5 Things You Should Know This Week: 16 October 2018

Just the latest news in anything home and design to start your week off right

Updated on October 16, 2018 8:10 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 16 October 2018

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

1. Archifest 2018 concludes 12th edition with more than 150,000 visitors

Archifest 2018, Singapore’s annual festival celebrating architecture and the built environment, culminated after a two-week festival. It welcomed more than 150,000 visitors, who turned up at locations island-wide for an exciting line-up of architectural tours, workshops, symposiums and exhibitions set to the theme of "Design for Life." This year, members of the public were invited to play a part in creating a visual representation of the iconic Rochor Centre by donating a minimum amount of $5 in exchange for Akzonobel’s easy-to-use Dulux Colour Play Tester to paint the Pavilion’s Walls of Connection mural walls. The support of festival-goers raised a total of close to $4,000 over the festival period, where all proceeds will go toward the Singapore Red Cross Society and the support for affected communities in Central Sulawesi in particular.

Archifest 2018 also brought together architects, experts, and thought leaders from Singapore and around the world to discuss topics surrounding the three sub-themes of People, Time, and Environment. This includes the Design for Silver Generation Symposium, which delved into innovative designs to address the needs of our ageing population, deliberating compelling questions surrounding conservation and development at the Conservation Dialogue session as well as the Design for Resilience exhibition which discussed the ways cities can be future-proofed before disasters strike. The annual SIA Conference also saw the attendance of multi award-winning international architect and designer, Borja Ferrater, who delivered keynote addresses on issues pertaining pertaining to liveability, sustainability, well-being and life satisfaction alongside local and regional bigwigs and stakeholders of the architecture community.

2. SABON unveils its counter at Tang Plaza

Shopping for SABON products for your home? The brand has opened its new TANGS counter at Tang Plaza this month. Conveniently located in Orchard Road, the new pop up counter, a world first for SABON, reflects the brand’s love for textures, scents, and natural ingredients.

The space is built in SABON’s distinct classic boutique style, featuring natural substances like wood, metal, and stone, which work together in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Adding a vibrant splash of colour, the counter also features a unique rainbow body scrub wall that boasts the brand’s famous scrubs. Alongside SABON’s well-loved range of skincare items, which include bath, body, face, and home products, as well as a range for men, the new counter space will also exclusively retail SABON’s Sport Line, comprising a Muscles Soothing Balm ($52), Top To Toe Deep Cleanser ($47), and Cool-Down Body Lotion ($47). Discover SABON’s new TANGS counter at 310 Orchard Road, Beauty Hall Level 1, TANGS at Tang Plaza, Singapore 238864.

3. Gaggenau's new award-winning Full Surface Induction Cooktop

Home chefs, listen up! You can now free yourself from limitation and revel in the elegance of endless possibility with Gaggenau's new award-winning Full Surface Induction Cooktop. It is designed specifically for the discerning chef who demands both the highest standard in professional culinary performance, and the utmost in creative flexibility.

The cooktop allows for the free positioning of up to 5 pans, anywhere on the cooking surface. An intelligent TFT touch colour display will automatically indicate the cookware’s shape, size, and position, ensuring an intuitive operation of up to 17 heat settings. Intelligent cooking functions and sensor allow for power level changes as and when the pan is moved, facilitating an effortless culinary process while taking the stress away from more precise cooking. Yes, you can sear a steak on high, while simultaneously whisking a delicate blend of hollandaise sauce on low. The choice, is yours.

The cooktop’s sleek design, which seamlessly integrates into your kitchen countertop for a flawless finish, is inspired by its core function: to eliminate boundaries in the pursuit of culinary imagination and professional excellence. Know more about it here.

4. Epson Singapore launches new line of EcoTank printers

The global leader in printing technologies and market leader for Ink Tank printers introduced its new line up of EcoTank printers that offer one of the lowest total cost of ownership on the market. The launch of the new EcoTank range of printers is the first to incorporate the recent rebranding of L-Series Ink Tank to EcoTank, a change that highlights the superior economic benefits over conventional laser printers.

Known previously as the L and M-series Ink Tank System printers, the newly branded EcoTank printers incorporate a new streamlined design that sports an integrated ink tank, with innovative spill-free ink bottles that come in a more compact size. This innovative line-up reflects Epson’s introduction of the integrated ink tank design to entry-level printers for small medium Enterprises (SMEs) and home offices.

Epson is also expanding the M-series range—now known as EcoTank Monochrome series printer—with the introduction of the flagship EcoTank M2140 printer. The new M2140 printer incorporates the PrecisionCore printhead, resulting in improved nozzle technology, increased print resolutions at 1200 x 2400 dpi, and faster speeds of 20ipm. The multi-function EcoTank Monochrome series comes with auto-duplex printing, as well as scan and copy functions. Know more about them here.

5. Plantronics introduces 5 new products

Plantronics launched five products across the BackBeat FIT and BackBeat GO lines. These products deliver consumers new, immersive audio experiences, so they can hear and enjoy what matters most—from music to phone calls to entertainment.

Runners, fitness enthusiasts, and active people should put the new BackBeat FIT 3100 on their wish lists. This headset delivers legendary Plantronics audio quality and uniquely boasts the Always Aware feature that enables outdoor enthusiasts to “hear what truly matters”—like taxi horns, barking dogs, or screeching brakes—during their workout. For travelers dealing with noisy airplanes, airports, or public transportation, Plantronics is launching the BackBeat GO 410 earbuds. Travel can be exhausting, loud and very distracting, but the comfort and calm of Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) headphones have been priced out of reach for too many.


BackBeat FIT 2100 is the newest version of the consumer favorite BackBeat FIT. Runners and active people across the globe know and trust the quality and durability of this wireless headset. The new 2100 improves a person’s experience with the Always Aware design. BackBeat FIT 350 delivers another wireless wearing style option for gym-goers with stability and up to six hours of listening time, optimised for situations where you want to hear your music—not the grunting of the power lifter nearby. Lastly, BackBeat GO 810 are wireless, over-the-ear headphones that pack up to 28 hours of listening time for commuters and travelers, so they can focus on what matters amid the clamor of an airport, an airplane, commuter bus, or subway.


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