This Week in Interior Design: 20 October 2014

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

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Check out The Artling at the Milan Image Art & Design Fair Singapore

He has placed in several international photography awards and is considered one of Photo District News Magazine's Emerging Photographers to watch in 2009 and this coming weekend, his works will be on display at the Milan Image Art & Design Fair's first international edition in Singapore. He is Darren Soh, whose collage of works you see above, and one of the artists to be featured by The Artling at the said fair from 24-26 October, at Marina Bay Sands. Known for his contributions to architectural photography, Darren Soh's works will be on display, together with other local and Asian artists to be featured by The Artling at their popup and collaboration with Taschen (view more details on their website, or at the MIA&D Fair Singapore website) when the fair opens to the public this Saturday. Win tickets to the fair by joining the Cromly contest, ongoing now on our Facebook page!

Three Historical and Religious Monuments to Receive Grants for Restoration Works




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A total of SGD 1.1 million will be released from the National Monuments Fund this month to help restore three ageing national monuments, namely the near-century old Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam, the almost 200-year-old Nagore Dargah Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, and Sri Mariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore. All three monuments will use the funds to fix problem areas in the structure, such as exterior and interior paint, deteriorated woodwork, and structural strengthening, among many others. “National Monuments are treasured symbols of our heritage that need to be protected carefully and sensitively through meticulous restoration as they age over time,” says Ms Jean Wee, Director of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments division of the National Heritage Board. “It is therefore important for us to work hand in hand with monument owners and do the best we can to safeguard our built heritage.”

Unusual Mix of Interior Styles Work in this San Francisco Loft









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Urban industrial or urban contemporary style is on the rise all over the world, including homes here in Singapore. But mix it up with something totally unexpected, and you won’t just have a home that you love, but a place that wows, too. This conversion loft in the SOMA in San Francisco (it’s for sale over at ClimbSF!) effectively uses the trendy style. Think: vaulted concrete ceilings, steel railings, exposed pipework. But it also mixed up the cold, contemporary style with a bit of warmth from farmhouse-country style (beadboard cabinet doors, wooden parquet floors, exposed wood beams), B&W chicness from Scandinavian influences, and a touch of the Oriental via iconic Buddha heads and tropical plants. Despite so many elements coming into play, the effect is that of a home that is well-curated, homey, and lovely to look at and live in. Be inspired more by this eclectic mix by checking out the property here.

Cute, Cuddly, and Completely Useful, This Penguin Aims to Make Housework So Much More Fun




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Whether you find chores so utterly dull or want to cheer up your broom cabinet, or both, this new house, uh, “tool” might do the trick. It’s a penguin, made by online Japanese retailer felissimo from their YOU+MORE line, and it will glide across your floor just like the real ones do on icebergs. But more than just making you go “Awww!” with its fluffy cuteness, this penguin serves to decorate your floor-wipe sweeper, store replacement wipes in its stomach, or, if you don’t want to dirty this penguin’s soft white tummy, it may be used as a tissue box. A totally delightful addition to your broom closet, that’s for sure!

Cover photo courtesy of The Artling

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