Furniture chain Ikea is planning to sell in front of almost EUR 900 miljooonan shopping centers, says the news agency Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. Ikea spokeswoman Josefin Thorell confirms that the company plans to sell 27 commercial concentration. The plan is tied to Ikea's strategy, according to which the group should keep only real estate, which creates the opportunities for cooperation with the tenants and to develop a "inspiring and family-friendly meeting places". "We sell the parts of Ikea, which do not fit into this vision," said Thorell. According to him, sold 12 sites located in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic, the rest are. Thorell refused to comment on the value of the parts are for sale.
Caption: Mineralbad BBStephan ZirwesRelated GalleriesAlways Moving?This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take ApartDreamy Photos That Will Put Your Instagram Filters to Shame$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving RobotsThis Trippy Looking Building Is Modeled After a Sand DollarMeet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de JaneiroStephan Zirwes has a thing for aerial photography.He loves seeing the patterns in mundane places like golf courses, soccer fields and swimming pools.Pools often have nice structures and sometimes also strange designs, he says.Revealing these designs required caaaaarefully shooting his Hasseblad 50Mp from the window of a helicopter hovering 1,000 feet above pools in cities throughout southern Germany.Zirwes uses Photoshop to eliminate distractions like buildings and make a patterned frame of the surrounding title, transforming an ordinary swimming pool into a lovely minimalist scene.
Henry HarrisRelated GalleriesHeavenly Aerials of Pools Will Send You Right Into SummerAlways Moving?This Modular Furniture Is Easy to Take ApartDreamy Photos That Will Put Your Instagram Filters to Shame$30K Retrofit Turns Dumb Semis Into Self-Driving RobotsMeet the Garden Designer Who Transformed Rio de JaneiroOn the third floor of Arup Global Acoustics office in Lower Manhattan is a small, fabric-enclosed space that looks and feels like a cocoon.The company line is that the SoundLab creates virtual sonic environments to help architects improve the acoustics of their buildings.We re using the data to help you feel, says Raj Patel, Principal at Arup Global Acoustics.To make it work, engineers build a computer model of a building or space and then map a web of measurements called impulse responses that create an acoustic signature.Patel and his colleagues are coordinating with researchers to recreate sensations of light, touch, temperature, and even smell.
Even the furniture industry with profiled e-commerce companies such as Royal Design and Furniturebox growing strongly, namely by 35 percent. Now we see that even traditional operators begin digitized. It can make the step to digital commerce becomes less, she says. Exactly how to do it is not entirely obvious. Consumers do not want to see higher prices, e-retailers are already pushing their margins very hard and it is the same with logistics companies. I have a slide that I use twice in a single presentation.
For three years now Google has been working on its Project Tango augmented-reality AR technology for mobile devices.And today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, there were more demos that made the system look even more promising.There was an improved measurement app that recognizes edges and can then be used to measure the dimensions of windows, tables, and other objects.The app can retain the corresponding images but also present schematics, which can then be used for other purposes, like identifying the right size of tablecloth or curtain set to purchase.There was an app that let you put a dinosaur in the middle of the room and then tap the plus button a fe times to make it look huge in the middle of the real-life environment in the background.There was an app in which you could select furniture and have models of it unboxed and placed right next to you, so you could see if it would be a good fit.There was an app that made little flowers sprout in the middle of the floor.Yes.People who prefer iOS may have to wait before something like this gets baked into the operating system — it was not very long ago that Apple bought AR startup Flyby Media.Today Johnny Lee, who works on Project Tango at Google and previously worked on Kinect at Microsoft, played a video that demonstrates the latest research projects.There is no guarantee that any of these experiences will ever become available for consumers to try out.
The angsty 1990s were behind us, the dotcom bubble was swelling and yet to come was the market bust and war on terror .TLC: inhabiting the spirit of the age with shiny clothesSynthetic or metallic-looking materials, inflatable furniture, moon-boot footwear and alien-inspired hairstyles were just a few signposts of the spirit of the age.He s even begun seeking donations to enable him to divert even more of his focus to studying Y2K designs.At the turn of the millennium, he says, computer-aided design and drafting software had just advanced enough that designers could experiment with curves, blobs , gradients, layered transparencies and lens flares for the first time.Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros/Sportsphoto Ltd./AllstarNow with faster internet, a robust community infrastructure online, and more rendering software available at lower prices, artists are able to revisit the Y2K aesthetic and go even further with it – fascinatingly, some of these new pieces feel more true than the more constrained works they emulate.Perhaps in the future people will be able to suss out the threads of American election anxiety, global refugee crisis, or the dark comedy of Silicon Valley culture in the music, architecture and design of today.
REUTERS/Noah Berger Reuters - Apple Inc unveiled a new vision for its hugely successful retail stores on Thursday, aiming to give shoppers the experience of setting foot in the headquarters of the company credited with inventing the smartphone.Speaking at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday, Apple executives offered a sneak peak of a new store that features design elements that will later roll out to more locations worldwide, including new spaces for socialization and collaboration.The makeover follows Apple's first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in 13 years in an increasingly saturated market.While the redesign includes plenty of glass, metal and blonde wood – the sleek materials shoppers have come to associate with the company – it also borrows features from Apple's hotly anticipated new headquarters in Silicon Valley, which is set to open early next year.Much of the furniture is identical to that Apple employees will find in the new campus, including tables designed in part by Jonathan Ive, Apple s chief design officer.The Apple Store is the envy of many in the retail world, with the highest sales per square foot in the industry, but some say the stores have lost their edge since the first one opened 15 years ago.
Just attach it to a wall, table, door, piece of furniture or countertop, and it'll turn said surface into a touch-sensitive interface.Pretty neat, eh?The only problem is you might get fingerprints all over your nice clean wall...You'll have to programme the controls yourself.Maybe you want one tap to switch the lights on, two to find your phone, three to set the thermostat to a preset temperature, and so on.Read more: D-Link Home Security Kit reviewObviously it's way more useful if you have smart home kit like a Nest thermostat and Philips Hue lightbulbs, but it can also perform plenty of functions without them.It's shot past its funding goal and still has 42 days to go.
Excellent on open carpet and hard floorsGreat for pet hairs on carpetEasy to empty and clean filterFunky designRelatively quiteBulky tubes and over-sized toolsHard work on stairsCant clean under sofas/obstaclesPoor button position on handleKey FeaturesQuadruple-A energy ratingPower: 750WCapacity: 2.2lWhat is the Vax Air Revolve Pet?But can the funky design and unusual ergonomics add up to more than just a design statement?Perhaps thankfully, there is no on-board storage for the four other tools as it would become a proper double-digit porker.We have had issues with the latter s over-sized air channel cut outs when used with Vax s cordless models, but for this powerful mains cleaner they are perfect for stopping the head getting stuck fast to your sofa.Yet the large wheels do mean it likes to go straight on and the shape tends to get caught on chair legs or similar obstacles.Arguably, a traditional cylinder with tear-drop shape, rear wheels and trolley type jockey wheel at the front is probably a little easier to manoeuvre around obstacles and furniture.
Scammers are lurking in every corner of the site, just waiting to take advantage of vulnerable people in search of bargains.HUGE LEAK: This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7The first scam is a particularly awful one because it preys on people when they re at their most vulnerable.Find the right movers and you can potentially save plenty of money carting your belongings from your old residence to your new one.But find the wrong movers and you could end up like this family in Georgia, who lost $75,000 worth of furniture and other household items when movers packed up all their belongings and just took off.Bottom line: buying or renting a new home is expensive and moving adds even more cost to the equation.The scam stated that the homeowners would be gone for between three and four years on a mission trip out of the country and needless to say, the listing drew tremendous attention.
Woven into one of the sleeves is a patch of conductive fibers—so subtle you can barely tell it s there—that lets you tap or swipe across its surface and toggle a series of customizable commands, from silencing calls to querying Google Maps for directions.The tech components are twofold.The metal-based conductive fibers are fully washable and sewed into the denim, and a button-sized piece of removable hardware called the smart tag allows the jacket to connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.Gesture controls and specific functions can be customized with the help of a companion app, but there's no word yet as to whether that app will be immediately available for non-Android users.Among the tasks the jacket can perform: offering up suggestions for nearby coffee shops or other types of venues , providing an ETA to your destination, and changing tracks on your playlist.By next spring, Google will release further details on battery specs and whether smart tags can be interchanged between garments; those logistics and the jacket's price are still in the works.Though Levi s is Google s first Jacquard partner, the platform will ultimately be open to third party designers and app developers—just like Google s smartwatch line, Android Wear.The conductive fibers that power Jacquard are compatible with any commercial loom, which means that any designer of textile-based products will easily be able to incorporate the technology into their wares.In other words: clothing is just the beginning, and furniture may well be up next.The Commuter Trucker jacket will be available as part of Levi s Spring 2017 collection in stores and online.
GIFNothing is more closely associated with upcycling than the lowly, splintery shipping pallet.You can get them for next to nothing and turn them into sweet boxes, benches, light stands, or put the wood towards hundreds, nay, thousands of other projects.Jim Ether s method requires just three tools: a hatchet, a hammer, and a Sawzall.Rather than rip all the boards out one at a time, Ether shimmies the shorter horizontal boards off the supports just enough to fit the blade of the Sawzall in.Cut those nails and you re golden, no mess no fuss.It s a simple trick, but if almost-free furniture is your bag, this is bound to save you lots of time and more than a few injuries.
Named the mBeaconSense sensor, it can measure acceleration, light, magnetic force, temperature, and vibration.The sensor also has a clock, an RFID tag, and a coin battery that lasts for over a year.1See Also: London startup SAM Labs wants everyone to try out IoTNetclearance says that the sensor can be used in all types of IoT systems, everything from wearables to city furniture.The launch of mBeaconSense addresses a gap in the market by offering a tiny IoT device that can be used alone or with our suite of gateway beacon devices to make it a fully internet capable device, said Jonathan Duffy, executive director of EMEA at Netclearance.Adding an inexpensive sensor to its line of software and services might make Netclearance an complete solution for some companies.Having such a small sensor could be useful for all sorts of projects, especially since the company can leave it to run for over a year, which could be useful for wearable manufacturers that want to trim a few millimeters off the size of their devices.That said, the battery life is still a factor that is negating the opportunities of small sensors.
So here s a brilliant way to keep some extra seating around, without wasting precious floor space once all your guests have left.Designer Jongha Choi s From 2D to 3D furniture collection is fully functional when unfolded to third dimensional form.But for easy storage, the simple seats and table collapse into just two dimensions mostly so they can be slid behind a bookshelf or hung on a wall as a piece of functional modern art.There s no word on where or when you ll be able to buy Choi s unique take on flat-pack furniture.But its clever engineering could be used for everything from dining room tables to bed frames, and the next time you had to move would be as easy as picking up plywood from the lumber yard.Jongha Choi via Dornob
The hype of that era is long gone, overwhelmed by a political and economic crisis that regularly fills the front pages of global newspapers.While Brazil s overall GDP fell 4 percent in 2015, the tech industry has been largely immune to the slowdown, growing 20 percent from 2014-2015.The entrepreneurs and investors were wagering that these newly empowered consumers would snap up furniture, shoes and baby supplies at record rates.Full disclosure: My company, Gaveteiro.com.br, was nominated in the B2B category .Dr. Consulta, a chain of low-cost, technology-enabled health clinics serving poor areas, won Most Impactful.Eight of their last 10 investments listed in CrunchBase have been in these two categories.
GIFJust because you live in a cramped downtown apartment doesn t mean you don t want to entertain.So here s a brilliant way to keep some extra seating around, without wasting precious floor space once all your guests have left.Designer Jongha Choi s From 2D to 3D furniture collection is fully functional when unfolded to third dimensional form.But for easy storage, the simple seats and table collapse into just two dimensions mostly so they can be slid behind a bookshelf or hung on a wall as a piece of functional modern art.There s no word on where or when you ll be able to buy Choi s unique take on flat-pack furniture.But its clever engineering could be used for everything from dining room tables to bed frames, and the next time you had to move would be as easy as picking up plywood from the lumber store.
Los Angeles-based custom cabinet maker Luno just combined two great things into one great thing, and I hate my brain for not thinking of it first.Unflatteringly named the EGB2, this piece of functional retro furniture houses a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon—a damn good turntable—inside a custom-made cabinet with modern AirPlay conveniences, a silk dome tweeter, and a 100-watt subwoofer for extra thump.But the crown jewel is the included mini-bar, complete with four gold-rimmed glasses for all your liquor-guzzling pleasure.Since each cabinet is custom made, prices vary but expect in the thousands, since the record player alone starts at around $400.Either way, I want need it.What Hi-fi
Hello Fresh, a Rocket internet company, delivers pre-measured ingredients and recipes so users can make meals at home.In September 2015 HelloFresh raise 75 million Euros from Scottish investment firm Baile Gifford, at a 2.6 billion valuation.Auctionata s lifestream auction broadcasts enable users around the world to bid at any time from any device.Monoqi collects hard-to-find and limited-edition design products, making 100 of them available each day for a short time on its site.In February Monoqi acquired the assets of former online furniture marketplace Mydeco to help its expansion into the UK market.Since it s launch in February 2014, Kitchen Stories was named among the Best New Apps of 2014 by Apple and has reached over 5 million downloads in over 150 countries.
Rarely do they ever make a statement when tucked away.Korean designer Jongha Choi has taken the concept of collapsable furniture in a different direction.Choi's presented his project, called "De-dimension," as part of his senior thesis at the Design Academy Einhoven in the Netherlands.In the introduction to his thesis, Choi explains that he experienced lopsided vision as a child due to major discrepencies between his two eyes.Since he has often mistaken three-dimensional for two-dimensional ones, "De-dimension" is a physical manifestation of his condition.Choi told Tech Insider in an email that he's planning to make the pieces available for purchase.So if your home has limited space or you just want a great statement piece, follow Choi's website for updates.Read the original article on Tech Insider.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:Here's why we're excited about 'No Man's Sky,' one of the most creative games ever madeWe tried the awesome new Minecraft mode that turns into a 'Hunger Games'-style deathmatch MSFT Mercedes' at-home battery could have one key advantage over Tesla's PowerwallThe PlayStation 4 is the most popular game console in the worldThese pieces of furniture can fold to become two-dimensional artNOW WATCH: A psychologist reveals the best way to get rid of negative thoughtsLoading video...
But because it is modular, eight lightweight Mercedes' batteries can be combined for 20 kWh of storage.From a pure energy storage standpoint, Tesla's Powerwall wins, hands down.But one has to consider what homeowners really want: A smaller, less conspicuous battery option that still provides a good amount of energy storage may be more desirable than a 200-pound device that must be mounted."The modules themselves are rather lightweight at less than 30 kilograms, so you can carry it with one man compared to Tesla," Frank Spennemann, senior manager of business innovation at Mercedes' parent company Daimler, told Tech Insider."You can put it on the ground, so you don t have to wall mount it, and it has very easy wiring."It's actually for that reason that battery start-up Orison thinks it has a shot of taking on Tesla in the US: a mountable Orison panel holds 2.2 kWh and weighs 40 pounds, with the option to combine five panels for 13.2 kWh of storage.The Mercedes battery is currently being rolled out in other European markets outside Germany, including the Netherlands and Switzerland, Spennemann said.Mercedes declined to provide the price of a unit, stating that pricing was handled by distributors.More from Tech Insider:Here's why we're excited about 'No Man's Sky,' one of the most creative games ever madeWe tried the awesome new Minecraft mode that turns into a 'Hunger Games'-style deathmatch MSFT Mercedes' at-home battery could have one key advantage over Tesla's PowerwallThe PlayStation 4 is the most popular game console in the worldThese pieces of furniture can fold to become two-dimensional artNOW WATCH: This factory is the key to Tesla s futureLoading video...