This Stylish Apartment At The Orchard Residences Is The Epitome Of Italian Chic – Singapore Tatler

A large patterned rug anchors the living space, which features earthy hues and metallic finishes
August 21, 2019

The work of Topic Design Studio, this apartment pairs elegant, well-crafted Italian furniture with glamorous accents

Crafting a show apartment that stands out from a sea of luxurious homes requires a creative eye and a meticulous attention to detail. For this three-bedroom unit in The Orchard Residences, Topic Design Studio was tasked to deliver an apartment that was timeless, elegant and luxurious, within the short period of three months.
“One of the main concerns of the client was how we could create a design that was different from the rest of the showflats,” says Tan Sze Ling, principal designer of Topic Design Studio, who worked on the project together with interior designer Darrion Loo. “Timeless elegance and comfort were what the client had emphasised. We decided to introduce unique bespoke pieces and Italian designer furniture to match the apartment’s prestigious location, building on the theme of ‘elegant luxury’ and tailoring the spaces to appeal to families.”

The diamond-cut mirrored feature elevates the look of the master bedroom

To bring the concept to life, the designers incorporated a colourful array of materials and textures into the 2,174sqft apartment. “Topic Design Studio has always been an interior firm with an eye for detail,” expresses Tan. “We pay a lot of attention to the refined look of the work and how proportions and colours contribute to the visual appeal of a space.”

Firstly, warm lighting, neutral tones, and bespoke elements—including the custom-made leather panels—create an elegant backdrop for each space. Taking centrestage in the different spaces is an eclectic array of furnishings featuring rich tones and artistic textures to create an inviting yet bold look. “We decided to take a risk by building a strong colour palette for each room, which adds character to the apartment as a whole,” says Tan.

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A large patterned rug anchors the living space, which features earthy hues and metallic finishes

The living room makes an uplifting first impression with its glamorous ceiling and a large patterned rug anchoring the space. An array of seats, ranging from a plush sofa to leather chairs, creates a relaxed yet luxurious ambience.

Adjacent to the living room is the dining area; a sleek, intimate space flanked by a row of tinted mirrors and leather panels. “Creating an illusion of a bigger area in this compact space was crucial,” explains Tan. To this end, bronze mirrored panels were installed in the dining area, enhancing the sense of space. As a finishing touch, two art pieces add pops of colour against the clean-lined furniture.

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Blush accents add a feminine touch to this study area

The design firm crafted unique concepts for each room, while retaining visual cohesiveness via recurring motifs and colours.

“Like the idea of a family—where each person is an individual yet makes up a complete unit when they come together—the different rooms complement one other by retaining similar details,” says Tan. One of the apartment’s most charming spots is a study area that’s adjacent to the balcony. The space is animated with exuberant patterns, sculptural pieces, and a cushion with a geometric pattern. 

The custom-made leather wall creates a glamorous focal point in this bedroom
The master bathroom features a bathtub that’s built into a marble block

In the master bedroom, the designers have combined furnishings in metallic hues with a bespoke fabric panel and a diamond-cut mirrored wall to frame both ends of the bed. The master bathroom, which boasts a bird’s-eye view of the neighbourhood, features a bathtub encrusted within a marble block.

The end result is a bold apartment that makes a strong first impression. “It was gratifying to see the owner admiring the details and workmanship,” says Tan, reflecting on the completed project.

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Tan Sze Ling, founder of Topic Design Studio

Topic Design Studio 

Founded by Tan Sze Ling, the practice first caught the industry’s attention with its personalised designs and its attention to detail. The studio has since worked on luxury residential and commercial projects in Singapore, Moscow, Bangalore, Jakarta and China; the firm creates subtle yet meaningful spaces through its sensitivity to culture, context and climate.

Topic Design Studio | #06-01, 100D Pasir Panjang Road | 6694 5832

Software changes business model – Furniture Production Magazine

An award-winning Irish furniture manufacturer producing quality, bespoke joinery, kitchens and furniture for high end office fitouts, says introducing Cabinet Vision and Alphacam into its company, completely changed its business model.

BSG Design was founded by brothers Barry and Stephen Goulding, at Trim, County Meath, in 2013. Three years later they reached the final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, and in 2017 won the Meath Best Small to Medium Enterprise and Overall Best Business.

Barry attributes their success to attention to detail in their design and planning, and short project timescales. “Using Alphacam and Cabinet Vision has pretty much doubled the size of the business by improving efficiency in the production processes.”

The majority of their work is bespoke high-end office and kitchen fitouts including reception counters, wall panelling and tea stations for prestigious customers such as PayPal, IBM, Ernst & Young, Irish Life, Northern Trust Bank, and Gourmet Food Parlour, with the remainder being domestic kitchens and cabinetry.

Prior to investing in its four-axis SCM Pratix CNC nesting machine, the company operated with a panel saw, but now 70% of their work goes through Cabinet Vision, and 30% through Alphacam, with an overlap of around 20% of jobs being handled by both.  

Barry first used the software while studying at the GMIT Letterfrack College in Ireland for his Design and Manufacture qualification and Furniture Design degree. “After graduating, I worked in the industry for around 10 years, for furniture companies, and could see how much more efficient they’d be if they used Cabinet Vision and Alphacam.” 

So, when he started his own company, it was always the plan that CNC machinery and the CAD/CAM software would be introduced. He now carries out CAD drawings and 3D renders in Cabinet Vision, and uses its powerful Screen to Machine tool to communicate all the engineering data directly to the Pratix.

A number of bespoke programs to manage aspects such as Keku clips and locks have been set up via the software’s User Created Standards (USCs).

“These bespoke USCs write specific code for us to enable the software to do exactly what we need for particular individual tasks.”

And, as BSG manufacture cabinets to suit customer requirements, they use the software to set different construction methods. “For example, we may be working on an inframe unit, and the next job could be a slab door with a chamfer back handle detail and a checkout in the carcass for the handle rail. Or switching between rafix and dowel jointing, as details vary from project to project. So it’s invaluable to be able to vary the construction methods on how each item is made, quickly and simply.” 

Barry describes how BSG originally used 2D software for its panel saw, and that ‘huge’ time savings have now been achieved by drawing a 3D model in Cabinet Vision, as all the toolpaths for the CNC are generated automatically. 

“Screen to Machine sends accurate NC code for everything we’ve put on the model, out to the machine tool. For example, if we put drawers or any cabinet fittings on the model, all the mounting holes are machined in the various positions correctly, without us having to do anything else.”

Barry says with Cabinet Vision taking care of standard shaped cabinets, it was a natural progression for the company to bring in Alphacam to tackle more complex components such as curved reception counters, and other items that could not be cut with Cabinet Vision.

The two software brands from the Production Software stable of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence have played a major contribution in overcoming BSG’s biggest challenge, which was meeting the extremely short deadlines required from customers. “Basically, once the CAD drawings are done and approved, we’re almost there, because getting the CNC program, the saw cutlist, assembly sheets and labels with manufacturing information from the 3D model is very fast.”

While they tender to main contractors, they are often recommended by architects and interior designers, who are impressed with their speed, efficiency and the high quality product finish. 

“Once we’ve tendered we get a set of drawings, usually as a PDF, and build our Alphacam and Cabinet Vision designs from those. Those original drawings from the client usually just show a general design idea and we need to incorporate accurate measurements and technical details for our own production, and for other trades such as plumbing and electrical,” says Barry.

BSG’s designs regularly must take into account items which are not found in standard kitchens, such as large commercial fridges and commercial coffee machines. 

“And we frequently have to begin manufacture before walls are even built, to keep within the project timeline. Therefore, we often agree  measurements with the contractor without going on site to get drawings approved, and then change the dimensions again just before production. But it’s so easy to modify the Cabinet Vision models by dragging and dropping them, and changing their dimensions, so that the final NC code produces perfectly accurate cabinets for the room.”    

In conclusion, Barry says the software has also enabled BSG to implement a degree of lean manufacturing within the company, which has helped change its business model. 

“We saw considerable benefits as soon as we started using Cabinet Vision,” says Barry. “As it creates each bespoke NC file from the CAD model in the office, there is a lot less downtime on the Pratix, as the manual input has been greatly reduced. 

“These efficiencies have made the process considerably faster. And the way parts are presented has improved with labelling from Cabinet Vision’s Label-IT, which means that nothing is forgotten once it has been inputted into the model. Anyone in the workshop can see a complete overview of the job. 

“The manufacturing booklet created in Cabinet Vision shows what’s required for each project,” says Barry, “and the labels ensure an accurate flow of information from the office to the workshop, and finally for the fitters on site to see everything that’s required for the installation, even down to the number of hinges and handles, and that all the fittings are there.” 

Hølte opens showroom for Ikea hacking products in east London – Fast Company

Swedish furniture behemoth Ikea—and its expansive collection of prefabricated pieces—are practically omnipresent in homes around the world.The company made roughly $43 billion in global revenue last year selling inexpensive sofas, stools, tables, and even smart home tech. The drawback to Ikea’s ubiquity, of course, is the risk that your living room could end up looking exactly like someone else’s.

[Photo: © Nicholas Worley/courtesy Hølte]

Ikea’s stronghold on the home design and furnishing industry isn’t likely to loosen up anytime soon, and over the past few years, a slew of startups have popped up to offer ways to alter or customize the company’s designs. Historically, design-savvy consumers would personalize their own products—a do-it-yourself trend known as “Ikea hacking”—to guard against identical living spaces. But new studios like Norse Interiors, Reform, and Panyl are specializing in offering Ikea customers design services that help distinguish their Hemnes dresser, for example, from someone else’s.

The latest is Hølte, a London-based studio founded by collaborators Tom and Fi Ginnett in 2017, which offers a high-end version of this aftermarket alteration practice. Unlike its competitors, the company recently even opened a proper design showroom for its products, setting up shop in east London. The showroom offers a curated yet authentic look at how Hølte’s products transform decidedly neutral Ikea products. The kitchen on display is fully functional, and the dining space is primed to host meetings and events.

“We wanted everything to have a purpose and ensure that nothing was purely for display,” Fi Ginnett, cofounder of Hølte’s Hackney design studio, told Dezeen. “The working kitchen and big dining table are used day-to-day for team lunches and client meetings, but are also there to be used for pop-ups, supper clubs and other events.”

Throughout the space, Hølte’s boldly colored handles, countertop surfaces, and hand-finished cabinet fronts (which are custom designed for Ikea’s Metod modular kitchen line) upgrade Ikea’s formula into inspired bespoke pieces. The result? A bright and unique take on Ikea’s functional staples.

Architecture, Design and Style: The Defining Look of the East End –

Aug 19, 2019 10:43 AM

Staff Writer
Driving across the East End, it is easy to take its sea of immaculate homes for granted. But what does it actually take to create one of these beautifully integrated homes, from the inside out?

Interior designer Kelly Behun, landscape architect Edmund Hollander and architect James Merrell know firsthand. On Friday, August 23, the three powerhouses of style and design will pull back the curtain at the Southampton Arts Center and discuss how they merge their design aesthetics, integrate important art collections into the design scheme, and create a unified realization of the hopes and dreams of the most important member of the team: the client.

“We are thrilled to host such an esteemed panel of design experts at SAC,” Artistic Director Amy Kirwin said in a press release. “All three have made such a significant impact on the look and feel of the East End and we are looking forward to allowing the public to hear all about their collaborative process.”

Ms. Behun gained her interior design training on the job as a member of Ian Schrager Hotels’ in-house Design Studio, where she worked under architect Anda Andrei and alongside renowned designers Andree Putman and Philippe Starck.

While there, she was an integral member of the design team that created a number of their most iconic properties, including the Delano in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, and Royalton, Paramount, Morgans and Hudson hotels in New York. She later opened kellybehun|STUDIO, which became known for its comprehensive and highly bespoke approach to interior design projects, and its exclusive line of furniture and home accessories.

Mr. Hollander approaches landscape architecture from a holistic standpoint. “The three ecologies essential to a timeless project,” he said, “are the architectural ecology of the buildings, the natural ecology of the vernacular landscape, and the human ecology of how the clients will inhabit the landscapes we create.”

His award-winning firm is the mastermind behind a 61,000-square-foot, green-roof memorial, as part of architect Steven Holl’s expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. That ongoing commission is an especially prominent feather in his cap, which includes private landscapes for titans such as theater scion Jonathan M. Tisch, real estate magnate William C. Rudin, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

Mr. Merrell came to architecture by way of art and the history of ideas, rather than engineering and design. Over the last 30 years, he has designed an impressive collection of decidedly architectural, vibrant and beautifully appointed residences from the firm’s home base in Sag Harbor.

The discussion, moderated by Cristina Cuomo, will begin at 12 p.m. at the Southampton venue, located at 25 Jobs Lane. Admission is $15 and $10 for Friends of SAC. For information, call 631-283-0967 or visit

This $3.3 million office with hammocks, an astroturf bridge and a Viking hut was designed to keep employees creative – Business Insider

This $3.3 million office features hammocks, astroturf and a Viking hut – Business Insider

The wooden ‘Norge Hut’ was brought all the way from Norway to act as a meeting room in the office.
  • Bosch’s startup platform invested $3.3 million into making a space specifically to inspire startups and keep employees inspired.
  • The working space, located in a former warehouse in Ludwigsburg, Germany, includes everything from bespoke furniture to an authentic Norwegian wooden hut.
  • The co-founders of the space worked with architects and artists to produce a unique environment in the hopes of breaking conventional working patterns.
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Finding a parking space through an app; a stay-at-home robot that sends you videos of your pets while you’re away; therapy, but with the help of VR glasses – how do people come up with these ideas? The answer is very simple: creativity.

As the German neuroscientist Gerlad Hüther explained in an interview with Business Insider Deutschland, people can only really be creative when areas in the brain that are not usually connected, link up. This happens when the brain is not occupied such as when you’re going for a walk, having a shower or lying in bed. But in an office, the chances of this happening are often quite low.

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When Bosch’s startup platform was founded in 2013 to help facilitate fresh and fun business ideas, the current managing director Peter Guse and his two co-founders were faced with a problem: how could they turn a 5,000-square-meter former warehouse into a creative space? Guse revealed to Business Insider Deutschland that Bosch invested $3.3 million into this project.

“For inspiration, we brought elements into the building that were unusual, to break up established patterns of thinking and working,” Guse told Business Insider. “An architecture firm and 26 artists helped us design the Grow building. What resulted from this collaboration was something truly unique.” A production hall filled with hundreds of bespoke furniture pieces and six eccentric meeting rooms is proof of this.

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For example, the founders brought in a wooden hut, which was dismantled in Norway and rebuilt in the office space in Ludwigsburg. It has been dubbed the “Norge Hut” meeting room. When you walk into the bustling space, it’s wooden scent and old Viking architecture transports you to another world.

Right next to it, a futuristic, aluminum, diamond-like structure reflects the natural light coming into the office. There’s even a meeting room inside it, appropriately called “Spark”. The name describes not only the aesthetic sparkle reflecting off the unusual structure but also the figurative spark of inspiration which is intended to strike every employee who walks in the room. Has your inspiration light bulb lit up yet?

Once a month, a big office lunch is served in the kitchen so that teams can exchange ideas on what they’re working on

The large kitchen serves as a multi-purpose space.

“At least once a month, meetings are held here in which one or two teams from the building update everyone on what they are doing. This increases the likelihood that new ideas will start emerging. Maybe the problem one team has been working on has already been solved by another. There are also screens in the kitchen where teams can then show off what they’re working on,” says Guse.

“Frame” is a room that can be used either as an individual “focus area” or for a meeting. Its walls are also sound-proof

All meeting rooms have specific names, describing their purpose or style.

The room is fitted with rectangular aluminium elements that can be used for different activities, like adding note cards.

This converted beach chair serves as a telephone box, in which Skype meetings or private phone calls can be held

There are plenty of areas to work individually as well as in a team.

The booth is soundproofed so colleagues around you won’t be disturbed. It is also an example of the unique and bespoke furniture made specifically for the office space.

The “Inner Circle” is another unconventional meeting room: There are no hierarchies here. This wooden cylinder room allows for natural light to come in from the top, allowing for ideas to flow easily

Every meeting room is open, but can also be closed if more private discussions are being held.

Unique spaces allow employees to be inspired by their working environment.

The “Norge Hut” was dismantled in Norway and rebuilt in the office. It’s interior is cozy and authentic, and makes you feel like you’re in a different world

The wooden ‘Norge Hut’ sits above the main hall and is available for anyone to use.

If you look closely, the ‘Spark’ room which is shaped like a diamond, sits just behind the Nordic hut. It bounces off natural light and is supposed to instigate that creative “spark”.

This isn’t just about kicking a ball around the office. A bridge with artificial turf stretches the entire length of the main hall

The more activity you do, the more your brain is stimulated.

Bosch encourages employees to do different activities around the office, to get creative juices flowing.

This unicorn was made out of all post-its used during the making of a project

Quirky decorations light up the work space and make you think.

Decorations such as the unicorn make the office bright and full of color.

Glass surfaces everywhere ensure for an open and productive working environment

The glass walls can also be used as a work prop.

In the foreground, a large chandelier with Bosch spark plugs illuminates the main hall.

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