Flexible, Space-Saving Furniture for City Living

Recent Royal College of Art graduate Andrea Pallarès explores the idea of flexible furniture for urban living in her graduation project. With the cost of living always on the rise, people continue to downsize, which often means having to rely on rooms and furniture that pull double duties. With that in mind, Pallarès designed Nook, an all-in-one piece of furniture that adapts to your needs throughout the day.

Nook is a bespoke bed frame that comes with a pillow and duvet covers that double as a backrest and armrest and three upholstered cushions that become space dividers. Overall, the design easily transforms from being a social spot to welcome guests during the day to a cozy, private corner to sleep at night. With smaller homes, not everyone has the option to own both a bed and a sofa making Nook a great option for optimal comfort and functionality.

Adding to its functionality, Nook also has built-in flat surface on one side that works as either a side table or desk. A system of magnets keep the three cushions propped up vertically for privacy.

 

The pillow and duvet covers roll up to become an armrest and a backrest. Nook was made using FEBRIK textiles, which contributed to the project by half sponsoring the textile part.

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Restaurant Review: The Best Food I’ve Ever Had

Located in the most stunning place in the UAE (Dubai) Folly by Nick & Scott is a modern international cuisine fine dinning restaurant delivering inventive and at times unfamiliar flavours using fresh ingredients that will make your tongue bud dance in happiness !

The picture below shows the brief story of of how the owners was involved in designing the interior.

I found about it randomly on instagram and judging from their terrace I immediately decided to celebrate my birthday there. As I am obsessed with terraces. My whole impression was amazing, I always judge restaurants by a bunch of factors (Quality of food, Interior, Terrace and facilities, cleanliness and atmosphere). Folly had it all ! Anyone who lives in Dubai or visiting and didn’t had a meal in Folly in my opinion just missed the best place in Dubai.

 

As a person who appreciates food a lot I have been crushing through different restaurants all day I was still pretty full at this point, so I decided to order their tasting menu and two appetizers to share, to at least get a feel for the menu and what they had to offer. After my first bite to the first dish of appetizers whcih was a Boiled Octupus Soacked in lemon and butter I knew that this is the place that I would eat at everyday anytime !

 

 The tasting menus is shown below signed by every single employee in the place as a greetings for my birthday which was so sweet of them ! Never happened to me in any other place.

Every single dish in that menu was spectacular I never imagined that there would be anything like that to eat ! The balance of ingredients and the fusion of cuisines are what making this restaurant incomparable to any other at least to those I have been to, and they are A LOT. It’s even without exaggeration better than all the Michelin Stars rated restaurants I have been to.

I am really out of word to descirebe how awesome was the experience, the staff was amazing every single one of them greeted us with a smile.

 

Folly Restaurant is located in Madinat Jumeirah Dubai.

 

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PS: my posts are not paid. I have never accepted any kind of payments/gifts or privileges to post about any place I visited.

 

Milano’s Hidden Jewels 1: Maido Japanese food street

I am on a business trip to Milan, a city that I have visited 100s of times before. And always almost with each visit I get more and more convinced that you only find good places (any place) if you wander.

 

My arrival to Milan this time was a complete disaster in terms of flight. I have arrived 21st of July in the morning after horrific flight from Doha (23+ hrs). I hade to do couple of meetings upon arrival then went out with my clients for a meal and back to the hotel swaying like a zombie. Although I live in almost similar time zone area of (Milan) but when I woke up earlier today I felt like being jet lagged. I was confused what should I eat and decided to walk to a cafe that I see on daily basis but never visited it, of course as usual my memory was terrible and I got lost 🙂

 

 

I never regret being lost not in my own thoughts not physically ever because I always end up in a fantasy land ..

I have first to explain how I decide to choose where to eat just to make you understand what I have ignored on my way. Its not quantum physics but its probably unlike anyone else. Smell of the place is the most important factor for me, and NO it doesn’t have to smell nice, delicious/yummy or flowery for me to decide to stay. For a restaurant … it must be smell-less if I am allowed to say, the minimum the smell of cooking the biggest the chance it will have me thinking twice about getting in. Then comes the design, cuisine, location, ambience etc.

So I walked 45 minutes and saw bunch of places ignored each and every one because they fail to met my parameters, until I have stumbled upon Maido Milano! A small Japanese street food shop/restaurant full of locals. Has almost zero smell of cooking and their menu looked stunning. The smell factor was tempting enough for me the interior too looked beautiful, so I gave it a try and my guts was telling me you will never regret this ..

Maido Milano is A welcome respite from the repetitive culinary homogeny offered in the bars, cafes and restaurants of Milan. Sure, there are some places that are better than others, but when it comes to variety, Italy in general seems stuck in another era of time. Yes, there are other Japanese restaurants, but unfortunately they, too, all adhere to the same ‘all you can eat’, mediocre forumlas. Maido breaks out and offers a wonderful and refreshing take on Japanese Street food, which is actually even pretty rare in the world.

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The First Ever Evidence of the Multiverse

A recent study on a space anomaly that has perplexed scientists for years has some suggesting that it could be explained by a parallel “bubble universe” — although there are other, more standard potential explanations, as well.

For years, scientists have been baffled by a weird anomaly far away in space: a mysterious “Cold Spot” about 1.8 billion light-years across. It is cooler than its surroundings by around 0.00015 degrees Celsius (0.00027 degrees Fahrenheit), a fact astronomers discovered by measuring background radiation throughout the universe.

Previously, astronomers believed that this space could be cooler simply because it had less matter in it than most sections of space. They dubbed it a massive supervoid and estimated that it had 10,000 galaxies fewer than other comparable sections of space.

But now, in a recently published survey of galaxies, astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) say they have discovered that this supervoide could not exist. They now believe that the galaxies in the cold spot are just clustered around smaller voids that populate the cold spot like bubbles. These small voids, however, cannot explain the temperature difference observed.

But now, in a recently published survey of galaxies, astronomers from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) say they have discovered that this supervoide could not exist. They now believe that the galaxies in the cold spot are just clustered around smaller voids that populate the cold spot like bubbles. These small voids, however, cannot explain the temperature difference observed.

“This means we can’t entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard model. But if that isn’t the answer, then there are more exotic explanations,” said researcher Tom Shanks in the press release. “Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.”

 

If more detailed studies support the findings of this research, the Cold Spot might turn out to be the first evidence for the multiverse, though far more evidence would be needed to confirm our universe is indeed one of many.

Source: Futurism

 

The Next Car You Buy Could Be Solar-Powered

POWERED BY THE SUN

 

Panasonic just unveiled an improved solar panel to power cars. The panel will be used for the first solar roof model of the Toyota Prius, the Prius Prime, which is slated for release this year. The new product, called HIT™ Photovoltaic Module for Automobile, will reportedly allow the Prius Prime to be powered by a 180 W solar module, which will recharge the car’s powertrain battery in addition to its 12 V battery. Previous attempts by Toyota to create a solar roof model had managed to generate a mere 50 W — only enough to power vehicle’s fans for air conditioning.

 

According to Toyota, the addition of the solar panel will increase the Prius’ efficiency by up to 10 percent. In ideal conditions, the battery will add 3.5 km (2.2 mi) of electric range.

The solar outfitted Prius is still unavailable in the US since the material used for the solar panels have yet to pass US crash tests. But the manufacturer is already working on a solution.

SOLAR POWERED TESLAS

Not to be left behind, Elon Musk has announced that the Tesla Model 3 will also likely feature this solar roof option. This isn’t surprising, given that Panasonic has been providing solar and battery cells to the car manufacturer.

As Tesla works toward improving their electric vehicles’ performance and reliability, the company’s researchers are also gunning for sophisticated and advanced features such as Autopilot. Tesla hopes to achieve Level 5 autonomy by the end of the year. The company is also poised to enter the ride-sharing market with its own fleet of self-driving cars.

Tesla has shown its commitment to ushering in a new era in energy, both on and off the road, thanks to their recent innovations and initiatives geared towards solar power and energy storage. Now that Toyota is joining in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, we can only hope that other car manufacturers will begin making the switch as well.

The Alien lounge : HR Giger Bar

Can you imagine stepping inside this bar? Bar? Yes, it is just a bar called “HR Giger Bar“, found at the HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland. HR Giger Bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle.


The sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of Jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.


This is a really impressive design and I bet you will have a unforgettable drinking experience inside.

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Happy News: The vinyl boom is about to get even boomier !


Sony Music is set to resume pressing records after nearly 30-years hiatus and operations are expected to pick back up by March 2018. The Japan record giant is opening a new record-pressing plant in response to the country’s growing consumer interest in vinyl, the Nikkei Asian Review reports.
Pressing is expected to commence in the Shizuoka Prefecture, located southwest of Tokyo. It signals the end of a nearly 30-years disappearance after Sony Music Japan initially shut down its in-house pressing operation in 1989 upon the advent of the CD.

However, as vinyl has over the last decade made a comeback worldwide, so too has the medium gained popularity in Japan; as Nikkei noted, vinyl sales in the country have “roughly octupled” from 2010 to 2016. But at the moment, Japan has only one active manufacturer, which means the demand outweighs the supply, resulting in limited new releases. This bottleneck production can also have adverse effects on independent labels and distributors, as we reported last year.

For now, Nikkei reported, Sony plan to repress “popular older songs, “mainly Japanese music to which Sony already hold the rights, as well as recent hit albums. To help cope with the high demand, Sony will also accept orders from outside labels.

(Via thump)