Design News: Okamura sold at W. Atelier

Contessa and Plimode models
Contessa and Plimode modelsPHOTO: W. ATELIER


Japanese office furniture brand Okamura is now sold at multi-label retailer W. Atelier.

The 71-year-old brand, which also kits out aircraft and cars from Nissan, has received prestigious accolades over the years, including the Red Dot Award and Good Design Award.

W. Atelier carries all 15 models of Okamura's work chair range. These ergonomic chairs have backrests that can withstand repeated back-tilting and strong bases that can last through frequent wheeling.

Only two chairs - the Contessa and the Plimode models - are on display at the store. The rest can be viewed and ordered from an in-store catalogue. All the chairs are customisable.

Okamura describes the Plimode as "an innovation that provides a sensation akin to donning a well- tailored suit". The customisable chair comes in four patterns and 33 colours. Prices start at $1,349.

Where: W. Atelier, 75 Bukit Timah Road, 01-01/02, tel: 6270-8828



Home-grown interior design company Design Intervention clinched two major awards at the International Design & Architecture Awards earlier this month.

Its Ridout Console was named the Best Table Design at the International Product Design Awards, which are a part of the International Design & Architecture Awards.

The table, designed by the studio and handmade at its Johor Baru factory, has varying wood tones and gold metal accents.

Previous winners in this category include France's Pierre Frey and American designer Thomas Pheasant.

Design Intervention also took home the prize in the "Kitchen Over £100,000" category. The show-stopping kitchen - it is part of The Modern Chinoiserie House located in the Tanglin area - features a teal-blue leather banquette (pictured).

The International Design & Architecture Awards are hosted by design et al, an interior design magazine in the United Kingdom. Shortlisted entries are put online and voting is open to industry professionals, the magazine's readers, clients and customers.



An exhibition about Rody, the inflatable toy horse that originated in Italy, rides into town next month. The Rody horse is often used to help children develop balance and coordination skills.

Held at the National Design Centre, Asia's biggest Rody toy exhibition celebrates 50 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Japan. There will be more than 250 inflatable Rody toys on show.

Singapore and Japanese designers have also been roped in to design two miniature Rody toys, featuring motifs that represent the two countries.

There will also be a Rody design competition that is open to all age groups in four categories. Participants print out an outline of two Rody toys and colour them to represent Japan and Singapore.

The competition, held both in Singapore and Japan, is open for submission until Sept 30. Each age category will have its own winner, who will then compete for the grand prize - a return ticket to Japan.

The event's organiser, La Ditta, will also attempt to set a Guinness World Record for having 250 people ride inflatable animal toys at one time. This will take place on Nov 12.

Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Atrium

When: Oct 20 to Nov 12

Info: Go to to download the images of Rody and submission details.



Philips - which has changed its brand direction to focus on health technology and create products that cater to health-conscious consumers - launched the Philips Consumer Care centre at its headquarters here earlier this week.

The 650 sq m space, housed at the Philips Apac Centre in Toa Payoh, features a living room, kitchen (pictured), vanity counter in the bedroom and children's room, where visitors can try out new products.

The space, which opens on Monday, will also be used for workshops, cooking classes and exclusive events.

Where: Consumer Care centre, Philips Apac Center, 622 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Level 1; open: 9am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 1pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday and public holiday

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2016, with the headline 'Design News'. Subscribe