5 Things You Should Know This Week: 21 August 2018

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

Updated on August 21, 2018 14:08 pm

Cromly Editor

 5 Things You Should Know This Week: 21 August 2018

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

1. LG SIGNATURE launches a series of New Premium Services in celebration of its 2nd year in Singapore

LG SIGNATURE launched premium services for its discerning customers, offering complimentary delivery and installation, home demonstration, annual product inspection and a priority hotline. It comprises of artful, investment pieces that deserve to be cared for. The exclusive premium care for LG SIGNATURE customers include: complimentary delivery and standard installation of LG SIGNATURE products; home demonstration on how to use LG SIGNATURE products, annual on-site product inspection for three years, where an LG personnel will check and ensure these innovations perform at optimal levels; priority LG SIGNATURE hotline at 6512 0575, where a team of professionals will attend to the customer’s service request within one working day.

The event also showcased some of the brand's innovations. The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV W8 features a breathtaking "wallpaper" design that blends into the wall, and looks like an open window into another world. The LG SIGNATURE Refrigerator offers a unique user experience, as its interior illuminates upon two knocks on the InstaView Door-in-Door compartment.

The LG SIGNATURE Washing Machine boasts a beautiful touch-enabled Quick Circle User Interface that is embedded in the glass door for a seamless look. Commanding attention is the LG SIGNATURE Air Purifier, which delivers a breathtaking visual experience of the air cleaning process through the Rain View Window.

In celebration of the new premium service, additional bonus rewards are included for LG SIGNATURE customers. With LG SIGNATURE purchase from 14 August to 13 November 2018, receive rewards such as a luxury hotel suite stay, or dine at Michelin-starred restaurants. Visit this link for more information.

2. Sony strengthens audio offerings with new products

Sony announced the new MDR-Z7M2 premium headphones, Sony’s entrance into the in-ear monitor market, with the IER-M9 and IER-M7 and additions to the Sony Remasters Signature Series with the IER-Z1R In-ear headphones and DMP-Z1 digital music player.

The MDR-Z7M2, the successor to the MDR-Z7, features improved sound quality and wearing comfort. There are all-round improvements including a newly developed 70mm driver unit, aluminium-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragms, bigger magnets, and a Fibonacci-patterned grill. With superb sound quality with three dimensional and spatial sound experience that delivers a wide and spacious sound from 4 Hz to 100kHz, the MDR-Z7M2 headphones provides refined music reproduction for listeners.

Sony MDR-Z7M2

Sony IER-M9

The IER-M9 and IER-M7 are Sony’s new in-ear monitor series, which accurately renders every note created on stage with a balance of harmony, natural attack, and decay of sound with reproduction of accurate musical expression. It has superb sound quality with precise sound performance via newly developed Balanced Armature (BA) Driver System with linear sound reproduction. With the IER-M9 and IER-M7, even audiophiles will be able to experience first-hand this musical expression tuned for professionals.

The IER-Z1R in-ear headphones and DMP-Z1 digital music player are a new line of exquisite audio products that expands the brand's Signature Series. The products harness decades of audio expertise, proudly showcasing Sony’s relentless lifetime pursuit of sound excellence. The Signature Series advances sound to an entirely new realm of audio engagement—taking the experience from listening to feeling it. The new line in the Signature Series enables an astonishingly faithful sound reproduction that’s definitively clear and expressive, where even the subtleties and delicate nuances of micro-sounds and bigger scales at higher dynamics are effectively reproduced.

3. King Living celebrates 20 years of its most famous sofa

King Living’s most celebrated sofa, the Delta, is celebrating its 20th year. The combination of design excellence and timeless appeal has made the Delta one of King Living’s most famous creations.

Designed by King Living in 1998, the Delta Sofa was at the forefront of design, offering customers a reinvented modular sofa. Just years later, Delta II was introduced with additions further improving the design, as King Living strived for excellence. Incorporating added storage, new seat depth options, and detachable arms, King Living’s Delta Sofa continued to remain top of mind with their growing customer base. In 2008, King Living added a new addition to the Delta range when they announced the Delta Circle. With its unique shape, the Delta Circle became a distinctive solution for difficult living spaces, bridging the gap between form and comfort and becoming a favourite with customers.

After years of commercial success, the Delta Sofa was once again reimagined in 2011, to become Delta Outdoor, the first in King Living’s Outdoor Collection. Filling a gap for well-designed, durable and contemporary outdoor furniture, the Delta Outdoor featured the best of indoor sofa design, including modular flexibility and hidden storage with new features to accommodate an outdoor lifestyle. The evolution of the Delta continued with the launch of Delta III in 2017. New design details such as a pinched seam on the seat cushions and organic arm design as well as Smart Pockets and luxurious marble accessories perfectly complimenting the elegant simplicity of the sofa. The Delta Sofa is available for purchase from the King Living Singapore Showroom at 22 Kallang Ave.

4. KOHLER Experience Center's first anniversary

Kohler Co., a global leader in the design and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, celebrated the first anniversary of the KOHLER Experience Center (KEC) in Singapore. The celebration marks a special milestone for the kitchen and bathroom giant that came from humble beginnings. Launched in Singapore in September 2017, the flagship located along Peck Seah Street is a retail concept that showcases the full offering of Kohler’s products in an on-site immersive setup. Since its inception, KEC Singapore has supported numerous design projects and consumers from around the world, revolutionising the retail experience in the kitchen and bath industry.

To mark KEC Singapore's first year, Kohler launched fully functioning displays of the latest designs and product innovations such as the Sensis—OHLER’s new intelligent toilet, KOHLER Konnect, and KOHLER’s new Components line of interchangeable faucet elements. The latest from Kohler aims to bring technology into the bathroom and kitchen in meaningful ways for its consumers.

The KOHLER Experience Center in Singapore is located on 52/56 Peck Seah Street and is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, for both consumers and trade professionals. For more information about Kohler Singapore, please visit kohler.com.sg/.

5. Grohe's research shows Singaporeans prefer a shower to a bath and are willing to spend for a better shower experience

GROHE Asia Pacific conducted a research across nine markets in the Asia Pacific region to discover interesting consumer insights related to shower habits and preferences. The findings for Singapore market resonate very closely to the overall Asia Pacific preferences. Asper the findings, 84% of Singaporeans prefer taking a shower to a bath, with 66% showering twice a day and the majority (65%) at the start of their day. Based on the feedback from Singapore respondents, this preference is rooted in the feel-good factor. When asked to define the top three words to describe their shower experience; they responded with; Refreshed (89%), Relaxed (80%), and Rejuvenated (77%). 49% of respondents also cited that an ideal shower is one of the ways to destress after a busy day with 54% of respondents appreciating product and technological innovations in their showers. Thus, with the growing preference for shower, 71% of Singaporeans are willing to spend on well-designed and quality shower experience.

“This study cements our confidence in broadening our shower category leadership for the coming years. GROHE is well positioned with a strong brand that conveys quality backed by German engineering and precision. We also have a full line-up of innovative shower products that address consumer pain points that hinder their enjoyment of shower experiences. It is heartening to know that GROHE can play a role in bringing ‘Pure Freude an Wasser’ (Pure Joy of Water) to life, directly benefiting our consumers in the region,” said Ms. Audrey Yeo, Vice President of Marketing, GROHE Asia Pacific.

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