Sony Introduces Wena Smartwatch Strap To Update Traditional Timepieces

Sony launches the Wena watch range in the UK, bringing traditional watchmaking into the 21st Century, truly modernizing the luxury of timekeeping. The Wena watch has been created by a new business creation programme within Sony, known as the Seed Acceleration Program (SAP). Wena stands for “Wear Electronics Naturally” and the strap has been designed exactly with this in mind. The interchangeable nature of the watch allows the technology to be isolated to the clasp of the watch strap, rather than being linked to the face.

?Traditional Watches Made Smart With Sony

The design of the watch not only allows the wearer to choose any watch face, but it makes everyday activities easier to do. For example, when making payments with the watch, there is no need for the wearer to twist their wrist to tap the face onto the terminal, which many find uncomfortable and unnatural – instead, it can all be done with one simple, easy movement.

The new watch bands utilize NFC technology to give wearers the ability to make contactless payments with just a tap of the wrist – a simpler, faster and safer way to make day-to-day transactions for those with a busy lifestyle. Working closely with Mastercard and NXP, Wena will offer not only the simplest solution to make payments but also the safest. Global digital financial technology leader Wirecard will be the launch issuer for the UK and Ireland. Using Wirecard’s boon app for iOS and Android, customers will be able to add a virtual card to the Wena app and set up automatic top ups, providing a simple way for everyone to access funds, no matter who they bank with.

?Traditional Watches Made Smart With Sony

The smartwatch strap also provides wearers with phone notifications including calls, mail and app notifications with a one or two-line display. What’s more, notifications can be customized using the 7-coloured LED lighting and vibration, giving the wearer greater control of how the watch communicates with them.

The strap is also perfect for those on a fitness push, logging steps, and calories burned, whilst the Wena wrist active version also comes complete with GPS tracking and heart-rate sensors to provide calories burned and distance traveled.

?Traditional Watches Made Smart With Sony

The strap is available in two styles – metal and silicone– with each designed to suit different lifestyles. The range also comes complete with watch faces designed to match perfectly with the watch straps. Sony has worked with some of the finest Swiss watchmakers in the market to ensure premium quality. The new Wena watch range is priced at £349 (~ $454 USD) and the pro strap is priced at £399 (~ $519 USD), faces vary from £100(~ $130 USD) to £400(~ $521 USD).

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Balzar Arquitectos Creates Sculptural Interior For This Apartment In Valencia

Spanish practice Balzar Arquitectos?–?formerly known as Dot Partners –?has recently refurbished a 130 sqm apartment set within a building designed by the architect Antonio Escario, on one of the main avenues of the city of Valencia. The apartment occupies a corner position, characteristic for its chamfer that follows the configuration of the surrounding blocks. The organization of the interior has been a challenge for the architects as the geometry of the floor consists of different walls that are not perpendicular to each other.

?GVFC Apartment, Valencia, Spain / Balzar Arquitectos

The layout starts with open space in the access, with the kitchen open to the dining room and living room. The bedrooms and bathrooms are reached through the corridor. The fixed furniture is introduced to satisfy the different needs of the owners while integrating different structural and installation elements. Its perception of the volumetry can be understood as a continuous geometry, abstract in its form, seeking to be a sculpture.

?GVFC Apartment, Valencia, Spain / Balzar Arquitectos

The curve of the ceiling in the living room is created to respond to different conditions. On one hand, it functionally separates the dining area and the resting area. On the other hand, it reinforces the idea of an integrated design, relating different elements of the furniture from kitchen units to the desk located in the former balcony. Finally, it introduces into the design a suspended beam that crosses the living room, seeking to create a unified global composition.

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Timber Walls Hides Features And Functions Within Tiny Pavilion House In Portugal

Portuguese architectural firms?Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar Studio have hidden a bathroom, bed, and kitchen within the walls of this timber-clad holiday home in Guimar?es, Portugal.

“Placed on top of a pre-existing granite wine cellar, Pavilion House takes advantage of its programmatic (in)definition to work on an open and abstract space, simultaneously interior and exterior, which benefits from its proximity to a diverse nature,” says Diogo Aguiar Studio.

?Pavilion House / Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

Configuring itself as a small habitable space on the mountain, Pavilion House seeks to maximize its versatility and spatial simultaneity. A four-volume wall-set defines the living space and determines the views on the surrounding landscape while concealing the basilar ‘program’ – sleeping, staying, eating and bathing – allowing this to be partially activated, depending on the user wishes.

?Pavilion House / Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

The holiday home’s main living room doubles up as a sleeping area with a fold-out bed. A kitchen, which can be concealed behind bi-fold doors, and storage is also incorporated into the room’s walls. A small bathroom, which is topped with a skylight, is also hidden away within the walls.

?Pavilion House / Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

Seeking the integration into the landscape and, on the other hand, an introspective comfort, the exterior and interior facade of these volumes is assumed abstract and textured, defined by a continuous slat of vertical wooden rulers. Framing and compressing these volumes, the ceiling and floor stand in a dark palette that defines both as an absent matter, while helping to rescue the exterior landscape, emphasizing its mutant presence in the inner space.

?Pavilion House / Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio Pavilion House / Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

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Studio 34 South Turns A 1930’s Garage Into A Restaurant And Bar

Located in the Dutch city of Den Bosch, Pompen & Verlouw is a new, all-day restaurant designed by Amsterdam-based Studio 34 South. This former mechanic’s space was once a dark, oily and masculine realm of heavy labour. An industrious workplace from a bygone era. It was a workshop, a manufacturing location, a space that was filled with sweat and roughness. In a time when cars were completely mechanical machines, no wires, no digital, just oil and steel. “We wanted to create a boot in the face juxtaposition,” explain Samantha Ellinson and Chechi Valentine, founders of the Dutch studio. “It needed to be transformed into a soft and light, warm and clean environment, within this old industrious body.”

?Pompen & Verlouw, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Studio 34 South

Using automobile design of the 1930s as a source of inspiration, the duo researched the finely crafted interiors of vintage cars. “It was a world of glossy walnut sterling wheels, streamlined metal details, stitched brown and burgundy tones of leather seating. It was pure craftsmanship,” the studio said. “The goal was to capture the essence of that aesthetic and bring it into today in a completely unexpected way.”

This narrative begins in the heart of the space as your eye follows the curves of the central bar.? A steering wheel inspired bar top awakens your sense of touch as your hands run across the glossy wood, and the smell of stitched leather is present as it wraps around the bar. Amplified colours such as cherry, peach and orange create a modern palette of tones and textures and prints, turning the old into the now.

?Pompen & Verlouw, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Studio 34 South

Original features were maintained when their condition was good enough. The original pull-up garage doors have been bolted to the old industrial ceiling, hovering above you creating a nostalgic feature. “We love to play with tension like that,” adds the duo. “Not in an obvious and predictable way but subtle and to create a backdrop. It’s there, but you don’t have to interact with it.”

?Pompen & Verlouw, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Studio 34 South

The same approach was taken for the corrugated metal sheet wall. This is one of the most basic and unexciting cladding materials, but very connected to the aesthetic language of garages and factories. A creamy light coating has been applied, so that it becomes a beautiful and elegant backdrop. Its reflective and wavy shape adds a playful lightness to the space.

?Pompen & Verlouw, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Studio 34 South Pompen & Verlouw, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Studio 34 South Pompen & Verlouw, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Studio 34 South

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Raz Melamed Creates A Modern Getaway In A Historic Tel Aviv Neighborhood

Israeli architect Raz Melamed has recently refurbished this 70-square-meters studio apartment to create a modern getaway for its owner in the historic Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Melamed had previous experience with refurbishing and modernizing historic properties in the neighboring ancient city of Jaffa, but the project in Neve Tzedek presented a whole new set of challenges. However, within a few months of hard labored work alongside creative engineer Buki Snir and contractor Elad Cohen, Melamed succeeded in revealing the property’s hidden promise and giving it new life.

?A5 Studio Apartment, Tel Aviv, Israel / Raz Melamed

The property, closed and derelict for years, was comprised of a patchwork of shacks that were joined together to create a dark and disjointed maze with a hidden patio. A slanted wall truncated the entire space. The property needed a thorough renovation, but its location in the historic neighborhood required a careful work of preservation and protection of its outer shell.

Melamed created three alternative plans for the interior. The first attempted to create the illusion of an open rectangular space, while hiding the slanted wall, the second worked the slanted wall into the plan and the third heavily relied on it. “We chose the first plan, extenuating the horizontal and vertical axes (Cardo and Decumanus), and dividing the interior into four rectangular spaces: sleeping area, living room, kitchen and patio,” says Melamed.

?A5 Studio Apartment, Tel Aviv, Israel / Raz Melamed

An intersection of vitrine windows to the patio on two fronts, and Belgian style pivot windows between the sleeping and kitchen areas allowed centering the property around its well-lit patio, while protecting it from the outside gaze for added privacy. Melamed chose wooden shutters typical of the neighborhood for the windows facing the street, and kept the interior open, allowing airflow and a clear line of sight between all the spaces of the interior. In order to further maintain the open plan in the interior, the bathroom was hidden behind a door in the kitchen. With this, Melamed succeeded in creating a sense of an urban secluded villa built around a private courtyard, in what is essentially a small one bedroom apartment.

?A5 Studio Apartment, Tel Aviv, Israel / Raz Melamed

Before he could put his grand plans to action, however, Melamed needed to tackle a few more challenges. After years of neglect, the asset needed first to be thoroughly cleaned. Its infrastructure was then replaced, as well as the rotted beams supporting its roof. Situated at street level, the asset suffered from repeated flooding in the past.

The affected walls were fixed and the entire property was sealed in order to prevent repeated water damage. This was done without changing the exterior facades or the building’s hight, as required by the preservation authorities. In keeping with the DNA of the neighborhood, two steel rails were chosen to support and strengthen the exterior wall in the patio.

For the interior, and in order to create a clean yet cozy modern space, Melamed chose a gray color palette, as well as natural substances and exposed raw materials. Polished concrete flooring were laid in the interior as well as the patio. Gray tiles were chosen for the bathroom, and the woodwork in the kitchen and the bedroom was also painted gray. The island in the kitchen was dyed black to create a focal point in the space and to match the black granite countertop that was chosen above it. The Belgian-styled ironwork that was incorporated in the pivot partitions, the doors to the patio and the windows, received a coat of coal black. Wooden furniture and greenery in the patio completed the picture and finally provided the owners with the harmonic getaway they hoped for in the heart of the city.

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An Ultimate Guide On How to Maintain Windows Winnipeg

So you bought a new home, or you had a recent replacement of your windows Winnipeg? It was a great idea you have the home of your dream and new windows in your home. Probably you are taking keen interests on the new fixtures, and cleaning them to ensure they look sparkling always. However, as it happens to most of the homeowners, over time our attention to a new home diminishes and stop being concerned more about most home fixtures. That can escalate to severe issues.

If you have Winnipeg windows, it is recommended that you maintain continuous maintenance to prolong the lifespan of its parts including frames and panes. So how do you make sure this is achieved? There are a variety of things you can opt for to maintain your windows Winnipeg looking attractive and functioning as expected for an extended period. Take a look.

  1. Check The Rubber Seals

One important thing in your windows Winnipeg that requires regular checking is your rubber seals.

Rubber seals usually hold the glass in the frame of the window and keep the seal between the glass and the frame. The seals should fit well with the frame and the panes, with no space left to allow air penetration.

Since rubber is a natural product, you will realize that it degrades over time. The degradation is often accelerated by long time exposure on sunlight. With time the rubber becomes weak and starts to flake off loosening the seal between the windows panes and its frame. So experts advise you to inspect the rubber seals at least every two or three months to ensure they are in good form and have been affected by UV light. To keep them in right conditions, use detergent and wipe down and then dry them using a paper towel.

?How to Take Care of Your Windows Winnipeg

  1. Check Moisture Build-Up

This can be a severe problem for your windows Winnipeg if it is not detected and corrected. Most windows come with two glass panes which are sandwiched together leaving a space between them which is then filled with argon gas for enhanced insulation. As the windows age over time, the seal between the two glass panes may be compromised and therefore allow moisture in. If you notice water droplets inside the window know there is moisture starting to build up.

Checking for moisture build-up should be the main task of your windows and doors Winnipeg maintenance routine. If it is identified earlier, you can repair the window or do full window replacement.

  1. Replace Weather-Stripping

Just as the rubber seal, this is another important aspect of your windows Winnipeg which requires regular inspection.

It is made of silicone or rubber and plays an essential role in protecting water from entering the interior of your home together with enhancing the air seal between the frame and the window.

Check it every two to three months for any tear and wear. Wipe it to eliminate any build-up of mould or debris.

Finally, check your latches and locks to ensure they are in good condition. However, note that not all issues you can handle. Always insist on calling a professional window and doors Winnipeg installer to handle some of the work for you.

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Nendo Designs Glassware Collection For Lasvit

Nendo‘s founder Oki Sato has designed a six-piece glassware collection, consisting of wine glasses, tumblers, whiskey glasses, carafe, flute glasses and shot glasses for Czech glass brand Lasvit. In this new collection, the traditional Czech crystal has been decorated by making various cuts into the surface.

?Lasvit x Nendo “Beaver” Glassware Collection

These cuts in the base and stems of the glasses are reminiscent of the marks left in trees as a beaver builds its lodge. A beaver with its sharp teeth will quickly chip away at a tree trunk, winding its way inwards around the tree until it is ready to fall. Emulating this process, the silhouette of the glasses was created by randomly slicing off pieces from the thick base.

?Lasvit x Nendo “Beaver” Glassware Collection

This is a significant diversion from the normal method of adhering the stem and pedestal to the base of the glass, which has resulted in a design with a sense of tension like a tree that is about to fall down. The randomly cut glass causes complicated light reflections, creating a glimmer that is unique to crystal; such deep abrasion and the intricate polishing of the glassware are extremely difficult to achieve and was only made possible by the hands of a highly skilled glass artisan.

?Lasvit x Nendo “Beaver” Glassware Collection

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Bang & Olufsen’s Limited-Edition Beoplay H9i Headphones Comes With An Aluminum Carry Case

Rooted in design, craftsmanship, and innovation, renowned premium luggage brand?RIMOWA and?Bang & Olufsen have joined forces for a partnership that celebrates the unique link between sound and travel. RIMOWA and?Bang & Olufsen have created a pair of limited-edition Beoplay H9i headphones that hone in on the craftsmanship that characterizes the two brands.

?RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Headphones

Made from authentic and long-lasting materials such as anodized aluminum and genuine leather, the RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones are housed in a signature RIMOWA aluminum case and come in a warm light grey color that accentuates the aluminum expression. With powerful and precise Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound, the wireless Beoplay H9i headphones feature active noise cancellation and an innovative touch interface.?

“RIMOWA and Bang & Olufsen share a passionate approach to purposeful and elegant design. Both of them celebrate aluminum in their products,” said Alexandre Arnault, CEO of RIMOWA. “To strengthen the natural relationship between sound and travel, we have proudly partnered to create the RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones.”?

?RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Headphones

With a common appreciation for craftsmanship, beautiful materials, and luxurious design, Bang & Olufsen and RIMOWA are uniquely attuned to those who value rich sound in the same way they value purposeful travel experiences. Together, they represent movement and a unique vision of elevated contemporary timelessness.?

?RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Headphones

“For over 90 years, Bang & Olufsen has striven to be more than an audio company, a brand that stimulates people’s lives through a passion for sound, design & craftsmanship. With RIMOWA being much more than a luggage company, but a brand that makes travel an art and that disrupts its own marketplace, we are honoured and proud to have an ideal partner. The first materialization of our collaboration, the RIMOWA edition of our flagship Beoplay H9i headphones and exclusive RIMOWA carrying case, will make the world travel at the speed of sound,” said John Mollanger, Executive Vice President, President Brand and Markets at Bang & Olufsen.?

The limited edition RIMOWA x Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i headphones will be available for $900 USD starting April 15, 2019, in select Bang & Olufsen and RIMOWA stores, online at and, as well as in a few select third-party retailers.?

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Buero Wagner Designs Holiday Home In Germany With Giant Pivoting Window And Carbonized Wood Facade

German firm Buero Wagner has recently designed a little holiday house?near Munich, featuring a huge pivoting window. Located next to a forest not far from Ammersee, one of Germany’s largest and most stunning lakes?one hour southwest of Munich, Bavaria, the Black House stands out from its surroundings solely on account of its carbonized facade. Unlike typical detached homes, it is located between two existing houses an office building and a multifamily home. And although it directly adjoins the latter it does consciously distinguish itself from its setting, so that it is perceived as an independent building. In this manner, a further element is added to the existing heterogeneous ensemble.

?Black House, Breitbrunn a. Ammersee, Germany / Buero Wagner

What particularly makes the quality of the building is the way the topography of the plot is exploited with rooms of different heights stacked together. From the outside, this is legible in the projections that denote the terrace and basement, but also in the shape of the roof. Inside, spaces and uses form one fluid entity, overlap and consequently create a variety of spatial situations. A large cutout in the concrete structure enables the space to flow outside towards a small forest and help blur the border between inside and outside.

The spatial allocation is reduced to a kitchen with a living and dining section on the ground floor and a bedroom with an open bathroom in the basement. While the entry area with the kitchen are on a level with the attached multifamily house, the floor of the raised dining area is aligned to the plot at ground level and extends through the large opening out towards the terrace. Specifically, two pivot windows allow the north and the west facade to be almost completely opened with a free cantilever
of the corner. Similarly, the projection of the building can also be seen in the form of the roof; the building has a flat roof that adjoins the apartment building, while a saddle rooftops the mezzanine floor.

?Black House, Breitbrunn a. Ammersee, Germany / Buero Wagner

The shapes and materials chosen for the interior are unobtrusive.?All the fittings such as kitchen, cupboards, doors and windows, but also the stairs are made of untreated, oiled oak. The panel heating system is integrated into the concrete ceilings, floors and walls, which all act as thermal energy storage. Simultaneously, this meant the floor and ceiling slabs required no further elaborate finishing. Instead, these surfaces were sanded down to make the stone pattern more visible.

?Black House, Breitbrunn a. Ammersee, Germany / Buero Wagner

The fair-face concrete walls and ceiling areas have been sandblasted. The architectural concept avoids any chemical treatment. Instead, the wooden fa?ade has been sealed by being carbonized. The wooden boards are as a result both water-repellant and resistant to fungus. The house plays with aspects such as inside and outside, top and bottom, and due to its shape and the sparing use of materials, it has a purist and clear feel.

?Black House, Breitbrunn a. Ammersee, Germany / Buero Wagner

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Jean Nouvel-Designed National Museum of Qatar Opens To The Public

The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has opened to the public, introducing an unparalleled immersive experience housed within a new architectural masterpiece by Jean Nouvel. The Museum’s winding, 1.5-kilometer gallery path is a journey through a series of unique, encompassing environments, each of which tells its part of the story of Qatar through a special combination of architectural space, music, poetry, oral histories, evocative aromas, archaeological and heritage objects, commissioned artworks, monumentally-scaled art films, and more.

?National Museum of Qatar / Jean Nouvel

Together, the eleven permanent galleries take visitors from the formation of the Qatar peninsula millions of years ago to the nation’s exciting and diverse present. Giving voice to the nation’s rich heritage and culture and expressing the aspirations of its people, NMoQ will serve as a hub for discovery, creativity, and community engagement, providing diverse educational opportunities for Qatar and advancing the nation’s cultural vision on the global stage.

The spectacular 52,000-square-meter (560,000-square-foot) NMoQ embraces as its centerpiece the restored historic Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani (1880-1957), son of the founder of modern Qatar. A building that in former times was both the home of the Royal Family and the seat of government, and was subsequently the site of the original National Museum, the historic Palace is now the culminating exhibit in the sweeping succession of gallery experiences.

?National Museum of Qatar / Jean Nouvel

In designing the building, Jean Nouvel drew inspiration from the desert rose, a flower-like formation that occurs naturally in the Gulf region when minerals crystallize in the crumbly soil just below the surface of a shallow salt basin. Described by Nouvel as “the first architectural structure that nature itself creates,” the desert rose became the model for the Museum’s complex structure of large interlocking disks of different diameters and curvatures—some vertical and constituting supports, others horizontal and resting on other disks—which surround the historic Palace like a necklace.

?National Museum of Qatar / Jean Nouvel

A central court, the Baraha, sits within the ring of galleries and serves as a gathering space for outdoor cultural events. On the outside, the Museum’s sand-colored concrete harmonizes with the desert environment, so that the building appears to grow out of the ground and be one with it. Inside, the structure of interlocking disks continues, creating an extraordinary variety of irregularly shaped volumes.

Jean Nouvel said, “To imagine a desert rose as a basis for design was a very advanced idea, even a utopian one. To construct a building with great curved disks, intersections, and cantilevered angles—the kind of shapes made by a desert rose—we had to meet enormous technical challenges. This building is at the cutting edge of technology, like Qatar itself. As a result, it is a total object: an experience that is at once architectural, spatial, and sensory, with spaces inside that exist nowhere else.”

NMoQ is organized in three chapters—“Beginnings,” “Life in Qatar,” and “The Modern History of Qatar”— presented in eleven galleries, which take visitors from the geological period long before the peninsula was inhabited through to the present day. Passing through the galleries, visitors are caught up in the experience of the formation of the Qatar peninsula and its natural habitat, the heritage of life in Al Barr (the desert) and on the coast, the political development of modern Qatar, the discovery of oil, and Qatar’s multifaceted relationships today with the larger world.

?National Museum of Qatar / Jean Nouvel

The permanent gallery route culminates in the very heart of Qatari national identity, the restored Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani. Built in 1906, this palace is significant as a national symbol and is one of the best-loved Qatar landmarks. Following a painstaking restoration project over a period of more than three years, it now forms the final highlight of a visit to the National Museum of Qatar.

To inaugurate its temporary exhibition gallery, the new National Museum of Qatar will present an exploration of the ongoing urban and architectural development of the capital city, Making Doha 1950-2030, on view from 28 March through 30 August 2019.

?National Museum of Qatar / Jean Nouvel

Curated by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal of OMA/AMO and Fatma Al Sehlawi and the Qatar based research team from Atlas Bookstore, and designed by a team from OMA/AMO, Making Doha 1950-2030 brings together seventy years of photographs, models, plans, texts, films, oral histories, and archival materials to chart Doha’s transition from organic growth to more modern and deliberate planning practices.

This exhibition examines how the city of Doha was assembled and how its construction affected the global discipline of architecture, in a story told in four major chapters: Seeds of a Nation (1950–1971), Modern State (1971–1995), And the World (1995–2010), and Destination Qatar (2010–2030).

The floorplan of the exhibition is designed as a timeline, with key moments punctuating the visitors’ passage along the narrative. A 115-meter-long curtain printed with historical collages lines the edge of the space.

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