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04/03/2014

IT'S ELEMENTAL...

Lamborghini are well known for making barking mad bonkers supercars and this one is no exception; the Sesto Elemento. It means ‘6th element’, so called because much of this Lamborghini is made from Carbon Fibre and as we all know from our school science days; carbon is the sixth element on the periodic table. To say Lamborghini has used this 6th element extensively is somewhat of an understatement; think of something on a car and you can bet it’s been made from carbon or a carbon plastic composite, even the suspension is made of carbon fibre.

True to its name, the Sesto Elemento demonstrates the worldwide leading expertise of Lamborghini in carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) technology. The super sports car brand from Sant'Agata Bolognese is the only vehicle manufacturer in the world to have mastered the complete CFRP process across a range of technologies, from 3D design through simulation, validation, production and testing - all in a state-of-the-art industrial process that stands for the very highest quality standards.

So it’s a world first and it’s been done to perfection. The result? Well, superlatives like ‘mind numbing’, ‘insane’ or having the ability to actually bend time don’t really do it justice, but try absorb these figures…….The 6 speed V10 engine generates 570HP and literally catapults it to 62mph (100kph) in 2.5 seconds (that’s faster than my supersports motorbike!) and it doesn’t back down until reaching 217mph. These figures are brutal yet it’s the same engine and drive train that you can find in the Lamborghini Gallardo. The difference? The weight.

The Sesto Elemento is incredibly light and results in a power to weight ratio better than a Bugatti Veyron.

Lamborghini only plan to make 20 of these and each one will cost around $2.5m. I’ll wait for a second hand one before I get mine...

See what it does to the Top Gear test track….and make sure you turn the volume up!

http://youtu.be/GtZ2CFmwF3s

01/03/2014

SCANDIMANIA

Although a long established style, Scandinavian inspired designs have re-emerged in popularity for any discerning designer or homeowner. Essentially the style was developed in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Characterized by clean and bright colours with minimalistic concepts, but combined with textures and accent colours to add warmth to the functionality.
Here at Boxed we are great advocates of Scandi chic, and over the coming weeks we will help you create your very own Scandi style with our tips and useful links...

Right: Our take on Scandinavian style, from our Solo Scandi furniture pack.
14/02/2014

DONT BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER MAN

We survived the wettest January in 250 years, but wouldn’t it have been just that little bit easier living here?

Standing proud in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, Roost House, designed by French artist Benoit Challand, is a conceptually designed residential property realised with realistic renders. This astounding property stands seven stories above ground level and is sure to keep you out of the puddles.

Inspired by two of the most famous modernist buildings, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye and Santiago Calatrava's Cabanon, Roost House gives an obvious nod to the modernist era, yet its use of natural materials means this unique structure does not look out of place in the heather-covered hills of the Scottish Highlands.

Its interior and exterior are clad with a sustainable timber, creating harmony between the structure and its surroundings. The balconies are created from overhanging floor plates that surround the whole perimeter of the building and the roof is topped with solar panels. Challand claims the house will produce all its own electricity and heating, his intentions being to make this house completely self-sufficient.

Benoit Challand's Roost House is a complex structure, one that not only understands and utilises its surroundings, but also respects them.

Not just a pretty face, this intelligent building would appear the stuff of dreams considering the weather we've had over the past few weeks. Assuming you can handle the 17 metre ladder leading to the front door...

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