5 Things You Should Know This Week: 4 March 2019

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

Updated on March 04, 2019 8:03 am

Cromly Editor

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

1. Cosentino Malaysia starts operations in Kuala Lumpur

The Spain-based global leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design is officially operating in Malaysia. In line with business operations, Cosentino Malaysia will be opening its new Cosentino Centre with the largest showroom in Asia, come April.

“We are excited to add Malaysia into our extensive list of markets that we serve. We see a huge potential in Malaysia, hence we want to amplify our presence here. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that come April, we will be officially launching the new Cosentino Centre right here,” said Mark Alban, General Manager Malaysia, Cosentino Malaysia. Previously, Cosentino was also servicing the Malaysian market through third-party distributors.

Cosentino carries three brands: Silestone, Dekton, and Sensa. Silestone is the world leading brand for quartz surfaces, while Dekton is an ultra-compact surface developed exclusively by the Cosentino Group R&D's department. Sensa, meanwhile, is the brand's protected natural stone. Visit this link for more information.

2. TOPOS Architects’ design talk at Singapore Design Week talks about spatial planning

Following the success of previous design talks at past editions of Singapore Design Week, TOPOS Architects will once again share design insights on spatial planning for residential and commercial architecture. Alan Fan, Executive Director and Design Director of TOPOS Architects, shares: “With space being at a premium, there is a growing emphasis on design to improve the quality of life. We will be exploring spatial planning to open up even more possibilities in the home and office—and what these spaces mean for their occupants.”

ENCE Marketing Group’s office, designed by TOPOS Architects

As part of “A March of Design” Singapore Design Week 2019, TOPOS Architects shows their versatility by sharing on architecture and interior design in the current space-scarce, apartment-shrinking, cost-rising phenomenon in Singapore real estate. What better way to make the best use of the available space by applying both design principles in planning for homes and offices? Whether it is a tiny apartment, a sprawling terrace house, or a co-working office, all space must be well-planned. As a registered architect with the Board of Architects Singapore, interior designer and entrepreneur, Alan will speak on spatial design, both from a structural and aesthetic point-of-view. Learn how to get most out of a small space without compromising on the overall aesthetics of the layout. Open up possibilities in bigger spaces with structural variations that still adhere to sound principle and guidelines. TOPOS Architects will show how the unique fields of architecture and interior design come together harmoniously to create amazing designs that are spatial and visual wonders.

“Architecture and Interior Design: When the Twain Meet” will be held on 7 March 2019, from 12-2pm, at the ENCE Marketing Group’s office, designed by TOPOS Architects. Tickets are at $20 per person, which includes a buffet lunch and an office tour.

3. ToTT Store's March Madness Sale

The annual March Madness Sale is back and better than ever! Enjoy four days of Member Exclusive promotions from 14 to 17 March, that includes a 10% storewide discount, off-the-shelf deals with Surprise Box (14 March), Magic Hour Deal (15 March), Live Auction (16 March at Century Square), and our Manager’s Pick (17 March).

Also, don’t miss out on two weekends of back-to-back activities with Bake&Go and Product Demonstrations for all. With a wide selection of parent-child cooking & baking classes throughout the holidays, ToTT is sure to keep you and your child occupied. Sale starts from 14 to 24 March 2019. Find out more about it here.

4. Astell&Kern collaborates with Beyerdynamic to launch special edition headphone

Astell&Kern launches a new closed-back headphone, produced in partnership with world-famous headphone manufacturer Beyerdynamic. The AK T5p uses Beyerdynamic's Tesla Technology transducers for high efficiency and low impedance. The headphones comes with specially designed, audiophile-grade detachable cable. Each cable is made of four 99.8% pure silver cables and four OCC copper cables braided together. It is designed to present the exact characteristics of the headphone’s Tesla Technology drivers, with balanced and natural sound. The cable is terminated in a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced connector to match the balanced headphone out on Astell&Kern players. A 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter and a quarter-inch connection adaptor are also included. No more sharp highs or too much bass, this unique cable bring perfect balance to your music listening experience.

The headphones, handmade in Heribronn Germany, uses premium quality sheepskin for ear pads and headbands for excellent comfort, even for long listening sessions. This culminates in a superb and comfortable listening experience from any audio source including smartphones, laptops and tablets. A decorative black metal face plate on the headphone, and a carrying case completes the design and function of these headphones.

It is available in Singapore at a recommended retail price of $1,799 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, Connect IT, E1 Personal Audio, Jaben, Music Sanctuary, Stereo Electronics, and Treoo.com.

5. Shop for home decor and furniture at Boutique Fairs Singapore on 29–31 March

Everyone's favourite shopping event is back! Boutique Fairs Singapore's Spring/Summer 2019 Edition will feature over 300 independent, design-led labels over two floors at The F1 Pit Building. That's over 6,000m² of women's and men's fashion and accessories, beauty and lifestyle products, children’s fashion, toys, and decor, and most importantly, home décor and furniture! There will also be dedicated F&B spaces, children's play areas, a nursing room, and a slew of exciting demos, talks, and workshops.

This year's fair will feature 95% Singapore-based brands, over 80% socially responsible vendors, green initiatives, and all brand designers to be present at Boutiques so shoppers can speak directly to them and find out more about the brand and how products are made.

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