17 Amazing Relics From the Met’s Free Online Image Library


Everyone’s doing it. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s enormous collection are now available for on their website for free, non-commercial use. The initiative is called Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) and makes the images available for scholarly use in any media.

Manmade Megaliths: 8 Monumental Installations That Illustrate the Power of Scale


Large monuments have been around for as long as human civilizations have. There are a few theories as to why mankind often chooses to build so big. One of them suggests that it’s conspicuous consumption: the demonstration of prosperity by intentionally wasting resources on big, uninhabitable things.

Great Little Trading Co. is thrilled to open second store in Bromley, Kent


Britain’s Best Children’s Retailer, Great Little Trading Co (GLTC), is bringing its unique collection of award-winning children’s furniture, toys and interior decor to the Intu Shopping Centre in Bromley with the opening of a new retail store. The 1300sq foot retail space, has been designed to compliment the London showroom which showcases larger furniture items and sets, and the focus for the Bromley store is on take-home orders to instantly transform family homes; GLTC will be offering a shop and collect service, so customers, particularly those Christmas shopping, will be able to buy and then collect their purchases at the end of the day. Bromley has a footfall of 18 million and the Intu shopping centre is a fantastic location for GLTC to have a presence with other prestigious stores around them, amidst affluent shoppers.

Are you safe in your home? The history (and future) of home security


For most Britons, their home is their safe place. It’s a place to come back to after a day at work, to raise a family in and to relax in.

But how safe is it, really?

The number of burglaries in the UK are falling. The incidents in 2015 were down 33% from the same period 10 years earlier (Jan-Dec 2005) and 70% just 20 years ago (Jan-Dec 1995).

Golden Houses Developments rapidly expands with recruitment of new people and new premises


Golden Houses Developments, the UK-based construction business specialising in high-end residential projects, is upsizing yet again as company continues rapid growth.

The company is taking on four new permanent staff members and moving to a new 130 square metre office space – an increase of 110 per cent on its current premises.

The move – and the recruitment drive that made it necessary – follows Golden Houses Developments’ February 2016 announcement that it expects turnover to reach £80 million by 2020.



The area between a house and its detached garage is often a lost space. One cost effective and functional solution is to use this gap to accommodate extra living space.

Such a property in Shenfield Essex involved the design and project management by Spatial Design Architects, specialists in high quality contemporary architecture. Here the brief required the existing traditional house to be linked to its detached double garage via an extension with a dramatic form and style which would be aesthetically pleasing when seen from the front garden and road.



Hailed the quietest washing machine TrustedReviews has ever tested, the Whirlpool FSCR 10432 Supreme Care washing machine has been praised by the team for its quietness and energy efficiency.

Described by TrustedReviews as ‘an outstandingly accomplished piece of engineering1, the 10kg Whirlpool washing machine benefits from ground-breaking ZENTechnology, a complete noise reduction solution, which ensures an exceptionally quiet spin of 68 decibels, making it the quietest on the market2.



Replacing the kettle with an instant steaming hot water tap from InSinkErator® will not only reduce water wastage in the home, but can also help reduce the rising cost of utility bills.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, 40 per cent of households boil the kettle at least four times a day, with 75 per cent admitting to boiling more water than they need1; accounting for a significant amount of water and energy wasted every year. Homeowners can save water, and time, with a steaming hot water tap from InSinkErator®.



Making a welcome return to the NEC in Birmingham after 16 years, Michael Tyler is the latest high profile name to join the impressive line-up for the 2017 January Furniture Show (January 22-25).

One of Britain’s leading independent manufacturers of contemporary, high quality upholstered furniture, the award-winning Michael Tyler has been at the forefront of British upholstery design since it was founded in 1976. It is using the 2017 exhibition to launch a brand new collection to add to its well established Michael Tyler and Quadro ranges.

Courts crack down on unsafe doors and gates


The company responsible for a metal door that badly injured actor Harrison Ford on a Pinewood Studios film set has been fined £1.6 million.

Ford was struck by a metal door during the production of a Star Wars film. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, owned by Disney, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to two charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The sentence comes just days after a company was fined £500,000 after a man was killed by a steel gate in Wales.

Homebuyers in Kent are saving on average £4,100 off the asking price


Over the past six months, savvy homebuyers in Kent have saved, on average, £4,100 off the original asking price – that’s according to the latest data from EstateAgent4Me.co.uk

EstateAgent4Me.co.uk looked at the top six performing agents in Kent and compared their asking prices with the final sale price – and found that on average they achieved 98.5% of the asking price. Against the backdrop of average house prices of £270,000 in Kent this means that homebuyers, on average, saved £4,100 by negotiating.

This Sublime Cliffside House Channels the Spirit of Ando, Kundig and Kahn


Architectural renderings depicting real proposals can often be highly misleading, with rose-tinted filters deliberately designed to convince skeptical clients or city councils of a project’s worth. However, with the right person in charge of modeling and compositing, even the most fictitious of concepts can appear highly plausible and incredibly compelling. Digital visualizer Alex Hogrefe is just such a person, and his latest project — the Cliff Retreat — takes architectural visualization to the next level.

The 7 Most Popular Architectural Visualization Styles


There was a time when no self-respecting rendering would allow itself to be seen in public without a zeppelin hovering somewhere in its desaturated sky. Supermodels in haute couture garments strutted across opera foyers, uninterested expressions and blasé attitudes adding to the exclusivity of the space. These gimmicks are still widely used, but since its early days architectural rendering has seen major technical advancements that allowed it to appropriate cinematic techniques relying on color, lighting, framing, composition, and angles to convey moods.

Over 9 million people to pay for Christmas on a credit card


– 70 per cent have not started preparing financially for Christmas.

– The average household spent £794 on Christmas last year.

– Money and Consumer Expert, Sue Hayward gives top tips for budgeting this Christmas.

– The video available with this release can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/UAjUighLwmE

Wickes gives UK customers ability to select one-hour time slots for their DIY deliveries


Home improvement retailer Wickes has launched ‘Wickes Hourly’, a new delivery service that provides customers with a choice of one-hour time slots for their product deliveries. The service is made possible through a partnership with delivery technology brand, On the dot, following a successful trial.

Introduced nationwide, hourly delivery is designed to make home improvement shopping quicker and easier. Whether it be power tool failure or running out of a product mid-job, this latest service offer from Wickes enables customers to chose ultra-convenient delivery.

Netatmo Debuts Healthy Home Coach, the Smart Indoor Climate Monitor for a Healthier Home


Healthy Home Coach sends smart notifications when a room’s atmosphere is unhealthy and offers advice on how to improve indoor air quality and conditions

Netatmo, the revolutionary smart home company, introduces today Healthy Home Coach, the smart indoor climate monitor that helps users create a healthier home environment. Healthy Home Coach is HomeKit-enabled to make the smart home even more comfortable.