From the worlds of Art, Culture, Travel and Design.
From left: Nah Eng Kiat, A Moment’s Notice (2020). Sam Lo (aka SKL0), Better Together (2020). Ong Kian Peng, 新 – Renew (2020). Reza Hasni, Good Vibrations (2020). Muhammad Sufian Bin Hamri (aka TraseOne), When All This Is Over, We Will Be Free Again (2020)
ART FOR THE HEART
A National Arts Council initiative, done in collaboration with the Singapore Tourism Board, Streets of Hope saw over 350 artists coming together to dress the streets of Singapore with banners of visual art to uplift and encourage the nation in these unprecedented times. Now, they’re all available for viewing on Gillman Barracks’s Streets of Hope web page (gillmanbarracks.com). Showcasing everything from print illustrations and photography to mixed media and even performance art, the page presents a unique opportunity to acquaint yourself with this country’s artists—all at your convenience.
From far left: Les Trotteuses d'Hermès side tables, Hermès. Panthère de Cartier solitaire game, $3,800, Cartier. Glass bonbonnière, $581, Helle Mardahl at Farfetch. Primates Barzza vase, $3,690, Strange & Deranged. Scented candles, from $125 each, Loewe. Découpage vase, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at Vitra
Look to Mark Rothko for inspiration and infuse your home with vivid blocks of colour for that emotive touch.
From top: The covers of Stardust and A Life Intertwined. Inside images from David Bowie
TOMES FOR THE HOME
Dress up the coffee table with books that will keep guests intrigued for hours.
FOR THE BLING WEARER
Stardust: The Work and Life of Jeweler Extraordinaire Frédéric Zaavy is the ﬁrst monograph dedicated to the late famed Parisian jeweller who was appointed the exclusive jeweller for Fabergé in 2008. Photographer friends John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler weave the visual narrative for the book and capture his obsession with painting the world through gems. Available at amazon.com.
FOR TRIVIA PURSUERS
With a career that spans 48 years at Raffles Singapore, there is arguably no one more suited to pen a memoir about this nation’s most beloved hotel than its Resident Historian, Leslie Danker. A Life Intertwined promises a narrative rich with history and trivia, interspersed with clippings, illustrations, photos and anecdotes of his encounters with celebrities who were privileged with a stay at the 133-year-old institution. Available at Raffles Boutique (rafflesarcade.com.sg/raffles-boutique).
FOR GLAM ROCK LOVERS
As its title states, David Bowie: Icon – The Deﬁnitive Photographic Collection is a stunning portfolio of images that includes rarely seen private moments and candid shots of the legendary musician. Accompanying this are personal essays by photographers who have worked with the icon that reﬂect on why Bowie will live on in our hearts for a long time to come. Available at amazon.com.
From left: Summer Vegetable Pie; Goose Moose
A BRITISH AFFAIR
Executive Chef Kirk Westaway of one-Michelinstarred JAAN is intent on showing that there’s more to British fare than pub grub. The Summer Vegetable Pie presents a medley of veggies and pickled shallots—all sourced from Pocket Greens, Singapore’s very own urban farm—dressed in olive mayonnaise on a light, buttery crust. Then there’s the Pan Seared Squab (part of the dinner menu), which has been seared, baked and left stewing in its juices before being encrusted with roasted onions, breadcrumbs and garlic. But if it’s still fi sh and chips you’re after, JAAN delivers too, with lightly seasoned cod brandade encased in paper-thin potatoes, splashed with sherry vinegar for that signature acidic note.
Melisa Teo’s Sacré-Cœur (2018)
With Singapore being known as a garden city, it’s little surprise that local photographer Melisa Teo would find an affinity with the trees that line the streets of Paris—the subject of her latest book Les Arbres de Paris (The Trees of Paris) and her solo exhibition at Alliance Française de Singapour, which runs from 5 November to 19 December. Her Impressionist-like images explore the spiritual connection between nature and civilisation, and the symbiotic relationship between a city and its breathing spaces. Visit alliancefrancaise.org.sg for more information.
Explore Singapore like a tourist with Let’s Go Tour Singapore
With topics ranging from our colonisation by the British empire to water sustainability and recycling, the local-centric “This is Home” outings by award-winning tour agency Let’s Go Tour Singapore (letsgotoursingapore.com) lets you play tourist for the day while gaining insights into the history and workings of this nation. There are 10 topics to choose from, some of which include visits to ﬁsh farms, kampongs and religious temples, making them a fun, edu-taining way to spend the day. Prices start from $200 for a group of three.