Hyvää alkavaa uutta vuotta kaikille. Ensi vuodesta onkin tulossa varsin jännittävä. Tänään kuitenkin levähdetään hetki ja ladataan akut kohti uuden vuoden kujeita. Happy New Year to all our readers. Next year will be exciting and probably extremely hectic so let's have a small rest before all madness. Cheers!
Ikkunoiksi valitsimme Schücon alumiiniprofiiliset ikkunat. Profiilit ovat pulveripolttomaalattuja väriltään RAL 9003/7021. Avattavat ikkunat ovat Schüco AWS75.SI –järjestelmää. ja niitä löytyy kylpyhuoneesta ja kahdesta makuuhuoneesta. Kiinteät isot ikkunat ovat Schücon FW50+.SI - ja liukuovet ASS70.HI –järjestelmää. Lasit ovat S3K 4+4 Suncool 70/35 / 4 / 6S1N -12/14 mm tps-bu + argon ja S3K 4S1N / 4 / 4S1N – 14 mm tps-bu+argon. Ikkunoiden uloin lasi 4+4 mm laminoitua auringonsuojalasia, joissa on myös turvalaminointi. Mikään ei kauhistuttanut enempää kuin ajatus siitä, että joku juoksisi päin lasia ja isot lasin kappaleet putoilisivat päälle. Tässä yhteydessä totesimme, että mielenrauhasta voi hieman maksaa.
Ikkunat taloon toimittaa Konepaja Kemell Oy. Kuten jo mainittiin, ikkunoista haluttiin laadukkaat ja vähäeleiset, joten päädyimme valitsemaan alumiinikehyksiset Schücon ikkunat ja liukuovet. Alumiini-ikkunoiden valikoima ulottuu tavallisista ikkunoista aina design-muotoiltuihin erikoisikkunoihin ja materiaalin etuna on se, että alumiini on tarkalleen muotoiltavissa ja mahdollistaa näin kaikki hyvin yksilöllisetkin toiveet ja vaatimukset ikkunalle (Schüco). Schücon valintaan vaikutti myös seuraavat kriteerit: heillä on pitkälle testattu järjestelmätekniikka, energian säästö korkealämpöeristetyllä ikkunalla, turvallisuus, ääneneristys, monipuoliset pintakäsittelyvaihtoehdot, erilaisia järjestelmiä näkö- ja aurinkosuojaukseen sekä muotoilun monet mahdollisuudet laajalla tarvike-, pintalista- ja painikevalikoimalla.
Another day, another set of speakers :) We got our first taste of Amphion loudspeakers at the 2011 Asuntomessut in Kokkola. We were intrigued by their minimalist appearance, and their apparent usability compared to most other speakers. You see, Amphion speakers are designed to be used in real-world environments - up against walls, on desktops or shelves, basically anywhere that one might want to place a speaker but supposedly shouldn't in order to achieve the best sound quality. In other words, Amphion allow you to have your auditory cake and eat it. For our cottage, we'd be tempted to plump for a pair of Argon 3Ls, their beautiful minimalism (especially in cool all-white) providing fitting visual stimulation to the post-sauna chill out experience. Not to mention their angular lines complimenting the angular feel of Talo Luck in general. They'd require an amp to drive them, of course, as well as a suitably stylish sound source. Time for some kind of high-low combination, me thinks :) To be continued… More info from Amphion.
Designed by Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper for Brionvega, the original Algol TV was introduced in 1964. "The archetype of the TV set par excellence", Algol has become the symbol of the Italian company. The iPod of its day, this little portable television featured an 11 inch screen, an extendable arial, and a concealed handle. Ok, so not really like an iPod at all, but about as good as portable entertainment got in the Sixties! Over the years, Brionvega's products have acheived cult status, with Algol, for example, being exhibited in museums around the world, including the MOMA in New York. The new limited edition pictured below, with its rubberised matte finish in military green, is limited to 199 numbered examples. It's not terribly practical by today's standards, admittedly, but it doesn't half look good. An objet d'art for the bedside table, perhaps :) More info from Brionvega.
Our brand new house will, of course, come equipped with a brand new kitchen, which, we have decided, should itself come equipped with a brand new set of cutlery! In our search for a suitable set of flatware, we've explored a range of options. From Finland, we considered Iittala's Nanny Still-designed Mango range. However, we have in fact used this set in the past, and really wanted something completely new for Talo Luck. We decided to investigate what British design might have to offer, and discovered David Mellor Design. Sheffield-born David Mellor CBE, Royal Designer for Industry, originally trained as a silversmith, but now designs a wide range of glass and pottery items, furniture, and flatware. David Mellor cutlery is manufactured in a unique purpose-built circular factory designed by Sir Michael Hopkins. The award-winning factory itself has been described as a "minor masterpiece of modern architecture", and is actually open to the public. Our favourite David Mellor design is (quite fittingly, given the man of the house's roots) London. The set includes a wide range of knives (including a super-sleek steak knife), forks, and spoons, making it a versatile addition to any kitchen. Simple in form, with a silky matt finish, these little pieces of London are certainly befitting of our little piece of England here in the far North! More info from David Mellor Design.
In many facets of life, when selecting a candidate from a range of options, some people tend to focus on performance, while others are more concerned with looks. As many of you will no doubt agree, in no area of decision-making is this dilemma more pronounced than when selecting a piece of audiovisual equipment for the home (!) Personally, I prefer a bit of both (looks and performance), especially when choosing something for Talo Luck since we have the chance to really integrate the audiovisual equipment both sonically and aesthetically with the house. Thankfully, there is equipment out there that ticks both boxes. We've seen some such higher-end gear from Bang & Olufsen in previous posts, but what about something a little more affordable?
For all you vinyl lovers out there on a budget, I present the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie turntable (in fact, it's worth checking out Pro-Ject's other turntables, as the Genie is certainly not their only offering I'd seriously consider). I must confess that I don't own a huge amount of vinyl, but it would be great to be able to listen to what some consider to be the most pure of audio forms on something as pure in form as this turntable. Wrapped in a thick coating of high-gloss paint, the Genie's stripped-down chassis, quiet-running synchronous motor, and resonance-optimised platter combine with a one-piece aluminium tone arm and external power supply in a manner clearly designed to please both the ears and the eyes. Given the choice, I'd take mine in red, and proudly display it front and centre in Talo Luck. The only decision remaining would be which amp and speaker combo to pair it with? Stay tuned for some suggestions :) More info from Pro-Ject.
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