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by ~mod*mom~ at 6.3.14 Â© 2 comments
(Palm Springs, CA) Sunday, February 16, Dwell Media and Swedish luxury automobile manufacturer Volvo, activated a day of innovation to explore the Future of Mobility at Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Dwell’s authentic voice as the arbiter of modern design, was able to curate an event showcasing Volvo’s rich design heritage, linking past and present, and highlighting Volvo’s forward-thinking approach to autonomous driving. With technology demonstrations and sci-fi test drives to a lively discussion by industry experts, Dwell brought together nearly 100 leaders in innovation and design to debate the future of autonomous driving and the technologies that will change our lives.
Volvo will launch the world’s first city pilot with autonomous cars, and will have 100 self-driving vehicles on the road in Gothenberg in Sweden, the company’s headquarters by 2017. Volvo offered test-drives at the Modern Living Expo of its latest XC60 and S60 models, which are examples of Volvo’s first steps towards autonomous driving. The cars feature Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and auto brake, which excited and challenged expo-goers who found it counterintuitive not to slam on the brakes when approaching another car.
For Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, the main reason for the development of autonomous driving is safety at a time when distracted driving—texting or using a cell phone while driving—is increasingly becoming the norm. “A significant part of collisions are caused by human error,” he said. Tylman-Mikiewicz hopes that autonomous driving will make driving fun again by allowing drivers to split their focus safely. "We all increasingly experience moments where traffic is just frustrating; we’re moving toward providing consumers with the opportunity to delegate driving when it's not a great experience. In the future, I believe that we will be more picky about when we drive, and when we do, we'll truly enjoy it."
“The Future of Mobility is clearly a topic of great interest to thought leaders in the design world, as there is an inextricable link between design, technology and how we move through today’s modern world,” said Dwell President Michela O’Connor Abrams. “Key influencers were brought together in Palm Springs so a great discussion could begin, and we are committed to continuing that conversation online through engaging digital content.” Dwell will be releasing a trilogy of videos on the future of mobility, design and technology throughout the month of March.
Those among the conversation included architect Frank Escher; architect Ravi GuneWardena; Director of A+D Architecture and Design Museum Tibbie Dunbar; Dion and Lynn Neutra; prefab starchitect Leo Marmol and Alisa Becket; architect Linda Taalman; Ray and Shelly Kappe; Gerard O'Brien of Reform Modern; Sidney Williams; SHFT Founder, Peter Glatzer; Ross Klein of Imagination; CEO of Newlight Technologies Mark Herrema; and panelists Alvin Huang, Greg Goldin, Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz and Paul Meyers.
“Issues such as sustainability and autonomous mobility need to be explored not through the mode of how to fix the existing paradigm of the automobile, but rather as new paradigms for how people access cities,” said Alvin Huang, Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), a Los-Angeles-based design studio.
Huang created the “Pure Tension Pavilion” which made its U.S. debut this weekend as part of Dwell’s activation at the Modern Living Expo and Prefab Showcase. Hundreds of design enthusiasts flocked to the pavilion—a free-standing tensioned membrane structure—that is a rapidly deployable and portable solar charging station designed to power up the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, the world’s first Diesel Plug-in Hybrid. Huang conceived and created the pavilion last year as part of a design exploration organized by Volvo Car Italia. “With the Pure Tension pavilion we saw the opportunity to question the pavilion and the power source as infrastructural destinations that the car would drive to, and instead think of them as accessories that the car travelled with.”
Huang and his colleagues debated the future of mobility at a lecture at the Palm Springs Art Museum moderated by Erika Heet, Dwell’s Los Angeles editor. Carl Hansen & Son provided furniture at both the pavilion and the lecture, their safari chair, folding chairs and wishbone chairs showcasing the best in Scandinavian furniture and mid-century modern.
Other panelists included:
• Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles
• Paul Meyers, automotive expert, former Robb Report correspondent
• Greg Goldin, former automotive columnist and curator of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles "Never Built Los Angeles' Exhibition 2013
After the lecture, VIP guests were whisked off in a fleet of Volvos to the Marmol Radziner desert prefab house in Desert Hot Springs where the conversation continued. Facebook’s Matt Jacobsen and wife Kristopher Dukes hosted the event at their desert oasis, with a fitting view of one of the country’s largest wind farms visible on the horizon. Guests sat on carbon-negative (AirCarbon) chairs provided by KI. Catering by Workshop and exquisite dinnerware provided by Norm.
in March join the continuing conversation on the #futureofmobility and watch leading innovators of industry share their views on where mobility is headed. dwell.com "
new volvo wagon pic via cartalk.com:
"Ford sold Volvo in 2010, it gave the North American apparatus of the Swedish carmaker new Chinese owners..."
1973 volvo wagon pic via thetrad
by ~mod*mom~ at 6.3.14 Â© 0 comments
for more inspiration see ikeafamily + ikeafamilylivemagazine
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.3.14 Â© 0 comments
Disney's amazing ice shows debuted in 1981 by the Ice Follies producers. we are an ice skating family. mod*pop + i met ice skating + his parents met ice skating. we ice skate as much as possible + even though we're speed skaters, we love watching the agility, creativity + drama of figure :)
Disney On Ice opens tomorrow night in Silicon Valley! this spectacular show will be in San Jose February 19-23 then Oakland February 26-March 2 :)
tour calendar + tickets: choose the performance time, click “Got an Offer Code” + enter MOM for $11 weekday admission (Wed-Fri am) or MOM5 to save $5 off weekend admission (Fri pm-Sun).
ice follies 1960s
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.2.14 Â© 1 comments
happy healthy heart :: vegan valentines
Engine 2 fuel :: whole foods markets :: LYFEkitchen :: theKitchn.com :: rawdaddy
by ~mod*mom~ at 3.2.14 Â© 0 comments
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.11.13 Â© 0 comments
i want lots of nest app controlled smoke alarms with voice notifications
by ~mod*mom~ at 8.10.13 Â© 0 comments
GMO OMG :: nutrition science movie :: seed control
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.9.13 Â© 0 comments
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.8.13 Â© 0 comments
Space Age shuttle tunnel design for California will be revealed August 12 by Elon Musk, founder of SPACEX rockets, Tesla motors, + PayPal
(he's father of 5 + commutes between Silicon Valley + Los Angeles)
San Francisco to Disneyland in 30 minutes?
Where will they dig the tunnel path?
Will cars also hover above the tunnel like air hockey table pucks?
by ~mod*mom~ at 19.7.13 Â© 0 comments
1968 Puppenhaus is one of hundreds in a flickr set by diepuppenstubensammlerin
by ~mod*mom~ at 14.7.13 Â© 2 comments
mod prefab play house auction palo alto stanford shopping center
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.5.13 Â© 2 comments
LYFE :: New York Times LOVES good fast food
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.13 Â© 3 comments
Q&A :: Betsy Franco :: mother of OZ
Betsy is a mom, wife, author, director, actress, artist, animal lover, mentor...
Betsy's son James recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame + stars as Oz.
James's Celebrity parallels Oz becoming the Wizard (fame/power/success)
Movie description: "Oz transforms himself into a better man.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz + its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good + who is evil before it is too late".
Betsy mothers James/Oz + mentors young actors, who might go into acting for fame/fortune + face good/bad behaving people + temptations.
How does she teach character to make choices to become a better person?
By example, arts + conversations that start early: Betsy's Q&A journal for kids
Oz the Great and Powerful is now in theaters in Disney 3D + IMAX 3D!
"Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot:fame + fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets 3 witches, who aren't convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz + its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good + who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity + a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great + powerful Wizard of Oz, but into a better man as well."
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.3.13 Â©
"Food is our most powerful medicine" says my health hero "qualitarian" Doctor Hyman.
"what we put on our forks is more powerful than any drug i can prescribe for health."
"calories are not all equal to human body chemistry. sugar calories cause diabetes, obesity, diseases, + malnutrition, as opposed to calories from whole nutritious real food that nourish cells, prevent + reverse obesity + diseases, including diabetes."
"fat is not bad. good fats are necessary + do not make us fat. excess sugar makes fat. don't restrict calories. eat a lot of nutritious anti-inflammatory foods + spices."
watch Doctor Oz episode video about good foods for blood
lower your blood sugar to fight diabesity with recipes like this from Dr. Mark Hyman's book, The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook:
cacao chia coconut pudding
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1⁄8 tsp cayenne pepper
mix coconut milk, chia seeds + oil in a bowl
let stand 30 minutes
mix in cacao, vanilla, cayenne
broccolini arugala soup
1 tsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 head broccoli, cut into medium florets
1 cup arugula
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
juice of 1 lemon
melt coconut oil in medium pot over medium-high heat
add onion + garlic. cook until aromatic + soft, 3 minutes
add broccoli + arugula to pan. stir until broccoli is bright green + arugula wilts, 4 minutes
pour in broth + bring soup to boil
reduce heat to low + simmer until broccoli is fully cooked, 5 minutes
use handheld immersion blender to purée soup in the pot, or transfer soup to a blender
blend on high speed for 1 minute
stir in coconut milk, lemon juice + cayenne
Sweet Potato Burger recipe at doctoroz.com + enjoy LYFE kitchen chefs creations :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.3.13 Â©
Oprah helps declutter the United States of America
i got this call to action:
"O, The Oprah Magazine partnered with Peter Walsh, host of "Extreme Clutter" for the March issue to challenge America to ‘De-Clutter for a Cause’ contest. I would love for you to help us spread the word to mod*mom readers as you are part of our “inner O circle”!"
i've been decluttering + detoxing since i talked to Peter Walsh on the red carpet at Oprah + her experts 5500+ event a few months ago. here's a nudge from O to clear your clutter:
by ~mod*mom~ at 20.2.13 Â©
Healthy Initiative: Transforming Our Nation’s Health 1 City At A Time
The Healthy Initiative Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit effort that advocates disease prevention. Their mission is to defeat obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancers + other lifestyle diseases with wellness, nutrition, fitness, + mental-emotional strength.
Healthy Initiative founder Shea Vaughn is the mother of one of Hollywood’s most loved movie icons, Vince Vaughn (see him star in The Internship Google spoof this summer :)
i was so excited to interview Shea + now i'm her biggest fan :)
Shea created a revolutionary wellness lifestyle transformation practice. Launching in Chicago right now, the goal of her nationwide strategic partnership effort is to build healthy happy lives all across America :)
Shea has devoted her life to helping people break old negative habits + replace them with healthier choices. Fueled by an endless positive attitude, Shea + her team of experts inspire + deliver an exceptionally healthy Mind, Body + Heart experience.
Q Why do you describe it as a healthy "Mind, Body + Heart" experience?
A The heart is the 1st cell made at human conception, it's who you are.
Q WoW. That is so powerful. Why did you start a healthy transformations nonprofit?
A I saw The Weight of the Nation documentary on obesity + i thought what can i do to help people who are dieting + yoyoing + stuck? Obesity is a preventable tragedy.
It's not a New Year's Eve resolution or a wish. They need life skills.
Q Where did you get your ability?
A Dancing from childhood gave me discipline + responsibility to do my best so I could be part of the team + perform.
Healthy Initiative's 1st group of 40 participants are following Shea's 90-day program from her book "Breakthrough"+ given the necessary tools to embrace a healthier lifestyle + become tomorrow’s community ambassadors. (i ordered her book)
March 9th will be the 1st Gala honoring the success of the graduates of Healthy Initiative, featuring the father of Nutritarians, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, whose nutrient density books are bestsellers + nutrient density index is featured at Whole Food Markets.
"Shea's doctor-endorsed East meets West lifestyle practice, supported by 5 Living Principles of Well-Being: Commitment, Perseverance, Self-Control, Integrity + Love, provides dynamic combination of body resistance exercises that build exceptional body/core strength + muscle/joint flexibility."
Shea's been featured on many TV programs, including Ellen.
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"The Eames HANGITALL was inspired by their love for playful furniture and children’s toys. Introduced in 1953, it was designed to hold an assortment of children’s belongings—mittens, scarves, jackets, dolls, slingshots, skates, and knapsacks... available from Tigrett Enterprises’ Playhouse Division until the company went out of business in 1961, Herman Miller reintroduced it in 1994."
create a home filter:
conscious filtering of what enters your home helps keep it under control.
less dirt, clutter, useless paper + items in = less time cleaning/organizing.
"imagine your entry way as a big filter for the outside world" says Maxwell of ApartmentTherapy.com. this is my interpretation of his healthy home cleanse.
home filter basic components include:
• hooks or closet
• sorting surface
• in/out boxes
• shoe space
• waste + recycling receptacles
create a space you'll want to use each time you go in or out of your home,
to sort stuff you carry in your bags/pockets + store stuff you use outside.
a place to hang your coat + put your keys, bags, shoes, hats, umbrellas...
sort your mail, open packages, + toss or recycle what you do not need.
by ~mod*mom~ at 16.1.13 Â© 1 comments