Child's play

The founders of Japanese lifestyle store atomi, Andrew Tan and Mitsuko Murano, recently welcomed their first child, a baby girl. Naturally, this explains why the store is now stocked with Japanese-made kid's furniture. ...

Living green

Like charity, change begins at home and Ikea wants to show that living sustainably doesn't take much effort. ...

Paper trail

On Instagram, Cheryl Teo posts everything from instant noodles to birthday cake. But the hundreds of likes she gets for each one isn't because of how delicious they look, but for the fact that her 'edible' creations are actually made of paper...

Design impact the new focus of President's Design Award

DESIGNERS who submit their works for the President's Design Award (PDA) will now have to take an additional step of showing how their design has made an impact on society, businesses or the public sector, on top of the usual display of excellence in design craftsmanship...

Man and machine

MENTION the Jalan Besar area and most people think spas, cafes and boutique hotels. But the area used to house numerous ship and auto repair workshops back in the 1940s.

Who's the fairest of them all?

Is it a piano? An art piece? No, it is a stunning dressing table that honours the last queen of Portugal. The Amélie Dressing Table is an expression of mysticism and magic.

To see and be seen

For over 60 years, the brasserie at Publicis Drugstore on Champs-Elysees, has been one of Paris' revolutionary hotspots...

Fear and awe under the Big Top

YOU know the circus is in town when a huge blue-and-yellow Big Top pops up in the city skyline. Since establishing in 1984, Quebec-based entertainment company Cirque du Soleil has delighted over 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities with their modern-day circus productions.

Remembering Zaha Hadid

A year after her sudden death, MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts remembers architect Zaha Hadid with an exhibition showing her works in Italy.

Grow your greens

Anyone can be an urban farmer with the Plantui Smart Garden.

Design's Oscar Winners

Created by Germany's Artemide, Alphabet of Light is a modular lighting system that allows signs to be written and straight or curved lines to be produced. Basic geometric elements form letters and graphical signs. Each component is linked together using an electromagnetic connector that doesn...

Edible art

Fans of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are not only lapping up her quirky art installations and buying her merchandise, they are also eating desserts inspired by her works.

Extended shelf life

Local design firm Scene Shang wants homeowners to up their shelf game with this Brass Half Circle Display Stand. The firm was inspired by the moon gates found in Chinese gardens, and the brass geometry and glamour of the Art Deco period. The stand can be used as a magazine or book holder, or on its...

Alphabet soup, anyone?

When we were kids, we were taught that A is for apple, B is for boy, and C is for cat. But now that we are adults and can afford to dine at Saint Pierre, the letters stand for tasty things.

Aces with Spaces

Say robotic lab and images of robots in stark white rooms with bare fluorescent lights come to mind. But not at the Robotics Application Centre for Excellence (RACE), set up to educate companies and the public on robotics and automation.

Carol Chen

Carol Chen's business card states her as Chief Hustler, but she could jolly well be a fairy godmother. Her company, Covetella, turns any girl into a Cinderella, with its over-1,000 cocktail and evening gowns to wear for the night. Although there are no glass slippers to slip into, there are...

A journey back to our glorious past

MOST Singaporeans know the National Gallery Singapore is housed in the former Supreme Court and the City Hall. But not many may know what the Civic District was like before these two buildings were built.

Joining the world stage

CALLING Singaporean designers: here is your chance to showcase your work alongside other talented designers from around the world at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition next year.

Mushroom Season

Each year, the House of Krug gathers talented chefs from around the world to show their genius at cooking just one ingredient. In 2015, it was the potato. Last year it was the egg and now, it is the multi-faceted mushroom's turn. The resulting Krug & Mushroom trail will see five chefs from...

A design Storey

IT was not your usual house-rebuilding project - one where you have a piece of land, hire an architect and build your dream house. Firstly, there was 70,820 sq ft to build on. There was an old colonial building in one corner that was rented out until the tenants left in 2013, leaving a structure...

Sweet Surrender

DANIEL Tan and Eileen Leow started out selling Japanese rolled omelettes and choux puffs. But when their pastry chef Alicia Wong's puffs began selling as fast as she could make them, they knew what they had to do next - open a dessert cafe "focusing on patisserie to tap on Alicia's...

Say Om

It must be tough staying focused in class at The Yoga School. Located on the 39th storey of the OCBC Centre in Raffles Place, not only does the studio boast an amazing view of the city skyline, its interiors are Instagram-worthy too.

Plastic Fantastic

Prolific Japanese design firm, nendo, is changing how we perceive a sofa or chair. It recently created a range of 'bouncy' furniture for Chinese brand KUKA, where polycarbonate sheets are bent and shaped into chairs, sofas and stools that promise to be more comfortable than they look...

Into the light

For decades, the owners of an intermediate terrace house off Orange Grove Road lived with the structural limitations of such a space. Sandwiched between neighbours with light only from the back and front, it was shadowy even during the day, plus there was the vague claustrophobia of being hemmed in...

Changi Revisited

For all its hi-tech wizardry and First World accoutrements, Singapore is very much a living historical city. With a set of wheels and trusty navigation system, there's no limit to the little pockets of the past that you can discover within a short drive of the city...