When Nikki Hunt, founder of local design consultancy Design Intervention, was tasked to renovate a family home, integrate the owners’ extensive art and antique collections, as well as reflect their belief in fengshui, she turned to the centuries-old style of chinoiserie for inspiration. What has resulted is the clever use of sleek black lines against white walls to frame and draw out the vivid colours in the homeowner’s art collection, melding with the Chinese motifs and octagonal shapes decorating the space around antiques. A skylight installed above the flights of stairs is also a natural spotlight for these masterpieces. Design Intervention, 75E Loewen Road.

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02: Clean and Green

For some, being eco-friendly might result in a quality and design compromise. Not so with German premium fittings specialist Hansgrohe’s latest water-saving shower range, Crometta. The chrome hand showerheads come with an Ecosmart function, which limits water fl ow to between six and nine litres per minute – the norm varies from seven to 15 litres per minute. Users can switch between two spray modes: soft flow or a more powerful jet stream of water. 69 Mohamed Sultan Road.


Spanish luxury porcelain brand Lladro is going the way of Asia-inspired ornaments for its latest spring collection, which highlights facets of culture through its intricate pieces. A tai chi figurine, for instance, takes its fluid form from the meditative Chinese martial art. To capture the defensive yet poised fighting stance, sculptor Alfredo Llorens used at least 15 to 20 plaster moulds for each movement, before fragments are put together using liquid porcelain paste. #04-51 Paragon.