Ev­ery place tells a unique story and of­ten, de­sign works as an elo­quent and ef­fec­tive medium to con­vey this tale. One just has to look at the prom­i­nent ar­chi­tec­ture, the tra­di­tional craft­ing meth­ods and the cre­ative cul­ture that un­der­lines it to get a real grasp of a com­mu­nity and its cul­ture. While a sense of place is a tenet of good de­sign, I’ve no­ticed that along­side the im­por­tance of con­serv­ing what’s lo­cal, there’s also an evolv­ing lan­guage of global style. This is­sue of Sin­ga­pore Tatler Homes looks at the con­flu­ence of taste and cross-cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tions, plus the in­spi­ra­tion that travel pro­vides and how that shapes our spa­ces. Nowhere is this more ev­i­dent than at the Salone del Mo­bile in Mi­lan; the 56th edi­tion was once again a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of global de­sign and cre­ativ­ity. Peruse our edit of Mi­lan De­sign Week, in­clud­ing the bi­en­nial Euroluce show­case, on pages 96 and 46, re­spec­tively. We also en­cap­su­late the best of De­sign Shang­hai and Sin­ga­pore De­sign Week—two dy­namic fairs that are set­ting the stage in Asia. De­sign fairs aside, it’s easy to see what’s res­onat­ing right now, thanks to so­cial me­dia. From Mil­len­nial Pink to Jun­ga­low, the trends that tran­scend bor­ders and gen­er­a­tions are sure to show up on your In­sta­gram feed. But to truly un­der­stand global style is to ex­am­ine the ten­sion be­tween the timely and the time­less—a di­chotomy that each of the homes in our Sanc­tu­ar­ies sec­tion em­bod­ies. There’s a cream­coloured abode in Ibiza as well as a Nordic-in­spired bun­ga­low in Sin­ga­pore—both these homes are worldly, so­phis­ti­cated and, above all, per­sonal. Of course, it’s im­pos­si­ble to talk about a shared cul­ture and taste with­out ex­plor­ing some cul­tural roots, too. The Ac­ces­sories sec­tion presents the ex­cit­ing buzz of cities such as Helsinki, Paris, Nairobi and more via a col­lage of colours and pat­terns from var­i­ous fab­rics and wall­pa­pers. To the out­sider, de­sign may be seen as a quest for beauty—but ul­ti­mately, it’s a form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Judg­ing from what tran­spired in Mi­lan, I be­lieve it’s telling us to keep an open mind and cel­e­brate our dif­fer­ences. As they say, there’s plenty of beauty in di­ver­sity.

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