5 Things You Should Know This Week: 14 March 2016

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

Updated on June 13, 2017 10:06 am

Jerni Camposano

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1. International Furniture Fair Singapore 2016 offered a plethora of furniture choices. Held from 10 to 13 March at the Singapore Expo, this year's International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) had more than 423 participating companies from 29 countries exhibit their home and lifestyle products. With the theme "Celebrate Inspiration", IFFS 2016 presented several feature areas—including the Design Stars Showcase (we listed down the Furniture Designers To Watch For in 2016 here!), Tree of Influence, Pyramid of Notion, The Outdoor Boulevard, among others—to elevate design and encourage inspiration.

2. Make kids' snacks more fun with Cornell Hello Kitty appliances. After the weeklong holidays comes the rush of school preparation. Surprise your young ones with cute but yummy snacks using Hello Kitty sandwich maker and pop-up toaster.

The Hello Kitty sandwich maker comes with cool touch housing as well as non-stick coating plate for easy cleaning. $39.90 (UP: $59.90), available in all OG and major electronic stores

The pop-up toaster has a cool touch body with slot cover. The toaster switches off automatically when the toast is done, making it safe to use. $42.90 (UP: $62.90), available in all OG and major electronic stores

3. Samsung's innovation in digital appliances. “Samsung is proud to introduce innovations that matter to our consumers, especially in the area of home appliances. As such, Samsung always strives to deliver on our promise of quality and innovation, providing more flexibility in today’s busy modern home environment,” said Poh Hwee Hian, Director & Head of Digital Appliances, Samsung Electronics Singapore. The company introduced the RT6000 refrigerator with Twin Cooling Plus technology that locks in moisture and keeps food fresh for longer and the AddWash Washing Machine that has a distinctive access door that makes it convenient to add any item.

The new Samsung top-mounted freezer refrigerator, the RT6000, features Samsung’s unique Twin Cooling Plus technology.

The Samsung AddWash Washing Machine has a distinctive access door that makes it convenient to add any item, such as a piece of forgotten laundry, without having to drain the washer in order to open the main washer door mid-cycle.

4. Kohler's first Design Forum in Singapore. With the theme "Delivering Sustainability as Standard", the Design Forum—a collaboration between Kohler and Sleeper Magazine—offered a platform for the exchange of ideas on sustainability, architecture and hospitality in Asia Pacific. Speakers included renowned industry thought leaders and leading architects Bill Bensley and Duangrit Bunnag, Guy Heywood of Commune Hotels + Resorts, and Mark Bickerstaffe from Kohler.

5. Madrid apartment features a "bathyard." A woman's request for an apartment with a spacious bathroom and space for a large collection of plants was made possible by Madrid-based architecture studio Husos. Their solution: a "bathyard" where she can enjoy activities while communing with nature.

Photos courtesy of Dezeen


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