5 Things You Should Know This Week: 3 April 2018

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

Updated on April 03, 2018 8:04 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 3 April 2018

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

1. Win a Dylan ottoman from Cromly's Giveaway!

With a sturdy structure and a flat top, the Dylan ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture for modestly sized homes. To win one for your home, simply (1) Like our Facebook Page & follow us on IG, (2) Comment on the FB post and tell us why you wish to win, and (3) Enter your details here. Closing date is on 29 April 2018, 6pm.

2. Local and international interior design talents celebrated at Singapore Interior Design Awards 2017

The Singapore Interior Design Awards (SIDA) 2017 Gala Night & Awards Presentation drew a record attendance of about 400 including who's who in the industry from Singapore and overseas—reinforcing the strong support and rising stature of the Awards among the global interior design community. The annual pinnacle event of the industry was elevated by the distinguished presence of Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, Ms Indranee Rajah, who was the Guest of Honour to present the awards on the Night.

Minister Indranee said: “I would like to congratulate SIDS for organising today’s (SIDA Gala Night) event to celebrate professionalism, creativity and distinction in the interior design industry. To compete globally, the interior design industry must position itself higher up the value chain of design, innovation and technology."

Mr Dennis Cheok of UPSTAIRS_ (middle) receives his Gold SIDA 2017 Award at the SIDA 2017 Awards Gala Night

SIDA 2017 saw the debut of new awards and recognition categories including SIDA Concept, SIDA Luminary Awards, and SIDA Recognition Awards. A total of 150 awards were presented to 92 unique winners. China also led the SIDA 2017 Awards medal tally, with 58 awards. This is followed by Taiwan and Malaysia.

Local interior designers swept 33 of the SIDA 2017 awards. Among them was Mr Dennis Cheok, Creative Director of UPSTAIRS_, who took home the Gold Award (SIDA) and a Silver Award (SIDA). The SIDA Best of the Best title was clinched by local commercial interior design firm, Orb Associates Pte Ltd ("Orb Associates"). Read more about this news here.

3. First water heater in Singapore to be officially certified to be energy-saving

Ariston Thermo’s AURES Instant Water Heater equipped with Constant Temperature (CT) technology is the first water heater in Singapore to be officially certified by PSB Singapore to be energy saving, with utility savings of at least 16.4%. In 2016, Ariston was the first in the world to launch its series of instant water heaters with CT technology. These models are equipped with flow sensor (or flow switch), a series of Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) sensors and TRIAC. These sensors allow the heater to measure the temperature and flow of the water entering the water heater, and with TRIAC, the heater is able to adjust the power of the heating.

“At Ariston, we believe in offering high quality, energy efficient products that have limited impact on the environment. Our users deserve only the best in comfort. With the increase in utility bills in Singapore, we are also hoping that our technology will be able to help our users save water and energy through their daily use of water heaters," says Mr. Richard Chua, Director of South East Pacific, Ariston Thermo.

4. James Dyson Award now open for entries

The brief is simple: design something which solves a problem, big or small.

Today, the James Dyson Award opens for entries, giving students and recent graduates of engineering and design a unique opportunity to show their problem solving inventions on a global stage. The winner will gain international exposure through the competition and S$50,000 prize money to develop their idea.

James Dyson says: “Young engineers and designers have perspective and unbridled intelligence that makes them incredibly adept at problem solving. Their ideas can easily be dismissed, but if nurtured and celebrated they are transformative. Developing a product or technology is a long and daunting process; the James Dyson Award celebrates the inventive young people embarking on that process. The Award champions our next generation of inventors and will propel them towards future success. I am excited to see what surprising ideas this year’s award brings.” See the award video here.

5. King Living announces extension to popular Aspen range

Building on the success of the Aspen Dining setting, King Living’s talented design team has developed a range of complementary items to help furnish every room of the home with the same warmth and character of the Aspen Dining Table. Drawing on a love of timber, the Aspen range has an elegantly minimalist aesthetic matched with performance you can rely on for years to come. The collection is built with sustainably sourced timbers, Solid Ash and Walnut, that are selected specifically for the beauty and warmth of their natural grain.

“The Aspen Range Extension again highlights King Living’s perseverance of innovation and desire to create high quality, in-demand products that are as environmentally friendly as possible,” says King Living Head of Product, David Hardwick. “The entire range provides an elegant and refined experience, each piece incorporates storage into the design, making them well suited for small to medium sized rooms where cluttered surfaces are undesirable.”

The extended range includes: The Aspen Barstool, Aspen Sideboard, Aspen Coffee Table, Aspen Coffee Table Round, and Aspen Console Table. “This collection of key pieces is simple enough to withstand the changing trends in decor, with solid timber forms and clean lines while still being powerful enough to be a focal point in any room,” says Hardwick. The Extended Aspen Range is available in King Livings showroom.

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