Award-winning social media agency Good Stuph has never been conventional, much like the marketing campaigns it runs for its clients. Likewise, their new office in a heritage building at Eu Tong Sen Street looks nothing like your typical corporate set-up of grey cubicles and narrow walkways. The light-filled space in the heart of Chinatown has been designed by Good Stuph founder Pat Law and Abigael Tay of Oblique Design to reflect their creative energy, with light playful touches and a colour palette reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film.
Laminates already come in a huge variety of designs, such as wood, stone, fabric, and metal, as well as in the usual solid colours. What more could you ask for? How about laminates that express fresh trends in print and pattern, providing individualistic, daring homeowners with bold decorative possibilities. The new brand from Lamitak, artäk, brings exactly that.
Featured laminate (on sliding door): Ermanno Marcello Walnut WY 5218D
Design and photo: Fuse Concept
Laminates might have been created as affordable substitutes for natural materials such as stone, marble and wood, but for designer Redzuan Abu Bakar, the creative director of interior design firm Ensemble, the material has far surpassed its humble beginnings. “In the past, laminates tend to look very ‘fake’ and people saw them as poor substitutes for natural materials, but now thanks to better technology, they have become extremely realistic-looking.” Adds the affable designer, “I’ve never regarded laminates as cheaper alternatives, I see them simply as materials that are really easy to maintain.”
Apartment sizes in Singapore are shrinking, especially those in newly built condominiums. These shoebox-sized living spaces might have one-, two, or even three-bedrooms, but it’s often the case that apart from the bed, you’re not going to be able to fit much else in one room. The solution lies in customising the furniture you need to maximise every inch of your (expensive) space. Often the ideas involve building up instead of sideways to fit everything you want – you might even be able to carve out extra storage space! Try out these ideas below, which not just work well, but look great too.
We’re feeling blue and loving it. The colour that dominated the runways for the Spring 2018 fashion collections in New York is finally making its way into homes. In fashion, the spectrum ran the gamut from powder to electric. However, for our spaces, designers have been embracing mid-tones as well as darker, more formal shades which go perfectly with wood grains and metallic accents such as brass and gold. In colour psychology, blue creates a feeling of calmness and serenity; its darker tones signal security, stability and sophistication. Whatever you feel about blue, there’s no denying the appeal of these following five spaces.
With more than 400 laminate designs in their current catalogue to choose from, Lamitak has got every look covered. Whether you’re hankering for a light and airy Scandinavian feel or a dark atmospheric vibe, there’s a laminate to help you achieve your dream home. Interior designers know this only too well, and laminates are an important component of their design arsenal. Lucas Yang of Archive Design uses laminates, in particular, Lamitak laminates, in all his projects, to help bring his designs to reality. “Laminates provide a nice smooth and even finish, and I use them to create different design concepts,” says Lucas. His two-year-old firm has amassed a pretty impressive portfolio of works so far, and we spoke to Lucas to find out how he does what he does best with laminates.
Honest, authentic and raw. These were the qualities of a building cladding that captured our imagination as we travelled through downtown Portland in Oregon on our epic road trip. We loved the textures so much that it became the basis of a new laminate which bears the name of the location – Humboldt Street!