 Lavender Street #01-07 Pek Chuan Building tel: 6292 3345 www.renozone.com.sg

Weiken@IMM 2 Jurong East Street 21 #03-28F IMM Building tel: 6465 6656 www.weiken.com

Richfield Integrated 122 Eunos Avenue 7 #05-17 Richfield Industrial Centre tel: 6841 7701/ 6841 7281 www.richfieldin.com

Vitra Flock of Butterflies clock

Moroso Armada chair

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Lian Seng Hin 568A Balestier Road tel: 6252 2222 www.liansenghin.com.sg Multico Building Products 62 Ubi Road 1 #01-05 Oxley BizHub 2 tel: 6283 8888 www.multico.com.sg Novita www.novita.com.sg OBRO International 8 Ubi Road 2 #08-14 Zervex Building tel: 6493 2912 www.obrointl.com.sg Samaire 1 Kallang Way 2A #06-01 tel: 6846 7737 www.samaire.com.sg Teka 83 Clemenceau Avenue #01-33/34 UE Square tel: 6734 2415 www.teka.com.sg

Moroso My Beautiful Backside sofa

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SHORTCUT

HALO EFFECT A unique way to add a special glow to your space IMAGE COURTESY OF MENU

They may appear simple, but these POV Circle vase and candleholders from MENU make a statement when grouped together. Whether it is to dress up a bare wall or to emphasise certain corners of a home, these functional decorative pieces can help you create the vibe you want – festive, cosy or otherwise – with minimal effort. Recreate this look with circular shelves and placing them at varying heights on a chosen wall.

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