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Friday, February 27, 2015

Fancy a brick modular refrigerator that adopts to your needs?

Image from Behance 

Korean industrial designer Jangho Kim came up with such a Brick modular refrigerator which can adjusted according to individual household needs and preference. 

The Brick refrigeration system have various modules of different sizes and types which perform varying functions. Aside from refrigeration, additional functions like water purifier or microwave oven can also be combined with the system - resulting in s seamless look!

My Take?
This is on top of my wish list; instead of buying a new refrigerator, you can just add on. Just like Lego bricks - stack and extend as much as you like! I hope it will soon hit the market but I figured it would be pricey though.....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scandinavian Inspired Home Design

Scandinavian interiors are very popular right now. For those who are unfamiliar with this design, IKEA playbook will give you a glimpse of  Scandinavian styled interiors.

What makes an interior design "Scandinavian"? I did a research and found out that the the following design guidelines.  Before I start, I will have to provide a brief background of how the design came about. The design is deeply influenced by the the geography constraints and the climate. Hence the  design is to address the harsh environmental conditions (read: long days of winter with shorter daylight) and restrained the natural resources.

Bright and Airy
Having a light color scheme and light window curtains are meant to make up the lack of sunlight experience during the severe weather.Light curtains with translucent fabric are meant to let in as much natural light as possible. Interiors are kept bright and decked out in bright palette such as white walls is to amplify the light as might as possible. Emphasis is placed on lighting so that the places sufficiently bathed in light even in the night.

Form and Function
 Limited availability of natural resources meant that furnishings such as furniture is no frills yet functional. Limited resources meant that the Scandinavian have to maximize the use of natural materials such as wood in their furnishing. Hence, you can see plenty of wood and  upholstery made from materials such as cotton and linen.  

Greenery
Due to the climate, most designs try to inject  ornamental plants and flowers to make up the lack of greeny at home.  

Colorful Accents 
I noticed that most designs will have colorful accents so as to personalise the look.  

My Take?
Such theme is very suitable for space challenged homes. Due to the bright airy interiors...and the liberal use of wood makes the whole place very cozy and livable. And to adapt such a look is very easy, MUJI and IKEA is the more affordable place to get the furnishing.

Here are my favorite picks from my Pinterest board:









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Monday, February 2, 2015

IKEA Staff Called My Kitchen Renovation a S*** Job!




This article caught my eye while while I was doing my research on kitchen renovation. It was published on All Singapore Stuff on 16th Nov 14 but apparently its original post was from Charles Benedict.

Basically, the unfortunate homeowner experienced a very frustrating kitchen renovation by ARTBUILD. And the experience is market by delays, mis-communication, mis-calculation, "hidden" costs and of course, exchange of unpleasant words.

From the writeup, it seems that the cause was due to Ikea's liberal outsourcing strategy (the actual renovation is handled by 2 companies - ARTBUILD and LUXX NEWHOUSE as highlighted by the homeowner) and that due to poor coordination by the Project Manager, the simple kitchen renovation was made more complex due to the many parties involved.

I am unsure of whether this problem is very prevalent in Ikea. However, it is worthwhile to take note of this incident and remember to check how many sub-contractors are involved  when you are discussing with your prospective renovation professionals.

Fortunately, Ikea finally followed up and addressed the homeowner's issue promptly.

Nevertheless, remember to check how many sub-contractors are involved for your renovation project!

This is because this is a generic problem which can happen in any renovation company if there is poor coordination and communication involved. You might not be as fortunate as the homeowner.


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