Why Oak Is Used To Make Bespoke Furniture.

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When it comes to bespoke furniture most people only think of oak. Working with oak is a joy for any professional cabinetmaker, both dense and strong wood, oak is also tremendously attractive largely due to its endless permutations of grains and markings.

It is the grains in oak that adds immeasurably to its appeal, and allow it to be used in the construction of different styles of cabinet wood, from traditional to contemporary and even modern. While the most popular style of oak wood grain being the low grain natural brown colour finish. For those who want their bespoke furniture to be a little more exotic then they may well choose for it to be finished in Tiger Oak wood, which while brown and natural in colour comes with much more defined stripes. Burr Oak wood is another popular variation, with the burrs in the grain standing out because of their tightly knitted whirls.

No matter which variation of oak grained timber you choose for your bespoke furniture, it is sure to be a talking point in your home, office or business premises. Cabinets made from solid oak are fairly rare these days, although there is no detracting from a rich veneer to finish causing the same pleasing and solid effect that oak will always bring.

Cabinet furniture designed and produced in oak lends itself to a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary and even to modern, although, as most lovers of bespoke oak furniture will tell you, when it is made in the rustic oak designs of old. Then oak comes into its own.

Irrespective of the grain finish chosen , furniture made from oak requires very little in the way of maintenance, All that is required is a coating of natural furniture wax four times every year to keep that oak furniture looking its best in the living room, dining room or the bedroom.

World Architecture Festival 2013 – a report

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By Team IAnD Photography: Courtesy WAF’13

October 2 -4 2013 saw three busy days of ideation, discussion and critiques on global architecture and design at the World Architecture Festival held at Moshe Safdie designed Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – a venue as awe inspiring as the projects that unfolded within its festive panorama-

The World Architecture Festival opened to enormous numbers (reportedly the biggest yet) with the theme of 2013 bring -Value and values’, -to examine the relationship between perceptions of financial value and the values that architects typically hold about their work.-

Director of WAF’13, Paul Finch commenting on the sheer quality and diversity of the projects entered into the festival, and shortlisted for the final round of awards, said that the array of projects demonstrated the increasingly global nature of the event.

Among various stalwarts from various quarters of the world, Mumbai’s Ar. Sanjay Puri’s corporate project in Jaipur -72 Screens’, was also shortlisted for the awards.

A vibrant, thought-provoking three-day session of presentations of various projects by the architects, seminars and talks on diverse issues that touch and plague the building industry were discussed and debated. Noted international speakers, project critiques and appreciations apart, everyone waited with baited breath as the ultimate honour – the winner of the World Building of the Year 2013 award was announced and granted to the Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in New Zealand by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia.

The four main award winners including World Building of the Year Award were Botanical Garden Australia designed by landscape studio Taylor Cullity Lethlean and plant expert Paul Thompson for Landscape of the Year; National Maritime Museum of China designed by Cox Rayner Architects for Future Project of the Year; and Barcelona Apartment by David Kohn Architects for World Interior of the Year.

As part of INSIDE: World Festival of Interiors, an event held in conjunction with the WAF’13 with a concentration on interior projects, shortlisted 59 outstanding interior projects across the 12 award categories, Bars and Restaurants, Creative Re-use, Culture, Display, Education, Health, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping Centres, Shops, and Transport. For the complete list of awardees, do check out:

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Reasons – Why Estate Planning Is For Everyone

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Estate planning is the process of considering and setting up a legal arrangement that may be followed in handling and distributing your estate upon your death as you have directed. Many people think that estate planning is most beneficial for the elderly or the wealthy. However, estate planning is beneficial for everyone, regardless of age, marital status or net worth.

Although an experienced estate planning lawyer can provide you with the specific reasons as to why estate planning may be right for you, below are the top 4 reasons why estate planning is for everyone.

Loss of Mental Capacity – If you become mentally incapable of making decisions as to how your estate should be handled or distributed, a properly devised living trust and durable powers of attorney for financial matters will carry out your wishes and directives.

Guardianship of Minor Children – Without a plan, the decision of who is best suited to raise your minor children will be made by the court upon your death or in the event that you become incapacitated. However, with a plan, you are able to designate the guardians who you decide are best fit to raise your children.

Avoiding Probate – If you do not have a plan, your estate may be subject to probate upon your death. Although you will not have to deal with the slow process of probate, your loved ones will. So, in order to avoid it and ensure that your estate will be distributed as smoothly as possible upon your death and according to your wishes and desires, you should seek the advice of an estate planning attorney while you are still alive.

Comfort – If you have devised a good estate plan, you will be comfortable and confident knowing that you have protected your loved ones and the distribution of your assets upon your death. A good estate plan will avoid the confusion and chaos of an unplanned distribution of your assets upon your death.

The bottom line is that planning ahead, while you are still capable of doing so, can reduce the uncertainty and confusion that may occur over the distribution of your estate and guardianship of your children upon your death.

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Good Looking Marketing Flyers Are A Key Tool For Today’s Real Estate Agent

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With many types of word and photo processing programs available to busy real estate agents, what are the qualities that make some better than others? Today’s agents need the ability to produce high quality, picture incorporated marketing flyers to keep up with what is a rapidly changing housing environment. In an industry dominated by desperate sellers, home builders with surplus inventory, and banks which have a growing number of foreclosures, real estate agents who have the ability to sell and are equipped with the proper tools to sell are in very high demand. The housing market we all know is very challenged with a record number of over-built single-family homes covering the U.S.

The opportunity for sales agents to earn big commissions is as good as it’s been in a long while. You may say that there’s too much competition in the industry, and while perhaps true, the better agents not only have a wide variety of inventory selections to market, but they also have a large array of potential clients to represent. Today’s real estate agent has the luxury to pick and choose from quite a number of potential listings. They can take as many or as few listings based on how many hours that they want to commit to. Good tools are a necessity in maximizing the efficiency of time allotted to an agent’s busy schedule.

The most basic of tools, aside from a “for sale” sign in the front yard, is a well-written, quality produced marketing flyer displaying the best photography and copy layout. While anyone can put a generic 18″ x 24″ for sale sign in a front yard, the next requirement for collateral material is a great looking sales flyer. An agent can use a traditional word and photo processing program or a specifically, industry-designed program written by a real estate agent, for a real estate agent. A program offering good templates which are user-friendly and have the flexibility to quickly update the format is just what the doctor ordered for a rapidly changing home sales market. For the constantly on-the-go professional, software that allows the user to burn-to-disc and use multiple computers is also a necessity.

After all, a well thought-out and produced marketing flyer can be the difference between making a sale or not making a sale and selling a home at 75% of asking price versus 105% percent of asking price. Arm yourself with the best possible tools to make you efficient and successful.

What is the importance of enterprise architecture

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Information technology is growing swiftly across the globe with new industrial requirements. There are many organizations that are categorized under IT industry. These organizations are combating to enhance the business performance and productivity. There are many business streams in IT industry such as marketing, banking, software and hardware resource development, IT services, management services and many more. These days, most of the organizations are implementing several business management services to enhance the organizational competency and performance. Enterprise architecture (EA) is one of them that help the organizations to increase the business. It is simply defined as the process of converting business methods and vision into an effective way by improving and communicating the models, key requirements, and principles of the existing business.

EA helps the business enterprises to understand the products and platform, strength and weakness and can also resolve several industrial issues. It can improve the business efficiency by delivering faster services. It can develop a relationship with business executives by translating the industrial needs and insights into strategies. These days, business is growing with raising requirements and requires some management services to control the business. It can also describe the organizational evolution by enhancing the business models and principles.

IT organizations are offering several openings for enterprise architecture jobs to enhance the business relationship between the clients and customers and to increase the growth. It has associated with the external environment including business processes and information technologies. The individuals, who work in this platform, are designated as enterprise architects. These architects support the organization by handling several business challenges and implementing the solutions to enhance the performance.

There are many frameworks in EA such as IAF, DoDAF, TOGAF, EAF and many more to provide multiple benefits to augment the organizational productivity. It is the main platform to connect entire business units in the industry. It is considered the best business factor due to its trends such as focus on diversification, breakdown of industry barriers, growing data density, prominence between growth and performance, rate of product innovation, personalized goods and services and many more to maintain the industrial standards. It is not only important in IT industry, but also in other industries such as banking, government sector, healthcare, telecommunications and many other sectors.

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Architecture meets Industrial Design

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Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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Andolasoft Java J2EE Application Development using MVC Architecture is a Great Option

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Java is the class based object oriented programming language which is complex in nature. This complexity requires huge experience and high level skill to develop quality applications which facilitate the java developers to build secure and scalable applications in fast pace. Andolasoft has vast experience in providing Java application development services to its customers spread over the world in different Java technologies like J2EE framework, J2ME, Java Server Pages (JSP), with advanced tools and techniques. We have skilled Java/J2EE development team who have enormous experience working on wide range of business requirement and formulate the best solution for your business. They believe java is the best option for developing secure, flexible and scalable database driven applications and java reduces the coding and the same code can be reused in different platforms. MVC architecture is the Model-View-Controller separate the business logic and application data from the presentation data to the user. It divides an application into three parts: the model, the view and the controller and applied in the graphical user interaction model like input, processing and output. The objective of MVC architecture is to separate application data and business logic from presentation data. In working condition the model class represents the data to the application. Model classes know what the data is, how to create it, how to delete it, how to store it and how to retrieve it. Controller provides the logic of the application and MVC tells how to design software. Andolasoft Java developers are continuously working with MVC architecture from last couple of years. They have successfully deployed robust and highly flexible applications which are highly secure and scalable. Here are our Java development services: Designing and development of web/desktop applications Existing applications enhancement Application Integration Database design and administration Application migration to Java/J2EE platform Quality Testing We are one of the leading custom software development company, not only expertise in java application development but also we have deployed many applications in different platforms like RoR, CakePHP, Android and etc. To know more about our services and applications please visits our project portfolio. If you are interested to hire us the please feel free to call us at 408-625-7188 or email at . .

Modern Furniture New Trends- Enjoy Latest Trends Of Embellishment

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New style and fashion happens to be the major need of the new age. People believe in change and that is the reason why you need to keep pace with this innovative and modern furniture new trends. Decorate your office and home with the contemporary pieces of furniture. Contemporary furniture is highly popular for adding the sparkle in the bed room, living room, kitchen, study room, bath room or garden.

Gone are those days when furniture was designed with the main intention to make them long lasting and durable. Today, modern furniture new trends relate to style, innovative and functionality as well. Therefore, with modern furniture came a fresh new change which stands unique in every respect. Every piece of furniture conveys uniqueness and exclusivity.

The latest contemporary furniture trends show the use of newer materials like plastics, steel, plywood and so on to create new, innovative designs. The furniture industry has experienced a huge change. With the modern furniture trends, there came trendy looks as well as flexibility.

Todays contemporary pieces of furniture can easily fit at any office and house. They can be used to raise the beauty of your office and house with different designs, shapes and colors and allure the eye of the friends, relatives and guests at the same time.

In fact the growing interest of people in modern furniture and stylish designs and easy of use has encouraged the artisans to take this creative challenge. The valor and imaginative mind of the European artisans is evident all over the world. Also, the African and Asian designs are slowly gaining popularity. In this respect, the German Art and the Japanese designs needs to be mentioned. Japanese designs especially with its use of solid color, simple look and use of contrasting material occupies a major half of the furniture market in the Europe.

Overall, modern furniture new trends are all about the latest trend towards systematic perfection, distinctiveness, brightness and style in creating something new for people to choose so as to enhance the look of the office or home. Nonetheless, there are influences and manufacturing measures that add to the beauty of your home or office.

Bored of Board Room Meetings Try the Power of Walking Meetings

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Walking meetings. The idea sounds absurd but you will be surprised to know that walking meetings are more productive than boardroom meetings. Steve Jobs and Sigmund Freud, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey also believe in the power of walking meetings.

Just a few months before the death of Steve Jobs, both Jobs e and Zuckerberg were reportedly taking a walk together to discuss a joint venture between the two companies to have a -music social networking- service and a recommendation engine for iTunes.

If walking meetings work for business tycoons, then they will probably work for the others too. Studies reveal that most employees feel the time they spend in meetings is a total waste and hardly brings any productivity.

In addition, if we look at the statistic of inactivity in today’s world for an average employee, it is startling. Most of us spend more than nine hours a day sitting and nearly eight hours sleeping. Sitting has become so incredibly prevalent in today’s time that we do not even think about it.

This sedentary lifestyle has become a reality of today’s time. Sitting hour after hour is bad for efficiency, which decreases with bad health conditions.

Instead of meeting in conference rooms, if meetings can be held outside, while taking a walk, then the entire work culture can change. Employees will be more enthusiastic, energetic and full of fresh ideas perhaps. Five Benefits of Walking Meetings

Energizes people and makes them more alert, inspiring new ideas. Helps burn calories, stimulates oxygen flow and increases ability to solve problems faster.

Improves confidence and allows for work without interruptions. Saves office resources, keeping fewer machines running. Sets people at ease and enhances positive work spirit.

However, not all meetings can be walking meetings. Usually one to one meetings or meetings with not more than five people can be walking meetings. Also, for walking meetings, everything needs to be organized beforehand. The participants should be informed about the meeting in advance so that they may prepare themselves with comfortable clothes and shoes. Weather conditions, employee fitness and meeting time are also some of the considerations that should be taken care of.

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Century Housing In Uganda By Pearl Estates

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Pearl Estates Uganda Limited under the management of Mr. Mitul Jobanputra has today realised her long cherished dream of contributing effectively towards the creation of an organized housing culture in Uganda as a means of fighting the problem of proliferation of slums that is a key challenge to the rapid urbanization in Uganda.

According to Mr MITUL JOBANPUTRA, Pearl is one of the entities associated with PICFARE GROUP of companies [the Group]. The Group also owns the multi billion security printing & paper conversion and textile and garments manufactures operating as Picfare Industries Limited and Southern Range Nyanza Limited; based at Njeru near Jinja where over 2000 Ugandans are employed.

Mr. Mitul Jobanputra the Managing director also said that the Group has had the tradition of delivering on her promises to the Ugandan public that has made it possible for Picfare to grow under the able leadership of Mr. Mitul Jobanputra, Group Vice Chairman. Pearl was no exception. Pearl, commenced construction 24 months ago and has managed to deliver the unique, elegant and exclusively fabulous Spring Hills Apartments in the serene Lubowa environment punctuated by the natural breeze from the expansive Lake Victoria; whose view adds to the beauty.

According to reports by Mr. Mitul Jobanputra which he mentioned during the launch, the aggregate project cost has been United States Dollars 7.5 Million that has seen the delivery of 65 Apartments constructed with due regard to pleasure and are therefore secure, possess Dstv and WIFI connectivity, barbeque amenities as well as a modern swimming pool.

No doubt that there is significant concluded purchases of apartments under condominium due to the high end construction that has made significant attention to detail, including the provision of safe and quality parking spaces for home owners.

Mr MITUL JOBANPUTRA then said that PICFARE group continue her commitment to contributing towards the construction of organized housing products in Uganda given that Government appears also committed to facilitating such investments through availing good general infrastructure, affordable credit, land in addition to zero rating Value Added Tax on real estates sales to enable the reduction of real estates sales cost across the board.