MAN CAVE AT TANGS
The proverbial "man cave", a place for men to retreat to in a home, gets a dedicated pop-up event at Tangs department store in Orchard Road.
Called Mancave At Tangs and situated on the fourth level, the temporary retail space is selling products such as gadgets, wine, art and furniture that have a masculine touch. It runs till July 20.
If you are willing to splash out, there are many swanky objects on offer. Check out AV Intelligence's futuristic-looking Estelon YB loudspeakers ($25,900) or a $35,000 Lungolinea Table Tennis Table made of crystal glass by Italian luxury label Impatia.
For some manly furnishings, browse Teak & Mahogany's selection of furniture made of distressed leather and rugs and throws made of cowhide. Prices start at $298 for a printed cushion.
If you want a spot of colour for your walls, Bangkok-based artist Keetatat Sitthiket is also selling his framed pop art pieces that often feature celebrities and quotes. Price ranges from $35 to $390.
There are other bits and bobs that can help with creating a chilled-out mood. You can pick up a vinyl record (from $33) from home- grown music store The Barbershop Music, which sells music of all genres; or buy some alcohol from online wine store Pop Up Wine, which has a selection from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
To help you choose, there are wine tastings from Fridays to Sundays.
Where: Tangs at Tang Plaza, 310 Orchard Road, Level 4, tel: 6737-5500
NEW STORE OFFERS WOOD AND MARBLE FURNITURE
A new boutique furniture store called Hewn has opened in Bishan, specialising in furniture and home accessories that pair wood and marble. It was set up three months ago by three friends. It is now run by only two of the original founders.
They sell items such as benches, stools, coffee tables (pictured), dining tables, poufs and kitchenware items such as bowls, all of which are sourced from manufacturers in China and Indonesia.
Prices range from $9 for a small wooden bowl to $3,799 for the Hadrian Dining Table that has a top made from a slab of white marble and trestle legs out of recycled teak.
Later this year, Hewn will release its first collection of furniture designed by the owners with Singapore-based craftsmen.
Where: Hewn, 3 Pemimpin Drive, 08-01, tel: 8245-1555. Appointments must be made for weekday visits from 7 to 10pm, while the store is open on weekends from 11.30am to 5.30pm
Info: Go to hewn.sg
SINGAPORE WINNERS AT GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARDS
Home-cleaning brand bio-home has been honoured with a 2016 Green Good Design Award for three products from its eponymous eco-friendly range of cleaning solutions. The products are Liquid Laundry Detergent for regular clothes, Liquid Laundry Detergent for delicates and Floor Cleaner.
The Green Good Design Awards, which were given out last month, are presented by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
The awards honour products and companies for ecologically friendly and sustainable designs. Other categories include urban planning and landscape architecture; and green transportation.
The bio-home range received the award in the Green Product/Graphic Design category for its use of biodegradable and renewable plant- based active ingredients. The brand - made by Lam Soon Group, which also sells the Knife Cooking Oil - does not test on animals.
There were two Singapore winners in the architecture category. Architect Chang Yong Ter won for his 2014 bungalow in Cornwall Gardens that has an abundance of plants, a pool and verandahs.
Award-winning architecture firm Woha won for its 210-unit condominium Goodwood Residence. On the property, two 12-storey L-shaped blocks surround three green squares. The first square features a long tree-lined driveway, the second square is dotted with large forest trees and the third square opens up directly to Goodwood Hill, giving residents a good view of the greenery.
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