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Choosing the Perfect Furniture Set for Your Living Room

The interior design of your home can make a great deal of difference in terms of its comfort level. A well-designed home interior will not only foster relaxation, but will impress guests as well. While many homeowners focus on overhauling their kitchens in order to promote a more modern environment, there’s no getting around the importance of having a comfortable living room to hang out in.

One of the most important parts of any living room is the furniture that makes it up. Finding the perfect living room furniture set doesn’t happen overnight; it takes quite a bit of searching to find something you’re happy with. If you have a solid idea as to what you’re looking for, however, you’ll find the process to be quite a bit easier than it might be otherwise.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 11 July, 2013

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Toronto Homes: The Infamous Open Concept

Toronto has a wide array of homes to please even the pickiest of buyers. From classic to contemporary, you are guaranteed to find something that meets your needs. Finding a comfortable home can be a daunting task, but luckily Comfree, a MLS-type listing service, shows that the Toronto real estate scene has a lot more to offer than one might originally think. Sharp, modern, brand new condos are shooting up around Toronto’s downtown core faster than you can ask “How many rooms?” That being said, there is a lot to choose from, and the real estate market truly is your oyster. Whether you’re looking for a condo or a house, open-concept designs are a common request among buyers.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 20 June, 2013

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Honey by James di Marco

Designed by Italian designer James di Marco, Honey was an instant success. Perhaps one of the radiators in the Caleido range that best expresses the company’s internationally renowned craftsmanship, it has been selected for permanent display at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Honey is made up of 67 hexagons assembled and positioned by hand according to a precise mathematical rule and is available in 3 colours.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 17 May, 2013

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Koo Koo Mailbox by Bill Playso

Bill Playso saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool mailbox so he teamed up with Justin Hutchinson to create Koo Koo letterbox. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia

Base model goes for $330 and $420 for the optional compact wood laminate side magnetic panels. So cute. I really want one of those!






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 May, 2013

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Windworks by Merel Karhof (Video)

The Netherlands based industrial designer, Merel Karhof has created Windworks, a collection of upholstered furniture pieces, of which the wood, upholstery, dyeing and knitting of the yarn are all made with a free and inexhaustible energy source; the wind.

In 2010 Karhof made a ‘Wind Knitting Factory’, which is a wind-powered knitting machine. The blades embrace more than a meter in diameter, and the wind caught by them powers the ‘mill’. In this way it is possible to knit a long scarf. When it is windy the machine knits fast and with less wind, the machine knits slowly. Occasionally the knitwear gets ‘harvested’ and transformed into, amongst other things, scarves. Every scarf gets a label that tells the time and date on which the wind knitted the scarf. This mobile wind factory illustrates a production process and it visualizes what you can produce with the present urban wind.

Ever since she made her first knitting factory Karhof had the wish to use the harvest of her factory to upholster chairs and stools. And what better place to do this than in the world famous windmill area, the Zaanse Schans in The Netherlands. To create a collection of furniture, ‘Wind Knitting factory’ designer Merel Karhof initiated a collaboration between three millers: a saw miller, a colour miller and a knitting miller (Karhof herself). The Zaanse Schans is an area located on the river ‘Zaan’ in the province of Noord Holland and is home to a collection of well-preserved historic windmills. Each one of these produces a different kind of raw material. There is a colour mill called ‘De Kat’ (the Cat), which has been fitted out to grind colouring materials, as well as a sawmill called ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep), that saws planks from trees to old Dutch measurements.

For the occasion of this collaboration, Karhof designed a series of furniture pieces. The wood will be sawn by the wind and assembled at the sawmill; from there it will be transported by water to the pigment mill. Here yarn will be dyed with natural dyes, grounded by the colour mill. After the dyeing process, the ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ knits the yarns, and with each harvest, the wood structures will be upholstered.

Finally, the upholstery will be constructed from little pillows, each representing the amount of time needed by the wind to make it. The result will thus give an insight into how much time is needed to produce the upholstery.

For this special event, Karhof built a new ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ that incorporates a new feature; a pennon, that gives the machine the facility to turn away from the wind when the speed gets too high, therefore allowing it to operate independently.

The machine and the furniture will be on show at colour mill ‘De Kat’ for one week during National Windmill Day in the Netherlands. A small wooden house will be constructed to display the furniture and other wind-made products.

Windworks shows a production triptych between three windmills and it makes visible what can be produced with wind power. It shows how windmills working together can become a complete and holistic industry.

 

Windworks by Merel Karhof from Merel Karhof on Vimeo.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 May, 2013

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Extravaganza : Sputnik Light

In 1957, the launch of the artificial satellite Sputnik 1 impacted far more than politics and technology; to this day, its influence is seen in design and architecture. The most obvious and cliched interpretation of this era might very well be the sputnik lamp, born from the sculptural silhouette of the sphere and its three wispy antennas. Here are just few beautiful examples of interiors featuring this sculptural light.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 30 April, 2013

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Matrioshka by Sasa Mitrovic

Matrioshka by Serbian designer Sasa Mitrovic  is a set of wooden cases with decreasing sizes placed inside one another. It is a metaphor for similar characters, a mystery of never knowing what lies behind the door.
It is dialectic of objects containing themselves as much as containing your identity. And most of all, it is a game.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 April, 2013

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