Richard Todd first saw the Pegasus Plaza Christmas tree when he was visiting downtown Dallas, Texas, in late 2017. The tree caught his eye because rather than it having traditional round Christmas ornaments, it’s adorned with a red vintage car-themed bumper, a few fenders and a handful of car lights. He took a few photos
When it comes to interior pieces that are the perfect combination of comfort, luxury and innovation, no one does it better than King Living. A testimony to the brand’s excellent quality furniture is their recent win at Australia’s prestigious Good Design Awards, the highest honour for design innovation in Australia. At the 60th Annual Good
From afar, the rugs are unassuming yet classy, drawing you in by way of their simple shades. Yet, a closer look will reveal a level of detail and luxurious texture that is synonymous with Omar Khan’s designs. Grey Matters marks the debut of Omar Khan Loom, Omar Khan Rug’s diffusion line and contemporary carpet retailer
When it comes to urban planning and development, most, if not all, cities strive to achieve two things – sustainability and liveability. Singapore is no exception, says Dr Belinda Yuen, research director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, a research institute at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Yuen was one
Innovative design meets comfort with furniture from revolutionary Australian brand, KingLiving, who unveiled their newest product, one of its iconic sofas reimagined, the Jasper II, designed for living. Known for its modern design, flexibility and versatility that goes with any interior style or space size, Jasper is more than just a modular sofa. It evolves with
The prominent “W” signs at the porte-cochere and on the facade make a distinct statement as you drive up to the latest hotel on the block along Jalan Ampang. The swanky international hotel chain needs little introduction, having dotted skylines in over 50 cities worldwide since the first W opened in New York in 1998.
Tucked away on a side street near the Corsican home where Napoleon Bonaparte was born, a mini museum invites young minds to relive the French emperor’s story – through scenes painstakingly built from hundreds of figurines from the German toy line, Playmobil. Frederic Pierrot, a 53-year-old IT entrepreneur, came up with the idea a few
It all started with a burning entrepreneurial spirit and a clear goal: to offer affordable furniture to people. Today, Ikea is the world’s biggest home furnishing retailer but it began as a small mail order business based in Smaland province, south of Sweden, 75 years ago. When he was just five years old, Ikea founder
For travellers who love architecture and have an interest in old, weary buildings, Malaysia offers many colonial structures that are a reflection of its rich historical past. The country was colonised by the Portuguese (1511), Dutch (1641) and British (1867), and was occupied by the Japanese during WWII. After gaining its independence in 1957, Malaysia
Colour indeed plays a clear role in Kevin Goldman Abdullah’s life. In fact, when we met, Goldman said: “Anything that personifies colour and abstractness, and an element of fun and eclecticism, I am sold.” Clad in a jazzy multi-hued shirt, Goldman’s house doubles as a showcase of his personal taste in art and a showroom
The reconstruction of Rumah Pusaka Chow Kit (or Chow Kit Heritage House), also known as Rumah Degil (or Stubborn House), at its new site at Malaysia’s National Art Gallery is expected to be done by November 2018. The two-storey Malay house built in 1926 got its nickname because it stood its ground at 41 Jalan
His firm is known for projects that integrate architecture into the landscape, while he is known for thoughtful designs tailored to improve the everyday life of end-users. Multi-award winning architect and designer, Borja Ferrater, 40, is the founding partner of OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona). Together with his father Carlos Ferrater, he was an
Even though the whirr, clank and roar of tools and machinery at Sentul Depot died down almost a decade ago, the buzz of the historic engineering hub in its heyday will forever be etched in A. Gnanaprasagam’s memory. The 80-year-old joined Sentul Works, also known as the Central Railway Workshops, as a chargeman in 1955,
He does not sweat the small stuff in life but when it comes to his gardens, no detail is too small. Sweeping the top awards at the recent Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) 2018 is Malaysian veteran landscape architect Lim In Chong, better known as Inch Lim. He took home the Best of Show title in
More than 200 works of art from the iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York are now on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, Australia. MoMA At NGV: 130 Years Of Modern And Contemporary Art, which ends next month, features some of the world’s most well-known artists from the 19th
With the birth of new business models and technological advancements, the way we work has come a long way from the one-desk-based, 9am-5pm model. According to a survey, business leaders at the recent Global Leadership Summit in London said that more than half of their company’s full time workforce will be working remotely by 2020.
Gaps – that’s the new must-have feature for sofas, according to experts. “It partly looks as if the sofa has been cut open,” says interior design expert Gabriela Kaiser. In a three-seater for example, the back rest might be missing from the middle seat, creating the impression of a foot rest. The idea is to
If you happen to be at the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) next weekend, pay closer attention to the convention’s promotional keyart material as it is designed by Malaysian animation studio DinoHowl. According to Lim Chin Hwa, co-founder and executive producer of DinoHowl, the company was approached by STGCC to come up with
Finally, Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea jumped on the online shopping bandwagon with the official rollout of its online store last week. The new service introduces to Malaysians the single largest online shopping platform dedicated to home furnishings. Ikea.my offers over 9,000 products at the click of a mouse. Everything available in-store can be found
A chair is a chair is a chair. Or is it? Last Friday, an elegant woven-rattan chair took home the Jury’s Award at the KL Chair Open Design Competition, organised by the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) 2018. The winning seat also earned the honour of being named the first-ever “KL Chair”, beating 17 other
If you spot an earth-toned ceramic vase at Ikea that looks misshapened, don’t complain at the nearest information counter just yet. The vase is part of a collection by the Swedish furnishing company called Industriell that was developed in collaboration with established Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. The collection moves away from “mass-produced uniformity” and
Burgeoning cities mean living options often come in the form of high-rise buildings. The result is limited land space and less interaction with the natural environment. “The higher we live, the more disconnected we are from nature,” said Tony Ip, Hong Kong architect and speaker at the Datum: Green Sustainability Design Forum held in Kuala
Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinos of Estudio Carme Pinos is behind the design for the 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne, which is envisioned as a “sensorial summer experience” within Queen Victoria Gardens. The MPavilion is a temporary structure that, taking its inspiration from London’s Serpentine Gallery, opens to the public each year in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens.
The Art Deco buildings in Mumbai – believed to be the world’s second largest collection after Miami, United States – were added to Unesco’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage List alongside the city’s better-known Victorian Gothic architecture late June. The decision was approved at a Unesco meeting in the Bahraini capital
It’s a Catch-22 situation. In being declared by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, George Town and Melaka, both historic cities of the Straits of Melaka, have experienced higher tourist arrivals. Which is great for the economy, but that puts pressure on the intangible living heritage of the cities – the people living there. For
As a young girl, Teo Rui-Rou had a dream – to pursue a career in art. Her proclivity for the creative world was undeniable. She even attended the Da Vinci Creative Kids, a children’s arts and crafts school founded by The One Academy, a leading art and design institution in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya in Selangor.
Beatrix Joyo was winning drawing competitions at school and her artwork was often featured on the bulletin board. Then at 16, she was asked by her high school headmistress to write all the students’ names in calligraphy on the Graduation Certificates. “It was such an honour for me to be entrusted with such a formal
Five years ago, the position of “chief resilience officer” was unheard of anywhere in the world. Today, there are 86 of these CROs worldwide, each playing the essential role of spearheading a comprehensive resilience strategy. It all started in 2013 when the Rockefeller Foundation identified three major global trends with the potential to disrupt our
Real-world debates permeate this year’s Venice Biennale on architecture, from commemorating spaces once part of the US slave trade to maintaining the delicate status quo at religious sites in the Holy Land. The sprawling International Architecture Exhibition, which opened on Saturday for a six-month run, reflects not only on the political implications of what gets
Buildings and nation-building tend to go hand in hand in most countries, and it is no different in Malaysia. Key landmarks were constructed around the Merdeka year, 1957, including Parliament House, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Universiti Malaya and Stadium Merdeka. Erecting such iconic structures involved great effort and planning in terms of design, as well as