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Renovated Bvlgari boutique reopens at MBS

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) two-story Bvlgari store has reopened after more than four months of renovations, revealing ultra-luxurious interiors designed by Peter Marino.

The award-winning American interior designer took inspiration from Roman architectural masterpieces such as the Pantheon to design interiors showcasing Roman tradition juxtaposed with Italian innovation.

A burgundy-colored eight-pointed star embedded in the glossy and cream marble floor greets visitors as they enter the boutique.

And the reason why it’s so strategically placed at the entrance to the store of one of Italy’s oldest jewelry brands? It is the eight-pointed star Condotti, made of red porphyry, an igneous rock containing coarse-grained crystals and the unifying emblem of Bvlgari’s first store in Via dei Condotti in Rome, built in 1905. It means l balance, harmony and cosmic order. .

The eight lines represent the four cardinal points and the time represented by the two solstices and the two equinoxes. It can now be found in all Bvlgari stores around the world.

The star also means “Roma Caput Mundi” which in Latin means “Rome is the capital of the world” as well as the expression “All roads lead to Rome”.

Mr. Marino also designed oval-shaped countertops in lightweight galvanized iron that were inspired by the works of famous Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.

Shoppers are welcome to browse the store and view classic collections such as the Bvlgari Serpenti, which features sleek, snake-shaped curves; and the Fiorever, which is the four petal floral design that is the Roman symbol of happiness and joy.

There is also a private oval auction room reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor’s days, when the actress visited Via dei Condotti in the 1960s, also called the golden years of Italian dolce vita (for “sweetness of life ” in Italian).

The redesigned store is just one of many major companies in Singapore undertaken by the Italian luxury house this year. In July, Bvlgari took home more than 200 million euros (S $ 309 million) in jewelry from its famous Magnifica fine jewelry collection. Performed at the MBS Theater, the pieces included the Imperial Spinel necklace with a 131.21 carat spinel, the fourth largest known in the world; and the Mediterranean Queen necklace, with five remarkable cushion-cut oval Paraiba tourmalines weighing approximately 500 carats.

The showcase featured around 170 pieces of fine jewelry – including those from previous collections – and 55 timepieces.

King furniture brand wins Australian Good Design Award

The brand’s Fleur line of sofas and armchairs was named a winner in the product design category for its exceptional design and innovative functionality. PHOTO: LIVING KING

Award-winning Australian furniture house King has added another feather to its cap. At the Australian Good Design Awards 2021 in October, the brand’s Fleur line of sofas and armchairs were named the winner in the product design category for their exceptional design and innovative features.

Fleur has a soft silhouette with a sophisticated and versatile design that is ideal for relaxing or entertaining. The jury quote pointed out that the line seemed to stray from the usual look and feel of King’s pieces.

“The flexibility of the back system does not resemble the typical ‘flexible’ sofa back, but rather a superb collection of chairs and sofas that exude comfort in a clean and elegant form,” the judges wrote.

The awards, which date back to 1958, are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious for design and innovation.

In Singapore, King has a 12,000 square foot showroom at 01-00 Hong Aik Building, 22 Kallang Avenue. The Fleur line is now offered at festive retail prices – starting at $ 1,890 (regular price is $ 2,951) for a lounge chair to $ 3,890 (regular price $ 6,008) for a sofa three places.

Info: King Living website

Singaporean artist tops Giphy list with 38.5 billion views

Singaporean digital artist Peter Draw (third from left) with Alex Chung, founder of Giphy, in 2018 when he was invited to visit Giphy’s new headquarters in New York to celebrate the billion-view mark digital. PHOTO: PETER DRAW

Peter Draw, a digital artist and local animator who has been creating art for over 20 years, is the world’s most viewed digital artist on Giphy – the leading repository and exchange of images in gif (interchange format) graphic).

The 37-year-old, also known as Peter Zhuo, has garnered over 38.5 billion views and was announced as the most viewed artist on November 29. This is the first time that Facebook-owned Giphy has rewarded winners with trophies.

Draw’s digital artwork – titled Ai and Aiko – features a little boy and his shiba-inu puppy and is themed “Love Can Happen Anywhere”. It landed two top spots – for delivering a strong message and for receiving the most views since its launch in August 2018. The work attracts more than two billion views per month.

Draw, a graduate of Nanyang Polytechnic, says he created Ai and Aiko in 2000 after the death of his grandfather to console himself that “everything would be fine”.

“From 2000 to 2018, I devoted my adult life to drawing, to make children smile,” he says. “For me, the most beautiful curve in the world is the smiles of children.”

Info: Discover Ai and Aiko on Giphy and Instagram

Tropical themed party favors at This Humid House

This wet house has curated 10 nature-based gifts with a tropical theme for Christmas. PHOTOS: THIS WET HOUSE

Botanical Design Studio This Humid House curated 10 nature-based gifts with a tropical theme for Christmas. They are designed to be stylish yet playful.

The Little Pine ornament ($ 100) features a brass cube filled with pine, dryandra, and pink pepper, and finished with a velvet ribbon. It can be hung on the Christmas tree, a coat hook or a doorknob.

Brighten up your home with floral arrangements like the Micro BB ($ 60), where the festive flowers are presented in a slim 100% machine-hollowed solid brass vase with a hand-polished matte finish. It is available as a single item or in sets of three.

Or go for a more rustic arrangement with the Winter Orange ($ 150), which is the studio’s interpretation of winter in the tropics. It features frosted juniper scalloped with dried citrus in the studio’s signature coconut bowl.

Info: Gifts can be pre-ordered on the This Humid House website. Delivery ($ 18) is available until December 24.


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