Combining traditional Japanese craftsmanship and European glassmaking techniques, pioneer Japanese glassware company Hirota recently launched the Futachoko collection, which showcases gorgeous, intricately designed pieces. Contemporary, geometric patterns are realised through a contemporary take on Edo-Cut Glass, a 150-yearold glass sculpting method. The glasses create mesmerising reffections when held up to the light, and can be used as tableware or candleholders. The Futachoko seven-piece collection truly pays tribute to the old and the new.
Hirota’s Futachoko glass cup and cover set retails for $298. Check out the full collection at Atomi, #04-26/27 Mandarin Gallery, www.atomi-jp.com.
Finding the right plant for your living room or office? This online nursery has it all, from herbs to orchids, even watering systems. There is free planting service for purchases above $100, too. Noah Garden Centre will be expanding its collection by partnering other merchants for the upcoming Marketplace platform. Visit www.noahgardencentre.com.sg
Instead of toggling buttons on your speakers, you can now enjoy music with the very ﬁrst voice-activated speakers on the market! The JBL Link series combines modern technologies like Google’s voice assistance features with its range of speakers, including portable waterproof models like the Link 10 and Link 20, and home-compatible models such as the Link 300 and Link 500. You can not only stream music, but also control smart devices, get weather updates, ﬁnd food recipes and more, through these revolutionary appliances. Music quality is not compromised either, with a Chromecast built-in to ensure it supports high-deﬁ nition sounds. Immerse yourself in this new music experience!
JBL Link series retails from $219 at major electrical stores, www.jbl.com.sg.
Spoiled for Choice
If you have ever coveted a fabric you’ve seen on the fashion runway, you’d be happy to know that Ralph Lauren Home’s Fall/Spring fabrics are now available in Singapore. Inspired by the Spring 2017 women’s collection, Great Sands illustrates the nomadic lifestyle with neutral tones and hints of distressed textures. You’ll also ﬁnd the Artisan Loft range, which pays tribute to Japanese textile and the Indigo colour with a series of rugged ﬂoral and geometric motifs. Love the all-American cottage look? They have those, too.
Ralph Lauren Home fabrics and wallcoverings are available at Altfield Interiors, Level 18 Republic Plaza Tower 2, 9 Raffles Place, tel: 6823-6835, www.altfield.com.
FINISHED TO PERFECTION
Shopping for your quartz countertop is now more convenient, with Caesarstone opening a new showroom in the heart of the CBD. Instead of having to make your design decisions based on small catalogue swatches, explore large wall panels of quartz in a variety of colours patterns, textures and designs.
There is even a fully operable kitchen display in the store to demonstrate how the versatile material can be used in a functional environment. The brand also offers a visualiser tool, where its quartz surfaces can be virtually applied in home settings including kitchens and bathrooms, as well as on ﬂoors and walls.
Drop by during your lunch hour or after work to get some cool home styling ideas.
Visit Caesarstone Experience Centre at #03-357, Suntec City Mall Tower 3, to see the latest collections.
WORLD’S FIRST APOTHECARY
Home fragrances and body care products from what is considered to be the world’s oldest apothecary – the Santa Maria Novella convent in Italy – are now here in Singapore. The brand was established in the 1200s, when Dominican monks prepared medications and ointments for their infirmary using ingredients from their garden. They were even the first to concoct rose water, as an antiseptic protection against the Black Death plague in Europe.
Today, the very same ingredients and techniques are used to create a suite of products, from scented terracottas (it is soaked in fragrance, and will release a scent that lasts for months) and candles to toothpaste and mints for indigestion. Great for the home are the room sprays, which come in scents like Verbena and Stephanotis, and the handcrafted wax tablets for the wardrobes. Those feature actual rosebuds, orange slices and potpourri.
Santa Maria Novella products are cruelty-free, and are made out of plant-based natural ingredients. Find its products at Colony Clothing, #01-37 UE Square, 83 Clemenceau Avenue, tel: 6733-1173, www.smnovella.com.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
The home-grown multimedia artist transports audiences to remote cultures and spaces through voice, sound and language.
In his latest project Fidelity, Jeremy travelled to rural areas in Malaysia and Indonesia to collect audio recordings of indigenous songs, from the nostalgic Kristang folk music of Portuguese Eurasians in Malacca, to the rhythmic repetitions of Persian and Arabic phonemes in Taranas by the Rohingya community. These come together to present a unique aural encounter. Catch this sound-only installation at Aloft at Hermes, from now until Aug 19.
Luv. Nordic elegance.
The design of Cecilie Manz‘ bathroom series Luv combines Nordic purism and timeless, emotional elegance. Soft shapes follow a stringent geometry. The result is a new unique design language with precise, clear and ﬁne edges. For more information please visit www.duravit.com. Duravit Asia Limited (Singapore Branch), 63 Tras Street Singapore 079002, Phone: +65 6238 6353, Fax: +65 6238 6359, firstname.lastname@example.org; Econﬂo Systems Pte Ltd, 401 Commonwealth Drive, #01-01, Haw Par Technocentre, Singapre 149598, Phone: +65 6396 3738, Fax: +65 6396 3736, sales@econﬂo.com, www.econﬂo.com; Ferrara Asiapac Pte Ltd, 39A, Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Halcyon Building, Singapore 577183, Phone: +656235 0020, Fax: +65 6484 1087 , email@example.com, www.ferrara.com.sg; Sansei Singapura Pte Ltd, 462 Tagore Industrial Avenue, Singapore 737831, Phone: +65 6292 8321, Fax: +65 6292 4520, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sanseionline.com; Bathroom Gallery, 25 Changi South Avenue 2, Singapore 486594, Phone: +65 6546 5900, Fax: +65 6546 6388, email@example.com, www.bathroomgallery.com.sg.
Get acquainted with the latest lighting brand Space Furniture has to offer: Lee Broom, a London-based brand that has wowed many with its twist on traditional forms. Crescent (below), for instance, is a spherical light sliced in half to reveal a brassﬁnished element. This fashionable yet versatile lamp is available as a pendant light, chandelier and table lamp. The Fulcrum Light (above) has a streamlined silhouette and an exposed light bulb; in satin black, it embodies an Art Deco-esque style, while in polished chrome, it is both edgy and contemporary.
SUPERHERO TO THE RESCUE
Keys, glasses and cards – we can’t live without them, and most of us have a knack of misplacing them around the house. The makers of Heroshelf hope to save us from this grief with its quirky wall shelf, shaped as a cape-donning superhero in mid-flight. Apart from his back, which serves as the main shelf, his arms, feet and cape can be used as hooks to hang keyrings from, making Heroshelf a very fitting name.
This Is Home
Home-grown tea brand The 1872 Clipper Tea Co celebrates our nation’s 53rd birthday by paying homage to Peranakan culture. The three new ﬂavours – Butterﬂy Pea, Nyonya Kaya and Gula Melaka – are infused with ingredients from signature Nonya kuehs and snacks, and are guaranteed to evoke nostalgia. The well-loved Peranakan tile motifs also make an appearance on the gift boxes. A lovely purchase for locals as well as tourists!
Available from July 3, these teas retail at $15 each. Find it at The 1872 Clipper Tea Co, #B4-07, Ion Orchard, tel: 6509-8745. For more locations, visit www.clippertea.com.sg,
text DOMENICA TAN, ELIZA HAMIZAH & ISABELLE TOW