This Week in Interior Design: 17 November 2014

The latest, hottest, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, and real estate

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Camille Besinga

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60-Year-Old Terrace House in Novena Gets a Sunny, Contemporary Upgrade


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From the looks of it outside, you wouldn’t think this old house in Novena looks as bright, airy, and spacious as it is inside. But with the help of interior designers from Atelier M+A, the 60-year-old home—which had previously been broken up into many small, dark rooms—now receives plenty of sunlight, and has lots of wide, open spaces for this young Singaporean family. Walls were removed to create an open-space-style living, dining, and kitchen area. For natural light to reach the more interior rooms, skylights were installed in ceilings. Veranda walls were also opened up and replaced with sliding, folding doors.

“Pixellated” Building to Appear on Bangkok’s Skyline Next Year


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By the time the MahaNakhon Towers open next year, it will be Bangkok’s tallest building, at 77-storeys high. Designed by German architect Ole Sheeren, the tower is said to be designed to evoke a sense of excavation, in a city that is known for its many culturally and historically significant architectural wonders. “The building features a pixellated ribbon that swirls around the exterior, peeling back its surface layer to expose an inner layer (while also creating balconies with sweeping views of the city,” writes Audrey Murrey in Architzer.com. Its complex comprises 1,600 square feet of prime property, including the tower, luxury dining and retail edifices, a hotel, residential condos from the Ritz-Carlton Residences, a series of multi-level indoor/outdoor terraces, and a multi-level rooftop restaurant with an outdoor bar.

New Trends and Styles of the Edison Light Bulbs


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Edison bulbs come in different shapes…


…and sizes.


The LED version of the Edison bulb, when switched off


The LED version, when lit up, looks almost exactly like the filament bulb. They’re dimmable too.


It also comes in the 3-watt circuit board-style LEDs, which are also dimmable.


The non-dimmable, exposed diodes-style LED bulb


Wall lamp made with plumbing fixtures


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It may be a kind of response to the heated debate surrounding those energy-guzzling, filament-burning bulbs; it may just be that a company is simply diversifying. But whatever their reasons are, Edison Light Globes made LED versions of the insanely popular, restaurant design-approved bulbs (which reproduce the look of Thomas Edison’s very first bulb). While they and many other companies around the globe still make the “original” filament light, LED options mimic the look just as effectively and just as beautifully. Other styles that have sprouted in the naked-bulb trend further the industrial look, like the use of plumbing pipes as chandelier or sconce arms. Since we don’t see this trend dying out anytime soon, we suggest going for LED versions of the bulb in order to let your interior options go green and look chic.

Want Sustainable and Durable Marble Kitchen Countertops, If They Ever Existed? They Do Now.


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Natural Calacatta marble is prized for its beauty in homes and kitchens the world over. The only problem is, it’s not as durable, as it’s easily prone to scratches and stains. A delicate working counter in the kitchen? Uh-uh. Thank goodness there’s now Calacatta Nuvo, a new type of quartz surface developed by Southern California company Caesarstone. It mimics the look of the precious white marble while exhibiting extreme durability, heat resistance, and non-porousness of engineered quartz, one of the hardest minerals on earth. The way this material is manufactured is also a sustainable one, with Caesarstone being the first quartz manufacturing company receiving the ISO 14001 certification, a standard given to environmentally sound practices.

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