This Week in Interior Design: 19 January 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 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Are You Ready for the First Ever Cromly Design Village?


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We’ve rolled out our truck to get you to sign up for our very first design fair ever—so have you registered yet? Do it now, and you may still get to be among the first 500 guests to receive special gifts worth $80. What’s exciting about the upcoming Cromly Design Village (happening on the weekends of January 24 to 25, and January 31 to February 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Level 2, 20 Bedok South Road, Singapore 469277, just in case you didn’t know yet) is that you’ll get to meet some of Singapore’s best interior designers and home décor merchants who can possibly help you realise your dream home! Yes, you can consult with them, get tips from them, and better yet, you can sign up for a renovation package with any of them. Because if you do, you stand a chance at winning our grand cash prizes of $25,000 and $15,000. 

So what are you waiting for? Head on over here to RSVP!

History and Novelty in One Tiny Dutch B&B

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Put this in your ever-growing travel bucket list: Visit the Netherlands and stay in this military bunker that’s been turned into a simple and modern bed & breakfast. Located in Fort Buren, the 200-year-old bunker was part of a network of bunkers and trenches that were designed to be flooded in case of enemy attack. 

Dutch architectural firm B-ILD then repurposed the bunker with four bunk beds, florescent lighting, plumbing, running water, and even a small kitchen. 

The steel-reinforced walls which served to protect soldiers from mortar shells now protect guests from inclement weather. A newly-built outdoor deck with patio furniture stands just outside the entrance of the bunker, as a place for guests to relax under the sun—in a former war zone. With the concrete and wood interiors, the bunker provides great inspiration for industrial-looking homes and spaces (and which we think could be made under a budget, too!).

Space Travel as Envisioned by Architects, Designers

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And on other travel-and-architecture-related news, here’s a little something for your WTH plate for today: Space travel is gaining traction, at least with plans made by designers, architects, scientists, and visionary businessmen, like, oh, say, Richard Branson. Plans for interstellar travel include underground dwellings in Mars designed by German firm ZA Architects, a 3D-printed lunar base from London firm Foster + Partners, a study on organically growing a city on zero gravity by researchers from University of Greenwich, space capsules floated by a large helium balloon designed by British studio Priestmangoode, and aircrafts designed specifically for space travel by Virgin Galactic, a sister company of Richard Branson’ Virgin Air. We may not see the results of these designs within our lifetimes, but it’s just plain cool to know that the stuff of yesterday’s science fiction could may well be what our future holds.

An Old São Paulo Apartment Reno Puts More Green Into This City Dweller’s Space

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Five years of searching for the perfect city dwelling brought São Paulo, Brazil resident Simone Santos to an old apartment in a mid-rise building. She’d been tired of the unbelievably bad traffic and wanted a residence within walkable distance of the commercial-business district. But most importantly, Santos needed to see more greens via a quiet terrace. 

Such a home seemed impossible to find in the urban jungle that is São Paulo, so when she settled for an old corner apartment in a mid-rise building near the city’s banking district, Santos called in architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff of SAO Arquitetura. 

The architects immediately stripped the apartment to its posts as well as fixed some of its structural problems, then replaced dark-frame windows with larger panes on aluminium frames. They also opened up the space with integrated, more airy flows from kitchen to dining to living. But perhaps the architects’ piece de resistance in the home is the terrace running along almost an entire side of the apartment, realising Santos’ dream of staying in the countryside while living in the city. More details on the reno here.

Cover photo courtesy of Dwell

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