5 Things You Should Know This Week: 19 April 2016

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

Updated on June 14, 2017 12:06 pm

Jerni Camposano


1. Qingjian Realty's The Visionaire received the highest number of E-applications for an EC since 2005. The Visionaire's proximity to the upcoming Canberra MRT as well as its Smart Home Concept proved to be factors for the overwhelming number of E-applications submitted—859 to be exact, the highest for an executive condominium since 2005—even before the release of prices.

The Visionaire is Singapore's first executive condominium (EC) with smart home features.

The development partnered with Samsung Asia to integrate smart living technology into its future developments. Photos courtesy of The Visionaire's website

"Home buyers in Singapore are very discerning in their choices. A dream home must meet multiple criteria: proximity to transport nodes and schools, excellent facilities, practical layout and outstanding design—these have been the norm for Qingjian developments. What further attracted the public to The Visionaire is how we have envisioned the future in its design, to ensure that the future and convenience of smart living contributes to the owner’s lifestyle," said Mr Li Jun, General Manager, Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group Pte Ltd.

2. Dyson introduces the Pure Cool Link purifier fan. Because there are invisible indoor air pollutants that threaten respiratory health, there's a need for an air purifier that protects you from such harms. Dyson's Pure Cool Link purifier fan automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air. The purifier, which used a unique 360-degree Glass HEPA filter, gives homeowners an indication of the air quality while automatically purifying the pollutants it detects. It also doubles up as a fan to beat the heat.

Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan uses a technology that captures 99.95% of ultrafine allergens, odours, and pollutants.

3. IKEA's Earth-friendly ANVÄNDBAR collection. ANVÄNDBAR, which means "useful" in Swedish, features household items that are made of natural materials like wood, terracotta, and glass. IKEA invites everyone to "live a little kinder" with this new collection for a greener lifestyle. Choose among these stylish and eco-friendly items: armrest bench with planter, self-watering plant pots, bench for waste sorting, vase for cuttings, reusable bags, and many more.

ANVÄNDBAR bench for waste sorting, $299

ANVÄNDBAR self-watering plant pots, from $9.90

ANVÄNDBAR vase for cuttings, set of 3 at $9.90

4. Spoil Mum this Mother's Day by signing up for a Bosch culinary class. Planning to prepare special dishes for the special woman in your life? Surprise her with master chef-like cooking skills after attending a culinary class, which will only cost you $50 for every purchase of a MUM 5 kitchen machine. Plus, you will receive free accessories such as a Bosch ice cream maker or a fancy biscuit attachment when you sign up for the class.

With a purchase of Bosch MUM 5 kitchen machine, you can sign up for a culinary class for only $50.

5. Lighting trends from the Light+Building fair in Frankfurt. The world's leading trade fair for lighting presented us with the latest ideas to light up our homes this year. Brink Light founder Eduard Brink highlights the following trends: (1) warm dimming LEDs; (2) ceiling mounted fixtures that integrate a variety of lighting solutions; (3) tubular mini spots with good lighting performance; (4) the use of magnets to position lighting fixtures; (5) lighting that is connected to the Internet and controllable from devices; and (6) lighting fixtures in bare brass and copper.

Tom Dixon lamps in copper, available at Brink Light

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