Singapore Tatler Homes - - SPACES -

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.

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