Having dedicated its latest home collection to highlighting the beauty of raw materials and traditional craftsmanship, French luxury label Hermes collaborated with Milan-based artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier (founding member of the Memphis Design Group - an iconic studio in the ’80s, which counts Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie as its fans) to design two throws made with simple embroidery techniques. This Soft Machine throw features handmade Mongoliancashmere patchworks, mini-beads and bold colours.
The Soft Machine throw measures 1.4m by 2m and is available by order from Hermes. Visit www.hermes.com/sg for more information.
TILE OF THE MONTH
Interested to inject an element of industrial chic into your home’s design, but not ready to go all the way with concrete screed across the ﬂoor? Consider the Lamelle collection of glazed porcelain tiles instead, which is designed to resemble the look of parquet used in vintage industrial lofts. Its edgy look is softened by the muted tones, offering a warm yet rustic-Industrial feel. These tiles are also easy to maintain, making them great for any room.
Lamelle Rovere Chevron retails at Hafary, 105 Eunos Avenue 3. Visit www.hafary.com.sg.
EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH
Suddenly Turning Visible
WHAT Suddenly turning visible: art and architecture in Southeast Asia (1969 – 1989)
WHEN Now until March 15
WHERE National Gallery Singapore
Against a backdrop of rapid urban development in Southeast Asia during the late 1960s to 1990s, not only did art evolve to adopt experimental forms, but it even formed new alliances with architecture.
The exhibition looks at art’s development in Singapore, Manila and Bangkok under the inﬂuence of three prominent art institutions: Alpha Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art.
Did you know that you can eliminate 99.99 per cent of all common household bacteria with just water? Cleaning agents and chemicals are rendered superﬂuous with Karcher’s new SC 3 Upright EasyFix steam mop, which uses steam to deep clean virtually all surfaces including parquet and carpets. Water heats to nearly 100-degrees celsius in under 30 seconds so that you can commence on your cleaning spree in a jiffy.
The Karcher SC 3 Upright EasyFix steam mop retails for $398 at all major electronics and electric appliance stores.
FUN IN THE OUTDOORS
Shopping for outdoor furniture to spruce up the look in your garden or patio? W.Atelier introduces Gloster’s collection of teak furniture. Pieces in the collection include the Kay, a seat showcasing a curved and sculptured back panel that gives it its timeless Scandinavian-style look.
Kay retails for $6,500 at W. Atelier, #01-01 and #03-01, 201 Henderson Road. Find out more at www.watelier.com
Playtime just got a lot more fun with the Booboo Suspension Sofa, a swing seat that promises to transform your child’s room into a forest glade – or anything from your child’s imagination, really. The plush velvet upholstery is supported by a strong stainless steel frame with bronze accents.
The Booboo Suspension Sofa retails for €3,800 (S$5,707) and is available at www.circu.net.
Best of the best
The superb quality of Hansgrohe’s Rainﬁ nity shower range is getting the recognition it deserves. Last October, it won “Best of Best” for the Hansgrohe Group in the 2019 Iconic Awards held in Munich. This honour came just months after the shower range was presented the iF Gold Award in March.
Asia’s biggest selfstorage operator has opened its ﬁrst technologically advanced facility in Singapore. The Storefriendly Centre at Paya Lebar makes use of robotic technology, or GObots, to deliver users’ personal storage housed within the no-man zones right to their feet.
Not one to rest on its laurels, global sanitaryware brand Grohe is stepping up its sustainability efforts with the goal of achieving carbon-neutral production by this year. Since last July, their ﬁve production plants worldwide as well as their logistics centre in Germany have been run on green electricity, as part of this effort.
Making sure your guests are comfortable is a concern for every good host. This CNY season, consider some chic poufs and stools instead of the quotidian stackable plastic chairs to keep your home decor in trend and your guests happy.
1. Pink shaggy pouf, $159.95, from Crate & Barrel.
2. Grass weave drum stool, from $89, from Scene Shang.
3. Nahara 18”x18” natural pouf, $399.95, from Crate & Barrel.
4. Ekko pouf in dark green, $499, from HipVan.
Everyone’s heard of wood ﬂooring, but have you ever heard of bamboo charcoal ﬂooring? A revolutionary material, Bamco is the world’s ﬁrst bamboo charcoal ﬂooring, which is 100 per cent recyclable, with three layers of fully waterproof composites that are child-safe and non-toxic. It is also ﬁre-, scratch-, chemical- and slipresistant making it a material safe for use at home!
Bamco comes in wood- and stone-look ﬁnishes. Find out more at bamcoﬂor.com
SHOWER OF BLESSING
Bathtime just got even better with Kohler’s Air Showerhead, featuring Katalys Air-Induction technology that infuses 2.2 litres of air into 2.5 gallons of water every minute. The mixture of air and water creates larger water droplets that retain their heat longer, enveloping you in comfort and warmth.
The Kohler Katalys Air Showerhead retails from $675 at authorised Kohler distributors.
Luxury British bath brand Victoria and Albert has launched three new additions to its Kaali collection of undermount basins. Kaali 60 and 65 are oval basins, while Kaali 48 is a round one - its number indicates their diameters. All made using the brand’s proprietary material QuarryCast, a limestone blend mixture that is warm to the touch.
Victoria and Albert is available from EquipDesign & Supply, #04-34 Vertex, and Wan Tai & Co Bathroom Gallery, 25 Changi South Avenue 2.
DOWN TO THE DETAILS
Design studio Pelle has created a super sleek table made completely out of aluminium. The DVN table is put together using Japanese joinery techniques — the legs are measured with such precision that they ﬁt perfectly with the top, without the need for nails or fasteners.
The DVN table retails for US$12,000 ($16,357) at www.pelledesigns.com.
A PIECE OF HERITAGE
Local design and crafts store Supermama’s latest porcelain plate collection is a collaboration with Candlenut — the world’s ﬁrst Michelinstarred Peranakan restaurant. It pays homage to the Peranakan heritage and has designs inspired by Peranakan tiles and iconic ﬂoral motifs.
The pair of Peranakan Mamazara — which means “small plate” in Japanese — remind of Kutaniyaki, a traditional Ishikawa potterymaking style that employs the
Each dish retails for $24 and is available at Candlenut at Como Dempsey and all Supermama stores, while stocks last.
I FOR ICONIC
Televisions today are no longer designed just as a plain black screen, many come with interesting details that make them stand out from the crowd. Samsung’s The Serif is one such TV, which is designed with the distinct “I” shape iconic to the serif typography, as its name suggests. It’s sleek, modern, unconventional, and features vibrant picture quality thanks to its QLED technology.
The Serif is 55 inches in size and retails for $3,399 at Commune and major electrical stores.
DAYDREAM IN BLUE
Looking for a way to inject Pantone’s colour of the year into your home? The Doze lounge chair and ottoman, by Scandinavian design studio Muuto, feature a sleek and contemporary silhouette upholstered in timeless deep blue.
The Muuto Doze lounge chair retails for $4,390 at Grafunkt, Funan Mall, #04-01.
Make your CNY decor more personal with Urban Li’l’s custom Chinese family plaques! Instead of tacky accessories, now you can adorn your doors and walls with plaques personalised with your family name made by the Singapore-based design studio.
ODE TO JOY
Ring in the Lunar New Year festivities with these limitededition handmade lacquer boxes by Qua. Painted by local artist Aaron Gan, whose beautiful artwork is renowned for its expression of joy and gratitude, these boxes feature a bird perched among auspicious fruits and ﬂowers. “The bird glancing backwards symbolises gratitude and appreciation,” says Aaron.
The Joy Series Lacquer Collection retails from $68 at Tangs at Tang Plaza, Metro Paragon, and Robinson’s at The Heeren.
CARVED IN STONE
Fancy the timeless look of marble in the kitchen? Caesarstone, which specialises in high-quality quartz surfaces, has just launched Empira White, a classic white marble quartz with elegant grey veining that’s inspired by Calacatta marble. Its durability means it’s easy to wipe clean, and can last for years to come.
Empira White retails at Caesarstone Experience Centre @ Suntec, #03-357 Suntec City Mall Tower 3.
text DOMENICA TAN, MELODY BAY AND ISABELLE TOW