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Oasis, an aromatic shower soap dispenser to leave you rejuvenated

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:15 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Spruce up your washroom and flood it with an energizing flame with the sparkling product named Oasis by Jonathan Thai. Oasis, an aromatic soap dispenser, has been shaped in a way that will perfectly blend with the modern designing of a bathroom area. The sumptuous design makes sure that the overall showering experience leaves you invigorated and totally refreshed, without spending much time. The designer closely studied the difference between the shower and the bath, which helped him to come up with a design that is nothing but exclusive.

Oasis
Oasis

Aromatherapy has always been associated with leisure time and is considered as a bath activity. This is solely because the bath soap remains in the water and doesn't get drained like it does under shower. Present times have left people short of time that doesn't allow them to stay in a bathtub for long. This forces them to opt for a shower and skip the mystic charm that a bathtub comes injected with. But, Oasis will try and recreate the same experience in this modern era.

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Oasis shower soap dispenser by Jonathan Thai

Oasis will unfurl a seductive charm in an otherwise dull bathroom space, which will infect senses with its aromatherapy trait. It will smother your senses with a comforting vapor experience, which will make bathing time very relaxing and full of fun. Normally, one has to sit in a bath tub for a generous amount of time to get an aromatherapy experience. But with Oasis, feel the same while standing under the shower and that too quickly.

The attention arresting design comes with an easy to read thermochromic pump handle. This will clearly indicate the temperature of shower and will lend the user with a perfect showering experience, which is filled with warmth and kills all the impending stress. The presence of such a sensitive handle will save precious time and also keep a user away from all kinds of temperature shocks. Mostly the pressure of water that falls down from a shower head rinses off everything that comes its way. This does not allow oils to show their effect, which they do when allowed to sit and infuse the stand with their vapors. Unlike other showers, it won't draw off water quickly.

Oasis comes tagged with a range of health benefits that will leave a person totally rejuvenated. The dispensed soap will be protected as it comes integrated with a form factor. This will make sure that the soap and hot water diffuse slowly, and will keep the soap from getting rinsed away. The feature will create the same effect, which till date people could only experience when using a bathtub. The design comprises of an oval suction cap that makes it just the thing for even compact shower stalls. The soap bottle is easy to refill and put forward the level of soap volume, thanks to the presence of a unique ring in the design.

Oasis is cute to look at and will leave people in a state of awe because of its incredible functionality. So, club the natural healing methods of aromatherapy with the shower and say goodbye to bathtubs in utmost style.

[Cheers Jonathan]


Skyfarm brings the traditional kitchen garden to high rise apartments

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:08 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

With the growing population and unprecedented levels of human consumption, earth in the 21st century is badly distressed and it is only a matter of time before we as a race would need to seriously start looking at alternative methods of producing our food. Designer Manuel Dreesmann believes that the future of agriculture lies not in crops genetically engineered to boost production but in bringing food production closer to the cities to avoid the unnecessary waste of fuel that occurs during transportation.

Skyfarm
Skyfarm

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Skyfarm by Manuel Dreesmann

Since a vast majority of the world's population now lives in high rises in the cities, having family gardens to grow veggies and herbs in are pretty much a phenomenon of the past. However, since most apartments and office buildings are built with at least one balcony space, the concept of the kitchen garden could be revived and revamped to suit the minimal space that each home has in the form of a balcony.

The Skyfarm concept draws on the notion of using the otherwise neglected balcony space for a more purposeful use. Since most people might still want to use their balcony to occasionally sit or stand in the open air every once in a while, the Skyfarm concept proposes the use of overhead space on the balcony for food production.

At the heart of the concept lies a molded acrylic sphere which can contain enough soil to grow a single patch of herbs or even tomatoes and other veggies that can be grown in a relatively small and restricted space. Users can choose to have a few of these hanging overhead on their balconies or just a few herbs. Since the user will be growing all these foods on their own, they can ensure that their food is pesticide and chemical fertilizer free, thus a 100 percent organic.

Source: MDre


Innovative home office design ideas

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:07 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

The trend of working from home is catching up and many people have adopted this lifestyle. This has triggered off a demand for desks, cubicles and counters that can be placed inside the house and used as workstations. Such spaces afford privacy when you are working. Most have an ergonomic built and nifty layout, which helps enormously to curtail disruptions that usually arise when you are working from home. A few such workstations have been compiled below.


Organize your books with REK bookcase

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 05:06 AM PST

Radhicka S Saxena:

Only book lovers know how bugging it is to not find a place to stash away all manuscripts you own. Generally, books get scattered all the over the house, making the place look real messy. But here is one ingenious space solution that all bookworms will love. A shelf space known as REK bookcase by Reinier de Jong has been created, which accommodates just the number of books you want to hoard.

REK bookcase
REK bookcase

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REK bookcase
REK bookcase by Reinier de Jong

If you think the news is too good to be true, wait till you hear about all the mind boggling features this bookcase has. Firstly, the book stand looks so much like a maze from your puzzle book. It seems like the design was inspired from the confounding layout of a labyrinth. The cubbyhole can be given a neat appearance with straight lines or disorderly one with blocks pieced in randomly. Each slab can be glided in and out to create additional space every time you want to fit in more books.

As shelves and spaces of different volumes can be created, one can fit in books of any size in here. Create long and thin racks for magazines or short and wide voids for thickset novels. The dimensions of this book rack are 202 x 228 x 36cms. The glossy piece is available in demure colors like white and also several shades of gray ranging from light to very dark. You can request the piece in other colors also.

If your apartment or cramped condo is loaded with piles and piles of journals, novels, magazines and comics, then you need this bookshelf in your pad. You will not see mounds of magazines and newspapers lying on your coffee table, dresser or window sill anymore. Your room will stay clutter free always.

Source: Reinier de Jong


uTree could be the future of urban energy generation

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 01:59 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

The Urban Photovoltaic Tree also known as the uTree Concept by Xabier Perez de Arenaza is a spin-off of a previous design named as the Urban Tree from the same designer. The uTree concept is developed to be a modernistic urban sculptural installation that can also expand as a source of power for elements such as traffic lights and public lighting systems. The uTree is basically shaped like a tree and its broad flat leaves are fitted with solar panels that harvest solar power during the day.

uTree
uTree

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uTree the urban photovoltaic tree by Xabier Perez de Arenaza

The energy collected by the uTrees can either be fed into a grid or stored into a battery for use by public structures for lighting as well as use in public transport systems. Presented at an Energy Club conferences at the IE business school in Madrid earlier this month, the uTree concept is one of the most realistic concepts for urban energy generation since these "trees" can be installed virtually anywhere as they do not require more than a few inches of floor space for the supporting pole and take up a few square feet of overhead space. A rotation engine optimizes energy production by ensuring that the leaves are always facing the sun at the correct angle while easy screwed connections allow each uTree to be easily set up and dissembled.

There are 77 cells per leaf and each generates over 2.5w energy per day. Each tree can generate over 1732.5W in an 8 hour day, which equals 13.86 KWH/day per uTree, or 5058 KWH per tree per year. This kind of energy would be sufficient to feed 20 street lights every night. Given the minimum maintenance they need once they are installed, these uTrees can be easily installed along pavements and streets and even in parks and on rooftops and serve as an alternate method of energy generation that can help communities get their public spaces off the grid.


Kettei prosthetic leg socket lets physically impaired participate in triathlons

Posted: 10 Feb 2012 01:58 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Nothing pushes the limits of human endurance quite like the rigors of a triathlon. Though disabled athletes have made their mark on the competition, they really do not have access to prosthetics that allow them to compete on the same level as their able bodies competitors. However, prosthetics and noninvasive orthopedics developed by Icelandic company Ossur (who famously produced the Cheetah Leg used by South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius AKA the Blade Runner) have inspired other companies and designers into creating prosthetics specifically designed for athletic performance. The Kettei Prosthetic Leg Socket for triathletes by designer Kevin Helm is one such product that specifically responds to the needs of disabled athletes participating in triathlons.

KETTEI prosthetic leg
KETTEI prosthetic leg

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KETTEI - a prosthetic leg socket for triathletes
KETTEI - a prosthetic leg socket for triathletes by KEVIN HELM

Made to be used for a given portion of the race, the Kettei Prosthetic Leg Socket has the ability to be changed out when the athlete is entering another section of the race to allow them to perform optimally in all segments. Particularly designed to be used in the race and biking portions of such competitions, the removable leg can be easily detached during the swim part of the event since most experts believe that having the leg on during the swim has no extra advantage and rather exerts an unnecessary weight underwater.

With an inner bladder system, the Kettei Prosthetic Leg Socket can be adjusted to best fit the athlete's leg. The design also eliminates moisture buildup and the socket system allows users to save the legs for portions of the race they need it for the most.

Source: Kevin Helm Design


Stylish bathroom tile design ideas

Posted: 09 Feb 2012 08:47 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

While giving a facelift to a dwelling, a bathroom is one place which is often ignored. People settle for that same old setup, which gives the space a dull and dead appeal. This is solely because we rarely stumble upon ideas that are engaging enough and can give bathrooms an enticing appeal. Tiles play a major role when styling bathrooms and can vitalize the space in a snap. Below is a list of ten stylish bathroom tile design ideas that will endow luxury to the space at hand.


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