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May 19, 2015

Dielectric elastomers for wave energy harvesting

Ocean-wave power is one of the most persistent, spatially-concentrated and predictable forms of intermittent renewable energies. The worldwide estimated resource amounts to nearly 3TW of yearly average power, and wave energy could cover a significant portion of the intermittent renewable energy mix in the future.

Harvesting energy from waves is very challenging and the sector is still immature, with only a few pre-commercial systems in operation around the world. Existing wave energy converters (WECs) are complex and costly to construct, install, and maintain. They are also vulnerable to the marine environment (experiencing large impulsive loads and corrosion) and show limited energy conversion efficiency.

In this context, dielectric elastomer generators (DEGs) could provide the technological breakthrough that is required to make wave energy exploitable. DEGs are deformable capacitors made with incompressible elastic dielectric layers and compliant electrodes that can be used to convert mechanical energy into electricity by variable capacitance electrostatic generation.1 Potential advantages of DEGs over conventional technologies are: large energy densities, direct-drive and cyclic operation, good and rate-independent efficiencies, good shock and corrosion resistance, silent operation, and moderate-to-low cost.

We have investigated different concepts for DEG-based WECs2–5 and consider the polymeric oscillating water column (poly-OWC) the most promising. It performs well at capturing energy, is architecturally simple, and is applicable on- and off-shore, as well as along the shoreline (see Figure 1). The poly-OWC is an upgraded version of the turbogenerator-based OWC converter, which is currently the most studied and best developed type of WEC.

The poly-OWC features a semi-submerged hollow structure (hereafter called ‘collector’) that is open at the sea bottom to the incoming wave field and closed at the top by an inflatable circular diaphragm DEG. The collector is partially filled with water (namely, the water column) and air. As waves break on the structure, the water column is put into motion, which compresses/expands the air and hence inflates/deflates the DEG. Regulation of the charge residing on the electrodes during DEG deformation makes it possible to control the forces acting on the water column and, thus, to extract energy from waves and convert it into electricity.

Numerical simulation studies4 have demonstrated that a full-scale poly-OWC system, with collector dimensions equivalent to those of the OWC Pico Plant (installed in the Azores), can potentially produce at least the same amount of energy as that obtainable from a turbogenerator-based system. However, the required inflatable DEG is expected to cost at most one fifth as much as the turbogenerator, so (at current material and manufacturing values) the energy would cost much less.

We experimentally validated the expected energy capturing abilities of the poly-OWC device with small-scale tests in wave tanks.5 We tested an optimized fully-functional 1:40 scale model in a 2D wave flume under monochromatic conditions (see Figure 2). The model consisted of a fixed OWC collector (L-shaped and with an upper rectangular cross-section with edges 260mm and 360mm long) fixed to the sea bed and an inflatable DEG (125mm in radius and 93μm in thickness) made with an acrylic elastomeric dielectric and conductive grease electrodes. The system was capable of harvesting energy with an average power of 670mW for water waves with 4.5cm height and 0.7Hz frequency with a wave-to-wire efficiency close to 20%. Energy density for the DEG was up to 109J/kg. (That corresponds to an equivalent full-scale system average power of 270kW for waves with 1.8m height and 9s period.) These results were confirmed by experiments on a floating 1:50 scale poly-OWC model in a 3D circular wave tank (see Figure 3) which also demonstrated the functionality of the system under irregular sea conditions.

We are now developing a larger 1:35 scale model of the floating poly-OWC system for long-term tests in a 3D wave tank to assess scalability issues. We also plan to investigate lifetime performance and degradation issues of DEGs operating in marine environmental conditions. Additionally, we shall identify processes and procedures for manufacturing large DEGs (tens of square meters in area and of centimeters in thickness). Finally, we are also expecting to develop, deploy, and test small-scale (1:5 to 1:10) poly-OWC devices in benign sea test sites.

This research was undertaken as part of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme project PolyWEC ( under grant agreement 309139.

Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Bologna

Rocco Vertechy is an associate professor. His current research is mainly focused on mechatronic systems based on smart materials and compliant mechanisms.

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Marco Fontana is an assistant professor and leads the ‘PERCRO-SEES’ group focusing on mechatronics and smart materials for renewable energy technologies.

1. R. Pelrine, R. Kornbluh, J. Eckerle, P. Jeuck, S. Oh, Q. Pei, S. Stanford, Dielectric elastomers: generator mode fundamentals and applications, Proc. SPIE 4329, p. 148-156, 2001. doi:10.1117/12.432640

May 19, 2015

You had me at ‘vagina rejuvenation': my weird day out at an anti-ageing exhibition

“Isn’t that out of Star Wars?” I am battling confusion at the Anti-Ageing Health and Beauty Show, where a tall young man has stopped me to talk about the trillions of mitochondria in my cells, and how their numbers drop off dramatically past the age of 10. They sound like the microscopic organisms that allow their host body to detect the presence of The Force. “Oh no, that’s midi-chlorians,” I realise.

We’re on the huge floor of the Olympia exhibition centre, where stalls stretch out in every direction, and the scent of snake oil is rising. People are hawking bamboo serums, marine plant extracts, quinoa gels, powders that look like ground-up kryptonite, which Elle Macpherson loves. There are anti-hair-loss helmets, caviar face masks, crystal healing sets. They may as well be selling magic lichen drenched in an elephant’s dream.

On the way in, nobody checks the ticket I’ve bought. The first stall I encounter offers me a special chocolate that will make me look radiant if I eat it every day, which I desperately want to believe. “How does it work?” I ask.

“It’s like a smartphone,” the salesperson replies.

One stall promotes de-ionised water, while the next sells you specially ionised cream. Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi/Guardian

This is a place where language has broken down. The printed claims behind each stall are either totally meaningless (promises of a “younger you” and generic “health promotion”) or bamboozlingly medical (the chocolate leaflet informs me “Epicatechin Polyphenol Crystals are clearly visible in Astaxanthine micelles”. And I thought Snickers had a lot going on.) It’s a gigantic word scramble in which the terms collagen, anti-oxidant, and free radical are shuffled around and made stranger each time. One stall promotes de-ionised water, while the next sells you specially ionised cream.

If you find yourself weakened by nonsense, there are beds everywhere. If you lie in them however, you will be slathered in gel or acupunctured or diagnosed by a face-reading expert who can tell you that cheek lines appear when you’re not living fully in the present.

I decide I need to try something, before I dismiss everything. Light-emitting diode therapy is big this year. This consists of wearing a full plastic facemask with fairy lights on the inside, which rejuvenate cells and accelerate healing. I strap one on and lie swaddled in a green towel for 15 minutes, like Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre on a spa break. I emerge feeling relaxed, because lying down is nice. I don’t look younger, though.

Bite on this: the laser teeth whitening does actually work. Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi/Guardian

Strapping Christmas lights to your face and taking a disco nap is as sensible as contents insurance, compared with some of the other treatments on offer. I make my way to the Grace Kelly stage – there is also a Marilyn Monroe stage and Audrey Hepburn stage – to watch a demonstration of Dracula therapy, advanced by Doctor Sister. (Many of the clinicians’ names remind me of Simpsons characters; there’s Dr Harpal Bains, Pam Cushing Aspire and Dr Marko Lens, eye specialist.)

Daniel Sister specialises in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, injecting his patients with their own blood to stimulate collagen and heal scars. “It also works on hair loss and vagina rejuvenation.” Holy guacamole, get me some of that Kool-Aid! He can’t give us a demonstration – he fractured his wrist at the show yesterday, and can barely hold the microphone. Instead, he mumbles about activating blood platelets by spinning, flicking rapidly through slides depicting autogenous bone transplants, the patients’ eyes creepily whited out. A woman raises her hand to ask more about how it actually works. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

“If we go out to dinner and I only want one dish but I won’t tell you what that dish is; how do you make sure I get my dish?” is part of his answer. “You order everything on the menu.” I think I’ll pass on a date with Dr Sister.

The relentless sales patter is comical but exhausting.

“People have been worried that stimulating stem cells might increase carcinogenic risk – the good news is it doesn’t,” says Dr Sister.

“Does andropause, the male menopause, exist?” asks someone selling testosterone supplements. “I would say yes.”

“What if I told you we have techniques to melt your fat away, to freeze your fat, that use radiowaves to shatter your fat? It sounds too good to be true!” smiles a spokesperson from a leading cosmetic dermatology clinic. “Thankfully, it is true!” I feel like Indiana Jones at the Temple of Bullshit.

If the dusty grail of everyouth is in the building, you’d never know it, due to the babble. It’s impossible to sift the wheat from the chaff, though someone here has surely monetised the chaff. I sit at a bench with a mechanical arm shining a whitening laser on to my teeth (which does work), watching stalls selling corrective strips that lift the earlobes (which looks useful), next to a table displaying wizard’s bracelets (which use magnets to accelerate the body’s haemoglobin). A few modest products here are fine, most are stretching an iota of scientific fact into overpriced miracle claims, while others are as medically verifiable as a leprechaun’s kiss.

‘Women in lab coats and high heels smile in front of medical smokescreens.’ Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi/Guardian

A woman stops me in the aisle, offering tarot and palmistry readings.

“As a beauty treatment?” I ask incredulously.

“No,” she says indignantly, as if I’m the weird one. “It’s fortune-telling.” I don’t really know what she’s doing here. But to be fair, I don’t know what I’m doing here either.

It all feels weirdly standardised, and impenetrable. Women in lab coats and high heels smile in front of medical smokescreens. There is evangelical, anecdotal testimony, from patients who have literally had the scales fall from their eyes, and under-eye area. Any celebrity tie-in is trumpeted. “I’ve done the Made In Chelsea guys, and David Cameron,” boasts one makeup artist.

The comperes constantly bring exhibitors up on stage, who arrive, talk and leave to little or no applause, like comedians dying. They make their presentations, promising quantum science and military-grade technology to combat saddlebags, muffin tops and bingo wings. There is a background hum of sadness under the artificial excitement. Some of the women who have travelled here today – and it is almost exclusively women, because men are allowed to grow old – are over 50, but more are significantly younger, taught to fear the natural processes of their bodies as soon as they become aware of them.

I’m wearied by this emphasis on the miraculous. No one mentions entropy or death; the nemeses everyone here, everyone everywhere, is trying to outsmart. Futility is inbuilt at the anti-ageing show. You may as well be anti-the number five, or the sun. I have a very strong urge to be outside. On my way to the exit, a woman stops me to embrocate the back of my hand with gel. “So?” I ask, waiting to be told about iontophoresis, or sold a £100 vial of fruit juice.

“Actually, your skin is fine. Just drink more water, and go to bed earlier.” She says, as if taking pity. “And use suncream,” she adds. Someone has spoken to me in plain English. It feels like the first miracle of the day.

May 19, 2015

Roanne : 95% des médecins généralistes se mettent en grève

Roanne : 95% des médecins généralistes se mettent en grève


Par Victor Dhollande-Monnier
avec Jean-Sébastien Soldaïni

Pour lutter contre le projet de loi santé, des centaines de médecins généralistes roannais ont décidé de fermer leur cabinet pendant trois jours à partir de lundi.  

95% des médecins généralistes de Roanne (Loire) ont prévu de se mettre en grève à partir de lundi. Très remontés contre le projet de loi santé de Marisol Touraine, voté en première lecture à l’Assemblée nationale mi-avril, ils dénoncent surtout “l’indifférence et l’immobilisme du monde politique” face à la situation de la région.

“Il faut durcir le mouvement”. Malgré de nombreux jours de grève dans tout le pays, la ministre de la Santé n’a pas souhaité reculer. “L’évolution considérable de la charge administrative demandée aux médecins aura un impact négatif sur leur disponibilité, et donc à l’accès aux soins des populations”, annoncent les médecins dans une lettre écrite à leurs patients. “Fermer une journée, on a vu ce que ça donnait”, constate au micro d’Europe 1 le docteur Michel Séraille, médecin à Roanne. “Ça ne sert à rien. Donc, dans un premier temps, on va fermer trois jours. Si nous ne sommes pas pris en considération, il y aura un durcissement”.

La contestation gagne-t-elle du terrain ? Soutenu par plusieurs syndicats comme MG France, ce mouvement a-t-il une chance d’être suivi ? “En Saône-et-Loire, nous sommes déjà rejoints par 200 médecins généralistes qui sont prêts à se calquer sur notre attitude”, assure le docteur Séraille. “Dans le Rhône, ça se prépare un petit peu. Dans la région parisienne, l’idée est relayée également. Ce mouvement peut faire tâche d’huile”.

Et les patients ? Avec près de 90 médecins grévistes à Roanne, les patients devront forcément trouver un plan B. “C’est sûr que nos confrères urgentistes risquent d’être surchargés”, regrette Michel Séraille. “Mais on nous méprise depuis des mois. On ne va pas brûler des pneus devant la sous-préfecture. Mais il faut que le mouvement soit beaucoup plus dur pour qu’on soit entendu”. 

May 19, 2015

FIS releases digital banking index..

In order to do so, consumers worldwide want to see banks increase performance in basic banking areas to meet customer expectations and win trust. Those are just some of the findings of a new in-depth global research study released by FIS™ (FIS), a global leader in banking and payments technology as well as consulting and outsourcing solutions.

The FIS Consumer Banking PACE Index™ tracks how financial institutions are performing against customer expectations in nine different countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands and Thailand, using data compiled from more than 9,000 banking consumers. Commissioned by FIS, the study was conducted by TNS, one of the world’s largest independent research agencies.

While some of the results show the industry meeting or exceeding customer expectations – banks exceed expectations when it comes to convenience and connectivity, for instance – many of the responses were striking for the opportunities they present for financial institutions, especially as the trust factor continues to important for consumers.

Global Results

Results of the study show that, worldwide, banked consumers say financial institutions excel at providing digital access and convenience. However, in basic banking areas such as fair and transparent pricing, banks fall below consumer expectations. In fact, only one in four respondents believes a financial institution meets his or her needs in these basic trust and relationship areas. In addition, the study concludes there is great opportunity for banks to win consumer support by packaging rewards programs with personalized, customized banking products to meet customer needs.

This suggests that while the financial industry as a whole is successfully delivering digital access solutions, there are significant opportunities to reset the foundation for consumer relationships. In addition, the results indicate financial institutions can forge deeper relationships via the digital experience by fully leveraging online, mobile and social platforms to integrate with consumers’ lives through insight-driven alerts, advisory services, planning tools and more.

“New providers and non-traditional financial institutions continue to make inroads, particularly amongst younger generations, who studies show will soon make up the majority of bank revenues,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEVP, Integrated Financial Solutions, FIS. “With these challengers poised to grab customers, financial institutions have the opportunity to lead with their strengths and re-define advisory services. Consumers value the banking relationship and banks have a significant opportunity to be viewed as more than a vehicle for transactional convenience, but rather a true focal point of consumers’ financial lives.”

United States Results

Financial institutions in the United States fared better than all other countries except Germany in the survey. However, while U.S. consumers rated their banks highly for providing in-person service, their perception of security – particularly in the area of protection of personal identities – was lower than many other countries.

Large Banks vs Small

Community banks and credit unions saw favorable responses for quality of service and in-person experience, which surpassed customer expectations. Large banks, on the other hand, struggled with consumer perceptions around fairness and transparency; lowering the overall index score.


Retail banking customers in the United States expressed concerns about the security of their personal data. The concern was significantly higher than other countries, lowering the index score, but also highlighting the ever-growing value of cybersecurity measures. This coincides with other recent studies in which consumers say negative security reports affect their view of and trust in companies and financial institutions.

The study’s research method was comprised of 1,000 individual customer surveys in each focus country. Surveys were conducted online, with individuals aged 18-75 who have a checking or equivalent account with a financial institution, and who have financial decision-making authority within their household. Questions were designed to minimize cross-cultural biases, where feasible; for scalar questions, normalization procedures were used in the analysis to mitigate bias. Surveys also were targeted to meet age and gender demographics for each country.

May 19, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o swirls on the Cannes red carpet

Lupita Nyong’o swirls on the Cannes red carpet

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Lupita Nyong’o made an eye-catching appearance at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival – in a spectacular green dress.

The Oscar-winning actress, 32, walked the red carpet for the premiere of La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) and the opening ceremony of the 68th annual event at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, Palais des Festivals.

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o (Joel Ryan/AP)

Lupita teamed the plunging mint-coloured Gucci chiffon gown, embroidered with flowers, with Chopard pendant earrings.

Naomi Watts also turned heads in a sequin and feathered gown by Elie Saab.

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts (Joel Ryan/AP)

Julianne Moore was on the red carpet too, wearing a black, sequin embellished dress by Armani Prive.

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore (Joel Ryan/AP)

Natalie Portman, accompanied by husband Benjamin Millepied, added to the glamour on the French Riviera with a shoulderless, floor-length red dress by Dior Couture.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman (Joel Ryan/AP)

The 33-year-old actress is making her debut as a director with A Tale Of Love And Darkness.

Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller (Joel Ryan/AP)

Sienna Miller, one of the jurors at Cannes this year, was also on the red carpet and said of her role at the festival: “I couldn’t believe that I had been asked.”

Other stars included John Legend, model Karlie Kloss and Jake Gyllenhaal.

 John Legend
John Legend (Vianney Le Caer/AP)
Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss (Vianney Le Caer /AP)

May 19, 2015

Uchida Dispatches Her Finest from Vermont

May 12, 2015

Uchida Dispatches Her Finest from Vermont

by Nate Shaffer

Peter Wiley, cellist and tour guide (file photo)

Peter Wiley, cellist and tour guide (file photo)

On a beautiful afternoon with blooming daffodils begging us to stroll around the grounds, an equal display of beauty could be heard inside the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum’s Calderwood Hall. As part of the Sunday Concert Series, Musicians from Marlboro visited to share some classics by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart. Maintaining the core of a string quartet, additional players rotated in, amplifying the style of each composer and giving a wider experience for the listener.

Marlboro teams together emerging professionals with more established players for performances of well-known and underperformed chamber works. The festival has provided a platform for many rising stars; numerous participants have joined or founded some of the world’s most esteemed chamber groups, such as the Tokyo, Julliard and Emerson Quartets. Each year Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida chooses a gem from the previous summer as the focal point of the each concert and then builds a program around that. Coming from both American coasts and Europe, Sunday’s virtuosi, who bring both solo and orchestral experience, already possess rather lengthy bios.

Leading off with Beethoven Sextet in E-flat Major, Op. 81b for string quartet and two horns, the performers immediately set the mood with sensitivity and precision. Structured like a concerto for two horns with a string quartet accompaniment, the piece’s Classical formal architecture was more than amenable to the sextet’s effortless tour.

Almost immediately, the players’ lively personalities were on full display. First violinist David McCarroll expressed his body like a wide-swinging pendulum, moving with a dancelike energy. Second violinist Itamar Zorman’s careful attention and sense of play supported his extroversion. Cellist Peter Wiley brought a sterner manner, a reserved, if cagey, nonchalance—an introverted contrast to the others.
While there were a few slippages in Patrick Pridemore’s lower horn part, the two hornists maintained remarkable consistency of tone through the virtuosic passages. Wei-ping Chou’s timbral and technical perfection shone especially; she is the first horn player to earn an Artist’s Diploma from Julliard. The exposition of the first movement featured some rapid hunting calls and exciting scalar passages, with more lyrical bouts in the development and second movement. While the strings maintained a unified counterpoint to the horns’ prominent soloistic music, they gave a taste of their lyrical aptitude.

My favorite moment came towards the end of the Rondo. Instead of the separation between horns and strings, Beethoven combined the cello and low horn, putting them at unison in a descending line, denoting a special moment as the work closed.

Reentering without the horns, the strings transformed the atmosphere with their interpretation Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1, bringing the composer’s orchestrational notions to dazzling heights. With exceptional attention to timbre, and employing specific colorations for varied textures, and the instruments coalesced.

In an assuredly Romantic style, the quartet carried the music horizontally, always moving forward and carrying momentum. Instead of overly lush or self-expressive exaggerations, they precisely communicated the Brahms’s intricacies: the syncopations, motivic relations, etc. Wiley came out of his shell, moving move more than before, with captivating, expression, especially in the rising melodic theme in his low register. With him there, was the warmth of Hélène Clément’s viola.

Brahms’s system of developing variation gave a remarkable payoff in the last movement, reorganizing and layering recognizable musical motives and textures from what proceeded. The movement conjured a vibrant chaos. Perhaps the most transcendental moment came when all four parts rose to a high register, departing from the work’s widely spaced counterpoint. This brief shimmering melted into repose after a desperate, tumultuous sequence, and before spurting back to chaos.  
After the drama and sophistication of Brahms, the ensemble admirably kept up the interest and excitement with Mozart’s more straight-forward Divertimento No. 11 in D Major, K. 251. Despite divertimenti’s (derived from the Italian word ‘to amuse’) function as light-hearted music for social gatherings, the performers maintained intensity and momentum even though the music has less drama.

Even after swelling to eight, the ensemble maintained a crisp sound, stringing together phrases with direction and precision. The Mozart succeeded largely thanks to Mary Lynch’s oboe. After the boldness of horns, and the robust Romantic incarnation of a string quartet, her tonal clarity and levity brought a new energy. Zorman moved to first violin; the two of them lead brilliantly, often doubling or playing call and response. The incredible tone, in conjunction with Mozart’s brilliant melodic craftsmanship, made for easy and captivating listening.

Musicians From Marlboro made a strong impression, with most of the nearly sold-out audience rising at the end.

Nate Shaffer is a pianist, composer and improviser, currently studying at Brandeis University. He’s an avid barbershop singer, a member of local men’s chorus Vocal Revolution, and can be seen performing regularly as a pianist at ImprovBoston.

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May 19, 2015

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and Robb Report Home & Style unveil …

Hotel renovation

Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows and Robb Report Home Style unveil Bungalow One

Theodore Koumelis – 01 July 2014, 11:19

This million-dollar redesign is the intersection of two industry leaders, Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows and Robb Report Home Style, coming together to create an environment that echoes the hallmarks of both brands-featuring the Best of the Best in luxury and exemplary hospitality and accommodations.


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LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK – Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows and Robb Report Home Style magazine unveil the newly renovated Bungalow One, a customized three-bedroom suite designed by L.A.-based interior designer Michael Berman with the collaboration of best-in-class retailers throughout Los Angeles and beyond. Inspired by the pages of Robb Report Home Style, Bungalow One is the convergence of a Southern California beach house with a glamorous midcentury pad.

This million-dollar redesign is the intersection of two industry leaders, Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows and Robb Report Home Style, coming together to create an environment that echoes the hallmarks of both brands-featuring the Best of the Best in luxury and exemplary hospitality and accommodations.

The result is a fully tailored three-bedroom, three-and-three-quarter-bath retreat, including a 1,000-square-foot private patio with private access to the Miramar gardens and pool.

Lending his creative expertise and vision to the world’s elite on projects from New York to Los Angeles, Berman brings his self-described “American Trans-Modern” approach to the new bungalow suite, creating a sophisticated bungalow-style beach house that’s quintessentially Santa Monica.

This new bungalow suite combines a fresh color palette with organic elements throughout, integrating cooling gray-blue hues, natural textures, custom lighting, and local-inspired vintage artwork, reflective of the Santa Monica beach community. “Every project I design is synonymous with the environment that it is in,” says Berman. “Bungalow One-I call it ‘Surf-Modern’-mirrors that feeling of early, easy Southern California life with a hint of unexpected subtleties.”

“Bungalow One is the result of the collaboration between Robb Report Home Style and Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows,” states David Arnold, publisher of Robb Report magazine. “It’s a unique synergy between publishing and hospitality that translates into a mutually beneficial, enhanced value proposition for both entities.”

Choosing specific pieces from his Michael Berman Limited and Bronze Studio collections, Berman included his best-selling, custom California king Bijou Bed frame to anchor the handcrafted Vi-Spring mattress from London, which is designed with real Shetland wool, raw silk, cashmere, and bamboo to ensure a purely dreamlike mood. Floating above the master bed, the Paloma Pendent Light soars against the magical Pacific blue ceiling, imparting a tranquil ambience.

The serenity of the master bedroom is deliberately connected to the open marble mosaic–walled wet room, enclosed by switch-activated, dimmable privacy glass. At the center of the wet room stands the sumptuous round Lacava tub, a lounge-worthy plunge bath evoking a lavish sanctuary.

“Fairmont Miramar Hotel Bungalows and its historical significance stem from the film industry’s golden age, when the property was a sought-after haven for Hollywood luminaries from Greta Garbo to Marilyn Monroe,” states Ellis O’Connor, asset manager, MSD Hospitality. “Today Michael Berman and his team have transformed and customized Bungalow One into an enhanced experience that uniquely captures the sense of place that once drew our golden-era guests to the property while also introducing an authentic and rich experience of modern-day Santa Monica.”

A favorable choice for discerning guests, Bungalow One is available to reserve as an entire suite for $4,000/night, including the option to reserve as a one-bedroom for $2,500/night or a two-bedroom for $3,000/night for more intimate overnight stays. Those staying at Bungalow One have the luxury of enjoying all of Fairmont Miramar’s on-site amenities: FIG Restaurant, Exhale Mind Body Spa, and The Bungalow lounge. Select items and artwork displayed in Bungalow One are available for purchase.

May 19, 2015

WARDROBE WINNER: Janet Pickering

EMILY CHARLESWORTH talks to Janet Pickering about her outfit choice

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by Flossie Mainwaring-Taylor

JANET PICKERING, 57, from Dalton-in-Furness

Janet is wearing a black cardigan over a floral print shirt, with black jeans and forest green boots, accessorised with a large green pendant necklace.

She said: “My cardigan is from Marks Spencer and my shirt is from Warehouse.

“My jeans are Levis and my shoes are from Vegetarian Shoes.

“My necklace is hand made by a lady called Ann Heap and I bought it in Grange Over Sands.

“I am currently doing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Kendal College so I try to dress ready to do messy art work.

“When buying clothes I try not to look like a Nana but at the same time not to look like the oldest swinger in town!”

She added: “I take my inspiration from people such as Arthur Rackham, Gustav Klimt and one of my most favourites is Gabriel Moreno. I also take inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement.”

May 19, 2015

Bloomberg Columnist Says Stop Being A Pussy About TSA Touching

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