PriestmanGoode designs seating to allow air travellers to stay in their wheelchairs

PriestmanGoode has unveiled Air 4 All, an aeroplane seating system that will allow powered wheelchair users to remain in their own wheelchairs for the entire journey.

Developed by PriestmanGoode in a consortium with campaign group Flying Disabled and aircraft safety company SWS Certification, the concept is designed for commercial flights and is currently being developed into a prototype.

The aeroplane seat folds up to accommodate a wheelchair in the Air 4 All concept

The concept design looks like a standard airline seat, but the bottom flips up when required to make room for a wheelchair, with a guide track to help position the chair and an attachment system that securely fixes it in place.

If no wheelchairs require access, the seats function as regular airline seats.

PriestmanGoode says Air 4 All will allow airlines to give powered wheelchair users equal access to safe, comfortable and dignified air travel, while letting … Read more

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Expert warning: installing heat pumps may mean you'll need brand-new radiators

The government announcement of a £5,000 heat pump grant to help homeowners thinking of switching to carbon-neutral heating will make many at least consider the environmentally-friendly heating option. However, what many do not realise – and what critics of the grant have already pointed out – is that heat pump installation will require additional expenses.

While energy-saving tips can help you reduce your bills even with an existing gas boiler, heat pumps are a more energy-efficient option in the long run. But did you know that installing heat pumps will likely have to involve improving insulation – and more?

Heat pump installation may require new radiators

Namely, a heat pump system may require you to replace your old radiators with new ones, according to Chris Harvey – Central Heating and Radiator Expert At Stelrad. Chris agrees that ‘It goes without saying that heat pumps are better for the planet than … Read more

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The Folio Society creates bold neon-coloured Philip K. Dick box set

Rich illustrations by 24 different artists combine with dayglo graphic design to make The Complete Short Stories: Philip K. Dick, a limited-edition box set of books by The Folio Society and La Boca.

The four-volume hardback set brings together all 118 of the revered science-fiction author’s short stories and features illustrations by 24 artists, as well as neon book bindings and a presentation box designed by UK studio La Boca.

The Complete Short Stories: Philip K Dick box set by The Folio Society box open to reveal glitch patterned lining and four neon-coloured volumes
The Complete Short Stories: Philip K. Dick was published in a limited edition of 750 copies

The project was art directed by The Folio Society’s Sheri Gee and Raquel Leis Allion. The duo decided that, because of the breadth of the stories, they wanted to go beyond the usual approach of commissioning a single artist.

To create a contrast from the illustrations they brought in design studio La Boca, which tends to work in a bold and graphic style, for … Read more

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Snap up a free pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Ready to get into the festive spirit? You could get your hands on a free pair of weekday tickets to The Ideal Home Show Christmas.

From the 24th to 28th November the Ideal Home Show Christmas is back at Olympia London and brings you everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season. You’ll walk your way through the magic of Christmas, discovering a range of imaginative and awe-inspiring Christmas ideas to get your home ready for the festive season.

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At the show you can shop hundreds of brands across four Christmas themed show sections: Gifts, Pet, Home and Decorations. Get ready to pick up stockings full of seasonal ideas on everything from decorations to hand‐crafted gifts, Christmas puddings and festive fizz, to furniture and New Year Home Improvements.

The Ideal Home Show Christmas isn’t just for shopping. There will be live entertainment, … Read more

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Almaborealis designs sew-your-own clothing kit for children

Design studio Almaborealis has created a modular DIY kit containing pieces of fabric in an easy puzzle format that invites children to sew their own clothes.

Now called Puzzleware, formerly known as Convertibles, the project has been shortlisted for this year’s Dezeen Awards in the wearable design category.

DIY clothes kit
Puzzleware is a DIY kit for kids

Almaborealis founder Maija Nygren took cues from early learning theories, such as loose parts play, to design a tactile kit for children aged four to 12 that encourages them to make their own clothes.

Puzzleware kits include pieces of colourful Scottish lambswool, which Nygren says are 100 per cent biodegradable, designed with lace holes so that children can sew the fabric together to make themselves a garment.

Children's clothes made from a Convertibles kit
The project is designed for children to make their own clothes

Each kit comes with a chunky blunt knitting needle and a Learn to Stich card printed on … Read more

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