Articles from: October 2017

Architecture meets Industrial Design

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Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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Garden Furniture Where to get them cheap

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Designing a home is not an easy task, especially now since all the materials needed to have good homes have become so expensive. But there are still many places you can look out for to get cheap Garden Furniture.

How to redecorate your garden?

If you want to landscape your garden or your patio, one of the sanest decisions would be to hire a professional who would be able to help you in changing your dreams into reality. These people are experts in their field and would help to get you good Patio furniture at a very cheap rate.

What type of furniture can you use to decorate?

There are many kinds of furniture you can use. Most popular ones are those which are made of teak. This is because teak is one of the cheapest forms of wood and is used extensively in making teak garden benches which are also used in many public parks and communities. Teak is also an excellent wooden material because of the fact that it is one of those woods which are not attacked by termites easily. You can also apply a coat of wood varnish to make sure. It is also a type of wood which requires almost zero maintenance.

Teak is widely acclaimed as the most durable of all hardwood so it is by default the most popular choice among people. The furniture made up of teak is comparatively expensive but the durability factor has led to an year by year increase in its demand. As more and more people are opting for teak, a lot many innovations are being done in their furniture these days. The garden furniture that is made of teak includes teak chairs, tables, armchairs, folding chairs, steamers, sun loungers and much more.

Where can you find cheap garden furniture?

Though there are many wholesalers and retailers who would be offering you top notch furniture at a very cheap price, the best place to find great deals is to check online.

Online furniture stores are not only convenient but you will also get some great discounts and deals here. You have the convenience of browsing through the choices for as long as you want and you don’t even have to haggle with the shopkeepers. What’s more, there is no wasting of gas or money. You can sit in the comfort and luxury of your own home and select all that you want!

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Housetech Developments Why The Brazilian Real Estate Market Is A Solid Investment

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The Brazilian Real Estate Market, both residential and commercial, has attracted phenomenal attention over recent years and Brazil property is currently considered one of the strongest markets in the world. The Brazilian middle-class has experienced vast changes in terms of lifestyle and Brazil property prices continue to soar at a staggering rate.

The growth has been so extreme that Brazil property prices, particularly in major cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, can rival prices in more glamorous locations such as New York and Paris in terms of affordability and the availability of rental properties.

To put things in perspective for investors looking to capitalise on Brazil investment opportunities, the price of a basic apartment with little or no view costs as much in Brazils elite neighbourhoods as it does in prime locations across New York, Paris and London.

Whats drawing investors from around the world to invest in Brazil property in the current climate is the rental returns. As investors buy up property in Brazil they are able to rent out accommodation to a market of 7 million people who are currently searching for a home in Brazil. Investors are also able to target the tourism market, offering holidaymakers a place to stay during busy holiday periods.

Outside of the residential market, Brazil investment opportunities expand into the commercial real estate sector, with investors identifying commercial property in urban centres, such as Sao Paolo, as goldmines for profitability in terms of rental returns.

Housetech Developments CEO, Waseem Saddique, comments: The Brazilian Real Estate Market as a whole continues to boom and the majority of property experts acknowledge that Brazil property represents a solid investment for investors around the globe.

However, a number of sceptics have questioned the sustainability of such growth, suggesting that the Brazilian Real Estate Market has entered into a bubble with potential disaster on the horizon.

Yet, the Brazil property market continues to defy the sceptics and the majority of property experts say that suggestions that the Brazilian Real Estate Market has entered a bubble, are unfounded, circumstantial at best and borne out of scaremongering tactics targeted at overseas investors as home-grown Brazilian property investors look to oust the competition in order to land the best properties.

What is clear is that the competition to get involved in the Brazilian Real Estate Market is fierce and that only looks more likely to increase over the coming years as investors look to profit from upcoming events that include the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. With that in mind the market in its present state can be defined as truly solid.

Estate Planning Tips

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An estate plan is something that nobody gets excited about doing and they are a lot of work and stress. The stress of knowing what to do to make the process go smoothly is enough to scare people; however, with a good attorney, estate planning is not something you need to fear and worry about anymore. In the mean time, there are some tips you can do to help minimize the stress.

1.The first thing you can do is determine what each person gets from the estate. When preparing your will, specifically mention who gets what and do not leave things generic or up to chance; when you leave things up to chance in estate planning , that is when you get fights over things. Make everything as specific as you can. If you forget to prepare a will, then the state will do that for you and then that can be a real problem. 2.List a guardian for children under 18 and pets. Consider someone you trust to take care of the child or pet and has the means to do so. If you know their parenting style, even better. 3.Arrange the finances for your child after your passing. Arranging for the finances for your child will alleviate the pressure of deciding how the child will be financially secure after you pass. By stating what your child gets, you prevent the child’s inheritance from being locked by the state and untouchable. 4.Specifically state how things should be spent. If you want certain amounts of money to be given to someone for a specific reason, then say that in your will. Again, leaving things up to chance leaves room for disagreement. For example, if you want to leave X amount of dollars to someone to be spent on college, then say that so the recipient cannot spend the money on something else. 5.Keep a current list of your assets and documents. Keep list of everything you owe, everything you own, including digital files products. This will be a pain to do but it will make a huge improvement in the process when your estate is being distributed to the recipients. 6.Review and revise your will. Just because you make a will once does not mean you are done. As time goes on, take a look back to your estate plan and determine whether or not everything is still good to go and if anything needs to be revised.

Mm Lettings Leading The Game In Rental Property

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One of the most important factors in rental properties is creating the perfect atmosphere in which to attract possible tenants. In Northern Ireland, MM Lettings and Management has come up with new and innovative ways of letting properties. MM Lettings are comprised of letting agents located in Dungannon, Northern Ireland offering property leasing and management services to landlords and would be tenants in Northern Ireland. Aside from rental services, they also offer excellent direct letting services of properties from Dungannon to Belfast, Armagh, and Lisburn. If you are a landlord looking for a company to represent your properties, MM Lettings and Management is the right solution for your letting needs. And also, if you are looking for a property in which you would want to lease for a period of time, MM Lettings have properties for rent or lease in Dunagannon area, Armagh, and house to let in Belfast and Lisburn.

In todays economy, there has been a spread of sub- standard property rental all across the district but MM Lettings assures each of its clients that what they will get is quality service in letting management for landlords and first-rate letting properties for tenants looking for a house to rent or lease.

To understand better the company, MM Lettings NI was established sometime in January 2009 and it has been a fast growing vibrant company in commercial and residential property letting service. For landlords who have a property to lease, MM Lettings can do the best service for you and can guarantee a fast result in finding the best tenant suited for your leased properties. They understand the meaning of commitment and MM Lettings are dedicated to find the best possible prospect for your properties.

They have been offering excellent service for a lot of clients across Northern Ireland. It will be much more efficient to let your properties be handled by professionals who know the inside and out of the letting trade and can guarantee you that your property will be not be vacant for a long time after you put it on MM property listings.

Aside from excellent contacts in the trade, MM Lettings can provide you with excellent letting management for all your properties without having to worry about vacancies and tenant shortage. And even if your property is already let, MM Lettings services dont just stop there. They continue to oversee your property making sure that it is always in perfect condition and the tenant is contented with everything regarding the leased residential or commercial property. In MM Lettings, they guarantee excellent service and they are dedicated in finding you the best tenant for your real estate and you are assured about the safety of your property while it is on lease.

Bored of Board Room Meetings Try the Power of Walking Meetings

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Walking meetings. The idea sounds absurd but you will be surprised to know that walking meetings are more productive than boardroom meetings. Steve Jobs and Sigmund Freud, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey also believe in the power of walking meetings.

Just a few months before the death of Steve Jobs, both Jobs e and Zuckerberg were reportedly taking a walk together to discuss a joint venture between the two companies to have a -music social networking- service and a recommendation engine for iTunes.

If walking meetings work for business tycoons, then they will probably work for the others too. Studies reveal that most employees feel the time they spend in meetings is a total waste and hardly brings any productivity.

In addition, if we look at the statistic of inactivity in today’s world for an average employee, it is startling. Most of us spend more than nine hours a day sitting and nearly eight hours sleeping. Sitting has become so incredibly prevalent in today’s time that we do not even think about it.

This sedentary lifestyle has become a reality of today’s time. Sitting hour after hour is bad for efficiency, which decreases with bad health conditions.

Instead of meeting in conference rooms, if meetings can be held outside, while taking a walk, then the entire work culture can change. Employees will be more enthusiastic, energetic and full of fresh ideas perhaps. Five Benefits of Walking Meetings

Energizes people and makes them more alert, inspiring new ideas. Helps burn calories, stimulates oxygen flow and increases ability to solve problems faster.

Improves confidence and allows for work without interruptions. Saves office resources, keeping fewer machines running. Sets people at ease and enhances positive work spirit.

However, not all meetings can be walking meetings. Usually one to one meetings or meetings with not more than five people can be walking meetings. Also, for walking meetings, everything needs to be organized beforehand. The participants should be informed about the meeting in advance so that they may prepare themselves with comfortable clothes and shoes. Weather conditions, employee fitness and meeting time are also some of the considerations that should be taken care of.

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Struggles and New Approaches to Information Architecture

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Information architecture is defined as the outline or blueprint that describes how data and information is systematized, ordered, and controlled. Another definition of information architecture says that it is a system of spotting, managing, and controlling patterns in data. This data-handling technology aims to be able to make complex, ambiguous, and fuzzy sets of information, data, and other resources as simple and as understandable as they can be.

According to a business-related site, it has been unfortunate in these modern times that most business companies struggle in terms of the use of the technology of information architecture. Actually, some businesses are having difficulties even with the most basic applications of information. A significant quantity of companies still experiences difficulties in getting up-to-date, comprehensive, precise, and accurate views of the results of the projects and actions they have done previously. Companies now just create proposals for new, innovative, predictive, and analytical transformation and differentiation in terms of information handling and architecture in a diminishing effort. The result of this failure of the companies to value the technology being delivered by information architecture leads to the struggles they experience that are stated in this article. e.

Companies that are struggling in executing information architecture processes need to adapt a new one that suits their needs the best. In choosing a new style of information architecture, they must bear in mind that in the world of technology, the amount of information and data inputted into the Web is growing in a much rapid way. Also, the speed at which information is received has gone significantly faster than before. Data comes in various types, so an information architecture system must be flexible to such variety of files.

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Building Up A Case Against Undue Influence For An Oakland Estate Litigation

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Estate litigation is an important step that carries with it the possibility to change the course of a will or trust. But then it’s also a lengthy and an expensive route to do so. A will or trust fund can be challenged if undue influence or elderly financial abuse is suspected, within the time frame given by the statute of limitations as per the state’s probate court. Moreover, the court time is valuable hence all the procedures must be carried out in a timely manner accurately to ensure efficiency, both in terms of resolution and expenses incurred, since these expenses will usually be paid off from the estate or trust fund.

Oakland County in California had more than 15000 active cases of estates, trusts, adult and minor conservatorships and guardianships along with civil and other matters by the end of 2011. This is not the only reason why an Oakland estate litigation lawyer must be contacted. Building up a case against undue influence or abuse in a will or trust needs to be done in an economically and well-timed manner which is possible with thorough knowledge of the law provisions in California.

Investigation

Knowing all there is to know in a particular situation is the only way to begin amending it. Information needs to be collected without any waste of resources. Pre-litigation discovery can be essential to be able to file a specific complaint. Moreover, a formal account of matters can be obtained from the conservator or guardian, personal representative of an estate, trustee, and an agent under power of attorney by serving a formal notice of the procedure. Information from title companies and by way of hiring a private investigator can prove to be useful.

An experienced law firm in Oakland California will know the various lawful methods by which substantial information and evidence can be obtained and have the manpower to spread out and reach the various sources. Other than the sources mentioned above, there are still the financial records from various parties including the defendant, during interrogation and mediation.

Preventing Defendant’s Escape

It is safe to assume that the defendant would have some escape routes figured out. Hence, it is important to prevent circumstances like declaration of bankruptcy, selling off the property, making gifts of the said property, etc. Oakland estate litigation law has many provisions that can be imposed upon the defendant to prevent his/her escape and protect the assets in question, and the elderly if alive and vulnerable or prone to financial abuse. During mediation, the defendant can be given a clear picture of how the entire process will eventually unburden itself on him. Another way is to let the attorney know that he stands a good chance of not recovering his fees.

It is essential to come down heavily on the defendant for a successful resolution which can be achieved with an estate litigation attorney.

Residential Solar Power 101 Essentials Of Solar Energy Panels

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Residential solar power is the power that relies on sunlight or the power of the sun to produce electricity in offices, residences, etc. You can produce this type of power if you have solar energy panels installed in your house. True, you can purchase panels or a solar powered kit for this purpose, but, if affordability is your main concern, youre better off with DIY solar panels.

For just a hundred dollars or an amount greater than $100 but less than $200, you can construct panels with your own two hands and with simple tools and materials. You may think that building the kits that provide residential solar power is difficult, but the truth is, the process is quite easy. You just have to follow the steps given in an e-book or a guide that concentrates on the topic of do it yourself solar energy panels. There are extremely affordable guides or resources found on the World Wide Web that will teach you to create a solar powered kit you can use for significant electricity bill reduction.

If you only have very tight budget for setting up DIY solar panels, you should be aware that there are second hand materials or bargain materials you can purchase from various websites, specifically from eBay, that will make it possible for you to start your residential solar power project. If you wish, you can opt to build the panels one by one until youve completed at least four solar energy panels that are sufficient in producing electricity for a one to two bedroom house.

The following are the basic materials you can use to come up with a solar powered kit:

1.Solar cells

2.A piece of plywood

3.Copper wires

4.Some glass sheets

5.A resource on how to create DIY solar panels

Remember to place the solar panels really close to batteries to decrease the possibility of loss of power in the cables. See to it too that the panels installed in the northern portion of the equator face southwards in order for them to receive enough amount of sun light everyday of the year. To make the most out of residential solar power, do not forget to clean the panels at least once a month. This just means wiping away the dirt or the dust that may have accumulated on your panels.

The use of solar energy panels is an effective and safe solution to your problem of expensive or sky high power bills. Instead of buying a solar powered kit thats not light on the pocket, you should opt to build DIY solar panels.

Important Vastu Tips for Home

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Your home is nothing but your extension as believed by the Vastu Shastra, one of the sacred Hindu Scriptures that deals with the architecture, design and directions of specific areas of residential or commercial constructions. It is said that a house that meets the criteria and parameters as set by the vastu brings peace, prosperity, health and happiness to its residents and many people vouch that they have had different experiences on different vastu arrangements. The popularity of vastu has not only remained to India but it has transcended to other countries as well and people have experienced pleasant changes after implementing Vaastu Tips for Home. Vastu implementation is not as complicated as Astrological Match Making that has several facets and needs the consultation of expert, rather it can be easily implemented by you also. However, taking consultation from a vastu expert or a knowledgeable astrologer can be the best possible way to ensure peace and prosperity.

Let us discuss some normal things whose implementation can help you immensely.

If your master bed is large and you have split the mattresses and you wake up every morning without feeling fresh then possibly it is time to get a unified single mattress for the larger bed. Splitting the mattress can sap your energy and is not recommended in vastu. In the present times, LCDs and LEDs adorn the bedrooms but vastu does not recommend TV or any sort of energy sapping devices in eth bedroom. Always arrange the furnitures of your drawing room so that it resembles octagon, square or circle. Wayward orientation will keep you restless so arrange them according the prescribed format and soon you will gain the much needed peace of mind. Generally, people tend to keep mops or brooms in kitchen as they are regularly used after the preparation of meal etc. However, vastu strongly recommends that they should be kept outside the kitchen. Corners are the most neglected potion of any house but it must be bright and you must ensure that substantial amount of light reaches there. This will help you in overcoming many obstacles in your work. People have developed the liking to grow thorny plants like cactus in their house which is again not recommended by the vastu. Ensure that your house has proper air circulation and that sunlight reaches in the house properly.

These things can easily be implemented and you will soon discover the benefits thereafter.

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