If you’ve got it, flaunt it, and what better way to showcase your collections than on a shelf that says as much about your interesting personality as the items on display. Here are some of our favourites to consider.
1. Leyva bookshelf by Saba Italia, $3,647, from P5 Studio
2. Shelfmate by D-bodhi, from $120, from Journey East
3. Won Slice shelf by 365 North, $3,010, from Made & Make
4. Alfred Wall System by Harto, $375, from Lifestorey
TILE OF THE MONTH
LIFE ON AN AXIS
Grid patterns are ideal for making small spaces appear larger, and this Graph tile collection does it with a modern twist, in modern shades and timeless designs. Choose from over 10 colour options for walls and ﬂoors. From far, the designs look understated; look closer and you’ll notice intricate lines that add character. Pair the tiles with furniture in bold forms and straight lines for a clean, sophisticated look.
The Graph tile collection is available at Hafary, 105 Eunos Avenue 3.
Renowned designer Kelly Hoppen gave childhood icon Mickey Mouse an elegant makeover with her version of the Disney character swathed in taupe and black, signature colours Kelly uses in her interior projects. Only 99 pieces are available.
German high-end home appliances brand Gaggenau has introduced the new Vario cooling 400 series – an all-in-one built-in system featuring a modular-style refrigerator, freezer, fridge freezer and wine climate cabinet. Extremely sleek, it can seamlessly integrate with any kitchen design. When the door is opened, the machine reveals stainless steel interiors with anodised aluminium elements in dark anthracite.
The new Vario cooling 400 series is available at Gaggenau Experience Centre, Level 4, 11 Bishan Street 21.
Themed Unnatural Phenomena, this year’s design event Singaplural is curated by local architecture ﬁrm Formwerkz Architects and design agency Bravo. It will explore topics regarding changing landscapes, emerging technologies and shifting paradigms. Be inspired by new design ideas to be presented by well-known brands including laminate specialist EDL, luxury tea brand TWG Tea, and furniture maker Ipse Ipsa Ipsum. There will also be a Master Lectures series where three distinguished speakers – Elena Manferdini, owner of Atelier Manferdini; Raffi Lehrer, associate art director of Golden voice; and Brandon Kruysman, creative technology director of Novel Technologies – will discuss ways to navigate unfamiliar environments in future.
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We have Gojek for transport and Redmart for groceries. Now, there is Ovvy, an app that matches users with reliable service providers – from painters and movers to aircon repairmen and plumbers. Once a user has found the right service provider, a payment via Paypal has to be made. This payment is held in a secure account till the job is completed. Ovvy is available on both Apple App Store and Google Playstore. More on Ovvy at www.ovvyapp.com
WHEN ART & LIGHT MEET
Designed by founder Omer Arbel of Canadian sculptural lighting and light installation company Bocci, 21 – yes, that’s the name of this pendant lamp – is made of thin porcelain sheets draped over an inverted diffuser made of sand blasted borosilicate glass. The result is a uniquely shaped LED lighting ﬁxture that’s almost conical. Whether used as a singular sculpture, or in a cluster, 21 is a statement-making installation that’s unlike any other.
Scene Shang is known for its heritage-inspired furniture, while Binary Style for its vibrant printed scarves. The two local brands came together to launch two upholstered accessories: the Paramour screen that works perfectly as a room divider or even headboard, as well as the Old Elm Wood Gate bench whose slim proﬁle will ﬁt in the narrowest foyers. These limited edition pieces are clad in a printed velvet fabric featuring nutmegs and lush botanicals, designed by Binary Style.
Italian furniture brand Flexform has introduced several new pieces in its showroom, adding jewel tones into the space with iconic products including the Sveva armchair. Check it out at #01-01, 200 Newton.
Music To The Ears
Audio specialist Bose has a new store in town. Bose @ Paragon boasts 1,400 sq ft of space, with a demo room for customers to enjoy a fully immersive audio experience. Visit the store at #04-31 Paragon.
Singapore Design Week
Into its sixth year, the Singapore Design Week runs from March 4 to 17. It’s organised by the Design Singapore Council. Look out for key events such as Singaplural and trade show International Furniture Fair Singapore, as well as several fringe events around the island.
Every home needs a statement piece, and the Satellite Ottoman by luxurious French furniture brand Counot Blandin will get your guests talking – with its thick ring of natural fur. In an Art Deco-style space, it will ﬁt right in. It was created by Jean Louis Deniot, a French interior designer known for his atmospheric designs.
The Satellite Ottoman is available in three styles and colours, and retails for 2,150 euros (S$3,319.50) each. More information on www.counotblandin.fr
Window cleaning is a chore – and even dangerous, if you live in a high-rise apartment. Now, a robot can do it for you. Ecovacs has the world’s ﬁrst cordless window cleaning robot: Winbot X. Tap its buttons, and the 1.8kg appliance will map the entire area, and work its way across the window panes to give a thorough clean.
DID YOU KNOW THAT HAVING PROBIOTICS ON SURFACES CAN HELP QUARANTINE BAD BACTERIA? ISRAELI COMPANY BETTER AIR HAS LAUNCHED PURIFIERS THAT RELEASE PROBIOTICS EVERY 30 MINUTES.
The plug-and-play Biotica800 and portable Biologic retails for $499 and $299 respectively (ﬁrst cartridge of probiotics included). They are available exclusively at all Courts stores. Visit www.courts.com.sg
Home furnishing and artisanal decor retailer Wright & Smith is partnering luxury fashion and lifestyle brand Lane Crawford to launch their latest collection of furniture and accessories, including the Sibast No. 8 chair. Designed by Danish designer Helge Sibast in 1953, it looks timeless and modern with its iconic Y-shaped legs and seat. A touch of elegance is added, with its solid oak frame, and the upholstered wool seat.
HIT THE SHEETS
A good sleep experience depends on the quality of the mattress, and bedsheets too. Silky and cool Tencel, soft and breathable bamboo, as well as extra-long staple cotton, are some of the bedding from local brand Grand Atelier that feel as good as they look.
Find Grand Atelier bedsheets at Takashimaya, Tangs and Courts. See the full list of retailers at www.havenlifestyle.asia.
text DOMENICA TAN, ELIZA HAMIZAH