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Versatile, sophisticated white named Colour of the Year for 2016

The year 2016 is still almost three months away, but the people at Benjamin Moore Colour Studio no doubt want to give designers, decorators and do-it-yourselfers an early heads-up on an important piece of news: the Colour of the Year. The “highly anticipated” colour is—white. Not strictly a colour, of course, but white is “transcendent, powerful and polarizing,” according to Ellen O’Neill, the creative director at Benjamin Moore. It is a design essential. The white to ask for is Simply White OC-117. White is not just a design trend, said O’Neill. Its popularity with decorators, even its necessity, is “quantifiable” in the décor industry. Variants of white make up five ... Read More »

World’s first 3D printed hotel suite completed in Philippines

It doesn’t look like much, frankly, in the photos, but the world’s first 3D printed hotel suite will soon be open for business in the Philippines. It’s the latest example of the fast-developing market for 3D printing in construction. The man responsible said that it took approximately 100 hours to “print” the structure, which has a floor area of 10.5 by 12.5 metres (1,500 square feet). The suite includes two separate bedrooms, a living room and spa with Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi was also 3D printed. The really significant thing about this is that it will be the first commercially operational 3D printed structure in the world. Not surprisingly it took ... Read More »

New Zealanders consider a new national flag

New Zealand is looking for a new flag. The current flag has a Union Jack in the upper left quadrant and four stars on a blue background. It has been in use since 1869. It looks much like other flags of former British colonies. It is almost indistinguishable from the flag of Australia. A government panel put together for the purpose received and reviewed more than ten thousand design submissions from New Zealanders. The panel has now created a short list of forty, from which four will be selected and put to a public vote. The panel says that a “great flag” should be distinctive and so simple it can ... Read More »

Principles of home design that are always in fashion

Having a home of one’s own is a dream for many people. Whether that home be humble or grand, the important thing is that it is home, however we may define that concept. One thing is certain; “a house is not a home.” Designer Stella Salvador shares several guiding principles concerning how to ensure that the impersonal space between four walls becomes a personalized home. The home must fit our life, not the opposite The space we currently call home, or one that we are about to if we are intending to move, may not be ideal as is. Can it be made so? The answer may depend on how a ... Read More »

World’s first 3D printed office building set for Dubai

It sounds so simple. The parts required to print a building are: a template, in the form of a CAD drawing, customizable as needed; a 3D printer, with dimensions 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide, and 132 feet long; and special formula ink, consisting of sand, concrete, glass fibre and “Crazy Magic Stone.” That all-important “ink” hardens to a wind- and earthquake-resistant hardness that is flexible, light, self-insulating and locally available. This is the recipe according to WinSun, the Chinese firm that is currently one of the world’s leading builders of 3D printed houses. It can print a basic little house, without wiring or plumbing, in less than a day. WinSun ... Read More »

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