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Ion: A Music Detecting Mood Light with Bluetooth Low Energy


Anyone looking to add a little mood to their environment whilst listening to music might be interested in a new and very unique lighting system called the Ion.
The Ion is equipped with Bluetooth low energy connectivity allowing you to control it directly from your smartphone or tablet device. The Ion light responds to music and has a number of different modes for you to choose choose from. learn more in the video after the jump.
“ION’s genesis began with our first Kickstarter project, Ember & Torch (Bluetooth Low Energy development boards) back in June of 2013. One of the demonstrations for Ember that we built was an app-controlled LED lamp.”
“We demonstrated Ember, Torch, and the LED lamp at Social Media Day Detroit 2013. We quickly discovered that visitors were more interested in where they could purchase the lamp than Ember & Torch. Due to this overwhelming positive response to the lamp, we knew it was time to take it to the next level and create a consumer product. ION was born.
When setting out to build ION, we wanted to create something fun and beautiful. We love light and music, so we knew our device had to incorporate both. We’ve been working to push the boundaries of what can be done with LED lighting, and we’re very excited to showcase our creation.
Throughout the last nine months, we’ve developed 3 different designs of ION, and each time we’ve raised the bar.”
The Ion Light project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Ion Light is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Ion Light become a reality.”
Source: Kickstarter

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rungu Juggernaut Three-Wheeled Bike is ready for sand and snow




If you find yourself struggling to cycle on sand or snow and tackled these surfaces on a daily basis, you might be interested in a new bike called the Rungu Juggernaut, which has been designed specifically to combat both those terrains and make it easier to make headway on sand and snow.
The Rungu Juggernaut Bike is fitted with a long wheel base design and  three fat (4.7″) tires that float on sand and snow over fat bikes by 50%.
The 26” fat tire front wheels with over 29” in projected diameter overcome obstacles up to 6” tall at crawl speed and can be seen in the video after the jump. Features of the Rungu Juggernaut Bike include:
- Aluminium frame with extended wheelbase for better weight distribution
- Three wheels – two wheels in front for stability
- Low gearing for difficult terrain
- Mounting points for e-bike kits and overhead racks
- Fat rear tire in back for traction and control in sand and snow
- Shoulder width front-wheel spacing to improve tricycle handling
- Hydraulic rear brake for dependable braking regardless weather or temperature
- Dual front brakes improve brake force up to double a standard bike
- 100 mm bottom bracket and crankset provides chain clearance around 4.7″ tires
For more information on the new Rungu Juggernaut  jump over to the Rungu website for details.

Source: Inhabitat
Monday, March 31, 2014

Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus Details Revealed


This week the architect firm responsible for the construction and design of the new Apple Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus, Foster + Partners and the firm’s founder, Norman Foster have revealed a few more details about the design of the new iconic Apple headquarters.
Explaining that there will be plenty of space for plants and trees, thanks to the tight design of the building that is far more economical on space usage than the previous building that was on the land before Apple started development, as well as providing jogging and bicycle trails.

With 80 percent of the landscape making room for the 7,000 trees, even with 12,000 Apple employees working on the site. The current Apple headquarters offers space for around 2,800 Apple employees and Foster explains that the ‘spaceship’ name for the site was first referenced by Steve Jobs himself, who said that it’ll look “a bit like a spaceship landed.”
Foster also explained that his firm has carried out a number of planning studies for creating the iconic Apple circular building which is meant to emulate a town square with buildings encircling a park, saying:
“These studies finally morphed into a circular building that would enclose the private space in the middle — essentially a park that would replicate the original California landscape, and parts of it would also recapture the orchards of the past,” he said. “The car would visually be banished, and tarmac would be replaced by greenery, and car parks by jogging and bicycle trails.”
Construction of the new Apple headquarters is expected to be completed by 2016 and will incorporate an underground car park for employees to park their vehicles out of sight allowing more trees and plants to be viewed from the building’s windows, rather than rows of parked cars.
Source: CNET
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

15 Year Old Teen Turns iPhone Into Stethoscope With Case


15 year old student Suman Mulumudi has used a 3D printer and his design skills to transform Apple’s iPhone device into a stethoscope, be creating a very unique and innovative iPhone stethoscope case using his parents MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.
The design for the iPhone stethoscope case took Suman just a couple of weeks to design and is equipped with a diaphragm that collects low-frequency sounds from a patient and sends them through a tube to the smartphones microphone, transforming the iPhone into a handy stethoscope system.
Features of the new Steth IO iPhone stethoscope case include the ability to hear and also see heart sounds using audio and visual data enabling straightforward and confident diagnosis of patients. Together with the ability to record data for Electronic Medical Records.

Suman has named his new iPhone stethoscope case and companion application Steth IO, and has created a company called StratoScientific, which has also applied for a patent and plans to seek FDA approval. For more information on the new Steth IO iPhone stethoscope jump over to the StratoScientific website for details.
Source: Makerbot

This Is The Smartwatch We Need


The majority of the smart watches we have seen so far are nit exactly the best designs when compared to a traditional watch.
Most of them feature a square, clunky design, and now one design has come up with a concept for a new smart watch, which is an excellent design.

This new smart watch concept is from designed Gabor Balogh, and instead of going for a square design, he has opted for a circular design, similar to that of traditional watches.
As you can see from the photos, this amazing smart watch design display the time with hour and minute hands like a normal watch, and then switches to a different interface for things like making and receiving calls.

Gabor’s design for a smart watch would mean that it would be easy for manufacturers to choose different designs and produce various option, just like you can with a normal watch.
We hope one of the smart watch manufacturers sees these amazing designs and hires Gabor Balogh to design their next smart watch.
Friday, March 7, 2014

The User Interface: The Foundation of Usability and Practicality



User interface design is a highly complex field. With multiple influencing factors contributing to the ultimate success or failure of every interface component, it’s impossible to create a one-size-fits-all user interface. That’s why it’s critically important to consider the design from a multitude of perspectives, identifying the processes and functions that are most closely aligned with the needs and desires of the intended user base – the target audience.




Bottom-Up or Top-Down Usability?

When it comes to usability, the concept can be viewed from the typical bottom-up approach, which primarily defines usability as ease of use. On the other hand, the top-down approach views usability within the context of how well it actually does what it’s supposed to do – is it reliable? Is it usable for its intended purpose?

Essentially, these differing points of view mean that a user interface could be usable, but have little to no actual usefulness. There’s a conflict between the practical and the theoretical, or the human-influenced component that’s more subjective than objective. This is one of the main reasons user interface design requires exceptional skills and the ability to look at a problem from multiple perspectives.




User Perception is Tough to Quantify

Further compounding the issue is that the user’s perception of quality isn’t realistically measurable – because it’s so highly subjective, there’s no real quantifiable way to predict whether the intended audience will find an interface useable or frustrating. For this reason, much of the interface design process emphasizes the more practical perspective, although the user-centric approach has gotten increased attention in recent years.

The problem this creates in user interface design is that finding a true objective measure of quality proves challenging. Implementing qualifiers in the quality equation, such as whether a tool or gadget performs as expected under the specified and intended usage conditions, alleviate some of these issues. This equation, for instance, assumes that the user meets the profile of the target user, with a minimum proficiency level in using similar tools or programs.

Other considerations that influence quality metrics are the context in which the tool is used – for what tasks or processes, specifically, and under what environmental or situational conditions. By combining these elements, it becomes clear whether a design achieves desired quality outcomes.




Incorporating All the Essential Elements of Usability

Whitney Quesenbery of WQ Usability has a similar standpoint on the definition of usability: “A more precise definition can be used to understand user requirements, formulate usability goals and decide on the best techniques for usability evaluations. An understanding of the five characteristics of usability – effective, efficient, engaging, error tolerant, easy to learn – helps guide the user-centered design tasks to the goal of usable products,” she explains.

Quesenbery, along with Kevin Brooks, authored the book Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting stories for better design. The authors outline a unique approach to the concept of designing the user experience, incorporating some elements of marketing processes to obtain user feedback and even develop user personas before initiating the design process. The concept is carried through all the way through the usability evaluation process, enabling designers and engineers to engage users through compelling stories that set the stage for the experience they’re about to have or the problem they’re about to solve.




Balancing Usability and User Experience in User Interface Design

Edge Collective offers some suggestions for marrying these two concepts – usability and user experience – that tend to create so many conflicts in user interface design. While much of the research and insights on user interface design relates to software, the same principles for user centricity can be applied to physical products, as well.

- Remember that 80 percent of the eventual user base will only use about 20 percent of the product features. It’s the Pareto Principle. Emphasize the 20 percent of features that are most likely to be used by the broadest percentage of users.



- Follow Hick’s Law, which claims that the more options a user has, the longer and more difficult the decision. In other words, keep it simple without sacrificing functionality. Include essential elements required for expected capabilities, but nothing more.



- Make it attractive. Really. Users are more likely to enjoy using an attractive interface. Even though it has absolutely nothing to do with quality or performance, it’s the user’s perception that matters.



- Offer feedback. Does the interface incorporate some type of status reading so the user knows exactly where the process stands? It’s important to choose membrane switch manufacturers that offer customizable interface options, such as varying actuarial force and backlighting options, to meet user expectations.



- Ensure a favorable first impression. If there’s a learning curve to using a device or application, set the stage for the user – the first impression heavily influences the perceived user-friendliness of an interface in subsequent uses. When other users are sharing feedback, the remainder of the audience can be deterred from buying products deemed cumbersome or frustrating.



Today’s users have a stronger voice than ever, thanks to social networking and other forms of communication. That means finding the right balance between usability and user-friendliness is critically important to the success of a product. Feedback from the initial user base heavily influences subsequent sales, as today’s savvy consumers take to the web to source both expert opinions and user reviews on the latest gadgets and applications. Make sure the first impression is a good one.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Top 10 Lighting Trends For 2014



There is so much to look forward to in this year’s lighting trends. From glittery gold, bronze, and coppers to glowing furniture – the diverse range of lighting designs will excite your eyes with sophistication, art, and fun. Here’s a roundup of the tem best lighting trends for 2014.



Trend #1: Copper and brass lamps


Lamps in copper and brass finish are so popular because of how easily they blend into any interior design.


Lamps in copper and brass finish are so popular because of how easily they blend into any interior design. Add charm to any room with a copper or brass lamp that gives off that subtle, warm glow during the day when sunlight enters the room and shines on this metallic structure. Its silhouette at night has a quiet, subdued elegance.



Trend # 2: Gold everywhere

Gold spells elegance, sophistication, and impeccable taste.

Gold can never go out of fashion. It spells elegance, sophistication, and impeccable taste. From traditional to modern interior décor, gold always has a place in any home that wishes to flaunt its class. So for this year, gold will continue to be part of most homes not only in lighting fixtures but also in furnishings, such as tables, ottomans, beds, and sofas.



Trend # 3: LED lighting as the new standard

LED is the better lighting option for most buyers and homeowners.

LED, despite its relatively higher cost to purchase compared to incandescent and CFL light bulbs, is continuously winning the hearts of consumers. Its energy efficiency leading to lower electricity bills as well as its longer life span make it the better lighting option for most buyers and homeowners.



Trend # 4: Environment-friendly lighting

Lamps and other lighting fixtures that are made from recycled materials

Lamps and other lighting fixtures that are made from recycled materials are popular with individuals that support campaigns to save mother earth. From products made of 70% recycled metal or glass to being 100% made of recycled materials, eco-friendly light fixtures are not only beautiful and interesting but are sustainable as well.



Trend # 5: Smart outdoor light fixtures

Outdoor lighting is made more efficient with the use of wireless lighting sensors.

Outdoor lighting is made more efficient with the use of sensors. Wireless lighting sensors helps save on energy as these turn off your lighting automatically when no one is around in a specific area. Another benefit of these sensors is avoiding over-lighting a space. These are also very easy to install and do not require so much time and money that are usually associated with running wires behind your walls and ceilings.



Trend # 6: Ceiling pendants

Ceiling pendant lights offer minimal styles with clean and modern designs

Traditional chandeliers, despite their glamour and sophistication, are taking a back seat this year as preference strengthens towards minimal styles with clean and modern designs. Ceiling pendants will be gaining popularity this year, especially black pendant lights. Relaxed, understated, and classic – this will be the basic feel that we are looking forward to this year, and pendant lights in timber, metal, and concrete will help create this.



Trend # 7: Non-uniform light clusters

This is a more creative, more daring approach to combining light fixtures

Playful and striking – these words best describe this constellation of lights that will be giving life and color to many homes this year. There will be a more creative, more daring approach to combining light fixtures. You will be seeing combinations of ceiling pendants of different colors and shapes, forming clusters of illumination in varying forms and lengths.



Trend # 8: Sculptural minimalism

Art in lighting

This is the ultimate display of artistic illumination, with light fixtures in various creative forms and materials. Lighting goes beyond its primary purpose of illuminating your home, transforming an ordinary room into a gallery with functional art.



Trend # 9: Do-it-yourself lamps

Creative and personal lighting
 License: Creative Commons image source 

One way to add a personal touch into your home is to create something from things that you are fond of, such as a lovely vase or a teddy bear that you can use as the base for a lamp. This is also a great way to showcase or draw attention to your favorite things and will also make a good conversation piece. There are no limits as to the type of items you can use, you can go whatever direction your creativity takes you and the process of creating it can be a way to de-stress yourself and even enjoy this project with someone.




Trend # 10: Glowing furniture

Fun and colorful - Great for both indoor and outdoor lighting
License: Creative Commons image source 

These fun, witty eye candies will transport you to a dreamy, futuristic place at night as pieces of furniture seemingly float within the dark room, illuminating your space. Great for both indoor and outdoor lighting, these illuminated furniture are very versatile and are great for a kid’s room, living area, bar, patio, garden, and backyard. LED lights confined in glass, perspex, stone, and timber is a wonderful way to incorporate multi-functional items for your home.




Author Bio:
Joan Silver is a known lighting expert from Capitol Lighting and a fan of all things “lighting”. She currently provides customers and designers with robust information on their lighting needs.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Top 8 Innovative Packaging Designs



Packaging is all about presentation, protection and doing the previous two items within a strict budget. But just because you're creating an advertising marvel on a shoestring doesn't mean that you can't find innovation and inspiration. In fact, these things may be the very driving force behind the innovations you can find within the packaging designs! Without further ado here are my top 8 innovative packaging designs – let me know if you think I've missed any out.



Eco Friendly

With trends leaning more towards economic packaging and environmentally friendly materials being used, you won't be surprised to know that eco friendly or biodegradable packaging is an innovative packaging design itself, be it less materials (just a sleeve) or a refillable box, bottle or container that the customers can top up or reuse when they wish.




Foil Sealed

A great way of ensuring pills don't get crushed or exposed to moisture, foil packaging ensures freshness and helps visibility, you can see exactly how many tablets you have left, chocolate stays fresh in advent calenders and ladies razors don't have their moisture bars drying up any more!




Clamshell

This design helped lunch time become a less messy meal time, especially if you have to eat at your desk. With designs that mean the package can be popped open and used for different parts of the meal or sauce that need to be kept separate. Not to mention you can seal them for freshness and protect the food products from becoming broken, after all not many people like broken biscuits!




Perforated Tear Lines

The easiest way to get into the packaging is when the manufacturer helps you out. Perforated tear lines mean that you can simply pull on a tab and you're in – no more hunting out scissors or stabbing at the packaging with a pen knife. The same applies to the beginning of a rip that they have started using in soup or vegetable bags, its a great feature!



Vacuum Formed

The perfect way to display your product whilst protecting it from fingerprints, damage and theft. This means that you can pose your product in a way that can show off its best features without a customer having to remove it from the package which could result in damage to the product and the packaging.



Novelty

Novelty packaging seems strange until you realise that it a great gimmick – think about the Jif lemons and limes, everyone knows there product because of the distinctive packaging, You not only know the brand name but exactly what you are getting. Apart from Jif lemons you'll see this tactic employed around Christmas time with candy cane and other Christmas themed shapes.



Heat Sensitive

This seemingly strange idea is actually a brilliant one. Think about the fact that people frequently like to heat or reheat meals, not only can plastics be used that won't melt or lose shape in the microwave, but they can also change colour to let you now how warm or cool the product in question is. I've seen this used on maple syrup bottles to let consumers know that the syrup is just the right heat and won't burn them if used.



Limited edition

You'd be surprised at how crazy limited edition packaging can make people crazy! Its an innovative idea because limited runs of one particular type of packaging can increase business and demand for the product – all this by simply using different colours and maybe holographic or metallic colours instead of the regular colourings. Amazing.

Author Bio:
Melissa has a strong interest in buying goods from markets, yet is usually put off by the packaging. Working in marketing doesn't help for her finickiness so she's decided to share a few tips. She loves to read Terry Pratchett novels in her spare time and  to excercise in her local Gym.
Friday, January 24, 2014

'Smart' Kitchens: A Matter Of Intelligent Design



Don’t look now, but your kitchen may be getting smarter. 
Ordinary appliances now come complete with keypads, LCD displays, and the ability to perform tasks that, until recently, would have seemed like science fiction. 
Terms such as “multi-functionality” and “dual-use” seem to be the new buzzwords, and even basic, low-tech kitchen furnishings are designed with an eye towards maximum performance and efficiency.


If you’re planning to renovate, and you’re worried that the abundance of state-of-the-art technology will result in a kitchen with all the charm of a NASA command center, you can relax.

The trend towards “minimalism” in kitchen décor doesn’t indicate depressing starkness or cold, scientific sterility - it does signal a look that is streamlined, uncluttered and inviting, in which one small, well-chosen detail can state the theme. It is a look in which the glossy plum of the backsplash tile is echoed by a single spray of freesia in a crystal bud vase on the counter, in which the soft tan of the countertop is picked up by terracotta bowls displayed in a graceful glass-front cabinet.

And that, of course, is the point. It doesn’t matter how “smart,” “high-tech,” or “multi-functional” your appliances are. In the end, you want your kitchen to be a place in which your personal style shines through - a place that makes you, well…happy.
The following trends in kitchen appliances and décor represent minimalism at its best, combining the brains of new technology with the beauty of thoughtful design.




Revolutionary Refrigerators

Kitchen Remodeling

Surfing the net: a common household activity. Surfing the net via your refrigerator? Not so common.
At least, until now. With the new interactive computer-regulated refrigerators, you can go online, send e-mails and messages, and take advantage of TV/DVD capabilities, all from the center of your kitchen. WIFI-enabled LCD screens contain various apps that allow you to access wire news services and weather reports, check in on social media and search a 30,000-item database for that last-minute recipe.
Yet another of the refrigerator’s “smart” functions could spell the end of “sticky” notes, kitchen scratch pads, cluttered refrigerator doors and yellowing tape. Digital reminder and memo features, along with an interactive calendar, allow these sophisticated refrigerators to function as full-service, 24-hour-a-day family communications centers. With nary a curled-up Post-It, in sight.
In addition to these digital bells and whistles, of course, the new refrigerators are equipped with programmable settings and push-button control for more traditional tasks, such as keeping food well-chilled and making ice.




Cabinets: Tall, Dark (Well, Sometimes) and Handsome

To reflect the streamlined look of the new “smart” appliances, the modern kitchen cabinets tend to be slimmer and taller than past versions, with floor-to-ceiling styles rapidly gaining ground. Door handles and hardware, finished in weathered or satin nickel, tend to be minimal and un-fussy; “touch-latch” styles are a popular choice. Darker finish shades on cabinets -- such as black walnut, mahogany and ebony -- add a dramatic touch, while lacquer or enamel can contribute vibrancy and visual interest. Aluminum, organic bamboo and treated glass are unconventional but effective alternate choices for surfaces.

Kitchen Cabinets

Glass-fronted, lighted cabinets – as well as those that are completely open in the front -- are an increasingly popular choice for displaying treasured glassware collections and making them part of the décor. You can help your dishes take center stage by using halogen lighting. The focused, well-defined beam enhances shine and makes an effective spotlight.
Many of the new cabinets feature convenient pull-out shelving, as well as under-cabinet pull-down knife storage to help maximize counter space and cut clutter.

Improved storage options continue with the new under-sink cabinets. Featuring specially tilted and shaped drawers; these cleverly-designed units accommodate under-sink pipes to increase available space.

Finally, “unloading the dishwasher” may join “changing the typewriter ribbon” on the list of outdated tasks from the past. False cabinet fronts, with the dishwasher concealed behind them, allow you to store dishes, glasses and silverware in the same location in which they were just washed.




Now You’re Cooking With Gas…And Electric

Cooking aficionados have long argued the merits of gas versus electric ovens. Gas is prized for its quick ignition and responsiveness, while electric convection ovens are valued for their even performance and consistent temperatures. The new dual-fuel stoves – which combine a gas range top with an electric convection oven – offer the best of both worlds. The oven’s self-cleaning function and its five different rack positions offer additional convenience; some high-end models have sealed burners and include an aluminum-clad central griddle.

Whether made of stainless steel or cast-iron, dual-fuel stoves feature a classic appearance that makes them fit in well with modern kitchens. Some are even available in bold, up-to-the-minute jewel tones such as garnet and sapphire.

One caveat: dual-fuel stoves can be as much as 6 inches wider than conventional ovens, and can be more expensive to install. In addition, you will need a 240-volt outlet for the electric portion, along with hookup for the gas.




The Bold, the Bright, and the Beautiful: Lighting Options

Kitchen Cabinet Painting

In keeping with the current enthusiasm for multi-function, dual-use and “smart” appliances and furnishings, versatile pendant lamps are a runaway favorite as a lighting choice for modern kitchens. Depending on how they are suspended and shaded, they can be used to cast mellow pools of ambient light, or deliver highly focused beams for task lighting. You can use a row of mini-pendants to stylishly brighten up an island or countertop; oversize pendants can cast an inviting glow over the kitchen table while providing drama and dimension to a low-ceilinged room.

Another quickly-growing trend in lighting is under-cabinet illumination. Designed to brighten countertops and food prep areas without monopolizing valuable space, under-cabinet lighting also works to play up a dramatic backsplash or countertop. 
The tops of cabinets can house a lighting arrangement as well, with uplights working to accent the sweep of a high ceiling or call attention to decorative molding.

Overhead track lighting, valued for its consistent, even quality, has the added bonus of flexibility. Because the angle of each light can be adjusted, you can customize it to accent specific design elements. Another plus for track lighting: it’s available in energy-efficient options.

Whether you opt for a full “IQ upgrade” for your kitchen, with a computer-regulated refrigerator, or merely brighten it up with some new cabinets and lighting, your new “smart” appliances and fixtures should result in a kitchen that is a more efficient, comfortable and happy place to be – a room to which your family is drawn to relax, congregate, communicate and share each other’s company.

Creating a beautifully-designed, attracting and inviting space in which your family can spend quality time while enjoying great meals – now, that’s smart. 




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Author Bio:
Molly Hilton is the owner of Renaissance Painters in Toronto and has devoted more than 30 years to home renovation, painting, and custom home building. Her unique design concepts bring homes to life with colours and unique pieces that are artfully placed to draw attention to the most powerful and distinctive features of a home.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Furniture Talks: Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture for a Limited Space Business Area



Offices or business firms with limited space usually make use of dividers to provide cubicles as a work area for a particular department or employee. This is a pretty normal scenario for common establishments whose business deals with paperwork such as advertising, secretarial or even BPO’s. Most of the time, these offices only allow authorized personnel or clients to get into their area and that’s the reason why a very limited space filled with office cubicles that could cater few people is not much of a problem. Contrary to this scenario is the dilemma of small time business players who wish to maximize their ample space to accommodate huge groups or crowds. A perfect example for this situation is having either a bar, convenient store, coffee shop or restaurant with a very limited area yet it is still well visited and loved by the public. This article is here to rescue your desperate need to make use of what you have without spending much. All you have to do is to sell some of the space consuming furniture in your business area and replace them with space saving items. Here is a list of space saving furniture which will aid towards your goal to provide not just a wonderful ambiance for your costumers but a more convenient and accommodating pieces as well.


Tables and chairs – Choosing the right set up and sizes of a small cafeteria, coffee shop or bar should be your priority. Keep in mind that improper choice of each piece may take too much of the area’s space and this only lessen your chance of accommodating more patrons. As much as possible, you have to choose tables that could accommodate four sitters. These chairs have to be movable so you could join at least two or three tables together when you need to accommodate a group having more than four members. For bars, try using high rise slim chairs and cocktail tables to create a very sexy yet space saving ambience.


Chaise lounges – This piece of furniture you may say eats up a lot of space in the area but if you wish to create a perfect little VIP room for your customers a chaise lounge placed in the middle of your VIP hall will work. Compared to a typical sofa or easy chair which you normally see in VIP rooms of bars or restaurants, chaise lounges possess a more classy design and putting it in the middle instead of placing it against the wall give you more space to be utilized for a wine shelf or magazine rack.


Hanging Glass Racks – Crystal clear goblets that hang on top of the bar tender’s counter makes it easy for the bar tender to easily grab a goblet when serving customers with wine mixes or just water. Such furniture is a very common item for bars but if you wish to have a unique touch for your mini cafeteria or restaurant try to put hanging glass rack not just to add beauty to your venue but also to avoid having too much racks or cabinets for your glasses in the area.


Cupboards – Of course if you have small dining area for your customers it also goes to show that you also have a very limited kitchen area. For some business owners they invest a lot just to have a very spacious kitchen that could contain all cooking items from furniture to kitchen equipment and utensils. This is a bright idea if you have enough budget for your business. However if this project  is yet to bloom in a couple of months or years, it would be great if you invest on putting built-in cabinets and cupboards for storage purposes in your kitchen. These furniture pieces give you a better work space since they will be infixed on your wall or be hung near your ceiling.


As a conclusion, in as much as most small time business firms need to have office cubicles to save space as well as rentals especially when you lease the area, the proper choice of space saving furniture that suits your business need is also a must to accommodate and attract more customers and enable you to profit well.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Right Way To Achieve A White Home Interior Design

The color white signifies orderliness and purity, but it also expresses liberty and freedom making it a suitable color in different types of homes. The color white can also help make home interiors look bigger and feel more fresh, peaceful and airy, while offering plenty of decorating options. However, some people find it hard to decorate a home with white walls, even if they want the color white to stand out or be the focal color of their interior. If you are one of those who are passionate about the color white, but do not know how to apply it in your home, then this will surely be helpful to you.







Why Should You Choose The Color White?

White is a very simple color and you will not go wrong with it, especially when you do not know how to work other colors in to your home. If you are looking for a neutral but bright color to act as a backdrop to a room, then white is your best option. In fact using white throughout an entire room can make a very dramatic statement in your home if you really want a unique and modern interior design. Aside from the pleasing appearance of white in interior designs, the color white can also encourage the feelings of cleanliness, airiness, spirituality, clarity and spaciousness.



However, White Is Not For Everybody ...

Though white is Ipleasing to the eye and offers exquisite interior style, it can be quite difficult to maintain. If you have pets and children, or if you live in wet areas, the color white may not be meant for your home, as you will have to deal with stains, dirt and spills. As a matter of fact, some people find that white interiors are overbearing on the eyes and make a room appear to be sparse or cold due to lack of warmth from colors.



How Do You Apply White To Your Interior?

In order to use the color white successfully in your interior design, you need to incorporate other colors as well. You can achieve the best white interior design you need by using your preferred style of fabrics, furniture, accessories and flooring. You have the freedom to use antique painted furniture and fabrics if you want a sophisticated and elegant look, but you can also opt for an easy doing look by utilizing light furniture and voile fabrics. Moreover, you can also aim for a modern minimalist interior or a rugged chic style.



Choosing The Right Shade Of White

Do not think that there is only one shade of white available, because there is more than one shade of white and you can find them on any paint chart. Light and clean effects can be achieved using bright white, while muted white or cream shades can help reduce the optimum brightness of white shades. However, you should also consider mixing in other colors with the help of accessories or an accent wall to warm up the whiteness. As a matter of fact "A white space isn't necessarily made up of all white things! A cold, sterile space turns into a warm inviting serenity." says http://susan-hopkins.com/ .



Choosing Texture, Patterns And Materials

The best interior design for a white themed home is the incorporating of natural materials used in furniture, window treatments, flooring and accessories. You can opt for wood or bamboo to warm up you interior and use your creativity to determine where and how to place them.
To reduce the brightness of white, you can also consider looking for rugs, curtains, furnishings and throw pillows that have patterns. However, if you prefer a complete white interior, you can opt for pain white textured patterns or white with pale materials. Always remember that texture is considered essential for white interior designs in order to add interest, appeal and substance to a plain white interior. Be creative and aim for smooth and glossy surfaces, including soft and furry textures.


Author Bio:
Valerie Edison is a freelance writer specializing in interior designing and home improvement. She offers tips on thrifty home designing, creative interior styling for quick home improvements and information about the latest gadgets and apps used for interior designing.
Friday, January 3, 2014

5 Interior Designers To Follow In 2014

There are tons of interior designers throughout the United States trying to break into the business. If you are interested in finding the up and coming designers for 2014, here are a few names to keep in mind:



1. Alisa Kraemer


This Houston based designer is currently the Principal designer for AKA Designs. She has worked on numerous large projects including The Houston Racquet Club and the Radisson Hotel & Suites in Downtown Austin. A designer known for making functional, open and inviting spaces, Kraemer is an up and coming designer for big scale projects. Through her leadership, the Houston Racquet Club received a recent renovation which has made it possible for visitors to experience previously hidden extraordinary views. The Radisson liked Kraemer’s work so much that after completing a model room, the business has signed her on to renovating the entire hotel. Kraemer incorporates sustainable materials and the latest industry trends to make wonderfully inviting spaces for her clients.







2. Jesse Carrier & Mara Miller


This power couple started their New York based design company in 2005 just after the birth of their first child. Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller have a combined thirty years of experience in the design business. These two are famous for their bright interiors which incorporate warmth from a wide array of different elements. They have worked with numerous clients including Vogue and Town and Country. Numerous major design publications have featured their work including Elle Decor, Vogue, Traditional Home, and House Beautiful. Back in 2012, this design power couple made it to AD’s New Top 100.







3. Katie Lydon


Katie Lydon currently works in New York, but is originally from London. She studied at both the Wimbledon Art School and at Cambridge University. Her love of antiques comes through her work as she incorporates the old with her contemporary flair. Lydon combines the old and new in order to make enduring interior environments both timeless and engaging. Her versatile style allows her to work beautifully in a variety of different environments ranging from the trendy downtown loft to the luxury family retreat. Elle Decor describes Lydon as, “Modern, sassy, and occasionally retro” (http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/5-designers-to-watch-2010#slide-5)







4. Grant K. Gibson


This designer works from the city of San Francisco on the West Coast. However, Grant K. Gibson Interior Design Inc. started its design live in New York back in 2002. Gibson works on projects throughout the United States. He strives to incorporate client’s personality in both an approachable and engaging way. While creating this unique interiors, Gibson successfully creates an environment that is both beautiful and functional. His work is known to be somewhat eclectic in a functional and eye pleasing way.







5. Oliver M. Furth


Furth works in Los Angeles, his hometown, and is an integral part of this thriving cities design community. He studied in both LA and New York with some of the industry’s leading designers as well as scholars in Art History. He has devoted much of his time to philanthropic work throughout his career. He is famous for designs which are connected to classic traditions, but with an engaging West Coast flavor. Part of his work includes traveling the world looking for traditional inspiration which he can incorporate into his Los Angeles style. Furth often incorporates reclaimed materials in his designs.





It's incredibly difficult to break into the world of interior design, even for the most talented individuals. But that's why one should always follow the giants in their field, or at least the newcomers making a splash. AKA Design puts together lists of these folks to help the up and comers in the industry.


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