Who doesn’t love a good massage? Lucky for me, I was invited to be featured in an OSIM advertorial in this month’s Home & Decor Singapore magazine. I had the privilege to try the new OSIM uAngel, a chic and compact massage chair that can be easily transformed into an arm chair. It comes in five colours (Cosmic Blue, Mystique Grey, Stellar Red, Enchanting Green and Celestial White) to suit your apartment. I picked Mystique Grey as it goes with the colour palette of my apartment. My favourite massage function is De-Stress and it’s great to get a massage by the end of the day. You really feel the difference! I’m super thrilled to see my apartment in a magazine, haha.
Good news, OSIM is having a National Day promotion and you can get an OSIM uAngel for S$1,948.00 (U.P. S$2,688.00) and receive a free uPixie (worth S$238). Offer valid whilst stocks last or until August 18th, 2013.
It’s not a secret anymore. Hong Kong lifestyle label Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) is set to open its first overseas and fourth-largest store in Singapore through LifeStyle Scene Pte Ltd. The 6,000 sqft store at Central, Clarke Quay will open its doors at the end of June and you will be the first to hear what’s available in stores here. I first blogged about G.O.D.back in August 2008 – yes, that’s a long time ago! Since then, I never failed to make my annual pilgrimage to G.O.D. store in Hong Kong for quirky Asian-inspired gifts, homeware and even bags. I guess I don’t have to travel 2569km to get my G.O.D. fix. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, you can read more here (I’m not going to give you a history lesson). Let’s get down to business and see what goodies you can expect from G.O.D. in June:
Honestly… I’m not sure if these funky Mui Jai Qi Paos (HK$490) are going to be available in Singapore. Maybe I can make it come true by blogging about them!
These Dim Sum Dinner Set (HK$355) are incredibly appetizing in siumai, BBQ pork bun, shrimp dumpling, rice noodle roll and springroll designs.
Yaumati Tea Cup Sets are stackable and chic. Double Happiness Dinnerware Set will make a lovely wedding gift!
If you have a habit of lying on the bed or floor, you might need this Newspaper Humpty.
Yaumati Stationary Set features the iconic buildings of the old district in Hong Kong. Can’t wait till the store opens in end June!
Let me refresh your memory: I was invited to Tokyo in March by the good folks at Japanese home furnishing brand, Francfranc and it’s time for my trip report *drums roll* As you know, I’m a Francfranc-natic since my first visit to Francfranc Shinjuku store back in 2009. I couldn’t be more excited when I found out that Francfranc is making its way to Singapore with not one, but two stores located at JCube and Vivocity (opening in June 2012). If you haven’t got a clue what Francfranc is all about, let me tell you five reasons why Francfranc absolutely rocks my world:
1. Francfranc makes life happier. Period.
CEO and founder of Francfranc, Mr Fumio Takashima often spoke of his vision of creating “happiness” and referred to his customers as “friends”. He believes in making a difference and instilling happiness in everyone’s daily life with Francfranc vibrant and colourful products. He also believes in creating good quality but affordable products for his customer which sets Francfranc apart from the local competitors. Personally, I love a splash of seasonal colours in my home. For instance, I am obsessed with Francfranc‘s cushion covers and this is the easiest way to spice up your living room without changing a single furniture. It brings me joy to create a warm, comfortable home with a hint of personality.
Happiness is hugging Mickey & Minnie from the Francfranc x Disney collaboration range.
Are these BOOKS? OR secret storage boxes?
Mr. Fumio Takashima and I at BALS headquarters in Tokyo.
2. Francfranc stores are all about style.
Did you know that most Francfranc stores are designed by Mr. Yasumichi Morita, Designer & President of GLAMOROUS co., ltd – including the 20,000 sqft flagship store at Vivocity? Morita-san is a rock star. He walked into BALS headquarters in a sharp Chanel tweed jacket, Hermès scarf and Christian Louboutin shoes. A man with such immaculate taste can only create magic such as Francfranc Aoyama store, also known as Francfranc Village (see picture below). Morita-san walked through his design concept for the largest Francfranc store at Vivocity called Francfranc Wonderland. Think Alice in Wonderland as patrons walked into a world of wonder with chairs twice their size! I can’t wait to preview the new Vivocity store when it opens in early June.
Be amazed by the creative warehouse-like space at Francfranc Village. You can’t miss the humongous chandelier hanging above.
What did I say? The man is a rock star, alright.
3. Francfranc makes products for the young, fashionable women.
It’s true. Since the beginning, Francfranc has always been designing for young women in their 20s and 30s with the aim of creating a fun and trendy lifestyle. Francfranc offers a variety of products from eight categories such as kitchen and table, fabric (curtains), hobby and culture, kitchen fabric (aprons, tea towels), beauty and health (soap, bath products, scents), furniture (sofas, cupboards), lightings (including other electrical appliances) and interior accessories (art, photo frames and clocks). You can expect new, fun products every season – Spring, Summer and Cruise or stick to the basics with Francfranc Standard line. Let’s not forget the current Francfranc collaboration with Disney.
I love the sizes of the sofa – perfect for small apartments in the city!
I love all things wood and white. So Scandinavian.
4. BALS headquarters is a dream.
No surprises who designed BALS headquarters – Mr. Yasumichi Morita, of course. I’m such a fan of his work. I mean, just look at the Pantry Room! I remember thinking, “Gosh, I could seriously work here”. Hire me, please!
The longest pantry room table ever. Don’t you love the Pantone coloured chairs?
The BALS headquarters office lobby is so chic.
5. Francfranc’s siblings are awesome too.
FYI. I didn’t just visit Francfranc stores in Tokyo. In fact, I popped by a few other sister stores such as BALS Tokyo (a luxurious, high-end home furnishing label), J-Period (old-meets-new Japanese lifestyle label) and WTW (laidback, surfer lifestyle label). I ended up a couple bits and pieces from each store. In case you’re wondering how the stores look like, here are some photos from my trip:
Love these storage boxes from BALS Tokyo at Roppongi.
Since it is Cherry Blossom season, we bought Sakura tea from J-Period.
I love everything at WTW especially the wooden furniture – must be the hippie in me.
Watch Episode 7 of Fash-Eccentric TV of my trip to Francfranc, J-Period and La Boutique stores in Tokyo, Japan.
OH-MY-GAWD! My favorite Japanese home furnishing brand, Francfranc is opening in Singapore on June 1st, 2012 in Vivocity. This is the largest flagship store in the world and the first in Southeast Asia – right here in the Little Red Dot. How amazing is that? I guess I don’t have to worry about lugging Francfranc from my Japan trip this mid-June. I can already picture myself doing the happy dance in the 20,000 sq ft space at Vivocity. Designed by award-winning designer, Yasumichi Morita, I look forward to explore the ‘Francfranc Wonderland’ which occupies the second floor. Francfranc Singapore will be offering home furnishings, fabrics, lighting, appliances, a range of home and interior accessories, health and beauty products, along with table and kitchenware.
If you’re not familiar with Francfranc, go check out their soft-opening fair at VivoCity’s Atrium from 18 to 24 April 2012 to showcase some of its collections. Get ready to pimp your room / house! See more pictures on my Facebook Page.
This is the artist impression of how the store front would look like.
Isn’t this a dream? I love the minimalism and pop colors combination of this dining setting.
Homeware section – I can’t wait! Hurry, June pls come soon!
I need a work desk like this. Ooh, and the wallpaper too.
It's all about fashion, beauty and all things awesome. X-Wen has been blogging at this space since April 2006. She is also the co-founder / Gummi Ninja at Gummi Nails.
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