5 Things You Should Know This Week: 14 December 2015

Just the latest news in interior design, architecture, and anything home and living to start your week off right

Updated on June 13, 2017 8:06 am

Jerni Camposano

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1. Lego's Skyline collection. Lego lovers, here's a "block" of good news: you can now build skylines of famous cities like New York, Berlin, and Venice. These sets, which belong to the "Skylines" collection in the Architecture series, will be available in January.

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2. LG Life mobile app: More than just an app. Technology innovator LG Electronics launched an app that helps homeowners and interior designers visualise homes at their fingertips. Accessorize My Home, one of its many features, allows them to see how LG's home appliances can fit into the home's layout and complement the interiors. Meanwhile, Smart Tips offers a wealth of information on how to use or maintain LG's home appliances and electronics. Other features include mobile photography, product catalogue, and deals. The LG Life mobile app is available on Google Play Store.


3. Gift ideas from Villeroy & Boch. If you still have no idea what to wrap for your loved ones, visit Villeroy & Boch and discover exquisite tableware products and more. "Our philosophy is that every article from Villeroy & Boch is a potential gift," says Nicolas Luc Villeroy, Head of Tableware. "Thus in all the tableware collections and particularly in the new gift article lines, it is easy to find the right gift for any occasion—everything from a small gesture of friendship to an extravagant premium present."


4. Eco-friendly furniture pieces that can "self-heal." German design company Manufract created furniture items that combine salvaged oak with glow-in-the dark bio resins. The resin is a material that repairs the wood, hence its addition to it allows the salvaged wood to "self-heal."

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5. Hobbit homes. Green Magic Homes, a Florida-based company, has created every Lord of the Rings fan's dream home: The Hobbit Home. With its round doors, grass covered exteriors, and earth walls, this structure truly spells enchantment. The company can build this modular home in three days, using waterproof and eco-friendly pre-fabricated panels made from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. Know more about them here.

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