Portrait of Tammy Strobel

Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa blends Far East with Northern Europe with the Ayana series for B&B Italia’s 2020 Outdoor collection. Reinterpreting wood with an oriental touch, depths and heights are a nod to traditional South-east Asian designs while backrests recall Swedish wall bars. Individual seat cushions upholstered in waterproof fabrics rest on minimalist yet sturdy teak wood frames, and each is crafted with comfort and functional design in mind. The armrest of the armchair is positioned higher for a more ergonomic seat, for instance, and the sofa armrest can be fastened with detachable cushions for extra comfort when lying down. The collection also includes accompanying tables and dining chairs.

The Ayana Collection for B&B Italia is available at Space Furniture, prices upon enquiry.
My Reading Room
My Reading Room


WIth the threat of the pandemic and the age of physical distancing, open-plan offices are relooking design strategies to double up on safety measures. One such consideration? Screens in between workstations. The Sneeze Screen (118cm by 70cm) by Ipse Ipsa Ipsum is a protective acrylic divider that helps reduce droplet transmissions. With rounded edges and sleek stands in a brass finish, which can also double as bookends, it offers security without compromising on style.

Contact or 9021-0437, or visit Ipse Ipsa Ipsum, #11-02 Tan Boon Liat Building to purchase the Sneeze Screen, price upon enquiry 
My Reading Room


A computer screen that is positioned too low can pose problems for your back, neck and eyes. To get your laptop or desktop monitor at optimal viewing height, check out 3M’s Adjustable Monitor Stand with legs that can be adjusted from one inch to 5 inches. Able to withstand up to about 36kg, it has a non-skid base to keep it in place, and there’s ample room for stashing supplies under the platform. The 3M Adjustable Monitor Stand retails at $55 at