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New wooden standing desk is Scandinavian-inspired and totally cute

Using standing desks is—in theory and in practice—a great way to incorporate a tad bit more activity into ones workaday life. Aesthetically speaking, however, the tall tables, typically clunky and industrial-looking—are less than pleasing to behold. Enter the Jaswig StandUp Nomad, a wooden standing desk that is adjustable, made locally with eco-friendly materials, and, most importantly, a pretty piece of furniture.

Inspired by simple, Scandinavian design, the StandUp is 100% manufactured in the United States and is crafted from sustainably-grown, Forest Stewardship Council-certified birch plywood. It can be assembled tool-free in under 15 minutes.

An ergonomic footrest provides comfort and assists with weight distribution, while the compact silhouette makes it easy to move around any room. Beneath the tabletop, which is available in a regular (20 inches by 25.5) and wide size (21.5 by 31.5 inches), is an opening for storage. There are nine different height settings, adjusted manually, starting at 36.5 inches and reaching a max height of 48 inches. There’s even a mini version for children ages six through 12. Prices begin at $299 for the children’s desk and go up to $499 for the wide version.



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You Need Some of Zaha Hadid’s Last Furniture Collection

When Zaha Hadid died of a heart attack in March, it shocked the design world. Not only because the 65-year-old architect, the author of some of the past century’s most alluring buildings and the first woman to win the industry’s prestigious Pritzker prize, was far too young, and too important, to go in such a common way. But also because she left behind a raft of unfinished work, from Manhattan skyscrapers just under construction to a collection of furniture, called UltraStellar, commissioned by the David Gill Gallery in London.

The collection, a mix of walnut, leather, and glass woven into her signature alien-like curved forms, was eventually completed by her studio — her final, posthumous contribution to the world of industrial design, and a fitting farewell to an icon. Take a look at the full range below.



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Frigate assigned to escort Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry

The navy has assigned the frigate HTMS Kraburi to protect the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry, which made its first trip on Thursday after rough seas delayed the unofficial launch on Jan 1.

The frigate was already deployed in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand, a statement by the navy said. It was assigned work with the Marine Department to ensure maritime security, especially for the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service.

HTMS Kraburi would escort and remain in constant contact with the ferries of the Royal Passenger Liner Co Ltd, the operator of the two-hour trip between the two popular tourist destinations.

The service launched unofficially on Jan 1, with free passage offered until Jan 15 and the official opening set for Jan 12. However, the first run was delayed by rough seas in the Gulf, until Thursday, Jan 5.

The company is currently using only one of its three ferries, offering one daily return trip. It will be docked on Jan 11 for maintenance and checks ahead of the official launch the following day.

Departure time is set at 8.30am and the return trip at 3pm. The ferry is scheduled to depart Hua Hin for Pattaya return from Jan 7 to 10 and from Pattaya to Hua Hin return on Jan 13 to15.

After the fare-free period, the basic ticket cost will be 1,250 baht a trip per head.

The ferry company has bought three 38-metre long ferries from China, each capable of carrying 339 passengers. Each ferry has 286 seats on the first deck, with 44 business class seats on the upper deck and two VIP rooms. Prices for the upper deck have not been announced. There is a crew of eight. The ferries can travel at up to 27 knots, according to the company.



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The New Kitchen Trends We’re Anxiously Anticipating

We saw so many beautiful kitchen trends in 2016: tons of marble, rich blue and black cabinets, open shelving, and a mix of materials. While we don’t think these things will disappear overnight, we definitely see a shift ahead. If you’re thinking about redoing your kitchen soon, or are just design curious, read on for what you can expect to see more of in the coming year, and why we think that’s the case.

As the heart of many homes, the kitchen is the most personal. It’s our inner sanctum, where friends and family gather for casual meals and conversation. And it’s something we can control. When the outside world seems complicated, unpredictable — and sometimes downright unsafe — creating a warm and welcoming environment seems more important than ever. What does that mean for us this year? This is a big picture look at where kitchens are headed in the near future:

Warmer Finishes

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Subtle, less “look at me” materials will replace sleeker and glossier finishes that now feel too cold. Brushed and plaster walls will add subtle depth and texture. Look for deeper bronze fixtures and lighting to replace brighter metals. New matte finish appliances also leave the shine behind.

Color Shift

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Expect a bunch of new neutrals that work with a wide range of styles, and bring a lot of depth, warmth, and subtlety. Bruised greens, toasted reds, and washed blues are quietly elegant yet still interesting enough to avoid being dull.

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Even untraditional colors for the kitchen, like the yellow and pink above, will have a more earthy bent that feels grounded instead of fanciful.


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As people seek comfort, they often look to the past. Expect to see older style kitchens revisited and reinterpreted for modern day homes. Think updated country, British basic, and Shaker — pared-down traditional styles that get to the root of what is necessary and essential, and are effortlessly warm and inviting. They’re not overly decorated, but feel authentic and substantial.

Natural Bent

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As humans and consumers, we are collectively moving towards more sustainable practices and pieces, and kitchen trends reflect this positive direction. In 2017 we’ll see more earthy materials like wood, wicker, cork and clay. Think quality over quantity.

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Above, antique terracotta and belgian black french reproduction terracotta from Clé Tile, part of their brand new collection. The tiles’ rustic surfaces already carry a patina that otherwise comes from age.