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Rooms that are out of proportion can be transformed into charming spaces if you know how to set about it. Changing the shape provides solutions for irregular walls or punches, uneven floors and awkward angles; a little lateral thinking can go a long way. Small spaces look best if their contents are scaled down in proportion to the room.
Today, we focus on a small bedroom that is the den of a teenage boy. Our challenge was to create space within narrow dimensions.
The room is rectangular, with a window and two doors, one serving as the entrance, the other leading to the attached bath. A long, straight and simple built-in cabinet serves as storage space.
First we divided this beautifully tiled bedroom into two sections; one for reading/homework, the other for relaxation. These we filled with sleek and contemporary, space-saving furniture, placed end to end.
In the punch space, we placed a compact bed, fitted against the wall, and added some interesting wall-panelling which doubles up as the headboard.
The room's space is very limited, so we have to think vertically.
For the study space, we installed a table with wall-hanging shelves and a contemporary chair.
To bring vibrancy to any room rented or owned, introduce colour. If the owner allows, add an accent wall with paint.
Be careful of the colour you chose because colours are often associated with moods. For example, shades of green, blue, pink are good choices for a bedroom because of their calming effect. If you are not allowed to re-paint, you can add colour through your bedding, window, coverings and artwork.
We used partex board for wall panelling and add three circles with the colour blue to brighten up the room.
We used light blue color in the walls and deep blue in the wall panel. We also used blue curtains as window dressing and blue bedcover for the bed.
So, this is a small room with minimum furniture. The room's furniture is so compact that the walk way is clear and open. The open spaces make the room appear larger. So, if you want to make a small space look larger, use space saving units. Move unnecessary stuff from your room, make it clutter free and create open space. Then arranged neatly essential goods the space would be looks orderly and open.
Nazneen Haque Mimi
I am surrounded by mountains again. Exactly a year from last the same mountains I have chosen to come back to. They haven't changed at all really, except for the fact that I love them more and I missed them without really knowing it. I have a feeling though that they somehow don't care about this love and longing of mine…many like me come and go, do we ever come to stay?
I ran up a few meadows, touched a few clouds, climbed a few rocks, I felt happy, so happy that I finally felt like my smile was genuine again. I didn't care if the camera took bad photos of me, I didn't offer my right side as opposed to my left, didn't care if my cheeks looked too puffy or if my eyes looked too sunken in. I felt good, not caring, the camera was happy too, taking bad-good photos of me.
There is fire here. In our campground, there is smell of burning wood, smoke covering faces, neighbours listening to our conversation quietly while we listen to their silence. I still feel good. I don't belong here as I had believed the first time I came, but still now when I come back it feels familiar. Liberating. Pure. The mountains, and the roads here which are nobody's, they don't love anyone. And that gives me comfort, and maybe that's why I love them… because I can't call them mine.
It's getting chillier. My legs are covered with a shawl I bought earlier today. I walked by an Indian grocery store. I had to go in. And there, for no reason, in the middle of my minimalist road trip, I bought a gujrati shawl, a Rajesthani top and tamarind chutney. They all smell of the Indian grocery store: not so nice, not something I would want to share with anyone. But they make me happy and I use them where they were least expected to be used, in the middle of the Rockies.
Altitude makes me sleepy. My body doesn't get oxygen so it shuts down to rest. I like that sleep, even when I miss all the scenic views, even if it slows me down while hiking up mountains, that sleep fulfills me, it makes me feel alive, without less oxygen, still alive.
Tomorrow I am hiking to a glacier lake. It is suppose to be amazing up there. I use the word “amazing” too much. I know…and the word “I” but what can I do if I am amazed most of all, by everything…my vocabs have stopped growing but I don't want to.
Two days in the mountain, too short. But for me, someone who never dreamt of them, someone who never loved them before, it's long enough, it's good enough. They don't love me back. They are not mine. So why should I stay longer…for its purple sky? For its aspen trees and thousand elks? Why?
I know I won't feel like leaving but I will want to. I know it will be an effort to come back but I still will. The circles I create in my life, I go around them all one by one. They each get their turn, never overlapping, never interfering, only playing in my head. Who am I? I ask myself, my legs wrapped in a Gujrati shawl, my body surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, my mouth craving tamarind chutney and my hair still so Bengali. Who am I? I am not mine.
Theatre at home
Mahaboob Kabir is a movie aficionado. A retired banker in his late fifties, he fondly remembers bunking college for movies of Razzaque and Kabori, Azim and Shujata. In the seventies he was active in the film appreciation movement but lost touch as he became busy with life and work. It was not until the advent of the VCR in the local market that he fell in love with movies once again. Now retired, Kabir wishes to buy a home theatre to enjoy movies, music and also show off to his grandchildren that while their grandpa is old, he is definitely young at heart.
A home theatre is armed with a DVD/DCD/MP3 player, a woofer/sub-woofer and a set of speakers in order to satisfy the true cinema experience. They have Dolby Digital Sound System of various qualities…3.1, 5.1, 7.1. The highest quality, 7.1, is hard to find in the local market but 5.1 provides a satisfactory experience. It is preferable to have a small room for setting up the home theatre; many prefer to create a confined space for optimum sound effects. Some modern concepts of home theatre even include couches and sitting arrangements.
Konka offers one of the cheapest deals. Each package contains a woofer and five speakers. The cheaper model (K601) costs Tk 3200 and the other (KHVK6) costs Tk 5500. Although labelled as home theatres, it does not have any DVD player. But K5301 with a price tag of Tk 7800 includes a DVD player.
On the other hand LG offers a home theatre constituted of five speakers, one woofer and a DVD player. The HT352SD will cost Tk 18590. LXD2560A, which costs Tk 18990, consists of two large speakers, five smaller ones and a woofer.
Techno-giant Sony is one of the companies charging the highest prices for its home theatres. The cheapest one, DAV-DZ270K, consisting of a sub-woofer, five speakers and a DVD player, costs Tk 27990. Kabir has to extend his budget if he cares for more. Sony will get him its DAV-DZ570K, which includes two stand speakers, three small speakers and a woofer for Tk 37950. Another model, named DAV-DZ777K, which costs Tk 42900, has four stand speakers, two wireless speakers, a woofer and a sub-woofer; whilst the most expensive one (Tk 59900), named DAV-DZ870K, contains two stand speakers, a pair of front speakers and a sub-woofer. All of these models have 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound. A unique feature of these models is that they have a special gadget attached to them that takes the responsibility of producing the optimum sound irrespective of where the speakers are placed in the room. Given Kabir's budget, he'll be able to afford almost all the models of home theatre except the three most expensive ones offered by Sony.
By M H Haider
Radiant Presents Eid Fashion
The Radiant Institute of Design organised an award giving ceremony and fashion show on August 29, 2008 at Drik Gallery.
The programme attracted a good number of fashion enthusiasts and entrepreneurs interested in the diverse and exuberant line of designs showcased by Radiant Fashion Institute. The award ceremony was accompanied by a well-choreographed laser show, something well placed within the progressive form of expression the fashion community wants to promote. Overall, the programme was a successful celebration of the students' creativity and imagination.
Maleka Khan, a member of the Radiant Institute faculty, emphasised that fashion shows like these should be held to inspire the young generation of designers. She further added that even while shows like these provide a platform for local designers and help them showcase their designs here and abroad, the spirit of our culture should to be celebrated. To do this she called upon the young to draw inspiration from the country and make it better any way they can.
Kaniz Almas Khan, Shoibal Shaha, and Shahrukh Shaheed were among the jurors of the competition where designs of fifty students of Radiant Institute, spanning thirteen batches were showcased.
By Fatima Tuz Zahra
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