This Week in Interior Design: 16 February 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design, architecture, art, real estate, and everything in between

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Istana Grounds To Be Opened on 20 February for Chinese New Year

Any plans yet for Chinese New Year? Why don’t you schedule a trip to the Istana grounds on 20 February? There will be special performances, like lion dance, acrobatics, and other dance performances from the Nanyang Girls’ School Lion Dance Troupe, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, PA Talents, and SOKA. There will also be a macaws and parrots display from the Singapore Bird Park, and Hay Diaries will put their goats on show.

You may also sign up for guided nature tours around the grounds, or of the Istana main building which will be led by the National Heritage Board. Entry to the Istana grounds is free for Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents, while all other visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of $1 per person. The official residence of Singapore's president will be open from from 8.30am to 6pm on 20 Feb, and entry to the Istana grounds is via the main gate at Orchard Road.

Helpful Handy Interior Design Guides You Can Use When Renovating or Shopping for Your Home

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Sometimes, we all need that one-stop reference for all our interior design needs. While we at Cromly try to do our best to give you just that, we find other references on the Worldwide Web that may give you the information you need.

And what do you know, we found this useful collection of diagrams and infographics from Buzzfeed on all things interior design-related that we know will come in handy when you’re shopping or renovating—things like lampshade shapes, sofa styles, antique chair leg styles, even indoor plant guides, light bulb types, and paint finish guides. Bookmark this link stat on your mobile and refer to it whenever you’re out buying or decorating!

Rome’s Iconic Square Colosseum May Be Sold to Fendi As City Faces Cash Crisis

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Governments have done it before, where state-owned properties and assets are sold off to private companies to generate much-needed income. The Square Colosseum in Rome, known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro, was built under the reign of Benito Mussolini and is considered one of the most representative examples of Fascist architecture.

According to The Guardian, the Colosseum could soon be reinvented as a home for luxury goods, as EUR SpA, the state-owned firm that holds property in South Rome, has become cash-strapped after allegations that some of its staff were involved in a scandal involving widespread corruption in the city’s public administration. Pierluigi Borghini, the group’s president, said that the Square Colosseum has an estimated value of €50 million, although that sum still has to be verified.

Luxury fashion house Fendi has been tagged by the media as the most probable buyer. The move to sell has been largely criticised by the city hall. Some private individuals, however, like Andrew Wallace-Hill, former director of the British School at Rome, said that selling off the Square Colosseum will help the state focus more on other important ancient sites, like the better known Colosseum, the Flavian Amphitheatre.

Have You Ever Seen a Bar Counter This Sexy?

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A cramped Parisian restaurant approached French design firm Atelier JMCA for help in maximising space. What the firm came up with literally left our jaws hanging: this cantilevered bar counter supported on only one side.

The prism-shaped bar, which appears as if it is floating, is sexy and sophisticated, and versatile, too. It may be used as a traditional bar counter (its shiny wood plank surface makes sliding drinks down the bar’s length so easy), or can be set as a two-sided, banquet-style dining table for 12.

Now’s Your Chance to Snap Up Paul McCartney’s Childhood Home!

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A three-bedroom terrace house in the Speke neighbourhood of Liverpool will soon hit the auction block later this month. Fans of the Beatles will be delighted to hear that they could get a chance to bid the home which the McCartney family occupied from 1947 to the mid-1950s—said to be the first house Paul remembers living in, as he was just four years old when they moved in.

The townhouse has a dining room, kitchen, lounge, three bedrooms, and a bathroom, plus fenced front and back yards. The auction will begin on 26 February, at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the self-professed “nightclub birth place of The Beatles.” Unlike the teenage home of Paul McCartney, which was carefully restored by the UK’s National Trust, the Speke home is unfurnished and ready for a new owner.

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