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Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 September, 2014

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Bookowski, Bookshop by KASIA ORWAT home design

Bookowski is a bookshop located in CK Zamek – a historic site on the map of Poznan – the former Imperial Castle, today’s Cultural Center. However, the word “bookstore” is not enough to describe the place in its context. Bookowski is as the CK Zamek itself – a multicultural space in which apart from books (and the available selection is huge!) events related to literature are organized; where you can not only read a book but browse through albums and even listen to the music of the vinyl records you’ll find there thanks to the cooperation with the Multikulti association.

Bookowski’s interior was designed by KASIA ORWAT home design. The project’s arrangement was a big challenge as the space had to keep walls and floors finishing, becoming basically a project about finding the best solution for the new functionality of the place. And the limited budget triggered the designers imagination to the highest level.

Photography by Weronika Trojanowska.

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Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 September, 2014

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DINN by Alessandro Zambelli for Diamantini&Domeniconi

The year is 1827; the scene, Teatro La Pergola in Florence. The curtain descends. The stage is bathed in light as hushed darkness falls on the auditorium. The repartee is sparkling, witty, riveting. Flashes of original virtuosity hold the audience spellbound. We may be in a theatre, but this is no set piece. The dialogue is not between actors, for the protagonists are a violin and a bell. The whimsical genius of Niccolò Paganini created Concerto No. 2 for violin and orchestra. Indeed “La Campanella” (the little bell) is his most famous concerto. And its first performance was by the maestro himself in this ornate Florentine setting.  But musical masterpieces never lose their charm. So, now, musician-designer Alessandro Zambelli has applied the brilliant originality of La Campanella to a furniture accessory created for Diamantini&Domeniconi. A preview of DINN, the clock with the Campanella bell, can be seen at Maison et Objet (Hall 8, Stand A33-B34), the exhibition rendez-vous in Paris from 5 to 9 September.

The stark, round face takes bare essentials almost to an extreme. The material is MDF and comes in white and light oak.  Within the circle is one bright, attention-grabbing spark of originality. A small, unexpected bell contrasts brassily with the painted face of the timepiece. This precious detail stands out as the clock’s  ‘dinging’ heart. The visual impression made by the hands, in anthracite-coloured aluminium, is equally powerful. Clearly they are key features of its idiosyncratic, passing strike mechanism. In fact the minute hand terminates in a tiny hammer which nudges the clapper of the bell hourly, ‘on the dot.’ The clapper swings. It rings the bell. DINN.


Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 4 September, 2014

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The Wrinkle Table and the Tangle Bar Stool by Clark Bardsley

Wrinkle’ – Wrinkle bent steel tube used for furniture range by Clark Bardsley.

Clark Bardsley Design (CBD) worked closely with a specialist tube bender to create the unique wrinkle bend detail that playfully emphasises the plasticity of steel. So far the detail has been used in the ‘Tangle’ range of stools and tables, and a zigzagging low circular coffee table.

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Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 September, 2014

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4 Feasible Ways To Link Fitness With Home Extensions

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We all want to get fit, in one way or another – but how many of us actually do? Figures suggest that we, as a nation, squander £37m on gym memberships that we don’t even use, so why don’t we go? Whether it’s having to stay in with your kids or not finding the motivation to uproot yourself out of the house and drive all the way to the gym, there’s always reasons we never get round to it – some more valid than others!

We’d all love to be able to do more at home – it’s so much more convenient, there are less people hogging the machines and you don’t feel so self-conscious, particularly if you’re new to the gym. This guest post runs through four ways to really make your home fitness friendly if you’re thinking of major renovations.

1. Home Gym

Your first instinct, when thinking of fitness in the home, is going to be to jump straight for replicating the feel of a commercial gym but with the convenience and comfort of it being in the next room – and it’s not a bad jump to make.  If you’re already adding new space it’s perfect; it’s vital for a home gym to be somewhere totally separate to the rest of the house. Much like a home office, you won’t be motivated for long enough and you’ll struggle to stop being distracted.

The minimum cost of a home extension, according to Trade Advisor, is around £15,900 – and they can rise towards the £50,000 depending on size. A smaller extension would be more than enough for a home gym, keeping the costs down, and all the equipment in The Independent’s top 10 home gym equipment list comes in at well under £2,000 – which means kitting it out needn’t cost the earth either.

2. Swimming Pool

Before you click off and assume that home swimming pools are completely unaffordable, just keep reading. Remember the previous section and our home extension minimum being around the £16,000 mark? Swimming pools are not too far behind – with the Society of Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) estimating between £15,000 and £25,000 for a typical home pool.

This means that, far from being a dream luxury that only the very rich can afford, for some it’s potentially just a toss-up between extending your kitchen and garage or having a swimming pool installed. There are plenty of specialist firms too, such as Edge Leisure, who will carry out design work as well as manufacture and installation to ensure it fits your garden space adequately.

3. Expanded Living Spaces

You don’t have to be rolling in cash or getting armed to the teeth with high-tech gym equipment to make some dedicated space in your home. Whether you’ve got two separate living rooms or a spare bedroom which sees next to no use, there’s usually scope in a reasonably sized home to open up your usable spaces and break down the walls – literally.

Say you really want to get into yoga, or simple muscle building exercises like push-ups but you just don’t have the room in the living room. Getting a partition wall knocked down can cost, on average, as little as £1,100 according to industry reference site Building Sheriff – giving you plenty of room for a living area as well as a workout space.

4. Home Saunas

Sounds ridiculous? Far from it. There are plenty of manufacturers offering free-standing home sauna units, which can easily be incorporated into any home extension plans – and they don’t have to cost the earth either.

Most models come in at well under £1,000, making them one of the more affordable fitness options in our top four – although put the average modular four-person and larger models at around the £2,500 mark.  However much you budget to spend, and however large you need your sauna, just be sure to stick to reputable brands, such as Helo, rather than skimping on a no-name option.

Armed with these four fitness changes, it’s easy to get ideas for your home’s next health-inspired extension or renovation. It might require some investment, but it can be worth it in the long run – no more excuses, get exercising!


This guest post was written by Tom McShane – a UK-based marketing blogger working in conjunction with swimming pool specialists Edge Leisure





Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 2 September, 2014

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Mid Century Residence in Beverly Hills by Maxime Jacquet

Designed in 2014 by Maxime Jacquet, this funky mid-century residence is situated in Beverly Hills,CA.
This little slice of mid-century heaven located in Beverly Hills, California was designed by Maxime Jacquet. Its captivating concept transports us to London England to a famous rockstars flat.

We stay for tea, and jet set to the future where we lounge in metallic sofas and chairs. A custom neon sign graces the walls for a playful touch, and you can even interact in with the space and scribble on a chalkboard wall.

The colors are a collection of calming yellows, whites and off whites, a bit of taupe and polished with a modern pop of black.

This is a fun uplifting space, where one can sit and be inspired.

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Posted by Michelle Lesser at 2 September, 2014

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Are You Prepared to Move to Australia?

Many of us dream of moving to another country. Some go one step further and actually start focusing on how and when to do it. Australia is a popular choice and for good reason, since it offers major cities alongside far more barren landscape that is hard to resist.

If you have been thinking about making a move for a while it is a good idea to focus on the practicalities of it before diving right in. We’ve listed a few areas to think about below.


Where will you live?

Even once you’ve decided on Australia you still have to focus on finding the specific location you’d like to live in. This could be dependent on your job as well as the cost of accommodation in particular locations. It is worth doing some research prior to making a firm plan.

Will you take everything you own with you?

Sometimes it is better to jettison everything you own and simply head out to Australia to start again. However this doesn’t work for everyone. If you want to take possessions with you you’ll need to find out more about international removals to Australia well ahead of time. The cost will depend on how much you have to transport so it is wise to have a good clear-out before you start packing. If you don’t you could end up moving things you really don’t have any desire to keep once you get to your destination.

What about your job?

Some people are fortunate enough to have transferable skills that can be taken to another country and used there. You’ll be in particular demand if you have skills in certain areas, such as the medical profession for example.

In some cases it might be possible to arrange an internal transfer with your existing employer. This might work if your employer has multiple centres and locations in different countries. You don’t know unless you ask so it is worth doing just that to find out more. In this case you may find part or all of your relocation is paid for too, which offers yet another bonus.

Will you be happy to leave your family and friends behind?

There are plenty of ways to keep in touch nowadays alongside actually seeing people face to face. However you must consider whether you would be happy to make such a major change in your life. Some people simply cannot leave family and friends behind, knowing they will only see them once in a while. Others feel free in doing so – it all depends on your individual situation.

It’s obvious that moving to Australia is perhaps more than just moving to the other side of the world. This means you have a lot of thinking to do before you dive in and give it a go. Focusing on the above areas will be a good start, and they could make all the difference to how successful you can make your relocation.






Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 2 September, 2014

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