8 Accessories Under RM 100
Decorating the crib doesn’t need to be an expensive affair. With the right options from BoConcept, a lot can be achieved without breaking the bank.
Spotty Storage Box, RM 70
Storage is the word of the day. With these modular black, green and granite iron options no taller than 10cm in height, your personal stationery and cute knick-knacks will always be housed neatly, stylishly.
Cloudy Tealight Holder, RM 30
The simple act of lighting up a tealight for the evening conveys warmth and coziness. Just in time for the festive celebrations. Find a colour that enhances your home’s. Available in grey, white, peach, and purple glass.
Rolling Flowerpot, RM 95
These decorative flower pots appear to roll on their sides. If that doesn’t sound adorable, wait till you insert a succulent mini-plant, like a mini aloe kokedama or a mini cactus.
Natural Clay Vase, RM 30
Few things warm up a cold shelf or dull TV console like a natural element, such as clay. Available in an assortment of grey, white and brown stoneware, these beauties offer the right amount of detail to brighten up favourite corners.
Living Dish, RM 95
Need a place to rest your keys, thumb drives, or Internet banking dongles? Use a natural and inviting material like wood as a hold-all dish. It adds sophistication without the clutter. Pair them with others to extend storage.
Living Hook, RM 30
Time to turn your grimy jeans and assorted pyjamas out of sight. Pick them off the floor, hang them on these subtle wooden hooks, and voila, mission accomplished.
Living Tealight Holder, RM 90
Tealight holders come in all forms, but this beauty elevates the lux factor even in the simplest of homes. With a light green and marble, this is a beautiful way to cast your light.
Soap Bubble Wall Decoration, RM 95
As cheeky accessories go, this takes the cake for visual effect. Put a few up in your bathroom for good cheer. Used elsewhere, you can transform your bedroom, study or kitchen into a lively soap land.
The Ottawa Chair by Karim Rashid
Most designers would be hard-pressed to update the concept of a chair. After all, it’s a single raised platform, designed usually with four legs and a back, for seating a single person. An essential.
As a contemporary idea, the chair is ubiquitous. It has translated into the most common piece of furniture in homes and offices, comforting in form and necessary in function. Until recently, few design milestones have come close to reimagining this classic piece.
Famed Egyptian industrial designer and multiple award winner Rashid Karim, 55, has breathed life into a light-hearted dining set to present the Ottawa collection. The whimsical collection has bested more than 4,600 other designs to win the coveted Red Dot Design Award, and it includes a table, pendant lamp, chairs, sideboard and cabinet.
Inspired partly by the natural landscape of Denmark, in which Karim Rashid spent some time in his early years as a designer, the Ottawa chair stands among his 3000-odd design portfolio for luxury goods, furniture and store designs.
Created as a sensual, leaf-shaped seat that cradles the sitter, even as it stands on four splayed legs that resemble a bird’s feet, allowing you to tuck your feet in without obstruction. It comes in customisable materials. It’s fun, easy on the eye and a thrill to rest in for post-dinner conversations.
As with most of Karim’s designs, the chairs bear the marks of playful imagination. United by a light and airy aesthetic, the leafy tips of the Ottawa Chairs end between the shoulder blades, offering high-functionality with a deep consciousness of the human body.
When slid under a table, the Ottawa Chairs sit on a forest of legs that offer a sophisticated design profile. Without compromising comfort or lumbar support, the Ottawa chair changes everything you know about a chair aesthetically.
What To Do At Home On A Rainy Day
by Tommy Wee
As time passes, I get more accustomed to the idea of staying at home. I attribute this comforting discovery to an increasing appreciation for space and solace. The idea of heading out to brunch at the buzziest café in town is still nice, but waning fast in its economy. The scorching weather, and the sheer amount of traffic and hungry diners between you and – finally – breakfast, can take its toll.
And when it rains and everything becomes cold and wet outside, well, the peace of staying home goes up a notch. It becomes a wordless, exciting joy.
You feel vindicated for wanting to stay home in the first place. The temperature drops. The light coming into the house takes on a muted, cool veneer. It’s a small miracle, and one to be grateful for.
But time at home need not be wasted channel-surfing – unless it’s a great episode of The Walking Dead, of course – there’re other fulfilling things to be done.
Catch Up On Reading
No, I don’t mean scrolling Facebook or Instagram. It’s time to get reacquainted with that Amazon list we neglect the moment we’ve unpacked them. Rainy afternoons are the best time to brew a hot cup of Joe’s, stretch out on the couch, and cuddle up with a good tome. It’s nourishment for the soul.
What may sound like a chore at first can turn into something unexpectedly satisfying. Whether it’s your shoe cabinet, the wardrobe or even the kitchen shelves, a couple of hours spent re-organising stuff can be a rewarding experience. Throw out stuff you don’t need, pack some away for donation, and gain space. No one needs to keep clutter, right?
What better use of time at home is there than to turn up some easy-to-make, guilty pleasure recipes? Rope the partner or the kids into this little project. There’s no greater sense of fun than to prepare chocolate cookies, banana shortcakes or pistachio muffins. After several rainy afternoons, you’ll have your own D-I-Y recipe book. Rain or shine, there’s always room for dessert.
Call Loved Ones
When was the last time you made a deep, meaningful phone call? Yes, a phone call. We live in an age of ceaseless texts and group chats, but making a call (or Facetime session), and catching up with someone you’ve missed for a while is a connection that can’t be beat. Make it your Dad, sister who’s overseas, or an ex-classmate. Stretch out on the bed, or couch, and just catch up.
3 Things In Your Home That Deserve An Upgrade
by Tommy Wee
There are some things we will gladly live with for the rest of our lives. Fond memories, rare photographs of loved ones, and homemade movies of weddings and birthdays come to mind. They’re virtually priceless. For everything else – homeware, accessories, furnishings – it’s worth inspecting to see if its time for an upgrade.
5 Affordable Ways To Refresh A Tired Space
by Tommy Wee
No matter how impressive or well thought out your home or office interiors are, design fatigue sets in well before the cushions on the couch starts to fray. And being the visual creatures we are, it’s only a matter of time before our hearts seek what the eye wants – some cheerful rejuvenation.
But rejuvenation doesn’t have to translate into a costly, time-consuming project. Neither do you have to break the bank to move some furniture around to create new points of interest. It’s all about the aesthetics.
Here, we talk about five cost-effective ways to jazz up your favourite areas in the home or office.
Let's Table it
by Tommy Wee
It's one thing to have the perfect beans for artisanal coffee, but how about the perfect coffee table? Whichever way you look at it, a distinctive coffee table is the key to dressing a sophisticated living room.
We'll be honest. A sleek living room coffee table is as much a necessity as it is an inherent vanity.
I have a confession. I’m unnaturally fond of my sofa, which happens to be a stone-coloured, three-seater from BoConcept known as the Carlton Sofa. I say “unnatural” because the usual terms of endearment are insufficient to aptly describe the satisfaction I derive from it – it’s the most visually impressive piece of furniture in the entire house that gives me attachment issues.
It’s an understatement to call it an object of immense beauty. The elegantly thin seating frame and legs give it a gloriously “perched” appearance in the middle of the living room. In the universe of cleanly designed home couches, it’s a flawless supermodel.
The Adelaide Chair
by Tommy Wee
When I first laid eyes on BoConcept’s Adelaide Chair, my reaction was one of physical curiosity. Why, and how, did this chair, appear so simplistic yet appealing?
The balanced and well-formed object would not be out of place in a contemporary design museum, a stylish café, or an urban hotel.
Its discreetly sexy form and luxurious upholstery is sophisticated yet sensible. I ran my palm down its minimal wooden legs, feeling more drawn to it with each second. It’s almost begging for your derrière to rest on it.
The Milano Dining Table
by Tommy Wee
Before kitchen islands became ubiquitous and showy centerpieces of modern homes, an underrated piece of furniture – the dining table at home – was where all the socialising took place. It was the place where fond memories were made.
I remember spending a significant amount of time at the dining table - doing my homework, mugging for exams, and blowing out candles on birthday cakes. Before smartphones deconstructed family time into group chats, the dining table was a place for everyone to reset the day with some meaningful face-to-face interaction. It was where we talked, laughed and gossiped about random affairs. Back then; the dining table was a sanctuary, not a showplace.
The Great Outdoors
by Tommy Wee
Whenever I travel, I try to catch the sunset at least once on the road. Watching the sunset is a soul-affirming thing to do. Adjectives fail miserably to describe those beautiful hours, as the riot of colours softens in the sky.
A sunset reboots the perspective in a way you never thought you needed it to. It’s like hearing a mellow and encouraging friend saying, “Don’t worry, it’s a new dawn tomorrow.”
The Preferred Seat
by Tommy Wee
It sounds rather self-serving as an opinion, but the heart of any living room has to be the actual furniture I’m resting on.
You can probably infer that I’m a sedentary animal at home, and you’re not wrong there. But it cannot make more sense.
When it comes to definitive home décor, some will vouch for the choice of art hanging on the walls, the statement rug, or the designer lighting that sets the mood, but building a great living room, to me, requires that you begin with the centerpiece in the space – the sofa.
The Insider: Tommy Wee, Managing Editor
Some habits don’t change. He took his affection for writing further by cobbling a career out of it, and now, as content director of Majority Media, a leading publisher behind one of Singapore’s largest circulating lifestyle magazines, his satisfaction comes from telling friends that he “reads on the job”.
Based on the reactions of his online followers, he is like a Singaporean Ashton Kutcher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (hopefully in Inception, not 50/50) and a cup of low-sugar bubble tea. Comforting but not sinful.
When he isn’t writing, he is constantly looking for the best places to nap. He loves petting strangers' dogs and tipping for great service. He lives with his wife, Evelyn, in a walk-up in the “increasingly gentrified” Tiong Bahru estate, where he is under constant pressure to cycle around on a single-gear bicycle with a basket laden with baguettes. Good baguettes are hard to find in Singapore.