If you happen to find yourselves in Singapore in the next couple of days, do go to this wonderful store Egg3 who are having their end of season sale with discounts of up to 50%. It’s a treasure trove of unique and quirky homeware, tee-shirts and gift accessories. Whenever I go back to Singapore, this is one shop, I never fail to visit. Besides the original shop at Erskine Road next to the ubercool Scarlet hotel, they have now two more sister shops at Haji Lane called Salad and another Egg3 in the Eastern suburbs in Joo Chiat.
Call 0065- 6536 6977 for more info.
From top to bottom: Jeronimos hotel, Lisbon; Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman; 9Hotel, Paris; Aji’a on Bosphorus, Istanbul.
Forget New Year resolutions (they’re only meant to be broken anyway); instead make holiday plans and add these cool hotels to your list. Design hotels genre is the in thing, even though I read somewhere Ian Schragger saying that they are passé and that he has moved on to the next big thing in hotels (we’ll find out soon). Personally I would rather stay in a decadent and obscenely luxurious Ritz Carlton or Raffles kind of hotel anytime, but you’ve gotta give it to the ‘design hotels’ for making the hotel industry more interesting than just butler service, chintzy furniture and carpets. Here’s some eye candy.
This yellow tripod chair is based on a 1953 prototype designed by Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm and manufactured by two New York based galleries- R Gallery and Sean Kelly Gallery. It was recently on display at Art Basel Miami and Design Miami. It is available in 25 limited-edition pieces in gray, yellow, black and blue each.
The boundaries between art and design are increasingly getting blurred. Investors are turning to high-design pieces just like you would invest in a Rembrandt or a Klimt. This brings me back to my favourite question- capitalism might keep the fires in design industry burning but it’s design democracy that will make it everlasting.
Here’s a lamp made of cutlery by Canadian lighting designer Francois Legault. He has an entire collection of lamps, chandeliers made of steel cutlery. And recycling is of course the in thing.
See more images or download the entire catalogue at this link http://www.unik-sculpturallighting.com/Productline/tabid/481/Default.aspx
I would like to share some images of this lovely apartment in Battersea, London, that belongs to Harriet Mcdonald of Ochre design studio. Harriet is one of the trio of the design team that also includes Solenne de la Fouchardiere and Joanna Bibby. Their lighting designs are popular amongst British designer Kelly Hoppen and developers Candy and Candy.
I love the mix of rustic and retro styles with very luxurious materials but not overwhelming.
Another one bites the dust. A few days ago I wrote about House & Garden calling it quits in publishing business and now it’s the turn of Martha Stewart’s shelter and lifestyle magazine Blueprint. Apparently Stewart’s company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has decided to merge back with Martha Stewart Weddings and the last issue will come out in January 2008. The publishing business has definitely seen better days and at the rate at which magazines are dropping out of the race, I suppose it’s going to be a case of survival of the fittest.