Friday, 17 February 2017

Stainless Steel keeping watch over the Hudson River

A sculpture called "The Watch" was presented on the terrace of the ninth floor of the Flag Art Foundation at the "Changing Subjects” exhibition until December 2016 in New York. The stainless steel sculpture represents a rescue watch, which looks over the Hudson River with the binoculars. The two-meter-high and 270-kilo object of stainless steel was manufactured in the Schmees Foundry in Germany with locations in Langenfeld and Pirna.

"The Watch" was created by the internationally known artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Following the sculpture "Han", which is the male counterpart to the Mermaid in Copenhagen and presented in Helsingor in 2012, the rescue swimmer is the second work commissioned by Elmgreen and Dragset at Schmees. And the next work is already in process: "The Tragende" or "The Weight of Oneself" with a size of well over 2.60 meters which is to be delivered to California in May 2017. "The Watch" was handcrafted over a several number of months and according to Schmees, the refinement of the sculpture clearly displays the high demands of the casters while creating “The Watch”.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How to Refurbish a Stainless Steel Cliff Railway

BABBACOMBE Cliff Railway, which has been transporting people from up on Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach since 1926, has been shut since Christmas undergoing a major, £100,000 refurbishment including the purchase and installation of two new carriages. Manufactured in stainless steel, they are the same design as those being replaced but are expected to have a much longer life and withstand the environment more effectively.

The work has been carried out by specialist contractors, with lots of different companies and people involved. While the carriages themselves are brand new, various other parts have either been sent away for refurbishment and adjustment or serviced on site. A lot has also been done to improve the efficiency and safety of the running gear together with re-cabling the top section of the hauling ropes.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway is owned and run by a Community Interest Company (CIC) and this current project is part of the company's continuing commitment to constantly maintain the railway in the best possible condition and to ensure that the all the safety features are in perfect working order. The work has been financed from ticket and merchandise sales.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway CIC chairman, John Ayres, said: "The CIC took over the running of Babbacombe Cliff Railway nearly eight years ago. We are delighted that the business is thriving and that we are now in a position to be able to afford to carry out this considerable project.

"In 2016 we carried around 120,000 passengers. Not a bad way to celebrate our 90th anniversary.

"We are used extensively by locals and holidaymakers and really do appreciate the public's patience while we are closed but it has been necessary to coordinate five specialist contractors to get this work completed."

Babbacombe Cliff Railway will be running again in early March.

Cliff Railway marketing manager, Nicky Allen, said: "Oddicombe Beach is a real destination again these days. Anyone who has been down to Oddicombe Beach over the past couple of years will have noticed the transformation of the area.

"With the stunning beach bar and bistro and the rebuilt beach huts Oddicombe really is a lovely place to be. We experienced a record-breaking year in 2016 and it was lovely to have so many people enjoy travelling with us, the beach, the activities and some of the wonderful events we had down there.

"The truth is we don't expect that demand to dwindle in 2017 and this project, giving us new carriages and a great refurbishment, means that we should be able to continue transporting people up and down the cliffs, in the style they've become accustomed to, for a very long time to come."

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Monday, 30 January 2017

This $250 Million pound Stainless Steel Camera comes with a free house!

So you’re in the market for a shiny new home to entertain friends and knock the vicuna wool socks off business associates. And you don’t care what it costs.

Los Angeles developer Bruce Makowsky has just what you’re looking for. He’ll even sweeten the deal with a wall full of candy in the gaming centre of his latest creation, just unveiled in the celebrity-strewn neighbourhood of Bel Air.

Modestly dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world,” the ultra-luxurious showplace is America’s most expensive home, priced at a quarter of a billion-with-a-“b” dollars.

It comes with a 40-seat home theatre, two fully stocked Champagne/wine cellars, an 85-foot infinity swimming pool flanked by a hydraulic pop-up 18-by-10-foot theatre, and a garage - oops, “auto gallery” — occupied by a dozen cars and 10 motorcycles worth about $30 million. A limited-edition Bugatti Veyron and 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K are among the stars of that show.

Then there’s the practical side of the all-inclusive retreat: oodles of sleeping, eating and relaxing space loaded with every comfort and convenience Makowsky could think of.

Over the top? That’s the whole idea. Until now there’s been nothing to match the calibre of mega-yachts and private jets bought by the world’s wealthiest, he states.

“This home was curated for the ultimate billionaire who wants the best of everything that exists in life.”

Makowsky, who made his millions selling women’s purses, believes he’s checked off all the must-haves for the rolling-in-dough bon vivant. For starters, the trophy residence he designed and built on speculation boasts 270-degree views of mountains, ocean and cityscape from its half-hectare perch in the “coveted enclave” popular among the hundreds of new billionaires Makowsky says are popping up every year. Indoor spectacles include more than 100 art installations curated from around the world, such as the giant stainless-steel Leica camera sculpture by artist Liao Yibai.

The contemporary mega-mansion boasts four levels of indoor and outdoor “nirvana,” according to Makowsky. That means not just all the bells and whistles but enough treats and toys to amuse any sybaritic fun-seeker. There’s a four-lane bowling alley in a spacious entertainment lounge, decorated with brightly coloured candy dispensers, and the 4K Dolby Atmos theatre provides the ultimate immersive audio experience from its sumptuous leather recliners. The entire posh playground is equipped with the most advanced home-tech system in the country, with 150 outdoor and 300 indoor speakers.

Add to that a tranquil massage studio and wellness spa; 17,000 square feet of integrated entertainment decks; a full-time, trained staff of seven, and you’ve got your own personal utopia that you never need to leave, says Makowsky. On the business side of things, there’s a penthouse office that looks out onto a helipad with a real, though non-functioning, Bell 222 chopper. It’s the original Airwolf helicopter from the hit TV series of the 1980s, deactivated and customized to serve as an art installation. Makowsky, who travelled the globe with his team to source the best materials and exclusive pieces for the home, notes the project took four years and a crew of 250 to complete.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

WOW! a Stainless Steel iPhone 8? yes please!

Apple is rumoured to be swapping aluminium for stainless steel in the iPhone 8

Apple will use stainless steel instead of aluminium for the so-called iPhone 8's metal frame, according to the latest rumour out of the company's East Asia supply chain reported by DigiTimes. (We first spotted it over on Apple Insider)

It would be the first time Apple has used stainless steel since the iPhone 4s, Apple Insider says, and the switch adds credibility to predictions that the iPhone 8 will feature a glass-sandwich design (glass at the front and back of the phone).

DigiTimes hasn't always been correct when it comes to reporting on Apple's future iPhone plans, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that stainless steel will be used for high-end models back in September, according to MacRumors.

Kuo said: "As stainless steel has a better look than aluminium and costs more, we expect only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel frame next year."

The latest rumour from DigiTimes, which cites Taiwanese sources, stems from reports that Apple has changed its supplier, placing orders for stainless steel iPhone casings with manufacturing partner Jabil, instead of its usual supplier Foxconn.

But this contradicts a report from MacRumors, which said Kuo believes that "Foxconn will be the sole supplier of high-end iPhone models next year as the exclusive manufacturer of the new stainless steel frame."

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Why does Kourtney Kardashian use Stainless Steel 'everything' for her Kids?

It might seem like overkill to only use stainless steel or glass dishes, but according to experts, there's science to support Kourtney's claims.

In a recent post, Kardashian explains that she serves her kids food on stainless steel dishware "because it's durable, more hygienic, and doesn't contain chemicals. We even use reusable stainless steel straws instead of wasting disposable plastic ones." The chemicals she's concerned about? Mainly, bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. BPA is found in many plastic products like water bottles, food storage containers, and even plastic plates and bowls. Phthalates are also found in plastics and are used to make them more flexible and resistant to breaking. The effects of phthalates on the human body are currently unknown.

"We use both glass and stainless steel containers instead of Tupperware for leftovers and to store food in my pantry," continues Kourtney. "For the kids' lunches, we use stainless steel bento boxes. We have a whole cupboard full of eco-friendly dinner plates, cereal bowls, flatware, and cups all made of stainless steel."

So is Kourt's concerted effort to avoid all BPA and other chemicals in plastic products misplaced? Probably not. First, we should explain the effect that BPA has on your body. "BPA is clearly an endocrine disrupter, which basically means it messes with your hormones," explains Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., author of the upcoming book Bodywise: Discovering Your Body's Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing. "BPA acts like estrogen, which may increase the risk of hormonal cancers like breast, uterine, thyroid, and possibly even prostate cancer."

One thing, though: "The research is not totally conclusive but is suggestive," according to Roshini Raj, M.D., associate professor at NYU School of Medicine. The FDA still considers the levels of BPA that come into contact with food to be safe based on their most recent assessment, which was in 2014. That being said, they also moved to ban the substance from baby products like bottles and formula containers back in 2012.

If you're wondering how BPA makes it from a plastic container into your food, the key is heat. "This wasn't really much of a concern for us before microwaves because nobody heated anything in plastic, so it's really a modern problem," notes Abrams. "Anytime you heat something in a plastic that contains BPA, it transfers from the plastic to whatever you're eating." That includes a lot of frozen foods that come in cardboard containers, she says. "You think 'oh well that's not plastic,' but it's got a plasticiser on the inside of the cardboard."

Two other major culprits are bottled water and reusable plastic water bottles. You might argue that both water bottles and aluminum cans aren't heated up before people consume what's inside, but unfortunately, you don't know what happened to the bottle or can before it was in your possession. It could have been transported on a truck that sat out in the sun, or stored in an overheated warehouse before making its way to your grocery store. The same goes for leaving a reusable water bottle in a hot car. Even if your water bottle is empty when it gets heated up, some BPA will be absorbed into water that you put in the bottle later, says Abrams.

Fortunately, there are tons of BPA-free water bottles on the market. If possible, it's a good idea to choose a glass or stainless steel water bottle, since there's been quite a bit of controversy over BPA-free plastics being not so chemical-free.

So while it might seem like Kourtney Kardashian's stainless steel dish and container obsession is a little wacky, it's actually probably a good idea-especially if there are small children in your house. Even though more research needs to be done to confirm the exact effects of BPA, health experts generally recommend avoiding it when possible, which is a good enough reason for us to reconsider microwaving those leftovers in a plastic container.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

This Stainless Steel Sky Mirror is incredible… would you cross it?

Martin Duplantier has conceived a series of pavilions, bridges, and observatories for a walking trail in china’s famed wulingyuan scenic area. the ongoing project, which was awarded first place in a recent competition, intends to create a physical relationship with the natural landscape. 

Each intervention uses mirrored Stainless Steel for its structure, and black stone, that becomes reflective when wet, for the flooring. Martin Duplantier conceived the route’s architecture as a sequence of stealthy geometric shapes, which, in contrast to the natural environment, appear delicately placed within the topography. the first intervention takes the form of an elliptical disk that mirrors its surroundings. an off-center aperture not only affords views of the drop below, but allows brave visitors to lay down on a strong net tethered above the void. a second observation bridge has two levels: an upper level that functions primary for circulation, while its lower counterpart allows weary walkers to take a seat in mid-air.

Titled the ‘water mirror’, the next spanning structure comprises an irregular set of stones topped with 2 centimeters of water. every seven minutes, the water disappears before reappearing through spray nozzles that create a temporary cloud in the middle of the mountain range. this mist then lands on the stones, reapplying the bridge with a veneer of water. In addition, three pavilions have been designed as part of the route, offering incredible views from each of their three storeys. the rooftop offers a 360 degree panorama, while a café is positioned at the intermediate level. below, exclusive VIP suites allow select guests to spend the night overlooking the picturesque landscape.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

The Stainless Steel Rose Museum of Beijing

The world’s first museum dedicated to roses has opened in beijing. designed by NEXT architects, their architectural design is defined by the smooth stainless steel envelope that is wrapped around the building with a pattern of chinese roses cut out from the surface. ‘the rose museum aims to create a new architecture for china, in which history and modernity, art and architecture blend,’ explains NEXT architects china partner jiang xiaofei. the opening coincides with the world rose convention, in which the event will be hosted inside the museum and over thirty countries will participate. the 100 acre rose park will showcase 2,000 species of the flower which also has a long history in chinese culture dating back to 11th century B.C.

To showcase this history and the culture of roses in general, the museum is covered by a perforated stainless steel façade measuring 300 meters. this detached skin creates four half open courtyards between the façade and the main building; the rose pattern creating a constantly changing play of light and shadow. the organization is reminiscent to the traditional chinese walled-off courtyards and at night the building inverts itself where the façade lights up and projects shadows of the flowers outside.

Throughout history, the walled courtyard program epitomized traditional chinese architecture and culture; it became the ‘ideal model’ to embody social and the harmony between man, house and nature.  the semi-transparent walls engages with the surrounding space, in contrast to the solid heart of the museum building. john van de water, partner at NEXT architects, comments: ‘the main challenge with the rose museum was to find a modern chinese identity for a building which significance is so deeply rooted into chinese culture.’

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