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  1. Cube Apartment V-S

    KNOWN FOR…

    his keen sense of understated elegance, Belgian architect Nicholas Schuybroek began his career in Canada before returning to Antwerp to work alongside renowned designer Vincent Van Duysen. A few years later, in 2011 Schuybroek struck out on his own – establishing his eponymous firm and distinct brand of minimal yet soulfully warm design. In the years since, the architect/designer has turned out an array of projects ranging from houses on the Cote d’Azur, and hotels in Chicago, to offices in Belgium and high design home accessories. His finely tuned sense of balance, space, and material have won Schuybroek international accolades, including a spot on AD France’s top 100 Designers in 2013, 2015, and 2017. If you’ve yet to acquaint yourself with his enviable aesthetic, this Paris apartment just may be the perfect first peek into his beautiful world…

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    LOCATED ALONG…

    a bustling street in the 6th arrondissement, the property had been left unrestored for over 40 years making it a prime candidate for a complete overhaul. Schuybroek began with the floor plan – first toggling the kitchen and bathroom, then combining three tiny rooms into a single, spacious living / dining room.

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    AGAINST A…

    backdrop of white, Schuybroek accented simple built-in shelving with an impactful, yet slim, black trim. As for furnishings and accessories, he brought in an array of iconic pieces, including Eero Saarinen’s 1957 Tulip dining table, Charlotte Perriand’s 1967 chairs, and Damien Langlois-Meurinne’s 2007 Last Night Chandelier.

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  2. Contemporary Hamptons Living

    KNOWN FOR…

    his keen sense of understated elegance, Belgian architect Nicholas Schuybroek began his career in Canada before returning to Antwerp to work alongside renowned designer Vincent Van Duysen. A few years later, in 2011 Schuybroek struck out on his own – establishing his eponymous firm and distinct brand of minimal yet soulfully warm design. In the years since, the architect/designer has turned out an array of projects ranging from houses on the Cote d’Azur, and hotels in Chicago, to offices in Belgium and high design home accessories. His finely tuned sense of balance, space, and material have won Schuybroek international accolades, including a spot on AD France’s top 100 Designers in 2013, 2015, and 2017. If you’ve yet to acquaint yourself with his enviable aesthetic, this Paris apartment just may be the perfect first peek into his beautiful world…

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    LOCATED ALONG…

    a bustling street in the 6th arrondissement, the property had been left unrestored for over 40 years making it a prime candidate for a complete overhaul. Schuybroek began with the floor plan – first toggling the kitchen and bathroom, then combining three tiny rooms into a single, spacious living / dining room.

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    AGAINST A…

    backdrop of white, Schuybroek accented simple built-in shelving with an impactful, yet slim, black trim. As for furnishings and accessories, he brought in an array of iconic pieces, including Eero Saarinen’s 1957 Tulip dining table, Charlotte Perriand’s 1967 chairs, and Damien Langlois-Meurinne’s 2007 Last Night Chandelier.

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  3. Inspired Bedroom Suite

    KNOWN FOR…

    his keen sense of understated elegance, Belgian architect Nicholas Schuybroek began his career in Canada before returning to Antwerp to work alongside renowned designer Vincent Van Duysen. A few years later, in 2011 Schuybroek struck out on his own – establishing his eponymous firm and distinct brand of minimal yet soulfully warm design. In the years since, the architect/designer has turned out an array of projects ranging from houses on the Cote d’Azur, and hotels in Chicago, to offices in Belgium and high design home accessories. His finely tuned sense of balance, space, and material have won Schuybroek international accolades, including a spot on AD France’s top 100 Designers in 2013, 2015, and 2017. If you’ve yet to acquaint yourself with his enviable aesthetic, this Paris apartment just may be the perfect first peek into his beautiful world…

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    LOCATED ALONG…

    a bustling street in the 6th arrondissement, the property had been left unrestored for over 40 years making it a prime candidate for a complete overhaul. Schuybroek began with the floor plan – first toggling the kitchen and bathroom, then combining three tiny rooms into a single, spacious living / dining room.

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    AGAINST A…

    backdrop of white, Schuybroek accented simple built-in shelving with an impactful, yet slim, black trim. As for furnishings and accessories, he brought in an array of iconic pieces, including Eero Saarinen’s 1957 Tulip dining table, Charlotte Perriand’s 1967 chairs, and Damien Langlois-Meurinne’s 2007 Last Night Chandelier.

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  4. iPhone 8 review Impressions Review for you

    The Good The iPhone 8 offers wireless charging, lightning-fast performance and small but solid upgrades to its camera, screen and speakers. Its starting storage size is a roomy 64GB, double that of the iPhone 7.

    The Bad This phone has the same pedestrian design, missing headphone jack and battery life as the iPhone 7 -- and no dual camera either. The iPhone 8 costs a bit more than baseline new iPhones in years past, and comes only in black, silver and a new shade of gold.

    The Bottom Line The sensible, speedy iPhone 8 makes a nice upgrade to the iPhone 6S and earlier siblings, but we won't know until November how it compares to the much pricier iPhone X.

    On Nov. 3,  Apple will roll out its seductive sports car of a phone: the all-new, totally redesigned, edgy, giant-screened iPhone X.

    So why buy an iPhone 8 when that sexy iPhone X is just around the corner? The 8 is last year's design with this year's technology. It feels familiar. It's a safe pick. It's a "let's not spend a thousand dollars on an iPhone" iPhone. It's a "Touch ID and a home button matter more to me than a leap of faith into the world of Face ID" iPhone.

    Make no mistake: The iPhone 8 is essentially the "iPhone 7S." Apple saved the cool features and radical new design for the iPhone X, which costs 43 percent more -- $999, £999 or AU$1,579 to start. And if you want the truly impressive dual camera, with portrait mode and 2x optical zoom -- both seriously nice step-ups -- you'll need to invest in the much larger iPhone 8 Plus ($981.00 at Amazon.com), or wait for that eventual X. It's a different approach than Samsung, which made its whole line of Galaxy S8 and Note 8 phones look new, but not too dissimilar from Google's take on the Pixel 2 phones. With the iPhone, new looks only come at the top end.

    That X is tempting indeed, but my only real-world experience with the device is the brief time I spent with it at Apple's Sept. 12 launch event. Until I can eventually get one and put it through its paces, I strongly recommend that you refrain from buying any phone whatsoever.

    But if you need a phone right now, or if you have no desire to pay the iPhone X premium, let's talk practical considerations.

    The iPhone 8's best feature is its processor, a fast new six-core A11 Bionic chip, similar to the processor in the iPhone X and 8 Plus. Thanks to an all-new image sensor, photo quality has improved in low light, as has video quality. The iPhone 8 adds an improved iPad-style True Tone screen, and the speakers sound nice and loud. All the new iPhones include wireless charging now, thanks to a glass back.

    If you have an iPhone 7, you'll find the faster speed, better screen and better camera on the iPhone 8 "nice to have," but short of "must-buy" territory -- unless you're particularly enamored with the wireless charging Android owners have enjoyed for years.

    For anyone with an iPhone 6S ($595.00 at Amazon.com) or previous model, however, the benefits of jumping to an iPhone 8 ramp up dramatically. The speed, screen, audio and camera improvements will feel significant, and you'll get nice upgrades you missed when you skipped the iPhone 7, including water resistance.

    So, yeah: That iPhone X may look great in the showroom window. But ultimately, you're driving off the lot with the practical four-door crossover. It's more affordable. It gets perfectly decent gas mileage. But it still has the same nice high-end navigation package, entertainment system and fuel-injected engine as that sweet low-slung coupe. Not too shabby.

    That's the iPhone 8. The baseline 2017 iPhone remains a top-tier smartphone -- a seriously good phone. Just don't expect it to turn heads.

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  5. Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 First Impressions Review

    The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is a rangefinder-style Micro Four Thirds camera whose most recognizable feature is its tilting electronic viewfinder. The GX9 provides a healthy serving of new features and performance improvements over its predecessor, the GX8.

    The most notable changes include the removal of the low-pass filter on the GX9's 20MP sensor, 5-axis in-body image stabilization (up from 4-axis), slightly faster burst shooting and Bluetooth connectivity. The shutter unit has also been redesigned, with Panasonic claiming a 90% reduction in 'shutter shock' compared to the GX8. There's also a built-in flash - something the GX8 lacked - as well as some tweaks to image processing.

    Panasonic appears to have rearranged their lineup a bit, with the GX9 serving more as a midrange model than its predecessors, sitting alongside the DSLR-style DMC-G85. The price has come down to $999 with a kit lens, compared to $1199 for the GX8's body alone. Alongside the price drop, some features found on the GX8 are now gone, such as weather-sealing. The EVF is smaller and battery life has dropped by about 25%, as well.

    The GX9's closest peers are the Fujifilm X-E3 and Sony's a6300, both of which have 24MP APS-C sensors, hybrid autofocus systems (which the GX9 lacks) and 4K video capture.

    You can see that the differences between the GX9 and GX8 are a mixed bag. The GX9 loses the low-pass filter, get an extra axis (rotation) of image stabilization and adds Bluetooth and a flash. However, its viewfinder is smaller, body no longer weather-sealed and battery life has taken a turn for the worse. Speaking of viewfinders, Panasonic has gone back to a field sequential panel (a different technology than traditional LCD or OLED,) which some people may find distracting due to 'color tearing'. The LCD is now tilting versus fully articulating, which some people may find as an upgrade, and others will not.

    The 20MP Live MOS sensor on the GX8 is as high resolution as you'll find on a Micro Four Thirds camera, though larger APS-C sensors perform a bit better at high sensitivities. Both the X-E3 and a6300 have hybrid (contrast + phase detect) autofocus systems, though Panasonic's DFD system has performed quite well despite lacking phase-detection. The GX8 has higher resolution LCDs and an EVF that's quite a bit bigger than the X-E3's. Both the X-E3 and a6300 have faster burst rates and 35% higher battery life.

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  6. Canon got it right on International Women's Day

    "For International Women's Day, Canon..." as I read the subject line of the email, I cringe at the possible endings to that sentence.

    Not outside the realm of possibilities is something like, "Releases Commemorative Pink Camera Strap!" In 2018 I think we're better than that. Probably. I keep reading.

    "...Lends Support to 'Women Photograph'" is how it ends, and I feel a real sense of relief. This was an organization I knew and had covered in the past. It aims to 'elevate the voices of female visual journalists,' offering an additional resource for editors as well as grants and workshops for female photographers. I read on.

    "Canon will work with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program which funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals, and other developmental opportunities."

    If you're a brand looking to grab a slice of the #MeToo pie, you could definitely do much worse than this. Case in point: McDonald's put on a master class this year in getting it wrong. The fast food giant announced that it would be turning its logo upside down to recognize International Women's Day... a "W" instead of an "M"... for women... get it? Critics spoke up quickly, pointing out that it felt like an empty gesture coming from a company that can afford to do much more.

    The upside down arches were on my mind when I started reading that press release from Canon this morning, so it felt very reassuring to see the brand pledging real support behind an effort created by, and created for, women photographers. Sure, it's all marketing at the end of the day, and I truly hope Canon's support of Women Photograph doesn't begin and end with a one-time workshop. Issuing a press release is cheap. Following through, and staying committed in the long term isn't.

    But if you're going to talk about supporting women on International Women's Day, please don't just give us an empowering logo and a T-shirt. Instead, put your money where your mouth is.

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  7. 2019 Lexus ES is first mass-produced car to replace side mirrors with cameras

    Concept cars have been trying to replace side mirrors with cameras for decades, and now Lexus is actually going to do it on a production car. There's one important caveat though: It's only for Japan.

    First implemented for the recently redesigned (and recently reviewed) 2019 Lexus ES, the side mirrors are being replaced with small, aerodynamic camera stalks. Those small cameras tucked into the stalks provide a constant video feed to five-inch screens placed at the base of the car's A-pillars. The biggest reason manufacturers are pushing this kind of tech is to improve aerodynamics. Swapping those side mirrors out for something much smaller creates less drag, and ultimately, better fuel economy.

    Lexus says there are a couple other advantages for going digital here too. For one, the camera modules are able to resist the accumulation of raindrops and snow due to their design. There's also less wind noise since the mirrors cut through the air so well. This will become even more important as silent electric cars trickle their way onto the market. The actual visibility is supposed to be better as well. Lexus says that the view is "enhanced" when you activate a turn signal, and helps provide better rearward vision when put into reverse — think Honda LaneWatch, but way cooler.

    We won't be seeing this futuristic-looking side mirror technology in the U.S. for some time, because it's still not legal here. The technology is legal to use in Europe, but Lexus says it'll only be offered in Japan for the time being. Audi, though, will be bringing its side camera mirror technology to Europe by the end of the year with the E-Tron. There's still no release date on the electric SUV, but it might be the first to market with the tech on that continent.

    Audi wants to bring side mirror camera technology to the U.S. in its E-Tron, but the regulations still need to be changed to allow that here - the E-Tron is expected to be for sale in the U.S. sometime in 2019. Buyers in Japan will be able to scoop a Lexus ES with the tech this October.

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  8. Bentley preps 'Centennary Specification' for all models built in 2019

    For the entirety of Bentley's 100th year in business, the English carmaker will adorn its products with a Centenary Specification. The package consists of unique badging with specially developed Centenary Gold badge highlights, available Centenary Gold thread for the headrest logos, contrast stitching and cross stitching, and a "centenary welcome light" outside the vehicle. The in-house craftsmen have also developed unique embroidery.

    Bentley says the gold hue was inspired by metalwork on vintage models like the 1919 EXP 2 (pictured, red and silver) and 1929 Birkin Blower (pictured, green), the latter one of the company's Le Mans winners driven by Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin. The hue possesses an "elegant warm tone and a deep fluid shadow." The steering wheel badge, key fob, shift knob, and wheel center caps feature the tinted ring. The "B" badge on the radiator surround also features "1919-2019" script, and that script is found on the tread plates, too.

    For those who don't know, eponymous founder Walter Owen Bentley's engineering career began with locomotives — which he loved more than cars at one point — and motorcycles, before settling on automobiles. He bought his first car in 1910, a French DFP, and after improving it himself, set a 10-lap record at the Brooklands circuit. In 1912 he opened a DFP franchise with his brother Horace Milner as Bentley & Bentley, and further upgraded the car with a new piston design that was 88 percent aluminum and 12 percent copper. The Royal Naval Air Service adopted Bentley's piston design and Bentley's re-designed Clerget airplane engines, dubbed the Bentley Rotary.

    After the war, Bentley refocused on cars, and in 1919 released the 3-Litre, which boasted features like a cross-flow head, overhead cams working four valves per cylinder, and twin plugs in each cylinder. The company delivered the first production model in 1921, then went racing and won the second edition of Le Mans in 1924. That is how Bentley began to become "Bentley, ahem ...", and here we are. Next year, on July 10, the company plans to celebrate the feat appropriately.

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  9. Behind the scenes of the Porsche 911 Turbo 993 'Project Gold' with Porsche's restoration manager

    Porsche unveiled a special continuation model at this year's Monterey Car Week called Project Gold, a 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo 993. And while it may look as though it was simply a 993 given a flashy coat of paint and corresponding interior, the story is more complicated than that, as we learned from Porsche's factory restoration manager, Uwe Makrutzki. In reality, it's the most carefully, obsessively built 993 to come out of Porsche.

    First some background on the project. Makrutzki told us that the first discussions for Project Gold began about two and a half years ago, and they began because of a confluence of happenings at Porsche. Porsche's 70th anniversary of car building was coming up, and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur had just launched its own special vehicle, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Porsche Classic, the department that handles restorations, was wanting to do something special, too, inspired by the Exclusive Series 911. Fortunately for the department, they noticed that there was still a complete, bare production-line 993 chassis built in 1994 that nothing had been done with. All of this led to the start of Project Gold.

    For a bit over a year and a half, the Porsche restoration team was working on the car. The team decided that they wanted it to very much be a 993 with similar specifications to the original, rather than an over-the-top show car. This is why it has a twin-turbo 3.6-liter Turbo S 993 engine, and not something more powerful from a newer 911. That doesn't mean there wouldn't be any upgrades to the car, though. The chassis did start as a plain 911 Turbo, not a Turbo S, and it lacked the fender intakes of the higher-spec car. The team wanted to add them, which turned out to be quite difficult as there was no tooling to add the intake inlets after the body had been built. So those intakes were added by hand, and to ensure they were properly shaped and sized, Porsche brought in people that worked on the 993 production line to help inspect and re-create them.

    The attention to detail didn't stop there. Makrutzki told us that although Project Gold's engine is technically a stock Turbo S engine rated at 450 horsepower, it's probably one of the better examples. The team took the engine apart and replaced the various internals such as the pistons and rods with the lightest examples they could find in stock. The engine was also ever so slightly bored during the rebuild. Makrutzki said the same method of picking the best components at Porsche Classic was also used for the 6-speed manual transmission. The suspension also sees a slight upgrade with the shocks. The original 993 shocks had been out of production for a while and unavailable, so Porsche used more modern shocks, and fitted them with original-style casings.

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  10. Lexus showing two concept cars at Pebble Beach

    Lexus is readying itself for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and for the occasion, the carmaker is introducing a new concept version of the LC in a striking color scheme.

    The Flare Yellow exterior paint is coupled with dark, forged alloy 21" wheels and a carbon fiber roof. The yellow color continues on the inside, as the alcantara door panels match the outside. The leather seats also feature yellow stitching, as do the instrument panel, the center console and the glovebox.

    The yellow car is the second stage in the Lexus LC Inspiration Series, and it was preceded by a blue LC500 in October 2017. Well, we say blue, but Lexus claimed the special paint itself had no blue pigment, and the impression of color was just the product of nano-structures embedded in the paint, which reportedly took eight months to produce. With the yellow paint, there are no such claims, but we wouldn't be surprised if Lexus told us it was made from crushed yellow pearls.

    In addition to the yellow LC concept, Lexus is also displaying a customized version of the UX 250h. The VIP Auto Salon-built UX, wrapped in blue, comes with exterior enhancements together with a sportier suspension and exhaust setup, as well as a custom bike rack that holds a Lexus F Sport road bike.

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  11. New Rockler Super-Sized Silicone Project Mat XL

    Over at Rockler, they came out with a new super-sized version of their silicone project mat. The “project mat XL” is 23-1/2″ wide x 30-1/4″ long, which they say is ideal for standard-sized workbenches.>/p>

    The mat is easy to clean, since wet glue rinses off and dried glue peels off. It’s also soft, and textured on the top so that it can trap debris that could otherwise scratch or dent your project.

    There is a non-textured zone that serves as a small screw or fastener trap.

    Since silicone is also heat-resistant, you can use this when working with hot glue guns as well.

    The XL project mats also feature interlocking ribs on the ends, face down on one size, and face up on the other. This means that you can create seamless connections for extending the protective matting across a larger work surface.

    Lastly, it can also be used for other applications, not just glue-ups. Rockler adds that the mat also works great as a sanding pad, helping to protect your workpiece while also holding it in place.

    And of course it could just be used as a reusable protective work mat, for the garage, workshop, or even the dining room table.

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  12. New Bosch Colt GKF125CE Router is Coming Soon

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    The new Bosch GKF125CE Colt palm router has earned the title of “longest tool tease,” at least as far as handheld woodworking tools go.

    We first wrote about it 2 YEARS ago, after a reader caught sight of a Lowes.com product listing. A new listing popped up a few months ago, but it was only today that Bosch officially announced it.

    So what happened? I’m guessing that it was an in-development product that Lowes’ datafeed somehow picked up on early, or something like that. It was surely delayed, and since it was only officially announced today, we probably won’t ever find out why.

    Since it’s been 2 years, and more information has been made available, it’s worth taking a new look at the router. You might think that corded palm routers aren’t very exciting, but I’ve been particularly eager to see this one launch.

    It features a 1.25 hp (MAX) 7.0A motor, and ergonomic and soft-grip design. Electronic features include variable-speed controls (16,000-35,000 RPM), soft-start circuitry for reduced start-up torque, and constant response circuitry to help maintain speed under load.

    The 1/4″ router is bundled with a PR101 fixed-base housing which can accommodate bits up to 1-5/16″ wide. Bosch has confirmed that the previous generation Bosch Colt router bases will NOT work with the new GKF125CE router. An optional plunge base will be available in 2018.

    As hinted by the early product listing, there’s a user-friendly depth-adjustment system, and it has both inch and metric scales, for greater precision.

    Motor removal is “push-button easy.”

    There’s an LED work light.

    Additional features include a shaft lock and included collet wrench. The cord is fixed to the router using a ball-joint, allowing it to swivel for easier maneuvering of the cord.

    Bosch’s Colt router has been a hugely popular model, and for a long time. I find myself easily trusting that Bosch designed the GKF125CE to be a worthwhile upgrade. At the least, it’s more powerful. At best, it’s more powerful and has several years of ergonomics research contributing to superior user-friendliness.

    The previous/current generation model, PR20EVS, is rated at 1 hp and 5.6A, compared to the new one’s 1.25 hp and 7.0A motor rating. It’s less expensive though, at $99 for the router compared to the new one’s $129 price. There’s also an established accessories ecosystem supporting it. A plunge base for the GKF125CE will be out soon, and I anticipate that it won’t be long before its accessory lineup matches that of the PR20EVS.

    The best news, though, is that the router is REAL, and it’s coming out soon.

    Price: $129 for the router (GKF125CE), $139 for the kit (GKF125CEK) ETA: Acme Tools mentions a December 30th release date

    The kit version includes a carrying case and straight-edge guide.

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  13. Skilsaw “Buzzkill” Reciprocating Saw Tools

    Skilsaw sent me a rather cryptic email in mid-August, directing me to a teaser video and newsletter sign-up page for a new tool they were coming out with.

    10 days later, they announced the new tool, their new Skilsaw Buzzkill reciprocating saw, which they claim provides “up to 35%” more vibration suppression over competing models.

    A corded recip saw that promises lower vibration? Sounds good to me, although I haven’t been won over just yet.

    The new Skilsaw Buzzkill, SPT44A-00, is Skilsaw’s debut into the linear cutting market, although it should be noted that there are plenty of Skil-branded entry-level and consumer models available.

    If your recall, Skil and Skilsaw were acquired by Chervon, from Bosch. Before that, Skilsaw sought to relaunch their brand identity separate from Skil, presumably to hone their “for pros” image, separate from Skil’s more entry-level and consumer-focused reputation.

    Some of Skilsaw’s forays into new markets, such as with their worm drive table saw, bear strong resemblances to Bosch tools. With this being a new release post-Bosch ownership, I wonder if it’s an entirely independently-designed product from under Chervon.

    Skilsaw’s marketing video and imagery excludes any competing Bosch saw. Does that mean Bosch’s saws are better, or are they excluding Bosch’s saws as a courtesy, perhaps because they had a hand in the design?

    Chervon is not a household name, but you have probably seen their tools before. They manufacture for many tool brands, including Craftsman and Kobalt. They also launched the EGO cordless outdoor power tool line in recent years, as well as Hammerhead, which doesn’t seem to have reached the same level of success.

    This new Skilsaw Buzzkill reciprocating saw sports some fancy-sounding features:

    Single-wobble drive train for reduced friction to slow heat buildup, contributing to longer tool life.

    Linear system for superior vibration control with fewer wear points.

    Clock spring brush system with a constant spring designed for durability and optimal motor performance.

    A single wobble drivetrain? How many “wobbles” are in other saw’s drivetrains? The linear system is said to “simplify the counterbalance” for fewer wear points and greater durability. How?

    A clock spring, as I understand it, works similarly to the coil return springs in drill presses and tape measures. I can’t visualize how that’s being used to press the carbon brushes to the motor, but Skilsaw claims benefits of durability and optimial motor performance.

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  14. New Dewalt Cordless Electrical Cable Stapler, DCN701

    Dewalt recently announced a new cordless electrical cable stapler, model DCN701, which they say is 2X as fast as manual hammer stapling (using a DCB203 2.0Ah battery stapling 12-2 Romex in 2×4 wood).

    The new Dewalt cordless cable stapler is designed for fastening NM-B (Romex) type wires and cables, and can also be used for low voltage applications. There’s a proprietary guide that helps users drive staples safely and accurately over cables. Translation: there’s a staple guide that helps prevent users from stapling through cables.

    It is compact, weighs 4.7 lbs without battery, and features a center-mounted LED light for eliminating shadows or working in low-lit areas. The belt clip can be positioned on either left or right sides.

    Dewalt says that their new Electrician’s Stapler can replace manual cable fastening methods, and its compact size allows for use in tight spaces and even overhead.

    They provided me with this chart that shows the stapler’s compatibility. The new special 1″ insulated staples, model number DRS1800, are UL-listed and can be used with single and even double-stacked cables ranging from 14-2 to 10-3 (single stack only for this size). It can also be used for CAT5, coax, and other low voltage cables.

    Price: $199 for the bare tool (DCN701B), $249 for the kit (DCN701D1)

    The kit includes a 2.0Ah battery pack and charger.

    As of the time of this posting, pricing on the staples is said to be $8 for a 540-count box.

    ETA: Early 2019

    The new Dewalt DCN701 Electrician’s stapler is said to be made in the USA with global materials.

    First Thoughts

    Not knowing much about cable stapling options, but having witnessed a couple of wiring jobs, this looks like a convenient new tool to add to an electrician’s tool kit.

    It seems great that there’s a single 1″ fastener size that can work with a range of Romex wire and even low voltage cables.

    But that new special staple gives me something else to think about. At the moment, Dewalt is still finalizing retail partnerships, but I’m told that the new staples will be widely available at independent distributors and other retailers. My concern is this – what happens if you need a new box of staples ASAP, and your local supplier doesn’t carry the staples?

    From the response I received from Dewalt, it seems that they’re all but promising me that an electrician can find more staples quickly and easily. Their assurance, and the fact that there’s a one-size-fits-all staple, has me cautious, but pretty much convinced.

    Of course, the staples will likely be widely available online. But being a proprietary form factor, I’m thinking of scenarios where an electrician might leave their last box of staples at a job, in the wrong tool bag or van, or if they simply miscalculate how many they might need for a job and need a fast resupply.

    Here’s what those Dewalt DRS1800 staples look like. It seems to me that the stapler has one power level, and the plastic cable shield prevents over-pressure situation that could restrict, crush, or damage, non-metallic cabling.

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  15. Even Nonrebels Will Want to Go Punk

    Life is tough when you’re incapable of ordering swimwear online because you don’t know how it’s going to fit or look - and, well, we get you. With a million-and-one options out there, it feels close to impossible to choose. Not that we ever choose just one (or two, if we’re being honest), but still, being presented with a ‘swim’ page featuring 700+ options can feel overwhelming to say the least.

    But from curvier frames to athletic body types, we're helping to make sense of the endless swimwear options and narrowing them down to the style categories that were made to fit and flatter every frame.

    The classic 50s pin-up bikini is almost as famous as the women who wore them - and for good reason too.

    Best for those: who are fuller on toppear shapes (wide hips and narrow shoulders) and classic hourglass figures (symmetrical shoulders and hips).

    What to look for: This one's a no-brainer. The trick to scoring a one-piece that flatters a larger chest is simple: choose a swimsuit with underwire. Not only does it provide more support and structure, but it'll also help to keep everything where it should be. For all you pears out there, your hips are the widest part of your body which is why you look great in higher-cut sides so they don't pinch your hips, while a halter top will give the chest more emphasis and draws the attention towards your waist. Hourglasses you should highlight your shape with retro suits - think Bardot in a high-waisted gingham two-piece.

    Key styles: For top-heavy girls, bra-style tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide extra bust support. Pear shapes should look for thicker straps in order to provide more symmetrical balance (a halterneck is best for this).

    The Show-Off

    From Marbs to Manila, in recent years we’ve seen a surge in show-off swimwear. Strappy, cut-out and (often) fluorescent, these styles are not for the faint of heart. But when worn with your go-to wedge sandals and some unflappable confidence, the statement piece is the ultimate way to say - hell yes to being on vacation.

    Best for those: with a smaller chestcarrot shapes (wide shoulders that taper down to a slim waist and hips) and short torsos.

    What to look out for: For those who can sacrifice support for a more daring cut, you can go for more minimal coverage or embellished detailing like ruffles. Lucky for carrot figures, this body type gets to wear a print that many other shapes may find intimidating - so take this as your excuse to go all out. For those with short torsos, show off your middle with anything from cut-outs to sheer panels and strappy, on-trend monokinis.

    Key styles: For the most daring beachgoers, a deep V-neck one-piece is especially flattering and creates a clean line that gives the illusion of showing a lot of skin. Translation: feminine and easy to wear.

    The Sporty

    The sporty, sleek, minimalist swimwear of the 90s is back - and we're into it. For many, this look takes us back to the glory days of swimwear, embodied by Angie Everhart’s freckled shoulders in a J.Crew scoop-back tank suit, scrawny Kate Moss in a tiny top and Christy, Claudia, Naomi and Linda in sleek black styles.

    Best for those: Who are an athletic shape or have long torsos.

    What to look out for: Lucky for athletic shapes, you have the most freedom when it comes to choosing swimwear, try highlighting your long and lithe frame with triangle bikini tops and simple-cut bottoms. For those with a long torso, the low-cut back is for you - try a backless one-piece.

    Key styles: A scoop-back one-piece (because not all of us are ready for the tank suit to come back just yet), a stringy triangle top or strapless bandeau - Kylie Jenner style.

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  16. Even Nonrebels Will Want to Go Punk

    Life is tough when you’re incapable of ordering swimwear online because you don’t know how it’s going to fit or look - and, well, we get you. With a million-and-one options out there, it feels close to impossible to choose. Not that we ever choose just one (or two, if we’re being honest), but still, being presented with a ‘swim’ page featuring 700+ options can feel overwhelming to say the least.

    But from curvier frames to athletic body types, we're helping to make sense of the endless swimwear options and narrowing them down to the style categories that were made to fit and flatter every frame.

    The classic 50s pin-up bikini is almost as famous as the women who wore them - and for good reason too.

    Best for those: who are fuller on top, pear shapes (wide hips and narrow shoulders) and classic hourglass figures (symmetrical shoulders and hips).

    What to look for: This one's a no-brainer. The trick to scoring a one-piece that flatters a larger chest is simple: choose a swimsuit with underwire. Not only does it provide more support and structure, but it'll also help to keep everything where it should be. For all you pears out there, your hips are the widest part of your body which is why you look great in higher-cut sides so they don't pinch your hips, while a halter top will give the chest more emphasis and draws the attention towards your waist. Hourglasses you should highlight your shape with retro suits - think Bardot in a high-waisted gingham two-piece.

    Key styles: For top-heavy girls, bra-style tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide extra bust support. Pear shapes should look for thicker straps in order to provide more symmetrical balance (a halterneck is best for this).

    The Show-Off

    From Marbs to Manila, in recent years we’ve seen a surge in show-off swimwear. Strappy, cut-out and (often) fluorescent, these styles are not for the faint of heart. But when worn with your go-to wedge sandals and some unflappable confidence, the statement piece is the ultimate way to say - hell yes to being on vacation.

    Best for those: with a smaller chest, carrot shapes (wide shoulders that taper down to a slim waist and hips) and short torsos.

    What to look out for: For those who can sacrifice support for a more daring cut, you can go for more minimal coverage or embellished detailing like ruffles. Lucky for carrot figures, this body type gets to wear a print that many other shapes may find intimidating - so take this as your excuse to go all out. For those with short torsos, show off your middle with anything from cut-outs to sheer panels and strappy, on-trend monokinis.

    Key styles: For the most daring beachgoers, a deep V-neck one-piece is especially flattering and creates a clean line that gives the illusion of showing a lot of skin. Translation: feminine and easy to wear.

    The Sporty

    The sporty, sleek, minimalist swimwear of the 90s is back - and we're into it. For many, this look takes us back to the glory days of swimwear, embodied by Angie Everhart’s freckled shoulders in a J.Crew scoop-back tank suit, scrawny Kate Moss in a tiny top and Christy, Claudia, Naomi and Linda in sleek black styles.

    Best for those: Who are an athletic shape or have long torsos.

    What to look out for: Lucky for athletic shapes, you have the most freedom when it comes to choosing swimwear, try highlighting your long and lithe frame with triangle bikini tops and simple-cut bottoms. For those with a long torso, the low-cut back is for you - try a backless one-piece.

    Key styles: A scoop-back one-piece (because not all of us are ready for the tank suit to come back just yet), a stringy triangle top or strapless bandeau - Kylie Jenner style.

    Read more »
  17. Even Nonrebels Will Want to Go Punk

    Life is tough when you’re incapable of ordering swimwear online because you don’t know how it’s going to fit or look - and, well, we get you. With a million-and-one options out there, it feels close to impossible to choose. Not that we ever choose just one (or two, if we’re being honest), but still, being presented with a ‘swim’ page featuring 700+ options can feel overwhelming to say the least.

    But from curvier frames to athletic body types, we're helping to make sense of the endless swimwear options and narrowing them down to the style categories that were made to fit and flatter every frame.

    The classic 50s pin-up bikini is almost as famous as the women who wore them - and for good reason too.

    Best for those: who are fuller on top, pear shapes (wide hips and narrow shoulders) and classic hourglass figures (symmetrical shoulders and hips).

    What to look for: This one's a no-brainer. The trick to scoring a one-piece that flatters a larger chest is simple: choose a swimsuit with underwire. Not only does it provide more support and structure, but it'll also help to keep everything where it should be. For all you pears out there, your hips are the widest part of your body which is why you look great in higher-cut sides so they don't pinch your hips, while a halter top will give the chest more emphasis and draws the attention towards your waist. Hourglasses you should highlight your shape with retro suits - think Bardot in a high-waisted gingham two-piece.

    Key styles: For top-heavy girls, bra-style tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide extra bust support. Pear shapes should look for thicker straps in order to provide more symmetrical balance (a halterneck is best for this).

    The Show-Off

    From Marbs to Manila, in recent years we’ve seen a surge in show-off swimwear. Strappy, cut-out and (often) fluorescent, these styles are not for the faint of heart. But when worn with your go-to wedge sandals and some unflappable confidence, the statement piece is the ultimate way to say - hell yes to being on vacation.

    Best for those: with a smaller chest, carrot shapes (wide shoulders that taper down to a slim waist and hips) and short torsos.

    What to look out for: For those who can sacrifice support for a more daring cut, you can go for more minimal coverage or embellished detailing like ruffles. Lucky for carrot figures, this body type gets to wear a print that many other shapes may find intimidating - so take this as your excuse to go all out. For those with short torsos, show off your middle with anything from cut-outs to sheer panels and strappy, on-trend monokinis.

    Key styles: For the most daring beachgoers, a deep V-neck one-piece is especially flattering and creates a clean line that gives the illusion of showing a lot of skin. Translation: feminine and easy to wear.

    The Sporty

    The sporty, sleek, minimalist swimwear of the 90s is back - and we're into it. For many, this look takes us back to the glory days of swimwear, embodied by Angie Everhart’s freckled shoulders in a J.Crew scoop-back tank suit, scrawny Kate Moss in a tiny top and Christy, Claudia, Naomi and Linda in sleek black styles.

    Best for those: Who are an athletic shape or have long torsos.

    What to look out for: Lucky for athletic shapes, you have the most freedom when it comes to choosing swimwear, try highlighting your long and lithe frame with triangle bikini tops and simple-cut bottoms. For those with a long torso, the low-cut back is for you - try a backless one-piece.

    Key styles: A scoop-back one-piece (because not all of us are ready for the tank suit to come back just yet), a stringy triangle top or strapless bandeau - Kylie Jenner style.

    Read more »
  18. Even Nonrebels Will Want to Go Punk

    Life is tough when you’re incapable of ordering swimwear online because you don’t know how it’s going to fit or look - and, well, we get you. With a million-and-one options out there, it feels close to impossible to choose. Not that we ever choose just one (or two, if we’re being honest), but still, being presented with a ‘swim’ page featuring 700+ options can feel overwhelming to say the least.

    But from curvier frames to athletic body types, we're helping to make sense of the endless swimwear options and narrowing them down to the style categories that were made to fit and flatter every frame.

    The classic 50s pin-up bikini is almost as famous as the women who wore them - and for good reason too.

    Best for those: who are fuller on top, pear shapes (wide hips and narrow shoulders) and classic hourglass figures (symmetrical shoulders and hips).

    What to look for: This one's a no-brainer. The trick to scoring a one-piece that flatters a larger chest is simple: choose a swimsuit with underwire. Not only does it provide more support and structure, but it'll also help to keep everything where it should be. For all you pears out there, your hips are the widest part of your body which is why you look great in higher-cut sides so they don't pinch your hips, while a halter top will give the chest more emphasis and draws the attention towards your waist. Hourglasses you should highlight your shape with retro suits - think Bardot in a high-waisted gingham two-piece.

    Key styles: For top-heavy girls, bra-style tops with underwire and adjustable straps provide extra bust support. Pear shapes should look for thicker straps in order to provide more symmetrical balance (a halterneck is best for this).

    The Show-Off

    From Marbs to Manila, in recent years we’ve seen a surge in show-off swimwear. Strappy, cut-out and (often) fluorescent, these styles are not for the faint of heart. But when worn with your go-to wedge sandals and some unflappable confidence, the statement piece is the ultimate way to say - hell yes to being on vacation.

    Best for those: with a smaller chest, carrot shapes (wide shoulders that taper down to a slim waist and hips) and short torsos.

    What to look out for: For those who can sacrifice support for a more daring cut, you can go for more minimal coverage or embellished detailing like ruffles. Lucky for carrot figures, this body type gets to wear a print that many other shapes may find intimidating - so take this as your excuse to go all out. For those with short torsos, show off your middle with anything from cut-outs to sheer panels and strappy, on-trend monokinis.

    Key styles: For the most daring beachgoers, a deep V-neck one-piece is especially flattering and creates a clean line that gives the illusion of showing a lot of skin. Translation: feminine and easy to wear.

    The Sporty

    The sporty, sleek, minimalist swimwear of the 90s is back - and we're into it. For many, this look takes us back to the glory days of swimwear, embodied by Angie Everhart’s freckled shoulders in a J.Crew scoop-back tank suit, scrawny Kate Moss in a tiny top and Christy, Claudia, Naomi and Linda in sleek black styles.

    Best for those: Who are an athletic shape or have long torsos.

    What to look out for: Lucky for athletic shapes, you have the most freedom when it comes to choosing swimwear, try highlighting your long and lithe frame with triangle bikini tops and simple-cut bottoms. For those with a long torso, the low-cut back is for you - try a backless one-piece.

    Key styles: A scoop-back one-piece (because not all of us are ready for the tank suit to come back just yet), a stringy triangle top or strapless bandeau - Kylie Jenner style.

    Read more »
  19. A Belgian Architect in Paris

    KNOWN FOR…

    his keen sense of understated elegance, Belgian architect Nicholas Schuybroek began his career in Canada before returning to Antwerp to work alongside renowned designer Vincent Van Duysen. A few years later, in 2011 Schuybroek struck out on his own – establishing his eponymous firm and distinct brand of minimal yet soulfully warm design. In the years since, the architect/designer has turned out an array of projects ranging from houses on the Cote d’Azur, and hotels in Chicago, to offices in Belgium and high design home accessories. His finely tuned sense of balance, space, and material have won Schuybroek international accolades, including a spot on AD France’s top 100 Designers in 2013, 2015, and 2017. If you’ve yet to acquaint yourself with his enviable aesthetic, this Paris apartment just may be the perfect first peek into his beautiful world…

     

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

     

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    LOCATED ALONG…

    a bustling street in the 6th arrondissement, the property had been left unrestored for over 40 years making it a prime candidate for a complete overhaul. Schuybroek began with the floor plan – first toggling the kitchen and bathroom, then combining three tiny rooms into a single, spacious living / dining room.

     

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects

     

    Paris Apartment by Nicolas Schuybroek Architects
    AGAINST A…

    backdrop of white, Schuybroek accented simple built-in shelving with an impactful, yet slim, black trim. As for furnishings and accessories, he brought in an array of iconic pieces, including Eero Saarinen’s 1957 Tulip dining table, Charlotte Perriand’s 1967 chairs, and Damien Langlois-Meurinne’s 2007 Last Night Chandelier.

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  20. Hello world!

    Welcome to Magefan blog extension for Magento® 2. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! Read more »
  21. Hurry Xmas with Family

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