5 Things You Should Know This Week: 21 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


1. South Beach bags top prize at the SG Mark 2016. The iconic South Beach beat 96 contenders to win the top prize at this year's SG Mark Awards, dubbed "The Oscars" of the design industry in Singapore. South Beach, Singapore’s biggest mixed-used development, took eight years to complete under a challenging design brief that involved grafting modern designs onto heritage buildings.

“We are awed by its out-of-the-box design and its commitment to sustainability in almost all aspects of the building. Its unique integration of old and new architectural concepts is both fascinating and refreshing. We believe that many of the principles behind this iconic building can be applied to future buildings to improve urban sustainability and overall aesthetic and practical appeal,” said Mr Tai Lee Siang, president of the Design Business Chamber Singapore.

Photo courtesy of South Beach

2. Sony’s new range of portable wireless speakers that deliver deep bass. Enjoy club sounds right in your own home with Sony's new audio line-up that is dedicated to delivering deep bass. The brand launched the SRS-XB3 and SRS-XB2 portable wireless speakers that come with EXTRA BASS button to pump up the party. The SRS-XB3 includes a newly developed 48mm large full range speaker unit, whereas the smaller SRS-XB2’s encompasses a newly developed 42mm gauge full range speaker unit. Using a unique digital signal processor, EXTRA BASS maximises punchy bass and loudness. For more information, visit www.sony.com.sg/.

3. Bosch Home Appliances' top three water–saving tips when doing laundry. Tomorrow is World Water Day. To observe the importance of water sustainability, Bosch offers tips to reduce your water utility bill: run fuller, less frequent loads; upgrade to a water-efficient machine; and use less hot water. With Bosch Logixx HomeProfessional washers and dryers, you are promised with an efficient machine that promises optimal cleaning results using less water.

4. Bang & Olufsen introduces BeoPlay A6. An exciting new addition to the B&O Play line-up, the BeoPlay A6 was designed by award-winning Danish designer Jakob Wagner and features the characteristically balanced Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound with a twist to the acoustic principles. It's also equipped with the BeoLink Multiroom technology, which unites your B&O Play and Bang & Olufsen products into one liberating wireless system. The custom-made textile on the front cover is the result of a close collaboration with Kvadrat, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of design textiles. For a full introduction, visit www.beoplay.com/a6.

5. 3M Window Films save energy and improve security. Since its launch in 1966, 3M improved its original sun control window film offering by expanding the product’s reach to other areas including safety and security, automotive, and interior design. 3M Window Films help control the sun’s heat and UV rays, enabling cooler and more comfortable environment as well as creating energy savings for buildings (including residential ones).

“During the course of any given day, an individual may experience the benefits of 3M Window Film without ever noticing its presence,” said Tim Thornton, global business director of 3M Renewable Energy Division. “Despite its nearly invisible nature, the product is the unsung hero of many homes and buildings as it rejects solar heat, reduces fading and the effects of UV exposure and offers an additional layer of protection to any window.”

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