5 Things You Should Know This Week: 15 May 2018

Just the latest news in anything home and design to start your week off right

Updated on May 15, 2018 13:05 pm

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 15 May 2018

These are some of the news you should know this week:

1. Singapore’s first customisable art that can be printed on the wall

Homegrown company GUSH! introduces Digital Wall Art for the first time in Singapore. With technology developed in Germany, any high-resolution image of the customer’s choosing can be printed in high definition vertically and directly on walls using the Digital Wall Art machine.

The customer sends over a soft copy of their preferred image to the GUSH! team, which is then loaded on to the machine’s software programme. Once the image is scaled based on the wall space specifications, it is ready to be printed. Using a sustainable UV ink, this ensures that the images are waterproof and dries instantly after being cured by UV light that is attached on the machine.

GUSH! is a new-age chemical company that aims to revolutionise the paint coating industry with a social cause.The AirPure Interior Paint boasts the lowest toxic compound of any paint in Singapore, making it the safest to use. It also improves indoor air quality through its anti-bacterial and absorbent properties—neutralising toxins and regulating humidity. Colour customisable, odourless, and drying twice as fast as other paints, families will be able to personalise their wall colours without suffering through the paint fumes and long wait.

2. Homegrown interior design-and-build studio Craft By 3 is now open for business

Centred around the notion that form should follow function, founder and creative director Idris Akbar has created a two-storey 1,700-square-feet showroom that showcases good design as well as a selection of materials and furnishings aimed at inspiring homeowners. The two-level design studio and showroom located at the Proxima @ Gambas in Sembawang pairs understated furniture with muted textures and tones on walls and flooring. It is designed in a way to make one feel at ease, calming the mind and senses as one steps through to the living room, weaving past the ground floor of the showroom that contains a studio, the kitchen proper, and elements of the bedroom. The highlight of the space is the Korean Concept Pole System Wardrobe, inspired by the very idea of a walk-in wardrobe. Built in a modular fashion, poles, shelves, drawers, and hanging rods can be added as one pleases to create the perfect wardrobe that is versatile, sleek and stylish. Extendable racks and ironing boards complete the wardrobe experience.

“Craft By 3 is about the celebration of good design—and making everyday living more interesting. We see interiors as an extension of one’s personality and hope to express that through the work we do,” says Idris Akbar. Craft by 3 carries various surfacing and flooring materials from partners such as Quartz and KompacPlus. The former reflects the beauty of natural stone while on the other hand, KompacPlus looks the part but has the benefit of being fire-resistant, scratch-resistant and water-proof. Vinyl floorings and homogeneous tiles are available in a number of choices and cleverly laid out side by side as flooring for ease of comparison so one can get a proper feel of the material and have a proper visual assessment too. In addition to custom-tailored design, Craft by 3 also offers essential home decor packages which include all the work needed for a new home—carpentry, cement work, plumbing and wiring—and can be requested upon inquiry.

3. Le Quest launches Phase Two Sales

Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd (Qingjian Realty) has confirmed that Phase Two sales of Le Quest will start from 19 May 2018, Saturday—a result of the enthusiastic market response to the re-opening of its Sales Gallery last Saturday.

“We had many visitors over the weekend who were excited by how close Le Quest will be to the Tengah Park station on the upcoming Jurong Region Line. Last August, homebuyers shared the same confidence and we sold over 280 units at the Phase One launch. It is very encouraging, and we believe many more buyers in the market will turn their attention to Le Quest,” said Ms Yen Chong, Deputy General Manager, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd.

Prices for a three-bedroom unit start from $1.12 million and $1.49 million for a four-bedroom unit. Alan Cheong, Senior Director of Research & Consultancy at Savills Singapore, said, “Le Quest is the only mixed-use development in Bukit Batok. Interest in it was likely heightened by last week’s update on the Jurong Region Line. Its indicative prices in this phase are also competitive given the current market conditions.” Le Quest is in the vicinity of stations on both the existing North-South Line and the upcoming Jurong Region Line. Le Quest will also house a childcare centre, a supermarket, retail outlets, and other food and beverage establishments over 6,000 square metres. The sales gallery at Bukit Batok West Avenue 8 is now open from 10 am to 7 pm daily.

4. Tools of the Trade's new store at Century Square

ToTT Store announces the relocation of its retail flagship store after nearly a decade as a familiar landmark in Bukit Timah. Located at the up and coming newly-revamped Century Square, the concept store spans 7,511 sq. ft. of culinary retail space and will feature a curated selection of cook, bake, and hosting-related merchandise and a convertible cooking studio. For the first time, ToTT will have a spanking new store in the East at Century Square.

A one-stop culinary lifestyle destination, ToTT at Century Square offers an unparalleled shopping experience for the discerning home cook, at the same time encouraging all to Cook, Bake, and Host. The new space reveals a unique convertible 1,100 sq. ft. Hands-on and Demonstration Cooking Studio that can hold between six to 50 people. This setup can also double up as a cosy dining area after cooking classes.

ToTT @ Century Square carries a curated selection of merchandise such as Jamie Oliver, Nordic Ware, and Cuisinart. The store has been thoughtfully laid out for easy navigation and merchandised to ensure maximum appeal for customers. Shoppers can also expect to see new brands, such as Cristel, a luxury range of stainless steel cookware from France, and EKO, a European brand that prides itself in sensible eco living through their extensive range of touch, sensor and pedal bins.

5. Yoda bookshelf to keep your shelf organised

Star Wars fans, you might want to check out this Yoda bookend! According to My Modern Met, the quirky bookend "features a slanted metal frame and a tiny portrait of the Jedi master. When in use, it appears that Yoda is summoning the power of the Force to prop up a selection of your favorite lightweight books." Check out other photos here.


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