Recycled Furniture

by KamilaSu 19. November 2014 12:41

Did you accumulate a bunch of unnecessary things at home, but you don't want to throw them away? Or maybe you Did you accumulate a bunch of unnecessary things at home, but you don't want to throw them away? Or maybe you just don't like the current consumer society, in which every house and apartment is furnished with brand new furniture from the latest collection. We will inspire you to arrange your apartment tastefully and creatively without having to spend money for conventional accessories.  

Recycled chair

 

 

If your kids have already grown up and they do not want to sleep on bunk beds when visiting you, feel free to use the bed in the garden or yard, where it can be more useful. If your yard doesn't have a gazebo suitable for afternoon coffee or weekend reading. Simply remove the bottom bunk bed and place it to the appropriate place.  

Recycled bunk bed

Surely, you often think about what to do with old magazines that you have read all through, and they just take up a lot of space. But how can one use them to make a furniture? It's absolutely simple! Pile up the magazines on a wooden surface to the height that suits you, put a pillow on the top of it, and gird it all with a belt. The chair will surely be useful, when there's more people visiting. Old magazines can also be used as a tables; don't be afraid to be creative. 

Use of the old magazines

Students these days surely appreciate that they can easily make a desk for a few dollars just using an ordinary cardboard and their handcrafting skills. You just need to plan it all well ahead. If you are well stocked with cardboard, do not limit yourself just to ordinary desks; cardboard can be used to make various things: coffee tables, chairs or stools; houses for dolls, dogs, cats etc. 

Recycled cardboard

It is up to you what way you choose to deal with the waste that you produce daily, but as you can see, even an ordinary box may be used creatively, for example, just using paint. 

Recycled cardboard

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Santiago Calatrava - Creator of Abstract Architecture

by KamilaSu 11. November 2014 12:11

500 years ago our world was divided into two camps, the world of science and the world of art. Scientists and engineers are now living in their own world, concentrating on the functionality and the cause of things. Others, meanwhile, use those things, even though they do not understand how they work.

From the moment of this sad separation of art and science, these two worlds only sporadically find a joint penetration. And even today, we still admire the works of Renaissance artists and consider their works to be ideal. But these combine both types of knowledge: beauty of art and technical know-how.

 

Santiago Calatrava, one of the world's elite architects, decided to go back to school after the graduation in his architectural studies and get a degree in civil engineering. His motivation for such a decision was the effort to return to the Renaissance values and erase the boundaries between architecture and technology.

Calatrava´s bridge

Beginnings of Calatrava's work is bound mainly to bridges and train stations, which added a new dimension to civil engineering.

Communications Tower Montjuic in Barcelona

Turning point in his career came with the construction of an elegant and brave Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona.

Calatrava represents a new direction based on technical know-how, which has nothing to do with the latest technology. His works are complex and have anthropomorphic character. He mostly uses white concrete to deny the diversity of materials and show the importance of the shapes. In his designs, he gets the inspiration from the human body and nature.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum, his first building in the United States, is known for its "wings" that open and close depending on the position of the sun.

Calatrava is also a creative sculptor and painter. When designing buildings he often uses his artistic knowledge from other disciplines and combines them. In 2005 he organised an exhibition of his works of art in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) entitled "Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture in Architecture". Exhibitions of his works of art appeared also in Germany, England, Spain, and Italy. He is often referred to as the creator of the abstract architecture.

Turning Torso Building

The project of an innovative 54-storey high-rise spiral building that carries the name of the Turning Torso was his first design of an high-rise building. It is located in Malmö in Sweden and was built in the years 1999-2003.

Valencia

The complex of buildings in his native Valencia is also a common place of pilgrimage for the lovers of architecture.

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May Your Feet Get Some Heat

by KamilaSu 28. October 2014 12:00

Are you planning a bathroom renovation? Have you already thought about the type of heating most suitable for your bathroom? We'll give you some ideas.

Bathroom

Nowadays, you no longer have to decide whether you get the same unsightly radiator as your neighbours have, or ruin the family budget. There are several solutions that also take your budget into account!

Therefore, what radiator or system to choose? It depends mainly on the size of the bathroom, the amount and size of windows, the thickness of external walls and many other factors.

Start by choosing between radiator and floor heating system. Floor heating is becoming more popular and there are many reasons for that. Since it is practically invisible, it is an excellent aesthetic solution for your new apartment or bathroom. In addition, this option is very practical and pleasant, thanks to the even distribution of heat throughout the room. Your floor will no longer be a source of cold; that allows you to reduce the room temperature by 1-2 degrees while the sensational temperature remains the same. Floor heating not only saves energy but also a lot of space that would otherwise be occupied by radiators. Your apartment will be fresher, nicer, simpler and more conveniently furnished.

 
Floor heating system

 

Do not forget to take into account the disadvantages you cannot avoid when it comes to this type of heating. Floor heating system is not as flexible in terms of regulation of temperature, as the radiators are. Since it stays warm longer after shutting down, it does not allow rapid temperature regulation. If you opt for this type of heating you have to take into account the cost of the installation, which is definitely higher than in case of the radiators. Not to mention the potential repairs needed, which would be slightly more difficult to manage due to the complicated access to the system. Before you install a floor heating system make sure you think of the placement of furniture in the room - to prevent unnecessary waste of energy later. To draw the accurate floor plan of your furnished house, you can use our online designer.

Which floor heating to choose? Electric or heat line?

Pipes of floor heating system

Electric floor heating works on the base of resistance cables or mats that are connected to the electric current. Heat is generated from converting electrical energy in the core of the cable, which in turn heats the layer above and spreads the warmth to the entire room. The advantage of such heating is its simple installation, possibility to lay cables on the original floors, easy and precise temperature regulation, lower investment costs and rapid heating. The system does not need to be connected to the heat line, making it suitable for residential houses with central heating, or where there is not a connection to gas. The disadvantages of this system include higher operating costs mainly because of the higher cost of electricity. Therefore, we recommend to install electric floor heating only within smaller areas. The thickness of the heating layer in this case is so thin that heat will not remain in the system as long as in the case of heat line floor heating. To heat thin refurbished floors, you will do better with a suitable thin heating mat.

The heat line floor heating needs to be connected to a gas boiler. Alternatively, it is also possible to connect the system to renewable energy – heat line fireplaces, wood boilers, heat pumps, and solar collectors. In comparison to radiators, you can save up to 30% of current costs with this kind of heating!

In the last decade, radiators have undergone revolutionary development and have lost the label of unsightly objects to be avoided by modern architecture. In today's era, they are design or artwork pieces that complete the interior, or merge with it so that you will not even notice them. Their biggest disadvantage is that they do not distribute the heat in the room evenly, but accumulate the highest temperature in its surroundings.

Invisible radiator

There are heat line, hot-air, electric, gas and solid fuel (fireplaces) radiators. They are made of different materials; therefore, we distinguish the following types:

 

  • Cast iron radiators – already used for ages, have a large volume and thanks to that they remain warm longer. Their lifespan can exceed 50 years. Its disadvantage is that the disorders of the joints are a very common issue, cleaning is very difficult and they are well known for the leakages. 
  • Aluminium radiators - are made from one integrated piece without joints or seams, making it not as defected as cast iron radiators. They are known for their high calorific value and they warm up very fast, whereas compared to cast iron they have a much smaller volume. 
  • Plate steel radiators - are currently the best sellers. They have small volume, warm up very fast, but cool down just as quickly. Their advantage is a large heating output within a small area. They are very compact and they are produced in different sizes and colours, so they can also serve as decoration.
  • Convection unit – are made of plates attached to the tube. According to your preferences you can choose floor, wall, window or standing convection units. They are unobtrusive heating units that are easy to maintain. They are placed mainly to large glazed areas to compensate the difference in temperature between interior and exterior of the room. 
  • Pipe steel radiators – they don´t have such a big calorific value, so they usually serve as towel dryers. You can get them in a variety of unusual shapes or colours.
  • Plate electric radiant heaters - operate on the principle of infra-red heaters and are designed for real aesthetes. They are composed of panels powered by electricity that do not heat the air, but the same way as sunshine they heat solid objects. According to experts, it is the most environmentally friendly type of radiator, as they save energy, nature, and least but not last they save your money as well.

Pipe steel radiator

Plate electric radiant heater

 

In today's rich offer of various types of heating devices, it is not easy to choose the right one. Although floor heating system can stand on its own, the most appropriate solution for your bathroom could be a combination of several heating systems. Floor heating with a modern aesthetic type of radiator could be the right solution for you!

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Opponent of Straight Lines - Friedensreich Hundertwasser

by KamilaSu 20. October 2014 16:02

 

Sharp edges, right angles, parallel walls, levelled windows, uniform sizes, all this and many other conventional rules of architecture and interior design were opposed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser who demonstrated that on his own designs of flats, houses and other buildings.

Hundertwasser House

Hundertwasser House in Vienna. He didn’t demand remuneration for the building project, because he was rather willing to invest in it than to allow another ugly building to be built in the city centre.

Friedrich Stowasser, better known as Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist, architect and one of the most influential figures of the beginnings of modern art and modern architecture. The name Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, which he later adopted, perfectly epitomizes his philosophy of life and art. It means "One hundred coloured waters on a rainy day" and corresponds with his personal motto: "When one thinks he has to repair nature; he is always irreparably mistaken."

Hundertwasser was a versatile artist. He painted, illustrated books, designed facades, postage stamps, national flags or clothing, yet he is most famous for his architectural design, typical for its irregularity and effort to blend in with the surrounding landscape. He promoted and also set in practice the idea that every building should have afforested rooftops accessible to its tenants. Flat floors which are incompatible with the rules of nature should be replaced with uneven and irregular floors. And just as important for him as everything was the so-called window law: "The tenant shall have the right to lean out of the window, and paint the plaster as far as he can reach according to his creative soul."

 

Although he is often compared to Antonio Gaudi, Hundertwasser´s style is so distinctive and unique that his works are unmistakable. Look at a few buildings designed by him:

BadBlumau in Austria

BadBlumau in Austria. Buildings in a spa town imitate surrounding hills and what more compost toilets secure fertilisers for local agriculture. 

Maishima incineration plant in Osaka, Japan

Maishima incineration plant in Osaka, Japan. Hundertwasser was willing to design industrial buildings, in this case, however, provide that he could equip the incineration plant with the best filters available. Part of the plant accessible to visitors demonstrates the problems associated with excessive production of waste. 

Public toilets Kawakawa

Public toilets Kawakawa at Hundertwasser´s beloved New Zealand. The interior is designed to contain as few straight lines and right angles as possible. 

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