5 Things You Should Know This Week: 15 January 2019

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Updated on January 15, 2019 8:01 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 15 January 2019

These are some of the news you should know this week:

1. Courts welcomes the new year with 2019 collections for the home

COURTS has just unveiled its 2019 New Year Catalogue featuring the latest furniture styles, IT and electrical gadgets, and festive must-haves. With Chinese New Year approaching, COURTS has also come up with a tongue-in-cheek No Sweat CNY Cheat Sheet to help homeowners get ready for the Lunar New Year.

COURTS’ Furniture Collection 2019 features customisable pieces and matching collections tailored for all families and home spaces while retaining great value. Fresh designs have just been injected into the range, timely additions in stores now for New Year and Chinese New Year get-togethers. As more homeowners seek coordination in their home furnishings and the convenience of shopping for everything they need under one roof, COURTS has unveiled capsule collections that match in style and material, and come at a special discounted price if the pieces are purchased together. The Emilio, Dempster, and Kameron collections, each featuring living and dining pieces in a distinct style, are perfect for those looking to refresh their living and dining spaces with a seamless look without breaking the bank.

While customers always had plenty to choose from, the brand’s range brings customisation to every major home furnishing category. Sofas—the centrepiece of every living room—remain the heart of the new collection, with over 600 fabric and leather options, with select models able to be customised in time for Chinese New Year. Select sofas even come in water-proof fabrics, making maintenance a breeze for festive hosts. Marble dining tables are also customisable, available in up to five colour finishes, three bases and three sizes. With a wide selection, COURTS offers something for everyone with its 2019 collections.

Purchase the Emilio five-piece dining set ($999) and get its matching coffee table, TV console, and console table at 20% off.

From now till 24 February 2019, COURTS is welcoming shoppers with great festive deals as part of a two-month-long New Year Sale in stores and online, with ‘Sure-Huat’ Giveaways of up to $888,888 in vouchers and prizes. Limited edition festive freebies including COURTS prosperity red packets and gold bar tissue boxes are up for grabs, as well as irresistible purchase-with-purchase deals such as an Iona 3.5L Steamboat cooker for only S$8 (U.P. $69.90) and Fortune Lucky Bag for only $18 (comprising goodies such as abalone, restaurant vouchers and others, valued at $99.90)—with minimum spend. Customers can spruce up their homes for the new year with easy monthly payments on COURTS’ in-house flexible financing plans and get up to S$16,800 worth of shopping vouchers and S$2,888 worth of cash, vouchers and gifts in a sure-win lucky dip, subject to spending tier and term. Terms and conditions apply to all promotions. God of Fortune mascots will visit selected stores on the weekends of 26–27 January and 2–3 February, mingling with shoppers to spread festive cheer and fortune.

2. Dyson's gift ideas for CNY and Valentine's Day

Still contemplating on what to give your loved ones as presents on these two important occasions? Check the items from Dyson below:

The Dyson Cyclone V10™ is Dyson’s most advanced cord-free vacuum, making the Chinese New Year clean-up a breeze. The Dyson digital motor V10, Dyson’s most powerful motor yet, sits at the heart of the machine and spins at 125,000rpm. This, along streamlined airflow paths results in 20% more suction power than its predecessor the Dyson V8™ cord-free vacuum. With an improved fade-free battery and power efficiency, the Dyson Cyclone V10™ cord-free vacuum offers up to 60 minutes of cleaning time. The result - a versatile, well-balanced machine that deep cleans your home properly, with no loss of suction.

Cooking up a sumptuous meal can generate unwanted fumes that get trapped inside your home. The new Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan senses pollutants, captures them, and projects purified air across the room. Equipped with air quality sensors tested to laboratory standards, the Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan senses and reports the live indoor air quality onto an LCD display and the Dyson Link app. On Auto mode, the machine responds automatically to pollution, capturing volatile organic compounds and ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns. Patented Air Multiplier™ technology, combined with the ability of the Dyson Pure Cool™ purifying fan to oscillate up to 350˚, enables the machine to project the purified air evenly across the room.

Bestow upon your special someone the gift of great hair with The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer. To engineer a well-balanced hair dryer that delivered powerful airflow, Dyson engineers went back to the drawing board to design an entirely new motor—the Dyson digital motor V9. This small, light yet powerful motor sits in the handle and spins 110,000rpm—five times faster than a Formula One car engine. The motor pulls in 13 litres of air, and with Air Multiplier technology, the nozzle delivers 41 litres of powerful airflow to dry hair quickly. An on-board intelligent heat control system works to keep the temperature of the airflow to below 150°C to prevent heat damage. The glass bead thermistor measures the temperature of the airflow 20 times per second, and the microprocessor intelligently responds by regulating the temperature of the double-stacked heating element.

3. Enjoy up to 60% off CNY essentials at ToTT

Spring into this Lunar New Year with ToTT Store and give your kitchen a makeover with CNY essentials, must buy prosperity deals, and up to 60% off selected items this festive season! Sign up as a ToTT Member and get to enjoy an exclusive 10%* discount storewide from 10 to 13 January and exclusive promotions for Chinese New Year-themed cooking & baking classes. Sale starts from 10 January to 19 February 2019.

Spice up your reunion dinner with the ultimate Steamboat & Grill bundle that includes an Iwatani Gas Cooker & Cartridge, a Divided Shabu Shabu Hot Pot with Glass Lid and a Yakiniku Grill Plate (U.P. $130, now $78). The divided pot features an S-shaped divider that caters for two different soup bases and the Yakiniku Plate sports a drip tray and removable grill plate. Perfect for either a session of tongue-numbing Mala Hot Pot or grilling savoury meats to your heart’s content. So have the best of both worlds with this must-buy bundle! Check out this deal and more at ToTT Century Square, ToTT Suntec, or on its online shop.

4. Global business and design leaders to participate in 2019 Brainstorm Design

More than 30 global business and design leaders will participate in 2019 Brainstorm Design, scheduled to occur during Singapore Design Week on March 5 to 7, 2019. Brainstorm Design is supported by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg), the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), and Wallpaper*. Participants will share insights and strategies for design innovation at the event.

This year’s theme—“Vision, Empathy, and Scale"—explores and amplifies ideas raised in last year’s inaugural gathering and highlights the gifts of designers from classical, commercial and computational backgrounds. Brainstorm Design brings together a broad spectrum of influential top designers and high-profile business leaders who command the capital, technology, and human resources necessary to ensure great design can achieve maximum impact and scale. Among the topics discussed this year will be: the challenge of achieving “empathy at scale”; how companies can measure the return on their investments in design; the uses (and abuses) of design in the public sector; and designers’ ethical responsibilities for safeguarding personal privacy.

Speakers announced include: IDEO CEO and President Tim Brown; Amazon.com Vice President of Echo and Alexa Devices Miriam Daniel; Skewed Productions CEO and Creative Director Marcus Engman; Google Director of UX Design Kat Holmes; Miniwiz Founder and CEO Arthur Huang; University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Jeanne Liedtka; Adobe Design Vice President Jamie Myrold; PepsiCo Chief Design Officer Mauro Porcini; IBM Vice President of Design Doug Powell; Design as an Attitude Author Alice Rawsthorn; Studio Roosegaarde Artist and Founder Daan Roosegaarde; Dyson Chief Executive Officer James Rowan; Buro Ole Scheeren Architect and Principal Ole Scheeren; Gehl Founding Partner and CEO Helle Søholt; and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Head of Digital, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Banking Sam Yen.

Brainstorm Design will help to increase the global mindshare of Singapore as a thought leader in design, while fostering new business leads and relationships for Dsg and EDB.

5. LG’s advanced 2019 soundbars take centre stage at CES 2019

LG’s new soundbars deliver superior sound quality through a collaboration with Meridian Audio, pioneers of High-Resolution Audio, along with smart functionality and sleek, modern design. Delivering strong, multi-dimensional sound that fills every corner of the room and the incredible convenience of AI, LG’s 2019 lineup creates truly immersive user experiences and features two CES Innovation Award recipients (models SL9YG and SL10YG). LG’s premium SL9 rose above the competition in its category to take home the coveted the Best of Innovation title.

Working closely with Meridian, LG continues to improve sound quality across its product portfolio, extending its refined technology to three soundbar models (models SL10YG, SL9YG, and SL8YG) this year. The collaboration goes far beyond basic fine-tuning or the adoption of feature-sets, with both companies joining forces to engineer sound delivery for a truly unrivalled listening experience. Drawing on 25 years of experience as the masters of Digital Signal Processing, Meridian’s Bass & Space technology improves the soundstage with coherent image and strong bass. Together with its Image Elevation technology designed to lift the soundstage in a more lifelike way to boost listeners’ sense of immersion, Meridian creates a true cinematic space, delivering powerful surround sound like no other.

“LG’s 2019 soundbars deliver amazing performance tuned in close partnership with Meridian Audio with the convenience of smart AI connectivity,” said Kim Dae-chul, head of LG Home Entertainment Company’s audio and video business. “The high-quality sound and versatility of our newest lineup takes home entertainment to a whole new level and satisfies a growing demand for premium sound bar solutions that provide impressive listening experiences, greater convenience and stylish, modern aesthetics.”


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