JULY 2018


JUL 2018


Tooth Talk Hair Heroes Fashion Fixes

CBD Dining

Cooking Classes

Child’s Play Treetops & Football Fun HealthyMeal Delivery

Save the Seas!

beautiful Rooms How to set up your living spaces

Sand to Snow Fab Fiji & Where To Ski

EDITOR’SNOTE So far, Fiji has eluded me. It was second stop on my itinerary when I backpacked a long, long time ago, but there was a coup there, so I headed straight to New Zealand instead. Shamus had a few false starts to his Fiji visit (page 132), but in the end it was worth the wait, and he has a great story to tell. I just had my first trip to Hokkaido (page 128) and I want to go back – it’s fantastic! If you haven’t planned a big holiday, there are two good options for a start. Actually, my backpacking trip was filled with various diversions, as most are. The friend I was travelling with fell in love at her first destination, Hong Kong. We met up in Thailand and for the four weeks there she pined... before deciding to head back to him. Which left me “on my tod”! Luckily, I had a few friends spotted around, and one in New Zealand offered me a job at her dad’s new dairy. I arrived ready for vast green fields and friendly cows, only to find out that a “dairy” in NZ is actually a corner café. They also didn’t need much help – but they suggested working the ski season in Wanaka – which I did. I ended up living in a cottage right on the edge of a beautiful lake with a hunky farm manager – until my visa expired. No matter how hard you try to control things, life has a way of planning itself! July in Singapore is often a time of transition when we especially have to trust that every twist in the road is the best one for us at that moment. So, a big welcome, newbies, and farewell, oldies! We’ve had some lovely letters from a couple of you who are heading off – all the best with the move. And for those of you just holidaying, have fun!

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CONTENTS 59 Shop for beds of every kind

NEWS 16 Calendar Updates: 20 Readers’ Letters 22 EL Forum:

What’s on in the coming months

What we’re up to online, plus our upcoming events

HOME & PROPERTY 26 News 29 Win! A Heveya natural organic latex mattress worth $4,350 30 Home Showcase: Tour this Tanjong Katong family abode 38 Artist Profile: Meet Singapore-based artist Chloë Manasseh

LIFE & FAMILY 72 News 75 Live Theatre: The Lion King is back! 76 Noticeboard: Pets up for adoption 78 Singapore Page: Our regular column of trivia, memories and more 80 Learning Focus:

42 Finding the right furniture


42 Fix It:

The students making their own TV shows

Furniture companies take our décor challenge

81 College Tips:

48 Inside Story:

How to get into the best US and UK universities

Why these readers love their sofas

82 Boarding School: We hear from students of Marlborough College 84 Football Focus:

52 Buying Guide:

Living room furnishing and soft finishes

90 Save the Seas:

Check out this new academy for sporty kids

How you can help by shopping!

64 Street Talk:

94 Squeezing Lemons:

86 Family Fun:

Find out what it’s like living in Maida Vale

Part two of the saga of a dying car

A day out at Forest Adventure Singapore 88 World Without Wine: Taking a break from the booze

96 Around Town:

66 Expert Tips:

Photos from recent openings, parties, festivals and more

Making your home safe before your holiday




WINE & DINE 106 News 109 Bar Tab: A new and notable spot for a tipple 110 CBD Dining: Five restos to try in the heart of Singapore 114 Recipe Corner: Fail-safe favourites to add to your repertoire 116 Learn to Cook: Our editors put a couple of classes to the test

126 Top ski spots around the globe

110 The best eats in the business district

TRAVEL 122 News 126 Powder Hunt:

Skiing destinations in Asia and beyond

128 New in Niseko:

We profile an exciting property development

132 Tropical Treat:

Finding friendly faces galore in Fiji

138 Destination Focus:

Readers’ insights into travelling in India




STYLE & BEAUTY 146 Style News 148 Style Hunter 150 Dress to Impress: Our top fashion picks for specific events 154 Beauty News 156 Tried & Tested:


New outdoor gear and more

150 Accessories

for every occasion

Top hair salons, stellar treatments and more!

HEALTH & FITNESS 166 News 169 Expert Voice:

How periods, fibroids and cysts affect fertility

170 People Profile:

A gastroenterologist talks work and health

172 Tooth Talk: Your dental and orthodontic questions answered 178 Looking Good: Ways to improve your vision naturally 182 Fitness Focus: Tips and exercise for

keeping fit while travelling

184 Protein Fix:


Workouts you can do on the go

Reviewing a new meal preparation service

REGULARS 187 Numbers & Websites 188 Horoscopes for July 190 Advertiser List 192 Parting Shot: The art of letting go



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SOCIAL & CHARITY SHF Charity Cup Golf Tournament (13 JUL) In its seventeenth edition, the SHF (Singapore Heart Foundation) Charity Cup Golf Tournament aims to raise $250,000 to support its educational programmes. Take a swing for a good cause. The Singapore Island Country Club (Island Course). myheart.org.sg ANZA Ladies Night (25 JUL) Enjoy a girls’ night out with ANZA at Tapas 26 this July. Dig into modern European cuisine and enjoy a special promotion on house white and red wine. Tapas 26. anza.org.sg

SPORTS & FITNESS SingTel – Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer 2018 (22 JUL) Race alongside people who are impacted by cancer in this tenth edition of the event. Choose to take part in the 5km, 10km and 15km routes. Registration closes on 16 July. Angsana Green, East Coast Park. raceagainstcancer.org.sg 2018 International Champions Cup (26, 28 & 30 JUL) Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint- Germain will fight it out at the International Champions Cup in Singapore this year. Now in its sixth instalment, the event features 18 of the best clubs in the world playing 27 matches across Europe, the US and Singapore. Singapore Sports Hub. Tickets from the Sports Hub website.

SHOPPING & FAIRS Baby World Fair (6-8 JUL) Shop from over 150,000 products from popular and boutique baby brands. Pick up essentials such as strollers, car seats, nursery furniture, clothing and feeding accessories. Singapore Expo Hall 5. babyworldfair.com Fine Jewellery and Watches (28 JUL) HotLotz will be teaming up with the Singapore International Jewellery Expo 2018 for a special live auction. It’ll be held at 3pm, and you can access the catalogue on the HotLotz website beforehand on 14 July and place your best bids online or on the app if you can’t attend in person. Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. hotlotz.com

2018 International Champions Cup


Kevin Hart What Now?




Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale


Singapore Theatre Festival 2018 (5-22 JUL) This season features a thrilling line-up of eight brand new plays, including seven world premieres, such as former Straits Times journalist Tan Tarn How’s Press Gang and Thomas Lim’s Supervision . Lasalle College of the Arts. singaporetheatrefestival.com Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale (7 JUL) In this performance, the Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated choir (established in 1968), showcases a line-up that includes American favourites, spirituals, hits from Broadway musicals and commissioned songs. Esplanade Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic. Jazz Vocal Feature: Cyrille Aimée (8 JUL) French jazz singer Cyrille Aimée, winner of first prize in the vocal category at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007, performs in Singapore this month. Expect tunes from albums Let’s Get Lost and It’s a Good Day . Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets from Sistic.

Happy Ever Laughter – Standup Comedy Madness (11-29 JUL) Looking for a laugh? Witness 12 of Singapore’s best comedians go head to head against each other in this ultimate comedy battle. Capitol Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. 13.13.13 (19 JUL-4 AUG) This play follows the relationship of William and Samantha and the trouble that brews when William decides to help Lynn, his ex-girlfriend with a personal request. TheatreWorks, 72-13. Tickets from Sistic. The Jungle Adventure: A Romp on the Wild Side (21-29 JUL) Explore the jungles of Southeast Asia in this enthralling musical puppet show. It’s an action-packed production that delves into a world of wonder and excitement, with captivating characters and music. The Pavilion at Far East Square and Goodman Arts Centre. Tickets from Sistic. Celebration In Dance by Singapore Dance Theatre (29 JUL) In this one-night-only collaboration between Singapore Dance Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), audiences can enjoy performances of Double Contrasts by Choo-San Goh and Napoli Tarantella by August Bournonville. Suntec Convention Centre Hall. whatnowtour.com




Singapore Garden Festival

FAMILY Singapore Garden Festival (21 JUL – 3 AUG)

ART Angkor: Exploring Cambodia’s Sacred City (UNTIL 22 JUL) View rare Khmer sculptures from the Guimet Museum in Paris, along with French drawings, photographs and memorabilia, that tell the story of the French encounter with Angkor. Asian Civilisation Museum. acm.org.sg

Parallel Collaborations (UNTIL 29 JUL)

This unique exhibition by Instinc Art Space features two series of collaborative paintings by three artists, Alba Escayo (Spain), Kim Kei (USA) and Yeo Shih Yun (Singapore). Moyem Medical Aesthetics. (Re)Collect: The Making of Our Art Collection (UNTIL 19 AUG) Uncover the untold history behind the collection of the National Gallery Singapore. Showcasing over 130 works, the exhibition includes pieces by pioneering local artists such as Georgette Chen, Liu Kang and Cheong Soo Pieng. SingTel Special Exhibition Gallery, National Gallery Singapore.

Feast your eyes on beautiful horticultural and signature garden displays in this 14-day show, which brings together award-winning international designers, well-established local names, community gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Gardens by the Bay. singaporegardenfestival.com SLO Children’s Concert: Can’t Stop the Feeling! (27 JUL) Sing along with the Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir this July, as they perform popular and fun songs from shows and movies, including

Sesame Street and Trolls . Victoria Concert Hall. Tickets from Sistic.

Parallel Collaborations

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Bob Dylan and his Band (6 AUG)


Catch the legendary Bob Dylan for one night in Singapore this July as part of his Asia Tour. Songs from the star’s Triplicate album from last year are likely to feature, along with hits from his six decades of folk, rock, blues and country music recordings. The Star Theatre. Tickets from Sistic. The Bird who was Afraid of Heights (11-26 AUG) Bring the kids for this production adapted from the children’s book of the same name. Watch as Eddie the mynah saves Matt the rat from a crow. A sensory-friendly version of this production is also available on 24 and 25 August. Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets from Sistic. Clean Bandit Live in Singapore (15 AUG) Don’t miss the chance to catch British electronic band Clean Bandit live in concert, on the eve of their second album release. Songs from 2014’s New Eyes – including the massive “Rather Be” – will also feature. The Star Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.

Paramore Live in Singapore

Paramore Live in Singapore (21 AUG) Grammy-Award winning rock outfit Paramore comes to town this month, on the back of recently- released fifth studio album After Laughter . It’s been seven years since they last hit our shores, so don’t miss this chance to hear all the hits. Zepp@BigBox Singapore. Tickets from Sistic. ANZ Aotearoa Ball – Into the Wilderness (25 AUG) Celebrate the natural beauty of Aotearoa at the ANZ ball this August. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the NZ Chamber of Commerce. There’ll be plenty of entertainment including a great musical line-up, and a feast of the finest NZ food, wines and craft beers. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Tickets from NZ Chamber Singapore website, nzchamber.org.sg.

Run For Inclusion 2018 (26 AUG)

With the aim to nurture an inclusive Singapore, this race has four running categories to choose from: 12km, 6km, 3.5km and below 3.5km (personalised distance). Registration ends 12 August. Bishan Park. runninghour.com Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time (UNTIL 26 AUG) Engage your senses and explore the concept of time through immersive and interactive works by 10 artists and art collectives from around the world at this family-friendly exhibition. SAM at 8Q. singaporeartmuseum.sg SuperMom Baby Fair 2018 (Singapore Expo Edition) (31 AUG – 2 SEP) Don’t miss this comprehensive baby fair, which kicks off at the end of August. Register for the three-day event and receive exclusive updates and deals. Singapore Expo. supermom.com.sg

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TheEL team relive someof their fondestmemories in Japan! Holiday Snapshots

Head to…

Toget toHakuba, fly intoNaritaorHanedaandhop on theNagano Snow Shuttle bus. It’sway easier than the bus-train-buscombo!We stayedatTheRidge inWadano– a super spot, but quite high-end as far as budget goes. It’s rightby the skihireand ski school,and iswalkingdistance to some funbarsand restaurants,yet still remains relatively quiet and secluded. Great for families, too.While there, youhave to visit an onsen and see the snowmonkeys!Oh, andbook thekids into ski school. I’venotventured farther afield,but friends tellme that theothervalleys surrounding Happo-one areworth trying out. Skiing is the ultimate family holiday and the kids absolutely loved it. Itwas theirsecond time. It’s important to have the rightgear in Japan– lotsof layers,goodquality ski goggles,warm socks andmittens.Other tips:Bring snacks for the brood, some dry pasta and a few tubs of pesto in your suitcase; if they’renot into Japanese food, it’llbe rather limited and the supermarket is tiny andpricey! My favourite memory is seeing the children coming down the ski slope at night! There’s somethingmagical and exciting about skiing afterdark, as long as thepiste is well-lit,which this onewas. –EmilyFinch,British,OnlineEditor

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I just hadmy first experience of Japan in thewinter and loved it! We stayed inHirafu inChalet Ivy right at thebase of a ski slope. I stayed in a largeone-bedroom apartmentwith a living area. It’s lovely andwarm insideand thebathroomhasanautomated toilet lid;whatelsedoyouneed? Also,while you eatbreakfast, you’llbe able towatch the skiers in action! At night, there are lots of lovely bars and restaurants to explore.We tried Bang 2 for gyoza and ramen , andwewent to the posh and clubby Powder Room and BarGyu.We also snow-walked and rode snow bikes withExploreNiseko,went toYukichichibuOnsen and visited a shrine. The whole area is really on the up, and one new development to

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keep an eye on is The Ginto Residences by Pavilions, whereyoucanowna freehold home. It’s brilliant if you’re big on skiing, but there are alsoplentyof things todo all year round.October iswhen all the autumn colours are out and I’m sure it’s just as beautiful as winter. I’m so impressedwith the scenery, butalso the food,serviceand people.

You’ll know the host better from her riotous Ab Fab days, but if you get a chance towatch Joanna Lumley’s Japan , don’tmiss it. In episode one of her brilliant traveldoco, Joanna travels through theTohoku regionofnortheastHonshu, andone scene resonated heavilywithme.Exploring theancient forestsofDewa Sanzan, she comes across one of Japan’s “National Treasures”, themajestic five-storeypagodaofHaguro. Her reaction on first glimpsing it was identical to mine: a sharp intake of breath, amumbled “wow!”, and lots of craning of theneck to see to the top.This 700-year-old structure ismade entirelyof timber–no nails hold it together – and its remote locationmake it one of Japan’s more incredible sights. Adding to the enjoyment, I think, is the fact that the region isn’t easily accessible, so tourist numbers are low. (We all love thinkingwe’re theonlyones to seeaplace, right?) My day just got better after the pagoda visit: I climbed 2,446 ancient stone steps to the summit of Haguro, where I spent the night in a thatched-roof lodgeattached toa temple,andhadadinnerconsisting of ingredients “foraged” from themountainside that afternoonby the temple’spriests. The easiestway to see this part of Japan iswith a specialised travel group; one of these isWalk Japan, whosenine-day“BashoTour” follows in the footstepsof thecountry’sgreatestpoet,MatsuoBasho,and includes anight onHaguro. –ShamusSillar,Australian,GroupEditor

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A family friend previouslywent on a road trip to Japan’s third largest island and had somany great experiences thatwe justhad to try it forourselves!We flew into Fukuoka, picked up a car and scooted off to Nagasaki, about two hours away. From there, we headed toMount Unzen and enjoyed snow-capped views aboard the ropeway. One of the coolest parts of the tripwas taking the Ocean Arrow Ferry from Nagasaki to Kumamoto Prefecture – you can drive your car on!Our trip also brought us south to Kagoshima, through Miyazaki and north to Oita. We visited various parks and attractions, including Kumamoto Castle, Kirishima Shrine, TakachihoGorge, the hot springs (or “Hells”) of Beppu andAsoKujuNational Park (home to a live volcano!)– and,of course,wehad loadsofgreat food! A highlight was staying at Aso-Uchinomaki Onsen Sozankyo, a quaint ryokan in Kumamoto.We had a Japanese-style room and slept on the floor on comfy futons.We also enjoyed the onsen (guests have access toprivate ones) and a traditional Japanesebreakfast. If you’re planning to drive,make sure you’ve got spare change for the tolls.Andnote that the rest stops have pretty decent soft serves, snacks and hotmeals that’llkeep youhappy along yourdrive.

–RebeccaBisset, British,Editor-in-Chief






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52 Buying

Guide: Lovely living room furniture

Originals – Corner Sofa

30 Home Showcase: Tour this East Coast family home

38 Getting Creative: Find out what a multi-disciplinary artist does

66 Expert Tips: Making sure your home is safe before you travel


TIMELESS DESIGNS The epitome of timeless style, Ralph Lauren Home’s fabric and wallcovering collections are now available at Altfield. Designs range from those evoking the glamour of Hollywood or the spirit of a safari to the simplicity of a modern beach house. For more information on the collections available, contact sales@altfield.com.sg , or go to #07-10 Central Mall Office Tower, 1 Magazine Road to see for yourself.

Touring Accolade Jane’s Tours has been awarded “best tour experience” at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2018. Alongside this accolade, the company has just turned two and is running a competition to win a bespoke tour for up to six people. To find out more, head to janestours.sg .

Raft of Awards

Design Intervention has scooped nine awards at this years’ Asia Pacific Property Awards. These include recognition for its specialist technical abilities for lighting d e s i g n ( i n t e r i o r ) , kitchen and bathroom design. Find out more abou t t he i n t e r i o r design company at designintervention. com.sg .

Tanglin Store News Badger & Fox has reopened in Tanglin Mall with a refreshed look and featuring new local and international vendors. The lifestyle store includes home décor, fashion and homewares brands such as carpet company Ruby Slipper, décor brand Elements and ethical jewellery company Ashepa.





Money Saving Sales

Gallery 278 will be offering 50 percent off one-off items of furniture, as well as 20 percent off other in-store items, from July through to 8 August. To find out more about the sale, and about promotional packages for leasing furniture, visit the store at 278 River Valley Road .

If you’re getting yourself in a tizz about your technology, don’t despair: the team from Tekkie Help can come to your home and help with anything from setting up your Wi-Fi for seamless coverage, to installing your home entertainment system or organising and labelling those pesky wires and cables. They also offer device repair, backup and data recovery and the setting up of parental controls. Give them a call on 8113 8682 , or go to tekkiehelp.com for more information.

Get some Scandinavian style at a snip and head to Kuhl Home in July, where you’ll find up to 40 percent off items storewide. From trendy Bolia sofas to fun kids’ beds from Lifetime

Kidsrooms, there are plenty of bargains to be had. Check them out at #08-01 Century Warehouse, 100E Pasir Panjang Road .

Under the Hammer!

Matthew Elton, HotLotz owner and chief auctioneer.

to be able to ask about the provenance or history of a piece in person, and there are often plenty of bargains to be had. Keep up to date with any upcoming home contents auctions managed by HotLotz by regularly checking our website, hotlotz.com. WHAT’S NEW? Jewellery and watch fans alert! HotLotz has teamed up with the Singapore International Jewelry Expo 2018 to present a special auction of “Fine Jewellery and Watches”, on Saturday 28 July at 3pm, at the Marina Bay Convention Centre. See hotlotz.com for details.

Home contents auctions – why would you have one, and why would you go to one? First things first, for sellers, these types of auctions are a great way to shift a lot of items in your home in the event of a relocation, or if you’re upsizing or downsizing (including divorce!). It’s one of the easiest ways of getting your saleable items visible to the masses; there’s no transporting of items to the auction room – it’s really a simple way to de-clutter in one fell swoop. For buyers, it’s a great way to see the pieces in situ, making it easier to visualise how they might look in their own home. It’s also handy

Patek Philippe ladies’ gold wristwatch, fetching $18,000 at auction.




Heveya natural organic latex mattress worth $4,350

We all know looks can be deceiving, and with mattresses it’s no different. A fancy mattress might look the part, but if it doesn’t provide good back support and actually address an individual’s needs, a good night’s sleep is still a distant dream. European Bedding has been a specialist supplier of 100 percent natural organic latex mattresses for many years; visit the team at their Tiong Bahru showroom and you’ll benefit from their years of experience and excellent service. What’s so good about natural organic latex? Its elasticity is known to provide excellent sleeping comfort. As it moulds to the contours of your body, it gives great support to ensure proper spinal alignment for a restful sleep. Only 100 percent certified natural organic latex is used in the Heveya mattress. That means no pesticides, fertilisers, heavy metals, VOCs or other chemicals that put your health in harm’s way. On top of being naturally anti-mould and dustmite resistant, the Heveya mattress comes with a removable and cleanable cover, made of luxurious and soft bamboo fibre and filled with organic cotton padding. You can relax in the knowledge you’re sleeping in a healthier environment. To stand a chance of winning this queen-sized 24cm Heveya natural organic latex mattress, just go to expatliving.sg/ competitions and let us know why you think an organic latex mattress will help you sleep and live better. Increase your chances even more by liking the @european_bedding Instagram page. (Note: Winners can opt for a king-sized mattress at an extra cost.) Are you tossing and turning at night, waking up feeling stuffy, congested, or just not rested? You may want to consider choosing to sleep on an organic latex mattress that offers a comfortable night’s sleep on 100 percent natural materials. Here’s your chance to win one, courtesy of European Bedding. It’s competition time!

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She may not live in the black-and- white she yearned for years ago, but CLAIRE SALARIA’s East Coast house is the next best thing for her, oozing eclectic, creative style.

Who lives here: British expats Claire Salaria, husband Tariq, daughters Lila (12), Zakia (11) and Balquisse (Billy for short) (9), helper Grace, Pixie the dog, and cat Snowy. Size of home: Five-bedroom, three-storey rented house (including attic office), with small plunge pool at the back. How long they’ve lived in Singapore: Just over 11 years. Style of home: Eclectic, with a sense of laidback elegance.




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T here’s a theory that, in Singapore, there are Easties and there are Westies, and once you decide on an area to live in, it’s rare for anyone to cross over. This is true of Claire Salaria and her family, who first moved to Joo Chiat in the East 11 years ago. Living initially in a shophouse, and benefitting from shared facilities, they stayed there for four years until their family outgrew the space and they were on the hunt again, for something bigger, but still in the East. “We loved the house we had – it was beautiful, but it only had three bedrooms. We wanted more space, and we wanted to pay less, and these properties would only let you renew once a year so we had to negotiate each time. The community thing also just got a little too much sometimes – I’d end up with ten kids in the house and there’s no getting away!” The family loved the area, and with Lila already attending UWC Tampines, Claire did initially look at colonial houses in Changi and Seletar. “My dreamwas to live in a black-and- white but it just wouldn’t work with Tariq’s commute into Marina Bay. Here at least it’s just four stops for him to get into the city.” They found the five-bedroom house through an Australian family who were leaving Singapore, and its proximity to Tanjong Katong Road was convenient for the family in terms of school, work and socialising. “We also deal directly with the landlady, who’s very reasonable and hands- on.” Having moved initially from London, just after renovating their house in South London, Claire was keen to ensure the family had a real home to live in here. “When we left London, we were a small family of four, with Lila and Zakia being only 18 months and two months respectively. We still managed to fill a container when we relocated, and this property has some heirlooms and UK pieces dotted around the rooms.” Claire is also a big fan of mixing old and new, so these heirlooms are interspersed with, for example, shiny metallic decorative skulls, a black peacock chair, and plenty more monochromatic, textural and contemporary pieces.

Above: The dining table used to sit at Café Beviamo in Tanglin Mall, before they refitted the restaurant five years ago. Claire picked it up for free, having to pay just the $100 transport. Below: The peacock chair was bought from (now defunct) Modern Eclectic. The pineapple lamp is from Graham & Green in the UK, the shade made by Design Intervention.




Textiles & Interiors Clearly demonstrating a flair for home styling, Claire’s skills have grown from her background as a buyer and product developer in fashion and interiors for high street brands including Next and House of Fraser while in the UK, and a subsequent online interior design course here in Singapore. She also launched clothing brand Cotton House eight years ago, along with a friend who has since left Singapore. After a brief hiatus, during which time she took said interior design course, Claire re-launched the brand at the end of 2017, with a view to incorporating her home-styling services, and eventually selling home textiles. “I visit India frequently, Jaipur in particular, on research and buying trips. It’s a beautiful and stunning place to visit, and it’s where I source my hand-printed textiles.” She calls her clothing “relaxed dressing”, with the aim of creating a range that can work across the day, from the school run to work, to a trip to the shops and meeting friends later for drinks. “It’s not simply resort wear, it’s comfortable and easy to wear but stylish and versatile and can be dressed up or down.” For her home, Claire’s stylish fingerprint can be seen throughout the first floor; however, a visit to the second floor and it’s clear that she’s let her three

Below: “My sister-in-law lives in Dubai, and I kept seeing this skull picture in the window of a shopping mall and really wanted it; I bought it on the last day as I knew I couldn’t leave without it.” The little skulls are from Daiso.

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daughters have free reign on their own rooms – each is a vision of pinks, purples or blues. Beside these three rooms is the master bedroom, a much more sedate and subdued affair compared to the pops of colour next door. Upstairs again and you find Claire’s Cotton House studio, hidden away in the attic. This mix through the house is indicative of Claire’s own style; as she freely admits, “I’m a bit bohemian and eclectic, and I love a bit of laidback elegance too!”

Right: “Among these trunks, there’s one for each girl, with all their mementos in. I figure they’ll take the whole thing when they need to.” Below: The picture above the bed is of Claire and her daughters’ hennaed hands in Jaipur.




Above: “Billy is still into unicorns and anything that’s pink and sparkly!” Left: The blanket on Lila’s bed belonged to Claire when she was a little girl.

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LOCAL EATS Bottega (“for a mid-week date night”) #01-02 Suites@Katong

Zakia is a fan of blue; “Typo does some really nice, fun stuff for children’s rooms, including these fairy lights.”

263 Tanjong Katong Road 6816 1834 | bottega.com.sg

The Mango Tree 91 East Coast Road 6440 1285 | themangotree.com.sg Trattoria L’Operetta (“our kids’ favourite pizza”) 244 Tanjong Katong Road 6440 9322 | trattoriaoperetta.sg TOWN DINING Don Ho (“for great cocktails, food and amazing décor”) 1 Keong Saik Road 6223 5001 | don-ho.com Singapore Polo Club (“for a touch of the countryside in the city”) 80 Mount Pleasant Road 6854 3985 | singaporepoloclub.org

HOME & STYLE Cotton House 9146 3901 | cottonhouse.com.sg

Carlmey Manufacturing (“speak to Michael Tan if you need to have curtains made, anything reupholstered or a screen made”) 6283 6894 | carlmey.com.sg Ruby Slipper (“for handmade, made-to- order rugs”) 9171 1251 | rubyslipper.com.sg Singapore Trading Post (“for quirky homeware, pineapple ornaments, ice buckets, tea towels and more!”) #07-01 Tan Boon Liat Building 315 Outram Road 6221 4619 | singaporetradingpost.com






I first met Chloë at the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) towards the end of 2017. At 28 years of age, this eloquent London-born multi-disciplinary artist has already packed plenty into her life. Graduating with a master’s degree from The Slade School of Fine Art in 2014, she now lives here in Singapore, and has completed a number of artist- in-residence stints, including one at the Winstedt School where she also helped students engage with art. She has exhibited in galleries and at the AAF, has invested in her own studio, and is about to start studying for another master’s degree – this time in art therapy – at Lasalle College of the Arts. We find out how she ended up here and what’s in her near future.

How do you normally explain your art medium to people? I usually start by telling people I’m a painter, but it’s about context. I’m a multi-disciplinary artist, so whereas I consider myself first and foremost a painter, I also explore video, sculpture, installations fashion and working with fabrics. For example, I’ve collaborated with clothing designers in the past, and I really enjoy that. My mother’s family traded in cotton and silk in Morocco, and supplied ateliers such as Chanel – I think that heritage has also influenced me. Performance art is also in my sphere – for example, for my recent exhibition at the AAF, Alan Koh, the director of the fair, wanted the audience to engage




with a new area of art. They knew I was primarily a painter, but they wanted people to engage with the other elements I work with, including video, sound and installation. The aim was to broaden the audience’s perception of what fine art is in the context of what society is today. I met the founder, Sharon Solomon, through my parents. At the time, I was finishing an artist residency at a school in the UK, and she mentioned that they had an art space that could be used by someone like me. She invited me to be their first Artist in Residence and Co-Art teacher. I had a dedicated studio next to the art room where the children could freely come in and see me making my art from scratch. The Winstedt School caters for children with learning differences and it was great to see the students engaging with my practice. They had so much to offer, and I was so inspired by them as well. The school provides an amazing environment for children who learn differently and I realised there is such a need for this kind of service – this is what motivated me to apply for the master’s degree at Lasalle in Singapore. How did you end up working at the Winstedt School?

What inspires you here and how does this reflect in your art? My work generally evokes a sense of exotic escapism and has often featured strong botanical elements – so, the greenery here in Singapore, especially the Botanic Gardens, is incredibly inspiring to me. But it’s the art scene, which is so vibrant, that really excites me. There are a lot of independent galleries, such as 1961 Gallery and NPE Gallery, which are small creative spaces that have great exhibitions. My work often reflects on the influence of collective memory, and what has been curious about moving to Singapore is the impact my family history in this region has had on my practice. My dad’s family have Jewish Baghdadi roots and were originally settled between Calcutta and Singapore. Indeed, my late grandpa, Leonard Manasseh, was born here in Eden Hall, which was built by my great-great uncle Ezekial Manasseh. It has been an intriguing and explorative process learning about my connection to Singapore, and the Jewish history in the region and my most recent paintings are inspired by my family’s journey across Southeast Asia.

To find out more about Chloë’s work and future exhibitions, go to chloemanasseh.com.

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Danish brand House Doctor

Furniture Forest in the Tuckedaway in the furthest reaches of Dempsey Hill, there’s a shiny new showroom that all furniture lovers should know about. This recently opened, 13,000-square-foot space brings together two distinct styles: the classy and contemporary Marquis Studio and the funky, modern designs of Lifestorey . Occupying the second floor of Block 8D (once home to SPA Esprit), it has been reworked and reimagined into a greenhouse- like concept. The interior walls are gone and light floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows that are the only things between you and the lush green jungle beyond. A Claude Monet quote emblazoned on the wall as you enter is the perfect summary of the look created by Group CEO and Design Director JeanWee: “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” A smooth jazz soundtrack welcomes you into the relaxing space and it’s worth taking your time to browse around. Turn right and you’ll find yourself in the luxe-modern world of Marquis Studio with furniture and accessories from brands like Prianera and Gealux. One particular highlight is the new collection from Gallotti & Radice. The gently curved Audrey sofa in rich ochre velvet is combined with a black-and-white-marble-topped coffee table to create a superb focal point. The sleek, gold and gilded crystal accessories range adds the final touches to the lavish, contemporary look. At the far end is the outdoor section. Here you’ll find furniture from Danish designers Cane-Elm and the sleek Italian styles of EMU, perfect for breathing some new life into your alfresco living space. The other half of the showroom is occupied by the fresh and fun designs of Lifestorey. Alongside their own, in-house creations, here you’ll find European brands such as House Doctor, Kartell, Sits and Bontempi Casa, with each piece carefully curated by

Marquis Studio and Lifestorey showroom

Jean Wee. Work your way around the elegant, clean lines of the Bontempi Casa collection, whose dining tables are not only extendable but also totally customisable. Furniture and accessories from Danish brand House Doctor are scattered through the space, with quirky designs like the side- resting Globe lamp and the Molecular pendant light adding a touch of Scandinavian charm. Classic plastic pieces in a rainbow of colours come from Kartell, with a new Philippe Stark-designed range due in September. Seating is another draw here, with a huge range of sofas, armchairs, footstools and sofa beds to choose from. Sink into a Sits sofa and, once you find the perfect style, the team will tailor it to your needs; L-shaped, 2-seater or chaise longue, any Sits style can be made to order.

Tip: With newcollections due in the autumn, look out for sample clearance sales in August and September and snag yourself a designer bargain.

Level 2 8D Dempsey Road 6253 3177 | marquis-studio.sg | lifestorey.com

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LivingRoom Challenge

Finding the perfect living room furniture that not only looks and feels great, but that also fits with your budget, can be a challenge, which is why we turned to these experts to suggest the best furniture for our four shopper profiles.





This Bamileke round coffee table is not only stylish, but the smooth round shape is perfect for toddlers, $1,400.

A good rug anchors a space and brings it all together, and this piece is also available in wool, making it a soft surface for kids to play on, $650.

#1 Shopper Profile This young couple have just arrived in Singapore with their one- year-old baby. They’re not sure how long they’ll be here, so they’ve left the majority of their furniture in their home country. They have just moved into an apartment with a fairly neutral/blank canvas and are looking for key items: sofa, coffee table, side tables and accessories. Their own style is warm and homely, and they need pieces that are baby-friendly. Budget: $7,500

The Bamileke side table’s style matches the coffee table, and its round corners are, again, great for kids, $650.

* All purchases above $5,000 are entitled to a ten percent discount at Originals.

The Beccy three- seater natural sofa has removable covers for easy cleaning, $2,400. Throw cushions are also a great way of adding a splash of colour, from $90 to $150.

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India buffet, $1,580.

Mirror, $995.

This large India bookcase anchors the area, $3,800.

The Joe Cocoon lounge is a perfect match for the sofa and creates a light and stylish space, $1,050.

#2 Shopper Profile This family of four have just moved to a landed house, traditional in style, and are looking for a new sofa and some storage for their accessories and books, as well as a console table if possible. Their two children are aged 8 and 10, so childproof furniture is no longer a necessity. They love a bit of colour in their home, and are also keen on using accessories to style the house. Budget: $10,000

Charlie three-seater sofa, $2,800. “This is probably the most comfortable sofa we sell,” says Original’s Jasdep Singh. “It’s popular for the luxurious linen it comes draped in, and the fact the covers are easily removable.” The India recycled coffee table, pictured in front, keeps everything light and fresh, $800.

India recycled side

table, $400.




The Bamboo Rug from Massimo is a simple piece with no frills, working well within a contemporary setting.

The rods in this Bolia ROD shelving system complement those of the coffee table. The wooden shelving and black powder-coated steel (or plated brass) give sufficient contrast against the monochrome palette.

#3 Shopper Profile

This is the second stint in Singapore for this older couple, whose children are at university. They’re looking for a coffee table, storage unit and rug (if possible). They have just moved into an ultra-contemporary apartment, bringing along their large L-shaped sofa in grey linen, and their silver side tables. They like clean lines and simplicity, and dislike clutter. Budget: $12,500

The TS coffee table creates a sculptural aesthetic in a room, with its slender legs, crossing details and contrasting solid marble or dyed glass table top.

The Piero coffee table doubles up as magazine holder. It’s a contemporary piece that will stand out against the grey and silver colour palette.

The versatile String System storage unit is modular and can be configured to look simple and help organise clutter.

The Bolia Velluto rug adds texture and elevates the look of the sofa and side tables. It completes the overall contemporary and luxurious style of the home.

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#4 Shopper Profile This family has lived in Singapore for ten years and have two teenage children studying here. Their current sofa and coffee table need replacing as their original pieces f rom home a re now breaking down. They live in a black-and- white house, and their living room, in particular, is fairly neutral in colour, with muted tones. There’s a large round jute rug in the middle of the room and an old brown leather armchair that need to be worked around. Budget: $15,000

The DK3 Plateau coffee table is a timeless piece that comes in a solid wooden top and steel base – a combination of classic Danish heritage and modern, natural elements. Its simple design, inspired by a tree trunk, can be blended into a room setting, including the natural aesthetic of a black-and-white house.

The Bowl coffee table is a statement piece that will draw some attention away from the age of the armchair. The table also doubles up as a great storage solution for magazines and coffee table books.

The modularity of the Krypton sofa from Eilersen gives flexibility, without losing the formality of a living room. The slanted arms add to the modern interpretation, but don’t go overboard.

The Charleston throw would work well against the family’s dated armchair.

The Hannah sofa is flexible and contemporary with soft lines and curves, which will soften the look of the jute rug. The legs of the sofa can come in a traditional-looking wooden peg, or a modern lacquered runner, which can either complement the rug and coffee table, or provide contrast to them.

These Blue Garden cushions provide a pop of colour, while helping the interior flow to the nature outdoors.

* Prices for both Danish Design and Kuhl Home’s products fit within the shoppers’ budgets and are available upon request.

Danish Design #06-03 Century Warehouse 100e Pasir Panjang Road 6270 8483 | danishdesignco.com.sg

Kuhl Home #08-01 Century Warehouse 100e Pasir Panjang Road 6878 0180 | kuhlhome.com

Originals #02-03 Sime Darby Centre 896 Dunearn Road 6471 9918 | originals.com.sg



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