5 Things You Should Know This Week: 11 July 2016

Just the latest news in interior design, architecture, and anything home and living to start your week off right

Updated on June 21, 2017 9:06 am

Jerni Camposano


1. Dassault Systèmes’ 3D technologies in Homebyme. Create your dream home with Homebyme's 3D planning tool powered by Dassault Systèmes, a software company that develops 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, among other 3D solutions. At the World Cities Summit (ongoing: 10 July to 13 July at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center), Dassault Systèmes is presenting their latest 3DEXPERIENCE City technologies, including a free home planning tool in Homebyme that allows users to create, plan, and manage home-related projects. This technology empowers homeowners to imagine, configure, visualise, and review home products and furniture layouts before making purchasing or remodelling decisions. You can go to 3DEXPERIENCE City or Homebyme to start mapping your virtual home. Soon to be available is a virtual reality technology that will let you enter and control your 3D home creation. Sounds cool right?

3D creations using Dassault Systèmes free 3D home planning tool

2. Sony's recommended gadgets to celebrate NDP 2016. If you can't be there for the National Day Parade, you can still watch it on your Bravia X93D TV that comes with 4K Processor—hence the breathtaking quality with its enhanced resolution, colour, and brightness. You will also be needing great quality sounds. Choose between (or get both!) the MDR-XB650BT EXTRA BASS™ Headphones or the SRS-HG1 h.ear go™ Wireless Speaker. The former has extra bass technology for deep and bunch bass while the latter can be easily connected to Google Cast and Spotify so you can enjoy your favourite National Day songs.

Sony Bravia X93D TV

Sony MDR-XB650BT EXTRA BASS™ Headphones

Sony SRS-HG1 h.ear go™ Wireless Speaker

3. Singaporean artist's solo exhibition at the FOST Gallery. Titled "The World Surrounding and Indoor Plant," John Clang's solo exhibition used the indoor plant as a "symbol of an ever-wakeful inner consciousness." It features drawings and video works that tackle the themes of time, displacement, and existence. Exhibit runs until 4 September 2016 at the FOST Gallery on 1 Lock Road #01-02, Gillman Barracks.


4. Plastic bottles used as joints in wooden furniture. Here's an idea on how you can repurpose plastic bottles: Royal College of Art graduate Micaella Pedros transformed them into malleable rings through a heat-shrinking process. They can then be used to join pieces of wood. Read more about how she did it here. "There is something quite satisfying and magical about it. Everyone encounters plastic bottles, and learning about a new way to make use of it inspires people to try it out themselves," she tells Dezeen.


5. A cat-friendly home for a couple and seven felines. A kitty superhighway that would allow their cats to travel throughout the home is the heart of this space. With the help of Mountain Pet Products, the home was installed with perches and catwalks, thanks to the exposed beams. There is also a special feature wall showing the six-foot cat tree.


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