5 Things You Should Know This Week: 7 November 2017

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

Updated on November 07, 2017 10:11 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 7 November 2017

These are some of the news you may want to read about:

1. You can now shop at IKEA's online store!

No time to head down to the Alexandra and Tampines stores? Here's a great news: IKEA’s online store is officially live!

It's now easier to update your home with the furniture giant's home and decor essentials, and shop for the upcoming holiday season! Whatever's in your shopping cart can be delivered straight to your doorstep, and even get them assembled so you don’t have to lift more than a finger! Visit the IKEA online store now.

2. IUIGA encourages customers to make conscious purchases this Singles’ Day

IUIGA, a home-grown lifestyle brand that celebrates fine living, puts a non-conventional spin on the hit Singles’ Day shopping festival. With retailers going full force with massive 11/11 sales, IUIGA is taking on a different approach by inviting customers to join them on the path of conscious consumption—instead of encouraging customers to make large purchases just to enjoy a discount, IUIGA advocates customers to only buy items that are essential. IUIGA shows that 3 is the magic number. This number is where thebalance of essential needs and excessive wants are achieved.

An interactive game will be made available until 11 November on IUIGA’s "Buy Lesser, Buy Better" game page. Players who pick out 5 IUIGA logos within the stipulated time will be rewarded with a 20% promo code that can be used storewide. The catch? The discount code can only be applied when shoppers cart out 3 items or less. To further advocate conscious consumption, IUIGA has drawn up a guide of 3 essential items in each category for one to achieve Quality Meals, Quality Sleep, Quality Adventures, Quality Concentration, and Quality Grooming. Customers can make their purchases easily and enjoy a fuss-free shopping experience on IUIGA’s app.

3. Dekton XGLOSS Halo and Spectra win Architectural Digest Great Design Award

Dekton, the innovative ultracompact surface created by Cosentino for architecture and design, has been awarded by Architectural Digest Great Design Award. As a leading global design authority, Architectural Digest celebrates the very best of international design and innovative products in its magazine each month. To further elevate distinctive products in an increasingly crowded space, AD recognizes the best of the best with the AD Great Design Awards, curated with the publication’s tastemakers, influencers and design enthusiasts in mind. Among the winners in the kitchen category for the 2017 Great Design Awards were Dekton® XGloss in Halo and Spectra colors.

Dekton XGloss Halo, a soft white hue married with a high-gloss finish, fits both traditional aesthetics and sleek modern spaces. A solid black with exceptional shine, Dekton® XGloss Spectra is a luminous and intense black color that lends a spectacular elegance to any project, whether used as a countertop, backsplash, or flooring.

4. Bang & Olufsen presents BeoLab 50

Looking to replace your speakers at home or in the office? Try BeoLab 50, the first loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen, which emerged directly from the prestigious and innovative BeoLab 90 that set an entirely new standard for state-of-the-art loudspeakers. The extraordinary performance of BeoLab 50 has gained from the uncompromising acoustic research and technological development of BeoLab 90 and shares several features with this iconic landmark loudspeaker.

The new BeoLab 50 delivers a truly exceptional performance through its innovative sound control technologies and unique design that unfold as you need it. The loudspeaker’s distinct appearance reflects the technologies applied while still fitting elegantly into any interior décor. The silhouette of BeoLab 50 is slender, tall, and rounded by floating lines and visible edges. The silver-polished aluminium surfaces and warm oak wood lamellas are recognizable trademarks of Bang & Olufsen products. The bottom part of the speaker is designed to visually lift the speaker from the floor, keeping a light expression of clear posture in the centre. BeoLab 50 also benefits from the pioneering Active Room Compensation technology. It is available at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt and Takashimaya showrooms now at a recommended retail price of $45,000.

5. Black Sheep Restaurant designs New Punjab Club

Black Sheep Restaurants, a celebrated Hong Kong-based hospitality group, recently opened New Punjab Club, a boisterous tandoor grill house harkening to the liberated era of postcolonial Pakistan and India. The restaurant’s regal yet flamboyant attitude is expressed in its sophisticated decor, curated by co-founders Christopher Mark and Syed Asim Hussain with renowned designer Sean Dix. Tucked away at the quieter end of buzzing Wyndham Street, the striking racing green English pub-style facade is illuminated by old-fashioned lamps, and rattan screens provide privacy while revealing a glimpse into the handsome interior beyond. Asim and Chris looked to Max Dautresme from Substance, a Hong Kong-based design firm, for graphic identity, and took inspiration from the unaligned organic nature of British pub signs for the silver leaf lettering blazoned across the frontage. This aesthetic is carried on through the restaurant’s branding, taking a cue from symmetrical, ornamental Punjab aesthetics for a nostalgic yet refined character.

Of the inspiration behind the restaurant’s design, Asim explains that “New Punjab Club embodies the great gusto with which the Punjabis approach life. Celebration and stateliness combine for a homely but energetic place to gather and enjoy convivial, authentic Punjabi cuisine from the heart.” Check out the New Punjab Club here.

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