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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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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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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Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Furniture Exhibition

222_SMM_ENGLRunning from the 14th-19th of April the Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector. An invaluable tool for the industry as well as an ongoing, quite extraordinary promotional vehicle. The Salone made its first appearance in 1961, designed to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market, and it has continued to do so impeccably, ensuring that the quality of Italian furniture is known to all four corners of the earth, and continues so to do, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world.

After the success of the 2014 edition – attended by 311,781 trade operators – 205,464 of whom from foreign Countries; over 39,000 members of the general public and 6,276 communication operators – the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is reconfirmed as the acknowledged exclusive showcase for the latest in furnishing, with a vast range of top quality products in every conceivable style.

For more information on Salone Internazionale del Mobile
please visit the fair’s information site:
www.cosmit.it

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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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Image credits: https://www.behance.net/gallery/22614295/Swirl

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Mood board software

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The mood board is a very valuable tool in the design process, used to bring ideas/schemes together to illustrate the designers overall style that they wish to pursue. In today’s digital age there are a wide number of options available. One of the most popular is Olioboard.

Olioboard is an online, interior design, mood board creator, where users can create 2D and 3D room designs using real products from a large number of popular brands. All items on olioboard link through to the retailers online store for purchase. Users are also able to upload their own images. Olioboard  also has a large community of home decor lovers who chat, compete in design challenges and have fun experimenting with interior design.

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Olioboard offers a free version, but they also offer the Pro version for a monthly fee.

Olioboards youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Olioboard

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LIGHT BLOOM, THE FLOWER LIGHT

Following on from his Armstrong Light Trap, comes another great interior design lighting concept from Constantin Bolimond, this time called Light Bloom.

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Constantin clearly takes his inspiration from the natural world and this is reflected in this opening flower design.

BloomAs with his Armstrong Light Trap, the amount of light can be controlled by the level of the petals opening.

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CANADA’S IDS INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW

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Set to run from January 22nd – 25th 2015
Now in its 17th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design. With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers and leading products.
Show Venue:

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METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, North Building
255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, CA
416-585-8000
Full information can be found at http://www.interiordesignshow.com/

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Decorating or painting a room? How much paint do you need?

Do you buy more paint than is needed, or do you risk under buying and not having enough to finish the job?

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This helpful guide is given as a rough indication only, and measurements and quantities may vary from country to country and even from one manufacturer to the other. Always be careful to check all details with the supplier/manufacturer before ordering.

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To find the area to be covered, multiply the width of the walls/ceiling by the height/length to give an area in square metres/yards (area = width x length). Different types of paint will have different covering power and this will also be affected by the surface area being painted: rough or porous surfaces will require more paint for the same area.

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1 litre = 1.76 pints in the UK, where there are 20 fluid ounces in a pint.

1 litre= 1.40 pints in the US, where there are 16 fluid ounces in a pint.

1 square metre = 1.2 square yards.

 

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Can wood be sewn?

Maybe, with this new material design innovation!

Anastasiya Koshcheeva and Oya-Meryem Yanik both Berlin based product designers have teamed up on a project that is a study in materials, the outcome? Chester is a new, innovative material that looks at molded wood in a new way.

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The two product designers have created a new surface material that’s held together with sewn seams, and doesn’t use normal wood gluing techniques.

The material can be used by itself or applied to plywood. The stitching which could be great for interior designers looking for an unusual look, adds a decorative touch to whatever it’s covering, Chester also adds some padding to the surface it’s applied too.

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