Like an Offering to Vulcan, This Home Honors the Ancient Volcano That Shaped Its Design

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We often see homes inspired by nature. It could be anything from the ocean to the mountains that influences an architect’s design decisions. We’ve seen desert hues and winter whites, boulders that cut right into a wall or even a tree growing through the middle of a house. But this home precariously positioned on a steep slope may be the first we’ve seen that drew its influence from the stages of a volcanic eruption. Take a peek at Lookout House — a home that goes from glowing orange magma to cooled-down basalt.

The result of a collaboration between architectural firm Faulkner Architects and Concept Lighting Lab, Lookout House was fully informed by the land. Everything from the slope of the ground to the fact that it sits at the base of a dormant volcano had influence on the design process.  Located in Truckee, California, this house is like an

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Copenhagen Imports’ 50th Anniversary Collection Is a Testament to Timeless Design

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Copenhagen Imports’ Texas regional manager, John Milk, is always quick to distinguish furniture design trends, such as sectional sofas with trendy style options like smoky mirrors and gold-plated tables. He should know – he’s been designing furniture showrooms for almost three decades. John has always admired interior design, recalling days when, as a child, his mother would take him along to visit his favorite furniture store in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

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Kitchen Design Ideas – Which?

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Follow our simple kitchen design ideas to transform your existing kitchen or create a new kitchen that’s stylish and practical.

Before you start planning a new kitchen, the first thing to decide is whether you want to update your current kitchen or start from scratch.

Look at what you already have, and think about what you like and don’t like about it. It can help to draw up a list of what you want to keep, move or remove completely. 

If your kitchen layout already works well, you’ll save money by keeping things in the same place, particularly your sink and appliances.

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If you’re planning to move house soon, totally transforming your kitchen might not be worth it. Many buyers want to put their own stamp on a place, but they won’t want to replace a new kitchen. Refreshing it with cheaper updates might be the best

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Couples design their own “virtual babies” at Dutch art exhibit

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Couples who want children of their own got a brief taste of parenthood by creating their own “digital babies” during a virtual reality art exhibit in the Netherlands.

Visitors selected the baby’s character traits, physical appearance and other features by answering questions on a computer tablet.

They sat in sofas in a futuristic room with soft lighting and flowing drapes, which was all part of an installation called “IVFX: posthuman parenting in hybrid reality,” created by Dutch visual artist Victorine van Alphen.

“I had lots of deep, personal conversations that inspired me,” Van Alphen said, including with people who wanted to have children but couldn’t, someone who had lost a child and neighbours considering artificial insemination.

“There were lots of beautiful, inspiring conversations, anecdotes and background discussions that formed this strange, futuristic project,” she said. “I kind of gave myself the ‘mission impossible’ to create a presence

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Amazon’s New Room Decorator Tool Lets You Design a Whole Room With Augmented Reality Furniture

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a hand holding a cell phone: Amazon just launched a new augmented reality tool to make shopping for furniture online easier. With the Room Decorator feature, customers can add and arrange multiple pieces of furniture available on Amazon in their own spaces.

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Amazon just launched a new augmented reality tool to make shopping for furniture online easier. With the Room Decorator feature, customers can add and arrange multiple pieces of furniture available on Amazon in their own spaces.

Shopping for furniture online just got a whole lot easier: Amazon is launching an augmented reality tool that lets you see how furniture and home decor items will look in your home. The best part? With Amazon’s new Room Decorator tool, you can view multiple items at once, so you can basically design a whole room right from your phone or desktop.

In 2017, Amazon rolled out AR View, which let online shoppers see images of furniture in their home with their phone cameras…but they could only view one item at a time. With Amazon’s new Room Decorator feature, you can add and arrange an entire room of furniture, seeing all

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE53 Coupe Puts a Premium on Design

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Smack in the middle of Mercedes’s engine lineup for the updated 2021 GLE-class is the brand’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Set against the standard 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 with more than 600 ponies, the six’s smoothness and easy power make it a standout in the GLE53 coupe model.

a car driving on a city street: The fastback profile of AMG's redesigned GLE53 coupe will cost you $4150 and a sizable chunk of cargo room over the conventional SUV model.

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The fastback profile of AMG’s redesigned GLE53 coupe will cost you $4150 and a sizable chunk of cargo room over the conventional SUV model.

The turbocharged six features a 48-volt motor-generator that delivers the 3.0-liter a silky smooth auto stop-start system and also fills in the gaps between nine-speed automatic transmission’s gear changes. The 48-volt system also powers an electric supercharger that helps feed boost before the turbocharger wakes up. The hybrid/supercharger combo yields a low-rpm surge that helps get the 5322-pound GLE off the line with satisfying authority.

a motorcycle parked on the side of the engine of a car: 2021 Mercerdes-AMG GLE53 4Matic coupe

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Taco Bell unveils new restaurant design, emphasizing the drive-thru and limiting human interaction

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Taco Bell’s newest restaurant design emphasizes the drive-thru and limits human interaction, making it more suitable for the coronavirus era.

The most significant difference is the size. Taco Bell is cutting back on dining room seating and adding a second drive-thru lane dedicated to pick-up orders made on its app. The “Go Mobile” concept is debuting next year.

The “evolved restaurant is specifically designed for guests to order ahead through the brand’s mobile app and enjoy the Taco Bell experience in a frictionless way,” the company said in a release Thursday.

The design is in response to the changing ways consumers began ordering fast food since the pandemic’s start. Digital orders and drive-thrus exploded in popularity for basically every chain, including Chipotle, McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands said it served an additional 5 million cars through the taco chain’s drive-thrus compared with the same time a year

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How Kenneth Nicholson Is Rediscovering the Romantic Side of Design

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At the beginning of February, Kenneth Nicholson showed his fall collection, titled “From Grandma’s Couch,” in New York. While Nicholson has steadily gained a loyal following since launching his label in 2016, his second showing at NYFW felt like a breakthrough. A rich, romantic ode to the nostalgic comfort of his grandmother’s ’70s-era interior stylings, Nicholson’s thoughtful integration of womenswear details into forward-thinking men’s tailoring—as well as his eclectic body of references, ranging from The Color Purple to Billie Holiday—felt like his most confident offering yet, earning him a nomination for Emerging Designer of the Year at this year’s CFDA Awards. 

Then, of course, lockdown hit. But Nicholson remains cautiously optimistic about his brand’s longevity. “It’s definitely shaken things up for me, but it’s also allowed me to be more improvisational and just take each day one step at a time,” says Nicholson over the phone from his studio in

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Bed Bath & Beyond’s New Design Service Brings the Dorm Room Home

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For students who will be missing out on the dorm experience this fall, Bed Bath & Beyond has a solution.

Today, the retailer launched College From Home, a new service to help the many students who will be studying online this fall redesign their bedrooms to capture as much of the university experience as possible.

“One of the things we were hearing quite a bit, in particular from parents, is that they really didn’t want their daughter or son to miss out on having the college shopping experience,” said Cindy Davis, the home goods retailer’s CMO. Parents especially felt that way given that their children missed so much of their senior year in high school, she added.

The College From Home service provides design ideas and tips, as well as curated products tied to virtual learning. (The items are, of course, not only intended for distance learners but also students

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HashCash to Design Advanced Digital Infrastructure for Major Hospitality Enterprise

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PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Industries are accelerating its efforts to bring digital transformation within their existing architecture, and HashCash has been at the forefront, playing its part in aiding businesses. Known for their scalable innovative solutions in infrastructural development, HashCash has joined hands with a USA-based major hospitality enterprise, to design an advanced digital infrastructure, powered by automated processes for streamlining of operations. The modified system will minimize manual operations and enable low-touch experiences for the guests.

“The post-pandemic new normal demands that we embrace the digital benefits and integrate the same within the existing architecture wherever reformation is needed. Businesses cannot stay shut-down forever. We have to innovate to work around the issues and neutralize the same. That’s what HashCash aims to do for the hospitality enterprise and build them a scalable and futuristic infrastructure”, commented Raj Chowdhury, CEO, HashCash Consultants.

The ongoing

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