This Week in Interior Design: 25 May 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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British Interior Designer Teams Up With Courts for SG50

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bower, a well-known British interior design guru, has teamed up with Courts, Singapore’s largest retailer of electrical, IT, and furniture products to produce a range of products in furnishings and home accessories. Llewelyn-Bower, who is also celebrating his 50th birthday, has also designed a limited-edition furniture piece—inspired by elements in local Singaporean culture—in commemoration of SG50. “We’ll have 12 pieces, 12 looks, and a limited edition SG50 collection,” says Llewelyn-Bower in an interview with Asiaone.com.

“Singapore has always had such an incredible and glamorous association. It’s always a fusion of the best of the West and the best of the East.” Llewelyn-Bower also says how pleased he is with how design is now widely accepted in Singapore. “There is a tremendous change in Singapore and generally in Asia. As a designer, it’s wonderful to reflect on that. People are looking at what they can do in their home to celebrate their own success. It used to be that design was just for kings and emperors. Now, anyone who works hard can treat themselves to get what they deserve and what they want.”

Read more about the interview here.

Helpling Singapore Now Has Its Own Mobile App

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Booking a cleaner is now as easy as 1-2-3. Home cleaning portal Helpling Singapore has just recently launched its mobile app, allowing you to quickly book a cleaner just by using your Android or Apple phone. This new app makes it easy for you to store previous bookings, make repeat bookings, forward booking details via email or SMS, and store them in your phone’s calendar to keep track of your cleaner’s arrival.

Contractor’s Bloated Budget Allows This Couple to Keep Their Renovation Project By Respecting the Old Structure

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It’s exciting to dream about your future home when beginning a renovation project, but oftentimes, the contractor’s proposed budget will bring you back to reality. In San Francisco’s Mission District, Elliot and Kiyoko Loh worked with architect Todd Davis to transform an evocative but dilapidated property made up of three cubes lined up on a deep, narrow lot. Over a hundred years old, the structures have, in the past, housed dry cleaners, an ammunition depot, a recording studio, and a boutique. Because the Koh’s had spent much time touring condo properties that more or less looked the same, the property’s rough surface seemed to show plenty of potential. But a major renovation seemed to expensive for the couple, and Davis convinced them to rethink their approach and make good use of what was already there—existing skylights, tactile raw surfaces, and enough room for a small nuclear family. Kiyoko’s non-negotiable, an outdoor lawn, was accommodated by cutting the second cube in half, creating an amphitheater-like dining area.

In the future, when their budget and family grow over the years, the Kohs will likely pursue their original plan of adding rooms and floors to the structure. For now, the 1,215-square-foot property is a one-bedroom home that fits exactly what the couple needs right now. “We went from a sky’s-the-limit design to a less-is-more approach that was more about preserving the history of this mysterious building,” says Elliot.

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