Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How Interior Design Is Making You Fat (Okay, Eat More)

By Gabriella Vigoreaux
We make thousands of food decisions every single day: What to eat for lunch? How full do we feel? Should we stop eating now?

What so many of us don’t realize is how much design in our environment affects each and every one of our food decisions. Imagine: if, by tweaking the decor of your office or home, you could somehow influence the foods you eat — eventually eating healthily could become a mindless act.

In his new book, Slim By Design (out September 23rd), Cornell Professor Brian Wansink argues that the key to being naturally slim lies in changing the structure and design of places where we consume most of our calories — namely local restaurants and grocery stories.

For example: If you sit at a table that faces away from the buffet at a restaurant, you’ll be less likely to go back for seconds. If the entrance to the supermarket is through its bakery, you’ll be more likely to stock up with sugary carbs — like cookies and muffins. And if you store your chips in the front of your pantry, you’ll naturally reach for those first.

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At home:

1. “You can roughly predict a person’s weight by the food they have sitting out,” Wansink writes. That means: put those tempting foods in a place where they won’t stare you down when you’re hungry. Keep a bowl of fresh fruits and healthy snacks on the counter for easy snacking.

2. Make it easier to cook. Keep you kitchen tidy and organized with plenty of open space for food prep.

3. The more time you spend in your kitchen the more you will eat. Make your kitchen less lounge-y and more efficient by eliminating comfy chairs, TVs, iPads, or anything that would tempt you to linger around all that food.

At restaurants:

1. Practice the “Rule of Two,” which allows you to order any reasonable entree you like plus only two additional items. You could choose a cocktail and a dessert, an appetizer and a piece of bread, or maybe two pieces of bread if that’s what you feel like eating.

2. Be a pro at reading menus. Dish descriptions are very telling of how caloric a meal is going to be. Look for words like seasoned, roasted, marinated, fresh, and boiled. Avoid anything creamed, crispy, smothered, fried, or loaded.

3. Menus should be designed to indicate which options are healthier, but they usually aren’t. Dont be afraid to ask your server what the lightest entrees are or if something can be served in a half-sized portion.

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At the supermarket:

1. Try dividing your cart, either mentally or with an object, like your purse or scarf. Are you trying to eat more fruits and vegetables? Place them in the front half of the cart and all other food items in the back. If you’re forced to ask yourself whether something belongs in the front or the back, you’re more likely to want to fill up the front.

2. Hit up the produce section first while your cart is empty and browse the entire selection. You are more likely to to put fruits and vegetables in your cart if it’s empty. Once your cart is full of healthy produce, hit up other healthy aisles, like canned foods or frozen fruits and vegetables, before going to the chip or candy aisle.

3. Supermarkets should highlight in-season produce with proper signage, healthy facts, and even tear-off recipe cards with ideas for how to cook the items.

At the office:

1. Pack your lunch whenever possible. You usually assemble brown bag lunches the night before or the morning of, when you’re already full, so it’s easier to pack healthy items. If your work has a cafeteria, ditch the tray. You’re less likely to to overeat if you can’t carry all that food back to your table.

2. Talk to your boss about encouraging walking meetings, when the weather permits or setting up a fitness room with occasional programs mid day.

3. Most office break rooms look like something out of a prison movie. Making them visually appealing with posters, pictures, and plants can encourage workers to eat a lunch in there instead of eating junk food at their desks or going out. Additionally, break rooms should be well-stocked with free healthy snacks.

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In the lunchroom:

1. Schools can give vegetables creative or descriptive names to make them sound more appealing.

2. Move snack foods, like chips and cookies, behind the counter and offer them only if requested.

3. Feature healthy entrees by making them the most prominent in the lunch line and displaying the name on a menu board outside the cafeteria

Want to know if your food radius is slim by design? Wansink includes a score card at the end of each chapter so you can see just how much work needs to be done in your kitchens, offices, favorite restaurants, schools, and supermarkets.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 Taiwan Interior Design Award 9月起報名


Taiwan Interior Design Award ; TID Award | CHINESE SOCIETY OF INTERIOR

台灣最具國際代表性競賽「2014台灣室內設計大獎」開始啟動了,2014年9月1日收件開始到10月30日收件截止! 象徵台灣室內設計界最高榮譽「2014台灣室內設計大獎TID Award」預定今年底公佈評審結果,2015年04月公佈複審結果,但決審結果則在頒獎典禮上公佈。


中華民國室內設計協會(Chinese Society of Interior Designers,簡稱CSID)理事長王玉麟表示,「台灣室內設計大獎」(Taiwan Interior Design Award,簡稱TID Award),自2007年由前任理事長姚政仲先生帶領的團隊創立,擴展至今,成為涵蓋華人區域的兩岸三地新秀、老將的同台較勁,展開競技大道,已成為華人地區室內設計專業最高的專業成就獎。

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5 Unique Interior Design Features Of The Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Motors Interior Design director Darren Dey gives us a first-hand look at 5 unique interior features from the Bentley Mulsanne.

1. What is your daily role as Head of Interior Design for Bentley Motors? I’m responsible for all the surfaces and all the shapes you see inside the car – the total design. I work with a team of about 14 designers and we all develop every surface of the interior. I’ll be at Bentley now for 20 years.

Inside the Bentley Mulsanne Photo courtesy of Bentley MotorsInside the Bentley Mulsanne Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

2. Can you take us inside the process of interior design? When it comes to Bentley, we’re all about authenticity and honesty and the very natural materials we work with. So I’m looking to create very beautiful and pure surfaces with charm and attention to detail, which really make the materials shout. So when you sit and the car and look around, you say “wow, these materials are amazing.” If we make them pure and super clean, super precise, they really sing.

3. What are the unique interior design elements of a Bentley? There are many iconic elements; one of the main ones are these facilities - they are real, solid metal. They are very iconic and set up on the dash board on the four round vents. There are many other iconic elements, too. If you look inside the door handle release, you’ll feel the texture, which is also on the organ stops that push in and out and make the vents work. The knurling is a lovely finish you get that allows you to get good purchase on pieces that move. There are certain features that we like to make very strong. Also, in the Mulsanne, the wood runs all the way around the car, even behind you. It gives you this wonderful feeling of being enveloped in this material finish. Of course, the leather work is another strong element in our DNA – the way the seats are piped and fluted – these are all very strong features that makes our car very unique. We spend ages just tweeking things so that the overall car feels just naturally right.

4. How long does the interior design process take from start to finish? We spend about two years developing the design as a clay model. We start with a sketch of the [Mulsanne] interior – this is a hand-drawn sheet of details. We spend a lot of time hand-drawing and sketching ideas out based on either historical references, or we look at influences such as watches, buildings, or all sorts of things which could be in fashion. But ultimately, we create fashion; so, we’re looking for inspiration to create the next big thing. We like to also pick up on details that have some historical reference and meaning. We’ve got such a rich history that it’s worth doing that.

5. What are your sources of inspiration? When we were designing our SUV, we did a concept car and looked at a lot of equine and polo and different sports that customers might enjoy. So we might be looking at, say, hunting jackets, or guns or the knurling on the guns. Or we might look at the different boots that people might be wearing and look at how the leather works. We do draw inspiration from all sorts of sources. For instance, we have a little iPod drawer that is in the front of the Mulsanne. We were looking at the way that, when you go inside a jewelry shop, you open a little drawer with awesome beautiful rings or watches. We were trying to create that ambiance. Some elements we do come up with from previous Bentleys of the past. But there are all sorts of different inspiration.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Home Decoration Happy Valley Blue Pool Road

Happy Valley Blue Pool Road Residence Interior Decoration

The 129 air-conditioned guestrooms at Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix North/Happy Valley include coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Guests can use the in-room complimentary wireless and wired high-speed Internet access. 32-inch flat-screen TVs are equipped with premium cable channels and pay movies. All accommodations provide desks and phones; free local calls are offered (restrictions may apply). Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. All units have kitchens with stovetops, full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and dishwashers. Housekeeping is offered daily.

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