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ZACK VITOR fruit bowl

The gently rounded VITOR fruit bowl shaped out of mirror-finish 18/10 stainless steel takes pride of place on any table or sideboard.
The bowl created by the ZACK design label has a tremendous, self-contained presence, its distinctive cut-outs creating a rich play of colours with the fruits it contains.

VITOR is the exclusive way of presenting fruit.
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Available to order now from Proleno

ZACK ALBOR milk frothing jug

Whether for cappuccino, caffè latte or latte macchiato, with the timelessly beautiful stainless steel accessory from the ZACK design brand, the milk is frothed in next to no time, ensuring perfect coffee enjoyment.
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Impressive with its simple, clear-cut design and high-quality finish in 18/10 stainless steel, the jug blends in effortlessly with a wide variety of bar and kitchen furnishings.

The typical ZACK brushed satin finish completes the exclusive look.

Get it now at proleno.com

ZACK MEL honey pot

Exclusive honey pot in the distinctive style of the ZACK design label. This article is distinguished by its straight lines and clear geometry combined with a contrasting mixture of materials.
The honey pot itself consists of transparent plastic with bordering made of black plastic in a matt surface finish.
The honey dipper is made of black, slightly pebbled plastic and brushed satin stainless steel.

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Available to buy now at proleno.com

ZACK JAZ bathroom squeegee. Exclusive bathroom accessory from the ZACK design brand.

The bathroom squeegee in a modern design and with its clear, reduced lines fits stylistically into almost any bathroom environment. And deciding where to put JAZ should not pose any problems either as the large, flexible loop means that the accessory can be hung in various places.

The squeegee’s mirror-finish 18/10 stainless steel body contrasts sharply with the matt black plastic sections of the handle and the two end caps. The soft rubber lip which extends to the outer edges of the squeegee ensures excellent cleaning results.

Available to buy now at proleno.com

As always, Proleno is ahead of the game and eagerly awaiting stock of Zack’s new Scala range. The new bathroom series SCALA from ZACK presents itself in a high-gloss, outstanding finish. The exclusive series consists of numerous bathroom accessories which form a perfect combination of functionality and excellent design. They have all been created in the unmistakable design language of ZACK and are made without exception from high-quality 18/10 stainless steel.

When it comes to the kind of wall mounting for the items in the SCALA series you can choose between the traditional screw fitting and the modern adhesive fitting. Yes, that’s right, adhesive fitting will be an option. Finally, stylish bathroom fittings that don’t require a drill or screwdriver. We’ll post an update as soon as the new stock is available.

Given the recent spell of warm weather I guess that nobody has their central heating switched on right now but as autumn approaches and chilly nights & cold mornings return we’ll all be reaching for “heat on” setting.

To ensure effective performance of a water-filled radiator, you need to make sure that the radiator has been “bled” properly. Bleeding a radiator means getting rid of any air that has accumulated at the top of radiator. When air is present, there is no water, which means no heat. Bleeding a radiator is done by opening an “air vent” otherwise known as a “bleed valve”. Ideally radiators should be checked for air accumulation at least once a year.

To bleed a radiator you will usually require an appropriate tool, namely a flat headed screwdriver, a “bleed key” or a spanner. Bleed keys (vent keys) are not included as standard but can be purchased from a plumbers’ merchant or home improvement store.

Bleeding a radiator is a simple process:

1. Ensure both valves at the bottom of the radiator are open;

2. Get a bleed key (vent key), screwdriver or spanner ready to open the bleed valve (air vent) at the top of the radiator. Have a rag or cloth ready to catch minor drips;

3. Use the tool to open the air vent and release the air holding the cloth underneath;

4. Listen for the change in sound; you will hear a hissing noise at first, which is the sound of air escaping. Vent the radiator until the sound changes and you get a steady stream of water. At this point you can retighten the air vent using the tool.

5. Once you have bled the radiator, turn the heating back on and leave the system to flow for half an hour.

Please note: On first filling a system, it is air that is vented from a radiator. However, from then on the periodic venting required is actually releasing hydrogen that is the by-product of rusting in the system. If regular bleeding is continually required, then this is a strong indication that the system requires draining, cleaning and refilling incorporating a corrosion inhibitor to prevent further rust in accordance with BS5449 section five commissioning. Alternatively, if regular bleeding is required then this could indicate a leak that is letting air enter the system.

Alternatively modern radiators do sometimes come with “automatic bleed vents” which release air from a radiator whenever necessary, meaning that you do not need to bleed the radiator manually. These are great for convenience, however there are instances of automatic bleed vents causing damage to a radiator as regular venting can mean regular water seepage which can lead to corrosion.

For more advice on maintaining your radiators, contact a radiator specialist such as Feature Radiators; their expert team can provide technical help on a variety of radiator related subjects.

An old friend, recently rediscovered, has a catering business based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Take a look at Clockhouse. Absolutely superb food. We sampled the offerings at a party that Clockhouse was catering (hence the rediscovered friend) and we were seriously impressed.

Even better, Clockhouse sells frozen ready meals that are perfect for the freezer and brilliantly easy to cook so if, like us, you work long hours but like good food, you can get home late and have a chef prepared meal on the table and ready to eat in about six minutes which allows just enough time to open the wine and feed the cat. I am hooked!

Paul, the owner, is the man of the moment and he and his team design and prepare the various foodie offerings. I am steadily working my way through them and have yet to find anything that I don’t love. It’s no more expensive than buying a supermarket ready meal but so much better and if you live close to Hitchin then delivery is free. For me it’s a no-brainer.

Front was inspired by the long life of a LED lamp. Its burning time of almost ten years makes it possible to create a lamp you never need to change the bulb of. The inner dome softens the light and creates the illusion of a lamp without a bulb, blurring the boundary between lightsource and lampshade.

booo studio presents an innovative collection of design lighbulbs by Front Design, Nacho Carbonell and Formafantasma at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan.

booo studio is a new company based in holland and composed by an team coming from different fields and countries to work in between avantgarde design and mass production industry.

LED lightbulbs is the first challenge and for the occasion booo studio have asked Nacho Carbonell, Design Front and Formafantasma, among the most interesting design creatives on the scene, to re-design our usual idea of
lightbulbs.

The result of this research is two collection of lightbulbs one meant for the mass production and one more experimental and released in a limited edition.

The main collection is designed to not need any additional lamp or lamp shade: the lightbulb becomes also the lamp.

Thanks to the new LED technology development these designers have approached the design of a lightbulb in full freedom. They’ve created products which combine state of the art technology with revolutionary aesthetics.

At the same time booo products are aimed to be perfectly produced in a mass production process in terms of costs and prices and it fits perfectly both the consumer and the contract market.

booo wants to play a new role into the design industry as a connector between two worlds which has been separated for too long. At the same time booo develops new technologies inspired by the continuous interaction with the designers and patents them, like ‘Smartbulb’ an innovative system of remote controlling based on wireless technology.

The Limited edition collection is intended to be experimental and we left the designers completely free to investigate the possibilities of LED even with the use of innovative and not conventional materials. The limited edition collection also represent the laboratory for future use of LED resources.

 

Good interior design is about matching form with functionality. No-where is that more true than in the living-room. The kitchen may have been the ‘heart of the home’ in days gone by, but today it is the living-room that is the centre of most homes. Despite this, it can be something of an after-thought in terms of design. Many people will spend considerable time and money getting just the right look in their bathroom or kitchen, but fail to come up with anything much for the living-room.

Seating, in particular, is often relatively un-stylish. Partly that is practical: people want a comfortable sofa more than one that is nice to look at (and that is more than fair enough – coming home after a hard day’s work to an uncomfortable sofa is not much fun). It is also partly because of a lack of options: it can be difficult to find exciting, well-designed living-room furniture that also meets the needs of a busy family. It’s difficult, but not impossible. There are a few ways to make sure your living-room is as stylish as the rest of your home.

Whole-room design

Putting in a new kitchen generally means ripping everything out and starting again. Very often, that’s not so in the living-room. Sofas and chairs in particular are expensive, so many people tend to make-do with what they already have, even if what they have doesn’t fit their ideas for the rest of the room. If you can’t afford to replace your seating, then try and update it with new covers, or pick out elements in the design of them which you can link to other things in the room (for example, if they have chrome feet, make that part of your theme by bringing in chrome picture frames or a chrome fire surround).

Statement pieces

Living-room seating can be a great way of making a statement, so if you are able to bring in new seating, do. Be brave with the designs you choose and make them the centrepiece of the room. The key to finding something that will really act as a focal point of your living-room is to be imaginative. Look a little further than the high street chains: there are many online suppliers and small ‘boutique’ furniture shops which may be able to help supply something that meets your practical needs and looks great.

Think carefully about the configuration of seating and how it fits the room and space you have. You don’t need to go for a traditional three-piece-suite. A corner sofa or modular system that you can adjust according to how you want to use it can work really well, for example. Another option is to have one large sofa for general family use, and one or two statement chairs which don’t match, but contrast.

Use your imagination

As with any kind of design, let your imagination run riot initially. Then consider whether what you want is practical. If it isn’t, then work out ways to compromise. Everyone has their own style, but if you’re struggling to put a living-room seating design together, perhaps these ideas will give you a kick-start:

–          For sophisticated urban homes limited on space, a leather loveseat combined with a couple of leather chairs can be attractive and flexible.

–          For a retro, sixties look try to get hold of a second-hand Eames chair or a modern copy. This design classic adds instant style to a room.

Go for a luxury look with something more old-fashioned. How about an elegant chaise longue? Or a high-backed wing chair? Both can be either understated, or indulgent, with metallic decoration on the feet and patterned fabric.

–          See if you can make your own seating, or hire a professional to do it. With the requisite carpentry skills and some wood un-used space in a bay window can be turned into a comfortable window seat (make the seat hinged, and you also have some useful storage).

There are, of course, countless other options. Good interior design is about matching up your lifestyle, aspirations and interests to create something that feels like yours. If you love design, don’t allow your living –room to let you down – put some thought into it and make it somewhere you love to relax in.

 Author: Izzy A. Woods