Vanilla Luxury – December 12, 2019
“12 Ingeniously Clever Things You Never Knew You Needed
Here’s a list of cool tech gadgets and other awesome stuff for a smart home
Looking for cool and awesome stuff to help improve your daily lives? Take a look at these 12 ingeniously clever tools that include tech-savvy gadgets and smart products that will leave you wondering “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Clever Kitchen Tools
Dreamfarm is an award-winning brand of kitchen tools and gadgets from Australia designed with the goal to solve problems you didn’t know you had. Unlike most other pepper grinders, the newly launched Ortwo is a revolutionary designed pepper mill that can conveniently be operated with just one hand! Ortwo’s custom-designed ultra-sharp ceramic grinder is fully adjustable with 6 settings from super fine to coarse, will never corrode or rust, and is perfect for all spices including salt.” read more >>
NYLON – December 9, 2019
NYLON’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
“‘Tis the season to be jolly — and generous AF. So with the festive season just around the corner, we’re feeling in the mood to dish out… proper gift recommendations! Whether it’s your “influencer” friend who’s always making you go to great lengths for that oh-so-casual picture, the eco-warrior who’ll rage at your disposable coffee cup, or your favourite “quarter-life crisis” millennial who mutters ‘OK boomer’ under their passive-aggressive breaths — or hey, even that one colleague you drew for Secret Santa that you’ve never spoken to in your life — we’ve sussed out the perfect gifts for your friend, family, or significant other.” read more >>
THIS IS HOME, TRULY
See the gift recommendations for the proud home owner here.
EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY
See the gift recommendations for that foodie friend here.
QUARTER LIFE CRISIS
See the gift recommendations for your fellow millennial here.
SAVE THE WORLD
See the gift recommendations for the raging environmentalist here.
Vanilla Luxury – November 28, 2019
“Gifts for Her: Christmas Gift Ideas That She’ll Love!
From gift experiences, skincare, jewellery and a whole lot of festive gorgeousness, these Christmas gift ideas are ones she’ll adore.
How about unique glassware that can become an interesting talking point when entertaining guests? Inspired by laboratory apparatus such as flasks and test tubes, Simple Lab Experience has elegant glassware cleverly designed to provide for easy cleaning and will protect your hands when you’re brewing that great cup of hot coffee or tea. The minimalist glassware is made with FDA-approved and eco-friendly materials. Simple Lab Experience’s iconic product is the Mixo conical flask and a travel version called the Kung Fu which includes a glass and a microfibre cloth.” read more >>
Vanilla Luxury – October 31, 2019
“Our Top Picks for Home Decor and Furniture in Singapore
mrphy is a curated online marketplace that offers quality home accessories that complement not only your interior style but your personality as well. Find what you want easily; search by decor styles such as Scandinavian, minimalist or industrialist.” read more >>
Channel News Asia (January 2019) and Others
“Furnishing and décor pieces are also available at Design Orchard. Sister brands doob Bean Bags and SoftRock Living by Shane Low and Jay Cheng…” read more >>
Also featured on 8 days, Business Insider, City Nomads, Coconuts Singapore, Lianhe Zaobao, Nylon, Shape, TheSmartLocal, The Straits Times, The Peak, Weekender and Yahoo! News.
Squarerooms October Issue 2018
Furniture and accessories in colours that are good for the soul
EASY BEING GREEN: Pay homage to the beauty of nature with botanical hues
THE COLOUR PURPLE: Let purple reign for a royal and sophisticated feel”
Squarerooms September Issue 2018
“SLEEPER HITS. Style up your bedroom and bathroom with these unique finds.
Minimalist – It’s oh so quiet with clean lines and fuss-free finishes.”
Squarerooms July Issue 2018
“CHANGE IT UP. Breathe fresh style into your living and dining areas with furniture and accessories swaps.
Love of Cultures: Global influences right at home.
Metal Mania: One-of-a-kind look, matte or polished.”
Squarerooms May Issue 2018
“STYLE KIT: Bring out your personality in the kitchen with these must-haves”
POP OF COLOUR: Mood-lifting bold and fun essentials for the cooking zone.
NEUTRAL AND EARTHY: Equip your kitchen with the calming influence of browns and greys.
CLASS ACT: Black and white kitchen accessories are universal, timeless and immaculate.”
SERVICE PLEASE: Impress your guests and add a touch of class to your dishes with these stylish platters and trays.”
Home and Decor – March 2018 Issue
“Built above two steps, the platform’s wooden decking is seemingly supported by l-beams, which can be made out from its edges. “Initially we wanted a cosy area for us to watch TV without a couch,” says Jaret, “but I think Kelvin’s platform idea turned out nicely. When we lay on our bean bags to watch TV, it is very comfortable because the screen is at eye level.”
Expat Living – Home & Property Guide 2018
“Products with Punch
Today, we have dozen of brands under our care in the region, and we created mrphy to be the home for them all. Having a central shop for all our brands helps customers in many ways – by reducing shipping costs, for example.
Where did the name come from?
It comes from the Murphy’s Law, which says that if something can be used or done the wrong way, it will be. We consider Murphy’s Law important in the design of a functional product; the aim is to design something so it’s impossible to use it wrongly.
What sets you apart from other stores of this kind?
We’re committed to telling the story of not just the product but the brand behind it. So, each brand page has its own style – like a store within a store. We also inject a bit of a personality into what we do. Online stores can be clinical and cookie-cutter, so we try to express ourselves in our website graphics and our slightly irreverent (but not too much!) content.”
Honeycombers – December 06, 2017
“Where to shop in Singapore for kitchen tools, accessories and decor
Want your kitchen looking like something out of Alice in Wonderland? Browse and shop from the comfort of your own home for quirky kitchenware such as cutting board sets that come in different designs and grids for cutting specific meat and veggies, and animal-themed dinnerware. Qualy products are also great gifts for animal-loving cooking pals!”
Read the article here: Where to shop in Singapore for kitchen tools, accessories and decor
Singapore’s Child write up on mrphy
“Founded in Singapore, mrphy offers quality home accessories that complement not only your interior style, but your personality as well. You can find what you want easily; search by decor or by purpose. mrphy offers a wide range of bean bags, kitchen, dining, living room, bedroom, office and outdoor products curated for you.
They have discovered award-winning brands from all over the world, from Qualy Design, Thailand to Ototo Design, Israel and are also the creators of locally manufactured brands like doob Bean Bags and SoftRock Living. At mrphy, you can browse by colour or by interior style, whichever you find more sensible, or simply mix things up, there’s no right or wrong – only what makes your feel at home!”
Lookbox Living 52 – July/August 2017
“OBJECTS FOR THE HOME: Furniture and their complements create an alluring environment for sure but kitting up your place with original, iconic furniture might cost you the moon. With designer furniture, you get what you pay for, but for those on a budget, there are always alternative, original products you can consider. We’ve culled some of the best design options with decent price tags so that you have more money to devote to other pursuits in life.
’60s Power: Arflex’s Boborelax modular seating systems designed by Cini Boeri have an iconic ’60s aesthetic that’s still relevant today. If you want something akin to its groovy shape, look out for SoftRock Living’s Bohemian Lounger that is comfy and plush.”
The Straits Times – July 8, 2017
“Other Thai brands sold here include Qualy, an award-winning home accessories and kitchenware brand that is known for its witty designs; and Pana Objects, which makes simple and beautiful wooden pieces such as stationery holders.
Retailers say Thai designs are original, well-crafted and often utilise traditional techniques and materials.
Mr Alvin Tan, 34, owner of Bibliotek Design Store, says: “Thai brands can hold their own in the world of design. They have a seamless ability to combine modern aesthetics with traditional crafts such as woodworking and embroidery.”
Mr Shane Low, 35, a director at Becheras Holdings, which is the sole distributor of Qualy and Pana Objects, says: “What you are paying for is uniqueness. You can be proud that your door stopper or sponge holder is a conversation piece, unlike the many $2 door stoppers in your neighbours’ homes.””
Read the article here: Fun, quirky Thai brands making their way into Singapore’s furniture and homeware market
Squarerooms – June 2017 Issue
“SHOP & SHIP – Fabulous online buys waiting to be carted off to your living and dining zones. Here’s to never standing in line again.”
Lookbox Annual 2017 – Special Edition
Singapore’s Child – February 20, 2017
Nylon Issue 48 – December 2016
“YOUR COLLEAGUE – Yeah, we know it’s already a blessing to have you as a desk mate, but hey, how about an actual gift eh? No stocking stuffers here! ‘Tis the season to give something nice to the person you see more than your mom.”
Nylon Singapore – November 2016
“Second only to a bed, beanbags are perhaps the most comfortable objects on earth. Couches are great too, but there’s nothing like having a soft, cosy, life-sized cushion that moulds itself according to your body shape. A perfect fit is always guaranteed!
What’s better than good ol’ beanbags though, are beanbags with awesome designs, something that doob has plenty of. The local beanbag producer – know for its colourful and quirky designs – are planning to release a brand new collection of pastel-hued, macaron-looking beanbags, which will launch this Christmas.”
The Finder – Issue 275
“Want to enjoy a dip and read at the same time? Then, check out the new doob Plopsta’ Alfresco Bean Bag ($329), which works on or off the water. It’s durable and dries easily once you’ve had your fun. Best of all, it’s strong enough to fit three people in one seating!”
Lookbox Living Issue 48 – 2016
“You may have noticed Qualy’s eye-catching products in stores and online before, but now you can head straight to the source for your fix of thoughtfully designed and playfully eccentric home accessories. These are wall hooks shaped like clouds, salt-and-pepper-shakers designed to mimic the four seasons, a doorstopper that looks like a sleeping dove, and many more items that put a bit of cheer into mundane activities.”
Lookbox Living Issue 47 – 2016
“These opulent-looking pieces are surprisingly less than $100 each! With these fab buys, you won’t go broke prettying up your space!”
Ideal Homes Volume 8 – 2016
“Brighten your home with colour – these products will bring a cheery style update to any space.”
Smart Parents – April 2016
“I want candy! Pretty puff pieces make your sweetie’s repose that much sweeter.”
Squarerooms – March 2016
“Cuddle Up. Soft furnishings come in the form of out-of-the-box ideas too! Consider beanbags which are no longer old-fashioned, shapeless things they were. Beanbags conform to the contours of your body, enveloping you with a feeling of calm and relaxation. Create a peaceful corner in your home with this trendy beanbag in the shape of a hibernating grizzly. ”
Lookbox Annual – 2015
“Your home sourcing experience begins here! – Check out the brand new Product Showcase section on the refreshed lookboxliving.com.sg website! We’ve got everything you need for your home, form furniture to fittings, sanitary ware to smart technology. Browse through an exhaustive selection of more than 200 products from Singapore’s top retailers and suppliers.”
Squarerooms June 2015 Issue
“Man of the House: Every man cave needs a Dionysus. With its synthetic shaggy fur cover, this beanbag delivers comfort at all levels, while its deluxe design and elegant, dark colours evoke a masculinity that would fit right into any bachelor’s pad. Designed by home-grown brand SoftRock Living, Dionysus is part of a collection of luxurious bean bags.”
The Finder – 2015 May
“Turn your kitchen into one straight out of a Buzzfeed post with quirky and adorable kitchen items from Qualy. Offering homeowners creative kitchen solutions, all of Qualy’s products, be it kitchen equipment or packaging, are made from 100 percent recyclable materials. Items like the super cute Four Seasons seasoning shaker set, Thirsty Bird water dispenser and Slice cutting board set make cute conversation starters as well as gifts. Qualy’s boxes can also be upcycled into makeshift shelves; simply follow the detailed instructions printed on the packaging’s exterior for added storage space.”
Her World – April 2015
“Upgrade your desk with chic stationery in seasonal hues straight off the runway.” – Sonja Cher
Simply Her – 2015 March
“Can’t remember if you’ve watered your plant? When you don’t see the squirrel in the pot, you know it’s time to feed your thirsty plant and make the little fellow pop up again.”
ZAN Magazine – 2015 January
Interview with Teerachai, Design Director of Qualy Design:
1. In this era, what do you look out for when designing stationery?
“The first thing when designing a stationary product is the design. Imagine walking into a stationery store or a stationery section, if your design does not stand out or wow the customer they would just walk pass it. After attracting their attention your product have meet their expectation. For example the stationery that they are looking for need to have great design and WORK as well .
2. Is there a particular kind of design or tagline (eg “ideas happen everywhere” or other slogan) that appeals to the consumers?
“Inspirations”. Our brand concept is concerning the future of our planet and how we choose to act in our daily life. After the customer buys our product we don’t want it to stop there. We want the product to carry on the message and want the customer to forward that message to their close one. For example, “The Last Log” (Pencil Sharpener) sends a message that we should be very careful on what we are consuming and we should consume in just the right amount.
3. What do you hope to give consumers through his design?
We want our customers to be happy and to receive a great experience when using our products. With every product, we try to add a story behind it, and we hope the customer feels that he or she is part of the story.
Elle Magazine – 2014 December
Squarerooms – December 2014 Issue
“Bag of Comfort: Unwind after a long day of work and collapse into luxurious bean bags from home-grown brand, SoftRock Living. Designed and manufactured in Singapore, the pieces come in three forms and plush material selections: synthetic suede (Vesuvius), synthetic shaggy fur (Dionysus) and chenille velvet (Bohemian). Made to complement any room’s decor while still being able to stand out as a statement piece, the products’ uniquely-shaped bean bags go beyond conventional designs to reflect the brand’s edgy and sophisticated identity.”
Renonation – 2014 November
“Qualy, a brand from land of smiles which has won several product design, innovation awards and international accolades such as “Good Design”award in 2010 and “Designer of the Year” award in 2011, retails a myriad of environmental friendly, practical home and living accessories. These high quality, beautifully designed solutions are ingeniously designed to raise greater environmental awareness among the consumers.
Qualy rose from its humble beginnings as a family business, which specializes in production of moulds and plastic, to an internationally recognized brand across the globe. QUALY has made its presence in numerous countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA and many more!QUALY retails very unique yet functional products and therefore, they make superb house warming and holiday gifts! If you have an hectic lifestyle like mine, QUALY online store will make your last minute gift purchase a breeze since you can choose to pick up your purchases from the warehouse on weekdays at your own convenience!”
Lookbox Living Issue 38 – 2014
“Hang your everyday belongings off this cute Little Deer Tray and you’ll always know where to find them the next day. From car keys to sunglasses, the adorable deer will keep an eye on your possessions!”
Nylon Singapore – 2014, June Issue
“Home is where the heart is. Especially when your home has these kitsch accessories from Becheras – home-grown purveyors of chic furnishings!”
Lookbox Living – 2014, Issue #35
“Dinner Parties will get a dash of quirkiness when you serve up these shakers with your entrees. Each shaker represents a different season such as cactus for summer and pine tree for winter.” – On the Four Seasons shaker set, available here.
“With these drink dispensers, hitting your two-litre-a-day water quota shouldn’t be a problem. While the cute bird lever comes in black and white versions, we much prefer a pinch of colour to up the fun ante.” – On the Thirsty Bird drink dispenser, available here.
Square Rooms Issue 13 – September 2014
“If you’ve guessed it by nowm yes, it’s a container and a food bowl for kitty!”
Straits Times – 23 August 2014
“Spice up your seasoning rack with these adorable shakers. Inside the salt shaker is a Christmas Tree for a white winter (salt), while pepper covers a cactus for a dusty summer in the other shaker.”
Square Rooms Issue 105 – January 2014
“January is a good month for spring cleaning! Nobody loves to clean but with our stylish list of cleaning tools, you won’t hesitate to get your hands dirty.”
8 Days – 2013, December 5 issue
“Never have we met a paper towel holder that played as much with our emotions as the Log & Roll from Qualy. As you use up the paper, a little squirrel and a sprout will sink sadly into their log, reminding you that with each piece you pull, you’re destroying trees and their natural habitat. Sob.” – On the Log & Roll paper towel holder, available here.
“These Four Seasons shakers from Qualy dispense four seasonings, geddit? Basil in spring, pepper in summer, chili flakes in autumn and salt in winter. Pretty genius, if you ask us.” – On the Four Seasons shaker set, available here.
i-Weekly – 2013, December 5 issue
Stuff.tv – 2013 November / December
– 13 cool pics from Sitex 2013, 28 November 2013
“What better way to dominate FIFA14 than in a living room, among friends, with a doob Bean Bag – quite possibly the comfiest of all bean bags anywhere. The best thing is the sheer variety of ways to lounge on them.
We took three to Sitex; they were a welcome relief for aching legs after a long day of shopping.”
– Gadgets and tech we took to Sitex 2013, 3 December 2013
The Straits Times – 2012 November 3
“WHAT: Looks like an upright pillow that you can plop onto. It is made of nylon with a PVC undercoat, which makes it great for the outdoors. Also, it is spill-resistant and easy to clean with a wet cloth. Comes in eight colours.” – 5 Of The Best Bean Bags