NEW FURNITURE AT COURTS
Courts Singapore has refreshed more than half of its furniture and bedding range.
Highlights include sofas with customisable configurations and fabrics; and multi- functional pieces for smaller homes.
It has also introduced The Hotel Collection - seven mattresses that can be found in five-star hotels.
In addition, the retailer is offering mattress- and sofa-cleaning packages that start at $69. A dry-cleaning technology is used to remove dead skin and dust mites and kill bacteria.
More than 200 home accessories (pictured) have also been added to its line-up, including cushions and two premium ranges of home fragrances.
Where: All Courts stores, including Courts Megastore, 50 Tampines North Drive 2
NEW LOUIS POULSEN FALL/ WINTER COLLECTION
Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen has launched two collectors' items for the Christmas season.
The limited-edition copper version of the PH 3½-2½ floor lamp ($3,400, left) celebrates the 90th anniversary of designer Poul Henningsen's iconic three-shade system.
It comes with two top shades - one is made of mouth-blown opal glass and the other of polished copper - which create different lighting moods.
The lamp can be ordered only until Dec 31.
In stores, too, is the Panthella Mini, a scaled-down, table-top version of the thin-stemmed, dome- topped Panthella lamp.
The smaller version comes in eight colours - yellow, orange, mauve, red, pink, blue and two shades of green - and has three light intensities.
The promotional price is $398 until Dec 15, after which it will cost $605.
Where: Louis Poulsen, 01-02, 5 Purvis Street, tel: 6339-6086
CLOUD ESPRESSO CUP AND SAUCER
Singaporean Casey Chen looked to the skies for inspiration when it came to designing an espresso cup and saucer.
The artist-designer teamed up with Japanese porcelain manufacturer Miyama to create a cup with an egg-shaped base and cloud- shaped handle, which he has named Cloud (pictured).
The saucer has blue dotted lines radiating from the centre. It symbolises the sky and pays homage to the shade of Peranakan blue.
Miyama, founded 39 years ago, is in Mizunami City in the Gifu prefecture, one of the most well-known porcelain-producing areas.
The collaboration, which also involved Huls Asia Pacific, a creative company that supports Japanese businesses, celebrates 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Where: Go to cloudespresso.com to pre-order. Cloud is slated to arrive in the middle of next month.
HANSGROHE SE COMPETITION KICKS OFF
Calling all design students and recent graduates. Bathroom and kitchen fittings manufacturer Hansgrohe SE wants ideas for new and efficient ways to dispense water.
The renowned Hansgrohe Design Prize by the International Forum Design is now open for submissions.
The theme for next year is Future Living: Innovative Forms Of Using Water In Tomorrow's Kitchen.
The concept can be a product or application, a project or to communicate an idea or service.
A total of €5,000 (S$7,560) cash will be given out to the most innovative concepts.
Participation is free and applications must be submitted by Jan 13.
Info: Go to ifworlddesignguide.com
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