H&D Hotlist #042: New design products, furniture and home accessories
Among Sony’s Life Space UX series of products blurring the division between technology and interior design, the Glass Sound Speaker appears to be a simple cylindrical lamp, but it is actually a wireless Bluetooth speaker. The device flickers to a glow when it is turned on, and slowly fades out when the power goes off. The lightweight, battery-operated speaker offers up to four hours of playback and can be controlled via the Sony Songpal app.
The Glass Sound Speaker LSPX-S1 retails for $1,199 at all major retailers.
Coffee and Craft
If you love a good cup of joe, explore Nespresso’s latest Master Origin collection of five coffee blends. Its latest permanent range features coffee from a variety of regions, like Indonesia, Ethopia, India, Nicaragua and Colombia. Whether you prefer rich and woody flavours or something more intense and spicy, you’ll find it in this collection. Nespresso also introduced the classy Essenza Mini coffee machines in a limited edition matte black.
The new Master Origin collection is priced at $8.20 for a sleeve of 10 capsules, and the Essenza Mini Matte Black Limited Edition machine retails for $168. Find out more at Nespresso boutiques, www.nespresso.com.
Imagine the luxury of a four-hand massage in your home. You can have that with Osim’s latest uLove 2 massage chair, which is designed to mimic the sychronised movements of two masseurs. Four sets of powerful rollers massage your upper and lower body to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. It comes with eight programmes to address diff erent lifestyle needs, and is also an entertainment hub with a three-dimensional Surround Sound system and Bluetooth music playback.
A dorned with handpainted flowers, Osim uLove 2 is priced at $6,699 and comes in blue, brown, green or purple. Find out more at www.osim.com.
This fun, quirky kitchen tool sharpens your fruits and vegetables. We say the Karoto Julienne will come in handy for sure, when you’re preparing yusheng for Chinese New Year, as you can get thin strips of vegetables and fruits without the tedious process of chopping or slicing. You might just enjoy a good laugh while sharpening your vegetables too!
The Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit 55 in Bangkok, Thailand, has been awarded grand winner in the Dream Spalet Destination competition. Among hospitality projects in the Asia-Pacifi c using Spalet products, it won the award – organised by Lixil, a water and housing product specialist – for merging a Zen-like spa experience with the functionalities of a modern, luxurious bathroom.
Ikea Singapore’s Young Designer Award
Every year since 2014, Ikea has called upon tertiary students to showcase creative homefurnishing solutions. This year, participants were challenged to rethink and redesign energy use in urban areas and cities. Temasek Polytechnic students Aileen Ooi and Siew E Ian won for their design of KYL, a front attachment for standing fans. The product has a filter that helps funnel airflow to cool rooms, so households can reduce dependency on air-conditioners.
Two Times the Fun
As part of the latest catalogue release and in celebration of its 75th year anniversary, Ikea announced the relaunch of some classic products that were designed in the 1950s to 2000s. Expect to see these pieces in store from October to December, including the Gagnet armchair, Strandmon wing chair and Bjuran chair. Keep your eyes peeled!
Luxury at Home
Enjoy premium service when you purchase appliances from LG Signature. The brand recently launched a host of products like the Oled TV W8, washing machine, air purifier and refrigerator. The last, in particular, offers a unique user experience with its Instaview Door-in-Door compartment that illuminates the interiors, so users can peek into the fridge without having to open the door. You can also automatically open the door by simply sliding your foot under the smart sensor.