Home is where the heart is—and thoughtful design helps make it a cosy sanctuary for the whole family. Within a multigenerational home, you’ll need to consider how to best build shared spaces, such as the living area, so that everyone is well taken care of. This means watching out for safety hazards, as well as catering for the unique habits and needs of each member of the family—furry pets included.
Movie night is a great way to bring the whole family together. Cinema-quality entertainment without all the frills is what the LG Signature W7 OLED TV offers. Merging state-of-the-art technology, revolutionary pixel-dimming control and sharp images with a sleek, minimalist design, the W7 will help you save space without sacrificing quality.
Tired parents and grandparents may need a place to nap in the middle of the afternoon. They can do so while still being in the presence of family with the Alvar sofa bed. Designed by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo, the Alvar looks like a sofa with its high, padded headboard, yet offers some of the privacy and seclusion of a bed. It also works well as a spare bed for guests.
Available at XZQT, #01-05, 8 Pandan Crescent
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Hard or slippery floors can be dangerous for toddlers and the elderly. A good choice for safe, non-slip flooring is Amtico—a flexible, durable and sustainable vinyl flooring material that's easy to clean, and is available in a wide range of contemporary and natural-looking textures and patterns. Amtico's Form collection is inspired by wood and stone, while the Décor collection is inspired by Victorian mosaics.
Available at Deco Expression, Level 4 Shun Li Industrial Park, 97 Kaki Bukit Avenue 1
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When sharing your living room with ageing parents or grandparents, good lighting is crucial. Elderly eyes require more light and even distribution, and indirect emissions are a good way to achieve this. With its slim 24mm profile, Artemide's Architectural A.24 suspension lighting system can be used for ceilings, walls and recesses to provide balanced and expansive illumination that's healthier for ageing eyes.
Available at Million Lighting, 203 Kallang Bahru
Just For Kids
Children's furniture doesn't have to be outlandish or clash with other furniture iteams in your living room. Vitra's child-sized Panton Junior, available in a variety of bright, cheerful colours, isn't just comfy—it can also double up aas a plaything for kids or an artistic plastic sculpture that adds a splash of colour to your home.
Available at Vitra by Grafunkt, #02-34/35/36 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard
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KEF's LS50 Wireless music system allows family members to enjoy TV audio or their favourite tunes in crystal-clear surround sound. The easy-to-use system can be conveniently configured to each individual's preference using the free KEF custom configuration app, which can be easily downloaded. The LS50 Wireless supports Bluetooth and multi-connectivity, so family members can stream movies and music from their laptops, tablets or smartphones.
Available at KEF, #01-18 The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street
Perhaps you need to check your emails or write reports in your living room; or your teenager may want to do a little studying before dinner. Staying focused, however, can be challenging with large families. The argonomic Brody WorkLounge modular workstation from Steelcase has an adjustable work surface, privacy screen and footrest that offer shelter from visual distractions, so you can concentrate on your tasks even with others around you.
Available at Steelcase, #02-05 Sultan Link, 57 Mohamed Sultan Road
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Smooth and Safe
If you have children playing and running around in the living room, then tables with sharp angular corners aren't the wisest choice. A good option is Herman Miller's Noguchi Rudder coffee table with its smooth, rounded edges. A vintage design by Isamu Noguchi, the table comes in walnut, ebony on maple, or white-ash finishes.
Available at XTRA, #02-48 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard
Take A Seat
Showcased at this year's Salone del Mobile, the Este sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, is a linear component sofa with removable fabric or leather upholtery, available in multiple sized, configurations and finishes. The large expanse of armrests, backrest and seating area makes the Este a generous way to accommmodate all family members comfortably—and in style.
Available at Flexform, #01-01, 200 Newton Road
This article was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes August-September 2017.