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Vaughn Lowery, plastics, recycle, 360 MAGAZINE, eco-friendly

What is HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) sheet? 

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is probably the most widely used plastic sheet. Think about the toy trucks and storage containers, all these products are made from HDPE. This thermoplastic is known for being light and strong. Most companies are going for HDPE plastic sheets because they can reduce the material used to manufacture and package products because of their ideal weight and strength. 

Why HDPE is popular?

HDPE is the perfect substitute for heavier materials. No wonder, many companies that are going for sustainable business models, such as reduction of material used in packaging prefer using HDPE. Below are more benefits of HDPE:   

  • It’s lightweight. Although products made up of HDPE are lightweight, they are very strong. This is the reason why car manufacturers use it to improve fuel efficiency by having lighter cars.
  • HDPE is impact resistant. Plastic toys and other products are not affected when you drop them because they have great impact resistance. 
  • It’s long-lasting. Products made of HDPE last long because it’s weather-resistant and also resists mildew, mold, insects, and rotting. 
  • Malleability. HDPE can be molded into any shape, meaning you can have a customized product that meets your expectations.   

Major benefits of HDPE

While most people use other plastics like polypropylene and polyester, HDPE has become the most popular plastic. This is not only because it’s versatile, but it’s also one of the most recycled plastics. It can be recycled in its rigid forms such as containers and flexible forms like plastic bags. You can get more information by visiting https://www.regal-plastics.com/hdpe-high-density-sheet/.   

HDPE sheet is resistant to stain, moisture, and odor, making it suitable for use in the manufacturing and food processing industry. It’s also an ideal substitute for wood and metal because it’s chemical resistant, it has high impact strength, easy to clean, easily machined or fabricated, and it’s cost-effective. Besides, the HDPE sheet has a natural color that is FDA approved.  

Applications of HDPE 

HDPE sheet comes in two colors, which are black and natural and are available with smooth and textured finishes. HDPE is used in various applications, and you might have used a product made from it without realizing it. Some of the applications that use HDPE include piping systems, milk jugs, fuel tanks, shampoo bottles, hard hats, water bottles, and bread bags. 

As you can see, it’s used in a wide range of industries. Therefore, next time you find a plastic product, look at the bottom to find out if it has a recycle 2 which indicates that it has HDPE.  

Sustainability

Thankfully, HDPE is recyclable, and in this way, it prevents landfills. Nearly, most of the recycling programs accept HDPE products, such as bottles. Recycled HDPE is also as popular and versatile material as its counterpart. You can use it in most of the same applications mentioned above. Some of the other key uses include recycled plastic storage containers, recycled plastic automobile parts, recycled plastic outdoor furniture, and recycled plastic trash cans, recycled bins, and compost bins.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

How to Successfully Complete a Home Design Project

If you are guilty of starting home design projects but never seeing them to completion, then you need to change your attitude and how you approach design projects. A kitchen or bathroom remodel won’t complete itself, after all. 

Most people will admit to having various unfinished design projects in their home, but once it becomes a pattern and you never finish anything you start, it’s time to reconsider your thinking and take it on with a different angle. 

Home design projects require commitment, dedication, and a whole lot of effort. If you come home from work exhausted, there is no question about why you don’t feel up to finishing that project. 

If you want to change this, and often feel guilty about leaving projects uncompleted, then take on this advice.

  • Plan Before You Start

It can be tempting just to get stuck right in on a project and see where the flow takes you, but this approach will not see you through to the end. 

Before you even pick up your tool kit, thoroughly plan what you are going to do. It’s crucial that you know where to start and where to pick up next time after you finish. It can be incredibly demotivating to try to pick up on the project a week or two later, only to be unsure of where you had left off the last time.

Planning will also give you a better overview of the project and whether you can feasibly complete it by yourself.

  • Set Goals

Motivation is vital for projects that will take some time. Set goals for yourself to achieve. Aim to have all of the kitchen cabinets installed within two weeks or have the bathroom plumbing installed and working by the end of the next. 

Goals like this can help you to envision the end result and give you the boost of motivation you need to keep going. 

  • Ask for Advice

Even if you have decided to take on a design project by yourself, there is no harm in asking family members, friends, or even expert designers for their advice on the project. To get the work done faster, you can also get help from experts for replacement windows.

If you are struggling with installation but have the design down, here’s a great resource: www.gkandb.com.

  • One at a Time

If a project isn’t going your way, it can be incredibly tempting to abandon it and start another, but these will simply leave many unfinished projects. 

Make sure you finish a project to the best of your ability before you start working on something else. Having multiple ongoing projects at home can make it a more stressful environment, and you certainly won’t have the energy to work on them all. Before you start replacing the tiles in the bathroom, make sure you are happy with the kitchen first. 

If you have a one project at a time rule, you will feel more encouraged to finish one design project so that you can get on with another. 

Top 7 Luxury Items Every Man Should Aspire to Own

No matter where you are in life, what kind of job you have, or what your style is, there are some luxury items that you, as a man, should aspire to own. Many people think that others own luxury items simply for the sake of owning luxury items. However, luxury items serve a much bigger purpose.

When you own the right luxury items, you feel better about yourself. You feel more confident, sophisticated, and ready to take on the world. The right luxury items will make others see you as someone who knows what he wants in life and isn’t afraid to chase after it.

Plus, luxury items are luxury because of their quality and value. They’re something you can make use of again and again throughout your lifetime, without ever looking “outdated”.

So, what luxury items should you have on your wishlist? Read on to learn about 7 luxury items every man should aspire to own.

1. A Luxury Watch

While many people view the suit as the ultimate gentlemen’s luxury item, we’d argue that a luxury watch is just as important. After all, you can add a luxury watch to pretty much any outfit in order to look classier. Watches communicate to the world that you mean business, and you’re not afraid to show it. Plus, watches are a great investment because, if you take care of them, they never depreciate in value. Make sure you select your luxury watch with great care, as you want it to be something that you’ll love wearing almost everywhere you go and with almost any outfit. You should consider what color you want your watch to be, as well as what materials and sizes you like. You’ll also want to think about the functions you want your watch to have. For example, some of these Rolex watches for sale are water-resistant, and therefore also work as dive watches.

2. A Tailored Suit

A tailored suit is one of the first luxury items you should aspire to own if you don’t already, as it’s one that is extremely functional. Whether you are attending a formal party or walking into a business meeting, the suit you wear can totally change the way people view you. You can buy all the manufactured suits you want, but nothing will ever top the look of a well-fitted, tailored suit. Once you slip your suit on for the first time, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

3. Piece of Art

Even if you’re not the “artsy” type, you should still own a high-quality piece of art, be it a painting, sculpture, or photograph.

The right piece of art shows the world that you have refined tastes, that you’re worldly, and that you’re a well-rounded individual. Plus, a piece of art can be an excellent conversation starter. The piece of art you choose can say a lot about your style. And if you’re just starting to put together the look of your place, a piece of art can serve as a great foundation for styling the rest of your home.

4. First Edition of Your Favorite Book

A first edition of your favorite book is much like a piece of art, in that it shows people you’re both worldly and well-rounded. It’s especially impressive because it shows friends, family, partners, and whoever else that you have a loyalty to something, and that you have the dedication it takes to tracking that something down. While a first edition exudes plenty of luxury on its own, it looks best when it’s amongst other books, perhaps sitting on a hand-carved wooden bookshelf.

5. Something Leather

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you try and pull off leather pants. (Although if you can, go for it.) But, we do think it’s important that every man aspires to own a luxurious leather item. There is a leather item out there for everyone’s taste and goals.

For example, if you want to impress people when you walk into a business meeting, go for a leather briefcase. Not only is a leather briefcase sophisticated, but it is also extremely functional, in that it will prevent you from trying to stuff your pockets every morning with your wallet, keys, etc. For those men who want something a little edgier, a leather jacket is a great idea. Trust us, you don’t have to own a motorcycle to pull off a leather jacket. While you can certainly go for the biker look by wearing a white tee and jeans, you can also pair a leather jacket with pretty much any basic tee to make your look more luxurious. A third leather item that you should aspire to own is a leather passport book. Even though it’s not an everyday item, a leather passport is perfect for when you want to take your luxurious style on the road. Plus, covering your passport in quality leather shows the world that you know how to take care of your things.

6. A Cocktail Set

If you’re looking for something luxurious that you can use to entertain guests, a cocktail set is your answer. Even if you’re not a pro yet at slingin’ cocktails, a luxury cocktail set will at least show your guests that you’re serious about entertaining. Make sure your cocktail set has all the staples: a martini shaker, strainers, muddlers, jiggers, stirring spoons, and pourers. With these items, you’ll be able to make pretty much any drink that’s requested.

7. Writing Desk

If there’s one piece of furniture that screams luxury, it’s a nice writing desk.

Sitting at your writing desk is way more luxurious than sitting on the couch with your laptop propped up on your knees. Plus, writing desks can help increase your productivity. For the ultimate luxury, buy a writing desk that is hand carved out of wood. So, there you have it, the 7 luxury items every man should aspire to own. Is there something on this list that you’re already saving up for? Let us know in the comments below.

VP Plaza España Design

VP Plaza España Design hotel recently opened its doors in the center of Madrid, offering luxury accommodations wrapped into an unprecedented design philosophy, whose main protagonist is art. Prominent Spanish artists have contributed their unique works and creations, making this property an icon of design, architecture and art in the capital of Madrid.

Guests will be able to immerse themselves in an atmosphere where decor, furniture, architecture, and luxurious service co-exist in perfect harmony, offering an experience that goes far beyond accommodations. It is a philosophy that breaks the boundaries of what has already been done in the past and allows visitors to enjoy the essence of design, for a one-of-a-kind experience from beginning to end.

VP Plaza España Design worked with key Spanish designers, artists, and architects for the conceptualization of its façade and public spaces, which allows its facilities to have a distinctive and distinguished touch that makes it an unparalleled luxury option in Madrid. The hotel features include work by Pere Gifre, Dario Urzay, Fernando Palacios, Nacho Zubelzu, Veronica Domingo, and Héléne Bergaz, as well as Patricia San Juan, Marre, and Jan Hendrix.

Symbiosis of Art and Ingenuity

The selection of artists who have collaborated to bring life to the greatest icon of luxury and design represents a harmonious blend of disciplines, trends, visions, expressions, and styles. All of them carry a solid national and international trajectory, deserving of outstanding recognition for their iconic works inside and outside of Spain. Each, with their own inspiration, have made a contribution of exclusive creations, devised within the design philosophy that Hotel VP Plaza España Design 5* has established.

Renowned artist Pere Gifre is the architect of the impressive eight-story waterfall that dominates the atrium of the hotel and creates an impressive visual illusion of water that falls in a magnificently artistic way, trapping guests in a sensory experience that mixes the wild side of nature with the luxury and tranquility of water.

A tribute to art can be experienced in the lobby, where paintings created by the Bilbao Dario Urzay can be appreciated. The paintings highlight the artist’s personal poetics combined with his ability to induce new forms of knowledge and communication.

The corridors are also sure to catch guests’ attention as the painter and sculptor, Fernando Palacios, showcases material language with nearly three-dimensional forms that exude a special meaning of life in a luxurious context. His works of art may also be admired in some of the hotel rooms.

The mural “Buscando a un hombre,” created from Nacho Zubelzu’s inspiration, can be seen in front of the hotel elevators. Zubelzu’s impressive collages decorating the bar and lobby area bathrooms were made with the intention of creating an “art bar.”

An innovative and unique redesign of the aesthetics of the landscape is reflected in the works of Madrid-born Héléne Bergaz. The artist’s creations give a master touch to the hotel rooms, with a vanguardist approach of photographic montages with meteorites bearing his unmistakable stamp.

Verónica Domingo’s impressive paintings, created with Indian ink, decorate the hotel’s impressive suites. She shows her passion for Asian art and calligraphy, creating infinite value in the construction of a complex and abstract framework.

For more information, please visit www.plazaespana-hotel.com.

HERON PRESTON x Off-White

VIRGIL ABLOH AND HERON PRESTON REVEAL “COLLABORATION” HANDBAG

For their first collaborative release, Virgil Abloh (Off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh) and Heron Preston present “COLLABORATION”, a concept carryall that incorporates the designers’ common exploration of industrial elements. This accessory is a living hybrid: its dual-colored strap is a fusion of Off-Whites graphic yellow Weight Securing System strap and Preston’s signature orange band with the branded word “Style” in Russian. The strap is a purposeful note of asymmetry in a piece with clean balance. The transparent body is printed with Off-White’s famed diagonal white lines, along with the words “COLLABORATION”. Black carabiner clips secure the strap, while inside, an industrial netting-inspired inner tote is a textural contrast to the sleek exterior. Substantial industrial hardware finishes the design, with metal nuts that cleanly secure orange leather straps.

“Heron Preston’s ability to think without limits comes to life in this bag we created together,” Abloh says. “The mix of the materials combined with Off-White DNA lead to a final product that suggests a different idea of a “handbag”.”

PRICING
“COLLABORATION” – Mini – $942.00
“COLLABORATION” – Medium – $1,232.00

ABOUT HERON PRESTON

Heron Preston is the true embodiment of an artist born of the post-internet generation. Multi-faceted and genre-bending, he is a cultural icon in youth culture, and emerging designer in high fashion. He founded his eponymous fashion brand in 2016, and in two short seasons has garnered an international following. The common thread among his impressive bodies of work is a commitment to innovation, experimentation, and unpredictability. Heron Preston finds particular joy in the unexpected; taking conventional themes and reinterpreting them. Take for example his “UNIFORM” project from 2015, the designer’s first major collection, in which he collaborated with the NYC Department of Sanitation on a series of zero waste themed clothes and accessories. He’s also served as the global digital producer for Nike and of course, creative consultant to Kanye West, most notably on his work for the Life of Pablo and Yeezy fashion label.

@HERONPRESTON

 

ABOUT OFF-WHITE ℅ VIRGIL ABLOH

Established in 2013, Off-White is defining the grey area between black and white as a color.  Under the brand name, seasonal collections of men’s and women’s clothing, objects, furniture, and publications are articulating a current culture vision. Collections embedded in a recurrent back story with an emphasis on creating garments that have an identity by design. With a design studio based in Milan, Italy the label harnesses the history and craftsmanship within the country yet offers a global perspective in terms of design and trends. With a clear vision of splicing the reality of how clothes are worn and the artistic expression of high-fashion, creative director and designer Virgil Abloh explores concepts in the realm of youth culture in the contemporary context.

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BoConcept

By Frank Pena

It’s the new year; and we’re all seeking ways to revamp our home decor. For whatever reason, furniture has the ability to create an ambience of joy and inspiration. Of late, we had an opportunity to visit an aesthetically pleasing furniture store, BoConcept. Blown away by its vibrancy, we were captivated by an array of colors and tones which induced our internal mood – numerous area rugs in various patterns coupled with dining room or living room arrangements.

Boconcept has 250 stores in over 60 countries and continues to rapidly expand.

https://www.boconcept.com/en-us

LOUIS VUITTON

Louis Vuitton presents from its Objets Nomades collection in the pavilion of Design Miami/ 2017 from December 6th to 10th, an exclusive turquoise-colored edition of the Bomboca Sofa, a new piece by Fernando and Humberto Campana.

 

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades is an ever-expanding collection of limited-edition, collectable furniture, which is inspired by the House’s historic Art of Travel, while reinterpreting its essential spirit. Driven by creativity, functionality and innovation for more than 160 years, Louis Vuitton has constantly anticipated fashion and kept pace with evolving lifestyles. This combination of the House’s savoir-faire and the talents of renowned designers has created inventive shapes, materials   and products – a tradition that continues with the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades.

 

The Bomboca Sofa, named after sweets served at weddings and children’s parties in Brazil and meaning “very good”, is a modular piece that was originally inspired by cloud shapes and colourful round sea apples. The result is like a puzzle in which eight removable cushions are arranged in a rigid, leather-covered shell. The sofa features the same leather that is used by Louis Vuitton for its bags along with cushions made of textured fabrics and velvet in five different shades of blue and turquoise.

 

Other Objets Nomades making their Design Miami/ 2017 debut include the pieces created by Atelier Oï such as the Swing Boat, the Belt Chair and the Spiral Lamp with its twisted straps of leather. Also presented are Patricia Urquiola’s Palaver Chair in a mix of wood and woven sheets of perforated leather, India Mahdavi’s Talisman Table in leather marquetry, and Marcel Wanders’ rocking Lune Chair and leather Diamond Screen. A selection of Objets Nomades will also be visible at the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District Store.

 

With their shared sense of intuitiveness, desire and pleasure, the Objets Nomades continue Louis Vuitton’s tradition of offering inspiring and surprising designs anchored in evolving visions of travel.

 

About Louis Vuitton

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the House remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry, fragrance and stationery. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship.

 

For further information: www.louisvuitton.com

 

More information and images at:

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Design Miami Public Showtimes:  

Wednesday, December 6/ 12pm – 8pm

Thursday, December 7/ 10am – 8pm

Friday, December 8/ 11am – 8pm

Saturday, December 9/ 12pm – 8pm

Sunday, December 10/ 12pm – 6pm

 

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades Exhibition at Design Miami/ Address: Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach FL 33139

 

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades Exhibition at the Miami Design District store: 140 NE 39th Street, Miami FL 33137




 

NOBU DOWNTOWN NYC

​This is what happens when you mix an acclaimed architect with one of 360’s most prolific furniture makers.

If you’re ever in the New York Metropolitan area this is one bit of art that’s making some serious noise within the five boroughs.

The new Nobu Downtown in NYC features a lyrical sumi-e ink sculpture designed and conceived by David Rockwell in collaboration with John Houshmand.

🏁Check out NY Times article for additional information.

*Featured photo courtesy of Eric Laignel.