House of the future?

What does the future hold for homes? Like most things in this modern era The Guardian believes technology will play an ever increasing rôle in this fun article.

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Illustration: Janne Iivonen

From the Garden to the Kitchen, there are companies, designers and engineers with some amazing tech already widely available, from Robot pets, building blocks constructed from natural cement churned out by bacteria to flooring that converts footsteps to energy. As technology advances at a rapid rate the possibilities are endless.

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Illustration: Janne Iivonen

Are you ready for a Robot butler?


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Shitomito Pallet

Office space made from Pallets



This amazing conference room and recreation area in Japan has been designed by Hiroki Tominaga – Atelier. The 130 pallets used came from what was already available in the printing company’s office space plus nearby buildings. The pallets used to construct the walls had to be custom made.  We love how the pallet theme has been continued with the addition of sheets of glass to create the board tables. You can just imagine how the space would affect your senses when you walked in, and the designer mentions the smell of trees and the textures. Hopefully no splinters!
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9 fantastic tips from photojournalist Steve McCurry

Being able to take a good photograph is an important part of an interior designer’s daily life, from capturing ideas that inspire you, to documenting your project work for clients. Here are some great tips from world renowned documentary photographer Steve McCurry, famous for his “Afghan Girl” image, on how to improve your photographs.

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“Swirl” Amazing concept Sink Faucet

Swirl-Big1Royal College of Art student Simin Qiu’s Swirl concept was awarded a 2014 IF Concept Design Award for its innovative miniature turbine-powered, water flow shaping faucet design.

Swirl-3In theory, using Qui’s tap-touch bathroom design would use the same water pressure but in fact be using 15% less water compared to a usual faucet. The liquid vortex is created by using two separate flow elements of varying diameters, one spinning clockwise, the other counter-clockwise. When mixed, the result is a wonderful liquid lattice or other unusual water flow designs, depending on the shape of the swirl form elements.


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The Shell Bathtub is designed by Innsbruck based Nina Mair ” The atmospheric and warm wood produces an exceptionally aesthetic enjoyment. Shell Bathtub makes an attractive impression, long before it is filled with hot water and relaxing oils, to spoil its owner with the luxury spa experience.”

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Shell bathtub is made of genuine, hand-polished and oiled walnut. The designer states that it’s carved from a solid block of walnut. Then polished and hand oiled many times.

The Shell Bathtub can be accompanied by a wash basin. “Functionality and substance dominate the Shell Basin design, the washbasin from the Shell range of bathroom furniture. The sophisticated drain and overflow are integrated and lie flush with the surface. This masterpiece of craftsmanship is available in two versions – as an individual or double washbasin.”

shell washbasinPhotos: Markus Bstieler

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Interior Design Tradeshows, Exhibitions

Two upcoming  Interior Design/Decoration expo’s  this December.


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Canada’s National Design + Architecture Exposition and Conference
December 03-04, 2014, Toronto, Canada
Metro Toronto Covnention Centre North


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Design Miami

December 03-07, 2014

Preview day, December 02

Miami Beach, USA

Held in Miami, Florida, USA, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This is the USA’s largest design event.

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The Great Interior Design Challenge series 2

The series recently returned to BBC2 after a nine month break. The shows format tasks three amateur interior designers to each decorate a room to a brief by a client and the winner goes through to the next round.

Each Interior Designer is given a budget of £1,000 and an upcycled project to help the judges Daniel Hopwood, award-winning architect and interior designer, and Sophie Robinson, ex-editor of BBC Good Homes and interior stylist – decide who goes through.

The Great Interior Design Challenge judges Sophie Robinson, left, and Daniel Hopwood, right, with presenter Tom Dyckhoff, centre.
The Great Interior Design Challenge judges Sophie Robinson, left, and Daniel Hopwood, right, with presenter Tom Dyckhoff, centre.

The first heat saw oil-rig draughtsman Scott, college lecturer Fiona and young mother Francesca each take on a living room in a trio of neighbouring 17th-century Cotswolds cottages

Episode two saw actor Michael, school teacher Anne and antiques restorer Sandy each face the task of renovating a 1920s beach hut in Canford Cliffs Dorset.

Episode 3 contestants
Episode 3 contestants

Episode three saw another set of new amateur designers head to Lavenham in Suffolk. Presenter Tom Dyckhoff tasks mother-of-two Leila, tea shop owner Kate and furniture restorer Scott  (above) with transforming crooked bedrooms in three grand medieval homes.

So far, not all the designers ideas have received admiration from the judges. Could you do better? Who will win?

The Great Interior Design Challenge is on BBC Two at 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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The Brighton Waste House – The development of a ‘living laboratory’ for ecological architectural design.

Situated just around the corner from the Rhodec International office is the “Brighton Waste House”, which investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low energy, permanent building using over 85% waste material from household and construction sites.

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Now completed, the building is Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building.

The project proves a low energy building can be constructed almost entirely by young people studying construction trades, architecture & design. Over 300 students worked on the project which was initially fabricated in the City College of Brighton and Hove workshops, and then assembled and completed by students and apprentices between May 2013 and April 2014.
Materials used within the construction include, unused bricks, ply sheets and leftover timber cut offs from construction projects. Denim jeans, video cassettes, DVD’s and even old plastic razors have been used to fill the wall cavities for insulation. How effective these materials will turn out to be is being monitored by a Phd student from the Faculty of Science 7 Engineering


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