Elaine Markoutsas Universal Uclick Published 8:40 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 There are interior designers who shudder at the word “trend,” dismissing it as conceptual spam. Yet, sometimes they inevitably are caught up in it with a proposal that just happens to fall squarely into the prevailing design zeitgeist, whether in color, style, pattern, material or attitude. Tracking trends is a major global business, touching on every aspect of design. It embraces the home, kitchen and bath, surfaces, paint, textiles, wallcoverings, furnishings, garden and outdoor spaces, automobiles and even food. Everything from fragrances and makeup (scents, colors and packaging), the retail experience and shoppers’ habits are tracked and analyzed for the next big thing that bloggers will rhapsodize about as soon as it is introduced. Internet accessibility and social media have expanded the base of available information and ideas, as well as measuring what connects with consumers. … [Read more...] about Tracking design trends with an eye on tomorrow
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There’s a new Porsche 911 GT3 R coming soon, but that doesn’t mean the current car is a slouch. Three of those claimed the first, second and third starting positions at the Nürburgring 24 Hours today. Laurens Vanthoor claimed pole position for tomorrow’s day-long race with a lap time of 8:09.105 in the No. 911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. And yes, I am having fun out here, if you are curious. … [Read more...] about There’s a new Porsche 911 GT3 R coming soon, but that doesn’t mean the current car is a slouch. Thre
Marty Rea as Vladimir, left, and Aaron Monaghan as Estragon in the Druid theater production of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” at the Lansburgh Theatre through May 20. (Matthew Thompson) An unfortunate aftereffect of the strictures enforced by Samuel Beckett during his lifetime, and now by his estate, on productions of “Waiting for Godot” is that every version seems more or less the same. Some are drier, some funnier, some richer in personality, but multiple sittings through the absurdist masterwork elicit some semblance of the sensation that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Not to take anything away from the estimable, affectionate staging brought to Shakespeare Theatre Company by Ireland’s Druid theater, but I wager that a revisit is essential only for those who’ve never had a “Godot” experience, or for those who can never get enough. With great works of theatrical art, … [Read more...] about If you’re waiting for a new take on ‘Waiting for Godot,’ you’ll wait some more.
Suzuki Motorcycle is set to launch the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 in India tomorrow, April 25. Suzuki had showcased the GSX-S750 for the first time in India at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Suzuki GSX-S750 had made its global debut at the Intermot 2016 show. The Suzuki GSX-S750 will be brought through in CKD form and locally assembled at the company's plant in Gurgaon, Haryana. This will only be the second big bike that Suzuki Motorcycle assembles in India, after the 2018 Suzuki Hayabusa. However, the exact launch price has not been confirmed yet. Local assembly means that the GSX-S750 will be priced very competitively. Expect it to cost around the Rs 7.5 to 8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) mark. To see how the GSX-S750 compares to the Kawasaki Z900, and the Triumph Street Triple S, read here. The design of the GSX-S750 is based on its larger sibling the Suzuki GSX-S1000. It had last received an update in 2017, featuring a new headlamp, LED tail lamp, footpegs, swingarm and a belly pan. It also … [Read more...] about 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 launch in India tomorrow
With a new, all-electric Mini E set to arrive in dealerships in a year or less, BMW wants to highlight the idea of a Mini Cooper powered by batteries. That's what led it to display an "old Mini" converted to electric power at a reception before last week's New York auto show. Sadly, the car wasn't on display at the show itself because—as booth staff explained—it was privately owned, not a company project. DON'T MISS: Electric Mini makes US debut at LA auto show (Nov 2017) In its press materials, the company didn't detail the electric powertrain, though we doubt it shares any components with the upcoming Mini E that's likely to launch as a 2019 model. The red-and-white classic 1998 Mini Cooper—just 10 feet from stem to stern—sported the yellow plug logo seen on the original fleet of Mini E test cars in 2009, which will likely reappear on next year's production car. A brief drive report from the British magazine Autocar, however, provided considerably more detail … [Read more...] about Classic Mini converted to electric previews 2019 Mini E to come
Like the entire world, the car industry is also evolving. New systems are being invented or adapted for car use all the time and, whether we like it or not, this means that many features we are so used to will soon be history. The carmakers are doing all they can to draw attention to their models and technology has already reached an incredible level. Almost all of these systems are designed to make life inside the car easier or more pleasant and that’s why some things just had to go. For example, when was the last time you listened music from an audio CD instead of a flash drive or your iPhone or iPod? Or when was the last time you saw a car with a retractable (telescopic) antenna? Yes, it’s sad to see these go, especially for older drivers who grew up using them, but the new stuff is absolutely amazing. So let’s take a look at top ten features our children will think of as “antics” or will probably not even remember when they’ll be old enough to … [Read more...] about 10 Features We Won’t See on Tomorrow’s Cars
It has been reported recently that Ferrari dealers had access to a proprietary device which allowed them to “reset” odometers on cars from the Italian marque. Since lower mileage readings make a vehicle worth more, a “reset” odometer would be something a Ferrari owner might desire. Of course, “resetting” an odometer is generally illegal in the United States. There is a Federal statute forbidding it and many states have laws outlawing it as well. The problem here is that device–called a “DEIS” tool–was allegedly provided to the dealers by Ferrari, along with instructions on its use. All of this became public recently in litigation in Florida. And without getting into the nuances of that action, we need to take a look at the one big factor everyone has missed so far. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The Federal statute is quite clear. 49 USC 32703(2) says a person may not “disconnect, reset, alter, or have … [Read more...] about The Legality of Odometer Tampering Comes Down to a Sticker
In the past, I’ve warned you about buying used cars “as-is” and pointed out how doing so can leave you without a remedy if the car is defective. But what about used cars sold with warranties? If those turn out to be lemons what can the buyers do?While most used cars sold in America are sold as-is, some used cars sold by dealers are sold with warranties. For the purposes of this discussion, I am not talking about late model cars which come with the remainders of the first owner’s new car factory warranty. I’m talking about a five-year-old three-owner car with 100,000 miles on the clock. Suppose you buy that car from a dealer who offers it with a 3-month/3,000 mile warranty. And it turns out to be defective. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This is a call I get all too often. But the good news is that you are better off than the person who bought the same car as-is. First, the state Lemon Law will not apply because the car is not new and I don’t … [Read more...] about What Happens If Your Used Car Is a Lemon?
Preston Tucker is best known for his ill-fated car company which produced 51 “Tucker ’48s," the "Car of Tomorrow." While many people associate the man with his car, those who knew him best knew that he was an inventor at heart. Tucker loved to tinker with things, trying to find ways to improve them. And while launching his car company, Tucker was granted more than a few patents for his inventions. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Shortly before the US entered World War II, Tucker thought that aerial combat – that is, airplane vs. airplane – would hinge on better gun control mechanisms. Tucker designed a working prototype of an electrically-controlled gun turret which he demonstrated for the US military. He was granted two patents for the invention and although it was widely believed that Tucker’s design was used by the US, it was not. Not because it was impractical but simply because Tucker’s company was not equipped to manufacture the … [Read more...] about The Man Behind the Failed “Car of Tomorrow” Wanted to Revolutionize More than the Car Industry
Hero MotoCorp is all set to launch the Hero Xtreme 200 S tomorrow i.e. January 30, just a few days before the Auto Expo 2018. The flagship motorcycle was first showcased as a concept at the 2016 Auto Expo but is now set to become the company's most powerful motorcycle in its current portfolio. Although Hero has been very tight-lipped about any pricing details, we are expecting it to be priced around Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of styling, the bike isn't too radical and looks like an elder sibling of the Hero Xtreme 150cc motorcycle. It comes with beefy fuel tank extensions that add a dose of muscle to the overall look. To balance the masculine appearance, Hero has offered a large headlamp with integrated DRLs. The multi-spoke alloy wheels get a bright red treatment, along with the tyre hugger, to make it stand out of the crowd. The concept bike showcased a semi-digital instrument console, which is also expected to be carried forward to the production … [Read more...] about Hero Xtreme 200 S To Launch Tomorrow