How to Get the English Town House Look

1 week 2 days ago

Hear the words ‘English town house’, and what do you imagine? Is it a quirky, cosy home, by any chance? And does its image appeal to you? If the answer is yes, we don’t blame you.

Many people aspire to live in this kind of property. Not everybody owns a Victorian terraced house.

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t recreate the English town house look inside our homes.

Here, we explore how to do this.

Look for Outside Inspiration

What attracts you to town houses? Is it their layout? Or perhaps the way that they’re presented in films? Whatever the reason, consider your attachment to this property type.

That way, you can design your interior to suit your tastes. If you’re not entirely sure why you love town houses, why not explore your ideas in a creative way. This can be through a mind map, poster, or mood board.

Once you’ve set out your plan, you may want to save this design piece. At the end of the project, you can hang it on the wall to enhance the town house appeal.

Explore and Experiment

Very often, the English town house is seen as a place of bohemian charm. A sanctuary of eccentricity. And what better way to achieve this look than through artistic experimentation?

Explore different textures and colours, and you could increase the depth of your home interior. This may heighten the creative appeal of your abode. In turn, it could give each room an authentic townhouse feel.

You may also want to explore the emotional impact of different shades and tones.  In doing so, you can make sure that your redesign is completely bespoke to you.

Mix and Match with Furniture

What most people love about the English town house is its sense of character. A lot of the time, its interior can mimic its owner’s personality.

Usually, its indoor space is connected with a charming mis-match of furniture. Luckily, you can easily apply this to your own home. You just need staple décor pieces, some spare time, and a few redesign ideas.

You can then spend a rainy afternoon reshuffling your furnishings. For many, the townhouse look is effortless and uncontrived. With this in mind, how about rearranging items to produce a more liberated, unconventional layout?

You could use this task as an opportunity to improve your indoor living area. Through this activity, you can find effective storage solutions, like wardrobes, for example.

So, this can be a fun and practical exercise. And, of course, you’ll be able to bring an English townhouse look to your home.

Once you know how, you can refashion your interior to suit your style preferences. With these tips, you could update your property to reflect what you love about the English town house.

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From Lobster & Live Music to the Cattle Car: The Evolution of Air Travel

1 week 3 days ago
[ By SA Rogers in Culture & History & Travel. ]

From the wicker chairs of the 1920s, the evolution of airplane seats has rapidly diverged in two different directions — toward luxurious full-sized beds on first class international flights and the increasingly tiny torture devices in economy. Clearly, what’s happening in the air parallels growing class schisms on the ground, but what makes air travel unique (and often, uniquely rage-inducing) is the juxtaposition of these elements within the same confined space, all set against a backdrop of general travel stress and anxiety.

An American Airlines economy flight in the 1960s

Designers for Boeing and manufacturers of interior airplane components like seats will tell you that most planes have become safer and more comfortable over time, pointing to the earliest days of random furniture scattered around low-ceilinged spaces and turbulent flights that took many times longer than they do now. But when most contemporary travelers think about how flying experiences have changed, our points of reference are much more recent, recalling the “golden age of air travel” between the 1950s and 1970s.

A Pan Am 747 flight in the 1960s

We can either summon our own memories or view photographs of guests enjoying meals of wine and lobster (with real forks and knives) or swiveling around in wingback chairs to enjoy the performance of a live pianist – all on an economy class ticket. Some planes were even decked out in designs by Alexander Girard and Emilio Pucci, outfitted with murals, live plants and spacious dressing rooms.

Now, for those who must wait until last to board and then march through business class trying not to look directly at all the personal space, cocktails and warm towels awaiting deeper-pocketed passengers, the cattle car endurance challenge of economy can be demoralizing. Going through invasive TSA screening and cramming yourself into increasingly tight seats with your knees pressed into your chest, only to find upon landing that your luggage has been lost, doesn’t exactly promote a cheerful atmosphere. But hey, at least people can no longer smoke cigarettes in the air.

The problem with the 3-5-3 A380 layout, as demonstrated by @AirlineFlyer. #paxex #AIX15 pic.twitter.com/iXkvbKpGM2

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Advances in technology have offered airlines jets with ever lighter and more aerodynamic qualities, reducing fuel consumption and delivering lower operating costs, yet they’re pushed to their absolute limits to pack as many passengers in as they can. The pitch of seats – which is the distance between the front of one seat and the back of the seat in front of it – once measured 34 to 35 inches, but has since shrunk to an average of 30, with some measuring just 28 inches. Meanwhile, seat widths have narrowed to as little as 17 inches across. The FAA has declined to place limits on just how low they can go. Many passengers find that there’s no way to avoid their bodies overlapping with those of their neighbors.

Zach Honing of ThePointsGuy.com demonstrates the size of a new United 737 Max bathroom

These measurements don’t reflect the realities of human bodies, let alone minimum requirements for comfort when you’re stuck in one position for hours at a time. Airlines are eliminating amenities, raising fees and constantly trying to pack more rows of seating onto the same planes, and some are even considering seat designs that require passengers to lean rather than sit or doing away with seats altogether, creating a whole new class of tickets that offer standing room only. And, as interior space grows more scarce, carry-on baggage compartments and bathrooms are shrinking as well. To get a few extra inches of space, you have to pay for yet another class of ticket, typically referred to as Economy Plus or Economy Comfort, or use a controversial brawl-inciting product like the Knee Defender that keeps the person in front of you from reclining into your lap.

Singapore Airline’s first class suite

Meanwhile, in first class, airlines are competing to offer the types of amenities typically seen on private jets, like Singapore Airlines’ new A380 suites offering plush full-sized beds. 180-degree lie-flat seats, four-course meals by Michelin chefs served on china, wardrobes, desks and in-flight showers aren’t uncommon, albeit coming at a cost of up to five times as much as an economy ticket. Business class seats enjoy a width of up to 34 inches, with as much as 87 inches of pitch.

The Ticket to Diminishing Expectations

The airplane “saddle” seat that requires leaning rather than sitting

How’d we get here? Some answers to that question are obvious. Airlines, like most businesses in our current economic system, have a primary goal of pushing profits as high as they can. And even in a time of record profits, thanks in part to cheap fuel, they’re working to cut costs. With most planes flying at full capacity, airlines simply don’t have to work very hard to buy the loyalty of passengers who want to pay as little as possible to travel. Plus, back in the days of luxurious amenities in so-called economy class, flights were priced high enough that only certain strata of society could afford them at all. President Carter’s 1978 Airline Deregulation Act helped democratize air travel, making it more accessible than ever, and today, fares are at historic lows – but clearly, we pay for it in other ways.

We live in a world that’s crammed full of people and more traversable than ever, so the question is, how low can the base level standard of service go? Even as air travel grows more affordable, our roads and bridges are crumbling and high speed rail projects never manage to materialize, giving us few alternatives. It’s also worth remembering that even on the cheapest tickets, air travel is still a considerable expense for many people in the United States, where almost a third of the population lives at or near the poverty line.

Judging by airport design alone, the future of air travel looks high tech and glitzy. But if air travel trends continue along their current trajectories, it’ll be interesting to see just how much more segregated the experience becomes for travelers of varying classes. With the middle class shrinking, the number of people who can pay thousands of extra dollars to sit in the front of the plane will likely remain as small and exclusive as ever, leading everyone else to wonder whether getting a bargain requires giving up even the most minimal comforts. Will the rear ends of planes someday look like the notoriously crammed subways of Tokyo?

With our expectations of air travel experiences diminishing, perhaps renewed pushes for better transportation on the ground will emerge – which might be for the best, anyway, given the massive effect all those flights have on the climate.

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Apartment Design Ideas | 10 Simple Design Hacks You’ll Love

1 week 3 days ago

If you are anything like me, then you probably spend a little too much time with your eyes glued to the television watching home renovation shows.

What can I say, seeing those rooms turned from trash to treasure just feels too good.

But what doesn’t do it for me is when I hop online and see just how much those renovations cost.

It still hits me in the feels, just in a much less pleasant way…

Which is why I have put together 10 simple design hacks you can use to take your entire apartment to the next level – without breaking the bank.

You can thank me later.

1 – Upgrade Your Bathroom Tiles (but not in the way that you think)

Bathrooms are unquestionably one of the most important rooms in the house.

They can provide a little escape from the rest of the family, and offer a safe haven where you can prepare yourself for the upcoming day.

Unfortunately, they are traditionally one of the most expensive rooms to change in any capacity.

However, they don’t have to be. If you want to give your bathroom a facelift without incurring a cost, look no further than bathroom tile paint.

Changing the colour of your bathroom tiles with a simple paint is the perfect way to upgrade the look of your bathroom on the cheap.

2 – Put on Some Shades

The addition of a funky light shade to your loungeroom is arguably one of the easiest ways to change the feel of the whole room.

A unique lightshade essentially acts as a focal point for the room, in which it becomes a fantastic visual feature.

Check out Etsy for lampshades with character.

As a bonus, a light shade obviously changes the lighting within the room. This makes it the perfect way to give your loungeroom that relaxing vibe that everyone craves after a hard day of work.

3 – Embrace Your Mirror Image

Have you ever walked into a boutique store and been taken aback by how large it is – only to realise that you are really looking at a couple of mirrors?

All. The. Time.

As annoying as this little trick can be, you can use it to your design advantage. By hanging a couple of large mirrors in one of your smaller rooms, you can make them room feel much bigger.

This little design hack works particularly well in rooms that receive a bit of natural light, as the mirrors obviously reflect that. This then results in a room that feels whiter, brighter, and way more natural.

4 – Check the Time

One of the best ways to offer a new perspective to an old room is through the addition of a feature object – something that draws your attention, and that you never get sick of looking at.

And the perfect feature object?

A wall clock.

Not only is a wall clock a great option that offers a point of difference to most homes, but they also serve a very practical purpose – talk about bang for your buck (or back for your clock?).

The trick to using a wall clock as your feature object is to make sure that it stands out above all else in the room like the Thomas Kent wall clock above.

A large clock is a must! It helps if the clock contains a pattern or colour that is slightly different to the rest of the room.

5 – Draw away some clutter

If your apartment is anything like mine, then I can only assume that there are times when it feels small, cramped, and cluttered.
A great way to remedy this is to head to Ikea (or any other furniture store) and try and get your hands on a mismatch of drawers. The shape and style don’t really matter, although you do want them to match your colour scheme of your home.

You can then use these to store any clutter under items of furniture such as your bed, your TV cabinet, and your wardrobe.

This not only provides a really nice look to the room, but also makes the whole place feel roomier in the process.

For a kick of inspiration, start watch Tidying Up on Netflix. It’s a life changer!

6 – Prioritise Minimalist Furniture

Building on the above suggestion, when it comes to a smaller apartment, it really is best to buy your furniture to suit your needs, and nothing more.

A prime example would be the dining table – do you really need an eight-seater, or will that small four-seater suit better?

By choosing smaller pieces of furniture, you increase the space available for decorations, while simultaneously making the room feel larger. Not to mention the fact that you often save a bit of cash on furniture purchases in the process.

7 – Throw It Up

I often find some well-designed rooms end up feeling a little too clinical. The colour scheme comes across almost too well matched, and there is a noticeable lack of texture.

However, this can be remedied very easily by using throw rugs.

Nice patterned throw rugs offer a point of difference to a room. This can be in the form of a unique color, pattern, or texture – and trust me when I say it can make a world of difference.

These can simply be layered about the room on different pieces of furniture. This will obviously increase the look of room, while also creating a much more comfortable feel.

8 – Rug down

We are going to be keeping with the ‘rug’ theme in line with the previous point, albeit in a very different way.

That’s right – we are talking about floor rugs.

Much like throw rugs, floor rugs offer an extremely efficient way of changing the entire feel of a room, although in a much more powerful way.

For example, a nice shaggy rug can turn a room that feels a little clinical into something that is relaxed and easy going. A heavily patterned rug can take a boring looking room into something straight out of a magazine.

The only rule with floor rugs (because they are so damn large) is that you want to make sure they don’t clash completely with your colour scheme – they should be a slight variation.

9 – Go Green

Our second to last design hack revolves entirely around the concept of re-oxygenating your apartment with the integration of plants.

Indoor plants add a touch of natural color that really cannot be produced any other way. More importantly, exposure to nature has been shown to cause significant improvement in mindset and wellbeing – they literally make your house a more pleasant place to be!

Some of the best indoor plants (read: hardest to kill) include the swiss cheese plant, devil’s ivy, the peace lily, and the mother in laws tongue.

10 – Find brighter lights

Often when we are looking for design hacks, we spend way too much time looking at what’s in the room, rather than what we can do to immediately make that room better.

Enter lighting.

Lighting that is too dim can make an already cramped room feel even smaller, a dark room feel darker, and a drab room feel even drabber.

But opting to increase the brightness of your lighting can reverse this effect, making your rooms feel brighter, larger, and much more inviting.

So next time you find yourself wondering if you need some new furniture, take a quick look at the ceiling and see if you can make an immediate change there – your bank balance will thank you.

Take Home Message

Upgrading your apartment doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive, nor does it require a complete overhaul.

All you need is some smart decision making, and a little bit of ingenuity – which our 10 design hacks have in spades!

So, please give them a go and get back to us – we would love to hear how they went for you.

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Arata Isozaki Named 2019 Pritzker Prize Laureate

1 week 4 days ago

Arata Isozaki has been named the 2019 laureate of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Isozaki, who has been practicing architecture since the 1960s, has long been considered an architectural visionary for his transnational and fearlessly futurist approach to design. With well over 100 built works to his name, Isozaki is also incredibly prolific and influential among his contemporaries. Isozaki is the 49th architect and eighth Japanese architect to receive the honor.

Said the jury of Isozaki in the award citation: “...in his search for meaningful architecture, he created buildings of great quality that to this day defy categorizations, reflect his constant evolution, and are always fresh in their approach.”

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The World's Top Universities for Studying Architecture in 2019

1 week 5 days ago
via Pxhere - CC0 1.0 (Background picture) - Pixabay user Geralt (front image) - Pixabay user RainbowArt, ttreis, Clker-Free-Vector-Images, OpenClipart-Vectors (icons). Image © Fabian Dejtiar via Pxhere - CC0 1.0 (Background picture) - Pixabay user Geralt (front image) - Pixabay user RainbowArt, ttreis, Clker-Free-Vector-Images, OpenClipart-Vectors (icons). Image © Fabian Dejtiar

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has revealed it's ranking of the world’s top universities for the study of Architecture / Built Environment for 2019, based upon academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

On this edition, the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL (University College London) has been named the best university for studying architecture, taking MIT's place, which has topped the rankings for the past four years .

Keep reading and check out the complete ranking.

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Who Has Won the Pritzker Prize?

1 week 6 days ago
Pritzker Prize 2017 Ceremony: Ryue Nishizawa, Tadao Ando, Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Aranda, Glenn Murcutt, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban. Image © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize Pritzker Prize 2017 Ceremony: Ryue Nishizawa, Tadao Ando, Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Aranda, Glenn Murcutt, Carme Pigem, Ramon Vilalta, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban. Image © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize

The Pritzker Prize is the most important award in the field of architecture, awarded to a living architect whose built work "has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity through the art of architecture." The Prize rewards individuals, not entire offices, as took place in 2000 (when the jury selected Rem Koolhaas instead of his firm OMA) or in 2016 (with Alejandro Aravena selected instead of Elemental); however, the prize can also be awarded to multiple individuals working together, as took place in 2001 (Herzog & de Meuron), 2010 (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA), and 2017 (Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta of RCR Arquitectes).

The award is an initiative funded by Jay Pritzker through the Hyatt Foundation, an organization associated with the hotel company of the same name that Jay founded with his brother Donald in 1957. The award was first given in 1979, when the American architect Philip Johnson, was awarded for his iconic works such as the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The Pritzker Prize has been awarded for almost forty straight years without interruption, and there are now 18 countries with at least one winning architect. To date, half of the winners are European; while the Americas, Asia, and Oceania share the other twenty editions. So far, no African architect has been awarded, making it the only continent without a winner.

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Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light

1 week 6 days ago
Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light
Richard Pare
Phaidon, January 2000 (Mini Edition)



Hardcover | 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches | 284 pages | 350 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0714839998

Publisher Description:
An exquisite work of art in its own right, this book is the result of ten years' collaboration between the English photographer Richard Pare and the internationally renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando. This new edition features all the same extraordinary photographs, completely remastered from the original negatives, bringing this beautiful volume back to life. Pare's remarkable images shed new light on this important body of work, while Ando's original line drawings and sketches provide unparalleled insight into his creative process.dDAB Commentary:
In 1996, when the first, large edition of Richard Pare's The Colours of Light was published by Phaidon, Japanese architect Tadao Ando was known for some small commissions: houses, churches, and museums, mainly. It was, in a way, the end of the golden era of Ando, before his style of sensual concrete architecture was supersized for many more museums as well as offices and other buildings all over the world. Ask an architect what their favorite Ando building is and you'll probably hear Church of the Light (1989) before, say, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2002). Translating his tactile concrete architecture suited for intimate spaces of contemplation to larger, more impersonal commissions could not have been easy, but Ando carried his design sense through to such projects, making them recognizably his. (This view of Ando's architecture is not absolute, though, as projects like Wrightwood 659, completed last year, attest.)

There is something about Ando's architecture that makes his buildings well suited to the large-scale monographs that publishers started churning out in the post-S,M,L,XL era. In addition to the first edition of Pare's photographs is Taschen's "XXL" Complete Works, which was first published in 2004 and has been updated twice since, most recently last year. Understandably, Phaidon put out a mini edition of Pare's book in 2000: a scaled-down version of the coffee table book that fits easily on bookshelves and in one's hands. It collects Pare's detail-oriented photos of nearly 30 Ando buildings over the course of more than a decade, much like what he did with Le Corbusier. The book also includes an introductory essay by Tom Heneghan ("Architecture and Ethics"), brief project descriptions and data with sketches by Ando at the back of the book, and some words by Pare on photographing Ando's buildings. The appeal of his photos is not lost on Phaidon, which published a second edition of the large-sized book twelve months ago; subtitled "Volume 1," the new book portends that more is to come, bringing us up to date with photos of Ando's architecture over the last two decades.Spreads:


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Pritzker Prize 2019 To Be Announced Tuesday March 5th

2 weeks 1 day ago

The 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize will be announced on Tuesday, 05 March at 10am EST. Past laureates include some of architecture's most significant names, among them Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, SANAA, Oscar Niemeyer, Norman Foster, Peter Zumthor, Toyo Ito, Alejandro Aravena and, most recently, Balkrishna Doshi (full list).

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Coolest White: A Painting to Reduce the Urban Heat Islands

2 weeks 1 day ago
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The increasing use of air conditioning is causing many cities to hit record energy consumption levels during brutally hot summer months. In populous countries like India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, large urban centers function like ovens: buildings absorb heat that is re-released back into the environment, further increasing the local temperature. More heat outside means more air conditioning inside, which not only raises energy consumption, but also increases the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

With this vicious cycle in mind, a paint was created to protect buildings and urban structures from excessive solar radiation, diminishing the effect of the urban heat island. The innovation came from the partnership of UNStudio, a Dutch architectural firm, and Monopol Color, a Swiss paint specialist. The dark-colored materials that are used to construct the buildings in our cities are one of the main causes of heat accumulation in urban areas. While darker materials absorb up to 95% of the sun’s rays and release them straight back into the atmosphere, this value can be reduced to 25% with a normal white surface. Now, with ‘The Coolest White’, it is possible to reduce absorption and emission to 12%.

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Tips For Remodeling A Small Bathroom

2 weeks 1 day ago

Do you have an incredibly small bathroom? It can be a challenge to make your space look good. If you’re remodelling, trying to fit all the essentials into the space you have available can be like doing a puzzle! How can you configure your sink and toilet? Do you have enough room for a tub? Where on earth are you going to store your towels and toiletries? If you’re looking for some expert guidance about how to manage your tiny bathroom space, here are some top tips.

Choose A Corner Sink

When your bathroom is on the compact side, finding a sink to fit can be tricky. However, a corner model could solve your problems. Even the smallest pedestal sink may be too big for your bijou space, but if you place a corner unit in your room, you’ll find that you can shoehorn it in.

Choose A Curtain Over A Door

If you have a over-bath shower, you should definitely consider choosing a shower curtain rather than a glass door which needs to swing in and out. You can actually fit a shower/tub combo into many small bathrooms. There are small bathtubs which measure just 60” in length.

Float Your Vanity

Having a vanity unit in your bathroom becomes a possibility if you consider mounting it above floor level. This will free up some floor space and create a design statement at the same time. If you choose the right unit, you may be able to add some storage shelves under your vanity unit which will be perfect for putting away those cosmetics and towels.  While you’re choosing a vanity unit, consider opting for a round unit rather than a traditional square or rectangular one. In a tight space, the sharp corners of a usual unit could be a hazard.

Extend Your Counter

If you’re lacking storage in your small bathroom, one way to give yourself a little extra room is to extend a counter top over your toilet. You can use a wood or stone slab and this will give you room to store essentials like shampoo, soap and condition. It won’t affect the placement of your toilet and you’ll achieve a clean and minimalist look.

Choose A Big-Scale Pattern

When choosing curtains or a shower curtain, opt for a larger scale pattern. Wide stripes, for example, are ideal for tricking your eye into seeing the space as bigger than it really is. Although the space may be compact, it will feel larger.

Choose The Right Toilet

When you’re selecting a toilet for your small bathroom, you’ll need to make sure that you choose a space saver unit. A wall mounted toilet is often the best solution. Not only is it easier to clean, it’ll give you a little more floor space which is much needed in a compact room.

Choose A Large Mirror

Wherever possible in a small bathroom choose the largest possible mirror for your space. If you have a mirror that stretches across an entire wall it doesn’t just give you enough room for two people to simultaneously use it, but it also helps to reflect light and make the space appear to be twice as large.

Mount Your Towel Bar On The Door

If space is tight, you should try to mount the towel bar onto your shower door. This will keep your towels within easy reach while showering and provide useful extra towel storage without taking up any valuable floor space. Alternatively, choose a heated towel rail which will serve dual function as towel storage and heating at the same time.

Consider A Trough-Style Sink

Trough sinks are clean and narrow in style which creates an attractive space saving solution. With their low profile they can save floor space when they are mounted on the wall. Wall mounted faucets are also an excellent space saving solution when you have a narrow vanity or sink. These faucets work well in all styles of bathroom from modern to traditional.

Follow these expert small bathroom design tips and you’ll be able to get maximum use from your compact space. Your bathroom can still be a comfortable and welcoming room despite its diminutive size!

 

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What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Coworking In KL

2 weeks 1 day ago

Coworking in Kuala Lumpur can meet entrepreneurs with a landscape that is rapidly growing, and as in other places, the landscape is beginning to evolve in some interesting ways. For one, many professionals will find that there are plenty of opportunities to work in any place in and around the city. Then, there are new developments that can make working in the space very comfortable but productive.

While professionals coworking in KL have benefitted from low-priced overheads, the format has also created a platform for business ingenuity. In this incarnation, the group of coworking professionals who are currently defining the landscape are creating a community where innovation and creativity continue to flourish. If deciding to make the city your business destination, though, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Entrepreneurs should keep reading to find out more about what to expect when coworking in Kuala Lumpur.

The Scenery

Entrepreneurs are just as likely to find an eclectic mix of professionals hashing it out in the coworking space as they are to find more traditional professions. This season entrepreneurs should expect to see freelancers and start-ups of all types. Some of the more creative professions like writers, graphic designers, and even programmers will benefit from the diverse environment.

Then, there is that exciting bunch of globe-trotting professionals who love the coworking space’s amenities and the fact that they some have a self-service lounge. This group of professionals might fly in and work temporarily in a space and leave for a season. However, they add freshness and creativity to the coworking space.

Collaboration Culture

Entrepreneurs should expect to work in spaces where the collaboration culture is firmly entrenched in the space. While coworking was originally created for these types of opportunities, today entrepreneurs working in the Kuala Lumpur coworking space will see teams building and a lot of collaboration taking place. It is probably one of the easiest ways to build a business simply because the collaboration presents businesses opportunities to work on more than one team.

Extra Accessories

 

Back in the day when ping pong tables made the coworking space feel like home, businesses could work until the late hour and take in a game or two. However, today’s coworking spaces in the city are really making a point of focusing on the work/life balance. Gyms, masseuses, yoga (of course), and day care are some of the biggest additions to the list of amenities offered in some of these spaces. Entrepreneurs should expect to see more of the fun stuff that makes working long days bearable added to the coworking menu.

Millennial Madness

Millennials are definitely a part of the scene. While they have influenced a lot, the coworking space inhabited by this group of professionals will reflect a freeness and openness just in terms of the office décor. Open rooms with playfully decorated walls are just a few ways that convey to the public this is definitely a place for industry and collaboration but for creativity and ingenuity as well – words that aptly define this group.

Skyscrapers And Innovators

Entrepreneurs not really into dealing with this energetic group of go-getters can find themselves working in traditionally corporate coworking enclaves. Whether working in the Menara Citibank building or the Nu Towers or any other landmark in this city, these offices are fitted out for the coworking corporate professional. Located near the CBD, entrepreneurs will find access to resources and access to financial institutions very helpful.

A Smorgasbord Of Industry

Coworking in Kuala Lumpur allows entrepreneurs to sample a little bit of everything. Free spirits and corporate types can find their niche in a community of communities that focuses on the collaboration while trying to provide members amenities that will make work more comfortable. The benefit of coworking, however, is that you can establish your venture in a great business community where ever you land.

 

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Spaces of Disappearance

2 weeks 2 days ago
Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
Jordan H. Carver
UR Books, September 2018



Paperback | 6 x 9 inches | 264 pages | b/w illustrations | Languages | ISBN: 978-1947198012 | $25.00

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By investigating the sovereign claims of American power and the architectural spaces of secret prisons, Spaces of Disappearance reconstructs the network of black site prisons developed in the early years of the so-called War on Terror. Jordan H. Carver compiles an original archive of architectural representations, redacted documents, and media reports to build a knowingly incomplete spatial history of post-9/11 extraordinary rendition. Framed by an introductory essay by architectural historian and theorist Felicity D. Scott that positions Carver’s work within a longer history of military strategy and state violence against “uncertain” warfare, this book skillfully presents the territorial and political logics of the top-secret CIA Detention and Interrogation Program. Spaces of Disappearance shows how architectures of confinement were designed to deny prisoners their human subjectivity and describes how the spectacle of government bureaucracy is used as a substitute for accountability.dDAB Commentary:
Earlier this year the BBC put online a series of interactive, immersive scenes "from inside the extraordinary Venezuelan shopping center that became the country’s most notorious political prison." El Helicoide, as the structure is known, was the subject of an exhibition at the Center for Architecture and a book published by UR Books. The BBC feature virtually takes people inside spaces whose details are not otherwise known to the public, since they fall well outside the standards of humane treatment of prisoners. Jordan H. Carver does a similar thing -- but with traditional architectural drawings rather than interactive programming, and with Guantanamo and other "secret prisons" used by the US government in the post-9/11 War on Terror.

Carver's book is made up of two parts: "Politics, Sovereignty, and Secrecy" and "An Atlas of Extraordinary Rendition." The first part takes us back to the days and years after 9/11, when the US justified the use of torture in its War on Terror, memorably through the words of Donald Rumsfeld ("known unknowns"). But in the context of the architectural nature of torture (the prisons, the cells, the devices, etc.), Carver delves into the history of the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and even explores how SteelCell, based in Georgia, fabricates prefabricated prison cells for the US government. This first part provides a theoretical grounding for the "atlas," the drawings that move from the scale of buildings to the interiors of the cells (both holding and interrogation) and the devices used within them (e.g., a device for force feeding prisoners on hunger strikes). Lengthy appendices gather primary sources (some redacted) provide evidence for Carver's words and drawings and further justify the necessity for his book.Spreads:


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Jordan H. Carver is a writer, researcher, and educator who writes on space, politics, and culture. He is a contributing editor to the Avery Review, a core member of Who Builds Your Architecture?, and a Henry M. MacCracken Doctoral Fellow in American Studies at New York University.Purchase Links:
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Le Corbusier: The Built Work

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Le Corbusier: The Built Work
Richard Pare; text by Jean-Louis Cohen
The Monacelli Press, November 2018



Hardcover | 11-1/2 x 10-1/4 inches | 480 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1580934718 | $125.00

Publisher Description:
Le Corbusier is widely acknowledged as the most influential architect of the twentieth century. As extensively researched and documented as his works are, however, they have never been exhaustively surveyed in photographs until now. Photographer Richard Pare has crossed the globe for years to document the extant works of Le Corbusier–from his first villas in Switzerland to his mid-career works in his role as the first global architect in locations as far-flung as Argentina and Russia, and his late works, including his sole North American project, at Harvard University, and an extensive civic plan for Chandigarh, India.

Le Corbusier: The Built Work provides numerous views of each project to bring a fuller understanding of the architect’s command of space, sometimes surprising use of materials and color, and the almost ineffable qualities that only result from a commanding synthesis of all aspects of design. With an authoritative text by scholar and curator Jean-Louis Cohen, Le Corbusier: The Built Work is a groundbreaking opportunity to appreciate the master’s work anew.dDAB Commentary:
One of the many tidbits I remember from undergraduate architecture school is learning about Le Corbusier's houses in Pessac, France. We learned about them not for their design, but for the way residents eventually transformed the modern "machines for living" into something else, something more traditional ― pitched roofs and all. Seeming to come straight out of Stewart Brand's How Buildings Learn, it was in fact Philippe Boudon and Gerald Onn's Lived-In Architecture: Le Corbusier's Pessac Revisited that brought the changes to light decades earlier (in 1972), giving Postmodernists fodder for the apparently out-of-touch nature of Le Corbusier and other Modernist architects. Of course, the reality was more complicated than even Le Corbusier's own words on the project: "You know, it is always life that is right, and the architect who is wrong." Jean-Louis Cohen spells out some reasons for the neglect and subsequent changes in Pessac, most unrelated to Corbusier's forward-thinking designs. Cohen's words on the more than 50 houses in Pessac are actually the most generous among his descriptions of the dozens of built works photographed by Richard Pare in this coffee table book; the rest have one page of text, but Pessac gets two, as if the residue of Lived-In Architecture must be addressed at length.

People moving into the Pessac houses in the 1990s have restored the now nearly 100-year-old houses to their original Corbusier glory (twenty of them are now landmarks), and these are some of the houses documented by Pare. Not all of Le Corbusier's built works given the Pare treatment were so lucky, but for the most part the listing of the architect's buildings has extended their longevity and made them as photogenic as they were when completed. But the decision to photograph all of the extant Corbu works from the Villa Fallet (1907) in La Chaux-de-Fonds to the Heidi Weber Museum (1967) in Zurich means Pare must have been open to the varied conditions of the buildings and the whims of its occupants. Sure, it's evident here and there that he cleared out rooms to put the focus squarely on Corbu's architecture (the solitary LC4 Chaise Longue in the second-to-last spread below is a case in point), but in other cases the lived-in qualities of the buildings are unavoidable (as in the smaller photos in the last spread). With such a wide range of buildings beyond Le Corbusier's many masterpieces, including a number of buildings I had no knowledge or recollection of, Pare still managed to create a cohesive portfolio of beautiful photographs. I think this stems from a toning down of contrasts in the images with sun and shadow, which allows them to strike a balance with the photos ― and there are many ― that were taken on gray days. Whatever the case, the combination of Pare's highly illuminating (figuratively) photos of the highs and lows of Le Corbusier's architecture and Cohen's deeply knowledgeable words on their histories and present states (including ownership and listing status) make this hefty book worth the investment.Spreads:


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Architectural photographer Richard Pare ... was the founding curator of the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and a consultant to the collection since 1989. ... Jean-Louis Cohen is founder of the Cité de l'architecture, a museum, research, and exhibition center in Paris's Palais de Chaillot. ... He has ... extensively interpreted Le Corbusier's work and Paris planning history.Purchase Links:
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Character Type: 3D Typographic Skate Obstacles in Rotterdam

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[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

Get a little too artsy with skate obstacles and you might end up with objects that just aren’t all that fun or functional for their intended purpose. But when Rotterdam design studio Opperclaes collaborated with furniture maker Jeroen van Sluis to bring its signature typographic art into three dimensions, the result spelled success for skaters hitting the city’s streets for Rotterdam Street Culture Weekend and the PowWow Rotterdam street art event.

“Character Type” is a series of 3D typographic installations placed in various parts of Rotterdam last fall, bringing interactive sculptures to previously empty public spaces. The enormous wooden letters seem to rise out of the pavement at odd angles, offering curves and ledges that ultimately spell out the words “ENDLESS,” “STAMINA” and “WAYS.” A fourth installation spelling out “LINES” appeared indoors for the three-day “Creating Lines” skateboarding event, which included an exhibition, full-length skate video and panel discussions.

The whole thing was captured on film by Sami El Hassani, if you want to see how the letter-shaped skate objects performed.

Whenever oversized letters appear in the city of Rotterdam, you can probably bet that Opperclaes is involved. In addition to the “Character Type” project, they’ve produced street furniture, murals and a fun pedestrian crosswalk on the Westblaak.

Check out 15 typographic art projects and a collection of eminently skateable architecture.

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Unboxing New York

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Unboxing New York
ODA New York
Actar, November 2018



Hardcover | 8 x 10 inches | 276 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1945150777 | $39.95

Publisher Description:
In a city like New York, dominated by regulations and defined by a strong post-recession development boom, the architect is bound by conventions and prescribed parameters. Code, market, and time are words as common in the architect’s vocabulary as context, proportion and light. Consequently, the architect’s power has been pushed away from fundamental qualities of living. Unboxing New York investigates these architecture topics to recover the power to design with quality of life as the number one objective.

Unboxing New York is a behind-the-scenes examination of the changing shape of New York City since 2010 -revealing the forces, theories, and histories that have transformed the city, studying the common conventions that architects deal with as a result. In a bind-up of five smaller books with a wide variety of short articles, research pieces, diagrams, and an analysis of key facets of projects, the book presents the realities of the profession and lays out an accessible and engaging roadmap to working within a large, highly regulated metropolis like New York to create valuable additions to urban life.

With prolific experience designing and building in New York -with over 50 designs within an area of 50 square miles- ODA is uniquely positioned to lead this exploration. The firm witnessed the city’s rapid development firsthand, and under a soaring volume of work and no time to waste, it has developed an intuitive formula of decision making to design alternative as-of-right buildings that rearrange priorities and transgress molds.
dDAB Commentary:
A traditional architectural monograph consists of built projects presented with photographs, short descriptions, and the occasional drawing; in-progress projects documented through renderings; and at least one essay by a critic or some other familiar name in architecture. It's a familiar model that many firms are increasingly departing from. This departure makes sense given the great expense and effort of monographs but also the need for firms to distinguish themselves in ways that move beyond the actual qualities of their buildings. ODA New York takes a dramatically different approach with Unboxing New York, creating something that is more akin to a textbook than a monograph.

The firm, founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, has staked out a unique position in New York City's landscape of residential development in a short amount of time. Although each of their buildings is born from the particulars of their respective sites, they infuse their buildings with features that make them recognizable as ODA: generous terraces, pixelated facades, and asymmetrical rooftop silhouettes among them. Unboxing New York explains how Chen and company deals with clients, zoning and building codes, and market forces to create their distinctly "ODA" designs.

As hinted on the cover, Unboxing New York is made up of five chapters: Living, Zoning, Developing, Marketing, and Building. These correspond roughly with the process of architecture and specifically to residential projects in NYC: Living outlines the theoretical basis for ODA's designs; Zoning shows how ODA uses codes to their advantage and those of their clients; Developing lays out how developers approach residential projects; Marketing deals with communication and "selling" designs to the public; and Building hones in on ODA's own practice and some details of construction. The chapters consist of essays written by Chen and other ODA team members, though there are also outside contributions, such as an interview with James Wines of SITE. Between the chapters are full-color, full-bleed photo spreads that take atypical looks at their buildings, showing them under construction, for instance, or lost among their urban surroundings. So where are the projects? They are listed briefly at the back of the book (bottom spread), each one diagrammed with an axonometric, described briefly, and then keyed to the essays. The combination of bite-sized essays, hundreds of descriptive diagrams, and unabashed embrace of residential development makes Unboxing New York an insightful, educational look at the inner workings of ODA as well as the city it call home.Spreads:


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ODA New York was founded in 2007 by Eran Chen. Through a range of projects, ODA seeks to reconcile the conditions of vertical urban living with the qualities which benefit and nurture us as human beings: The desire for protected shelter while observing wide perspectives, the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, and the general improvement of life through good design.Purchase Links:
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Why Keep Drawing When Digital Tools Deliver Hyperrealistic Images?

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Moon Hoon's ilustration for KPOP Curve in South Korea. Image © Moon Hoon Moon Hoon's ilustration for KPOP Curve in South Korea. Image © Moon Hoon

Starting this month, ArchDaily has introduced monthly themes that we’ll explore in our stories, posts and projects. We began this month with Architectural Representation: from Archigram to Instagram; from napkins sketching to real-time-sync VR models; from academic lectures to storytellers.

It isn’t particularly novel or groundbreaking to say that the internet, social media, and design apps have challeged the relation between representation and building. A year ago we predicted that "this is just the beginning of a new stage of negotiation between the cold precision of technology and the expressive quality inherent in architecture". But, is it? Would you say digital tools are betraying creativity? This is an older dilemma than you think.

In this new edition of our Editor's Talk, four editors and curators at ArchDaily discuss drawings as pieces of art, posit why nobody cares about telephone poles on renders and explore how the building itself is becoming a type of representation.

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Everything there is to know about loft conversions

2 weeks 5 days ago

Converting your loft into living space can raise your house value by 20 percent. It can also create more space in a cost-effective way. Do you need an extra bedroom, bathroom, study room or maybe a bureau? Before you get to decorate it with furniture and stylish additions, you have to take a few crucial steps that need to be done in order to convert your loft. Get to know the whole process better and find out how to get started with your conversion.

Do you need permission?

Most houses in the UK have permission for development. That means you don’t have to get additional approval to get your loft converted and you can do it whenever you want. You just need to see if the area itself is suitable for conversion and if it will make a delightful addition to your house. However, if your home is located in a conservation area, you will have to apply for the permit which makes the whole process more time-consuming and complex. If you live in a place where the roof isn’t tall enough, it can become a complicated task as well. Ask an architect, surveyor or a builder if your home can be converted and if it needs permission to do so.

Refreshing the staircase

A renovated and fancy place needs an equally elegant staircase to get there. An ideal location for the staircase to locate is in the line with the roof ridge. That will grant you the best use of available space at your loft. The minimum height requirement for loft stairs is 2 meters but it can be reduced to 1,9m on the centre and 1,8m on the sides. You can also opt for a folding ladder if you’re don’t have enough space. If you want to make your room super special, choose handrails with ornaments and in interesting colours. The stairs don’t have to be used only as an access tool – they can truly transform your whole loft experience.

Ways to design the loft

It all depends on how you plan to use it. If it’s a conversion to make the loft inhabitable, the best option would be to go with the decor of the rest of the house. If you have traditional furniture, make the loft consistent by choosing antiques or vintage pieces. If you are a lover of modern and minimalistic decor, opt for furniture that is just that. However, If you are going to keep the loft as a place to relax, hidden from everyday use, you can design it in a non-cohesive way. Mix your favourite fabrics, colours, and shapes.

How to deal with the lack of light?

Natural light and ventilation is a must for loft spaces. It gets overheated much faster than other parts of the house, therefore it needs some proper wooden roof windows. You can go with either solar tubes or skylights. The latter acts basically as a regular window. It provides natural light and ventilation. Solar tubes are a perfect way of adding light into dark areas, but they don’t give you additional ventilation.

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Brandscapes

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Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience Economy
Anna Klingmann
The MIT Press, 2007



Paperback (2010) | 7 x 9 inches | 378 pages | 100 b/w illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0262515030 | $31.00

Publisher Description:
In the twenty-first century, we must learn to look at cities not as skylines but as brandscapes and at buildings not as objects but as advertisements and destinations. In the experience economy, experience itself has become the product: we're no longer consuming objects but sensations, even lifestyles. In the new environment of brandscapes, buildings are not about where we work and live but who we imagine ourselves to be. In Brandscapes, Anna Klingmann looks critically at the controversial practice of branding by examining its benefits, and considering the damage it may do.

Klingmann argues that architecture can use the concepts and methods of branding—not as a quick-and-easy selling tool for architects but as a strategic tool for economic and cultural transformation. Branding in architecture means the expression of identity, whether of an enterprise or a city; New York, Bilbao, and Shanghai have used architecture to enhance their images, generate economic growth, and elevate their positions in the global village. Klingmann looks at different kinds of brandscaping today, from Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Times Square—prototypes and case studies in branding—to Prada's superstar-architect-designed shopping epicenters and the banalities of Niketown.
dDAB Commentary:
A couple things this week prompted me to grab this 12-year-old book off my shelf: the 29th issue of MONU, themed "Narrative Urbanism," and a visit to the brand new Nike House of Innovation on Fifth Avenue. Architect and brand consultant Anna Klingmann is all about extending the techniques of branding to cities by examining how companies brand spaces, how they create "brandscapes." One critique in her book is NikeTown on 57th Street, which closed upon the completion of the House of Innovation five blocks to the south, and which Klingmann calls "the weakest part" of the company's branding and devoid of any "exceptional experiential value." I'm guessing she'd be pleased with Nike's House of Innovation, even though it's derivative of Apple's highly successful stores. (What corporate retailers these days aren't though?) For one, Nike put a small basketball court in the middle of the store, something Klingmann argues for one in Brandscapes. Nike layered digital features over the court (the lines on the floor are digitally painted, the bouncing basketball creates splashes of color, and cameras are everywhere) to make it an exclusive innovation lab rather than just a place to shoot some hoops. Digital features permeate the store's six floors, hybridizing traditional stores and online e-commerce into an overstimulating experience of all things Nike.

For me, Nike and Apple and other brands have every right to design their stores, giving customers unique experiences that allow the brands to compete effectively at a time when stores are hurting. But I draw the line at the building; I'm not interested in the lessons of branding being applied to cities, democratic spaces that shouldn't be guided entirely by corporate strategies, or "brandism," Klingmann's trademarked, stomach-churning term. This isn't to say that brands have not infiltrated public spaces. One lasting effect of the Bloomberg administration (though hardly limited to NYC) is the overtaking of parks and other public spaces for corporate events, be it parties, promotions, or commercials. These events temporarily remove public space from public use, turning the city into just another branding opportunity. Taking branding one step further, Klingmann thinks cities should brand themselves to transform themselves and remain competitive. This makes sense in the realm of marketing targeted at tourists, but when it comes to the creation and use of public spaces, branding should hardly usurp the democratic process, which is often messy and indifferent to such a concept. Amazon's departure from Long Island City comes to mind here. The deal it brokered with Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio would have allowed the corporate giant to bypass ULURP, the process by which the public has a say in large developments. Amazon didn't get this original deal once local politicians entered the picture, so it left. Nevertheless, the company's year-long search for HQ2, in which hundreds of cities had to pitch themselves as if they were brands, makes it appear that Klingmann's take on city branding has become the reality.Spreads:


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Anna Klingmann, an architect and critic, is the founder and principal of KL!NGMANN, an agency for architecture and brand building in New York. Her work has been published in AD Magazine, Daidalos, Architectural Record, Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, and other periodicals.Purchase Links:
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The Best Adjustable Bed Designs of 2019

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In the last decade, adjustable bed frames have skyrocketed in popularity. With recent advancements in technology and medicine, they are gaining strong footing in a market full of consumers looking to remedy various health issues at an affordable price.

Best Adjustable Bed Designs of 2019

 Benefits of buying adjustable bed frames

The advantage of this bed design is the ability to adjust the frame by raising or lowering the base from the head and foot regions. By optimizing the settings, you can choose the position that’s most comfortable for you, while making use of the design’s more luxurious features.

Not to mention, adjustable beds are a particularly useful investment for the elderly, injured, sick, and those suffering from sleep apnea or chronic back pain. They are quite comfortable and supportive for heavier folks as well, which comes as a plus point for plus sizes.

A lot of consumers also like adjustable beds because of their sophisticated aesthetic, giving any bedroom an added touch of elegance.

So take a look at SleePare’s top 5 adjustable bed designs of 2019 to find which one is perfect for you:

1.   Lucid L300 Adjustable Frame

Lucid L300

One of the best adjustable beds that we came across is the Lucid L300. Whether you want to sit upright to watch television or lay down for that much-needed nap, the easily adjustable Lucid L300 does it all for you!

This model is easy to assemble, offers dual USB charging ports, and is operated via a wireless remote with a smart memory feature that remembers your favorite position.

The price begins at $600, and each model comes with a 10-year pro warranty. But beware, while the model is totally worth it for those of you looking for a Queen, Full, or Twin XL size, it’s not available in a King size.

 Features:

  • USB ports for charging
  • Easy assembling
  • Flashlight
  • Head to foot incline
  • Programmable memory for sleep position
  • Made of steel and polyester
  • 15” in height
  • 750 lbs weight capacity
2. Nectar Adjustable Bed

Nectar Adjustable Bed

The Nectar is yet another affordable adjustable bed, boasting a starting price of $650, which includes a three-year warranty. The easy-to-control remote comes with a button that connects to your TV and also helps with smooth position adjustment for your head and feet.

Another unique feature is the zero gravity system for back pain reduction, perfect for people with back injuries or chronic pain.

Additionally, the three-zone massage feature relieves pressure from achy joints (shoulders, hips, etc). Unlike Lucid, it is available in a King size for those of you looking for some extra space to spread out. Other than a few minor customer service complaints, Nectar adjustable bed design is a viable choice for customers.

Features:

  • Available in 4 different sizes
  • 100-night trial
  • USB ports for charging
  • 3-zone 15 minutes massage
  • Zero gravity design
  • Programmable memory
  • White glove delivery
3. Reverie 8T Adjustable Base

Reverie iDeal Signature Adjustable Bed

The Reverie 8T Adjustable base is a versatile bed frame sporting advanced lumbar support for proper spine alignment and posture.

This design also has noiseless motors to reduce sleep disturbance. The 3D Wave™ massage technology, with over ten different levels and four unique massage modes, helps you to relax while promoting blood circulation. The cherry on top is the Reverie Nightstand™ app, which is much more intuitive than a simple remote and makes a smart sleep experience much easier.

Even though this product is a bit pricey, its whopping 20 year warranty and 365 day at-home trial period definitely makes it worth the extra investment.

 

Features:

  • Bluetooth technology and app
  • One year (365 days) at-home trial
  • Remarkable lumbar support
  • Different massage options with 10 intensity levels
  • Removable side rails
  • Customizable bed height
  • USB ports for charging
4. Leggett & Platt S-Cape Adjustable Bed

Leggett & Platt S-Cape Adjustable Bed

The Leggett & Platt S-Cape utilizes proprietary Wallhugger® engineering in its design, offering smooth elevation along with superb head and foot articulation.

This model also includes a dual massage feature, programmable positions, and even separate settings for you and your partner so that everyone can fall asleep in the position most comfortable for them. The Leggett & Platt S-Cape starts at $1200, and each frame has up to a 25-year warranty. But, if you’re looking for extra frills at a similar price, the Reverie Adjustable would be your best bet instead.

 

Features:

  • Unique WallHugger® technology
  • Relaxing massage
  • 700 lbs weight capacity
  • Emergency power down option
  • Grey pattern
  • Two position buttons
5. Classic Brands Adjustable Bed

Classic Brands Adjustable Bed

The Classic Brands Adjustable Bed stands out from the crowd with its six adjustable legs, as opposed to the industry standard of four. This feature makes it an excellent choice for anyone who needs assistance getting in or out of bed. The adjustable base design also comes with an emergency power down button so that you can quickly assemble the bed in the adjustable base.

With such a low price tag starting at $400 (with a three to five year warranty), benefits are limited. But if you’re looking for a basic adjustable bed that won’t break the bank, it’s the perfect choice.

Features:

  • Adjustable bed legs to change height
  • Massage with three different levels
  • Programmable memory for sleep positions
  • Zero gravity
  • USB ports
  • Noiseless mechanism
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Available in three sizes

 All in all, their innovative design makes adjustable beds a great fit for most latex, memory foam, and pure foam mattresses. However, if you wish to buy the bed to compliment a spring, air or hybrid sleep surface, test it out in a showroom first to make sure the fit is just right. It may just be the best thing to increase your mattress’s lifespan and improve the quality of your sleep. Happy hunting!

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