5 Things You Should Know This Week: 24 April 2018

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

Updated on April 30, 2018 20:04 pm

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 23 April 2018

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

1. Google Home and Google Home Mini now available at all COURTS stores

COURTS Singapore recently unveiled the COURTS Smart Home Experiential Hub today, featuring the newly announced members of the #MadebyGoogle hardware family: Google Home and Google Home Mini. The experiential concept area, located at the flagship COURTS Megastore at Tampines, demonstrates the extensive use of Google Home devices alongside compatible products in a home setting. Consumers will be able to see the voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant in action.

With a simple “Okay Google”, they can get answers, turn up the music, manage everyday tasks, or control smart devices around your home. At the COURTS Smart Home Experiential Hub, they will also be able to see how Google Home can be used to control the lights and TV from popular household brands Philips Hue and Sony. The Google Assistant launched here has been localised for Singaporeans to recognise the Singlish accent, and Google Home supports popular music and video platforms including YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix. Singaporeans can listen to their local radio stations with TuneIn Radio, or play the latest news from local news providers such as The Straits Times and Channel NewsAsia, with the availability of more services and content in the pipeline.

Google Home and Google Home Mini are available in all COURTS stores island-wide and on www.courts.com.sg at $189 and $79, respectively.

2. LG unveils latest Home Entertainment and IT products for 2018

LG has unveiled its latest innovations in Home Entertainment & IT, namely TVs, soundbars, gram laptops, and monitors (UltraWide, Thunderbolt 3, Gaming, UHD) for 2018. The new LG OLED W8 TVs come with the latest Alpha 9 processor, the intelligent brain of the TV, which remarkably enhances the viewing experience. LG's SUPER UHD TVs have Nano Cell Display technology, and Full Array Local Dimming for rich, accurate colours and deepest blacks from every viewing angle. The Full Array Local Dimming basically allows the TV to have more control over darkness, so that it can produce pictures that have higher contrast, and appear more vibrant.

The 21:9 UltraWide monitors are the global number one-selling brand for 3 consecutive years. See more and do more with these monitors, which are great for multi-tasking. Offering utmost convenience, a Thunderbolt port renders the monitors Mac-compatible, and provides multiple functions like charge, display, and transfer data.

The LG's gaming monitors come with G Sync and Free Sync technology for smooth gameplay, without frustrating stuttering or screen tearing. For gamers to respond with speed and accuracy, the LG gaming monitors have a fast refresh rate of up to 240Hz. Together with 1ms motion blur reduction that produce clearer visuals, gamers are well-equipped with the gaming advantages to win.

The new LG gram is the world's lightest 15-inch laptop, and has a highly efficient battery, which lasts up to almost a full day on a single charge. Its Nano Carbon Magnesium full metal alloy body, often used in the aerospace industry, is built to withstand high strength while maintaining its incredible light weight.

3. Dyson launches Pure Cool purifying fans

Dyson released the new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans, which bring together Dyson’s expertise in airflow, filtration, and electronics to tackle the issue of indoor air pollution and purify every corner of the room. The new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans—in a large tower format for floor placement, and a small desk format for worktops and floors—automatically purify the whole room properly, capturing gases and 99.95% of ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns.

Paul Dawson, Vice President for Dyson Health and Beauty, said: “At Dyson we develop machines for real people and real homes, creating technology that works well in the test lab but more importantly doing what they’re expected to do in a real-world setting. To clean the air at home, a purifier needs more than a filter. It needs to automatically sense pollution, capture gases and ultrafine particles, and project clean air to every corner of the room. The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan does all of this, making it the only purifier fan to clean a whole room properly." Read more about it here.

4. Paperspace unveils Paperwork, a co-creation Space for Design-preneurs

Paperspace has recently launched Paperwork Singapore, its third co-creation space following highly successful launches in Manila, Philippines and Bangkok, Thailand. Housed in the National Design Centre (NDC), Paperwork aims to be a hub for design-preneurs to facilitate greater collaboration and innovation within the design industry. The multi-functional space will also showcase furniture, art and design brands from around the world, making Paperwork the first of its kind in Singapore.

Spanning 3,500 square feet with seating capacity of 60, Paperwork has been thoughtfully designed to foster seamless exchanges and work flows. The space was designed not by one designer, but collectively by the members of Paperspace, in a creative exchange of ideas with the various designers and external design brands who were invited to showcase specific items within the space. New and existing local and international design studios and creatives, such as Graphite Studio, Independent Consultants, Just Sketch, M.lab Project and Studio of Design have already taken up tenancy at Paperwork—a testament to the design collective’s strong clout within the industry.

In line with the NDC’s aim to be the nexus of design in Singapore, Paperspace’s strategic decision to locate Paperwork there has solidified their shared goals. Together with the DesignSingapore Council, building this extended network of creatives will serve to foster collaboration and innovation within the industry in Singapore, growing the nation’s reputation for excellence and innovation in design.

5. Cosentino Group is now a US$1 billion company

Cosentino Group, the world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, has announced that it is now a US$1 billion company. The upcoming year will see the Group continuing to strengthen its economic and financial position as well as its commitment to sustainable growth based on innovation, new technologies, and efficient management.

The company closed Fiscal Year 2017 with a consolidated revenue of US$1 billion. This represented an increase of more than 8% on 2016, a figure that was negatively impacted by the depreciation of sales income against the euro. In comparable terms using a regularised exchange rate, the figure is 10%, due largely to strong growth in certain markets, including Europe (+20%) and Spain/Portugal (+12%).

The company is preparing for the coming years in accordance with an updated Strategic Plan that covers the period 2018-2020. This Strategic Plan involves speeding up the pace of investment; and a doubling down on the company’s commitment to digitalisation and new technologies in both production and sales to reinforce the competitiveness and leading position that guarantee sustainable growth. In the midst of all this, the Group remains committed to the continuing Investment Plan, which is now in its final stage of implementation. This stage is particularly focused on innovation and product development, as well as the automation of production processes.

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