Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Roca’s eco-friendly Washbasin and WC combo

    Posted on 29th July 2013 by yasmin.

    Roca W+W Wash basin and WC

    Roca is a company that has grown from its humble roots as a Spanish radiator manufacturer to become an international business renowned for its stylish state-of-the-art bathrooms. In a bid to create a cool looking wash basin and WC, which is also eco-friendly, Roca has come up with the W+W - washbasin and water closet. It is a slick looking all-in-one unit that uses innovative technology to fill the WC cistern using the filtered waste water from the sink. The distinctive L-shaped design is compact enough to fit into most small bathrooms and saves you wasting too much water. It’s ideal for small city apartments or second bathrooms, although you may have to help any guests find the toilet since they probably haven’t seen one like this before. Find out more about Roca: http://www.uk.roca.com/

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with bathroom, eco, Roca

  • Keeping it all natural

    Posted on 25th July 2013 by jenny.

    If you’re after a natural look and feel to your home there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate a set of electric blinds into the design. We offer a wide range of electric wooden blinds in a variety of finishes that will complement other wooden details and furnishings in your home. Our range of electric roller blinds also feature a number of natural shades and textures that will blend with your soft furnishings to create a natural feel. A more natural environment at home can create a calm, relaxing oasis even in the heart of the city. Maybe you’re trying to produce a counterpoint to the view out of your window or complement it. So if you look out onto an urban landscape of houses and rooftops you may want to break up the grey, angular view with rough textures and natural colours. Alternatively, if you look out onto a lush garden and expansive skies you may want to bring the outside in to your home by using a similar colour palette of greens and blues.

    Textura Mist Electric Roller Blind

    Natural shades Creams and browns allow you to mix light and dark shades, and go with most things particularly similar shades of wood. Greens and yellows can be much fresher and brighter but are better used sparingly as they are difficult to complement and can be overpowering. Lighter blues work well to evoke summer skies or Mediterranean seas. Coupled with a sandy beige textured blind certain blues can transport you to the beach, while accompanied by greens can take you to bright summer days.

    Driftwood Electric Wood Blind

    Natural textures Unfinished or stripped wood, like driftwood or old reclaimed furniture, has great irregular textures. If you have a piece of furniture or decoration that has an amazing texture you can use that to suggest your room’s wider colour palette and other furnishings. Soft furnishings are an easy way to get more textures. Go for rugs, sofas and blinds that work well together in similar shades and textures. Rough, irregular textures appear more natural and work well with the random patterns you get in nature such as the grain in wood.

    This Post was posted in Electric Blinds and was tagged with blinds, electric, home, natural, textures, wooden

  • Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

    Posted on 24th July 2013 by Andy.

    V&A Club to Catwalk London Fashion in the 1980s

    From this month the V&A are celebrating the explosion of pop culture, fashion and music that came out of the London club scene in the 1980s. A showcase of more than 85 outfits illustrates how a few experimental young designers, including Katharine Hamnett and John Galliano, defined the style of a decade and launched successful careers. Where: V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL When: Now until 16th February 2014 The exhibition follows the different subgroups that developed on the vibrant club scene and influenced a new generation of designers bridging the gap between high fashion and high street. It celebrates iconic movements like the New Romantics and Goths with displays of outfits worn by leading lights of the club scene like Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery. Find out more: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-from-club-to-catwalk-london-fashion-in-the-80s/

    This Post was posted in General Posts on 24th July 2013.

  • The World's most iconic lamps

    Posted on 23rd July 2013 by Andy.

    Lighting can transform a room. It can be used for dramatic effect or in very subtle ways creating a very different sense of space as to the one you may experience during daylight. Similarly, you may want lighting to be subtle or unassuming so you don’t know a light is there until it is switched on. Alternatively, some of the best lamps can also be great pieces of sculpture. Here are just a few classic and timeless lamps:

    Woka_AD9-Lamp

    WOKA AD9 This Art Deco lamp designed for the Viennese lighting company WOKA by the likes of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte in 1925. The simple yet beautiful curved supporting arm is reminiscent of a desktop globe and creates a nice pool of light to work by. The company and the lamp are still going and one could be in your living room for just €2,050. http://www.woka.com/en/products/details/ad9/

    Flos-Arco-Floor-Lamp

    Arco Silver Floor Light Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962 the Arco Silver Floor Light is a design classic. It makes a great centrepiece for a living room, its bold silouhette and gleaming metallic bowl dominating any space it occupies. It would fit well in a retro styled home and wouldn’t look out of place beside a bubble chair. It has been much copied and you can find reproductions, but a new one would probably set you back the best part of £1,700. http://www.heals.co.uk/lamps/flos-arco-silver-floor-light-by-achille-castiglioni/invt/611367

    Kartell Bourgie Lamp

    Kartell Bourgie A modern classic of sorts, the Kartell Bourgie is Kartell’s biggest selling lamp, which is a twist on a baroque style. It comes in a range of colours and is surprisingly versatile, effortlessly fitting into a modern minimal space or a more classical décor. http://www.kartell.it/

    Anglepoise-Original-1227_Table-Lamp

    Anglepoise The British company has been making lamps for 70 years and is currently celebrating the 75th anniversary of the design that started it all, the Anglepoise Original 1227. Designed by George Carwardine its innovative spring mechanism meant it is flexible and well balanced, making it a popular desk lamp. These days it is often copied and you can get one in virtually any size or colour. http://www.anglepoise.com/index.aspx

    This Post was posted in Design Icons and was tagged with arco, flos, kartell, lamps, light, lighting

  • The gravity free house

    Posted on 22nd July 2013 by Andy.

    Dalston-House

    Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to install a brilliant optical illusion that makes everyone look like Spider-Man. Using a former bomb site in East London Erlich has erected a huge wall of mirrors at a 45-degree angle over a life-sized horizontal reproduction of a Victorian terraced house. Entitled Dalston House, visitors are encouraged to ‘climb’ around the installation making it appear as though they are defying gravity. The installation is free to visit and is open until 4th August. Find out more: http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=14756

    This Post was posted in General Posts and was tagged with barbican, dalston, house, installation, Leandro Erlich

  • The competitor aiming to smash Google Glass

    Posted on 18th July 2013 by Andy.

    Recon-Jet

    With Google Glass, the US giant’s bid for the wearable computing market, now not due until early 2014 Recon Instruments is hoping to get a headstart with its own wearable computer coming out in time for Christmas. The Recon Jet heads-up display is a pair of sunglasses designed specifically for sporting enthusiasts. It has a similar spec to Google Glass including a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 720p camera, and even runs an adapted version of Android. It’s packed with all kinds of sensors including accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, barometer and ambient temperature sensor to give the wearer real-time data while doing their favourite activities. You can even connect it to a heart rate monitor while you exercise.

    Recon Jet seems to be a more practical application to wearable computing than Google Glass, which arguably offers very few benefits above what you can get from your smartphone. Plus it is currently available to pre-order for less than Google Glass is expected to retail. Pre-order one today: http://jet.reconinstruments.com/?gclid=CKKohKvMp7gCFdMQtAodQgsAnw

    This Post was posted in Technology and was tagged with google glass, jet, recon instruments

  • People Power's Presence App

    Posted on 17th July 2013 by Andy.

    People-Power-Presence-App

    If you’re looking for a reasonably priced but effective security camera and have a spare iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch hanging around then app developer People Power has the answer. Its new app, Presence, can turn your Apple device into a security camera for free. Simply install the app on a device that’s connected to the internet and also on your regular iPad or iPhone. With both devices logged on to your account you now have access to a video camera with real-time video and audio streaming. So you can keep an eye on your home, your pets and elderly relatives, and even have a two-way conversation with someone at home via the app. The best bit is that the app also features motion detection, so if someone or something is moving about your home it’ll take a video clip and send it to you as an alert. It’s an effective and affordable way to get some peace of mind when you’re out. Presence marks People Power’s biggest bid so far for taking over your home. The Silicon Valley based company has also recently joined with a US electronics firm, Monster Power, to produce an app that monitor the power consumption going through specially adapted multiplug extensions. You can log on at any time of day and see how much power is being consumed as well turning off appliances or programming what times they should be active. People Power aims to make further deals with technology manufacturers whereby its energy saving and security software can put you remotely in touch with your home. While it is facing off against similar systems from giants such as Google, Verizon and AT&T, People Power’s simple and affordable wireless options have the potential to define the market. Find out more: http://peoplepowerco.com/ Get the app: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/presence-by-people-power/id618598211?mt=8

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with app, camera, people, power, security, Smart Home

  • Break out the Boretti barbeque!

    Posted on 15th July 2013 by Andy.

    Now that summer has finally arrived you probably want to fire up the barbecue, get large quantities of processed meats and cook it to within an inch of its life. Boretti is a leading Italian designer of high-end kitchen equipment but it also does a nice line in barbecues. It has taken its signature stainless steel finishes and robust designs and put them out on the patio. Here are just a taste of the some of the kit that could make your summer:

    Boretti-Carbone

    Boretti Carbone £275 A familiar set up for a barbeque, simply fill it with charcoal, light it and get on with the business of burning some meat. A warming rack and a built-in bottle opener go to show just how much Boretti have thought about the design. But it still needs a lot of cleaning once the last guest has gone home.

    Boretti-Da-Vinci

    Da Vinci £849.99 A four-burner gas barbecue that’s a few steps up from a regular barbecue. The four burners ensure everything is cooked to perfection while a warming rack will let you keep things hot before dishing out. It even comes with a built-in rotisserie. It will easily cater for large groups, which means your biggest problem is rounding up enough family and friends to feed.

    Boretti-Marciano-XL

    Marciano XL £3,999.99 This extra large outdoor kitchen is the Rolls Royce of barbecues. Not only does it have a five-burner gas barbecue but also comes with lighting, a sink, a bin, a 50L fridge and plenty of storage. It even has a thermometer to ensure everything is cooked properly. It may be a bit of a stretch if your patio is only a short walk from your actual kitchen but if you’re looking to cook up a storm by the pool house this is ideal.

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with barbecue, boretti, kitchen, Summer

  • Add some colour to your desk

    Posted on 15th July 2013 by Andy.

    Kokuyo-Harinacs-Staple-less-stapler

    If you work from home and want to make your office a more fun and interesting place to be then you could start off by visiting Bureau Direct. This online stationery website specialises in quirky and interesting brands from around the globe that offer new approaches and interesting designs that make the ordinary seem fresh an innovative.

    Marks-Trip-Baggage-Tag-memo-tape

    They stock high-end notebooks from the likes of Rhodia and Whiteline and quality pens from names such as Stabilo and Lamy so writing can be a pleasure rather than a chore. They also have some things to create a stir in meetings such as the Baggage Tape memo stickies from Mark’s Tokyo Edge or the staple-less stapler from Kokuyo. See if there’s anything to catch your eye or brighten your day: http://www.bureaudirect.co.uk/

    This Post was posted in Home Office and was tagged with home, office, stationary

  • Splinter Works striking designs

    Posted on 8th July 2013 by Andy.

    Splinter-Works-Vessel

    Worried that you may have the same furniture as everyone else? Is your living room starting to resemble an Ikea catalogue? Well UK design company Splinter Works can change all that. The company was created in 2009 by Miles Hartwell and Matt Withington with the idea of making inspiring sculptural furniture and to ‘elevate the experience of everyday life’. Their strikingly original twists on familiar objects are still functional and are always of a high quality of finish.

    Tipping-Point-kitchen

    Working on a commission basis as well as producing a range of limited edition furniture their work is very exclusive. Commissions involve working closely with clients to create pieces that meet their needs and personality. As a result a lot of their work can be location specific, resembling art installations as much as they do furniture. A prime example of this is Vessel, a carbon fibre bath in the shape of a hammock. It takes the idea of luxurious and relaxing baths to extremes to produce a bath that looks nothing like anything else on the market. Working across a variety of materials nothing is off limits to Splinter, resulting in some extremely experimental and theatrical designs that become the focal point to any space. Their breath-taking Tipping Point open-plan kitchen design remains user friendly while also appearing to defy gravity, thanks to clever design and some sleight of hand. The knife edge on which it appears to rest beautifully echoing kitchen utensils.

    Tipsy-Stool

    They’re also happy to turn their hands to something smaller. The Tipsy stool also has fun with physics to create something that looks like it’s about to topple over, while the Stiletto table evokes the elegant lines of women’s shoes but creates something entirely new. Find out more: http://www.splinterworks.co.uk

    This Post was posted in Colour & Design and was tagged with bathroom, design, furniture, kitchen, splinter works

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