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Smoothing Curves.

Trading lumps and bumps for fair lines.

Incorporating curves into a piece of furniture can really delight the eye. The interplay between curved and straight lines can help ease transitions between sections and emphasize the overall form of a piece. Curves can also make elements appear visually lighter, more graceful, and even playful at times. Whether in the form of contoured edges, profiled moldings, or other shapely adornments, curves have a lot to offer your work.

However, they come at a cost. Curves take more time to cut than straight lines, and smoothing them demands a certain finesse.

In fact,

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Smart Living

NETVIGATOR’s Home Networking Consultancy Service helps a Hong Kong couple build the home of their dreams

John and Jane Wong are very excited — they have just bought a 2,000-square-foot apartment in Pok Fu Lam and are embarking on a major renovation.

The 30-something pair has hired a stylish, young interior designer, briefing him to create a beautiful, comfortable and user-friendly home. They also want it to be hi-tech enough to have all their devices available at all times. «I want to have Wi-Fi in every corner of my home, so I can access my tablet in the bedroom, or

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SMART GUY

The debut of self-adjusting studio lights.

We often describe studio lighting with words like «bright» or «rugged.» Now, we frequently find ourselves adding the word «smart.»

Quantum Instruments’ most recent LED ring lights, the Omicron OM3 and OM4 ($698 and $689, street), feature Auto Lighting Track (ALT). With the help of a built-in lightmeter, ALT dims or brightens Omicron output as a subject moves toward or away from the light. Because LED ring light output falls off rather rapidly, working distances are fairly shallow, and the brightening and dimming is often subtle. ALT does, however, noticeably expand a subject’s freedom

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION

SIZE 400SQF

CREATING SPACES AND FEATURES THAT DOUBLE-UP IN FUNCTIONALITY ALLOWED THIS YOUNG COUPLE TO PURSUE THE LIFESTYLE THEY WANTED IN THEIR PINT-SIZED HOME.

Faced with a space that is only 400sqf large (or small, in this case), Annie Tan of The Interarch Design had to make the footprint work for her clients’ Wendy Lee and Leonard Sim’s lifestyle. The sociable couple wanted a place they could cook and entertain their friends in; and also had an extensive wardrobe which used to fill up one room alone in their previous place.

This apartment in Balestier might be short on floor

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION SIZE 735SQF

THIS HOMEOWNER MADE A GRAB-BAG OF STYLES WORK IN HIS COMPACT FLAT BY PLANNING EVERY DETAIL METICULOUSLY.

While homeowners who undertake their own renovations often recall the experience as a headache-inducing one, Robert Chin speaks of it like it was a cinch. This apartment is his third home in 10 years, and the second one he has single-handedly conceptualised.

«I wanted this home to be completely different from my previous place, which was contemporary. This time, I wanted my home to look lived-in,» he explains. It was with this rough concept in mind that the bachelor, who is also an

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION SIZE 644SQF

BY SHIFTING THE BEDROOM TO A SPLIT-LEVEL AND RE-LOOKING THE ENTIRE LAYOUT, THIS 550SQF APARTMENT GAINED MORE SPACE IN EVERY.

Try doesn’t have to mean cramped. This top-floor apartment only had a footprint of 550sqf but the 4.5m-high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling bank of windows visually compensated for the lack of space. «Still, the configuration was tight, with a wall cutting the space into two: on one side was the bedroom and bathroom and on the other, the kitchen and living and dining space,» says Kelly Choong of Project File.

Said wall had to be taken down to open up the

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SMALL-SPACE SOLUTION SIZE 500SQF

THIS UNIQUE SOHO UNIT EMBODIES THE LIFESTYLE OF THE YOUNG AND FASHIONABLE — COMPACT, TRENDY AND FULL OF PERSONALITY.

Living in a home with the size of a meagre 500 sqf would seem inconceivable decades ago. That was long before space became a scarce commodity. Today, shrinking land space and rising property prices have had us inhabiting smaller homes and leading a more compact lifestyle where the boundary between working and living is blurred. It’s no surprise then That Soho, designed specifically for the young professional who works where he lives — or lives where he works — has received

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SMALL STEPS, BIG LEAPS

It’s a great paradox that the skills most experienced motorcyclists want to master are the same skills they hope they will never have to use out there on the road. What will I do when my front tire washes out at full lean? How will I react if I lock the front brake? What if the rear tire spins up and steps out?

It’s difficult to learn how you will react beyond your limits without exceeding those limits first. Watching other riders, or even following other riders, rarely answers these questions. Watching Marc Marquez drag his elbow is one thing;

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SLS chief engineer Garry Lyles

We spoke to the chief engineer on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket about how development is progressing

What is your role as chief engineer?

My job is to manage the design of SLS from a technical point of view, so day-to-day I make decisions on any design changes that need to be made to the launch vehicle. At the end of July we’ll hold a review board and basically make a decision as to whether we’re ready to proceed on to Critical Design Review in about 18 months or so.

Is everything on track for the first scheduled flight in December

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Slovenia Merges Air Force and Air Defence Units

ON FEBRUARY 1, all the Slovenian Army’s (SV — Slovenska Vojska) air force and air defence units were integrated into a new unit known as the Brigada Zracne Obrambe in Letalstva (BRZOL — Air Defence and Air Force Brigade).

An official establishment ceremony was held at Cerklje ob Krki air base on February 12, attended by Defence Minister Karl Erjavec, who said that forming BRZOL would make military aviation and air defence units more effective. Integrating Slovenia’s air force and air defence assets into a single unit took place just three years and three months after they were separated, when

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