he concept of modularity in furniture first became popular in office furniture design. Functional workspaces required furniture that could be easily re-arranged or converted to cater to working units of different configurations and be adapted to rooms of various sizes. The range of furniture included modular desk designs that could fit cubicles of various measurements to portable shelving that can be extended. Over time, the modular concept proved to be ideal not only for functional spaces but for apartment homes that were designed with interiors that merged the living spaces with the study, kitchen and outdoor areas. Now that our life has become increasingly more mobile and dynamic, and the boundary between our living and working domains is constantly being renegotiated, the modularity concept has caught up with home furniture. The whole notion of versatile furniture designs has also evolved tremendously since the initial days of customised shelving. A modular design is not only restricted to highly functional but dull and uniform creations – the new wave of designers incorporating modular furniture designs into their collections means homeowners now have a wider array of furniture that not only look stylish but also offer versatility and greater freedom to adapt to changes and whims. MOROSO BIKINI ISLAND “Modular furniture are like lego sets,” says David King, chairman of King Living. “You can reconfigure the pieces to make your living space look new, and you take it when you move and reconfigure it to suit our new home.” Like lego sets, contemporary modular furniture comes with a range of accessories and a dizzying array of colours and finishing options to choose from. Unlike basic lego modules however, modular furniture now come in all shapes and sizes, from the classic clean cut geometry to organic shapes. “There’s this personalised sense to each set of modular furniture,” says Terence Choo, marketing executive of Dream. “It allows homeowners to play interior designer based on his or her fancies,” says Choo. Here’s a look at some of the latest offerings in our market.
Fun and flexible, Bikini Island is designer Werner Aisslinger’s answer to the changing dynamics in our living room where television is no longer the centre of collective activities. The collection accommodates family members’ need for their own “island” of leisure at home. The extensive collections offers soft volumes with three different heights (daybed, circular settees, freestanding units) that can be integrated with cabinet, coffee tables, hanger and bookshelves in many colour palette options. Not to mention the seat covers are removable and easily replaceable. The versatility of this collection is off the charts.