Mountain Teak opens new store
Indie furniture store Mountain Teak, known for its range of timber pieces, has opened a new concept store called Mountain Living.
Housed in the new extension of Pasarbella Farmer's Market at The Grandstand in Turf Club Road, the 2,000 sq ft store sells an exclusive range of premium lifestyle products.
Some brands include France's oldest tea house Compagnie Coloniale and Portuguese luxury soap brand Claus Porto, which counts talk-show host Oprah Winfrey as a fan. There are also home accessories such as lamps and tableware by Belgium brand Serax.
Prices range from $22 for a set of salt-and-pepper shakers to $210 for an industrial-style ceiling lamp.
The new outlet will also carry selected pieces of furniture from Mountain Teak's store at Tan Boon Liat Building in Outram Road.
Info: 02-K92 Pasarbella Farmer's Market @ The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, tel: 6219-9716, open: 10.30am to 7pm daily
Architecture book on places of worship
Explore the history of 50 places of worship in Singapore in the new book, Faith In Architecture.
The 212-page tome provides insight into how temples, churches and mosques were designed and the inspirations for their designs. Buildings featured include the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in South Bridge Road; Blessed Sacrament Church in Commonwealth Drive; and Masjid Malabar in Victoria Street.
The idea for the paperback was borne out of a course called Faith In Art at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. The book's editor Gul Inanc teaches the class. Singapore artist Ho Chee Lick contributed his sketches to the book.
Info: Faith In Architecture ($25) is sold at www.ethosbooks.com.sg/products/faith-in-architecture
New online store launch
Decorator's Notebook is a new online site which sells home accessories sourced internationally.
The store's owner Priti Devi, 50, granddaughter of Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala, decided to open her own store after she had trouble finding items to decorate her home here. She picked the items to carry on the website after buying them for herself.
Classic and sophisticated, the range of products includes bathroom accessories, candles, dinnerware, tumblers, cushions and chairs. Prices range from $5 for a cup to $6,515 for a desk with drawers made of stingray skin.
Decorator's Notebook also shares travel tips with reviews of boutique hotels and restaurants such as The Viceroy Hotel in New York and Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. There is also a Luxe Woman tab where users can shop for bags and jewellery.
Info: Go to www.decorators notebook.co
Learn a traditional skill at the Gotong Royong Makers Fest - Craft Workshop series. The four workshops are: embroidery on paper, woodblock printing, batik painting and designing your own Peranakan tile. The event is on Oct 3.
The first workshop is free. Additional workshops cost $15 and include material costs. Registration ends on Friday.
To liven up the atmosphere, there will be a Made-in-SG bazaar, music sessions by local indie bands and a community fabric mural project which is open to the public.
Info: The workshops start from 11am to 7pm at *Scape Hubquarters, 04-01, 2 Orchard Link, on Oct 3.
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with new furniture
Big Box, the megamall in Jurong East, celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with a "moon-watching party" today and tomorrow at its Sky Garden.
In the event of hazy conditions, the event will be moved indoors.
The first 50 shoppers will get complimentary mooncakes and lanterns.
After some moon-gazing, check out a showcase of more than 100 Suar wood furniture pieces. The tropical wood is prized for its interlocking grains, which make it resistant to cracking from wood movement and decay. Prices start from $1,388 for a 1.6m-long table and there is a 10 per cent discount till Wednesday.
Info: Big Box is at 1 Venture Avenue, open: 10am to 10pm daily