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Space for makers to work their do-it-yourself magic

Published on Jun 9, 2014 8:40 AM
German carpenter Till Oliver Kautz, 30, and his girlfriend, Ms Fiona Wong, 37, at Home-Fix DIY's "maker space", located at its Tai Seng headquarters. -- ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO

Those who like to make their own furniture or toys now have a new place to get their fix.

Hardware retailer Home-Fix DIY is converting two floors of its Tai Seng headquarters into a workshop and co-working space with specialised equipment for hobbyists and professionals to put things together.

It is the newest "maker space" here, a term said to have originated in the United States in the mid-2000s. It refers to shared spaces, often furnished with things such as specialised tools and equipment, that people can use for a fee to design and create objects.

It adds to at least two other maker spaces here: Social enterprise Sustainable Living Lab, which opened in Yishun in 2011, and Mettle Work, which opened in Geylang last October.

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