This Minimalist Cable Machine Will Elevate Your Home Gym Design – The Manual

Now that it’s spring, your New Year’s fitness resolution is probably just hitting its stride. You’re feeling good, your clothes are fitting better, and your dreams of a chiseled six-pack seem finally within reach.

So why is it still so hard to get yourself to the gym?

Maybe it’s the Bermuda Triangle effect of going home between work and gym — after a long commute back from the office, who wants to get back on the train or in the car? Or maybe it’s the scene. No matter how motivated you are to get fit, it’s hard to do your best work surrounded by oiled-up meatheads with last year’s hip-hop hits blasting on repeat.

If you find yourself anticipating your workout but dreading the gym, it’s probably time to invest in a home fitness setup. While we can’t all be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with our very own Iron Paradise, most of us have time and funds to invest in a cable machine. And for our money, there’s no better option in this regard than the NOHrD SlimBeam.


The NOHrD SlimBeam cable machine is like the Murphy bed of home fitness, a perfect marriage of form and function. However, unlike most cable machines, there’s no need to keep it cloistered away in a back bedroom or a garage. Its sharp, sleek design will have friends mistaking it for a piece of fine Danish modern furniture.

The NOHrD SlimBeam cuts a minimal profile. Two curved and polished wooden panels sheath a stack of 15 oval weights and coated steel cables, with a pull-up bar at the top and two pulleys, known as the butterfly, fitted with rope handles that can be changed out for more ergonomic straps. You can also upgrade your workout with accessories such as the exercise bench and the lat bar.

The SlimBeam’s range of overall movement is wider than what you get with a conventional multi-station machine. By adjusting the butterfly to different levels and angles, you can expand the number of possible exercises. Swivel the butterfly to one side and extend the cable to its full 8-meter length and you’ve got a perfect training apparatus to fine tune your golf swing. Center the butterfly and increase the number of weight plates, and go to town on those glamour muscles.

The NOHrD SlimBeam can be ordered as a free-standing station or with fixtures to adhere to ceiling or wall. It comes in a variety of wood stains and colors, so it can be as unobtrusive or eye-catching as you want. Best of all, the weight plates are rubberized for a silencing effect, the better for your housemates and neighbors to hear your manly grunts as you get those gains.

You’ve proven your commitment to fitness. Now it’s time to invest in it. The NOHrD SlimBeam is a simple, elegant solution that will keep your fitness resolution going strong.

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Has your client’s retirement mindset changed? – Financial Planning

Our daily roundup of retirement news your clients may be thinking about.

Has your client’s retirement mindset shifted?
Today’s seniors are embracing new retirement philosophies, writes an expert on Fox Business. “The retirees I worked with 15 years ago were determined to be debt-free, live on the interest and appreciation of their investments while never spending their principal, and hand down their hard-earned wealth to their loving children,” the expert writes. “Today, many of my clients are buying BMWs and traveling to adventurous places in Europe … This enthusiasm for life is quite exciting, but their high cost of living without an income from work does present challenges.”

“Today, many of my clients are buying BMWs and traveling to adventurous places in Europe … but their high cost of living without an income from work does present challenges,” an expert says. Bloomberg News

Tax-efficient bucket portfolios for minimalist retirees
A minimalist portfolio consisting of index funds may be cheap, easy to maintain and well-diversified, but it may not be as tax-efficient as expected, especially for wealthy retirees who face higher tax rates, writes an expert on Morningstar. Holding these assets in taxable accounts will generate income distributions that are subject to ordinary income tax rates, and affluent retirees can also see a spike in their tax bill once they start taking required minimum distributions from tax-deferred accounts at age 70 1/2, the expert writes. “[M]anaging taxable assets for maximum tax efficiency is a way to reduce the drag of taxes on that portion of the portfolio, at least.”

Are big 401(k) contributions easier for empty nesters?
Clients will be in a better position to boost contributions to their 401(k)s once their children leave home, according to this article on Bloomberg. It would mean a reduction in expenses, allowing them to have better cash flow and save more money in the process. “The lift comes from disposable dollars. It’s a material amount of money,” says an expert.

How to supercharge your client’s retirement savings
Downsizing a home is one option for clients looking to improve their financial prospects in retirement, according to this article on Motley Fool. By downsizing to a smaller home, clients can reduce their housing and utility costs. Moving to a cheaper neighborhood could mean a lower property tax burden. Downsizing is not meant for all retirees, so it is important to weigh all options and make a budget projection before making a decision.

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Adam Kane Architects completes minimalist bridal boutique in Melbourne – Dezeen

White plaster walls, concrete floors, and grey marble fixtures helped Australian practice Adam Kane Architects avoid an “overly feminine” aesthetic inside the Mariana Hardwick bridal boutique in Melbourne.

Decked out in cool tones and natural materials, the Mariana Hardwick boutique has been designed by Adam Kane Architects to be the antithesis to typical bridal retail spaces.

“We wanted to ensure the design wasn’t just a stereotypically opulent, and sometimes overly feminine space which you often find in most bridal boutiques,” said Adam Kane, founder of the practice.

“Instead, we sought a level of refinement that draws inspiration from European retail and even museums – places that have a more pared-back aesthetic.”

The 1,400-square-metre store occupies the ground floor of a Victorian-era hotel in the south of Melbourne. It had sat vacant for several years before being let out to various tenants, leaving behind a rabbit warren of rooms, each with different fit-outs.

Kane and his team first set about removing any existing partition walls and past interventions to form a simple, open-plan interior where the wedding dresses could take centre stage.

Pared-back retail spaces like the David Chipperfield-designed Valentino store in New York – where almost every surface is made from grey terrazzo – were the main source of inspiration for the practice.

“We wanted to replicate the restraint and timelessness associated with these designs,” Kane explained to Dezeen.

“As a result of our minimal design concept, each finish was highly considered to ensure the space didn’t appear sterile or bland.”

The remaining structural walls have been covered in polished white plaster, while pale concrete has been used for the floors and a couple of seating blocks.

Some of the store’s fixtures like the chunky service counter and wash basin in the customer bathroom are also made from light grey marble – together with the other pale materials used, the practice hopes the space will evoke the “white-on-white layering of a gown’s materiality”.

Instead of cluttering the shop floor with all of the brand’s wedding dresses, the practice has suspended just three black frames from the ceiling to present a range of pieces, akin to how a museum presents a selection of artefacts.

The centre of the store features a changing room that’s closed off by an off-white linen curtain set on a circular track.

“A deliberate decision was made for the changing room to be a standout feature of the space, aiming to heighten the experience, rather than just a hidden part at the back,” added Kane.

A wall at the rear of the store has also been swapped for a full-height panel of glazing, which looks through to a small white brick courtyard dotted with potted plants.

Adam Kane Architects was founded in 2015 and is based in Richmond, a suburb southeast of central Melbourne. Two years ago the practice added a gabled art studio to a home in Victoria, finishing it with a corrugated metal roof and cement walls.

Photography is by Tom Blachford.

marc thorpe designs minimalist ‘sharp house’ amid new mexico desert – Designboom

marc thorpe design presents a minimalist desert retreat, developed for a retired new york city couple, entitled ‘the sharp house.’ located north of santa fe, new mexico on five acres of land, the house is designed with the intention to be as economical as possible in its construction. the featured building material of the house is exposed cast in place concrete with full height glass apertures to the north and south to allow for solar gain and cross ventilation. the interior spaces, covering 2000 square feet, comprise two bedrooms, dining, kitchen, living areas, and bath. toward the west, an integrated ladder offers access to the roof for views of the dusk and evening sky.

all images by truetopia

the design of marc thorpe’s sharp house maintains material and geometric integrity within the architecture and makes use of these elements to reflect the program. the resulting volume expresses a neo-brutalist approach to space, a declaration against the tendency of mainstream architectural practice to prioritize exterior ornament, decorative façades, and arbitrary forms. in contradiction, the sharp house is meticulously designed as a study of space, light, and shadow — an investigation of the essence of architectural experience.

the house expresses the designer’s sound approach to its ecological impact. the large expanses of thermal mass allow the building to regulate interior temperature while naturally ventilating itself throughout the day. the house is powered by monocrystalline solar panels rated at 220 watts, powering 100% of the energy required for the home. in addition, all excess power is fed back into the power grid. it’s a back to basics approach with less becoming more and a statement for a sustainable and humble future.

project info:

project title: sharp house

architecture: MTD | marc thorpe design

construction and fabrication: ABConstruction

furniture: moroso + casamania, design by marc thorpe

image credit: truetopia