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CONTENTS JANUARY NOW 26 13 NEW STORE RAYS OF DESIGN/NEWS/PLACES TO HOPE 22 VISIT/THINGS TO BUY There is nothing like VERSACE CHILDREN lighting objects that Versace’s line for 19 inject a dose of drama boys, girls and into spaces. newborns now has a Graphic 14 standalone boutique Content COLOUR OF with a chic interior at THE MONTH The Shoppes at MBS. Less is more for Cheerful, rich and these furniture energetic, Solid HOT SPOT Marigold is the colour pieces. to start a year of 24 recovery CAPELLA SANYA SHOPPING On the southern end of Hainan, China, this 16 beachfront retreat GREAT BUYS was inspired by Our monthly roundup the history of the of the hottest new Maritime Silk Road. design products for the home. 26 24 HOTEL ESENCIA LIVING Surrounded by Organic shapes, tropical vegetation rounded corners, and featuring views voluptuous curves, of the Caribbean these items add a Sea, this coastal sensual touch to hotel in Mexico’s any room. Riviera Maya is a historical, cultural and gastronomic oasis. 30 NEON PIGEON 2.0 The urban izakaya is back with a familiar eclectic buzz and an even better culinary experience at Carpenter Street. 18 2

CONTENTS JANUARY 51 On the Go “The more you know, the more there is to know,” says Tom Dixon. IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FROM THOSE IN THE KNOW PEOPLE 60 CRAFTING 51 WELLNESS ON THE GO Jason Lee, the Tom Dixon just can’t founder of SIX, talks sit still. The award- about the artisanal winning, self-taught Singapore fragrance maverick British brand’s social mission, designer-businessman championing mental is easily bored and wellness through always searching for fragrance and crafting his next new project. personalised ambient scents. 56 REDISCOVERING 62 RATTAN UP CLOSE Multidisciplinary American neo-pop designer artist Jan Larsen Priscilla Ong describes his design Shunmugam talks style as well as about putting biggest strength. And South-east Asians at what makes him smile the forefront of her the most. brand’s inaugural furniture offering. 4

CONTENTS JANUARY HOMES 64 82 LAKESIDE LUXURY IN CONVERSATION THE NEW MODERN This contemporary WITH NATURE summer retreat This inter-terrace in a small remote home’s external town close to appearance belies Ontario, Canada, its spacious and is an architectural airy interior with statement that melds everything a three- elegant design, generation family technology and needs. sustainability with a 88 natural setting. MAKING ROOM 72 FOR FAMILY LABOUR OF LOVE By reconfiguring This pre-war Tiong some areas, more Bahru walk-up space was created for combines the three-generation industrial edge family that lives here. with speakeasy and 94 heritage elements. SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS Located on the 88 50th floor of the tallest building in Singapore, this bachelor pad sports an elegantly curated monochromatic palette. 72 on the cover 72 This pre-war walk-up in by Three-D Conceptwerke offers an updated take on heritage. PHOTOGRAPHY V ERONI CA TAY STYLING NONIE CHEN 6

96 F E AT U R E S 110 10 THE ART OF EDITOR’S NOTE The Looks of 33 LETTING GO TOP OF The Singaporean 11 New Normal THE CLASS Dream of home DIGITAL EDITION Singapore’s most upgrading comes with EXCLUSIVES The top three notable interior a great responsibility design trends that design firms of 2020 of disposing of your 117 shape our homes and their most recent items correctly, WHERE TO BUY projects. sustainably, and today. preferably profitably. 118 96 112 BUYING GUIDE THE LOOKS OF SMART MOVES NEW NORMAL Optimise your 120 What will our homes study with these THE HARD TRUTH look like in the productitivity tips months to come? and expert feng shui advice. 102 INTO THE OPEN Ten ideas for separating the spaces in your open- concept home for better spatial flow. FEATURES THE LATEST IN DESIGN AND DECOR TRENDS 7

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY ADMINISTRATION & EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER SUPPORT Young Lim Veronica Tay ([email protected]) ([email protected]) SENIOR MANAGER Juliana Chong ASSISTANT EDITOR EXECUTIVE ([email protected]) Asih Jenie PHOTOGRAPHERS ([email protected]) Tan Wei Te SENIOR EXECUTIVE ([email protected]) Cynthia Lee WRITER ([email protected]) Melody Bay PHOTOGRAPHERS ([email protected]) Phyllicia Wang SENIOR EXECUTIVE ([email protected]) Wendy Wong CREATIVE ([email protected]) Vee Chin SENIOR ART DIRECTOR ([email protected]) Nonie Chen ([email protected]) ART DIRECTOR Kristy Quah ([email protected]) 8

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EDITOR’S NOTE OUT WITH MINIMALISM Having spent the better home furniture and work part of last year working desks have seen a sharp rise from home, I discovered recently. The apperance of just how difficult it can be Covid signalled the end of to operate from a space Minimalist living. In my that everyone (especially opinion that may not be a bad those who subscribe to the thing, because elegant home method of a particularly living needs to be more than well-known Japanese home just throwing stuff away and organiser with her own packing things up so they Netflix show) thinks should can be hidden out of sight. be kept sparse and simple. Homeowners have to learn I began to regret throwing how to appreciate and live out things that I thought I with their possessions, and didn’t need anymore, like a find the love to treasure those printer and an office chair, items in their own unique and having to rush out way. That is why the Zakka to buy new ones again. way of living is trending in home styling now. Find out I believe I am not the more in this issue, and I hope only one too, as industry you have a great year ahead. experts share that sales of YOUNG LIM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF photography ANGELA GUO art direction NONIE CHEN


DESIGN NEWS, PLACES TO VISIT, THINGS TO BUY RAYS O F HOPE There is nothing like lighting objects that inject a dose of drama into spaces. Crafted from 390 aluminium “rays”, the Sun - Light of Love pendant light from Italian brand Foscarini is at once poetic like a giant floating dandelion and majestic like a mysterious glowing star. That one can’t discern the light source in a cursory glance makes it the perfect conversation starter. “I wanted to bring the sun inside; into the house and its spaces,” says designer Tord Boontje. “Just like sunlight, Sun – Light of Love is an object that makes it hard to know where it begins and where it ends. It has no clear separation between inside and outside. Its geometric presence is very fluid and organic at the same time.” The Foscarini Sun – Light of Love pendant light is available in white and gold and retails from £2,239 (S$3,980) at

COLOUR OF THE MONTH COLOUR OF THE MONTH SOLID PANTONE 143C MARIGOLD PANTONE The year 2021 is shaping up 7526C to be a year of recovery, and the colour trends reflect this. PANTONE In an unprecedented move, COOL GREY 1 Pantone chose two colours as its Colour of the Year 2021: Marigold the expert says a mid-tone grey Ultimate accessories like Gray and a sunny yellow cushions or throws WONG “Marigold is great as the main Illuminating, which expresses add an unexpected LIANGYUAN colour of the wall. Pair it with cool- a marriage of reliability and cheerful touches Colour specialist, toned or neutral furniture to balance hope. Similarly, Dulux’s beige to dark colour out this very vibrant shade. As an Brave Ground, Nippon Paint’s schemes populated Haven Lifestyle accent colour, I would put it on powder blue Smooth Sailing, by greys, black, sofas or throw cushions, but always and Sherwin-Williams’ greige ensure that there are similarly warm Urbane Bronze all paint a navy or teal. tones in the room so that these serene picture of a kinder and accents will not be too jarring.” gentler year. Taking inspiration from this, we’ve chosen warm, photo COURTESY OF FRITZ HANSEN golden yellow marigold as our colour of the month. “I would match marigold or ochre with splashes of its complementary cooler tones like blue or green as it can make for a very sophisticated palette,” says Wong Liangyuan, colour specialist at Haven Lifestyle. Marigold is a naturally rich, energetic, cheerful and flighty that pairs well with grounding neutrals. “I personally think that dark greys and marigold can be stunning, especially if layered with bold black accents,” says Liangyuan. This room setting by Danish furniture brand Fritz Hansen is a good example, pairing a marigold wall with black pendant lights and natural wood finish, with mint and dark green chairs as the cool colour accents. 14

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SPACE SAVER BETTER STAMINA Always tired after a vacuuming As working from home session? Karcher’s cordless VC 4S becomes the norm, the design can help you clean without feeling of residential furniture has fatigued, thanks to its lightweight evolved to accommodate the design that weighs in at only 1.25kg. daily transformation of living With its dual-hold ergonomic design space to working space and back and runtime of 60 minutes in Eco to a resting space at the end of mode, it’ll let you clean large floor the day. Very Good & Proper’s spaces without you or the machine Pasadena Desk is designed to be having to take a break in between. a compact wall-mounted shelf It’s no less powerful, though – its desk with a full-width drawer 100,000-rpm high-speed brushless that can function as a workstation motor and multi-cyclone technology during the day, and a minimalist floating storage at night, keeping suck up debris quickly and everything clear at the start and effectively. end of the day. The Karcher VC 4S retails The Pasadena Desk retails for $498 at all leading for £545 (S$976) from electronic stores. HANDY HEMP ARTIST OF THE MONTH Hemp ties with bamboo as one of the TIFFANY LOY fastest-growing plants on earth, making it a sustainable material for furniture and Local textile artist Tiffany Loy started homeware. The Cambio rug from Indian brand her creative career as an industrial The Rug Republic is a highly textural and designer working at the Design extremely sturdy handmade hemp rug with Incubation Centre at National University a hexagonal pattern that adds a rich tactile of Singapore (NUS) before opening her dimension to any room. Pair it with shabby chic textile design studio in 2014. Tiffany’s furniture and exposed brick wall for a charming curious textile exploration has taken cottage core look. her to Kyoto, and most recently to London, where she exhibited a 3.6m-tall Cambio retail sfor INR 21,900 (approximately site-specific textile sculpture called The S$395) from Weaverly Way during the London Craft Week 2020 at the lobby of citizenM hotel Bankside. Created In collaboration PHOTO ED REEVE with British silk mill Gainsborough Weaving, it showcased a weaver’s Visit for more approach to building 3D forms. information. 16

Add SOPHISTICATED TRIO to cart The new Talis M54 kitchen minimalist faucet series from hansgrohe adds a A CONTEMPORARY BLESSING sculptural element to any kitchen with its timelessly sophisticated silhouette. The What comes to your mind when series comprises three models: L-shaped, you hear the word lucky animal U-shaped and high arc (pictured) spouts, feng shui totems? Gaudy and each available in chrome, stainless steel or gilded? Not any more, thanks to matte black finish that would look at local designer Lin Quixia, who has home in any kitchen setting, whether updated the aesthetic of these installed in a stately open-plan kitchen artefacts to suit our contemporary or a snug kitchenette. taste. Her Ji Jian Wu collection comprises five feng shui artefacts Talis M54 made of white and gold lustre retails from porcelain: Qi Lin (for good fortune), various Jin Chan (for luck in wealth), Hu hansgrohe Lu (to contain negative energy), Pi dealers, price Xiu (to guard wealth), and Ma (for upon request. immediacy), that would look at Visit www. home in any contemporary setting. sg for more Ji Jian Wu collection retails for $138 information. each at 17 EDITOR’S CHOICE FOLKTALE FANCY Local fashion apparel brand Binary Style, known for its whimsical Singapore folkloric prints, has collaborated with Scene Shang to offer its Sang Kancil Mouse Deer print as upholstery. Scene Shang’s art deco-inspired Maverick Cane Chair is now available to order in velvet upholstery with the mouse deer print, adding a whimsical and distinctively local flavour to any room. The Maverick Cane Chair x Binary Style in ‘Sang Kanchil Mouse Deer’ Velvet is made to order from $770 from Scene Shang at

EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH SPARKLING CLEAN Singapore Ceramics Now! Dishwashing doesn’t have to be a chore any longer. The new What: Ceramics exhibition at Miele G7000 dishwasher can be Singapore Art Week programmed right from your Where: Block 7, Level 1, Gillman Barracks smartphone using the Miele@ When: 20 January to 13 February 2021 mobile app, so you can activate the dishwasher and monitor supply levels The Miele Curated by renowned celebrates the diverse of detergent remotely. Its baskets G7000 retails ceramicist Jason processes, techniques, and cutlery trays have also been at www.miele. Lim together with and artistic ideas in optimised for the Asian market, sg, price upon SEED The Art Space, the local ceramics so you can load up more bowls, enquiry. Singapore Ceramics scene. The exhibits shallow dishes, and even chopsticks Now! showcases blend the dexterity with the reassurance that they’ll get contemporary of traditional and thoroughly and gently cleaned. ceramics work of 19 experimental Singapore-based techniques and artists. Taking the present ceramic art theme of Marking | objects in refreshing Making, the exhibition contexts. ROLL ON OVER Once in a while, furniture brands will roll out products that look totally out there, but might just work for you. Spanish furniture brand Sancal’s latest creation, the Roll Chair by design studio MUT, is an example. Roll Chair is an exercise of extreme minimalism that reduces the chair form into two cylindrical pads as seat and backrest, and simple crossing steel tube as its frame. The result is highly graphical, quirky and surprisingly functional. Sancal is distributed in Singapore by Grafunkt. Price for Roll Chair is available upon enquiry via 18

TRENDING GRAPHIC CONTENT 1 Less is more for these furniture pieces, each 1 . Sancal Tonella features a thin and slim metal frame that lends a Lounge Chair by graphic touch to any room – be it as chairs, desk, NOTE, from $1,850 or lighting – without overcrowding the design. at Grafunkt, www. They also convey a sense of lightness. 4 2. Wendelbo Hal1f & Half Lounge Chair by Iskos, from $1,490 at Made & Make, www. 3 . Living Divani Era Scrittoio desk by David Lopez Quincoces, from $9,860 at Space Furniture, www. 4 . Heco wall lamp by Nendo, price upon request from Flos at 2 3 FULL TRANSPARENCY STAY GOLD Audiophiles seeking true sound Add a luxe accent to part of Bang & materials like solid clarity (pun intended), listen up: the your space with the Olufsen’s new oak, lambskin, Transparent speaker is now on local Beosound Balance, Golden Collection, and marble. shores. These minimalist speakers now outfitted with comprising nine of The collection golden detailing and the brand’s most is a celebration feature clean, bold lines and a a natural Carrara popular products of B&O’s 95- completely transparent glass body, marble base, which clad in gold- year history of so they blend seamlessly into almost guarantees you toned aluminium craftsmanship and any aesthetic. They’ve been designed a unique piece. and accented crafting memories for accurate sound reproduction with The speaker is with luxurious with its customers. a 140W output and a Digital Studio Processor chip for studio-level sound, The Beosound Balance retails for $4,000 at Bang & Olufsen’s Grand so you can enjoy those tunes with Hyatt flagship store and on the official Bang & Olufsen Lazada store. crystal-clear quality. The Transparent speaker retails for $1,699 at, the Takashimaya department store, and Grafunkt. 19

TILE OF THE MONTH NEWS VERSATILE SQUARES Simple square ceramic tiles, when made and applied well in a space, can elevate the look of the space while remaining relatively easy to maintain. Founded in 1949 in Sassuolo, Italy, tile brand Ragno is known internationally for its glazed ceramic tile collection. One of its latest collections is the Melange, a collection of highly versatile squares with a glazed finish that creates subtle colour variation, lending a handmade touch to the room that is perfect for wabi-sabi aesthetic. Available in nine colours. Ragno is available in Singapore from Rice Fields, price upon request. Visit www.rice- for more information. Online Art Concierge The Artling celebrated its 7th anniversary by launching a B2B online concierge called Artling Projects, which differentiates itself by using AI and specific workflow management systems relevant to the creative industry. It integrates art sourcing, budgeting and timeline management, allowing users to manage various projects, streamlining sourcing procedures, and opening up the opportunity for to scale across projects. Visit for more information. Architects Apartment Seven Zones of Sleep Italian furniture brand Living Divani has joined European mattress company Emma established Space Furniture’s portfolio. The brand’s latest a presence in Singapore in December. Hailed and greatest, including pieces from local as Europe’s most-awarded mattress, the Emma designers like the Pebble vanity by Lanzavecchia Original Mattress provides full-body support + Wai and Rabbit & Tortoise tables by Studio with advanced zoning technology featuring Juju, can be viewed at Space Furniture’s new seven foam zones that distribute pressure and showcase, titled the Architects Apartment, support with exceptional motion isolation for which features Living Divani products alongside the best sleep. Each purchase comes with a other brands like Flos and Glas Italia. 100-night trial with a money-back guarantee and a 10-year warranty. Visit for more information. Emma mattresses retail for $499 (single), $799 (double) and $899 (king) from www., Shopee and Lazada. 20 text ASIH JENIE & MELODY BAY

A B S O L U T E LY 3 AMORPHOUS 8 Organic shapes, rounded c 21 voluptuous curves – these items add a soft and sensual touch to any room. 7 1., 3. & 10. 5. & 7. Cocoon Fuschia Kundalini Evita by Campana Floor Lamp Brothers, Fluorescent, Anemona Table $2,415, and by Atelier Domitalia Oslo Biagetti and Table, from Blossom Stool $5,002, both by Tokujin from The Beuro. Yoshioka, all 6 . Tacchini Julep from Louis Sofa by Andrea Vuitton Objets Ferrar, $9,160, Nomades. from Made and 2 . Qeeboo Make. Filicudi 9. Blue Mist tray, Armchair, $160, from Soul $1,040 from and Table. Journey East. 4. & 8. Flos Gatto table lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo CastiglionI, $855, and Moooi Carpets Wild, $4,565, both from Space Furniture.

NEW STORE VERSACE Loud colours, geometric concept of the grown-up CHILDREN objects and oversized store, also created by French toy props have long been architect and interior designer The Italian fashion brand’s clothing and popular tropes in children’s Gwenael Nicolas, who is also accessories line for boys, girls and fashion stores. But not at the founder of the Japan-based Versace’s new 90 sqm boutique studio Curiosity. newborns now has a stand-alone with for children that’s chic and a chic interior at The Shoppes at inviting as well as on-brand and Gwenael is no stranger to age-appropriate. luxury fashion boutiques. He Marina Bay Sands that’s inspired by has designed stores for Issey its grown-up store. Located at B1 of The Miyake, Dolce & Gabbana and Shoppes at Marina Bay Moncler, as well as the Versace Sands, it showcases Versace’s boutiques in Miami, Munich, comprehensive children’s line, Florence, and Beijing. And, which includes ready-to-wear, while each has a distinctive footwear, bags, toys, jewellery feature, all share a cohesive and other accessories. The design language articulated interior follows the design with a black and white 22

TOP The entrance. FAR RIGHT good to know The minimalist racks allow Gwenael Nicolas, the clothing to whose interior set the tone of the interior. design for Versace serves as the RIGHT triangular geometric pattern The former is finished with a and the liberal use of brushed golden beige wood pattern while blueprint of this The elegant brass and dark-veined white the latter sports black lighting boutique, also brass and glass marble – a perfect balance tracks that add a graphic edge designed luxury display shelves that has refreshed Versace’s to the surface. Around the main winterwear brand are embedded opulent baroque aesthetic seating area are display cases in Moncler’s boutique into the wall. for millennial and Gen Z brass, glass and a glossy white at The Shoppes at customers. finish. The clothing racks and Marina Bay Sands. OPPOSITE shelves embedded in the wall The children’s boutique here are also made of brass and The vibe of the reinterprets Gwenael’s design to glass. These allow the colours of boutique is luxe, charm its youngest audience and the clothes to pop and change super youthful their parents by swapping the the overall mood of the store and recognisably stark back and white geometrics according to the seasons without Versace. with soft pastels and scaling losing its character. back the brass elements to inject whimsical youthfulness. Plush Versace’s signature Barocco blue, pink and gold geometric print is also incorporated into carpets and organically shaped the interior via the ivory and armchairs clad in velvet of gold wallpaper of the fitting the same colours create a room and the back of some comfortable seating area at display cabinets, applying a the centre. recognisable brand stamp while allowing the boutique’s Both the floor and the ceiling decidedly more contemporary also feature geometric patterns. sensibilities to shine. Versace Children’s Boutique Marina Bay Sands is located at B1-064, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Visit boutiques.versace. com for more information. text ASIH JENIE photos VERSACE 23

HOT SPOT CAPELLA SA N YA On the southern end of Hainan, China, this beachfront retreat was inspired by the history of the Maritime Silk Road. The design of Capella Sanya reflects rich Chinese cultural elements combined with the beauty of nature and luxurious architectural spaces,” says Jean-Michel Gathy, founder and principal architect-designer of Malaysia-based Denniston International Architects & Planners. “For example, flowing water symbolises success in China, so we have created a complete central water system that starts at the lobby with a water fountain and flows down through the resort. Serene, reflective pools, another distinguishing feature, are layered throughout the resort.” Co-created by Denniston and Bensley Design Studio, which has offices in Bangkok and Bali, Capella Sanya on Hainan Island welcomes guests with a stunning water feature called the Dream Pool of Essays, which spans 4,257 sq m. Everywhere, Jean-Michel references Chinese culture. He used feng shui principles in the spectacular lobby, where a dome trickling water into a central pool symbolises prosperity. At the top, the circle 24

LEFT represents heaven while the throughout different areas of square at the bottom refers the hotel, from the tiled roof all The vast Dream to the earth. “This is a resort the way to the Steinway piano in Pool of Essays respecting Chinese culture and the library. welcomes Chinese symbolism”, says Jean- arriving guests. Michel. “We respect the way the The bars, lounge and four Chinese live and what we have restaurants, including the fine BOTTOM, here is genuine.” dining Lan Ting – reachable FAR LEFT through a traditional Chinese Early Tang dynasty poet garden with ponds, passages The majestic Zhang Ruoxu, the legendary and pathways – as well as the “treasure bowl” Maritime Silk Route and infinity pool and the 4,020 sq m lobby is bathed nature were three key sources Sanya Auriga Spa resembling in golden hues. of inspiration. The decor, a giant canopy housing an cuisine and landscaping were authentic Moroccan bath and BOTTOM, all taken into consideration the region’s first Snow Cabin, LEFT as well to create a coherent, among other features – all harmonious project in which contribute to the peaceful The Library Bar several meditative spaces ambience. serves craft invite guests to slow down. cocktails infused All in all, this coastal with tea and Designed amid lush gardens China resort offers a cultural spices traded overlooking the South China journey inspired by Silk Road along the old Sea, Capella Sanya comprises stories in a secluded, relaxing spice route. 190 rooms and six private villas environment. where Chinese elements and BOTTOM, RIGHT contemporary design meet. The Learn more about the hotel colour red, a Chinese symbol of The sculptural energy and wealth, is present at wall lights reflect modern times. capella-sanya. good to 25 know With five- star resorts mushrooming all over the island, Sanya is quickly becoming China’s first choice for tropical domestic getaways. text KARINE MONIE photos CAPELLA SANYA & CAPELLA HOTEL GROUP

HOT SPOT ABOVE The Jungle Suite. LEFT The Beach Suites. HOTEL ESENCIA Surrounded by tropical vegetation and featuring views of the Caribbean Sea, this coastal hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a historical, cultural and gastronomic oasis. 26

This 20ha property FAR LEFT, TO P between the towns of Tulum and Playa del The Master Carmen in the state of Quintana Suite. Roo, Mexico was the private holiday refuge of an Italian FAR LEFT, duchess who fell in love with BOTTOM the idyllic landscape before it transformed into Hotel Esencia A corridor in the in 2014. Its current owner main house. Kevin Wendle led an 18-month renovation with the help of LEFT creative director C S Valentin and architects Gabriel and The private Alfonso Nunez. beach. Designed as an oasis in the BOTTOM middle of lush vegetation, Hotel Esencia overlooks the beautiful, The hotel white, sandy beach and crystal- compound. clear waters of Xpu-Ha. It consists of the main house good to and paths that take guests to know 38 suites and three villas, each with a private terrace and a rest Xpu-Ha in Quintana area. The most spectacular are Roo state on the the jungle-backed penthouse Mayan Riviera is famous for its cenotes or natural sinkholes that are surface connections to subterranean water bodies in a network of underground caves. 27

suites that look like apartments Beefbar Esencia represents TOP OPPOSITE, in the sky. the ultimate elegance for RIGHT & my brand”, says its founder Beefbar Esencia. FA R   R I G H T Art and antique collections Riccardo Giraudi, who adorn the spaces. Traditional established the concept in 2005. ABOVE The bar in mid-century furnishings, “While many other lifestyle Beefbar. Its including Pierre Jeanneret brands grow bigger and bolder, The Master thatched ceiling chairs, Serge Mouille and I wanted this to be the best- Suite’s pool. is decorated Pierre Guariche lights and kept secret location. with woven a Charlotte Perriand table, rattan lamps exist harmoniously alongside “Knowing that only a very and artificial artworks by renowned Spanish few would have access to it and greenery. and Latin American artists such that it reflects the same ethos as Pablo Picasso, Fernando of my unique and exclusive Botero and Eduardo Santiere. meats, I fell in love with the spot. Most of all, Beefbar Last summer the hotel Esencia represents a simple bet introduced Beefbar Esencia between two old friends who to its F&B outlets that include do what they do out of love and Mistura that serves seafood passion. Kevin and I go back dishes and specialities from the a long way and I surely hope grill, Cafe Esencia, Coffee Bar this little gem will forever be a & Juice Bar and Beach Bar. symbol of our bond.” Beefbar’s concept is the Situated in the luscious international gold standard Palm Garden, the restaurant for meat lovers. “In my eyes, 28

offers a high-level epicurean experience. According to Kevin, “No one has better taste than Riccardo when it comes to modern, unpretentious fine dining. He truly understands what the world’s most sophisticated travellers want.” In addition to the many outdoor activities such as snorkelling, hiking, visits to archaeological sites or just farniente (Spanish for lazing around), guests also have the opportunity to enjoy Hotel Esencia’s well-being centre. Here, paradise is indeed within reach. To learn more about the hotel, visit “BEEFBAR ESENCIA REPRESENTS A SIMPLE BET BETWEEN TWO OLD FRIENDS WHO DO WHAT THEY DO OUT OF LOVE AND PASSION. KEVIN AND I GO BACK A LONG WAY AND I SURELY HOPE THIS LITTLE GEM WILL FOREVER BE A SYMBOL OF OUR BOND.” – RICCARDO GIRAUDI, FOUNDER text KARINE MONIE photos COURTESY OF HOTEL ESENCIA 29

HOT SPOT NEON PIGEON 2.0 On the outside, it’s a exciting is about to happen. nondescript wall of This is Neon Pigeon 2.0, The urban izakaya is back with a familiar tinted windows with a eclectic buzz and an even better culinary smooth expanse broken only by the second incarnation of the the single outline of a neon pink well-loved izakaya bar formerly experience at Carpenter Street. bird. There is no signboard. located at Keong Saik Road. Its presence in Carpenter Street Push your way in through now lends the otherwise quiet the towering door and it’s a very area a definite buzz. Add to different story. Immediately, that its iconic brand of eclectic you are greeted by hip, pulsating grunge and it’s no surprise that tracks, concrete and dark wood it’s pulling crowds in droves. dimly lit by artfully-placed lamps and the bar, standing Once inside, one’s gaze is smack in the centre of the place. immediately arrested by the three murals dominating the The whole feel is part New space. Created by visual artist York speakeasy and part Tokyo ZERO (otherwise known as underground – gritty, urban, Zulkarnaen Othman, founder ever so slightly illicit and always of local street art collective with the sense that something RSCLS), the graffitied walls are 30

ABOVE BELOW good to know The bone Explosive murals marrow and by visual artist ZERO’s murals are uni are a crowd ZERO dominate. a playful take on favourite. iconic scenes from OPPOSITE pop culture films RIGHT with cult followings A cosy dining like Pulp Fiction and The cocktail space sits bar is made of beyond the bar. Say Anything. recycled rebar leftovers from construction projects. tongue-in-cheek and explosively Those popping in for a bite vibrant. Pigeons, of course, star will enjoy the Raw Bar, a new and are depicted doing things addition to the experience. like holding up boomboxes and One highlight is the Kumamoto wielding guns with flowers oysters with smoky dashi gelee, blooming out of their barrels. ponzu and chilli oil. There are also the classic Tokyo Hummus The art is balanced out and Sake Glazed Iberico by a dark, industrial-leaning Pork Ribs. palette of mostly concrete and walnut. While there is plenty of To its credit, the izakaya has seating in this 2,100 sq ft den, adapted to the times. No longer the central buzz happens at the just for night owls, it’s embraced cocktail bar in the middle of the concept of being a daytime the room. restaurant, too. Brunch and lunch menus were rolled out last Lit by an overhead neon month, giving diners a chance sign spelling out Neon Pigeon to feast on seasonal Japanese in kanji, diners can enjoy dishes and experience the space Tokyo-inspired tipples from in the bright light of day. a visually delightful manga- style menu. Favourites include Neon Pigeon 2.0 is at 36 Ichi-go Lightly, a gin sour with strawberries and nori, Carpenter Street. For more and the rum- and miso-based Tiki Otaku. information, please visit text MELODY BAY photos OWEN RAGGETT 31



TOP ACHIEVERS IN INTERIOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE It can be a challenging task trying to find a good interior designer, one that understands your needs and who is also able to interpret your require- ments into a well-thought out design proposal. In 2020, my team and I had the pleasure of featuring over a hundred local homes in the magazine and on our website. We shared with our audience the quality and aptitude of Singapore-based interior design- ers capable of offering interesting design solutions to the various sorts of spatial challenges and time or budgetary constraints. The Top of the Class honour roll is the dean's list of the most outstand- ing interior designers in Singapore, whose projects have previously been featured last year, and stood out with their flawless execution combining excellent design knowledge and impressive use of materials, colour and architectural elements. These design teams constantly push the boundaries of unique home interior design and raise the bar in terms of client expectations and relationship management with the homeowner. I hope that local homeowners will be able to appreciate the tremen- dous effort these design teams put into their projects, and be able to use it as a guide when on the search for a qualified design professional. YOUNG LIM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF P36 DESIGN INTERVENTION P38 JOEY KHU INTERIOR DESIGN P40 KNQ ASSOCIATES P42 MOW INTERIOR P44 THREE-D CONCEPTWERKE P46 WOLF WOOF P48 COLLECTIVE DESIGNS P48 DISTINCTIDENTITY P49 DWELL INTERIOR DESIGN P49 EHKA STUDIO P50 EIGHTYTWO P50 METAPHOR STUDIO

PENTHOUSE/BANGKOK DESIGN INTERVENTION Design Intervention is a multiple award- winning firm helmed by partners Nikki Hunt (left) and Andrea Savage. While they pride themselves on their national, regional and international accolades across the full spectrum of projects, including residential, retail and the public sector, they consider the creation of environments that put a smile on the faces of clients their greatest achievements. Nikki and Andrea's mission as designers is to craft joyful, sensual and liveable homes that inspire the mind, soothe the body and nourish the soul. FOUNDER NIKKI HUNT PARTNER & CO-CEO ANDREA SAVAGE CONTACT Belonging to a bachelor in his 30s, this luxurious penthouse in the heart of Bangkok enjoys a 270-degree view of the city skyline. Formerly a four-bedroom family unit, it has been reconfigured to suit the needs and lifestyle of 75E Loewen Road its single occupant who desired a refined bachelor pad with all the trappings of a modern-day, luxury Hollywood Tanglin Village set. Design Intervention's focus for this project – conferred Best Apartment Design (Thailand) and Best Bathroom Tel: 6506-0920 Design (Thailand) at the International Property Awards 2020 – was to create a home that soothes and restores by www.designintervention. conceptualising comfort as the ultimate luxury. For example, by repositioning the master bedroom to the East-facing elevation of the development, he wakes up to a glorious sunrise every day. The interior – immaculately finished with @ourdesignintervention materials and colours that complement the stunning vista – is a private retreat that allows the homeowner to be himself and completely at ease.

PENTHOUSE/ARDMORE Home to a young family, the brief called for a bright, cheerful abode with hard-wearing finishes that could withstand the antics of young children. It also had to exude a sense of modern luxury appropriate for entertaining friends and business colleagues in an elegant environment. The colour palette, with its medley of magnificent pinks, yellows and turquoises, takes its cue from the sunset sky. The piece de resistance is the swing sofa at the entrance hall that is positioned directly in line with the main entrance. Never failing to elicit a smile, it welcomes visitors with its fun, carefree vibe. Inspired by classic Indian wooden swings, it is a modern interpretation with a more streamlined form using blackened steel and upholstery in a vibrant turquoise fabric juxtaposed with a trompe l’oeil design. FOUR-BEDROOM CONDO/RIVER VALLEY The clients’ brief called for a home that conveys a luxurious feel without a hint of stuffiness; one with a cheerful vibe that also makes one feel spoilt and indulged. Today, it gives the owners, avid collectors of Indian art, the perfect opportunity to showcase their collection as well as their heritage in a contemporary manner that blends the best of the East and the West. With two young children, practical considerations such as the durability and easy maintenance of materials were also paramount. Located in a 40-year-old development, the unit had never been renovated since its completion. The project entailed reworking the floor plan, overhauling of the old plumbing and electrical provisions, rationalising the existing low-hanging beams and pipes and rethinking the low ceiling that was installed for their concealment. The impeccably decked out kitchen clinched the Best Kitchen Design (Singapore) at the International Property Awards 2020.

THREE-BEDROOM CONDO/WEST AREA JOEY KHU The design concept for this apartment is proof that dark need not be dull. The walls, ceiling and built-in cabinets are INTERIOR DESIGN clad in various shades of black and grey. Playing up the variations in the tonality of the black ash veneer and taupe and black laminates, as well as their different levels of light reflectivity, Joey Khu Interior Design's layering of the With over 23 years dark colour palette gives it a sense of depth. From the moment you enter the apartment, the timber strip detailing on of experience in the the shoe cabinet across from the main door catches the eye with its 3D effect. Display niches featuring white marble industry, Joey Khu has bases and blue-tipped edges stand out against the dark background. The floor-to-ceiling slab of invisible grey established a reputation marble provides a focal point within the apartment and a backdrop for the dining area. Its white-grey with richly- for his skilful space patterned taupe veins adds a touch of drama. The spaces, lines, colours, textures and patterns are delicately balanced planning, meticulous and complemented by a curated selection of art and furniture to create an elegant scheme. interior styling and decorating as well as THREE-BEDROOM CONDO/EAST AREA well-resolved design details. Continuing a childhood love for art and design, he has honed his ability to incorporate sophisticated touches in a contemporary way, with an eye for rich materiality. When the occasion arises, he even creates statement art pieces to complement his interiors. DIRECTOR JOEY KHU CONTACT 1 Jalan Pisang, #02-01 Tel: 6440-7920 [email protected] This modern, resort-themed home with its harmony of colours and textures possesses a pervading simplicity. The neutral colour range allows the furnishings to convey the narrative. The home is conceived as a gallery for the homeowner’s books and collectibles displayed on backlit shelves finished in a rustic, wood-textured stucco. They double as a backdrop for the living and dining areas. Sliding, Shoji-style screen doors run the length of the living and dining spaces, separating them from the balcony. The tranquil feel of the interior is carried through to the bedrooms. The master bedroom is adjoined by a study-cum-walk-in wardrobe converted from another bedroom. Its bare walls bring out the wood grain of the bed frame and bedside tables as well as the dark timber flooring. The result is understated and stylish.

TWO-BEDROOM CONDO/CBD AREA This 560 sq ft apartment is home to a couple and their pet dog, who downsized from a maisonette with almost three times the floor area. The gargantuan task of creating sufficient storage within the small apartment was akin to trying to fit the contents of a suitcase into a shoebox. Joey's solution: incorporate full- height, built-in storage that extends from the main door across from the kitchen to the living room and terminates just before the balcony. These not only include kitchen cabinets above and below the countertop and others that conceal the refrigerator as well as the washing machine, but also open shelves for the homeowner’s extensive toy collection. Another set of floor-to-ceiling storage along the wall facing the kitchen doubles as a pantry-cum- display area for more toys. Counting the kitchen counter and cabinets, they form an efficient galley layout. In the hands of a skilful designer, this small apartment has been transformed into a cosy, efficient and well-organised space that epitomises city living.

THREE-BEDROOM CONDO/ST. MICHAEL’S ROAD KNQ ASSOCIATES Fostering a closer relationship between interior spaces and people is what KNQ Associates does best. Its design DNA evokes architectural sensibilities articulated with quiet luxury, layered with richness and finished in a sleek, modernist manner. Every project is an opportunity to spark design conversations with clients and embark on a journey of design discovery together. Driven by a motivation to resolve interior challenges through design to achieve bespoke living spaces imbued with a distinct reflection of the clients’ personalities and lifestyles, every space is a reflection of the team’s fresh and novel approach. PRINCIPAL DESIGNERS STANLEY THAM KUSNIN TAN CONTACT Having designed their previous home, KNQ Associates had a thorough understanding of the clients' preference for a quaint-looking interior with the vintage elements and quirky accents they also wanted in their new home. #06-60 Oxley Bizhub The designers planned the layout around a lot of the furniture from their previous home and included plenty of 73 Ubi Road 1 concealed storage for their books, clothes, shoes and other bric-a-brac. A carefully curated palette of materials Tel: 6222-0966 comprising veneers, laminates, tiles, wallpaper and paint finishes achieves a layered effect. The sage green wall that envelopes the dining area is carried through to the kitchen, visually linking the two spaces. The master bedroom is impressive with its deep blue carpeting that continues into a horizontal band on the lower half of the walls and built- in wardrobes. Despite the disruptions from the circuit breaker, the project was completed within two months once renovation works resumed.

FOUR-BEDROOM CONDO/CHESTNUT AVENUE The brief called for a cottage look with plenty of spaces for the couple’s two young children to play in as well as a generous provision of built-in storage to keep clutter at bay. The predominantly white interior is complemented by the greys and blacks of the furniture and built-in shaker-style carpentry as well as the dark wenge-looking vinyl flooring. By continuing the balcony flooring in a similar wood tone, it reads as a spatial extension of the living room, making the interior appear larger while simultaneously establishing a connection with nature by drawing the eye to an elevated view of the surrounding greenery from the apartment’s high floor. And, meeting the husband’s wish for a man cave-cum-home office, the designers created a private hideaway that's concealed behind the wall panelling in the living room. TWO-BEDROOM CONDO/JOO CHIAT ROAD Another of KNQ Associates’ repeat clients, the couple was looking for a neat, uncluttered and easy to maintain home with a positive and happy vibe. The proposal entailed some reconfiguration of the original layout to accommodate more storage and to enhance the functionality of the limited floor space. The existing kitchen walls were hacked away to create an open-concept kitchen that’s conceived more like a pantry since the homeowners do not usually cook. This also makes the interior appear more spacious as the kitchen flows seamlessly into the dining and the living areas. Also, continuing the TV feature wall into a hidden door leading to the bedroom, work area, altar, concealed storage and display niches visually conveys a sense of breadth.

FOUR-BEDROOM CONDO/MARINA BAY MOW INTERIOR MOW Interior is known for delivering design excellence that exceeds clients' expectations. With its expertise in residential and commercial projects, from design development to project management, the studio spares no effort in putting together designs that are inspirational and functional. PRINCIPAL DESIGNER SHERMAINE ONG CONTACT #08-02 Tai Seng Point 11 Irving Place Tel: 6246-6614 Looking at the immaculately appointed interior of this stylish apartment, it is hard to imagine that MOW Interior took only 10 weeks to complete the project. As the homeowners wanted to move in before the arrival of their second child, the team rallied to pull off an assignment that would normally take four months. This boils down to experience and the commitment to achieve their design goals while being on time and within the budget. The contrasting style preferences of the couple also presented a demanding brief. The wife wanted the Scandinavian style with a mix of pastels and warm-toned wood while the husband preferred the bling of the baroque ego. By pairing a more subtle material palette with statement furnishings, the delicate balance satisfies both. Finally, the articulation of architectural details and book-matched slabs of Volakas marble form a cohesive design language that unifies the whole interior.

FIVE-ROOM HDB RESALE APARTMENT/CHOA CHU KANG This French-inspired apartment is home to TS Wong of MOW Interior. Designed with input from his wife, business partner and co-founder Shermaine Ong, the needs of their large family were top priority. The spaces are flexible enough to comfortably accommodate everyone. With storage an important consideration, built-in cabinets along the walls provide plenty of storage while clutter is discreetly concealed behind a series of continuous panelling with French mouldings. The kitchen cabinets echo a similar design. Clad in a deep blue, these statement panels, along with the brass accents from the handles, evoke a restaurant or art gallery feel that is a blend of classic and contemporary. By cleverly combining premium materials and pieces with Taobao finds, the designers managed to achieve a classy and elegant look. THREE-STOREY SHOPHOUSE/TEMBELING ROAD Conserved as part of a new condominium development, the developer kept the original façade of the shophouse and reconstructed the interior. The three-storey address had only two bedrooms as the third level was more of an attic. Its new owners – a couple with two young children and a helper – required more rooms to comfortably accommo- date everyone, plus a guest room. The design team’s biggest challenge was carving out the extra rooms. With some reconfiguration, they managed to create one for the helper on the first storey and transformed the attic, originally a family area, into the guest room. The interior design concept is a blend of old and new, taking inspiration from the shophouse’s history and giving it a modern interpretation. Tying the whole scheme together is an earthy colour palette and antique furniture that accentuates the modern European style of the interior.

THREE-BEDROOM WALK-UP APARTMENT/EAST COAST THREE-D CONCEPTWERKE Behind this multidisciplinary studio that specialises in interior design, interior styling and furniture craftsmanship is a team of design renegades who live and breathe their work. They are constantly pushing and rethinking design boundaries, bestowing renewed purpose to spaces, seamlessly integrating design into the daily lives of homeowners and creating tangible, long- lasting relationships between inhabitants and their homes. All regard their work as a stamp of communicative design that leaves an indelible mark on every blank canvas they encounter. PRINCIPAL DESIGNER DESS CHEW CONTACT 5 Jalan Klapa Tel: 6293-8001 Here, the design team had free rein as the client did not have a specific brief. Based on factors such as the location, the immediate surroundings and the age and context of the apartment, Three-D Conceptwerke proposed a scheme based on bringing nature inside. Beyond just incorporating plants there and on the balcony, the team chose materials and finishes as well as furnishings to achieve a raw or unfinished aesthetic that's right at home with the greenery. Most of the floors are in their natural state. After a false ceiling was removed, the original concrete ceiling was uncovered and left deliberately exposed, complete with old marks, paint splatters and even the nails. Other rustic touches include the use of unshaven wooden planks for the bedroom doors and raw plywood in the walk- in wardrobe.

FOUR-ROOM HDB APARTMENT/TELOK BLANGAH HEIGHTS The homeowners are an expatriate couple who love oriental design. However, instead of creating a completely oriental interior, the design team has gone for a colourful, contemporary space against which the oriental elements stand out. The bold use of muted colours on a feature wall injects a refreshing vibe. Elsewhere, the materials, hues and furniture are neutral to balance out the composition. This even distracts from the air-conditioner. The open- concept kitchen sports a monochromatic theme differentiated by textures and geometries such as the square white backsplash tiles and hexagonal black floor tiles. While many homeowners and designers would dismiss the old- school glass blocks as old-fashioned and opt to conceal them, the designers have held on to the original glass blocks that allow an abundance of diffused natural light into the interior, giving the space a sense of openness. Even an old window grille has been repurposed into a screen that separates the entrance foyer from the living room and creates a sense of nostalgia. Then there's the couple’s macrame collection that softens and personalises the metal grille.

THREE-BEDROOM CONDO/UPPER SERANGOON WOLF WOOF While this home can be categorised as being of Nordic influence, Wolf Woof's Carmen Tang was determined to not let it turn into just another Scandi-style home. Instead, she adopted a light-hearted approach to its design. A series of Wolf Woof is built-in cabinets with handles comprising wooden birds peeking out of a hedge injects an element of fun to the living synonymous with a room as does the feature wall with its old-school TV frame with antennas that houses a flatscreen TV. In the dining creative and holistic area, concrete alphabets, complete with a fake salad in a wooden bowl and serving utensils, spell “EAT”. Even the approach to interior dining room oozes a cheerful vibe with a pendant lamp that allows the owners to add to their decor. And humorously design. The boutique emblazoned across her walk-in wardrobe doors is line art featuring the quote “Quit saying you have nothing to design studio does not wear. Your wardrobe is full.\" The overall result is a home that exudes a carefree vibe and reflects the homeowners’ believe in the standard philosophy in life. practice of designing cookie-cutter homes. TWO-BEDROOM CONDO/HILLVIEW Neither does it go for simply creating picture- perfect spaces. The team believes in crafting personalised spaces that reflect their owners. DESIGN DIRECTOR CARMEN TANG CONTACT #08-74 Midview City 22 Sin Ming Lane Tel: 9842-1730 Inspired by the vibes of Regent Singapore's Manhattan bar, the client wanted to create a personal gentleman’s club-style loft bar in his new home. The predominantly black interior with brass and gold accents as well as a touch of vintage brown set the tone for an elegant, masculine environment. Access to his bar is via a spiral staircase between the living room and kitchen, giving the cosy space an air of exclusivity and mystery. Unique fixtures, furniture and ornamental pieces – including a knight's full suit of armour by the staircase, a framed lion's head, a driftwood pendant lamp above the master bed as well as a custom-made barn door to the master bedroom with the same black laminate as the rest of the interior – add to the overall gentleman’s club vibe.

HDB EXECUTIVE APARTMENT/TAMPINES The uniqueness of this project lies in the fact that it is not style-driven and its aesthetics are derived from the practical considerations of a three-generation family. Carmen’s strategy was to go for a clean, cohesive and comfortable design rich with character that celebrates every family member’s individuality and style and caters to their respective needs while injecting unexpected quirkiness and loads of character. Examples include the one-of-a-kind faux fireplace TV console and a distinctive arch that frames the bed the mother and daughter share. Also a highlight is the foyer that was under-utilised by its previous owners and is now dubbed “Garden of Eden”. It has been transformed into a chill-out spot where the family and visitors can also slip on and remove footwear in comfort.

COLLECTIVE DESIGNS DETACHED HOUSE PROJECT/BROADRICK ROAD TWO-BEDROOM + ONE STUDY CONDO/BHAMO ROAD With a 30-year history, this boutique ID company has built a reputation for contemporary designs that exude elegant simplicity. Accredited by the Interior Design Confederation Singapore, it has also grown from conceptualising boutique homes in Singapore to creating luxury homes around the world. FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL DESIGNER SELINA TAY ASSISTANT HEAD INTERIOR DESIGNER PHOEBE MAH INTERIOR DESIGNERS JANE FEBRINA MERRY D KASIMAN CONTACT #01-21 Vertex Building 33 Ubi Avenue 3 Tel: 6280-6161 DISTINCTIDENTITY Driven by a “desire to inspire”, DISTINCTidENTITY takes pride in delivering design and architectural services to both trusting and returning clients by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. The studio focuses on conveying the personality of each project by understanding the clients’ needs and seeking inspiration from various fields, visuals and lifestyles. DESIGN CONSULTANTS AMBIKA CHOWDHRY EVA NG EE LING LUCAS CHOO SWEE LIANG KUAY MEI YEE CONTACT #01-02, Building B LTC 12 Arumugam Road Tel: 6846-0033

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