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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION

SIZE 400SQF

CREATING SPACES AND FEATURES THAT DOUBLE-UP IN FUNCTIONALITY ALLOWED THIS YOUNG COUPLE TO PURSUE THE LIFESTYLE THEY WANTED IN THEIR PINT-SIZED HOME.

Faced with a space that is only 400sqf large (or small, in this case), Annie Tan of The Interarch Design had to make the footprint work for her clients’ Wendy Lee and Leonard Sim’s lifestyle. The sociable couple wanted a place they could cook and entertain their friends in; and also had an extensive wardrobe which used to fill up one room alone in their previous place.

This apartment in Balestier might be short on floor

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Scandi Style

Interior Talk

Designer Wilmer Lopez is partial to mid-century modern juxtaposed ‘with industrial design, and uses this movement as an inspiration when creating his own furniture pieces. MID-CENTURY MODERN DESIGN is a style from the mid-20th century. The pieces from this design movement are streamlined, the simplicity of which often makes the sleek, sculptural elements more eye-catching. The pioneering designers of this movement were either American or Scandinavian, which is why this design goes so well with Scandinavian pieces. Teak and fiberglass complement the many interesting colors and textures of pieces in this style, as seen in the Tulip chair

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PERFECT HARMONY

A COUPLE’S STARTER NEST EXUDES SERENITY AND CASUAL STYLE, THANKS TO CALMING NEUTRALS AND CLEAN, CONTEMPORARY PIECES

A custom-made wooden daybed makes the fourth-floor guest room warm and cozy. The designer combined two side tables to make a center table. The leaf-patterned area rug, pillows, and woven Designers Guild wallpaper complement the room’s rustic vibe, while a painting by Carlo Magno adds a bit of bright color. This room will soon be converted into a nursery.

How do you design a home for a couple with two different personalities? Usually, one of the spouses takes the lead. In this three-story,

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Opinion. The author is an independent furniture retailer.

Heatwave gave us a summer to remember.

We may not of had the Olympics to cheer us this summer but it has still been one to remember, if not always for the right reasons.

Things started off not too badly, particularly at the better-end where at least there is still some decent margin to aim for. But then came the heatwave.

Thankfully, we had a fair few outdoor sets left from last year, which in July was easily our bestseller, and now at least we don’t have them taking up space in the warehouse.

Thanks to the lack of footfall

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MULTI-USE GARDENS

Not many people in this country have the liberty of a huge, sprawling estate with multiple garden rooms, each in a different style with a different purpose. As such we have to compromise on what’s most important to us, whether it be an outdoor dining area, kids’ play area or a lawn for the dog, for example. We all have different priorities and combining some of those priorities may not be as hard as you think

The number one question I am asked as a designer is how to combine a great-looking adult garden with a kid-friendly garden without it

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Looking beyond the core area.

The exploration of Mughal Gardens has largely focused on the gardens in the cities of Agra, Delhi, Lahore and Srinagar and additionally those that are found in their place of their origin in erstwhile Persia. The four cities mentioned were at the core of the Mughal Empire at the time, not only geographically, but culturally too and it is only natural that the best and most representative examples would be found here.

The Mughal garden falls within the greater Islamic tradition of Char Bagh garden building (Richards, 1992). This Islamic garden type of the char bagh is also to be

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JOINT EFFORT

Zoe and Ben Murphy felt like they had travelled back in time when they first went to view their 19th-century house in Melbourne, Australia.

The owner of the property had lived there for the last 70 years, ‘and it looked as though he hadn’t made any improvements since moving in,’ says Zoe. ‘There was one bathroom and an outside loo,’ she adds. ‘All of which meant a massive amount of work was required to turn it back into a single home.’

Luckily, the couple had family they could call on for help. ‘My brother’s an architect and he guided us

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ISLAND IN THE STORM

As the result of a chance encounter with design students studying the impact of the olympics on the unique area of Hackney Wick, Colin Priest has organised their work in to an exposition to coincide with the London Festival of Architecture

The prospect of urban change and the everyday negotiation of regeneration can be uniquely witnessed in Hackney Wick right now. Cut off by the infrastructural margins of the A12, the Lea River and the Greenway path, the area has become a peripheral periphery, a working island nevertheless. Signifcant as an influential creative urban community on the edge of Olympic

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Rostekhnadzor checked Utilities Chekhov region

State inspectors of the Central Office of Rostekhnadzor conducted a survey of the state of industrial safety in the operation of hazardous production facilities (TNA) MP in the «Housing and communal services Chekhov district.» Employees subjected RTN inspection target 16 passenger lifts, revealing at the same time a violation of rules and standards of industrial safety and operating instructions of the manufacturer of elevators.

The survey lifts RTN officials discovered a number of technical defects that threaten the safe operation of elevators. In particular, the absence of established ground covers and in some cases the switches and drives the car

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Growing PASSION

C o r i n n e Knoesen’s airy London home is a lesson in the art of compromise. ‘When my husband Scherrit and I started househunting, our wish list included a minimum of four bedrooms, a garage and a south-facing aspect,’ Corinne recalls. After an initial fruitless search, the couple pondered what they would do if they found a house that ticked every box but which they didn’t love. ‘The answer was simple: we’d buy it anyway,’ she says.

The Edwardian property the couple eventually found had much to commend it and was just a stone’s throw from a

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