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  1. Thanks for the great article rynant! Cheers! Nat
  2. Hey bepgof, those would count as ambient/general lighting as it's natural light
  3. There are three different classes of lighting. These are broad categories and that some lights may fall under more than one category, e.g. track lights. LED, fluorescent and incandescent lights may be used in either class. Ambient/General Lighting Ambient, or general lighting is the first class of lighting most people think of. It includes: ChandeliersUp-lights (facing upwards) e.g. wall lightsDown-lights (facing downwards) e.g. lights on ceiling fans, ceiling lightsNatural lightAmbient lighting is the main source of light in any room, a basic requirement for any home. Using different lights will change the overall warmth of the room, but the effect is too general to highlight specific elements of your interior design. Focal/Task Lighting Focal/task lighting comprises lights required for specific situations and needs, like reading and cooking. Table/floor lampsRecessed lightsTrack lightsCabinet lightingThese tend to be smaller lights illuminating selected areas as needed. Focal lighting is just as functional as ambient lighting, but capable of providing a localised effect. For example, the cosy feel created by a floor lamp emitting amber light next to a sofa. Accent Lighting More decorative than functional, accent lighting tends to be ‘softer’ than focal lighting. Accent lighting includes: Sconce lightsRecessed lightsTrack lightsNiche lightsAccent lighting is to ambient and focal lights as a scalpel to a knife: helping to draw further attention to focal points (one of the principles of interior design), much as makeup is used to highlight desirable features. - - -
  4. Hi Kalimantan, I'm afraid that I am not able to advise you on that because we do not sell mattresses. The article was to emphasised on the correct mattress dimensions so as to fit the bedframes designed for local use and in this case, I've used the Hana bedframe as an example. It doesn't come with the mattress though! On another note, there's always the psychological perception that branded and expensive goods are better than the brandless, inexpensive options. I've grown to realise that that's not usually the case. I particularly like how Tilam King (www.tilamking.blogspot.com.sg) explained on this! I think when it comes to mattresses selection, best to have a feel of the actual product first.
  5. All in all, for the leather option, I'll still go for 100% leather if I'm really buying it for the long run. PVC/Synthetic etc, nowadays it's really hard to source for the good ones as many retailers are trying to get the least cost for production in order to have a healthy profit margin. Unless of course you don't mind changing your sofa every 1 year. But DavidSee611 is also correct on the PVC. I've seen of instances where PVC sofa can last a decade! Better get it in black because the discolouration in lighter shades is unavoidable.
  6. Confused by all the different bed/mattress size standards out there on the market? Read this before you buy. The word ‘bed’ refers to two things: 1. The mattress 2. The bed frame The phrase ‘bed size’ refers to the mattress size – not the size of the bed frame. There are a variety of different bed size standards for mattresses, which are as follows: Singapore Mattress Sizes King : W 183cm x L 190 cm Queen: W 152cm x L 190cm Super Single: W 107cm x L 190cm Single: W 91cm x L 190cm Twin: W 99cm x L 191cm European Mattress Sizes King: W 180cm x L 200cm Queen: W 160cm x L 200cm Double: W 140cm x L 200cm Single: W 90cm x L 200cm North American Mattress Sizes King: W 193cm x L 203cm California King: W 183cm x L 213cm Queen: W 152cm x L 203cm Full Size: W 135cm x L188cm Twin/XL Size: W 99cm x L 203cm Australian Mattress Sizes King: W 183cm x L 203cm Queen: W 153cm x L 203cm Double: W 137cm x L 187cm Single: W 92cm x L 187cm Most mattresses sold in Singapore are made according to the standard Singaporean mattress sizes, but don’t be afraid to clarify which type it is if you’re not sure. The reason why so many different sizing standards exist is because mattresses made in different regions are sized according to the average person’s height in the respective region…and Singaporeans are simply shorter in general. We’ve covered mattress sizes – this’ll be important when it comes to buying bed frames. When you shop for beds, the dimensions given often refer to the bed frame itself, not the mattress it will fit. This means that not all Queen sized mattresses will fit a Queen size bed. Take care not to buy a bed that won’t accommodate your mattress simply because its dimensions are smaller than those of your mattress. --EDITED-- The dimensions of the bed frame are: W172cm x D205cm x H120cm. The specifications for Queen Sized mattresses in the different regions are: European Queen-Sized Mattress - W 160cm x L 200cm North American Queen-Sized Mattress - W 152cm x L 203cm Australian Queen-Sized Mattress - W 153cm x L 203cm The three Queen size mattresses above look like they might fit into the Hana Queen Bed because they have smaller/equal dimensions, but they won’t. Singapore Queen-Sized Mattress - W 152cm x L190cm The Hana Queen Bed is explicitly designed for Singaporean Queen mattresses only. Therefore, never assume the dimensions of the bed are synonymous with the dimensions of the mattress it will fit when shopping for a bed frame. Now you finally understand what that “California King Bed” Rihanna sang about actually is. Happy bed shopping! --EDITED--
  7. I'm a furniture designer from Singapore-based company Castlery! (www.castlery.com)

  8. I can't seem to find their catalogue. Any link?
  9. Wall beds are very practical for the typical Singapore apartment. It frees up space and creates more room to move around. But with the hectic schedule, I reckon beds won't be put back in their upright position as we are all rushing for somewhere else in the morning!
  10. Not necessarily. You can actually go for LCL (Less-than-container-load) shipping where you pay for a certain space in the container for your goods. The full container contents will be shared with other people and everyone will pay for their individual space right up to the point where it fills up the container. Do it with shipping agents, it's more convenient that way since they will pretty much do up the nitty-gritty for you like the black and white stuff including customs clearance and taxation issues.
  11. Hi Sam, my analysis applies to all online shops including velofurniture which I believe have a similar business model. I haven't shop there so I can't comment on their quality though.
  12. Here you go Swedish Single: 80 cm × 200 cm (31 in × 79 in)90 cm × 200 cm (35 in × 79 in)120 cm × 200 cm (47 in × 79 in)Double: 140 cm × 200 cm (55 in × 79 in) 160 cm × 200 cm (63 in × 79 in)180 cm × 200 cm (71 in × 79 inSingapore Single 36 in × 75 in (91 cm 191 cm) Super single 42 in × 75 in (107 cm × 191 cm) Queen (double) 60 in × 75 in (152 cm × 191 cm) King (double) 72 in × 75 in (183 cm × 191 cm)
  13. Here's some recommendations for designer goods without the 'designer' price Sofas & Armchairs (http://www.castlery.com/shop/sofa-and-chairs/) Beds (http://www.castlery.com/shop/beds/) Tables (http://www.castlery.com/shop/tables/) Storage (http://www.castlery.com/shop/storage/)
  14. 1) Avenir Maison http://www.avenirmaison.com 2) Kaimay http://www.kaimay.com.sg 3) Boconcept http://www.boconcept.sg 4) Castilla http://www.castilla.com.sg 5) Cellini http://www.cellini.com.sg 6) Parishome http://parishomeonline.com 7) Furniture Club http://furnitureclub.sg 8) Iwannagohome http://www.iwannagohome.com.sg/ 9) Lifestorey http://www.lifestorey.com/ 10) Lucano http://www.lucano.com.sg/ 11) Lush http://www.lush-lush.com 12) Marquis http://www.marquis.com.sg (High-end) 13) Massimmo http://www.massimmo.com/ 14) Molecule living http://www.moleculeliving.com 15) Natural living http://www.natural-living.com.sg/ 16) OPSH http://www.opsh.com.sg 17) Proof living http://www.proof.com.sg (High-end) 18) Star living http://www.starliving.com.sg 19) Suncoast Sitra http://www.suncoastsitra.com 20) XZQT http://www.xzqt.com.sg/ (High-end) 21) Lifestyle living http://www.lifestyleliving.com.sg/ 22) Manhattan collection http://www.manhattancollection.com.sg/ 23) Boilevard outdoor http://boulevardoutdoorfurniture.com/ 24) Outdoor culture http://www.outdoorculture.com.sg 25) Life space http://lifespace.com.sg 26) Resort Living http://www.resortzliving.com 27) Closet design http://www.closetdesign.com.sg 28) Mudian http://mudian.com.sg/ (High-end) 29) Kitchen culture http://kitchencultureholdings.com (High-end) 30) Journey East http://www.journeyeast.com/ (wood & some vintage) 31) Mountain Teak http://www.mountainteak.com/ (wood) 32) Franc Franc http://www.francfranc.com.sg/ 33) Just Enjoy Life http://www.justenjoylife.com (New and carry ex-stock!)34) Room of Woods http://www.roomofwoods.com35) Roche Bobois http://www.roche-bob...om/#/en-SG/home36) Hommage Lifestyle http://www.hommagelifestyle.com 37) Pomelo https://www.facebook.com/PomeloHome 38) White Wood http://www.whitewoodsliving.com/contactUs.html 39) Castlery Singapore http://www.castlery.com Added 1 more to the list!
  15. Ikea's bedframes are designed to follow Swedish measurements thus naturally, the beds differs from that of Singapore's dimensions. From a business perspective, it's also to upsell their mattress line. This discourages any other purchases from the local mattress retailers that sells mattresses based on Singapore's dimensions.
  16. Hi Sam, I'm all up for 100% leather. Faux leather tends to crack and it's not suited for our tropical climate in the long run.
  17. Hey Sam! Thanks for your feedback. The research we have conducted with regards to consumer behaviour is that from a psychological perspective, the higher the price, it is presumably correlated in quality. But is that really the case? During one of a competitive intelligence project, we had identified a few European brands sharing the same factory and supply chain from China along with other smaller players. There were distinct differences in the selling price but the quality is essentially the same. As such, we find that the buyer's perception is primarily based on the brand and it's geographical location. Like how you would consciously assume an Italian made cabinet is of better quality than say an Indonesian made cabinet although the cabinet was in fact produced in the same factory in China, just branded differently. On another note, to clarify your question directly with regards to quality, we didn't compromise anything in that aspect. What we changed however is the supply chain and operational process. No shopfront, no middlemen fees, no big warehouse. All these are operational overheads that would have contributed to the price mark-up. Removing those overheads from a micro level, we are able to shave off up to 70% without compromising on quality. In this regard, I'd also like to point out that we have a 7 day full refund for all products. If quality is not good upon delivery, you can return it to us and full refund will be made - no deductions Sorry for the long text. Hope this clarifies!
  18. Hi Takaishi, sorry about that! We are not yet 100% open to public thus to access our sale, you will need to create an account. Perhaps you can PM me your email and I'll create one for you? Sorry! Hey Richard, yes we do! I'm a furniture maker myself so I'll be glad to give you personalised advise on what can be done. Our woods are imported from Northeasten America, mainly for Hard Maple and Oak. We do have Ash wood as well which is priced lower PM me and I'll gladly help!
  19. Add this to the list - Castlery (www.castlery.com)
  20. For online furniture store without showroom or inventory, you need to check firstly, the business registration number. Secondly the refund policy. Thirdly, the warranty. As all these are legally binding, faking the business would be abit too risky. CASE would be on it in no time.
  21. Go for fabric. Best is 100% polyester, it's synthetic. Alternatively, you can go for 50% polyester and 50% cotton but I personally don't like it as it's harder to remove the stain. 100% leather are expensive but it's nice to look at and easier to maintain. If you gonna take the cheaper option of getting synthetic leather, don't bother. It will not last long and it will crack especially if it's in the afternoon heat!
  22. Good news. Designer furniture and homeware at 70% off over here: www.castlery.com Concept is pretty simple. Remove the middlemen and go direct to factories. As with all online purchases, ensure the refund policy is solid! Castlery has a 7 days refund policy and warranty as well
  23. On the topic of bed frames, here's more for your consideration! http://www.castlery.com/shop/beds/