Design news: Kinfolk-Style Homeware at Atomi

Ang ku kueh coasters (left) from Souvenirs From Singapore. Rosanna's geometric nesting trays (above) from Dreams And Confetti.
Kinfolk-Style Homeware at Atomi.PHOTO: ATOMI
Ang ku kueh coasters (left) from Souvenirs From Singapore. Rosanna's geometric nesting trays (above) from Dreams And Confetti.
Jewel Changi Airport.PHOTO: CAPITALAND
Ang ku kueh coasters (left) from Souvenirs From Singapore. Rosanna's geometric nesting trays (above) from Dreams And Confetti.
Rosanna's geometric nesting trays (above) from Dreams And Confetti.PHOTO: ROSANNA


In 2013, Japanese furniture brand Actus and Ouur, a lifestyle collective brand and publisher of hipster magazine Kinfolk, teamed up to produce a series of minimalist homeware products and accessories.

The collection - products are released under the Ouur name - is now available in Singapore. Previously, it was sold only in Japan.

Home-grown lifestyle store atomi is carrying the 21-piece collection and has a special display area for it. The collection includes items such as stationery, notebooks, porcelain ware and a coffee press. Prices range from $33 for a pencil set to $340 for a handmade leather wallet.

atomi, which carries homeware, clothing, accessories and furniture from Japan, will also be bringing back Actus products. The brand left Singapore in 2002 after almost two decades in business.

An Actus standalone store is slated to open early next year.

Where: atomi Lifestyle x Furniture Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, 04-26/27, tel: 6887-4138

When: 11am to 8pm daily


Eight Singapore projects took home awards at the prestigious International Architecture Awards 2016. These winners spanned a wide range of typologies.

Residential project winners are Paterson 3, two corner terrace units off Orchard Road by AR43 Architects; and a bungalow in Cornwall Gardens by Chang Architects.

Condominiums Bliss@Kovan by Look Architects and d'Leedon, off Farrer Road and designed by the firm of late architecture doyenne Zaha Hadid, also won.

Three mammoth projects also caught the jury's eye. They are the 667,362 sq ft Yale-National University of Singapore College campus by Forum Architects; the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and the upcoming Jewel Changi Airport. Both are by Safdie Architects.

An interesting project that won was conceptual design Bamboo Skyscraper by CRG Architects.

The architects envisioned tall buildings that made use of the hardy natural material.

The International Architecture Awards is organised by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. It is the largest and most extensive global architecture awards programme in the world.

Projects that were judged included new skyscrapers, commercial buildings, urban plans, private residences and real estate properties that have good design, construction, planning and sustainability.

There were 132 winners this year from 43 countries, including Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the United States.


Ang ku kueh coasters (above) from Souvenirs From Singapore. PHOTO: SINGAPASAR

After a successful debut last year, Singapasar, the design-centric pasar malam, is back.

The three-day event, which started yesterday, features 35 product and food vendors selling Singapore- designed products, artisanal goods and handmade crafts and objects.

Several labels, such as Onlewo, Souvenirs From Singapore and Singapasar organiser The Farm Store, will debut new collections.

Foodies can check out chocolatier Demochoco, which will sell created flavours such as Masala Chai chocolates, or pick up pre-made sauces of classic dishes from Signature Delicacies.

Where: Atrium and Design Gallery 1, 111 Middle Road, National Design Centre, tel: 6333-3737

When: 11am to 8pm (today and tomorrow)

Admission: Free


Party product supplier and home decor store Dreams And Confetti has moved to a 300 sq ft store in Dempsey from Great World City. It sells plates, napkins and cutlery, as well as novelty items such as confetti-filled balloons. Bakers will also love its baking ware such as cookie-cutters.

The store has 20 brands and is the exclusive Singapore distributor for American brands Mosser Glass, known for its cake stands; and Rosanna, which has decorative tableware and unique crockery.

Lifestyle emporium Vanilla Home returns to Club Street, where it first opened in 2002. It closed its doors in 2013 after having shifted its store location several times.

It reopened with a 1,600 sq ft showroom in Club Street in May, in a different space from before. Browse its collection of homeware accessories from around the world.

Prices range from $30 for a tube of Ortigia hand cream to $30,000 for Porta Romana's handcut polished brass Luca chandelier.

To show art in a home setting, Vanilla Home puts up works of artists. On show now are works by Singapore-based multi-disciplinary artist Gilly Beal and Stefanie Hauger, winner of the 2013 UOB South-east Asian Painting of the Year Award, and a co-director at Vanilla Home.

Where: Dreams And Confetti, 13 Dempsey Road, 01-04 When:10am to 7pm (Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday), 11am to 8pm (Friday and Saturday)

Where: Vanilla Home, 63 Club Street, 01-01

When: 10am to 7pm (weekday), 11am to 6pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2016, with the headline 'Design News'. Print Edition | Subscribe