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Christopher Daniels: California Roll

Posted: October 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Brilliant Design, Concept Housing, Favorite New Thought, Furniture, Modular | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christopher Daniels: California Roll

This is almost cut and paste – a method of journalism I learned from my ex, thanks lover – In this case it’s simply not possible to add to the eloquence of the designer, neither picture nor word. Christopher Daniel, he describes himself as: Male, from Mars and apparently he’s sick? Whatever, he pens a brilliant thought. the last design of Daniels that we fell madly in love with was his Vuzzle Chair.

Vuzzle Chair  is made of 59 cushion cells that can be arranged according to ones moods. Inspired by the Voronoi diagram, each cushion has a neodymium magnet that can remove them and put them together easily to create a chair. You remove 13 cushions and the cube turns into chair to sit on. Each cushion has magnets under the surface which hold the whole structure together. Available in three different color patterns, Vuzzle Milk, Vuzzle Neat and Vuzzle Bloody Mary, the modular chair employs only 46 cells, while the other 13 cushions can be used as individual cushion/stool or footrest for the chair. Check it at Daniels ubercool site: http://violentvolumes.com/

We’re guessing that having designed such a wonderfilled piece, Mr Daniels needed an equally cool floor to plant it on, so he designed one, smarty pants him . .

Seriously, the plagiarism starts here, we are lost for words at this mans talent: California Roll House, 2011

At times, the simplest form with least manipulation from its original form can offer visual amenities and adapted solution to the context. California Roll prefabricated house takes this methodology to create its morphological adaptation to its environemt : desert. Homogeneous exterior material which provides high grade of energy efficiency and reflects heat from the sun covers the entire surface except for glass panels which is electronically controlled to change its transparency.

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Bad Journalism

Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar, Blip, Favorite New Thought | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Bad Journalism

Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style

You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline – GUILTY: AMANDA KNOX STUNNED –  which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online. Hold your breath for a rant . . . Journalism is apparently a calling, wedged someplace between an artistic talent and a desire for notoriety, or what has come to be known as celebrity. So whats the point? Mainstream media, is the point. In any other profession there’s a set of requirements, skills certainly, but more importantly a requirement to behave with integrity; commit a crime as a lawyer and your not likely to practice law, molest a patient and your name will no longer have Doctor at front of it. Journalists have none of these sanctions. A bad journalist simply becomes the editor for an internet site. M★C READ MORE

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Park Place: Britain’s Most Expensive Home £140m

Posted: September 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar, Blip, Celebrity Home Stalker, Fun Renovating Ideas | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Park Place: Britain’s Most Expensive Home £140m

The latest mega-sale to defy world financial jitters is Park Place, a 300-year-old mansion and estate located 55 kilometres west of London. The fabulous mansion and grounds are grade II-listed and sit near picturesque Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. No details of the proud new owner have emerged beyond rumours of a “Russian oligarch” being involved. The deal was done via an offshore company to protect the buyer’s name according to the Daily Mail.

The bewildered staff in the accounts department in the head office of Knight Frank estate agents apparently thought somebody had a case of decimal displacement disorder when they saw the £140 ($219) million sale price. They phoned the agent’s office to find out where that pesky point really ought to have been, said the Daily Mail. We would have expected the news of the record-breaking sale would have filtered through the business a tad faster than the speed of paperwork.

The sale just outdid the record £136 million price paid for a penthouse at One Hyde Park in central London, earlier this year.
It’s actually the second time Park Place has hit the record books. It became the highest-priced home outside London after the 2007 sale of £42 million. But it was a very different Park Place that sold then.

Spink Property is the developer responsible for the transformation of the estate from a crumbly old pile on an overgrown 230 hectares into a magnificent old-school country house on 80 hectares.

The Spink website says that on top of the £45 million purchase price for the entire estate, a further £100 million has been spent on the house and the 80 hectares hived off the estate. The balance of the estate will be redeveloped in the future. The Franco-Italianate mansion now has 27 bedrooms and covers almost 3000 square metres of living space. The house has all the trappings of the uber-rich. The basics include a state-of-the-art security system and panic room, helipad, spa complex, home cinema – of course – and two golf courses. Apparently those requisite basics now include electronic bath fillers, operated at the press of a button from the comfort of one’s bed, according to estate agent Trevor Abrahamson of Glentree Estates.

The massive overhaul of the property hasn’t wiped out its history. Some of the original decorative plasterwork ceilings remain, along with a few stained-glass windows and enormous stone fireplaces. There is also a four-storey tower that offers views of the Thames. The historic estate backs onto the Thames and retains a very grand boathouse, as well as historic parklands, listed monuments, houses, cottages and stables. The renovation has been a truly dramatic transformation. The house was used as a boarding school for troubled children for around 40 years.

The place had a sad, hollow institutional feel, with ghosts of its grand past and the faintest hints of what its future could hold. The developer’s website says the refurbished estate will, of course, be occupied by a “discerning and exacting” purchaser. Whatever else the new owner may be, he or she will be breathtakingly rich. Not only will the home need to be decorated – what sort of deal could you get buying 27 beds at once – the upkeep of the house, not to mention the estate, will be astounding.

History

After the local council school for troubled children was moved out in 1998, another “school” did move in, albeit temporarily, for the filming of the 2007 remake of film St.Trinians. Going back a little further, the 300-year life of the estate has been eventful.The first house was built in 1719 but it has been repeatedly updated, expanded, landscaped, burned down and resurrected, then burned down again and rebuilt.

It was home to royalty: Fredrick, the Prince of Wales, eldest son of George II, called it his chief country residence in the 1700s. Fredrick’s children, including the future George III, spent their childhood there. The estate was sold to General Conway, who enlarged a series of caves underneath the estate to form a cavern with tunnels during the French Revolution.

“The Henley murderess”, Mary Blandy, who was executed for poisoning her father in 1752, is said to haunt the estate. She and her lover had many romantic trysts in the property’s parkland.

A druid’s temple was assembled in the grounds – the stonework having been relocated from Jersey – and a Neolithic chambered tomb was also shipped in and re-erected as a romantic folly. Another extraordinary folly on the estate is an almost 2.5 metre section of the spire of St Bride’s Church, from Fleet Street in London. It was lopped off the top of the original 70-metre spire by a lightning strike and today stands forlorn in a field.

The 270-hectare estate was subdivided in 1947 and dwindled to a fraction of its original size. Over many years it was almost completely reassembled to the 230 hectares purchased by Spink Property.

source: domain
credit: Sally Howes

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Posted: July 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar, Blip, Eco Toys, Favorite New Thought, Fun Renovating Ideas, Get Out of the House, Renovation Planning | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

One of my favorite memories is playing in my childhood yard, specifically our old weeping willow tree. I got my first kiss – at age 6, thanks Lucien! – in that tree. Clearly I have matured since those days, I do still crave hanging out in trees, can’t quite get a grip on getting up there though!? Thankfully French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created a range of – brilliant – portable transparent Bubbles. The idea behind Dumas’ wondrous Bubble collection was to create temporary lush accommodation that had the least impact on the surrounding environment, while giving the impression of being amongst nature. The range includes the BubbleTree, CristalBubble, BubbleLodge and BubbleRoom, which are all suitable to spend a night in, without disturbing the natural surroundings.”I designed this eccentric shelter with the goal to offer an unusual experience under the stars while keeping all the comfort of a bedroom suite,” says Dumas. “Bubble huts are for me like an ataraxic catalyst, a place apart where getting rest, breathing and standing back”. Dumas’ unique design and the geometry of the Bubble creates a silencing acoustic effect. “Noises coming from the outside are reduced and noises coming from the inside echo towards the sphere’s hub. This echo drives people to speak quietly bringing about a feeling of appeasement favorable to have a nap,” explains Dumas.

Installation of the Bubbles is apparently quick and easy. Featuring an air renewal system, the Bubble maintains its sphere shape by utilizing a blower that constantly creates soft pressure against the walls. This air pressure also avoids moisture problems and provides a constant flow of fresh air into the interior of the bubble. The CristalBubble and the BubbleRoom can fit a king size bed, and feature an entry lock offering a space for personal belongings. All Bubble huts are 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter and are made of reinforced, anti-fire and ultraviolet-protective plastic. Each hut comes with a wooden floor, portable blower and protective cover. These Bubbles aren’t cheap though – why is it all the gorgeous stuff is always hand in the wallet expensive –  Prices for the CristalBubble start from $US10,000 and are available from BubbleTree. The ever clever Dumas’ also rents these wonders for extra special events, if your lucky enough to call République Française home then checkout http://bubbletree.fr/


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Dirty Pix Please . . .

Posted: July 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar, Blip, Bunny Boiler, Favorite New Thought, Fun Renovating Ideas, Life Matters, Thought of the Day | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Dirty Pix Please . . .

TRASHWE Want Your Trash . . .

Pictures of it that is. We need photos of incidental garbage. The pix will be used in a study of litter.
What we’re looking for: any quality pictures taken by you of curbside garbage, if you want credit for you pix you need to send details.

email pix + country + postcode/zip (where the picture was taken) to michael@indeepmedia.com.au