Visit : MAXXI Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects

Back in December 2016, I visited the MAXXI Museum. Quite possibly my favourite building by the late Zaha.

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Whilst I am merely an enthusiast in parametric architecture, what attracted me to MAXXI was the sweeping interior spaces and framed perspectives created at the ends of the form.

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The vast foyer and iconic staircase welcomes you as you enter the building - enticing you to explore further; an experience in itself.

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The corridor teases you as you walk along, giving you glimpses of the corner. The skylight and roof screens bends with space almost directing you to follow the path.

 

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Bonus! An exhibition on Japanese architecture was being showcase from the works of Kisho Kurokawa, SANAA, & many more. Also, 40 years of Italian history photography exhibition by Letizia Battaglia.

Visit : Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio

In a 9 day visit to London, I had one recently completed project I was keen to view - the Coal Drops Yard.  On Christmas Eve, I paid a visit.

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I have a facination for contemporary architecture that derives from an existing heritage. What Heatherwick Studio has achieve in this project is a revitalisation of a former infrastructure building to a modern development with an elegant gesture that pays tribute to its past.

The homage; the reuse of the existing roof materials as it rises and continues above the structure to meet at the center of the public space below.

The freestanding structure; like two waves that are about to crash into each other but freezes just as they kiss. Romantic, in a way. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to view the internals of the structure. Perhaps next time.

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Project Mono: Furniture Room-by-Room, Part I.

For the list of recommended stores, go to List of Furniture Stores, Part II.

So finally, furniture! This Part I, I will breakdown the furniture that I've obtained so far by the product name, where I bought them from, and the design intent - room by room. After that, I'll list of the stores that I purchased from and my recommendations will be in Part II.

1. Living & Dining Room

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With the Living, Dining, & Kitchen occupying half of the apartment as one large space, compartmentalising each area became a bit of an issue. The Kitchen & Dining were separated by the island. The Dining & Living are then divided by the sofa.

Majority of the initial furniture purchased for the unit was for the living. I chose the L sofa rather than 3 seater + 2 seater due to the limited space and that the back wall & AC door was difficult to orientate with. The colour of the sofa had to be muted; any darker colour and it would shrink the room OR any vibrant colour and it becomes a distraction.

The dark TV console and the muted sofa had to be balanced by a vibrant rug; the Kahlo Rug was probably the quickest impulse purchase I ever made which dictated the selection glass coffee table which I chose to leave the view of the rug unobstructed.

Off the bat, I don't have dining chairs. The round dining table follows suit of the coffee table; in itself a glass display feature rather than a practical dinner table to feed 6. So the selection of chairs had to be curated as it would be quite visible and the ones I was keen on were limited and also, unfortunately, outside my budget.

I wanted the "dining area" to be light - use of a linen runners and raw timber from the tray and table legs. The background and decor around it are kept monochromatic with the black bar stool and breakfast island creating a clear divider to the kitchen.

2. Master Bedroom

Seeing the room, you'd think all the furniture were selected to accommodate around the open-wardrobe but it was actually the bed that dictated everything and was my first purchase for the apartment. The depth of the shelf were reduced than initially planned and even the materials were revised not to undermine the bed.

The beautiful vast Melanie bed was bought before I even received my keys; with the dark wood frame & built-in side table, it was to became the center piece of the bedroom. The selection of bed covers and decor was to keep it clean and minimal; with such a size in comparison to the room, any bold colours or patterns would make the room feel gaudy. 

3. Study / Guest Bedroom

The study became a storage room of my collected memorabilia and work space. Where college textbooks, artworks bought from street vendors, and unused notebooks are kept in - a room of stuff I couldn't decide where to place in the rest of the apartment - but eventually it all melded together to be its own identity.

The eventuality of the room is to turn it into a Guest Room to would-be visitors or potential Airbnb guests but part of me is hesitant in letting someone else occupy the room and the other part acknowledges that I'd burst my furniture budget to finish the room in the first place.

Click here to read Part II for the full list of stores that I purchased from and recommend visiting.

Project Mono: List of Furniture Stores, Part II.

For the furniture breakdown of Project Mono, go to the Furniture Room-by-Room, Part I.

Following Part I or if you skipped straight to Part II, this part will consist of the entire list of furniture stores that I purchased from and noteworthy stores that I've visited. Most of the stores are within the Klang Valley region and a few online stores.

The List of Furniture Stores in Project Mono:

In no particular order, here's a list of stores that I purchased from for Project Mono:

1. Urban Edge Home Gallery

Website: urbanedge.com.my

Location: Lot 3-57, 3rd Floor, Quill City Mall, 1018 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

The origin of my Melanie Bed. Urban Edge is a bespoke furniture gallery; home to a vast collection of contemporary modern designer furniture. The items displayed are undoubtedly of high-quality with intricate workmanship. With luxurious products, comes luxurious pricing - so set your expectations and budgets accordingly. The staff are kind and happy to assist you if you have any inquiries. I would highly recommend you visit their showroom and view the quality of the items firsthand.

There are few places that as I enter and I immediately want everything being sold, Urban Edge is most definitely one of them.

2. Timeless Design

Websitetimelessdesign.com.my

Location: 17-G, Jalan LGSB 1/4, Pusat  Komersial LGSB, Off Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor

Timeless Design is a mid-to-high end store with a diverse catalogue; from retro to industrial to minimalist. Their 'urban store' holds a great selection of their products for anyone to view and Nick, who I inquired several times about certain products, was always happy and willing to answer my questions. Even though I only purchased the dining table from Timeless, their website always tempts me to make more impulse purchases - especially that Cassidy Mirror.

3. Ruma

Websiteruma-home.com

Location: Ground Floor, G52, Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Ruma is home to a vast collection of chic, contemporary, cosmopolitan furniture and home decor. From full dining set to display candles, Ruma sells a wide variety of products at a reasonable rate. It's no surprise that, aside from IKEA, Ruma became the source of a lot of products purchased for the project including the L-couch which despite an initial hiccup with the delivery, managed to resolve the issue on the same day - excellent customer service. Their collection of products are updated quite regularly, so it's worth multiple visit or visiting their website regularly.

4. IKEA

Websiteikea.com

Location: 2, Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Speaking of which... IKEA is such a staple to home furniture that I probably don't even need to talk about them; so instead I'll just share my experience. IKEA, by a mile, is the place I made the most number of purchases and had I known I'd buy so much, I would've joined their "Family" program. However, their customer service and delivery services (who I assume are an outsourced third-party) are atrocious. Anyone who follows my social media, knew I had a long rant about it BUT credit to IKEA, after 4 customer service calls and a next-day home visit, it was resolved.

Pro-tip: Go weekdays, never weekends. Always double check that you got the right items and required components before and after purchase (before leaving the premise). Always self-deliver, borrow a friend's truck or rent your own, anything but their delivery services.

5. Joy Design Studio

Websitejoyd.my

Location: 6, Jalan Setia Dagang, U13/AJ, Setia Alam 40170, Shah Alam, Selangor

Bang for the buck! is basically how I'd summarize Joy Design. With a wide selection of contemporary and Scandi furniture selection, the studio provides great quality products at a reasonable rate. Their large show unit at Setia Alam display is a joy (hah!) to visit especially with their welcoming staff. Best of all, they regularly host clearance sale to make way for new stock and it's a great way to score a decent bargain - like my Chesterfield. Often they do bundle packs of furniture at an affordable price, so if you're looking to fill up a room quickly, visit Joy Design.

6. imhomestylist

Websiteimhomestylist.com

Location: 1, Jalan Kajang Perdana 2/2, Taman Kajang Perdana, 43000 Kajang, Selangor

The reason I include my rug as part of my home furniture rather than just home decor because the rug tied the living room together and made it feel whole - and that is thanks to imhomestylist. Perhaps the only contemporary abstract rugs store [amongst the sea of Persian rug stores] in the whole region,  imhomestylist selection was exactly what I was looking for. Despite the showroom being in mid-redecorating during my visit, their wall of rugs was a sight to behold and the customer service was friendly and helpful - even manage to help squeeze a 2 meter long rug into a Mini. imhomestylist started selling furniture recently and couldn't recommend them highly enough.

7. nesthouz.com

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An online-only store, nesthouz.com is home to great-quality modern contemporary furniture at an affordable price. The VITO TV console I ordered was immaculate, beautiful, and met my expectations exactly without ever seeing the product in person - a worry from most online purchases. My only and biggest gripe is the poor customer service and delivery management was horrendous.  Missing initial scheduled deliveries and unresponsive customer service ruined an otherwise amazing product. I would still recommend nesthouz for their products but warn would-be buyers to be patient, very patient.

8. BoConcept

Websiteboconcept.com

Location: Bangsar Shopping Centre T112-115, 3rd floor, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandar Raya, 59000 Kuala Lumpur

BoConcept had always been known for high-end designer furniture and their BSC showroom is no exception. Beautiful selection of modern contemporary collection and great customer service, it was difficult to visit the showroom (during a sale event) and not pick-up anything - so I perhaps bought the most affordable thing there, the Tear Drop sculpture. Again, with premium quality comes premium price tag and if money was no object, BoConcept would be one of my first visits.

The List of Furniture Stores I Recommend to Visit:

Basically my honorable mentions list. These are the stores I had visited, and despite not purchasing from them, had a great selection and service that I would recommend:

1. Noir Home & Entrér

Websitenoirhome.com & entrer.com.my

Location: S11, Level 2, East Wing, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur & L2-017, Level 2, MyTOWN Shopping Centre, No. 6, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Noir Home and Entrér are sibling stores/showroom to the previously mentioned Urban Edge and are both home to premium contemporary collection of home decor and furniture. Noir home to more contemporary classics and Entrér to slick Scandinavian design, I could get lost in these 2 galleries all day. The Noir Diffuser was a tempting impulse decor almost-purchase; had it not been for either stores' premium costs.

2. DoYoung Malaysia

Websitedoyoung.com.my

Location: C-3-7 & 8, VANTAGE, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Pulau Pinang

Whilst technically not an online-only store [they have a showroom in Penang], DoYoung's website has a robust selection of contemporary furniture and decor including premium designer replicas at such affordable prices. Their online customer service are friendly and responsive - oh the amount of times I've almost purchased my dining chairs from DoYoung are too many to count. They do deliver to the Klang Valley region at a reasonable price. Though I can't vouch for the quality of the goods, I can say their website is a joy to visit on a bored weekend afternoon.

3. More Design

Websitemoredesign.asia

Location: 11a, Jalan Apollo U5/194, Taman Pinggiran Subang, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

With good quality products and gigantic selection of items,  More Design is a one-stop shop for all your furniture needs at an affordable price. The showroom in Shah Alam is a little remote but quantity of items displayed is astonishing. Any owners hoping to kit out their unit to an Airbnb accommodation need not go anywhere else. My only gripe, a minor gripe, is the quality. Whilst it is decent and very affordable, some of the items (especially replicas) felt a little 'cheap' materiality-wise and a little too stiff/firm. Though it won't be a cause of concern for anyone staying in the units in short-terms.

If you have any recommended stores or online-shops for me to visit, you can e-mail me at izzat.osman@gmail.com or contact me at my Contact page.

Click here to return and read Part I for the room-by-room furniture breakdown of Project Mono so far.

Launch: Store is officially OPENED!

After several weeks of consideration and prep work, I finally launched izzatosman.com/store!

The launch of the store includes my series of works called [un]iform; a play of linearity and to isolate/distort a minuscule element without detracting too far from the origin. A fun little side hobby I've been dabbling with; and now made available for purchase. All originals are made for sale, including 20 limited signed prints.

The store will hopefully expand to include other works and even items by my more talented friends. All proceeds from the store will go to creating more items for sale, support projects, and general website upkeep. Go have a look!

Project Mono: Built-In Wardrobe & Kitchen Extension

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The following item in the to-do list for Project Mono was the Built-In Items. Keeping renovation/carpentry works to a minimum, the only built-in items were concentrated on the Master Bedroom & Kitchen. So I began by simply looking at the "Brochure Layout" for my unit and went from there,

Left:  Proposed Layout for the unit Type 3A1.  Right:  My proposed layout.  As you can see the kitchen layout are basically the same, with the exception of the cooktop and basin orientation, as well as the length of the island. The bedroom wardrobe layout are vastly different; the developer proposed 2 seperate wardrobes at the entry to the ensuite and my proposal is a single long wardrobe next to the bedroom door - the intent is that the circulation from the bedroom door to the ensuite is not interrupted and creating a partition for the ensuite and bedroom with the wardrobe space.

Left: Proposed Layout for the unit Type 3A1. Right: My proposed layout.

As you can see the kitchen layout are basically the same, with the exception of the cooktop and basin orientation, as well as the length of the island. The bedroom wardrobe layout are vastly different; the developer proposed 2 seperate wardrobes at the entry to the ensuite and my proposal is a single long wardrobe next to the bedroom door - the intent is that the circulation from the bedroom door to the ensuite is not interrupted and creating a partition for the ensuite and bedroom with the wardrobe space.

1. Kitchen Extension by Signature Kitchen

Left:  Propose Kitchen Extension.  Right:  Existing Kitchen during Handover

Left: Propose Kitchen Extension. Right: Existing Kitchen during Handover

With most of the kitchen already complete, the extension is quite minimal. My proposal is to create a slot for the fridge with accompanying shelving above it and a small breakfast island (underneath the pendant lighting) just for additional counter space and also works to separate the kitchen and the dining area.

The existing kitchen was already made by Signature Kitchen (Projects Team), so rather than shopping around for kitchen manufacturers and since I initially wanted the same material,s why not go to the same source, Signature Kitchen (Subang). From where I was introduced to Diyana who helped me with my material selection and convinced me to go for a contrasting colour for the island rather than matching the existing [the Silverino was chosen], and Fadzli who later supervised the installation. And the results are:

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The overall outcome blended together quite well; the fridge and its compartment felt almost like a single piece and the contrasting island actually fits nicely with the curtains in the background and didn't seem alien (as initially feared).

Contact: Signature Kitchen Subang (Happy Maternity Leave, Diyana!)

2. Open Wardrobe by FS Design Furniture

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Above: my proposal for the Open Wardrobe for the Master Bedroom design.

The intent with the long single wardrobe was to create a partition between the ensuite and the bedroom; so you enter the "walk-in" wardrobe area rather than the bedroom straightaway and you could go to the ensuite without having to go through the bed area (unlike the proposed layout in the brochure) - so you can avoid looking at my messy bed.

The idea of the Open Wardrobe was because I wanted to avoid making the bedroom feel smaller; despite the wardrobe cutting into the bedroom, the open concept didn't make it feel too enclosed. Materiality was important, light thin frames were required and timber shelving to meld with the flooring.  There were 2 options initially, one with a metal frame and wooden shelving and another is a standard wooden shelf with no doors or backing. 

Option 1 was the main intent and after several weeks of searching, FS Design Furniture, was the most reasonably priced, had made similar shelving previous, and was highly recommended (Thanks Syireen!). During the course of manufacturing, several discussions with the founder Fazli Shah about the colour of the frame either in anodized black or brass was a constant toss-up and finalized with black to follow suit with the lighting and bed frame which were also dark.

The main issue with open concept wardrobe for some people is that people can see your clothes - which is true, careful curation of clothes to be displayed for when your guests come to visit are required or if you're like me with not that many clothes, display them all anyway. The results are:

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The overall outcome was as the desired intent and fits quite comfortably in the room; the Bedroom did not feel like it lost a quarter of its space and timber shelving blended perfectly.  I would highly recommend FS Design Furniture, they also have a great selection of pre-packed furniture with similar timber and metalwork finishes - tell them Izzat sent you and hopefully they'll give you a discount.

Contact: FS Design Furniture and visit their Instagram for more of their work.

3. Open Wardrobe by IKEA

Bonus! Following the same Open Wardrobe concept of the master bedroom, IKEA offers a similar product called the ELVARLI Post system which comes in a modular layout that fit my Spare Bedroom/Study quite nicely. It's a great system that fits to varied ceiling heights (see far right post in the photo above) and can suit your desired layout.

Tip before purchasing is to figure out your desired layout on their website before going to IKEA to purchase it. Because the whole thing is modular, once you've selected your layout, the website will list all the required components for you to pick up - ask the attendant at the store for assistance.

Website: IKEA

Next post for Project Mono is FURNITURE, coming soon-ish.

Review: The Ulin Villa, Bali

If Privacy, Great Services, and Proximity are your main criterias, The Ulin might be the best for you.

A few weeks back, I went on a family trip to Bali and we chose to stay in The Ulin Villa, as recommended by a dear friend [Thanks Fiza!] .

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We wanted to avoid on relying on transport travel, so having plenty of choices for food and shopping within walking distance was a massive plus. We chose The Ulin initially because it sat right smack in the middle of Seminyak, Bali, with close proximity to a large selection of restaurants and stores nearby. For those beach incline, there is a Seminyak beach not too far of a walk from the villa - though the beach isn't much to rave about.

Our Three Bedroom Villa

Our Three Bedroom Villa

Arriving at the villa, through the wooden doors, we greeted by a massive swimming pool at the centre of the villa, a large 'living' villa, and 3 bedroom villas with spacious baths. Surrounding the villa are 3 meter tall walls that gave us the privacy to make us feel at home. Even my rather conservative mother felt comfortable enough to dip inside the pool. Having such a large living room and swimming pool, it made feel very inviting and encourages for us jump in it - a welcome surprisefrom a family whom often to prefer sit in their rooms after a long day.

The main attraction staying in the Ulin has to be the service. The entire villa was meticulously kept well cared for and at evenings, flowers were scattered on the grounds to enhance our night (and cleared the next morning). The complimentary high-tea was generous and delicious. Breakfast were complimentary in delivered to the villa; though selections were rather limited and we (as a family of 6) tried almost the entire list in 3 days. Complimentary in-villa BBQ service was also included with a 24 hour notice which was a nice experience as they provided decorations within the villa to set the atmosphere for the BBQ.

Side story of the great service: On day 1 of our arrival, my father asked if they had any fresh coconuts and was told that they didn't have any [nor was it listed in the menu] which my father just shrugged off. The following 3 days, the staff consistently brought fresh coconuts to our villa for all 6 of us without any prompt or request.

The Bathtub View

The Bathtub View

There are a few nit picky items that I could comment if I'm looking for flaws. While the bathrooms were spacious, the bedroom was adequate - not really spacious or felt luxurious - and had no option of split beds. The poolside beds were always damp from the night before (and on arrival). The hotel restaurant had limited selection and rather empty - I had hopes for an omelette station but there was none. But again, minor gripes for an otherwise perfect stay.

It goes without saying, we enjoyed our stay in The Ulin Villa especially the great service provided by the villa and their friendly staff was tremendous. I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Bali.

Overall Rating: 9/10 - Highly Recommend

Price Range: $$$$ - Premium

Location: Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

Website: www.theulinvilla.com

Project Mono: Lighting & Fans

For the list of recommended stores, scroll below.

The ceiling work for the unit became a slight issue because only certain areas were covered with plaster ceiling after the handover - the kitchen, the toilets, and partially the bedroom where mostly done to cover the ventilation/ducting of the unit - the rest of the unit's ceiling are just painted soffit of the slab. So this made concealed lighting difficult without installing additional ceiling (as per previous post, not within the budget).

Here's the layout of the lighting (and the first look at the apartment floor plan): 

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As a result, locations with ceiling already provided, recessed downlighting were introduced. I wanted to avoid surface downlights because the extrusion made it too noticeable; with the exception of 2 places, the balcony where ceiling level was higher and utility where its not visible from the the living room.

Where there was no ceiling, I elected to go with Pendant Lights at the kitchen island and Track Lighting for two main reasons - modularity and focus - I can orientate it as how I see it fit and change the intensity of the lighting by simply swapping the lights out or adding more lights with minimal invasive works to the soffit. 

The living room. Much of the room illumination comes from the spotlights "reflecting" off the wall. The drop of the ceiling at kitchen and towards the bedrooms could be seen here.

The living room. Much of the room illumination comes from the spotlights "reflecting" off the wall. The drop of the ceiling at kitchen and towards the bedrooms could be seen here.

Ceiling fan selection was an afterthought as result of the light selections. Since the lighting introduced were in dark casing, ceiling fan should as well: black base and dark timber blades.

Selected Lighting & Ceiling Fan Stores in the Klang Valley Area

Here's a list of stores that I purchased from and stores I highly recommend if you are lighting shopping.

1. Top ten lighting sdn bhd

Location: 1, Jalan Bandar Tiga, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Practically everything installed were sourced from Top Ten. Easily the best bang for your buck store if you're looking for affordability and quality. From designer replicas to basic utilitarian, extravagant to minimal, Top Ten has widest selection of lighting (and ceiling fans) of the list; shopping here was a breeze and the staff were happy to help if you have any questions. One thing to note is that they only supply the items; if you require installation,  they will recommend you some the technicians they often deal with.

2. lightcraft

Location: 98, Jalan Sungai Besi, Chan Sow Lin, 57100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

If you are looking for premium, designer light selection, look no further than Lightcraft.  Their showroom itself is a sight to behold with bespoke lighting from an array of designers and even a "sample room" to show the lighting effects from specific light selections in curated conditions. With premium selection, comes premium prices; so set your expectations/budgets accordingly. Their staff are also well-versed in lighting options to help you with your selections, just bring your floor plan and your desired feel for the space.

3. Sparkling Electrical Trading

Location: 34, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Much like Top Ten, Sparkling is a great place if you are looking for quality items on a tight budget. While the selection isn't as up to par, Sparkling still holds a decent selection to view and with friendly staff, they assisted me with my initial selection and provided recommendations to suit my budget.

4. one living sdn bhd

Location: 31G, Jalan Bandar 3, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160, Selangor

With retails all over the region, One Living is probably the most convenient for all your housing needs - electric goods, hot water systems, lighting, etc. Though selections of lighting were limited, they were the only ones that had stock for the set of pendants lights I was looking for. I'd recommend you to keep a look out for their sales or be prepared to haggle as their store prices can be slightly hefty.

Project Mono : Introduction

Project Mono is an ID project I've been working on as a side distraction on my free time. The project is for a two bedroom & two bath apartment unit that was recently constructed on a very, very tight budget.

Plot twist: The apartment is my own. Recently received the keys to my unit.

Due to the restrictive funding of the client [me] is almost an exclusively limited to just furnishings and home decoration; aside from a kitchen extension, wardrobes, lighting, and mirrors - no changes are made to the finishes or renovation of any kind. Included with the apartment was an already built kitchen, water heater, and air conditioning.

The whole concept behind the brief is addition not revision - rather than change the existing conditions of the unit(renovation/repainting), components can only be introduced (furnishing, decor, carpentry).

Stay tuned! I'll share my progress soon.

Scenes + Scenarious: PAM Public Lectures Season 2018 Poster

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After about 3 years being a part of the PAM Design Lecture Series Team, I was assigned to make the 2018 poster. Previously the posters were made by fellow committee members, Alia Aida (2017) and Shiela Samsuri (2016). The 2018 poster strays away slightly from previous ones with the pastel colours and "3D asterisk".

The Scenarios + Situations : PAM Public Lectures are open-to-public lectures by PAM (Malaysian Institute of Architects) who invites architects, designers, photographers, etc. from Malaysia and abroad; notably of which includes the first speaker of this year, Jan Knikker of MVRDV. For those interested and further details, visit the PAM DLS Facebook Page.

Return of izzatosman.com blog!

After a brief hiatus from the website due to life commitments, the blog returns! I will post as regularly as before with site photos, exhibitions, architecture visits, and travels. Website will also soon be updated with my current projects. So stay tuned! 

Meanwhile, go visit and follow my Instagram @izzato to have a look at what I've been upto:

Info : Verte 109 Final Banner for Exhibition

Recently, I had received a lot of interest for the Verte 109 project and thought I should upload the final print that was done for the end of semester exhibition. If you haven't seen the project, click here for more information regarding the project; which also includes the flythrough video that was only shown at the final presentation.

The banner print size is an approximate 4 A0 Portrait end-to-end but with a smaller width to accommodate the allowed space - basically, we printed to the max dimensions allowed. The layout was white to vivid colour arranging from top to bottom; where images that suited better with a white background would sit closer to the top (floorplans, sections, diagrams, etc), all the renders/vividly coloured images would sit at the bottom, and the big "moneyshot" taking center place.

image: Verte 109 final exhibition banner. for additional info, visit the Verte 109 portfolio page.

Due to its large resolution, I could only fit two-thirds of the full banner. To view the full poster in 1765 x 8191 resolution, click on the image above - the export quality had to be significantly reduce due to image size.

Entourage : The First Edition - Adventures with Friends Edition

Now living in South East Asia where the population of Asian ethnicity are the significant majority, I feel like most of my existing accumulated collections of cutouts and entourages would be somewhat alien/foreign inside renders targeted to local audiences.

So I made a few of me and my friends; for anyone/everyone to use for visualizations in your architectural/design projects for free - for any other uses, please contact me first(!) at izzat.osman@gmail.com.

To download, click on the any of the images, right click and click 'Save Image As...'. All images are in .PNG. Stay tuned, I'll upload more monthly.

Tutorials : Site Photo Stitching / Photomerging with Photoshop + Bridge

After constant pestering from 'someone' on how to stitch photos together, I decided to do a step-by-step tutorial. Whilst most phones are able to do Panoramic shots now, this tutorial would help stitch separate photographs together and/or even multiple screenshots from the Internet (Google Maps Street Views).

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Sort the images into a sequential order. Left to Right or Bottom to Top. By renaming the files.

Launch Mini Bridge by clicking on the 'Mini Bridge' tab at the Bottom-Left corner.

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Locate the folder where the Images are stored. Select the images to be merged/stitched. Right click selection and selected 'Photoshop - Photomerge...'.

Select images layout; if you're unsure, select 'Auto'. Click 'OK'. After a few minutes (depending on number and size of images), Photoshop will stitch the images into separate layers.

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When its done, you can export/save the image - BEWARE, file size and resolution will be massive. And if you wish to continue from the existing PSD, merge the images first - I recommend merging visible layers into a separate layer (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E) just for contingency.

Lastly, place your building into the stitched photo, crop your desired view, and "post-production!" - possible future tutorial. Images above were used for the project 'Vestiary Exposed'.

Events : Architecture By Hand - Wan Azhar Sulaiman [CODA]

The 4th PAM Public Lecture was recently held at the Black Box, Publika - the lecture entitled 'Architecture By Hand'.

The lecture was the journey of Wan Azhar Sulaiman which began from his exploration as a lecturer, to the initial naivety of opening his studio and almost going bust, as well as a step-by-step brief explanation of his projects especially the brutally stunning sixty-thirty (image below).

image: sixty-thirty by CODA (photo courtesy of PAM.DLS Facebook Page)

The lecture would have been more aptly titled 'Architecture : Hand-in-Hand', as the keyword throughout Azhar's description of his endeavors seems to be - "collaboration". The interaction between materials of raw concrete and 200 year old timber doors, the partnership of being hands on with an Indonesian laborers as a Malaysian architectural designer, and the orientation of space and how it interacts between public and private - the collaborative undertone of CODA's project is distinct.

The next Public PAM Lecture will be Merdeka, Modernity, & Malaysia : Looking Back, Looking Forward by Lai Chee Kien on March 11. Stay tuned!

Info : Initial Re : Melbourne Central Process + Early Iterations

The finalized project that I'll be mentioning about is the Re : Melbourne Central which was my final thesis project or known as the Major Project in RMIT University. If you're not too familiar with the project, click here and have a quick look.

The project initially begin as a lineage study of Melbourne Central and from it provide a proposal continuing legacy as an expansion/growth for its near future.

After initial reviews and feedback, multiple iterations were made. One of which was a polygonal approach - creating a whole new topography as a secondary public space - and the another was a more pragmatic response; assuming the large under-utilized roof space as one consolidated site and applying a large program which could only exist on large sites. Obviously the latter was chosen; it provided an interesting topic of "what to do when we have restricted space within cities for programs that would normally require a large platform?" Here are the two iterations initial concept images:

Update : izzatosman.com version 2.0

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After finally completing my Major Project (the final thesis) and graduating Masters of Architecture from RMIT University, I finally have time to redevelop the website.

Most notably is the aesthetics and layout of the entire site - the intention was to make more legible and provide better explanation of each projects rather than just a large scrolling block of images. Second, was the addition of 2 new projects - Verte 109 (vertical laneway studio) and the Re : Melbourne Central (major project).

Stay tuned for more stuff in the near future!

Photos: Old town Ipoh + Sekeping Kong Heng visit

Earlier this year, I paid a visit to Ipoh, specifically the old town district. On my arrival, most of the surrounding streets were still alive as crowds were queuing in front of some of the best authentic local Chinese restaurants in Malaysia. However, the liveliness seemed short-lived; by 4pm [when I started taking photographs], it seems the majority of the life in the district had left.

The empty streets did give me an opportunity to find what I was looking for; to capture the aging and decaying surroundings - the rustic charm that the old town has now been known for - and how Sekeping Kong Heng fits to it.

With the old timbers windows, darken brick, and exposed concrete walls, Seksan Design's intention to preserve as much of the original essence of the existing building as possible are clearly visible where every additional architectural intervention are kept minimal as to not overpower its former identity.

If you're looking for something different or hoping to get a taste of Ipoh's history, I recommend a short stay at the heart of it all - Sekeping Kong Heng.

Preview : Vertical Laneway Studio

image : site context - neighbouring iconic establishments .  Just a sneak preview of the current studio I'm embarking called 'Vertical Laneway', supervised by  Ivan Rijavec . The site is located at the corner of Brunswick and Victoria Street in Fitzroy; surrounded by eccentric bars, cafes and street culture distinctly found only in Fitzroy.  More information and details about the studio will be released later. Stay tuned!

image: site context - neighbouring iconic establishments.

Just a sneak preview of the current studio I'm embarking called 'Vertical Laneway', supervised by Ivan Rijavec. The site is located at the corner of Brunswick and Victoria Street in Fitzroy; surrounded by eccentric bars, cafes and street culture distinctly found only in Fitzroy.

More information and details about the studio will be released later. Stay tuned!

info : [cyto]city mid-semester progress images

The images below showcases selected images from the 2112Ai: Mid Semester presentations; it also shows our initial interest in the calcified form. Some of the images include recursive growth studies, internal spatial qualities studies, and how the overall form fits onto Cyberjaya.

The final outcome could be found here at the [cyto]city project page.

Project ran in collaboration with Syireen Asyina Ismail and Ye Yuan as part of 2112Ai:Cyberjaya.