Archive for March 2013 | Monthly archive page
There are cars, and then there are fantasies on wheels. The new SLS AMG E-Cell from Mercede-Benz is a fantasy. Imagine a Prius soul in the ultimate sports car body. Yes, an all electric drive eco friendly road monster. What's not to love!?! Well, apparently the maximum speed is limited to only 155 mph. A little disappointing since it does accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.
The documentation is all in German, so I can only guess what finer points of engine design, I would like to change to make it fit my specific needs. Design looks very spiffy, though. Not too muscular and kind of retro.
Unlike his cousins in the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, SLS AMG E-Cell apparently doesn't come with a spoiler ,which of course is a must item for those moments when you are zooming on the I-95 and your car just suddenly takes off and flies. Mercedes-Benz wants to separate the special people from the usual hormonal teen age car enthusiast and calls the spoiler aerofoil. This specialty wing also extends automatically at speeds of over 120 km/h. Really, I need one of those.
Obviously the only other thing missing is the real sports cars sound. You know, the kind of power engine roar that scares small children and makes old ladies seek solace behind trees that have matching ages. Fortunately, I don't have to feel like I'm traveling with the usual electric car crowd. 2XL Games has developed and app for the rescue. XLR8 uses the accelerometers of your smart phone to realistically respond to acceleration, braking and cornering forces.
Just kidding. I really don't want this car. And those who know me, already guessed that. Although...How cool would I look on my travels to local grocery store. And I would definitely make an impression flipping my yoga-pant covered legs out of this vehicle at the local YMCA.
Aaaahhh...spring - it never fails. Birds are back, daffodils are sprouting and every piece of furniture in my house looks tired. It's time to either redecorate or maybe buy a new house to decorate. Either case, I'm definitely drooling over interior design magazines and blogs. Like everything, this too will pass and I'll settle into comforts of outdoor living during summer months and lazy hibernation beginning November. Every year, some items may carve a permanent tiny nest into my heart. The new flat pack furniture from Wintec and custom designed fair trade rugs from node definitely made a lasting impression.
Form and function in flat pack beauties
While I think of flat pack furniture, I can't help but to think of a certain Swedish discount giant. Fortunately, Wintec has now diversified my thought process. These beauties from the new Skin line are made to be loved. I can see them easily fit into both traditional and modern homes.According to Wintec, they are made from imported Finnish ply over a locally sourced and sustainable Saligna frame. The result a sculptural, organic and comfortable armchair. Finland has a long tradition in producing beautiful plywood which has, of course, been also used by such legends as Alvar Aalto in their designs.
Traditional Methods - New Designs
Node aims to connect a worldwide network of designers and artists with traditional Nepalese carpet makers to create beautiful handmade rugs.Their rug makers, Kumbeshwar are a founder member of Fair Trade Nepal. Employees are taught literacy and skills. In addition to fair wages their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen. Node's mission statement sounds idealistic, but the rugs are stunning and priced well.
Node produces their carpets entirely by hand using age old and natural Tibetan carpet making techniques. All their carpets are made from bales of pure Tibetan wool. It is hand spun into thread, hand dyed with natural and non-polluting dyes, and then hand-knotted on our looms into carpet. While the rugs have the traditional lustrous feel of a traditional wool rug, they look fresh and completely new, thanks to the great designers and illustrators, node is working with. More importantly, you can send in your won custom design which they will reproduce. So, watch out world, you may see some rugs designed by me soon.