Adult-only escapes, shopping trips and villas with views
EDITOR’SNOTE I was chatting to a young guy the other night who had done a two-year stint here and was now living back in London. He had loved it, but his wife hadn’t. She missed her family and friends and the support network for the new baby and toddler. And he wanted to do what was best for her – and ultimately them as a couple; luckily, he was able to get his old job back home and they returned. He was talking about being back there, having to leave the house before the kids woke up, coming home after they were asleep, the long and cold (or very warm) commutes, the regular train breakdowns and how difficult it was to get used to all that again. When considering working or living away from our home countries, we will have slightly different lists of pros and cons depending on what’s important for each of us. And then there are the compromises, especially if you’re in a relationship. Is money more important than feeling at home somewhere? Or, for the more frivolous ones, does having gorgeous evenings of 24 degrees all year round make up for never having smooth hair? On top of the list of pros for living in Singapore has to be the ability to pop on a ferry or short flight for a tropical island “fix”. Our theme this month is Indonesia, and while I know it’s not the best time to visit earthquake-affected Lombok or Bali, it does mean those places will need our support more than ever in the future. We’ve asked a few of the team and our readers about their favourite places in Indonesia (page 164); and I took the EL sales “girls” to a stunning island resort (page 166). Also, our front cover image shows a couple kayaking off Telunas Private Island – doesn’t it just
make you want to get out there! A long weekend is all you need for many of these spots, so you don’t have to wait for a public holiday (when it’s usually more expensive anyway); and having a four-day week every now and again can really give you a boost! If you’re newly arrived and facing the issues of setting up, there are ways of making the most of the opportunity that can help – get your calendar out and start planning some short breaks, or join a running group or an association; I think focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t have always helps too.
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NEWS 24 Calendar Updates 32 Readers’ Letters 34 EL Forum: Our online antics and upcoming events 36 Singapore Page: HOME& PROPERTY 40 News 44 Home Showcase:
What’s on in the coming months
Exploring the island’s past and present
A beautifully renovated Bukit Timah townhouse
55 Store Spotlight:
Teak and mahogany furniture spanning every style
56 Product News:
Stylish sofas for your shopping list
58 Gallery News:
What’s new at this contemporary art space
61 Inside Story:
These readers explain their passion for antiques
66 Buying Guide:
Vintage and antique treasures
74 Street Talk:
LIFE & FAMILY 86 News 92 Noticeboard: Pets up for adoption 94 Rated PG: Our regular parenting column 97 Education Update: IIS’s therapeutic Snoezelen room 98 Learning & Language: A solution to the Mandarin teacher shortage 101 Teaching Approaches: Making Mandarin accessible through fun and games 102 Inside Story: Talented individuals and their performing art of choice
Find out what it’s like living on Tai Hwan Drive
104 Future Fun:
77 Expert Voice:
How this company can help tackle tech issues
106 In Focus:
Top photographers share their favourite shots
108 Business Profile:
We catch up with party planning guru Nick Oxborrow
111 On the Move:
Transient lifestyles and the effects on children
115 Love & Loss:
Memorialising a loved one 116 Expats Behaving Badly: What are the legal ramifications? 118 Car Talk: The advantages of renting
166 Leave the kids at home for this tropical retreat
WINE & DINE 128 News 130 Bar Tab:
TRAVEL 154 News
A new spot for a beverage or two
134 Kid Kibble:
Healthy lunch-box ideas 138 Brunch with the Brood: Family-friendly dining across Singapore 145 A Trip of Treats: What to expect at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape 146 Foodie Finds: Drive to these wholesale and outlet shopping spots 148 Recipe Corner: Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire
158 A new time-share programme in Bali 161 Indonesia insights and reader recommendations 166 Our inside look at Cempedak off the coast of Bintan 172 An island to rent for your next celebration
SOCIAL & CHARITY F1 Networking Reception with Williams Martini Racing (13 SEP) Join the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore for a special networking event this F1 season. Enjoy drinks and canapés and hear from James Colgate, Williams’ Group Strategy Director, on the growth of the sport and a preview of the action for the F1 weekend ahead. Register for a spot at britcham.org.sg. Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, 50 Collyer Quay, #10-01 OUE Bayfront. SPORTS & FITNESS Walk for Our Children 2018 (9 SEP) This annual event by the Singapore Children’s Society includes fun activities such an inflatable maze and human foosball. Event-goers can look forward to a safari theme this year. Registration is free. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. walkforourchildren.sg Metta Charity Run 2018 (29 SEP) Metta returns with a special Singaporean edition to celebrate the differences in the community and spur the spirit of an inclusive society. Choose from a 10km or 5km run, or a 1.5km parent and child fun run. Angsana Green, East Coast Park. metta.org.sg/mettarun Enjoy an evening of fun, food and wine at AWA’s upcoming carpet auction. At this live auction, look forward to loads of excitement and the chance to get your hands on beautiful handmade carpets. Register at awasingapore.org. Novotel Singapore on Stevens.
Swapaholic (1 SEP)
Tabitha Silk Sale at The Cinnamon Room (13-14 SEP)
At this fashion swap, declutter your closet and refresh it with unique finds. Catering to women, men, teens and children, the items are quality-checked and beautifully curated. Register online. Marina Barrage. swapaholicevents.com Silk Root presents the EdoMer Series by Shivan & Narresh (7 SEP) The Silk Root is launching products from Shivan & Narresh for the first time in Singapore. The luxury holiday brand from India has a huge following amongst international celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Fergie. facebook.com/ thesilkrootsingapore. Four Seasons Hotel. Glamorous Giving (12-13 SEP) Featuring over 55 local fashion brands, designers and artists, the tenth edition of this fair by Stones that Rock offers an eclectic mix of fashion, homewares, accessories, art and furniture, while continuing to raise funds and support the Singapore Committee for UN Women. Antica Ballroom and Foyer, Orchard Parade Hotel.
Tabitha Singapore is collaborating with The Cinnamon Room for its first sale of silk accessories. A pre-sale event on the evening of 12 September (6.30 to 9pm) is perfect for those who can’t come for daytime sales. Browse lovely silk products and learn more about Tabitha’s work in Cambodia while enjoying refreshments. The Cinnamon Room, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, #02-74. HotLotz Live Monthly Interiors & Antiques Auction (27 SEP) On the last Thursday of the month, enjoy complimentary wine and experience the excitement of a live HotLotz auction. View your favourite lots in the flesh and browse upcoming auction offerings. #01-15 Cendex Centre, 120 Lower Delta Road. hotlotz.com
DANCE, THEATRE & CONCERTS
Ballet Under The Stars by Singapore Dance Theatre (UNTIL 9 SEP) This year’s Ballet Under The Stars, which marks the event’s 23rd anniversary, will include George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments”, François Klaus’s “Midnight Waltzes” and Edwaard Liang’s “13th Heaven”. Fort Canning Green. Tickets from Sistic. The Podium Lounge Singapore 2018 (14-16 SEP) Held over the F1 weekend, The Podium Lounge is a glamorous after-party featuring three nights of impressive entertainment. In its tenth year, it will feature Joel Madden, Taboo, Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, among other international stars. Tickets from The Podium Lounge website. The Ritz- Carlton, Millenia Singapore, The Grand Ballroom. podiumlounge.com/sg Dan and Phil Interactive Introverts Tour (15 SEP) Iconic YouTube duo Dan and Phil are bringing their World Tour to Singapore. Catch them for an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories and surprises. Kallang Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.
Souvenir (19-29 SEP)
Made popular by hit movie Florence Foster Jenkins , starring Meryl Streep, Souvenir is making its debut in Singapore. Leigh McDonald and Hossan Leong star in this play that tells the true story of a flamboyant American opera singer. KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT. Tickets from Sistic. The Piano Guys (25 SEP) YouTube sensations The Piano Guys have made over 50 music videos since 2011, including a version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and an amazing reinvention of “Let It Go” from Frozen . The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre. Tickets from Sistic.
(ages 13 to 18). There will also be a reception at Eden Hall. Book an appointment or register for the reception on the school website. millfieldschool.com/singapore DUCKS Open Morning (26 SEP) Head to Dulwich College (Singapore) for a DUCKSOpenMorning thismonth, and enjoy a presentation from the Headmaster, meet the Head and leadership team, learn more about the programme’s dual-language approach, and tour the campus. DUCKS caters to children ages two to seven. Reserve a spot at singapore. dulwich.org . DulwichCollege (Singapore), 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8. Lost and Found (28-30 SEP) Based on the children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found is a funny and charming tale of friendship between a boy and a penguin. They go on an adventure as the boy decides to help the penguin find its way home to the South Pole. Quote “EXPATLF2018” to enjoy 10 percent off CAT 1 and CAT 2 tickets. SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.
Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes Exhibition (UNTIL 30 SEP) Calling all Marvel fans! The interactive exhibition features installations on all the major characters from the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from the Marina Bay Sands website. Marlborough College Malaysia Admission Event (5 SEP) Find out more about school life and boarding at Marlborough’s admission session in Singapore. Enjoy drinks and canapés while hearing from the Master of the school and meeting senior members of the Common Room, housemasters and housemistresses. marlboroughcollege.my UWCSEA Open Days (Primary and Middle School) (11-20 SEP) Learn more about the school’s programmes and student life at each campus. Meet students and teachers, and learn more about the opportunities on offer. Register for a spot on the school website. August 2019 applications open on 1 September 2018. uwcsea.edu.sg
Millfield Admissions in Singapore (24-26 SEP)
Millfield School’s admissions teamwill be in town this September to meet families who are interested in enrolling their children in the UK school. Held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, the appointments will be for potential students of Millfield Prep (ages seven to 13) or Millfield Senior
ARTS Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests Exhibition (UNTIL 30 SEP)
Theo Jansen’s world-famous moving sculptures have arrived! This exhibition is a huge retrospective of Jansen’s life work – the 28 years he’s spent developing the Strandbeest series. Of the 13 large-scale “creatures” on show, Animaris Siamesis is the largest, measuring 10 metres in length and weighing over 240kg. ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. Disini by Gillman Barracks and Chan & Hori (UNTIL 30 SEP)
Don’t miss this curated festival that includes interesting public programmes, amazing outdoor sculptures and murals by home- grown, regional and international artists. Gillman Barracks.
Kinky Boots (5-14 OCT)
CSC Run By The Bay (20 OCT)
UWCSEA High School Open Days (Day and Residential Boarding) (23-26 OCT) Learn more about the High School’s day programme and residential boarding options. Get a feel of student life at both campuses and meet students and teachers. August 2019 applications open on 1 September 2018. Register for a spot on the school website. uwcsea.edu.sg
Broadway hit Kinky Boots is making its way to Singapore this October. The popular musical will take you from a humble shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. AWA Local Tour: Ultra-Modern Singapore (6 OCT) Howmuch do you know about the Singapore skyline? During this new tour by AWA, you’ll learn more about famous architectural icons such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the Sports Hub. Sign up on the AWA website. awasingapore.org Waiting for Godot (17-20 OCT) Follow Vladimir and his friend Estragon as they wait expectantly for Godot. Enjoy their antics and some feisty debate as they wait for the mysterious man’s arrival. Victoria Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. MacRitchie TreeTop Walk (19 OCT) Join Jane’s Tours to explore MacRitchie Reservoir where you’ll get up-close to flora and fauna. The walkwill begin at theWindsor Nature ParkVisitor Centre and incorporate the TreeTop Walk. Tickets from Peatix. Dear Zoo (19-21 OCT) Based on the classic picture book by Rod Campbell, Dear Zoo comes to the stage in October. Little ones can look forward to puppets,music and lots of audience interaction. Victoria Theatre.Tickets from Sistic.
Enjoy the sun setting over Marina Reservoir during this run. Choose fromfour categories – 21.1km, 12.8km, 6km (non-competitive) and the Ekiden 21.1km (three-runner relay). Registration closes 3 October. Gardens by the Bay East. cscrunbythebay.com A1 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour Singapore (20 OCT) Boyband A1 is returning to Singapore in October with a special show as part of their Reunion Tour. Sing along to hits such as “Take On Me”, “Same Old Brand New You”, “Everytime” and “Caught In The Middle”. MES Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.
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I’ve just read Alice Sutton’s back-page Parting Shot article in your June issue and I think she should be a copywriter, author, journalist, whatever ... It was a brilliant read! Funny, poignant, enlightening – particularly to me, someone who’s not a mother. It shows how insensitive people can be. I know, I’ve done it – I’ve said those words: “Get lots of sleep now as you’ll be missing it soon.” Apologies to all my mummy friends over the years – how can I possibly empathise? I will definitely remember Alice’s advice about being a little more Obama and a little less Trump (a wonderful and timely analogy bearing in mind June’s summit), and think about what comes out of my mouth first in future. – Sue Day Ed: Thanks for your lovely letter. I think we all have set dialogues programmed in our minds that pop out without us thinking about themmuch. I know I do, and I’m trying to work on it!
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Thanks for the vegetarian roundup on your website (expatliving.sg/30- fantastic-vegetarian-and-vegan- restaurants-in-singapore); we love Genesis, but it’s not in Boat Quay – Owen Road is off Racecourse Road near Farrer Park. – Lydia (via Facebook)
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Exploring the island past and present, with tips, trivia and time travel – and the occasional tricky challenge for readers! THE SINGAPORE PAGE
THE OLD GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
EXPAT LIVING: SEPTEMBER 2008 Where we flick through our magazine from ten years ago to see what we can find...
As the global financial crisis deepened, our September 2008 issue had a cost-of-living focus. One reader told us: “We live in the north of the island, and it was just the other day that I noticed how much it costs to get into town: $6.50 on ERP charges alone, before parking fees and petrol! Sometimes I think we’re better off taking taxis, but they’re also more expensive.” Have things changed in ten years? Today, a peak-hour trip from Woodlands to CBD can cost as much as $15. Our tip: drive in at lunchtime – or take the MRT! From our 2008 trivia quiz: Question: Which parts of the human anatomy, usually found in pairs, are called neh neh pok in Hokkien? Answer: Nipples!
If you’ve ever driven along Old Upper Thomson Road – perhaps for a picnic at Lower Peirce Reservoir – you’ll know that it’s one of Singapore’s quieter throroughfares. Surrounded by thick jungle, the winding road has so little traffic that macaque monkeys roam across it at will. In the 1960s and early 1970s, things were very different. Back then, Old Upper Thomson Road formed the longest stretch of the island’s original Grand Prix circuit (after a proposal to use Adam Road and Dunearn Road had been rejected!). The 4.8km loop had various challenging features including “Circus Hairpin”, “The Snakes” and a right-hand turn called “The Hump”, where faster cars would actually get airborne for a moment. The track was closed in 1973 because of safety concerns, and Singapore would wait 35 more years to see the return of Grand Prix racing, with the arrival of Formula 1 and the Marina Bay Street Circuit. F1 pub trivia
Click! Think you know Singapore well? Tell us where this pedestrian bridge can be found. See next month’s SG Page for the answer! Who has won the most Singapore F1 races? German Sebastian Vettel has four victories to date, one with Ferarri and three with Red Bull-Renault; Brit Lewis Hamilton has three wins and Spaniard Fernando Alonso two. Vettel and Hamilton are again considered the main contenders this month.
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at various areas throughout the airport to “leave you invigorated for your journey ahead”. Also: Approximately 10,000 mobile phones are lost by travellers each year within Changi Airport. That’s one every 52 minutes.
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Buying Guide: Gorgeous antique, vintage and reproduction furniture
44 Home Showcase: Behind the scenes at this beautiful Bukit Timah home
58 Gallery Spotlight: What to expect from this artistic haunt
77 Expert Voice: Meet the couple behind a tech-troubleshooting company
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DESKTOP HOME SHOP Crate & Barrel has launched its online shop, giving you the chance to shop for furniture and homewares without leaving home. The platform will have the same collections as in store, and a nifty range of pages including a best-seller section, plus a click-and-collect service for houseware items and rugs. Go to crateandbarrel.com.sg to start shopping.
Bit On The Side This new collection of side tables from OHMM is perfect for the pool, balcony or even indoors. Each woven piece can be customised to fit the space you have, and you can choose from 12 Rehau fibre colours to style in your own way. Find out more at #03-09 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, or go to ohmm.sg .
Kids’ Collection Actus Häuse has launched its Tempo collection of furniture, which includes versatile, fun pieces that can grow as your child grows. Think single beds, bunk beds, bunks with desks and plenty of storage. For more information, go to atomi.shop/ collections/kids-collection-1 .
Pop Art Pop-up Home décor store The Cinnamon Room is hosting a pop- up exhibition of Ketna Patel’s vibrant art, with the works featuring on the store’s walls until at least the end of this year. Shoppers can enjoy this eclectic range of art curated alongside the striking home décor and original designs found at The Cinnamon Room, including plenty of geometric hide rugs and striking lamps and lanterns. Check facebook.com/ CinnamonRoomDesigns for opening times, before heading to #02-74 Worklofts@Chipbee, 43 Jalan Merah Saga.
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Material Matters Altfield Interiors is known for stocking a wide range of well-known textile and wallpaper brands, but did you know it also produces its own collection of fabric and faux leather products? This includes the Oxbridge range, and the luxe-looking Marimba collection, pictured on these chairs. To check them out, go to #07-10 Central Mall Office Tower, 1 Magazine Road .
Online residential r e n t a l p l a t f o r m Dwe l l e a s e . co ha s l i nk e d up w i t h a l e a d i n g p r i v a t e residential landlord to offer an even wider selection of homes and condos available for rent. Working with City Developments Limited, this service c omp l eme n t s t h e individual landlords and other boutique m a n a g e m e n t companies currently w o r k i n g w i t h Dwellease, to connect expats to top properties on the market.
Under the Hammer! Most people think of auction houses as stuffy warehouses or posh intimidating exhibitions, but that’s not the case with us! We pride ourselves on being open daily, and ready to welcome you with an espresso (from our fancy coffee machine) and a smile. Our saleroom is light, airy and filled to the brim with current and future items available for bidding. Come and say hi – we love visitors! You can view everything we currently have available for bidding online, plus get a sneak preview of our upcoming sales. Our weekly online interiors sale is always diverse, which is a great reason to visit us and see each piece in the flesh, from beautiful pre-owned furniture to affordable branded jewellery, handbags, lovely collectable antiques and more. Don’t forget, the last Thursday of every month is our live auction night. Grab your friends and head over to the HotLotz saleroom for a few cheeky (and complimentary) glasses of wine and place your best bids live!
Matthew Elton, HotLotz owner and chief auctioneer.
J ust some of the stunning pieces you’ll find in the Hermès sale this September.
WHAT’S NEW? HotLotz’s 100 percent Hermès sale will be taking place this September. Hermès scarves, bags and accessories will be available for purchase through the HotLotz app or website, hotlotz.com . Head to the HotLotz saleroom in September and take a peek at the little beauties.
Bukit Timah Bella BY AMY BROOK-PARTRIDGE PHOTOGRAPHY ALECIA NEO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE MARTIN-SPERRY
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We find out how this Casabella cluster house was transformed from a beige beast to this family’s dream home. F or most of us, buying a property here in Singapore is neither a consideration nor an option. Yet one of the most common gripes amongst many is not having our own “home” – particularly those of us who are here for the long term. The Bresman family bucked against the trend just over a year ago, and purchased this four-bed cluster house to create their sanctuary. You can tell, as soon as you walk in, that it’s a true home , with the practicalities one can demand when you own a property (think open-plan workable kitchen-dining area, zero wires, plenty of cupboard space and décor to die for). Anne Bresman, husband Henrik and children Elsa and Max have lived in Singapore for just under ten years. First in a modern but small flat in Mount Sinai, then an old, larger space close by, in Clementi Park. Both Anne and Henrik hold established jobs at INSEAD, the global business school. “We couldn’t think of a better place to live than Singapore,” says Anne, explaining the thinking behind purchasing a property. “We’re super picky, and our real estate agent is hands-down amazing. This was one of the last places we looked at, and we felt it could work, with some renovations.” Anne called Chlöe from E&A Interiors to preemptively take a look at the house, in early 2017. “It was built in 2006,” says Anne, “so not old in any sense, but the floors had that almost fake cherry colour, the kitchen was tired and dated, and everything just felt a bit beige.” Chlöe and Anne worked closely together on the renovation plans. “I’ve always been interested in design, and took a certification course at NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) during the early years in Singapore, and I felt that Chlöe demonstrated a great range in terms of what she could do. She also pushed us to interject some more pattern and textures, which we appreciated, as initially we were keen for a more clean-lined look.”
Scope and Style The existing living space had the usual wet and dry kitchen configuration, as well as a powder room, which ate into the overall living space. Annewas happy to have one open kitchen as well as removing the powder room, allowing Chlöe to create a more open space. The living roomarea had old casement windows that looked out onto the terrace, which made the interior feel small. Aftermuchwranglingwith themanagement, Chlöe was able to replace these casements with bi-fold doors to create flowandmore of an indoor-outdoor feel, so the family could enjoy the tropical outlook. The customised wall-to-wall bookcase in the living room houses the Bresman’s huge collection of books,
as well as a television. Tekkie Help came in at both the beginning and end of the project to assist with all tech issues. “Sarah and Bo, the owners of Tekkie Help, are amazing; they made sure everything was planned out properly, and all our hardware is now really well organised and hidden.” For the furnishings, Chlöe mostly installed customised pieces throughout the house, mixed with a few important pieces that Anne wanted to incorporate. This included the ottomans and main living-room sofa, which were upholstered, and the existing “smile” chair, re-covered in a Jennifer Shorto Japanese-inspired textile.
Who lives here: Anne Bresman (American), husband Henrik (Swedish), their two children, Elsa (10) and Max (5), and helper Lina. Size of home: Four-storey, four- bedroom (plus helper room) cluster townhouse off Bukit Timah Road. Style of home: Clean and contemporary mixed with warmth
and personality; a stylish family- friendly house.
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Clockwise: The old wooden dining table was purchased from a French flea market,
and Chlöe added the wishbone chairs. The
natural worn table gives the space personality and contrasts with the new brass lighting and the white, glossy kitchen cabinets. Anne wanted a modern and functional kitchen. Glossy white units with a quartz top were added; it’s striking but also easy to maintain and cost-effective. A new kitchen island was installed to separate the spaces, with an oversized pendant light in brass and bar stools in natural rattan to add warmth. New built-in concrete seating was installed; the outdoor furniture, including a custom-made tiled table and chairs, is from Originals.
As the main entrance from the carpark, this regularly used space needed a spruce up to become the home office. Chlöe incorporated Henrik’s antique desk that they had shipped from Sweden, and added black metal doors to create a more modern and functional space.
Home and Heart The house is clearly what Anne and the rest of the family wanted; somewhere that was modern and fresh, as well as a comfortable family-friendly home. “My favourite space in the house would be the living area, and, for us as a family, probably the guest room with the television. On the weekends, we just love to open up the doors and hang out downstairs, watching the people go by in the early evening.” The location also fits perfectly for them. “We’re creatures of habit to be honest, which was part of the reason we wanted to stay in this area. We already had our paediatrician, knew the shops at Jelita, and were in close proximity to the kids’ school. We wanted to keep it simple!” When they aren’t at work, or hanging out in their beautiful home, the family also love to travel, and they spend time regularly in Sweden, the US and Japan (they visit the latter to ski each December). They also have plenty of family visiting, withAnne’s parents coming out at least once a year for sixweeks at a time, and Henrik’s mother staying twice a year. “Being in this house makes it so much easier to have guests – the levels give you that privacy that you just don’t get in a condo.” Having not lived in the US for over 16 years, Anne resonates with Singapore more as her family’s home. “I love the fact my kids are growing up here, as well-rounded, globally minded people.”
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Above: The guest bedroom doubles as a cosy family area with a sofa bed and
television. Blues and pinks add fun to the
room, using fabrics from Vaughan and A Rum Fellow. The family’s existing wooden chest coffee table and rug add personality. Right: The bedframe and cupboards were custom- made.
Designer’s Notes Chlöe Elkerton, E&A Interiors owner and lead designer Both Anne and Henrik were extremely involved in the renovation, but Anne was my direct contact. She made the whole process really straightforward as they would discuss issues and ideas at home first, so our meetings were concise and productive. They were realistic and quick to make decisions, and understood how to focus their budget on the important areas. They both had a similar vision – given Henrik’s Swedish background, he wanted a clean and contemporary home but withwarmth and personality incorporating key pieces of art and furniture. Anne liked elements of interesting textiles, bold statement lighting and layers of whites, neutral and greys combined with natural elements and black and brass metal finishes. Overall, she wanted a modern, fresh feel but comfort too, and, importantly, a family-friendly stylish home.
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Above: Max’s white bunk is combined with chevron wallpaper in fresh green and a fun print- upholstered chair, as well as brass mid-century-inspired lighting. Left: The top floor is where you find Elsa and Max’s rooms. The wallpapers are fun, but also something they can grow into. Elsa wanted an enchanted nature forest scheme, so Chlöe added a trees-and-stars wallpaper by Cole & Son, and incorporated a custom- made bunk bed.
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STORE If you’re a fan of timber furniture, this place might just fit the bill. Launched in July 2017, Furniture World offers a vast range of teak and mahogany products, spanning a wide variety of styles, from traditional and classic, to luxe and contemporary. NIRMALA KODEMELA is one of the company’s three directors, and she explains why mahogany is a particular speciality of the store, and what shoppers can expect to find when they visit. SPOTLIGHT
Mahogany is an outstanding material to craft fine furniture with; it’s durable and can be carved with intricate detail. It also has a deep, rich colour, attractive grain, stains beautifully, and glues solidly onto manufactured products. It’s no surprise that for centuries mahogany has been one of the favourite timbers for French and Royal British classic furniture. Our range of mahogany furniture comes in both traditional and contemporary styles and is manufactured from selected solid mahogany hardwood. We present a broad and eclectic range of traditional antique reproduction designs from the bygone eras of France and Britain. The collection is imported from Indonesia – a country with a long-established furniture industry. We only use sustainably sourced mahogany, certified by the Indonesian forestry commission. There’s a long-standing relationship with the timber growers, and they have a full understanding of the requirements for high quality and a beautiful finish. The timbers are thoroughly seasoned to achieve a maximum of eight to ten percent moisture content – thus reducing the chance of any warping or splitting. The traditional standard finish has a medium rich mahogany colour, and is hand waxed with a high-quality polish.
This sofa set was even chosen to be used for the meeting between the Indian and Singaporean prime ministers in June this year.
Furniture World is at #01-04 Maple Tree Commercial Building, 10 Kaki Bukit Avenue 1. 6909 3649 | fwsg.biz
It’s no wonder these gorgeous sofas are five of the best-selling at this home furniture store.
This Hansen corner sofa is perfect for open-plan living and available in three versatile colours. It’s easily configured, and you have the option of arranging the sofa with the extension on the left or right. This versatility means you don’t have to worry when you want to change the layout of your home, or you move properties. The multi-layered deep-seat cushions are supported by a solid oak frame. The Hansen costs $5,800.
Originals’ best-selling sofa, The Beccy, is built with a solid wooden frame and removable covers (made in a linen and cotton blend) for easy cleaning. It comes with a number of back cushions, which envelop you when you sit down. This three-seater Beccy costs $2,400.
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The James is a contemporary sofa with a stylish oak base and tapered legs. The fully upholstered design makes it smart and inviting. This L-shaped James comes in 100 percent Belgian linen and costs $3,800.
The Charlie sofa is a versatile piece, upholstered in Belgian linen and available in three neutral colours. The style of the sofa works both as the focal point in a room, or to blend in seamlessly with your existing scheme. This three-seater Charlie costs $2,400.
We spend a lot of time searching and researching to bring the highest quality sofas to our customers. All our products are made using solid oak along with other hardwood frames that are built to last and bring lasting comfort. We have such a wide variety of different styles, you should easily find one that will fit perfectly in your home. We recognise the importance of a sofa that marries both design and comfort for the whole family, and we offer a range of fabrics and colours to offer you an abundance of choice. And remember: there are no rules! Have fun creating your dream space or lean on us to help you.
– JASDEP SINGH, ORIGINALS
The Perry is a designer favourite as it’s sleek and sophisticated, and perfect for smaller spaces. It comes in a dusty pink or smart grey. Made with 100 percent Belgian linen, this three-seater Perry costs $1,900.
From un i que cus tomi sed a r t to contemporary collections with a twist, here’s the lowdown on what to expect at this gallery. Originally from Italy, Righetti Arte owner and artist MICHELE RIGHETTI studied fashion and textile design in Bologna and Como, before shifting his focus to fine art in Florence; it was from here that his career as a fine artist was launched. The
painter and sculptor then moved to Singapore in 2003, where he subsequently opened his studio art gallery. The gallery’s customisation service is inspired by the Renaissance formula of “ bottega d’arte ” (literally, “art workshop”). The process begins with a free consultation with Michele to ascertain artistic direction, before he translates the concept into a unique work of art. Aside from this customisation option, new works are regularly added to the studio. Here, Michele talks us through three such collections.
“These tactile artworks are made by stretching fabric over inner structures of metal wire, creating unique geometric patterns. A variation of this collection includes artworks made of multi- coloured felt, framed in compositions resembling the corals of the sea.”
“These sculptures are made from blending two materials using a traditional technique of moulding, casting and woodcarving. They feature micro landscapes encased inside each sculpture, created by a unique carving method.”
“The artist paints in reverse on the back of glass using mixed media techniques involving acrylic, gold and silver leaves, and enamel. The latest collection includes eye-catching round stainless steel frames with painted glass.”
To make an appointment, call 9617 7830, or email email@example.com. Present this article when you visit and receive 20 percent off your first purchase or commission.
The gallery houses a range of unique 2D and 3D artworks by emerging and established artists from the region and Europe It promises honest pricing without heavy gallery commissions Private buyers have direct access to the artist and studio
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We find out from these readers why they purchased their antique, vintage and reproduction furniture, and how it fits with their home.
Sameera and Dr Ram Nath, Singaporean We were looking for pieces of furniture that reflected our Indian heritage. We’ve collected a lot of pieces over the years of Oriental and Balinese origin, so we wanted something different. We had pinpointed two areas in our home for the new pieces: first, the wall directly across from the master bed, because it’s the first thing we see from across the bed when waking up the morning; second, the wall at the back of the room facing the entrance to Sameera’s study – this room is long yet narrow in shape, so we wanted a piece that would welcome us as we stepped into it. We were actually just window-shopping over a weekend, and chanced upon Artful House, and were immediately attracted to a number of their pieces on
display. Unfortunately, we only had room for two. The store assistant was very knowledgeable and seemed to intuitively know our taste for furniture. We purchased a sideboard for opposite the master bed, and the arched console to face Sameera’s study. We loved the way these pieces were made to look lighter with whitewashed finishing, as a lot of antiques tend to look heavy and bulky. The carvings were also beautifully preserved, and it’s always wonderful to see these antique Indian doorways and window frames being given a new lease of life. Artful House #08-04 Tan Boon Liat Building 315 Outram Road 8112 6127 | artful-house.com
Natasha Peart Wijeratne, Irish-Australian, husband Don, Australian, and Truffles, Singaporean We moved to Singapore as newlyweds, and took some time to develop our home aesthetic as a couple. We wanted pieces to keep long term, which would travel with us, and look good anywhere. We were furnishing our living and bedroom spaces and had an open mind as to what we would choose. We endedupbuying several pieces, including two sideboards, one cupboard, one shoe cupboard, two stools, two bedroom units and a money chest. Our sideboards and cupboard match, but we don’t have them side by side. The cupboard is in the dining area and the sideboards are in bedrooms. The shoe cupboard has a kimono design and is also in the dining area to add a splash of colour and a little extra storage space. Our stools are being used as bedside tables in one of the guest rooms – I love their pastel shades and how they add a hint of culture to the room. The bedroom units are housing some towels and home office equipment. It’s great howversatile they are and how their muted, soft tones make the home office area a little less obtrusive. As we were looking for long-term pieces, we wanted something a little different to the stock standard. Just Anthony really has this in spades. We ended up purchasing more than we’d intended, as we just couldn’t narrow it down. All the staff were incredibly helpful and kind, and delivery was prompt and trouble-free.
Jana Langford, Australian I had initially visited Emperor’s Attic to buy aWillowmattress, as recommended by a friend during my second week in Singapore. I saw some lovely pieces while I was there, and knew I needed something for our entrance and open-plan living room. The owner Chantal mentioned there would be a new shipment arriving soon and took my details so she could show me some photos of what I was looking for after discussing size and colours. The whole process was so seamless and friendly, and not pushy at all – they want you to purchase furniture that you’ll love. I was never rushed and, when I saw some photos, I went in store to check that the colours were right for my place, before deciding on the final piece, a sideboard, which sits proudly in our living room. This piece ticked all the boxes for me. I wanted something that was pretty, antique, and that works with our contemporary space. I like its clean lines and beautiful colour, and it’s also solid and very practical with its storage. When we first arrived in Singapore, I heard this was the place to get your antique furniture, so I didn’t hesitate to visit when I had a clearer idea as to what I needed. Once there, the experience was so sincere and helpful that I understand why customers come back for more. Emperor’s Attic #01-10 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road 6270 2544 | emperorsattic.com
Just Anthony 379 Upper Paya Lebar Road 6283 4782 | justanthony.com