Energy-Saving Gadgets for the Home and Office
These cool energy-saving gadgets work at home, in the office and even out in the woods.
Flos Kelvin LED Light Green Mode by Antonio Citterio
With more reach than the original Kelvin table light, this minimalist piece detects the ambient light level when you brush against the sensor on its head and intuitively adjusts the intensity of the LED.
$755 upwards from Space
mPowerpad Solar Charger
This good-looking portable solar charger is seriously rugged—its compact shape and sturdy dust, drop and water-resistant casing means you can take it anywhere. Plus, it has its own flashlight, radio and insect repellent.
$99 from Greenviron (#01-01, 376 River Valley Rd., 6735-5138)
If you’re off camping but don’t have much space, grab this solar-rechargeable and inflatable light bag. Or stash it at home in the first aid box.
$39.40 from Technobay
Bosch Filtrino Hot Water Dispenser
Unlike most other dispensers, which boil water constantly, this one only heats up the amount that’s actually needed, cutting electric consumption by about half.
$279 from Harvey Norman Superstore (#02-57-62 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd., 6311-9988)
Pilates as physiotherapy—how does it work?
The primary purpose of Pilates in healing is to provide a more stable inner core for the spine and limbs, permitting safer, better function and facilitating a return to physical activity.
What are some Pilates-related exercises readers can do in the office on the days they can’t make a class?
The Standing Hip Extension—an Xtend Barre exercise—is great for strengthening your glutes. Stand at the desk with your feet hip-distance apart. Check that your ears, shoulders, hips and ankles are in alignment. Using your desk or chair as support, extend your right heel behind while keeping your back straight. Engage your glutes—lift and lower on eight counts. Repeat on the other side. Do four sets of this.
How do you meet your makers?
We started out meeting local designers and artisans we personally liked. It was a lot of legwork, but it was fun to travel to different cities and meet good folks like Pow in Bangkok and Daisuke in Tokyo. From then on, it was a game of referring and networking.
What helps you decide on the makers to approach?
People go to Haystakt to find cool products with a story, so we look for uniquely handcrafted items made in small-batch or limited edition productions with interesting concepts. We also look for people who have promising ideas or unique backgrounds because we’re as interested in the people as we are in their products.
Where can we find the makers and shakers in Singapore?
Most of them are buried in their craft, so you’ll find them in their studios or workshops within the industrial estates of Ayer Rajah, Bedok or Kallang.
Why did the idea of a brick and mortar store not appeal to you?
Our goal is to offer the most comprehensive selection of global maker products in terms of both range and depth, more so that you could ever offer in a physical space. For us, it was also about finding the right format to articulate makers’ stories and to allow them to cross geographical boundaries and connect with people all over the world.
How would you define a successful e-commerce business?
In a saturated market, it’s about delivering commerce with value. To do that, we constantly ask ourselves questions like “do you solve both sides of the equation?” and “what will the market be like 10 years from now?”.
Where would you go if you could work remotely from anywhere in the world?
Right now it would be Singapore— both the design and startup communities are booming and there’s a new generation of makers waiting to be discovered. More importantly, there’s family, great parks, libraries and free WiFi.
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The highest Banyan Tree Spa outlet in the world, with its Tree of Life inspired décor of bamboo and dark earth tones, is an extremely relaxing escape. Their simple Classic Rejuvenation package scrubs the city grime off and polishes you up like a dream. Go festive and pick the bright-colored Almond Tomato off the Scrubs menu, which helps reduce fine lines.
$280++ for 120 minutes from Banyan Tree Spa Marina Bay Sands
Spend one of the days this long weekend at the lovely Auriga Spa with its rather hush-hush hilltop ambiance over in Sentosa. Our pick of their signature spa treatments: the divine-sounding Full Moon package that includes a foot massage, full body exfoliation using rose petals and rose oil-infused salt, a deep cleansing wrap and massage, as well as a lymphatic facial that incorporates rose crystals.
$440 for 180 minutes at Auriga Spa
Red Rose Bath
One of our favorite “getaway spas” is the recently opened Japanese ryokan-style Ikeda Spa Prestige. You’ll love the giant hinoki tub here: It’s lit by a single screen displaying a snowy Japanese countryside, which is complemented by traditional shower facilities. Book the sweet-smelling Red Rose Bath to have the “onsen” experience all to yourself.
$80 for 30 minutes at Ikeda Spa Prestige
Strawberry Butter Meltdown
Set deep amongst the trees up at Dempsey Hill, Spa Esprit at House offers a lovely treatment package that includes a full body rubdown and scrub using strawberry-infused melted butter and a strawberry sugar paste, which feels as good as it sounds.
$180 for 90 minutes at Spa Esprit
The Buccaneer is a great product. How did you decide it’d be your venture?
We started out as a 3D printing service company. When Professor Neo got on board, he pointed out that the business model was unsustainable and not scalable, so he suggested we shoot for the stars and built 3D printers instead.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome so far?
It took us at least three months to work on a prototype and it didn’t work well. Getting this done quickly was one of our biggest challenges—we had to look for a good mechanical engineer who could get things made on top of designing it and we found one.
Seen any cool stuff being printed?
Figurines, jewelry and kitchen utensils.
Which of your stretch goals have stood out the most?
Our new print platform. We can’t reveal it yet, but it’s a first for the industry.
What would you like to make next?
A completely prosthetic hand with motorized actuators! Replacement limbs of the future would be completely customized and 3D printed.
Is Singapore a great place for those who want to make things?
It’s not so great for making physical products. The sad fact is, manufacturing has long moved overseas. Hopefully, with initiatives towards building 3D printing facilities, making things here will get easier.