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  • Uncovering a Britain that never existed

    Posted on 15th August 2013 by Andy.


    The new BBC series Unbuilt Britain is a celebration of the more wilder and imaginative architectural projects that never made it of off the drawing board. The TV series plunders the archives to discover some long forgotten buildings that would have transformed the country. One example is Joseph Paxton’s ‘Great Victorian Way’. A vast ‘Crystal Palace’ like glass loop linking many of the Capital’s railway stations to allow people to quickly traverse the city without getting caught up in the heavily congested streets.

    If it had been built it would have been the largest building in the world, so it’s not surprising that it was quickly dropped. However, many of the ideas and architects that the series highlights were visionaries and have inspired many architects working today. So don’t be surprised if some of these ideas one day do become a reality. You can see Unbuilt Britain on Monday nights on BBC 4. To find out more click here:

    This Post was posted in Architects and was tagged with architects, architecture, bbc, britain

  • When to be bright and when to go dark

    Posted on 13th August 2013 by Andy.

    Bright Electric Roller Blinds

    If your home has large expanses of glass, that perhaps dominate most of one or two walls, adding remote control blinds gives you a great opportunity to change the whole look and feel of a room just with the touch of a button. But it’s not just a case of changing the amount of light coming into a room, or even blocking out the outdoor space to create a more intimate atmosphere. The colour and texture of the roller fabric can transform a space, complementing or contrasting with your other furnishings. They could make it a bright, energetic space or a dark, relaxing room. In a sense, you could think of your large roller blind as a kind of feature wall that you raise or lower to suit your mood. Photographers use white and metallic surfaces to reflect and complement their lighting when taking pictures. Inversely they use black surfaces to absorb light. If you’re using large expanses of a colour it’s worth knowing how it will affect the lighting, both natural and electric, in the room. Here are a few tips for choosing the shade and colour of your electric blinds. It’s worth noting that electric roller blinds provide more opportunities for unbroken expanses of colour with single spans of fabric. Be bright Bright, zesty colours work well in communal spaces where you want the atmosphere to be friendly and spacious. They can also give a room a sense of energy and can help put you in a good mood. When the weather isn’t so great outside or it’s getting dark a bright colour will keep things fun, friendly and lively. If you want to go bright, bathrooms and kitchens work well in vibrant colours, while a splash of colour in your home office will help keep your energy levels up. Go dark Dark, sober colours can give a room a real sense of sophistication. Contrasted with light coloured walls they can make a bold statement and transform a light airy space into a more intimate one. Effectively giving the same space two different ‘personalities’ to suit your mood. With this new sense of intimacy you can create a romantic or relaxed atmosphere, which makes it ideal for bedrooms. But like the photographer, you can use dark coloured powered blinds as a blackout for part of your home cinema set up in your living room. Not only will it block out the light but a dark shade will also subdue the lighting in the room, letting you focus on the big screen.

    This Post was posted in Roller Blinds and was tagged with blinds, dark, electric, light, roller, room

  • The future is curved

    Posted on 8th August 2013 by Lee.

    Samsung-Curved-oled-TV Samsung has just launched what it claims to be the World’s first curved TV in the US. The 55-inch curved OLED TV, which is already available in Korea, will set you back $14,999. Samsung has dubbed it the ‘Timeless Arena’ design and claims the flexible OLED tech prevents the screen developing ‘dead’ or defective pixels. Samsung also claims the curve design is intended to enhance the viewing experience as by keeping all parts of the screen an equal distance away from the viewer. The TV also supports other state-of-the-art features, such as multi-view, which allows two viewers to watch two different channels on the same screen thanks to a pair of 3D glasses. Many other electronics companies, including LG, are lining up their own curved OLEDs so it looks like this tech will eventually filter down to become essential piece of kit in your living room.

    This Post was posted in Technology and was tagged with curved, oled, samsung, TV

  • The walls are alive with the sight of pot plants

    Posted on 6th August 2013 by Andy.


    Architects and interior design firm Hassell has teamed up with the world’s leading wool textile organisation, Woolmark, to transform even the most cramped modern spaces into a green oasis. In order to create a natural, sustainable eco-friendly way of growing and keeping plants in your home the designers have developed a simply weaved material with pockets that can be used to hold plants. The material can then be used to hang the ‘garden’ on a wall or even larger versions can be suspended from the ceiling to create a ‘living partition’. The prototype is currently doing the rounds of the Design Festival circuit and garnering a lot of attention. So hopefully it’ll be in the shops in time for Christmas. Find out more:

    This Post was posted in Home & Garden and was tagged with design, Hassell studio, partition

  • 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:

    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:

    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 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.


    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.


    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:

    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.


    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:

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

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