IKEA is hoping to put the brakes on a phenomenon born in Belgium in June and now gaining steam in the Netherlands. It’s an adult hide-and-seek game. These events are organized online by customers to be conducted in several stores. For the full story click here.
What attracts this type of behavior to their stores.
Could it be their commericals?…
Buckminster Fuller was a 20th century inventor and visionary who did not limited to one field of expertise. He worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems. And one of the problems he chose to work on was the toilet.
He devised a four, stamped sheet metal or plastic commode that was light enough to be carried by two workers. They’ll fit up tight staircases and through narrow doors, allowing retrofitting in existing structures. All the appliances, pipes, and wires are built-in, limiting on-site construction to simple instillation hook-up.
With this configuration the interior has no germ-harboring nooks, crannies, or grout cracks.
This focus on sanitation was part of a larger effort known as the Dymaxion House which was meant to use a minimum of materials to provide maximum living space.
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What It’s Like to Be a Woman in a Field That’s Still 99 Percent Male Nina MacLaughlin. (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan)
In 2008, journalist Nina MacLaughlin quits her desk job of seven years with no plan for what to do next. Though she had no experience to speak of she jumped at the chance to apply to a Craigslist job posting for a carpenter’s assistant. She was especially heartened by the tagline “Women strongly encouraged to apply,” and sent off her application right away.
She got the job, and has been a carpenter in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ever since.
In her new memoir, ‘Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter’, MacLaughlin tells us her experience of abandoning her desk job and the satisfaction and joy of learning to work with her hands. She spoke with the Cut about what her career switch taught her about ambition, how working as a carpenter changed her own femininity, and what it’s like to be a woman in a field that’s still 99 percent male.
To read the full interview click the photo or click here.
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- Tagged Beowulf Sheehan, Construction, Construction and Maintenance, Craigslist, desk job, Drywall, Home improvement, MacLaughlin, Materials and Supplies, Nina MacLaughlin, Renovation, United States
From the Lascaux caves to the Palace of Versailles, France is home to some of the most unique and cherished one-of-a-kind dwellings in the world. But for the past 25 years, Ra Paulette (sounds French) has been carving out man-made caves from the sandstone hills of New Mexico, USA. Driven by passion, not profit he sculpts these spaces into works of art he calls wilderness shrines. In one case he only charged a client 12 dollars and hour for his labor. Yet 2 of his caves along with the 200 acres around them are selling for close to a million dollars .
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- Tagged Associated Press, British Museum, Christian Dior S.A., France, French language, Lascaux caves, Louis XIV of France, National Gallery, Palace of Versailles, Paris, Ra Paulette, United Kingdom
One can argue very few would find the above video interesting. Only the true construction aficionado would be captivated.
Enter the following article:
Heat sensitive tile construction inspired by the Aurora Borealis. Now were talking!
Posted in Bathroom, Design Ideas, Paris, Renovation in Paris, Shower, Tile, Tips and Tricks
- Tagged Apartment, appartement, Aurora Borealis, Bathroom, change colours, Construction, Heat sensitive, renovate, shower tiles