5 Things You Should Know This Week: 16 October 2017

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

Updated on October 16, 2017 13:10 pm

Cromly Editor

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1. Baby and children gear brand Childhome is now in Singapore!

Belgium-born Childhome, which offers anything baby-related, has opened a store at Homes65 at 65 Mohamed Sultan Road. Childhome develops the complete collection of their own two brands—Childwood and Childwheels—with a team of their own product developers. You can turn to Childwood's beautifully-crafted furniture and accessories to prettify your nursery. Childwheels, on the other hand, provides innovative baby carriers and strollers to move you and your family around.

Childhome is proud of its Belgian Design logo, which signifies that all products are designed in-house. On top of that, every Childhome product is in accordance with the highest European safety standards and have quality certificates. The success of its products has been affirmed with a couple of prestigious awards—in 2013, the functional and trendy Evolu high chair won the Kind & Innovation Award in Cologne, Germany; and in 2015, Childhome’s craftsmanship is rewarded with acknowledgements for the next generation Evolu 2 in Poland with Kid’s Time Award, in Belgium with Baby Product Award, and in Spain with Todo Papás Professional Award. Last year, Childhome had the honour to receive Baby Innovation Awards for the unique Neoprene Waterproof Baby Carrier that can be used in and outside of the water.

2. Asia's largest cabinetry manufacturer OPPEIN unveils new showroom in South of Manila

OPPEIN has opened a new showroom in South of Manila to enable property owners and developers to style and customise homes with some of the world’s best furnishing solutions. Located at the ground floor of Commercenter Building along Commerce Avenue in Filinvest Corporate City in Alabang, the OPPEIN showroom features the latest kitchen cabinets, wardrobe systems, bathroom fixtures, and home furniture that come in various styles and designs to meet the discriminating taste of modern home owners.

The new establishment is OPPEIN’s second display store in the Philippines and is a welcome addition to the brand’s ever-growing network of more than 4,200 showrooms worldwide. OPPEIN proves itself the ultimate cabinet manufacturer with over 1,800 kitchen, 1,200 wardrobe, and 550 bathroom cabinets that are exported to more than 120 countries. Aside from their extensive product line, they also offer full customization which allows customers to personalize their homes. Clients are free to decide on everything—from materials to the layout—to fit their needs, available space and budget. Silestone, Caesar Stone, and Italian are just some of the options from OPPEIN’s wide range of materials.

3. WATG's inaugural Architectural Bake-Off in Singapore

World-renowned and award-winning integrated design firm WATG recently hosted the first Great Architectural Bake-Off in Singapore. The inaugural event, which was held in partnership with Archifest 2017, saw some of Singapore’s biggest design firms battle it out, as they competed head-to-head to create some of the world’s most iconic buildings, entirely out of cake. The team from DP Architects were crowned this year’s winners with their winning entry of Singapore’s iconic Esplanade. WATG came in second place with their realistic representation of the Yanlord Crowne Plaza Resort “The Boat,” Hainan Island, China. The tastiest building went to CPG with their creation of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay.

“We were truly blown with all of the entries that we had this year,” said Chris Panfil, Vice President and Director of Strategic Planning & Urban Design at WATG. “All teams showed a great level of commitment and the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The standard of design was outstanding and following the success of this year, we’re already looking forward to hosting 2018 here again in Singapore.”

4. King Living presents the Reo Grande and Cassia Day beds

From sofabeds to a loungy day bed or fabulous accessories to dress up your homes, King Living has something for everyone. There's the Reo Grande, a gorgeous two-seater sofa with an adjustable headrest that is able to transform into a luxurious bed to entertain overnight guest, and the Cassia Day Bed, which can be used as an ottoman or a compact sofa when pushed against the wall. Customise both the Reo Grande or Cassia Day Bed with your choice of King Living premium fabrics or European leathers.

5. Singtel and Ericsson to launch Singapore’s first 5G Centre of Excellence

Singtel and Ericsson will jointly establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to faciliate 5G development and deployment in Singapore. 5G, the next-generation mobile network technology, is expected to roll out globally from 2020 and will deliver massive connectivity, ultra-low latency, gigabit speeds, and enable advanced applications such as smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality and autonomous vehicles. Co-funded by Singtel and Ericsson with an initial investment of S$2 million over the next three years, CoE aims to spearhead the development of Singapore’s 5G mobile network infrastructure to support future Smart Nation initiatives. It will also be open to Optus, and Singtel’s regional associates across Asia and Africa to encourage knowledge sharing within the Singtel Group.

Activities will kick off in the later part of 2017, starting with Ericsson providing 5G expertise and conducting workshops, followed by field testing and hands-on experience to equip more than 100 Singtel engineers with critical competencies in designing and operating a 5G network. 5G demos will be set up in Singtel’s Comcentre headquarters to showcase future 5G application possibilities such as, immersive experience on Augmented Reality, enablement of haptic feedback in surgical operations and remote medical education. Starting next year, a mobile 5G test bed will be deployed to carry out live 5G field trials with key enterprise customers. Singtel will also engage research and tertiary institutions on potential collaboration opportunities to test 5G radios and possible applications that can benefit from the high speeds and low latency provided by 5G.

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