Monday, June 25, 2012

Bend It Like Ton

Thank you HomePride and especially writer Emily Chan for an excellent article on TON chairs. Michael Thonet, the man behind the legendary bentwood furniture technology will be looking down on this with a smile. 

The classic TON chairs are now available in SMUK in fresh modern colours.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Shige Hasegawa

Meet Shige Hasegawa, designer of Hana table. Born and raised in Japan, Shige graduated from Washington State University. His career in design started in a Scandinavian design company and has since had a significant impact on his designs as they are now.

Hana means 'flower' in Japanese so each piece of the series is based on the flower shape. The Hana table consist of five petals that interlock to support the glass top without any glue or hardware.

Read more about Shige's inspirations in the latest issue of HomePride magazine:

Hana Table is available at:

Smuk Living
A2-UG1-3A Solaris Dutamas
No. 1 Jalan Dutamas 1
Mont' Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-6211 6148

Thursday, February 16, 2012

OMG! How fascinating is this cabin? I had to stop in my tracks at work to blog about this. I mean, who thought cabin in the outback, riot of colours and Scandinavian furniture could go together in one place and look so darn good?

Loe the angling of the kitchen island and dining table. Clever choice of black cabinetry to keep the colours from going too wild.
Spotted a Fredericia Nara chair...available at Smuk

What a fascinating tribal inspired chair.

For more fascinating pictures, visit The Contemporarist.

* All images via The Contemporarist

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Danish Vintage

These gorgeous 1960's vintage furniture from Denmark have just arrived in our showroom. I have hand-picked each piece of furniture and specifically chose rosewood pieces for its rarity and beauty. 

It is now prohibited to harvest Brazilian rosewood that a lot of the mid-century Danish furniture were made from. Genuine Brazilian rosewood can be found in Brazil and also parts of Africa. It is a slow growing tree and takes over a hundred years to reach maturity. The sweet floral scent of Brazilian rosewood is distinctive and it becomes stronger in more mature woods. Just put your nose to the furniture and you will be able to smell it.

The graining of true Brazilian rosewood is rich and interesting. There are lots of 'eyes' and the colours are vibrant with a range of deep chocolate brown and burnt orange shades and black lines running through. 
Rosewood grains are richly hued with dark veining

Danish vintage dining tables can typically be extended with an additional panel known as a 'leaf'. Some tables are designed to be extended with two or three leaves making it super convenient for occasions when you need more space at the table.
Extendable dining table with 1 leaf. Chairs (also rosewood) designed by Arne Vodder

Rosewood dining table with 1 large leaf. Chairs designed by the legendary Borge Mogensen.

106's Teak sideboard

Friday, November 25, 2011

Dream Loft

Lofts give me the feeling of uber coolness that I am the opposite of. Never really one to be in top control of how I speak and behave, it's inevitable that my home is pretty much a reflection of my character. There are a riot of colours everywhere and though I own a Scandinavian style furniture store, my home is free from any themes. The dining room is modern primitive, living room is Danish (somewhere between mid-century and modern), kitchen is mostly modern with mocha coloured glass cabinets and the rest of the house is undecided as I take my time to furnish it.

This loft apartment in Ukraine is an exception. There is everything to love about it. Each section of the house is well defined and every detail is a clean match to the whole.
The open concept living and dining room -  note the wall hanging of plants

The dining table extends from the kitchen island which I think is very convenient for everyday dining. Those chairs are super cool and it looks pretty light, another plus point for practicality. The blackboard contrasts beautifully to the concrete and wooden palettes.
Dining room
Just in case you're wondering what those holes in the wall are for, it's to store wine...what an ingenious idea!
Wine storage

Perfect combination of materials - louvered ceiling, open brick wall and solid wood flooring.
Dining room close up

A bright red container is a brilliant way to bring industrial cool into the house...given that your ceiling's big enough to accommodate. This red beauty houses a powder room.
Container in the house

It's all in the details. A spotlight that shines into the centre pillar of the house. What may have deemed an architectural flaw now takes center stage. The television is recessed into the feature clever!
View from the upper floor

A tranquil family room facing the living green wall and a recessed marine tank. More clever lighting desigsn here.
The family room

The kid's room is equally impressive and cool. Cool parents raise cool kids I suppose?
Kid's room

And I saved the best for last...this amazing view from the patio.
Patio - day
Patio - night

* All images are from the Contemporist. To see more images of this loft, please click here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Moss Wall Hangings

If you have ever been to a part of a forest with moss-covered floors and trees, you'll know that feeling of serenity, calm and coolness. I imagine the Garden of Eden to be like this.

The softness of moss that's like nature's carpet is so beautiful that contemporary designers have taken it as inspiration in their work. It's really a wonderful way of bringing something green into an urban space instead of growing plants or trees. I'm hoping to see some of KL's concrete walls covered in moss soon.
Moss covered walls by Norwegian design studio Pushak via Craft:

Moss Room restaurant, California via Metropolis Mag

Moss growing on volcanic rock wall, Iceland via Lushe

Letter B made of moss via Mamateur

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Over the Edge Fish Tank

The Bubble Tank fish tank by UK design house Psalt Design took its inspiration from a bead of water that's about to flow over the edge of a table. Each piece is hand blown and designed to provoke a reaction. It's definitely a head turner and caught my eye but I couldn't help thinking how small the tank is for a fish. Perhaps it would be better used as a vase?

* Images via Psalt Design and Design Milk

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