5 Things You Should Know This Week: 23 January 2018

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Updated on January 23, 2018 8:01 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 23 January 2018

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

1. Big Tiny pioneers the integration of the “tiny house” movement with eco-tourism in Singapore

Founded in March 2017, Big Tiny is the first company in Singapore to integrate the concept of "tiny houses" with eco-tourism. Tiny houses are part of an international trend of simplifying lives by reducing the size, and therefore the resource consumption, of homes without sacrificing quality of life. When one of Big Tiny’s founders travelled from Singapore to a farm in the rural outskirts of Australia two years ago, he discovered that the nomadic, off-the-grid environment was the perfect getaway from the hectic, digitally-connected lifestyle of the urbanite.

With a price range of S$150 to S$250 per night, renting a Big Tiny house is easy. Big Tiny houses in Australia will be listed on Airbnb and Booking.com, where amenities and reviews are detailed. Tourists need only to select their desired destination, check-in and check-out dates, and the number of adults and children in their party. Each Big Tiny house features eco-friendly elements: amenities powered by electricity harvested from solar panels, composting toilets, and a rainwater collection system.

Targeting small families looking to strengthen familial bonds in an off-the-grid, back-to-nature setting, the “tiny house” movement has also gained momentum overseas as a form of eco-tourism. The sustainability movement imbues another layer of mindfulness to this unique travel experience for nomadic travellers looking to connect with nature, as well as city dwellers looking for the perfect spot to recharge. Know more about it here.

2. IFFS 2018 attracts largest Indian and Indonesian contingents yet

The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 (IFFS), along with co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, will make its return from 8 to 11 March 2018 at the Singapore EXPO. The trilogy of events offers an unparalleled outreach to the highly dynamic furniture industry through a multifaceted show experience that introduces new technology, celebrates design, and facilitates business network opportunities.

Buyers looking to source directly from India can look forward to the largest-ever showing of Indian exhibitors at IFFS 2018. Over the years, there has been unabated interest in the fair from Indian furniture manufacturers, driven by trade visitors’ demand. This has led to more business collaborations between IFFS and relevant industry bodies, cementing IFFS’ position as the region’s leading fair for forging such partnerships. This year’s show will feature a 25% increase in participating exhibitors from India, presenting an extensive mix of quality carpets and rugs, furniture of traditional and modern designs, as well as furnishings and decorative accessories.

Visitors to IFFS can also expect a contingent of quality brands from Indonesia<, represented by members of the Indonesia Furniture Industry and Handicraft Association (ASMINDO). Established in August 1988, ASMINDO is the country’s oldest and strongest furniture association, comprising more than 2,000 companies and more than 20 regional offices throughout Indonesia. These top design-led brands, most of which are highly sought-after in the international market, will form the Indonesia Pavilion at IFFS 2018, and showcase the best of Indonesian craftsmanship, offering trade buyers countless opportunities to connect, converse, and collaborate. Pre-register online now!

3. Jazz up your home for CNY with Ethnicraft Online's accessories

From furniture, rugs, lights and accessories, there are many decisions to be made as to what items go into your home. And sometimes, it is the smaller items that make the most impact and brings out the character of the house or showcase your personality in the home. From art-decoesque to innovative statement pieces, below are some of the great pieces that are available at Ethnicraft Online Singapore:

FLYTE Light: A levitating light bulb, FLYTE was named TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016. Available in three bases, FLYTE’s light bulb levitates over a magnetic base and is powered through the air via induction, and requires no batteries.

LYFE Planter: LYFE is a zero-gravity growing system that allows you to cultivate your favourite plants in mid-air. Hovering over an oak base via magnetic levitation, LYFE is designed to gently rotate during suspension.

Gold and Blue Halos Tray from Notre Monde: Consisting of splashes of shimmering gold with blue rings, which represent the morning blue skies, the clean lines, and contemporary aesthetic imparts poetry into the Notre Monde Tray.

4. Up your party game with Sony’s new High Power Audio systems

Sony has released five fantastic new High Power home audio systems to power a proper party in 2018. With three options of the all-in-one box style—MHC-V81D, MHC-V71D, and MHC-V41D—and 3-box models MHC-M60D and MHC-M40D, they will fill any room with booming sounds.


These one box style High Power Home audio systems spread loud and powerful sounds around the room, thanks to the integrated spread sound generator4. In addition, MHC-V81D is equipped with a 360 ̊ LIVE SOUND and MHC-V71D with the LIVE SOUND feature for high quality music output. They will be the centre of your party space as the MHC-V71D and MHC-V81D models have flashy 360 ̊ party lights that illuminate the room crafting the perfect party atmosphere. Now there’s no need to leave your living room to party as they bring all the essentials of a club to you. The MHC-V81D, MHC-V71D, and MHC-V41D have the ability to bring the whole party together with its unique interactive features that get everyone involved. Like letting your social media network know that you’re having a big night with the “Party King” feature. With the accompanying “Fiestable” app, you can easily show off these home audio systems thanks to the new posting button.


Sony has also developed its 3-box model with the introduction of three new models, in particular the sleek MHC-M40D. Fill your living room with wide stereo sound for both your day to day audio needs and weekend house parties with high power amplifiers providing an impressive and improved level of sound pressure. The MHC-M60D includes a speaker and main unit light which will liven up any party. Enjoy your music from any source, with CD, DVD, HDMI OUT (ARC), USB, Bluetooth, as well as mic & guitar input! With these High Power Home audio systems, you can also enjoy Wireless Party Chain via Bluetooth® and Party King mode, which are all great additions to any party house. All models will be available in Singapore from the middle of 2018.

5. Qingjian Realty caps 2017 with the highest number of units sold among developers

Based on the latest December 2017 estimates from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) today, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd (Qingjian Realty) sold the highest number of units among developers here. It capped the year with a total of 1,216 units sold in 2017, across Executive Condominium (EC) and private residential projects. Qingjian Realty also sold the highest number of ECs: 932 in all. The developer further cemented its position as the leader in smart homes in Singapore with robust sales of its forward-looking homes. The Visionaire, Singapore’s first EC with smart homes, was fully sold in 2017. Singapore’s first Internet-ready smart EC, iNz Residence, is almost fully sold.

“2017 is a year of accomplishments for Qingjian Realty. Apart from launching Singapore’s first Internet-ready smart EC, iNz Residence, and our first mixed-use development, Le Quest, we capped the year as the single developer with the highest number of units sold. This is only possible with our long-term approach of ensuring that location, design and services offered are always considered with homeowners in mind. Homebuyers now look forward to Qingjian Realty’s launches, and we are proud to journey alongside homeowners as they achieve their desired homes and lifestyles,”said Ms Yen Chong, Deputy General Manager, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd.

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