We're into the second quarter of 2017 and this usually means getting back into the usual rut where our new year resolutions are way behind us, and we're bogged down by the weight of our daily obligations that seem to have taken over our lives. Our homes are our sanctuaries, the place where we retreat to after a long hard day's work, which is why one of the best ways to shake up your routine is to reinvent your space!
Interiors are the new wardrobes, and just switching up accent pieces or changing a mirror could really give your home (and you!) a renewed energy. Perhaps we're exaggerating when we claim that these five Asian Contemporary design objects will change your life, but it could be what's giving you that extra spring in your step on your way to work in the morning!
One of the things we do every morning before heading out is to check ourselves in the mirror and make sure we've not left a bit of shaving cream on our face or forgot to apply mascara on one eye. Korean design studio Craft Combine's tabletop mirror puts an extra oomph in your morning routine with this fun and elegant design, that combines a semicircle sliver of iridescent perspex with a regular mirror. It's sure to bring a smile to your face as you get ready to face the world!
A great way to wind down is to have a cold glass of white wine, turn on the Netflix and just zone out for an hour or two. A relaxing ambiance at home makes these moments extra special, and one way to achieve this is to illuminate pockets of areas in the home by using some mood lighting. This Concrete Brick Lamp by New York-based design team HCWD Studio, made up of Hsin-Chun Wang & Ye Liu, is a perfect way to create beautiful corners of light with its unique design that simultaneously obscures and reveals the light. It also features a cool design feature, whereby you can deactivate the light by flipping it downwards!
Chairs are one of those furniture pieces that have become somewhat of icon over the years, revolutionising product design with the Eames lounge chair and ottoman and the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair. Some of the pieces can come with some hefty price tags and is a huge investment for those buying their first home. Indian design studio Apical Reform's Betula is an example of their attention to design that doesn't break the bank, but brings an interest to the home in a similar way the Verner Panton ‘S’ Chair would!
We all love having some greenery and fresh flowers in a home to perk up the space, but filling an entire vase with a complex flower arrangement can be expensive in the day-to-day. Cue these Floating Vases / RIPPLE by Taku Omura, that look like water ripples when placed in a bowl of water, achieving that zen effect with only a couple of floral stalks. Buy a few and fill a large bowl or have one sitting pretty in a tall glass - the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
There is no doubt that IKEA makes some of the most value-for-money pieces of furniture - almost every home has at least something from the Scandinavian chain. However, buying all your pieces from a ready-to-assemble store can sometimes make your home look so homogenous and boring (think of that scene in Fight Club). A great way to inject some of your own personality into your home without breaking the bank is to have a couple of statement pieces in the communal areas like the living room and corridor. Lebanese designer Tarek ElKassouf's Twisted Edge Table is definitely something that would add interest to your space with its twisted design. Buy a few and stack them to create a totem-like shelf unit that commands attention!
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