Design News: New Home Gardening System


Singapore-based gardening start-up Aerospring Gardens has launched a new self-sustaining, vertical aeroponic gardening system.

It takes up about 1 sq m and comes with a 75-litre bucket base, which recirculates the water through the internal piping to keep the plants watered.

Plants are grown in pop-out pockets built into nine hexagonal planter sections. These are stacked on top of one another and affixed to the lid of the bucket.

The self-assembly kit also comes with liquid nutrients and a seedling kit with a small selection of seeds.

Plants are grown in pop-out pockets built into nine hexagonal planter sections. PHOTOS: AEROSPRING GARDENS

The Aerospring was invented by Danish urban farmer and entrepreneur Thorben Linneberg, who has used it to grow a variety of edibles such as tomatoes, lady's finger and basil. It costs $499 till tomorrow, with the coupon code GRODIN. The regular price is $649.

Info: Go to


Celebrated Brazilian designers and brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana are behind a three-piece light collection inspired by colourful candies sold in popular markets in Brazil.

The Candy collection is for Czech lighting company Lasvit and made from hand-blown glass and metal. The pieces feature cone-like lampshades, streaked in a kaleidoscope of colours. Each piece is decorated differently from the rest.

Humberto told Disegno, a design site and cult magazine, that the collection is meant to highlight the traditional glass-blowing process.

It is available at multi-label store Macsk Singapore.

The 41cm-tall Lollipop table lamp costs $3,040, the Ring chandelier (above) is $44,390 and the sputnik-looking Sphere chandelier is $77,685.

Info: Macsk, 01-14 Sultan Link, 63 Mohamed Sultan Road, tel: 6443-2282


This is the last weekend to catch The Alchemists (above), the well- received showcase of works by 15 Singapore designers during Milan Design Week in April last year.

The product prototypes, which were first shown in an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano, as part of Milan Design Week, are now on display at the Singapore Art Museum till tomorrow.

The Alchemists is curated by Stefano Casciani, an Italian editor, industrial consultant and designer, and award-winning Singapore designer Patrick Chia, who is also the founding director of Design Incubation Centre, a design research laboratory at the National University of Singapore.

In a nod to the avant-garde Italian movement Studio Alchimia - founded in 1976 by architect Alessandro Guerriero - interesting materials are used by the young and established designers at the show.

Where: Gallery 2.7, Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road

When: 10am to 7pm (today and tomorrow)

Admission: Free for Singaporeans and permanent residents; other visitors pay $10


The Housing Board is holding its third edition of Celebrating Life In The Heartlands, a photography competition that was started in 2013.

This year's theme is Friendly Faces, Lively Places. Photos should best portray what life in the heartland means to the participants, such as snaps of neighbours hanging out or spots which hold special meaning.

There are two categories: Open and Instagram.

In the Open category, captioned photos should be sent to

The best entries will be shortlisted and published online for public voting. The entry that receives the most votes will win the People's Choice Award.

Those who use Instagram must follow the competition's Instagram account, @LIFEPhotoComp, and accept the "follow" request.

Captioned photos can be submitted using the hashtag #LIFEPhoto Comp2016.

Eligible entries will be reposted on the competition's Instagram account. The most-liked post will win the People's Choice Award.

The top 14 photo entries stand to win prizes worth up to $500 in the Instagram category and up to $2,500 in the Open category.

The competition is open until March 31.

Info: Go to for details.


If you still have not decided what to wear or how to accessorise for Chinese New Year, check out these items from Singapore designers.

Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends, a label known for its Singapore food- themed designs, is retailing the Kueh Tutu Sling Bag ($35.90), which can be used three ways.

The bag, which has a removable strap, is modelled after the flower-shaped steamed cake served on a square pandan leaf.

If you need more room in your bag, opt for the Pineapple drawstring backpack ($18.80, above). The pineapple is auspicious to the Chinese as it signifies the influx of wealth.

Cheeky T-shirt company Temasek Clothings, known for its puns, still carries its bestsellers from last year, including Seven Lontongs ($29.90), which plays on the name of the Malay dish and a verse from Bai Nian, a popular Chinese New Year song ("qi ge long dong qiang dong qiang").

Info: Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends,go to; Temasek Clothings, go to or Naiise @ Orchard Gateway, 02-02, 277 Orchard Road; Megafash @ I12 Katong, 02-09, 112 East Coast Road; and Megafash @ 100am, 01-03, 100 Tras Street

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - NZNEWS30'. Print Edition | Subscribe