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Friday, May 11, 2007

Natural Fibers for a more natural Floor - Wool Carpets

Why Wool Carpets? Why not? The oldest floor covering fiber known to man is the renewable fleece of the sheep. (A natural Product readable available, long before the hype of going green) But what makes wool so special? It’s in the genetic make up of the fiber itself. Wool has a scaly surface texture that adds flexibility to the fiber which impacts strength and resistance to abrasion during wear and the textured surface traps air, acting as an insulator in cool to hot temperatures. Wool’s impervious outer membrane protects the inner core from stain damage by keeping liquid spills on the surface for easy removal. The membrane acts as its own protective shell against spills. Wool has a natural spiral growth pattern that gives wool a permanent crimp that will provide a life-time of resilience to traffic, furniture weight , stretching and abrasion. And wool’s high nitrogen content (combined with high moisture regain and high ignition temperature) makes wool naturally difficult to ignite and when burning, wool extinguishes itself. Wool Carpet is used on most all luxury ocean liners, Coast Guard ships and commercial aircraft and in the finest Casinos throughout the world because of its excellent fire retardant capabilities and performance under extreme traffic conditions. And equally important, wool is totally natural, renewable and biodegradable. The earth’s most friendly carpet fiber. Below are a couple of more Wool Carpet advantages listed.

Wool Carpet Features

  • Renewable natural resource for an environmentally friendly product
  • Naturally flame retardant fiber that protects those who live on the carpet
  • Easy-Care properties that make maintaining a Wool Carpet simple and affordable
  • Naturally fiber of the Wool Carpet resilient for a life time of beauty and comfort
  • Natural “hand”, no plastic or synthetic feel

So when you think to replace your Flooring in your home or office, make a prestigious and practical selection by investing in Wool Carpets. It always has been a favorite of mine, long before the hype of going green started.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

one month without blogging

Sometimes priorities go haywire, like this last month.
My blogging and work on my website which I perform all myself came to an absolute stop due to a couple of new interior design projects I took on. Since a couple of years I do all of my interior design planning as well as architectural design with Vectorworks and InteriorCad, a software package I fell comfortable with and have good knowledge and also feel very comfortable to work with.
One of my new projects required me to jump onto AutoCad Architect and perform all my design work with AutoCad. Even though Vectorworks has a capable import function, it was just to cumbersome and time consuming. There was no time to play around and wait for problems to arise.
So I just had no choice than to use for my interior design work, AutoCad Architect as it had to be seamless integrated in the whole construction project. After a couple of days of using the software, I got used to it and at present time I have to say, I feel as comfortable as with Vectorworks.
It is the software most architects and designers use and it has the largest user base in the United Staates. Nevertheless I’m happy that I could add AutoCad Architect as an alternative software package to my repertoire.

My 3D interior design will still be done with my favorite package Vectorworks in combination with InteriorCad, something which is a pleasure to work with.
Another item which is currently a must is the immediate update of all my web pages in Final Touch Interiors.
The CSS Framework from Dirks Jesse called YAML-Yet another multicolumn layout has proven to be very robust and even my SE results have gone up, even though only a couple of pages have been written and implemented with the new CSS Layout.  Further proof about the quality of YAML and it looks that a new version is around the corner.


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DRAFT: Morning Glory Table by Marc Thorpe for Moroso

22 Apr 2014 at 4:56pm

Inspired by his own garden, Brooklyn designer Marc Thrope created this fascinating table for Moroso of Italy. It looks almost surreal in a crowd! And it was made to be displayed like this - in a cluster. Wouldn't it look great ganged together like this in an outdoor cafe? Made from powder coated steel, it will hold up just fine to the elements. The colors are all drawn from nature - burnt red/orange, ocher, beige and green. The base is stem-like, and welded to mimic the vines of the morning glory flower. The tops are three laser cut "leaves", at different heights. These would be fantastic patio tables or perhaps you have a corner indoors that is missing that special something? They'd be great in a window with plants on them, too. A versatile piece of furniture, a nod to nature and superior design - the Morning Glory is a table for all seasons.

Combining Ice and Light: Frozen Lamp by Lavsit

22 Apr 2014 at 2:37pm

Creating a solid object from a liquid material is what glass is all about. And what ice is all about. So there we have it - the Frozen Lamp. Designed by Maxim Velcovsky for Lavsit, it perfectly captures the moment when solid turns liquid - and vice versa. Doesn't this hanging lamp look like it is made from ice that is a fraction of a second away from melting? Available in two sizes, you could hang them as one-offs, you could combine like-sizes along a breakfast bar - or you could mix and match in a group light setting. The thickness of the glass is adequate to soften the light somewhat, and that's something you don't always see in sculptural glass lamps. Each piece is one of a kind, individually hand blown. The technique results in different textures, different thicknesses, a different diffusion of light from each piece. As all glassblowers understand, there comes a moment when you must "freeze" your design in time - allow the molten liquid to become solid. Velcovksy has truly mastered this moment with his new Frozen Lamp.

Private Work Station with Style: Tuttomio by Campeggi

22 Apr 2014 at 10:41am

Talk about a funky place to work on your tablet or laptop (or phone for that matter). Totally private, yet quite open and airy. How did they do that? Italian designer Emanuele Magini created this incredible pod-like space for Campeggi (also of Italy). Magini has won several international awards and was a former set designer for Disney Italy. His Tuttomio is such a delightful small, protected and private nook where you can read, write, work, sleep - even day dream! Tuttomio means All Mine in Italian and this space truly is all yours - once inside, the outer world disappears. Viewed from the outside, it is a piece of design simplicity with great style that looks fantastic in any room. Can you imagine an office full of these work stations, everyone with their own "Tuttomio" space? Could this clever design become the office cubicle of the future? Here's hoping!

Charming Loveseat for the Garden: Dala by Dedon

17 Apr 2014 at 8:58am

The latest addition to the Dala Collection by Dedon is this charming loveseat with ample room for two to snuggle up on the patio. Or by the lake, or on the balcony, or out by the pool. Like the rest of the collection, the frame of this garden bed is built using expanded aluminum and woven with Dedon's proprietary ecological fiber, made from a mix of recycled food and drink packaging. Isn't that neat? Designed by Stephen Burks for Dedon, the collection keeps growing as its popularity soars. And it's easy to move around to take full advantage of the sun - the loveseat is set on rollerblade castors and glides almost effortlessly. And it's extremely lightweight. The removable table swivels and is perfect for holding that tall cool drink. Can't you imagine curling up on this loveseat with that special someone? Summertime, and the living is easy -- with the Dala Collection.

'Origine Du Monde, Maybe!' Chair by Italo Rota for Meritalia

7 Jun 2010 at 11:54pm
meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-1.jpg It?s a chair that brings ?creature comforts? back home. Dubbed the ?Origine Du Monde, Maybe!? chair, this unusual, ultra-modern chair was design by Italo Rota for Italian furniture house Meritalia. The soft hues complement the plush cushions perfectly, forming what the designed has described as ?uterine sensuality.? The cushions are made of memory foam which, in keeping with the obviously maternal theme of the design, reminds us of protection, rest and the future. The base is made from polished aluminum, irregular in shape, just like the chair concept as a whole, If you like unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, this is a must-see! Check it out at Meritalia. meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-2.jpg

Artwork Radiators by Caleido

14 May 2010 at 12:10pm
caleido-radiator-therme-1.jpg Is it a radiator, or is it artwork? These cool modern radiators by Caleido are both! The Therme home radiator is an masterful swirl of brilliant hues reminiscent of watercolor. For more-modern tastes, the Geiger radiator features a computer-generated design set on a sleek, black background. The elongated rectangular shape is easy to incorporate among your existing artwork, or let it steal the spotlight and feature it as an art piece all on its own. These cool radiators are by Karim Rashid, who stayed true to his signature funky style. These new radiators made their debut at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010. Fore more info visit Caleido. caleido-radiator-geiger-1.jpg

Funky Furniture by Bruehl - Coupole and Morning Dew

7 May 2010 at 12:03am
funky-furniture-bruehl-3.jpg This new funky furniture by German company Bruehl is inspired by natural forms with an ultra-modern edge. Featuring the ups and downs of mountaintops with an abstract twist, the Coupole sofa and armchair (pictured above) by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl feature a curved back and armrests and a delicate body clad in fabric that?s heaven to the touch, available in white and sky blue. The Morning Dew chairs (pictured below), also by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl, are inspired by tulips, with their graceful petals forming the back and arm rests. A soft seat in an irregular shape beckons. This modern flower-inspired chair is featured in vibrant rose and white upholstery, as well as red-and-white plaid. Combine the Coupole and Morning Dew lines for a fun living room or a funky family room. Visit Bruehl for details. funky-furniture-bruehl-1.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-2.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-4.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-5.jpg

Outdoor Armchair Ibiscus and Sofa Meridienne by Moroso

29 Apr 2010 at 8:50pm
moroso-armchair-ibiscus-1.jpg The grand finale to the epic Moroso M?Afrique collection sends it out with a bang! As the final pieces of the outdoor furniture line, the Ibiscus armchair and the Meridienne sofa by designer Dominique Petot make a style statement that screams: Big! Bold! Beautiful! The design consists of wild shapes and even wilder woven patterns if you can imagine that. These vibrant red, brown and white patio pieces echo the shape of a traditional British armchair and lounger, with armrests and a high back to recline into. Frames come in the choice of natural or lacquered steel. Check out this cool outdoor furniture line at Moroso. moroso-sofa-meridienne-1.jpg


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