The new design isn’t dissimilar to a recently revealed idea from IBM to practically to your wrist.
The main difference for Oppo’s design, rendered by LetsGoDigital, is that it includes a rollable display that can expand the screen’s length without making it wider.
As , in its smallest state the extra display on the smartwatch is folded back and stored under the main screen.
The minimalist model includes a recessed groove that allows the screen to slide out, with the design (below) showing a pressure mechanism that lets you press and unfold the screen.
Can you buy one soon?
Oppo’s new design probably won’t see the light of day anytime soon. The issues Samsung have so far faced with their Fold smartphone might be a testament to the fact that foldable screens aren’t about to go mainstream.
While Oppo has released its O-Band smart bracelet, these concepts would likely need a much longer time to be market-ready.
Then there’s the practicality of the devices. Are users really going to warm to watching a film or reading the news while constantly holding their wrist up in a time-reading fashion?
Many questions remain and Oppo has only just filed the patent. The new concepts look undeniably cool, and many a tech geek would no doubt race to buy one, but will foldable wearables ever truly catch on? Only time will tell.
I am not a hoarder. In fact, I consider myself quite the minimalist. Have been all my life.
Moving in to live with a woman who later became my wife, I arrived with a suitcase half full of clothes and all my other earthly possessions neatly tucked into one cardboard box which I could comfortably carry single-handedly.
I was a light traveller.
Three decades, a string of children, and a zoo and a half full of pets later, my wardrobe has bulged with me. One suitcase will most definitely not do the trick anymore. I’m not sure if I really have more clothes, or whether the clothes I have are just much bigger. But that’s a conversation for another day.
As for the cardboard box, well, that has been replaced with a garage full of boxes. And bags and crates and shelves and lockers and every conceivable item that can be used to store junk in.
The garage I’m talking about is big. Not your standard double door version for the standard family. No, our garage was built to comfortably house four cars. Big ones. And a trailer, my daughter’s scooter and my motorcycle.
When I say the garage has somehow become full of boxes, I mean full. In the war for space, the boxes are up 3-1. Yes, there is parking space for one car only. That’s how bad it has become.
So, I decided, it is time for a good spring-clean in the middle of winter.
I ordered a skip, put on some old work clothes and, with all the best intentions of clearing the clutter, rolled up the doors.
But as it turns out, there’s a lot less junk in that garage than I thought.
What I discovered inside the army of containers is a treasure chest of memories.
How can I get rid of my girls’ first little camping chairs? Or my grandfather’s gas mask from the war?
But the best discovery of the day was a milk crate full of LPs. Doesn’t Neil Diamond just sound 10 times better on vinyl? And the garage is still the best place to dance, even alone.
Maybe this minimalist doesn’t need a spring clean. Maybe he needs more storage space.
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Forget the modern farmhouse look. Minimalism is out—unless you’re Kayne West and Kim Kardashian West. So what’s the nation’s top interior design style?
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Forget Chip and Joanna Gaines‘ beloved farmhouse style, whether it’s rustic or modern. And minimalism is so out—unless you’re Kayne West and Kim Kardashian West. And let’s try to erase word art forever from our memories. This year, it’s all about the industrial look.
The industrial aesthetic, known for its exposed brick and unfinished floors and cabinetry, is the most popular interior design style in the nation, according to a recent report from furniture company Joybird. The factory-chic style was tops in 12 states from across the country.
The report looked at the most-searched-for interior design trends in each state. The findings were based on Google Trends data from June 2018 through May 2019.
“Industrial style is very clean, very masculine, and very minimal,” says Devon Cameron, who worked on the report for Joybird. “The industrial style tends to be a little more underdone, a lot more raw. … It’s very unfinished-looking.”
The growing popularity of the trend could be a bit of a backlash against Victorian, which was the most-searched-for style the last time Joybird did the report in 2017, as well as minimalism. Victorian is loud and colorful, while minimalism is clean and modern.
But tastes definitely varied across the country.
In Connecticut, home owners prefer a vintage vibe when decorating their rooms. Vintage, which incorporates older pieces with more modern ones, was big in the Northeast in general.
>> Click through to see where you can get vintage pieces for your home on the Connecticut Antiques Trail.
In the South, shabby chic, modern farmhouse, and rustic style reigned supreme. Meanwhile, industrial was the most-searched-for style in the Midwest, and it tied with modernism in the West.
Fort Collins, CO–based interior designer Heather Schreiner hasn’t done an entire home in the industrial style. But more of her clients are asking to incorporate the look in their decor.
“We see a lot of industrial touches when it comes to lighting fixtures, furniture accent pieces, railing on stairs,” says Schreiner, of Associates in Building & Design. That could be chairs or tables with black matte or bronze legs or bases and metal light fixtures with Edison bulbs.
“It’s going a lot more mainstream,” she adds. “Sometimes I’m surprised when certain people go that direction.”
But industrial may not be as widespread as the report makes it appear.
“I’m not seeing that [style] in the market right now,” says Jenni Lantz, the manager of DesignLens, a design resource for developers, builders, architects, and interior designers. “Perhaps industrial is an up-and-coming style, but we don’t see that it is here yet.”
The most popular interior design styles in the nation
So what is your state’s favorite style?
Alabama: Shabby chic Alaska: Industrial Arizona: Industrial Arkansas: French country California: Hollywood regency Colorado: Asian Zen Connecticut: Vintage Delaware: Bohemian Florida: Coastal Georgia: Rustic Hawaii: Minimalist Idaho: Modern country Illinois: Industrial Indiana: Rustic Iowa: Rustic Kansas: Vintage Kentucky: Rustic Louisiana: Industrial Maine: Victorian Maryland: Shabby chic Massachusetts: Shabby chic Michigan: Industrial Minnesota: Midcentury modern Mississippi: Shabby chic Missouri: Midcentury modern Montana: Industrial Nebraska: Art Deco Nevada: Art Deco New Hampshire: Industrial New Jersey: Midcentury modern New Mexico: Minimalist New York: Urban modern North Carolina: Industrial North Dakota: Industrial Ohio: Industrial Oklahoma: Vintage Oregon: Minimalist Pennsylvania: Vintage Rhode Island: Minimalist South Carolina: Coastal South Dakota: Traditional Tennessee: Urban modern Texas: Vintage Utah: Industrial Vermont: Vintage Virginia: Midcentury modern Washington: Eclectic West Virginia: Shabby chic Wisconsin: Urban modern Wyoming: Industrial
Step aside Ikea and Aldi, there’s a new budget homewares destination on the market.
Coles has just launched 101 fresh homewares pieces under the supermarket’s new ‘Your Home Collection’, today.
The range, which will run from today until August, 25, features everything from cushions, lamps and throw rugs to picture frames, flower pots and vases.
But the best part about this new range is by far the price point, with nothing in the collection exceeding $30, and the cheapest items starting at $2.
Coles Chief Executive for Commercial and Express, Greg Davis, said the new range will give customers the chance to style their home with unique and affordable pieces.
“We think customers are going to love the new homewares range …(because it) goes beyond what they expected when they walked into our store,” Mr Davis said.
The chain stores design team developed the range in modern tones like grey, sage and coral, but a spokesman warned that not all 101 items will be available in every store across the nation.
MOST POPULAR ITEM
It may only be day one of the Your Collection homewares launch, but a Coles spokesman told news.com.au the stylish Maya Table Top Lamp, on sale for $25, is already proving to be a popular item among customers.
The lamp is a chic, minimalist piece, Scandinavian in design and resembles something straight out of the aisles of Ikea, rather than a grocery store chain.
Despite the contemporary vibe of the range, Coles has kept prices as low as possible.
The cheapest items customers can nab on their way down the Your Collection aisle is in the pet section of the range.
For just $2 each, customers can grab a stylish pet food scoop, silicone pet food can covers or a two-pack of pet food.
Other cheap items include $5 succulents in glass pots, $6 ceramic and wood canisters and the $6 Mahala Jar, which is a ceramic pot with a leather handle.
MOST EXPENSIVE ITEMS
Customers always want to know how much they’ll be expected to fork out when a new homewares line is launched.
But, it’s a good day if you’re trying out the Your Collection, because you’ll only need $30 to secure the most expensive piece on the list.
A spokesman told news.com.au the range features just one $30 item — a 10-pack of LED Festoon Lights.
Other more expensive items in the range include a round wall shelf for $25, a $15 plush throw and the increasingly popular $25 Maya table top lamp.
A report by A Current Affair compared the Coles Your Collection range against a selection from homewares giant Ikea, and found some customers preferred the supermarket’s offerings.
A Scandinavian style clock — usually $30 at Ikea — is just $15 at Coles and got the tick of approval from one mum.
“I would be happy with either of these in my home,” she told ACA.
A Coles spokeswoman told the program that their aim was to make the range affordable.
“So 70 per cent of the range is $10 or less, and 96 per cent of the range is under $20,” the spokeswoman said.
So, how are the products stacking up for Coles customers?
Film and television producer Dana Brunetti has hoisted a showbiz pedigreed property in Los Angeles’ historic, entertainment industry-favored Toluca Lake community up for sale at $6.25 million.
Not counting carrying costs, extensive upgrades and considerable real estate fees, the six-time Emmy-nominated “House of Cards” producer, also a two-time Oscar nominee (“The Social Network,” “Captain Phillips”) and an executive producer on the Cinemax crime-drama series “Jett,” seeks to almost double his money on the property he purchased about 3.5 years ago for a bit more than $3.8 million from Grammy winning musician Dave Stewart.
The handsome, Spanish Colonial residence was built in the late 1920s and originally the home of pioneering Toluca Lake architect Park French. Set behind an ivy-encrusted privacy wall and jointly listed with Cassandra Corum at Six17 and Marc Silver at Compass, the three-story spread measures in at a mite more than 6,500 sq. ft. with five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, including a natural light-filled master bedroom and a skylight topped master bathroom replete with steam shower and copper soaking tub opposite a marble fireplace.
Pale, Kentucky oak floorboards run throughout much of the house where carefully preserved and/or masterfully re-created architectural details are luxuriously complemented by a slew of state-of-the-art creature comforts. They also include an elaborate security system, a comprehensive home-automation system and a five-car garage decked out with a couple of snazzy hydraulic parking lifts and multiple EV chargers. Just inside the front door, the spacious double-parlor’s smaller room, furnished as a library/games room with built-in bookshelves and a sleekly curvaceous, metal-trimmed billiards table, is anchored by a minimalist fireplace beneath simple wood mantel, while the larger space, plenty roomy enough to comfortably accommodate a glitzy, white grand piano and an almost comically long, plushly upholstered sectional sofa, features intricate, plaster friezes over the windows.
A sizable dining room spills out through French doors to an awning-shaded deck and the expensively tarted-up, all-whit eat-in kitchen sports top-end culinary accoutrement and prominently grey-veined white marble countertops that waterfall over the ends of a double-wide island. An airy, second-floor office with exterior entrance leads to a terra-cotta tiled courtyard terrace with azure tile accented fireplace. Meanwhile a lengthy, lower level family room, with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and integrated media equipment, opens through arched French doors to the privately landscaped backyard and swimming pool. The property does not have frontage on tiny Toluca Lake but is one of the roughly three dozen homes with deeded access to the six-acre body of water via discreet doors behind the pool open to a private park that meanders down to the shore.
The discreetly wealthy Toluca Lake community has a long history of noteworthy residents including Amelia Earhart and Bob Hope, while current homeowners in community include Patricia Heaton, Viola Davis and Steve Carell, the latter of whom custom built his mansion on the site of the former home of late comedian and actor Jonathan Winters.
Brunetti, producer on the $1.3 billion-plus “Fifty Shades” trilogy, owns another, substantially smaller contemporary residence over in the foothills of L.A.’s Los Feliz area that he picked up in 2005 for $2.1 million. The three-bedroom and three-bathroom architectural was available as a rental earlier this year at $11,000 per month.