Leong Siok Hui

Recent and archived articles by Leong Siok Hui

10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM

Designer aims to change the way we think about home space

Through its award-winning oeuvre, a young Singapore design practice seeks to question the status quo, disturb convention, and redefine relevance in a contemporary context.

Zig Zag House, Singapore: Set on a triangular site, the house twists around a mature tree located on its premises, creating courtyard spaces that are sheltered from the harsh weather but allow for light and cross ventilation into the interior and basement level. Internal corridors serve as breezeways between air-conditioned and naturally cooled areas. Slightly lofted above the ground, each of the building's three wings houses an entertainment zone, a family zone and a private master zone. Unfortunately, during construction, the tree roots were damaged  and a new tree had to be planted. - Photos from Ministry of Design
18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM

Wild Asia, agents for change

Offering free technical advice and training, KL-based social enterprise Wild Asia sets about to promote the growth and use of sustainable oil palm in Sabah’s Kg Toniting.

Nestled in Sabah's Beluran district, Kg Toniting has a population of 420. Most of the villagers work in the oil palm plantations or cultivate their own oil palm farms as independent smallholders.
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13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM

Dali designer Zhao Yang brings contemporary architecture to China and Japan

A Yunnan Province-based designer embodies the new generation of Chinese architects who are young, educated in the West and returning home to make a difference.

Colour is a crucial element of Tibetan visual culture. Stone walls in Niyang River Visitor Centre's inner space were painted with local mineral pigments. The transition of colours – blue and orange – highlights the geometric transitions of space. From morning to dusk, the sunshine changes its direction as it penetrates through the different openings. Hence visitors perceive the ever-changing colour play from different perspectives and at a different time as they saunter through the building.
23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM

Neri&Hu Design: Defining modern Chinese architecture and spaces

Eschewing China’s copycat culture and her bolder-and-flashier building mantra, a Shanghai design atelier is asserting a modern design language with its award-winning oeuvre.

9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM

Lovingly hand-stitched by Takaokaya

To pep up a 95-year-old futon business, a Kyoto company injects a modern twist into the good ol’ zabuton, aka floor cushions.

25 Jun 2014 | 7:00 AM

A place for fans of Scandinavian design

Here’s a place that will appeal to fans of stylishly simple Scandinavian design.

Smuk Living uses its small space well to set off its displays. This is a Fredericia Slim Jim dining table and Gallery 1610 stool; Normann Copenhagen Knot chair (extreme left) and chairs from Hay's About A Chair series.
13 Apr 2014 | 7:00 AM

A visual feast at the Singapore Design Week

The inaugural Singapore Design Week offered a visual feast as well as a cerebral fix for design aficionados.

Design Larger Than Life featured six outdoor installations accessible to the public, including this one designed by Claudio Colucci and entitled Spectrum. Located on the Dhoby Ghaut Green, a public space next to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, Spectrum tries to immerse people in the fundamentals of design through a spectrum of colours, forms and spaces. -Photo by LEONG SIOK HUI/The Star
6 Apr 2014 | 7:00 AM

The eclectic designer and the Asian trailblazer

Paola Navone and Kenneth Cobonpue, who were keynote speakers at last month’s inaugural Maison&Objet Asia in Singapore, share their design ethos and what inspires them.

Paola Navone's Ghost sofa for Gervasoni. Although the sofa is available in a range of textiles, the original white linen slipcovers are the most popular. It is this ‘sheet-clad’ aesthetic that gives the collection its name. - Photo PAOLA NAVONE
21 Mar 2014 | 5:00 PM

The gentle birthing way

A group of women is passionately advocating for women to take control of their childbirth experience.

21 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM

Home birth: Weighing the risks

The case of two women who died during unassisted home birth here recently highlights issues like the safety of delivering babies in a non-hospital setting and the support services available.

Baby joy: Shuba Jay and husband Paul welcomed their baby girl after an unassisted home birth.