5 Things You Should Know This Week: 24 October 2017

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

Updated on October 24, 2017 15:10 pm

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 24 October 2017

These are some of the news you may want to read about:

1. AkzoNobel launches a series of family-friendly product and colour innovations

The leading global paints and coatings company launched a new comprehensive and innovative painting system—Dulux Far Away Places for children's rooms—and eco-certified Dulux Wash & Wear with added Anti-Bacterial formulation. These new offerings are developed specifically for families and seek to take home design up another notch, while further extending the benefits of existing technology, such as the KidProof+ Technology present in Dulux Wash & Wear.

Dulux Far Away Places kit

Dulux Far Away Places kit

dulux Into the Woods

Into the Woods

dulux Princess Castle

Princess Castle

dulux City of Heroes

City of Heroes

The Dulux Far Away Places kit is a painting system comprising of eight magical themes, multiple decorative assets as well as a wide variety of 48 colours to choose from. Seeking to bring a magical new Dulux experience into consumer’s homes unlike anything seen before, this kit enables parents and their kids to create a room of their dreams, one that inspires "imaginative play" in the home. Consisting of six Dulux Colour Play packs, a set of stencils, a set of stickers, masking tapes and How-to-Do guides, the Dulux Far Away Places kit is available in eight different themes: Under the Sea, Princess Castle, Up in the Sky, Into the Woods, Safari Land, City of Heroes, Into Space, and Treasure Island.

As a complementing colour concept, the Dulux Far Away Places kit works best with the Dulux Wash & Wear, the brand’s range of washable water-based emulsion paints that help protect walls from stains and bacteria, featuring the innovative Kidproof+ technology. The technology acts as a film coating that prevents and delays stains from penetrating deep into the walls, allowing for easy clean ups. It comes with the added benefit of Anti-Bacterial formulation, adding a layer of protection to inhibit bacteria growth on walls. Also formulated with Dulux Colourguard Technology, colours are locked in to ensure walls look beautiful and fresh for longer. Being Singapore GreenLabel Certified and low in volatile organic compounds (VOC), this paint is also better for the environment.

2. Snoopy stars in UNIQLO’s Second KAWS x PEANUTS UT Collection

And our favourite character is back! UNIQLO announces the release of a second Peanuts collection for the UT (UNIQLO T-shirts) range with world-renowned contemporary artist, KAWS. The collection will feature all-black, New York City-inspired designs and will be available in all UNIQLO stores and on www.uniqlo.com/sg from 24 November. UT is a key component of UNIQLO’s LifeWear range—it fuses fashion with authentic pop culture and art graphics from around the world. It also serves as a tool for expressing the personality and values of wearers. LifeWear is about innovative, high-quality clothing that is universal in design and comfort, and made for everyone, everywhere.

UNIQLO’s Second KAWS x PEANUTS UT Collection

UNIQLO’s Second KAWS x PEANUTS UT Collection

Key highlights for this collection include the Snoopy plush toys featuring KAWS’ signature cross-out eyes which were made with fabric selected by the artist himself, as well as the introduction of women’s items in response to popular demand so that couples and families can enjoy the collection together. The 12-piece collection comprises UTs, hooded sweatshirts, sweat pullovers and the iconic plush toy in two sizes: Small and Medium, with prices ranging from $14.90 for a Kid’s UT to $49.90 for a medium-sized plush toy.

3. Microsoft Learning Tools expands learning accessibility to iPad and Microsoft Edge

Empowering every person starts in the classroom. Hence, Microsoft announced the extension of Learning Tools Immersive Reader to Word for iPad, Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge, and new third party research showing the impact of Learning Tools on student learning outcomes.


New Learning Tools Research: In partnership with Katherine McKnight, PhD at RTI International’s Center for Evaluation & Study of Educational Equity, the study found students using Microsoft’s Learning Tools saw a 10 percent increase in reading comprehension. Educators also stated Learning Tools improves learning equity for struggling readers, including students with dyslexia by enabling access to learning materials in other content areas like math, science and social studies.

Immersive Reader on Word for iPad: Inclusive technology should be available to all students, regardless of which platform they are using. Starting in November, Immersive Reader features will be added to Word for iPad, including Read Aloud and Text Spacing.

Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge: Lastly, Microsoft announced Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge as part of the Fall Creators Update. With Read Aloud in Microsoft Edge, students can open any Web page, PDF or ePub and have Microsoft Edge read the content aloud with word and line highlighting for focused reading. Find more information on today’s announcement on the Microsoft Education blog.

4. Victoria + Albert's latest bath takes a modern twist on a traditional design

Luxury British brand Victoria + Albert is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their bath collection: the Trivento bath. Taking inspiration from today’s minimalist trend, Victoria + Albert has reinvented the classic bateau bath for a sleeker and more elegant design while retaining the key characteristics of this centuries-old classic. The symmetrical and curvaceous cubic design of the Trivento softens the feel of any space it occupies, making it a modern bath that is equally at home in luxurious city high-rises as well as spacious family homes. The bath also features a fine rim, which allows for more versatility when pairing with vanity furniture, such as Victoria + Albert’s luxurious Lavello 114 vanity.

victoria + albert Trivento bath

Luxurious yet compact, the Trivento perfectly accommodates for smaller bathrooms where space is at a premium. Deep and double-ended, the modern bath can comfortably hold up to two people, providing the option of enjoying a rejuvenating soak alone or sharing the relaxing experience with another. As with all Victoria + Albert’s baths, the Trivento is made using the brand’s exclusive material, QUARRYCAST®; a unique blend of Volcanic Limestone™ and high performance resins with a number of beneficial properties. Warm to the touch and luxuriously smooth, the material can be wiped clean, is scratch-resistant, super-strong and lightweight. For added variability, the Trivento bath comes in seven different external designs - including matt white, matt black, elegant grey tones and a sleep gloss black - to accommodate the needs of interior designers and homeowners.

5. Check out Ethnicraft Online's Art Deco-esque trays

Looking for an accessory to liven up your home? Or something to make your dinner parties more fun? Ethnicraft Online's Notre Monde trays will certainly add that wow factor to your abode and up your game for the house party! They also make for nice presents for the coming gift-giving season!

Ethnicraft Online's Notre Monde trays

Ethnicraft Online's Notre Monde trays

Crafted by hand, each piece is one-of-a-kind and unique. Sporting Art Deco style, the trays are perfect as ornaments to jazz up the tables, too.The Notre Monde trays, which comes in various sizes, are exclusively available at Ethnicraft Online in Singapore.


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