5 Things You Should Know This Week: 29 August 2018

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Updated on August 29, 2018 11:08 am

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5 Things You Should Know This Week: 29 August 2018

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

1. Bosch launches VarioStyle freezer-fridge

Have you always dreamt of being able to customise your fridge? Introducing the Bosch VarioStyle, the first freezer-fridge combination with changeable coloured door panels of 19 expressive colours. The Bosch VarioStyle freezer-fridge empowers the consumer with the freedom of choice, to suit their every mood and ever-changing palette. With an impressive variety of 19 attractive and trending colours—from sunflower to cherry red and pearl night blue—the Bosch VarioStyle is a statement piece that offers a wide range of possibilities for you to restyle your kitchen in whichever way you like, and as often as you want.

The high-quality and durable coloured door panels can be snapped on in an instant, without the need for any external tools at all. Thanks to a convenient attachment system with concealed brackets and magnets, simply pull the door panel gently towards you, lift to remove it, and hook on the new door panel, and voila—the refrigerator transforms and adds a new accent to your living space within seconds.

The interior performance of the Bosch VarioStyle freezer-fridge keeps its contents as fresh as its exterior styling. The VitaFresh™ system divides and conquers with two specific climate zones, so that food stays fresh for longer periods. With its uniformly low temperature of around 0°C and low humidity, the top area of the VitaFresh™ zone offers the perfect conditions for storing meat and fish hygienically without the risk of any unpleasant smells. In the lower VitaFresh™ zone, fruits and vegetables benefit from different settings to ensure ideal humidity. With a sleek interior design, efficient LED lighting, precise electronic temperature control, and optimum air circulation, the Bosch VarioStyle is committed to delivering style and quality. It will be offered at a recommended retail price of $1,499, inclusive of one coloured door panel set. Additional coloured door panels will be offered at a recommended retail price of $349 each.

2. Archifest 2018 announces line-up of design thought leaders speaking at SIA Conference 2018

Archifest 2018, the 12th edition of Singapore’s annual festival celebrating architecture and the built environment, will have 12 experts from Southeast Asia speaking at the festival’s anchor event, the SIA (Singapore Institute of Architects) Conference. The SIA Conference is a highly-watched event that gathers everyone from industry movers and shakers to up-and-coming designers and architects, providing an open forum for conversations on the issues pertinent to the urban environment here and around the world.

The speakers for the panels include: Đàm Vũ (Principal Architect of KIENTRUC O—Vietnam), Victor Lee and Jacqueline Yeo, (Founders of Plystudio Architects—Singapore, and Realrich Sjarief (Founder of R A W Architecture—Indonesia) for Panel 1: Design for People; Colin Seah (Founder and Director of Design of Ministry of Design—Singapore), Gerard Lico (Heritage Architect and Professor—Philippines), and Teo Yee Chin (Founder and Design Director of Red Bean Architects—Singapore) for Panel 2: Design for Time; Markus Roselieb (Principal of Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction—Thailand), Christopher C M Lee (Co-founder and Principal of Serie Architects—Singapore), and Doan Thanh Ha (Co-founder of H&P Architects—Vietnam) for Panel 3: Design for Environment; and Siew Man Kok (Chairman and Founding Director of MKPL Architects—Singapore), Budi Pradono (Founder and Principal of Budi Pradono Architects—Indonesia), and Manuel Der Hagopian (Co-founder and Partner at Group 8 Asia—Singapore) for Panel 4: Design for Life.

Archifest 2018 runs from 28 September to 10 October 2018, with a line-up of programmes such as exhibitions, tours, and talks that are open to the public. The SIA Conference 2018 will be held on 2 October 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. For more information, please visit www.archifest.sg.

3. Fritz Hansen launches N01 chair in Singapore

W. Atelier, together with The Republic of Fritz Hansen, celebrated the launch of the N01 chair in Singapore. The N01 is a beautiful wooden chair designed by Fritz Hansen, designed in collaboration with Japanese design firm Nendo. Combining the best of Danish and Japanese aesthetics and purity, the N01 embraces the essence of timeless wood craftsmanship. It is meticulously hand-assembled using 23 pieces of wood and veneer from a Belgian family-owned wood manufacturer founded in 1924, and the result is a seamless piece of furniture whose sleek construction belies immense strength and stability. It features a gently curved seat and back panel, and a specially designed joint that gave the impression that the shell and the frame were touching each other as little as possible so as to preserve the overall sense of lightness.

"We are immensely pleased to unveil the N01 chair here in Singapore. This was a chair that was born out of a synergistic design philosophy between Fritz Hansen and Japanese design studio Nendo, and the result is this stunning piece of artistry: the N01 which looks lightweight but is extremely strong. We are confident that Singapore will appreciate the beauty of the N01, as with all our other highly sought-after iconic chairs in our brand," said Gani Atmadiredja, Managing Director of W. Atelier. N01 is available in three colours, Black Oak, Natural Oak and Beech, with optional seat cushions in fabric or leather. The starting price of the N01 chair is $1,135 and it is now available at W. Atelier.

4. Ohmyhome sees success with DIY HDB Rental Portal

Ohmyhome, the leading DIY proptech portal, reaches new milestones with HDB rental segment and shares features instrumental for success. Since its launch, Ohmyhome records more than 35,000 users actively chatting and searching on rental. There are currently more than 1,000 non-duplicate, active rental listings on its portal.

Ohmyhome aims to alleviate the search-related problems faced by tenants and landlords by providing useful features and implementing a direct tenant-to-landlord approach. This proves to be a winning formula, with some landlords receiving requests-to-view on the first day of listing. In addition, the proprietary ShoutOut feature is highly popular, with more than 7,000 listings suggested to tenants thus far.

The property portal simplifies the rental process in four main ways: (1) Simplifies the search process with its easy-to-use "Location & Price Map"; (2) "ShoutOut™" streamlines suggestions to tenants’ specific demands; (3) Essential information are readily available which facilitates decision making; and (4) "Tenant’s Journey" boasts seamless rental experience with comprehensive bite-sized guides.

5. Bose introduces noise-masking sleepbuds™

Got sleeping problems? Read on. Bose announced the availability of its revolutionary noise-masking sleepbuds™, tiny, truly wireless earbuds that combine an ultra-comfortable design with soothing sounds to block, cover, and replace the most common noises that interfere with sleep. Bose® sleepbuds are the smallest Bose product ever made and are packed with proprietary technology. They come with 10 pre-loaded "sleeptracks" that mirror the frequencies of snoring, neighbours, dogs, traffic, and more—hiding them beneath a layer of relaxing audio. They feature new patented ear tips for a snug, soft, barely-felt fit, and can run for up to 16 hours. And they solve a problem for millions of people that’s vexed a multi-billion dollar industry.

Bose sleepbuds are the first Bose product to use Bose noise-masking technology. They aren’t active noise cancelling headphones, they’re not in-ear headphones with an added feature, and they don’t stream music—because every last detail was optimised for one thing—better sleep, all night, every night.

Bose® sleepbuds™ are a sophisticated engineering feat. Each bud weighs just 1.4 grams, and measures just over 1 centimeter wide and high. On their exterior is a laser-etched antenna for reliable connectivity to a phone or tablet. Inside, there’s a rechargeable silver-zinc battery, a miniscule transducer, and a micro-circuit board with flash memory to store the pre-loaded noise-masking sound files. Both attach to a new noise-isolating StayHear+ Sleep tip—another line of defence that creates a physical barrier to unwanted sound. StayHear+ Sleep tips are included in three sizes. They’re soft, pliable, and virtually weightless. And their materials, shape and form were optimized specifically for rest, so they feel great and stay in all night, regardless of sleep position. They use low-energy Bluetooth®, are iOS and Android compatible, and come with the Bose Sleep app that makes it easy to update, control, and select preferences. Users can set an alarm for the morning, choose the sleeptrack and volume that works best for their environment—and instantly hear gentle waves instead of a noisy partner, rustling leaves instead of the party next-door, smooth-turning wind turbines instead of busy city streets, and more.

Bose sleepbuds have a high-gloss white finish and will retail for $379. They will be available in Singapore from 11 September at authorised Bose dealers.

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