5 Things You Should Know This Week: 26 March 2019

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

Updated on March 26, 2019 15:03 pm

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 26 March 2019

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

1. Bosch unveils Flexxo Vacuum Cleaner and Front Load Washer ExpressWash Range

In today’s fast-paced society, an increasing number of working professionals are plagued by time-poverty. Efficient and smart appliances, are no longer just a want, but a need. In order to solve your diverse cleaning problems while freeing up your time—so that you can spend it with your loved ones and furry friends—Bosch has launched two new products: the Bosch Flexxo Vacuum Cleaner and the Bosch Front Load Washer ExpressWash Range.

The new Bosch Flexxo ProAnimal Cordless Handstick Vacuum Cleaner is the solution to each of your diverse cleaning problems. Its range of versatile accessories is integrated directly onto the machine, saving you storage space, while providing accessible solutions to every difficult surface or challenging height. From 8 March 2019 to 17 May 2019, the Bosch Flexxo vacuum cleaner is available at the Bosch Experience Centre and major electronic stores at a discounted price of $549, and will be subsequently available at a recommended retail price of $799.

The Bosch Front Load Washer ExpressWash Range, meanwhile, takes under an hour, using spin speeds of up to 1,400 rpm. It cuts water usage by up to half with ActiveWater technology that automatically detects loads, and keeps your family safe with allergen-free clothing. The Bosch Front Load Washer ExpressWash Range is available at the Bosch Experience Centre and major electronic stores. Prices range from $1,999 to $2,199.

2. Taobao’s Jiyoujia brand debuts in Singapore

Taobao fans, here's a (furniture) piece of good news! Taobao, Alibaba’s popular social commerce platform, launched its home and living channel Jiyoujia in Singapore, marking the first time its merchants and products are officially introduced to consumers outside China. The debut was celebrated with a refresh of the extended Taobao Home showcase at NomadX, which is now furnished with furniture items from Jiyoujia merchants. In addition, a special "Home Salebration" sales campaign is also being held until today to celebrate the launch.

Jiyoujia offers a wide selection of home and living products carefully curated from hundreds of millions of Taobao items. It emphasises product quality and unique designs which, paired with the intuitive functionality of the Taobao platform, ensure shoppers make informed decisions for big-ticket items.

“Singapore is an important market for Taobao, and we continue to witness strong and sustained demand for the home & living category here by shoppers. In fact, the home & living category is our fastest growing segment here,” said Mickey Xiong, Country Director for Southeast Asia, Taobao. “We hope to support shoppers here better with specially curated items by Jiyoujia, from beds to sofas, dining sets to bathroom cabinets, and bridge quality with affordability. At the same time, we aim to give more support to our merchants by sharing our consumer insights with them so as to better cater to local customers here."

The refresh of the Taobao Home showcase at NomadX fulfils a commitment made following its debut in November last year, in the lead-up to Alibaba’s flagship 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, to update the space regularly and ensure it remains a continuing source of inspiration to shoppers here. To better cater to local tastes and preferences, the Taobao Home space has been refurbished by two of the most popular Nordic-inspired merchants on Jiyoujia: MULIN HOME (木邻) and Fun House (凡屋).

“We are excited to make our first foray overseas in Singapore, which we believe is the gateway to the rest of the Southeast Asian region. While there are definitely differences between tastes and preferences, our vision of environmentally-friendly, comfortable and simple designs with timber imported from North America, coupled with a very strict internal quality assurance process, will appeal to shoppers here too,” said Wang Xinlei, the Taobao store manager for MULIN HOME.

3. Bang & Olufsen introduces the all-new Beoplay E8 2.0

You can now charge Beoplay E8 2.0 simply by placing the case on a wireless charging pad! Bang & Olufsen announced the all-new Beoplay E8 2.0 that comes with improvements to the design of the original product as well as features requested by the Bang & Olufsen community. Offering superior sound, beautiful design in exclusive materials and intuitive touch control on the earphones that gives you total control over music, calls and voice commands, the company's first true wireless earphones Beoplay E8 were designed for people who don’t want to compromise sound and design for true wireless freedom.

The premium leather charging case has been redesigned with a new, more exclusive form factor and comes with wireless charging to make Beoplay E8 2.0 truly and totally wireless. The wireless charging case now holds three full charges, which gives up to 16 hours playing time. This is an improvement on the 12 hours offered with the original and is easily enough for a day’s listening on the move. An LED light on the front of the case shows you the state of charging, while three LED lights on the back of the case show you the number of full charges left in the case. On the inside of the charging case, the earphones are now surrounded by a beautiful inlay of brushed single or double anodized aluminum depending on colour. The wireless charging cases comes with USB-C for charging the earphones with a cable.

Just like the original Beoplay E8, the new earphones come tuned by Bang & Olufsen’s acclaimed sound engineers for a rich, full-bodied and precise soundstage that will leave your ears wanting more. Each earpiece has a 5.7mm dynamic speaker, a small electromagnetic transducer, NFMI technology (Near Field Magnetic Induction) and a Bluetooth 4.2 chip with Digital Sound Processing that allows for dynamic sound tuning and sound without interruption. Users will also be able to tune the sound themselves in the Bang & Olufsen app for Android and iPhone. Check out this link for more information.

The Bang & Olufsen Wireless Charging Pad will be available in matching colours Black, Indigo Blue, Natural, and Limestone. At a retail price of $200, the colours will be available in a staggered release with black available end May, Natural and Limestone mid June, and Indigo Blue end June. Separate Beoplay E8 2.0 left and right earphones retail for $200 a piece, availability TBA, and the wireless charging case will retail for $320.

4. LG launches XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 Speaker, which can doubles as a hub to control smart devices

LG Electronics introduced its brand-new XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 Speaker, created in partnership with Meridian, the British pioneer of high-resolution audio. Awarded the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019, the cylindrical WK7 is a premium AI speaker that offers intelligent capabilities with fuller sounds.

The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 Speaker delivers high-fidelity audio, precise vocal definition and accurate bass. Through Meridian’s expertise in digital audio, the WK7 has combined advanced signal processing and hardware design to expand image height and widen the sound field. The speaker’s lossless High Resolution Audio feature can faithfully reproduce sounds recorded in the studio, and play back lossless stereo audio at up to 24-bit/96kHz quality. Furthermore, its Clear Vocal technology utilises Meridian filtering to remove audio imperfections for more defined vocals in music. With Enhanced Bass, the WK7 has a series of digital filters to ensure an enveloping sound field with low-end kick that users can feel and hear. The speaker is perfect for streaming digital music, with higher sampling rates and bit depth, both of which contribute to a listening experience characterised by heightened accuracy.

With the integration of Google Assistant, information searches and requests on the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK7 Speaker become even more convenient through simple voice commands. Recognizing up to 6 voices, family members can control, manage, search and access information through voice commands such as “Hey Google, what’s my schedule today?” or “Hey Google, play my favorite TV show.” Users can also activate Google Assistant via a button located on top of the speaker.

5. COURTS Causeway Point unveils next-gen store experience

With a newly painted interior, tailored spot lighting fixtures, and minimalist light grey flooring, the newly refurbished COURTS Causeway Point presents a clean and welcoming backdrop that lets the products take centre stage. The open, welcome design concept has reduced crowded displays in favour of in-store experience and theatre, encouraging shoppers to take their time and browse. The store environment transits from clean, white lighting for the electrical and IT product range, to softer, warm lighting that showcases its furniture and bedding range in the best light. Magnetic display fittings make price ticketing a breeze, enhancing store productivity.

The new store displays COURTS’ latest made-to-order and ready-stocked models, comprising the brand’s latest designs of sofas, coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, and wardrobes. Inspirational settings allow homeowners to try out and visualise their desired sofa within a furnished home setting, while customisation racks enable them to self-browse and select easily from a range of leather and fabrics for made-to-order designs. Taking centre stage in the furniture area is the new recliner display, showcasing COURTS’ latest reclining sofa and chair range—perfect to suit multi-generational home living, where seniors and children alike can enjoy the living room in comfort. COURTS, as the island’s largest bedding retailer, showcases its wide range of bedding at Causeway Point, offering up to five varying degrees of mattress firmness and every material to suit every sleeper’s preference. Warm spot lighting invites shoppers to try out each mattress in total comfort.

The new IT and electrical range has been carefully curated to offer the latest models on the market coupled with the best value. The new IT area showcases interactive displays featuring the latest and greatest in computing, including new ASUS and Lenovo concepts, as well as the latest gaming models from the likes of Acer, Alienware, HP and Razer, as well as engaging Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 gaming stations. COURTS’ TV range has a good mix of premium and entry-level models, including the latest OLED and QLED models on the market, while its cameras and wearables section features the latest in this trending category. A brand new feature is the Smart Home feature wall, putting the spotlight on the rising demand for smart home technology among Singapore consumers, and featuring products to smarten up the home.

Kitchen shoppers can rejoice, as a new Hobs and Hoods section brings the likes of Ariston, Electrolux, Tecno and Turbo into store displays, enabling shoppers to easily have a feel for the size and fit of their cooking hobs. While shopping for their kitchen appliances, shoppers can engage in culinary delights with an interactive cooking demonstration area. An expanded cooling area featuring a large air-conditioning, standing and ceiling fan range enables shoppers to try out various fan speeds at their leisure. Shoppers can also browse the brand new washer and refrigerator ranges which have been specially curated to meet all family usage needs.

In line with its commitment as a one-stop provider of home solutions, COURTS Causeway Point also boasts a new GURU counter, the brand’s in-house solutions provider offering extended warranty protection, installation, maintenance and repair services for the gadgets and furnishings customers can buy in store. At the same time, Design Studio by COURTS offers its home renovation services through resident interior designer TWerkz’s kitchen design solutions. Visit https://www.courts.com.sg/causeway-point-grand-opening for more details.

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