US – Some 4,000 exhibitors and 130,000 attendees are gathering at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024 to discuss, test and be inspired by emerging innovators across tech, business and entertainment.
On Monday, 8 January 2024, LG unveiled its ground-breaking transparent 77-inch Signature Oled T tv for home use. In a mesmerising product demo, the television seamlessly transitioned from displaying vibrant content to activating transparency mode, allowing images to float between the glass panel and the surroundings. The transparent feature opens possibilities for immersive experiences, including a weather app, webOS app store, and even clips from Amazon Prime Video series The Peripheral.
On Tuesday, 9 January 2024 The L'Oréal Group hosted a keynote address – the first time a beauty company has headlined CES. The French beauty giant unveiled AirLight Pro, a hair-drying tool developed in collaboration with Zuvi and featuring infrared light technology and wind for smoother and hydrated hair. The device is a CES Innovation Award winner, drying hair faster and consuming up to 31% less energy.
Global – LVMH-owned luxury hospitality group Belmond has teamed up with champagne brand Veuve Clicquot to craft three unique experiences on board iconic trains. Named Solaire Journeys 2024, the series of international railway routes celebrate slow travel and invite travellers to take the time to disconnect as they follow the sun on board legendary trains.
Kicking off in April 2024, the first itinerary is set in Southeast Asia on the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express. This will be followed by a European tour aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, while the last trip of the series will take passengers to a Latin American adventure on the Hiram Bingham and Andean Explorer. Reflecting Belmond’s responsible travel philosophy, each journey is uniquely shaped by the landscape and culture of its location. The common thread is a celebration of hedonism and art de vivre shared by Belmond and Veuve Clicquot. On the agenda are bespoke gifts, breathtaking views and fine dining, paired with fine champagnes curated by the Cellar Master.
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Global – The Inkey List, known for its problem-targeted skincare products, has launched its biggest campaign yet to promote one of its hero moisturisers. The Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing and Plumping Moisturizer is priced at £15.70 ($20, €18.30) and although the brand hasn’t disclosed how much it has spent on the campaign, this is its largest investment to date, with the brand extending into new channels such as out-of-home advertising, partnerships with Sephora and a robust social media push.
The brand was founded in 2018 in the UK, entering the US in 2019 and now aiming to achieve £7.8m ($10m, €9.1m) in sales with this hero product strategy. It has a strong following among Millennials, primarily cultivated on Instagram, with more than 570,000 followers. The campaign features a Beauty Through the Ages video series that delicately addresses anti-ageing, inclusively highlighting influencers and creators of various age groups.
From fostering wellbeing to embracing climate consciousness and immersive tech, we explore how higher education spaces are evolving to meet the diverse needs of students.
Following the rise of post-Covid flexible studying, universities are facing multi-faceted challenges, from the decline in enrolment to the long-term impact of the pandemic on institutional finances. A new generation of students also have demands that faculty members and campuses have to address to remain relevant and attractive.
Wellbeing, for instance, is the most pressing issue for 70% of university presidents in the US, according to the American Council on Education. That's why many of them are rethinking their institution’s environment with active design principles that support comprehensive wellbeing, community and collaboration.
The climate crisis is also an ever-increasing concern. Some 45% of US university students consider sustainability in their university enrolment decision, while 12% said it also influenced their choice of university (source: Inside Higher Ed/College Pulse).
Middle East – Designer Larissa von Planta is celebrating the inspiring craftsmanship of refugee artisans using upcycled garments embroidered in Beirut-based collectives in Lebanon to create a new kind of luxury brand named Ode.
While studying at London’s Central Saint Martins, Von Planta interned in Beirut and was quickly taken with the extraordinary and centuries-old embroidery traditions of Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Following the explosion at the port of Beirut in 2020, Von Planta set out to provide work for artisans she had previously worked with and whose livelihoods had been jeopardised.
Originally under her eponymous brand LVPx, Von Planta asked friends and family to donate clothes for upcycling with embroidery for a small fee. The concept has since grown into a social enterprise and the brand was renamed Ode at the end of 2023 as a continued celebration of the inspiring craftsmanship of refugee artisans. Clients drop off old garments at Von Planta’s London atelier and are sent to Jana Studio, a women’s embroidery collective in Beirut, to be upcycled and returned within two months.
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