Architecture meets Industrial Design

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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Biofuels’ Environmental Benefits Are Growing, BIO Tells House Energy & Commerce Committee

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today submitted comments in response to the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, -Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental Impacts.- Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, wrote in the comments, -Given BIO’s broad and diverse set of member companies involved in energy, manufacturing and agricultural production, we are able to provide a unique perspective on the issues the Committee is seeking to have answered.- -Congress established the RFS to encourage the use of existing biofuels and the development of advanced biofuels in order to reduce our reliance on the rising cost and price volatility of foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,- Erickson continued. -It is crucial we maintain the RFS in order to spur on alternative energy production and mitigate environmental impacts of petroleum. In fact the RFS is one of the rare cases of an existing and functioning greenhouse reduction program. A repeal or reduction in the RFS would be tantamount to environmental backsliding.- Erickson’s response concluded, -While primarily an economic and energy security policy, the RFS has already resulted in environmental benefits from the transportation fuel sector, incuding dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and offers the potential for substantial additional benefits in the decades to come. Realization of these future benefits is dependent on the ability of advanced biofuel developers to raise the capital necessary to build out a national advanced biofuel industry. That ability is critically dependent on the legislative stability and consistent implementation of the program. The best thing Congress can do to achieve these future benefits is to resist oil industry pressure to revise the program in their favor and allow the RFS to work.-

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Now Is The Time To Invest In The Brazilian Real Estate Market

Brazil property prices currently present an attractive investment opportunity for foreign investors due to a number of factors. With Brazils currency currently standing very weak against the British pound and the US dollar, investors are enjoying house price bargains that are very rarely seen in Brazil.

According to a number of currency experts the Brazil Real has weakened against the British pound and the US dollar by approximately 28% over the last 12 months (June 2011 June 2012). For instance, during the summer of 2011 foreign investors could get 1.56 Reals for each US dollar, however, in todays market, investors can expect to get two Reals per dollar.

Waseem Saddique comments: What this means in terms of house prices in Brazil is that a house that cost approximately 200,000 Reals back in 2011 would have cost $128,205 in US Dollars. In todays market the value would be around $100,000.

Based on these figures alone, the strength of the British pound compared to the Brazilian Real, means that for British investors looking to invest in Brazil property it is in fact even more affordable and therefore, a much more attractive proposition.

Although many would perceive a weakening currency to be a negative issue, from a positive perspective the declining value of the Brazilian Real means that Brazilian products are much better value for money, which has encouraged phenomenal growth across the Brazilian industry sector.

In turn, the growth of Brazilian industry increases the level of Tourism to Brazil, with tourists attracted to Brazil to buy up cheap products. What this means for the Brazilian Real Estate Market is that commercial property becomes attractive to investors.

With tourism comes the need for hotels and holiday homes and foreign investors are willing to snap up bargains on private and commercial properties and land plots in a bid to take advantage of Brazils lucrative real estate market.

In 2011 alone, Brazils Ministry of Tourism reported 5.4 million visitors to the country which is an increase of 5.3% from figures produced in 2010. On the back of this growth, a number of massive hotel chains have bought land and property across Brazil in order to cash in.

This level of investment has meant that Brazils construction industry and Housetech Development companies have also seen growth in the levels of work available to them.

Furniture Design – 10 Steps To Designing Furniture Like The Professionals

There is a definite increase in interest in furniture design. Perhaps its a reaction to the sameness of everyday mass produced furniture, or it could be a result of the recent economic fall out and a turning away from a throw away culture… whatever it is there is no denying the design and especially furniture design is back in vogue.

There is a real sense of achievement in building your own piece of furniture; taking it from first conception to finishing the build.

Furniture design, perhaps more than other design disciplines is an example of applied creativity. That is that in order for a design concept to function, it has to meet other criteria not least the laws of physics!

You might have a great idea for a piece but the the question is do you want to be one of those have a go heroes that start with a brilliant idea in their minds eye which never quite matches in actual execution… if it gets finished? Or do you want to give yourself every possible chance or realising your dream furniture design by following the process design professionals use.

Heres the Chippendale School of Furnitures 10 step process to realising your furniture design as executed for designing and building a desk facilitated during their woodworking course.

1.Rough Sketch: Draw rough proportions working out required depth, width and height. Getting the perspective right is key to this first stage.
2.Add Spatial Relations: Start with the bigger blocks of the piece and figure out the actual sizes of each.
3.Complete Dimensions: Work out the overall dimensions making sure that the area of each identified block matches up.
4.Choose design forms: Decide whether the desk is floor based or on a plinth and what height you prefer.
5.Configure spaces: Decide on the depth and distribution of the drawers e.g. on left or right, depth, different sizes from bottom to top.
6.How will you build it? Choose materials.. is it to be solid wood, are you using veneers, should there be decorative panels or do you want to introduce other skills into the design such as marquetry.
7.Decide on component relationships: Figure out the dimensions of the top and sides of the desk, how thick should the different pieces be?
8.Get into the details: Youll probably have worked these out way back at the first step but here is your chance to make sure that the details of your design vision will work in practice.
9.Colour and finish: explore possible colours, finishes and types of wood that will compliment your design
10.Choose accessories and hardware: find the perfect handles and hardware that will set off your design.

BPTP Group Comes as a Great Reliable Real Estate Developer in Greater Faridabad

The moment we start thinking of buying our own home in Delhi NCR we have one thing in our mind if you are willing to buy home economically and also in NCR region only. You must go for one and only best option and that is Greater Faridabad city only. If you are a mid-income person and looking for a best reasonably priced home where you can live a safe, lavish and pleasurable life. This is how you will be able to know how the Faridabad city is featured with all the lavishness of modern lifestyle but also the rates of the property come within the budget. There are so many developers who have come up with lavish residential apartments within a limited budget. Now, we are going to discuss one of the most preferable developers’ project named by BPTP Group in Neharpar area.

BPTP The Deck Faridabad has been launched by BPTP Group at sector-82 in Greater Faridabad. This is an ultra-modern luxurious duplex apartment brings 4Bhk+study+servant+store room in the area size of 3061 sq.ft. The project has so many lavish features like swimming pool, club house, gymnasium, card room, kids play area, jogging and walking track, spa etc. The project has very nice location due to having close vicinity with sectors-14 and 15. The project is nicely located on 24 meters road. It is close to Shri Ram Millanium school Greater Faridabad.

BPTP Resort Faridabad is a lavish residential development of BPTP Group in sector-75 of Greater Faridabad area. The project comprises with 2Bhk, 3Bhk, 3Bhk along with servant room. These living options have different area sizes like 1300, 1500, 1650, 1750 and 1875 sq.ft. area respectively. The possession of the project is expected in the year 2013. The project covers the total land area of around 10.82 acres. This project is connecting with 30 meters and 45 meters road from both sides. Faridabad’s sectors- 3 and 8 are located 200 meters away from the location. Residents will have the facility of round the clock water supply, 24*7 electricity and 100% power back up.

BPTP Park Floors Faridabad is an independent floors project located at sector-77 of Neharpar area. It is having nice formation of 2 and 3 Bhk apartments which built up on ground+3 and ground+5 floors apartment. The project has so many luxurious features which make our life full of contentment. Location wise, it is nicely located on 200 feet wide road.

The Key Factors That Control The Success Of A Blackberry Developer

BlackBerry is one of the leaders in Smart Phone market for the last few years. At this post-recession phase their business is still going strong. BlackBerry applications, when introduced, have impressed the business men and tech savvy young generation a lot, who love to do a lot of multitasking on a go. It has millions of users all over the world and hence it is a source of business for many developers. The number of users are increasing day by day which indicates a very bight future.

The industry scenario can inspire the BlackBerry developers. An ideal programmer should be efficient in Java ME and Object Oriented Programming. The developer should be aware of the limitations of the underlying Java ME platform. A professional developer can be a great choice to be hired if someone is serious to explore the opportunities in the BlackBerry app market.

Java is platform-independent and supports easy application logic and creative thinking. The Java Development Environment (JDE) is a consolidated development environment (IDE) used for BlackBerry and it is provided by the company itself. JDE needs the Java 2 SDK to run properly. The app codes are written in C++, Java 2 and support Micro Edition (J2ME). BlackBerry App World was started in 2009 and gradually gained the momentum to become the repository for different apps. RIM has presented several great new apps to the world. Highlights have been given to Open GL, the 5.0 API library, and Widgets. This 2010 is an significant year for BlackBerry developers.

BlackBerry Widgets is very helpful even for the developers with limited coding expertise on HTML, JavaScript, CSS, SQlite. Google Gears has created feature rich applications for this platform which has been proved to very useful for the apps. But developing a BlackBerry Application with little knowledge can produce a substandard app which may not work properly with higher versions of the BlackBerry. An application should be intuitively designed and should be well presented to attract the users. To achieve this, you need a team comprised of both good programmers and efficient graphic designers.

The easiest way to develop an app which can generate revenue is to hire dedicated & professional team of BlackBerry App Developers who can build the right application to meet your requirement.

Paper Lanterns An Integral Part Of Feng Shui

All of us have known the beauty that can be created by the use of paper lanterns. However, very few of us have any idea about the numerous usage and effects of using paper lanterns. Chinese have been using paper lanterns from thousands of years and according to them it plays a significant role in feng shui.

Paper lanterns help in increasing fertility:
Millions of women throughout the world face difficulty in getting pregnant. This can be a devastating experience if the wait is really long. Many people do not believe solely on doctors to help them fight the problem with their fertility. Feng shui is believed to help in improving fertility by using red paper lanterns. According to the theory of feng shui, red paper lanterns if hanged on both side of bed can help in getting pregnancy. Many feng shui experts even suggest using a red paper lantern directly over the bed.

Paper lanterns help in bringing positive energy in house
Feng shui is well known as an art that brings positive energy in peoples life. Paper lanterns are believed to play a significant role in bringing a positive energy and harmonica effect in your bedroom and house. Keeping paper lanterns on both or either side of bed is helpful in bringing positive Yang energy into the bedroom and improves the already present chi energy. Bright colored paper lanterns are more effective for harnessing Yang energy.

Paper lanterns help in bringing harmony to marriage
Feng shui uses the energy of polarity and according to it using a pair of same object is very effective. Using a pair of red paper lanterns on sides of bed, both lit simultaneously signify a long and happy marriage. However, for the effect to be more it is important to lit and switch off both the lanterns at the same time so that they work in harmony. This harmony is symbol of marriage and signifies the harmony between husband and wife.
Paper lanterns are very important part of feng shui process. Those who believe in feng shui will definitely know that paper lanterns are not just decorative but a source of positive energy.

Property Investment Vs Property Speculation

Most people get Real Estate wrong for two simple reasons.:

1. They don’t understand the difference between an asset and a liability
2. They don’t understand the difference between investing and speculating

The broke majority live under the misguided belief that their family home is an asset. An asset by definition is Something valuable that an entity owns, benefits from or has use of, in generating income. The key is the words generating income. By that definition your home is not an asset, it is a liability. It does not generate income, it costs you money.

The broke majority will borrow as much as they possibly can, to buy the most expensive home they can afford, in the mistaken belief that this is a good investment. In fact they are are burdening themselves with the worst kind of debt. Long term, expensive, non-deductible debt that produces no income in return. The same kind of debt that lead to the housing collapse in the USA.

Successful investors understand this crucial point. Your home is not an investment.

The Business Dictionary defines an investment as Money committed or property acquired for future income. Now some will argue that an investment doesn’t have to produce an income and cite as an example gold bullion, collectibles or share futures contracts. By definition, none of these are investments, they are items of speculation. They can go up in value or, just as easily, go down. You are speculating on the future trade-able value, not investing in the inherent value of the income an asset represents. Tens of thousands of homeowners around the world discovered in 2009 that home values can fall and can fall dramatically and disastrously.

If you buy a house to live in with no income return expected from it, but in the hope it will increase in value, you are speculating not Investing.

If you buy a house to rent out, you are investing. The Australian government has long recognised the difference and that is why they allow you to claim the expenses relating to a rental property, including interest payments, as a tax deduction but do not allow any deductions for expenses incurred in buying a house to live in. In other words, the government is willing to share the risk of investing in income generating real estate because the risks are lower than tying up your money in your home.

Smart investors have a small or no mortgage on their own home and the majority of their borrowings are for rental property because that is the lowest risk strategy. They also get the best advice they can on quickly reducing the mortgage on their home.

Garden Furniture Where to get them cheap

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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Approaching The Real Estate Companies And Agencies In Los Angeles To Buy A House

Logic follows that the second largest city in the United States has just as many residences for its varied and large population. Los Angeles real estate is a huge industry, for a huge metropolis. There are more than 17 million people in the combined statistical area of this part of the USA. As of 2011, there were approximately 3.5 million housing units in Los Angeles County with, on average, three people per household. In those homes, 36% have children under the age of 18, 47% were married couples living together and 14% had a female householder with no husband. For a county made up of 88 different cities, that is a lot of people, and a lot of housing. The housing market has been fluctuating wildly across the US, but might see some stability in spring. The median sales price for previously owned homes has risen for the 11th month in a row. The National Association of Realtors has provided information in a recent press release that shows that homes sales rose in every region but the west for the month of January. In the west, sellers market may be developing. Los Angeles real estate might not be great for the buyer; however, when a hot property suddenly goes on sale, it might be a good option to keep ones eyes open.

Nearly, 42% of the housing units in Los Angeles County real estate are multiple unit structures like apartment buildings. The median value for a home is $400,000 and the homeownership rate is 47.9%. Over half of the people living in Los Angeles County are renting, which is an excellent thing for the owners because that will help to reduce their mortgages. Whether you are looking to buy a home as an asset, to rent out while you live somewhere else, or if you are looking to settle down, Los Angeles real estate will have options for you throughout the entire county.

Among the major cities of the world, Los Angeles (LA) is one of the craziest, busiest, biggest and all-around strangest in the world. Tokyo may be bigger, New York may be faster, but LA is the hub for the entertainment industry. Los Angeles real estate reflects the star-studded appeal given by many homes that are beautiful, large and state-of-the-art. Because when you make more than a million dollars a year, it is nice to have a place that reflects that income and is also good for putting your feet up.

Coming back to the logic, if there are a many homes in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, then there will be a lot of real estate agents and companies. Los Angeles real estate is best handled by the professionals; the ones who know every back alley in the city and are able to find the best place for any ones unique needs.