Teknos interior paints provide "better indoor air quality"

Dezeen promotion: Finnish paint brand Teknos has released a range of paints designed to improve resident’s wellbeing by purifying indoor air.

Named Biora Air, the paints absorb and neutralise aldehyde pollutants such as formaldehydes from interior spaces.

According to Teknos, air contaminants are odourless, which makes them difficult for residents to detect before noticing health effects, such as irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and skin.

Depending on the concentration of aldehydes and the size of the space, surfaces painted with Biora Air paints can purify air for “five to 10 years”.

“Indoor air is polluted by many sources, such as the outside air, building materials and furniture,” said Teknos. “Impurities that can be found include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), small particles or harmful microbes such as mould.”

A wall painted in a cool toned mauve Teknos paint with a white desk, red desk lamp, pink diary and a jar of flowers
Biora Air paints have a matt finish and a purifying technology that helps reduce the amount of aldehydes in the air

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House insurance for flood-risk areas – your options explained

A flood can cause tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to your home and its contents, causing misery and inconvenience. Meaning it’s essential to make sure you have suitable house insurance for flood-risk areas in place.

An estimated one in five homes in the UK is at risk of flooding according to JBA Risk Management, which assesses flood risk. That number is sure to rise as we expect there to be more flooding in the future, as winter rainfall increases and sea levels rise due to climate change.

Insurer Aviva has seen this first hand with a major spike in home insurance claims for flood damage to homes in 2019 and 2020.

The Environment Agency estimated that flooding in the UK in 2019/20 caused £78 million worth of damage but this would have been £2.2 billion if improvements had not been made to flood defences.

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Marjan van Aubel turns solar cells into art with glow-in-the-dark tapestry

Strips of colourful photovoltaic cells are arranged into a geometric pattern to form this artwork, conceived by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel to bring solar panels from our roofs into our homes.

Named Ra after the ancient Egyptian sun god, the see-through solar tapestry is less than one millimetre thick and was designed to be hung in a window, so that it can cast vivid shadows on the surrounding walls as the light changes throughout the day.

Ra tapestry pictured at daytime hung behind a vase with flowers
The Ra tapestry (above) is made from transparent photovoltaic cells (top image)

When the sun goes down, a ring of electroluminescent paper embedded in the window hanging starts to glow, powered by the energy that was captured by the photovoltaic (PV) cells throughout the day.

Unlike a traditional solar lamp, such as the Sunne light that van Aubel unveiled last year, Ra’s purpose is not strictly to provide illumination.

Wallhanging made from solar panels by Marjan van Aubel pictured at dusk, hung behind a vase with flowers
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How to measure for a sofa- 5 experts share their top tips

It’s an invest piece that’s important to get right, so knowing how to measure for a sofa is essential to avoid that classic ‘Ross from Friends’ moment…PIVOT! A new sofa can totally transform a room and with so many stylish designs on the market, it can be a bit of minefield to whittle down what the best sofa for your home is, before you’ve even thought about the size!

Not only does your sofa have to fit your desired space perfectly, but it’s also got to get through the door- and possibly up stairs and round tight corners first. We’ve probably all fallen fail to online shopping and  bought something that has turned up far bigger or smaller than we expected. While this can make for an amusing anecdote, it can also cause a lot of stress and cost us some hard-earned money when it comes to pieces of furniture.… Read more

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Sunken home forms setting for Virgil Abloh's final Louis Vuitton show

LA studio Playlab Inc. has incorporated surreal fragments of a home in the set for Louis Vuitton’s Autumn Winter 2022 menswear collection, which was the final collection from the fashion house’s late creative director Virgil Abloh.

Taking place on the 20 January in Paris at the Carreau du Temple, the 22 minute-show was an ode to Abloh’s eight previous shows as Louis Vuitton’s creative director – incorporating elements from each in a surrealist and whimsical medley.

A sunken house with a red roof forms the set at the Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2022 show
Playlab Inc. designed the set for Louis Vuitton’s Autumn Winter 2022 show by Virgil Abloh

Set within the Carreau du Temple, a 19th century-covered market in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, the set was designed by Playlab Inc. The LA-based creative studio transformed the glass and iron structure into a monochromatic, sky-blue dream-like scape titled “Louis Dreamhouse”.

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