New Andean Architecture borrowing from indigenous Aymara culture — Life & Soul Magazine

Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre has invented a bold and distinctive new style of Bolivian architecture, which he has penned “New Andean Architecture”. Borrowing from indigenous Aymara culture, the architect is transforming the city of El Alto with his buildings that combine bright colours, symbols and stunning geometry. For the colours, the architect takes inspiration […]

New Andean Architecture borrowing from indigenous Aymara culture — Life & Soul Magazine

Platio create first ever home solar pavement for driveways, terraces, and balconies — Life & Soul Magazine

A solar pavement for use on a residential driveway has become available to homeowners for the first time by Hungary-based tech company, Platio. The home solar pavement – which is suitable for driveways, terraces, balconies and patios – features walkable solar tiles mounted on recycled plastic paving slabs. The solar pavement system consists of interlocking […]

Platio create first ever home solar pavement for driveways, terraces, and balconies — Life & Soul Magazine

Moroccan women collaborate with architecture students to design and build women’s community centre near Atlas Mountains from earth and stone

A small earthen village near the Atlas Mountains of Morocco is now home to a women’s community centre, designed and built by local women and a group …

Moroccan women collaborate with architecture students to design and build women’s community centre near Atlas Mountains from earth and stone

ZeroCabin: Zero impact sustainable cabins for off-grid living in the thick of nature

Chile-based ZeroCabin has created a collection of 100% self-sustaining and off-grid cabins for those who want a retreat in nature that leaves zero impact.

Developed by a small team of scientists with no architectural training, each cabin is built by the ZeroCabin  team upon an elevated base of two-metre high wooden piles to maximise views in nature.

The timber-framed structures, which are built without using nails, use biodegradable insulation and thermally efficient glazing systems, which cut down on the use of active heating and cooling systems.

The “kit of parts” offered by ZeroCabin includes maintenance plans for photovoltaic panels, waste recycling and rainwater collection through reverse osmosis. These kits provide buyers with the tools and information to create a self-sustaining cabin with negative impact customised to function anywhere in the world.

ZeroCabin say: “The ZeroCabin is zero impact, it is a perfect symbiosis between you and nature. We build it wherever you want, we just leave a path, we don’t use a boom truck. 10% of our utility is invested in plans to preserve native forests and wildlife.”

Each cabin is oriented at a precise angle within its context for optimal exposure to the sun, making the most efficient use of solar panels for on-site generation of energy.

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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

Mjøstårnet: World’s tallest timber building symbolises “green shift” to carbon-absorbing sustainable design — Life & Soul Magazine

Brumunddal in forest-rich Norway is a rural town with a major forestry and wood processing industry, which now boasts the world’s tallest timber building – the 85.4m high Mjøstårnet (The Mjøsa Tower). The 18-storey mixed-use building, which overlooks Lake Mjøsa in Brumunddal, contains apartments, the Wood Hotel, swimming pool, office space, and a restaurant. Opened […]

Mjøstårnet: World’s tallest timber building symbolises “green shift” to carbon-absorbing sustainable design — Life & Soul Magazine

The Brighton Waste House: A blueprint for public buildings made almost entirely from waste

The Brighton Waste House – made from 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, two tonnes of denim jeans, 2,000 floppy discs, 2,000 used carpet tiles, and construction waste – continues to inspire six years after it was constructed.

A permanent building, the award-winning waste house, designed by the architect and University of Brighton lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, was opened in June 2014 and continues to be a “live” on-going research project and design workshop.

Situated on campus at The University of Brighton’s College for Arts & Humanities in the South of England, The Brighton Waste House was constructed from approximately 90% waste, including surplus material and discarded plastic gathered from the construction industries and homes.

In the construction of the Waste House, 10 tonnes of chalk waste and 10% of clay was used to create a rammed chalk wall. Rammed earth can contribute to the overall energy-efficiency of buildings. The density, thickness and thermal conductivity of rammed earth make it a particularly suitable material for storing passive solar energy as well as that given off by occupants of the building.

The “carbon negative” building, which was built by students and volunteers, also draws attention to the huge environmental consequences of throwing away everyday domestic objects. Therefore the Waste House also “locks away” other sources of waste material, such as duvets, toothbrushes, music cassettes and old plastic razors, that were slotted into wall cavities to help with insulation in the house.

Now an open design research studio, the Brighton Waste House is also available to schools, colleges and community groups for “green” themed events.

Image Credits: The Brighton Waste House and BBM Sustainable Design Limited

The Brighton Waste House

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

INTRODUCING CUSTOM HANDMADE CARPETS AND RUGS- NISHA DESIGNS

We take this opportunity to introduce to you our finest- quality, natural fiber handmade carpets and rugs. All our carpets and rugs are hand woven under environmentally friendly conditions.

From concept to execution, our expertise provides a complete array of services necessary for successful project completion i.e. Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving, In-house Washing, Finishing, Inspection, Packing and Dispatch of final products.

We make all sorts of handmade Floor Coverings like Hand-knotted Carpets, Hand-tufted Carpets, Handloom Rugs, Indo-Tibetan Rugs, Woolen and Cotton Dhurries etc. 

Artisans:
We have a dedicated team of artisans with extensive experience in their field and knowledge of the industry. The work of our artisans is at the heart of what we do. Expert dyers, Quality analyst, Raw material experts, Tailors
Weavers.

We work in custom rugs and can create one of a kind rugs based on the specifications of our buyers. For Hotel projects, we understand what “Quality and Time” mean. We ensure desired quality at all stages of production and timely updates on the progress of orders through images and videos.

If you have some designs and patterns in mind that you want us to create, please feel free to discuss these with us and we can create/make samples for you.

Quality- Our Prime Concern:
We are keenly administered by sound management ethics at every stage of our process to ensure flawless production. The production is carried out under the strict supervision of our experienced professionals who have been working in this discipline for years together. We source the finest quality of yarn and other raw materials from reputed agents of the market.

We do it all:

  • Raw Material Experts
  • Dyeing & Spinning Plant
  • Artisans
  • Quality Analysts
  • Weavers
  • Washing and Dyeing
  • Finishing and Packing

Types of Order Undertaken: We cater to different requirements of our buyers such as:

  • Programmed Orders
  • Custom Orders
  • Express Orders
  • Sample Orders

Our Carpets and Rugs are tested for Fire Retardancy , Color Fastness, and Pill Pull Strength. If you have a special requirement we will get it tested for you.

If you desire for us to send you sample of different fibers please email us at nisha@nishadesigns.com or call 702.622.8321 for more information.

INTRODUCING CUSTOM HANDMADE CARPETS AND RUGS- NISHA DESIGNS

We take this opportunity to introduce to you our finest- quality, natural fiber handmade carpets and rugs. All our carpets and rugs are hand woven under environmentally friendly conditions.

From concept to execution, our expertise provides a complete array of services necessary for successful project completion i.e. Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving, In-house Washing, Finishing, Inspection, Packing and Dispatch of final products.

We make all sorts of handmade Floor Coverings like Hand-knotted Carpets, Hand-tufted Carpets, Handloom Rugs, Indo-Tibetan Rugs, Woolen and Cotton Dhurries etc. 

Artisans:
We have a dedicated team of artisans with extensive experience in their field and knowledge of the industry. The work of our artisans is at the heart of what we do. Expert dyers, Quality analyst, Raw material experts, Tailors
Weavers.

We work in custom rugs and can create one of a kind rugs based on the specifications of our buyers. For Hotel projects, we understand what “Quality and Time” mean. We ensure desired quality at all stages of production and timely updates on the progress of orders through images and videos.

If you have some designs and patterns in mind that you want us to create, please feel free to discuss these with us and we can create/make samples for you.

Quality- Our Prime Concern:
We are keenly administered by sound management ethics at every stage of our process to ensure flawless production. The production is carried out under the strict supervision of our experienced professionals who have been working in this discipline for years together. We source the finest quality of yarn and other raw materials from reputed agents of the market.

We do it all:

  • Raw Material Experts
  • Dyeing & Spinning Plant
  • Artisans
  • Quality Analysts
  • Weavers
  • Washing and Dyeing
  • Finishing and Packing

Types of Order Undertaken: We cater to different requirements of our buyers such as:

  • Programmed Orders
  • Custom Orders
  • Express Orders
  • Sample Orders

Our Carpets and Rugs are tested for Fire Retardancy , Color Fastness, and Pill Pull Strength. If you have a special requirement we will get it tested for you.

If you desire for us to send you sample of different fibers please email us at nisha@nishadesigns.com or call 702.622.8321 for more information.

Spa Design: The Well, New York — Interior Design Online- Nisha Designs

The Well, New York, Manhattan Today for our SPA Design column, we take you few steps away from Union Square in New York, in one of the most chaotic and crowded cities in the world, where the… 417 more words

Spa Design: The Well, New York — Interior Design Online

Being the Architect of my own Life- Nisha Desai

Queen of the Curve,” the late architect will be remembered for her bold, fluid designs. She is one of my favorite women in architecture.

I almost did step into the world of architecture. I had got an opportunity to spend a week in Columbia University to see if architecture was something I would be interested in. But it wasn’t for me. I have always been fascinated with creation and creating things. I thought at some point chemistry was something that will help me create to what I wanted to create. Loved equations, experiments, science. But then even that didn’t move my soul. And I finally ended up with textiles and art my soul and passion. Architecture and textiles have a lot in common. One of them being both are 3 dimensional. The love for architecture never left me as the architect of my life lived within me. Hence, I became the architect of my own life.
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“Up to even twenty years ago people did not anymore believe in what I always call the fantastic, they did not think that world is possible – some people still don’t think it’s possible – and, it is!” Zaha Hadid

DELICARE – ANTI-MICROBIAL Clinical FABRICS

 

Healthcare/ Clinical Fabrics:

The permanent bio-active functional fabrics by DELIUS offer freshness and hygienic cleanliness. Silver ions which are firmly embedded in the fibre stop the growth of bacteria both within and outside the fibre. They thus protect against infections like MRSA in hospitals. DELICARE fabrics also reduce the formation of odours caused by microbes.

Frequent washing does not reduce the function unlike with normal finishes. This is typical for DELIUS: the function is contained in the yarn and is not subsequently imposed by a finishing process; this also holds true for the flame retardancy.

DELICARE furnishing fabrics

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  • are anti-microbial
  • prevents the growth of bacteria (hospital bugs, staphylococcus aureus which cause MRSA)
  • reduce odours caused by microbes
  • are conducive to a better hygienic standard in rooms
  • are suitable for industrial washing
  • have a long lasting wash resistance
  • conserve energy due to longer washing intervals and a lower washing temperature
  • are certified by the Fraunhofer Institute
  • are JIS 1902 certified
  • are Ökotex Standard 100 certified
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DELIFLAMM® – THE GUARANTEE FOR SAFETY

C87A355D-374C-472F-B1C9-C500D1D4D9CDFlame retardant textiles

IN COMPARISON: COTTON | POLYESTER VS. POLYESTER FR | TREVIRA CS

National and international flame retardancy norms