The Egyptian Minister of Industry and Trade, Tarek Kabil, announced that Nigeria has lifted the ban it imposed on Egyptian furniture imports since 2005. Egypt has been discussing the same with Nigeria in many forums. The Egyptian Commercial Service conducted in Geneva along with delegates from the World Trade Organisation of Nigeria expressed their concern over the ban. The forum was appropriate as the ban was in contradiction to the World Trade Centre’s regulation policies. The ban was imposed on 25 other items from the Egyptian market and has badly affected traders since then.
Danish brand reform that specialises in customising IKEA’s Metod and kitchen cupboards has collaborated with Note Design and Afteroom to create new products. The brands together will work on customising a range of sideboards in the Scandinavian style. These two brands being prominent names in the Scandinavian design space make for the perfect partners for this project that requires expertise in the idea of minimalism. The colour scheme of the hacked product will reflect the classic palette of the Scandinavian muted tones. Recently, Reform also collaborated with Henning Larsen and Norm to reproduce Danish design.
The rising sand prices are posing a problem for real estate projects in Tamil Nadu.The unavailability of manufactured sand is another problem adding to this. While some builders are willing to shell out more for river sand, the others are awaiting government intervention. The unavailability of sand has stopped work for governmental as well as private project constructions. The river sand price has gone up almost 98%.Projects covering 10 million sq ft have been stalled so far.
Nest has been a longtime holdout in support for Apple's voice platform. While some suggest that it was Nest’affiliation with Alphabet as the cause while another major obstacle was hardware authentication. With Apple’s newly launched iOS 11, these hardware issues may cease to exist with a possibility of Nest connecting to Homekit for Apple. Nest is a smart home product by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Homekit allows users to communicate with and control connected accessories in their home using a mobile application. The HomeKit framework allows users a way to configure accessories and create actions to control them.
NTL Lemnis launched the Pharox Aura Retrofit LED Bulb for commercial applications.Pharox Aura Retrofit LED lamps can be replaced in the existing bulb holders without any hassle. The mechanical design provides efficient thermal management thus enhancing the long life of a product. The plastic enclosure is flame-resistant.The bulbs are only available in 40W and 50W. NTL has other products like high-end electronic ballasts especially suited to the Indian lighting conditions. NTL has been also converted compact fluorescent lamps to high power factor lamps to redesigning them to make them more cost efficient.
Herman Miller introduces the new LiveOperating System which is a cloud-based platform suited for the office space. When attached to the work desk, The Operating System can record the number of times the employees sit and stand and store this information on the cloud-based platform. This data can be viewed on a dashboard in a simpler form. These sensors on the brand’s furniture can make it instruct the sit-stand desk to raise or lower at certain intervals throughout the workday. The goal of this technology is the need for the workplace to adapt to the employee's needs and access data of the employee's health based on the work habits.
Wi-Fi Alliance has worked diligently to make Wi-Fi one of the world’s most valued and widely used technologies. Its organisation is made up of a network of companies that are Wi-Fi providers.With Wi-Fi being the main technology adopted to use smart home products, Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a certificate program to ensure Wi-Fi integrated home designs.The new program puts emphasis on the technology to make it a system as essential as wiring and plumbing. This set up provides for integrated home automation and connectivity to smart home devices. By being installed in the blueprint itself, the builder has to take into consideration the building materials and other factors that would affect the Wi-Fi integrated systems.
The International Property Awards reveals winners in the architecture, interior design, development, real estate, devolvement and regional. The shortlist for the international hotels is just out with winners to be announced by the end of the month. The awards are split regionally covering USA, UK, Europe, South America, Caribbeanm Canada, Africa, UAE and Asia Pacific. It is one of the most prestigious awards, judged by an international panel.
The Korean Herald reported that Samsung and LG smart home products are soon to become compatible and interlinked. Both the Korean brands are working on developing products with the Open Connectivity Foundation certificate. This certificate is a standard industry specification for different brands that aim to make connected devices. The refrigerators and air conditioners by Samsung have already received the necessary certification. They are also working on acquiring the certification for products like their cooking ranges and washing machines among others. Brands like Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Electrolux already have products with this certificate.
Berger Paints India is set to expand its operations into the construction and home decor markets. The company has also gone ahead to seek the shareholder’s approval to alter the Memorandum of Association. They may enter the market in building materials as that is where their established market network of Berger Paints is the most relevant. It hasn’t been revealed if the company is set to tie up with existing manufacturers or if they are going to open their own manufacturing units.