5 Things You Should Know This Week: 9 January 2018

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

Updated on January 09, 2018 10:01 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 9 January 2018

These are some of the news you will want to know this week:

1. COURTS invites you to fall in love with your home again with its 2018 collection

COURTS has launched its New 2018 Collection with a newly issued 40-page catalogue presenting the latest in furniture, electrical, and IT products. The catalogue showcases the newly launched COURTS Home range, which features new international styles at affordable prices. To meet the needs of modern apartment living, one in four furniture pieces are now space-saving or multi-functional—including the patent shelving system Ezbo, which starts from $399 and scales with family size, age of the user, and room setting. COURTS Home also offers a simple selection process that allows shoppers to pick their preferred style of sofa and material and colour, as well as a range of affordable marble dining tables, with five delicious marble finishes and four table leg configurations in a variety of woods and metals.

Industrial Loft

Modern Lux

Four new international furniture styles at affordable prices include: (1) Industrial Loft: The cool industrial style embodies minimal aesthetics. Its raw look contrasts dark wood and metal finishes with comfy upholstery to add character; (2) Natural Craft: Bring tranquil resort-style interior into your urban home. Go back to nature with organic shapes, clean lines, and a natural palette; (3) Modern Lux: Reinvent contemporary luxury inspired by fashion. Rich textures of leather and velvet in soft hues of grey, jade, and rose create a soothing backdrop for stylish living; and (4) Metropolitan: Channel the glam chic of New York with classic furnishing against lush statement pieces. Balance the feminine softness with masculine tones to evoke an extravagant style in a functional space. Exclusive promotional prices and coupons valid in-store and online until end January 2018.

2. New additions to Sony's home entertainment sound bars and speakers

Sony expands its stellar range of home entertainment sound bars and speakers with the release of the HT-S200F, HT-X9F, and HT-X9000F at CES 2018. The sleek new designs provide an enhanced and connected listening experience for customers, and each guarantees to be a stylish addition to one’s home.

The HT-S200F is the tech giant’s latest compact 2.1ch sound bar and presents an all-in-one solution for cinematic home sound. The slim stylish Sound Bar has a built-in subwoofer as well as Dolby Digital which produces unparalleled sound for your living room. The inclusion of S-Force PRO Front Surround in this compact bar allows you to feel like you’re surrounded by speakers without wires trailing around the room.




Promising a breathtaking virtual three-dimensional surround sound experience is the world’s first 3.1ch Dolby Atmos supported sound bars, the HT-X9F and HT-X9000F. With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, the 3.1ch sound bar HT-Z9F is capable of totally immersing its audience with three-dimensional sound in its compact, yet proficient size. Measuring a sleek 100 cm × 6.4 cm × 9.9 cm (3.1 kg) for the bar speaker and a discreet 19 cm x 38.2 cm x 38.6 cm (8.1 kg) for the subwoofer, the HT-Z9F will fit nicely into any chosen home décor. The HT-X9000F Sound Bar is offered in a different design concept that matches the distinctive design of Sony BRAVIA True 4K TVs. The 2.1ch bar brings cinematic surround sound features of Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and Vertical Surround Engine. The HT-X9000F embraces the sophistication of Sony BRAVIA TVs by enhancing entertainment and blending effortlessly with the comfort of your home with natural texture and slimmer bodies.

3. LG's Connected Appliance Network makes the future kitchen more delightful

LG's vision for the connected smart kitchen of the future is one that predicts consumer needs and reduces preparation time. By offering a hands-free experience that takes much of the stress out of preparing daily means, LG’s smart kitchen products such as the InstaView ThinQ™ refrigerator and the EasyClean® oven range and QuadWash™ dishwasher maximise efficiency and ease to allow more quality time at home.

LG InstaView ThinQ is the culmination of cutting-edge refrigeration technology and maximum convenience and efficiency. Featuring a 29-inch touch LCD display that transforms from a computer display to a transparent window with just two knocks, the intelligent refrigerator recommends delicious recipes based on what is on hand to provide a revolutionary answer to the timeless question of what to eat for dinner. Once a recipe is selected, the fridge automatically sends the information to a connected oven with Alexa verbally guiding the chef through each step of the process, for a fuss-free cooking experience. Users can also access and listen to their favourite songs on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and other streaming music services directly on the InstaView ThinQ for a more pleasant cooking and dining experience.

The LG EasyClean oven connected to the appropriate app can access recipe information wirelessly and automatically begin preheating at a specific temperature at a set time. When the oven needs cleaning—which is made simpler by the oven’s advanced hydrophilic enamel coating—a notification is automatically sent to the homeowner’s smartphone. And the over-the-range hood and lamp switch on automatically when the cooktop is in use. Meanwhile, the LG EasyClean oven sends relevant information to the connected QuadWash dishwasher which then sets the optimal wash cycle based on the dish prepared. Both the EasyClean oven and QuadWash dishwasher can be monitored using voice commands and LG CLOi Hub Bot.

4. Register now to attend the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018

Pre-register your attendance to the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2018, Asia's premier design-led sourcing platform, happening on 8 to 11 March 2018 at the Singapore Expo. The annual IFFS, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS) and NOOK Asia at the Singapore EXPO, remains the most distinctive channel in Asia dedicated to regional and international companies looking to penetrate the global market.

IFFS 2018 will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors, and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors from almost 40 countries, and offer an unparalleled outreach to the highly dynamic market. The annual fair attracts well over 20,000 international trade buyers and visitors from almost 100 countries. Know more about it here.

5. A stunning DIY bookshelf that took a couple 16 hours to build

Take this couple as your inspiration to flex your DIY muscles! The wife spotted a creative bookshelf online, and encouraged her husband to build it for their home. According to My Modern Met, "Jessica’s dream DIY bookshelf was much more than your standard vertical design. It featured a series of cubes with their backs affixed to the wall and arranged in a starburst-like shape." Read more about their story here.

Photo courtesy of My Modern Met

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