Highlights of the Week: 2 April 2019

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Updated on April 02, 2019 8:04 am

Cromly Editor

Highlights of the Week: 2 April 2019

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

1. James Dyson is looking for bright, young minds with fresh ideas and passion to impact the globe

Now on its 15th year, the James Dyson Award is yet again set to empower the next generation of young innovators. The James Dyson Foundation is challenging students to design and invent fresh, innovative products that will greatly impact the society as it opens the competition to current and recent design engineering students in Singapore.

“Young engineers and designers have perspective and unbridled intelligence that makes them incredibly adept at problem-solving. Their ideas can easily be dismissed, but if nurtured and celebrated they are transformative. Developing a product or technology is a long and daunting process; the James Dyson Award celebrates the inventive young people embarking on that process. The Award champions our next generation of inventors and will propel them towards future success. I am excited to see what surprising ideas this year’s award brings," said James Dyson.

The James Dyson Award is the springboard in making a name as an inventor. Aside from winning a significant cash prize, winners will be given media exposure to kick start their career. The National winner can get as much as $3,400, while the International winner runners-up can win $8,600, and the International winner will go home with $52,000 as well as an amount of $8,600 for his/her university. The award runs in 27 countries and regions worldwide including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, UK, and USA. Deadline for entries is on 11 July 2019.

In 2018, Folks Kitchenware was named the Singapore national winner. It's a series of kitchenware that helps the visually-impaired prepare food safely with convenience, confidence, and dignity. For more information, visit the James Dyson Foundation website.

2. Gaggenau introduces the all-new Vario Cooling 400

Singapore’s luxury professional-grade kitchen appliance manufacturer Gaggenau recently launched its Vario Cooling 400 series comprised of a fully integrated, built-in modular range of refrigerators, freezers, fridge freezers, and wine climate cabinets. Designed for those who appreciate smooth lines of seamless integration, the new Vario Cooling 400 series has an expansive range of handleless doors with individual furniture fronts, stainless steel or glass doors or the wine climate cabinets makes a statement in any private kitchen.

“This new range for Gaggenau is the very essence of refinement in the luxury kitchen appliance market. We see extraordinary interior aesthetics as something that should be seen in all spheres of life, including the kitchen. With the new range, every wish for an extraordinary interior space can be fulfilled. Staged beautifully and with perfect illumination, you are no longer simply storing wine or refrigerating, you are making a statement,” shared Sven Baacke, head of Design of Gaggenau.

The Vario Cooling 400 series variations are most impressive when combined to form an imposing cooling wall that integrates into the overall kitchen structure. An expanse of handleless doors with individual furniture fronts, stainless steel or glass doors for the wine climate cabinets makes a statement in any private kitchen. The door opens to reveal a complete stainless steel interior and dark anthracite anodised aluminium elements. Imperceptible clear glass shelving and solid aluminium door racks are further complemented by a stunning atmospheric glow from the warm white, glare-free LED lights.

Throughout the whole range of the newly launched series, Gaggenau debuts the exceptional opening assist system. Simply give the handleless door a light push and the mechanism will open the appliance for you. Even the door’s ice and water dispenser anticipates your needs and activates the light and touch keys automatically as you approach, thanks to its ingenious proximity sensor. Taking inspiration from the oak barrels used to age wine, the Vario wine climate cabinets 400 series features telescopic rails, which allow oak and dark anthracite aluminium bottle trays to fully extend for gentle handling. Further safeguards are provided by the cabinet’s low vibration, humidity regulation and activated charcoal air filter, which protects the wine from odour contamination.

Up to three independently controlled climate zones can also be adjusted via the newly installed intuitive TFT display. This ensures that part of your wine collection can be stored in cellar-like conditions, while other bottles that have been set aside for immediate consumption can be served on demand.

Additionally, Gaggenau has further enhanced the Vario wine climate cabinets 400 series to include five preset lighting scenarios, perfect for creating an impressive display of prized wine collections in any interior setting. The new Vario Cooling 400 series is now available for purchase in Singapore at the Gaggenau Experience Centre.

3. Philips unveils the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige

Philips continues to break boundaries as it launched the world’s closest electric shave that provides uncompromised skin comfort. Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige has the new NanoTech precision blades, which are strengthened with nanoparticles and extra strong, sharp edges to cut hair with the highest precision, delivering extremely close results at skin level. Due to its Superb SkinComfort rings that come with an anti-friction metallic-pigmented coating, Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige can glide smoothly on the skin. The shaving head also comes with new wider, rounder openings to catch more hair in a single pass.

Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige is Singapore’s first shaver that is capable of wireless charging. It also comes in a premium packaging that stores your grooming essentials.

“Personal grooming is a key facet of a modern man’s appearance. The innovative rotary technology in the Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige offers the world’s closest electric shave possible with uncompromised comfort and smoothness, empowering men to shave better for success and put their best face forward for success,” said Derrick Tan, Co-Founder, Sultans of Shave.

The Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige is now available at leading electronics stores, major department stores and selected authorised dealers for $599. For more information on this product, check out their website.

4. Chateau d’Ax presents its latest collection in Singapore

Luxury Italian brand Chateau d’Ax unveils its new collection in Singapore before heading to Salone Del Mobile Milano, Milan Design Week 2019. The new collection includes the Chateau d’Ax signature handcrafted sofa seaters as well as new materials and technology that will increase comfort levels and extend the life of the furniture.

The new collection has Chateau d’Ax Deluxe H-Density Foam that provides a high degree of support for a long life and intense use of the cushion, and the Chateau d’Ax HQ Visco-Elastic Fibres (Memory) that perfectly model the shape of its user, evenly distribute weight, and reduce pressure points to allow the return of its original shape (dubbed the slow-return effect).

Chateau d’Ax 100% Natural High Quality Feather offers a soft cushion touch while preserving the body’s microclimate with the breathing and insulating properties, to grant lightness, warmth, and resistance. The Chateau d’Ax lab has also produced an all-new three-layer padded cushion. Sofa cushions with this level of technology and design will be able to yield different bearing capacity, which entails greater ease and comfort.

Chateau d’Ax has been known for its capabilities to adapt to different market groups, having used a French name to include the French market, in a time where there was once a boycott for Italian markets. “Our company prides itself on the 70 years of rich history and family tradition of craftsmanship, quality and comfort. 3D Comfort is significant to our brand because it creates a culture of comfort and luxury,” said Alessandro Colombo, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Chateau d’Ax.


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