Celebrating Australian nature with new timber-inspired Caroma collection

Tasmanian Timber brings home the experience of Australian nature with a beautifully created and meticulously refined line of products made from some of the most exquisite timbers available anywhere in the world. The focus on simple and sustainable materiality is more important than ever in the evolving industry, making Tasmanian timber, undeniably, a superior choice for any environment. 

The new Elvire Collection by leading Australian bathroomware brand, Caroma takes inspiration from the best of Tasmanian timber to celebrate contemporary minimalism in a natural environment.

The concept of bathroom design has evolved over the decades from a functional space that’s fitted out with fixtures chosen for their practicality, to a carefully planned personalised environment that also gives due consideration to materiality, aesthetics and experience.

Established in 1941, Caroma has consistently reshaped the face of bathrooms, demonstrating the finest of progressive Australian design and changing the way we look at bathroom environments.

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Second coronavirus lockdown in Israel frustrates many religious Jews’ plans for High Holidays

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Four times a year for the past 10 years, Zohar Ginsberg has flown from Israel to Ukraine to pray at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

Especially meaningful were his visits during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, when tens of thousands of the rabbi’s mostly Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) followers flock to his grave in the city of Uman in central Ukraine.

So, in August, when the Ukrainian government announced Israelis should not go to Uman because of the threat of coronavirus, Ginsberg rushed to book a flight before Ukraine closed its borders. By mid-September, Ukrainian border guards had blocked the entry of hundreds of Hasidim at the Belarus-Ukraine border, The New York Times reported. 

“I’ve been praying at the rebbe’s grave for 10 years straight, and I didn’t want to stop now,” Ginsberg said, speaking from Uman. “Although God

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Final Design, Auctioned Last Year for $1.7M, Now Asks $8M. Huh?

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

a building with a mountain in the background

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Year built: 1967


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Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 3,095 square feet, 1.32 acres

Price: $7,950,000

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright just before his death in 1959, the house commissioned by Norman and Aimee Lykes in the suburbs north of Phoenix was ultimately built in 1967 by Wright’s apprentice, John Rattenbury.

Sometimes referred to as the “Circular Sun House” and one of only 14 circular residences by Wright, the home is a perfect example of Wright’s curvy, late-career style (also see: the Guggenheim). From above, the desert mountain structure and its crescent-shaped pool look like a set of intricate clock gears (Wright credited the curving ridge lines of the surrounding hills as his inspiration).

The curves continue inside, with sloping walls clad in golden-hued Philippine mahogany, circular and semicircular windows, custom built-ins, and original Wright–designed furniture. The kitchen counters

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Take a virtual tour of South Carolina’s only civil rights museum

Nestled in a residential section of Orangeburg, South Carolina, there’s a 3,500-square-foot structure that’s so minimalist, it looks at first glance like an elegant series of conjoined blocks.

It is actually a museum designed, built, and outfitted by photographer Cecil Williams. And while there are several sites in South Carolina on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, this place is the only one commemorating the entirety of the civil rights movement in the state.

A child looks up at his mother during an anti-segregation protest in 1963 at the South Carolina State House.

Among the hundreds of thousands of images that Williams has captured in his lifetime, the most popular is of a young African-American boy, dressed in a white shirt and suspenders, looking upward with bright eyes as he holds his mother’s hand at a rally in 1963.

Only a few feet away from where Williams has displayed that picture,

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4-bed Newbury contemporary overlooks marsh refuge

Style: Contemporary
Year built: Completed 2005
Square feet: 4,349
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2 full, 2 half
Sewer/water: Private
Taxes: $7,907 (2020)

Visionary environmentalist Rachel Carson once wrote effusively about Parker River Wildlife Refuge, including its Great Salt Marsh — some 3,000 acres of grassland and creeks hugging the Atlantic Ocean that is beloved by birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and (two-legged) mammals.

“Look carefully out over the marshes and you are sure to be rewarded with some sort of heron, standing motionless in the manner of herons­ — a good camera shot if you have a telescopic lens,” the late author wrote in a 1947 monograph. “There may be an American egret, a great blue heron, more rarely a bittern.’’

Carson could well have been writing about the view from the 734-square-foot rear deck spanning the breadth of this house, which rises from a bluff above the marsh. “Look

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Roof decks are becoming a must-have for Philly homeowners and buyers

Bill Pilat feels like he’s on top of the world gazing out at the Philly skyline from the multilevel roof deck on his Southwest Center City rowhouse.

a man sitting on a bench: Bill Pilat on his home's new roof deck, which was completed in May, in Southwest Center City. A roof deck is one way for homeowners to increase their property's usable outdoor space.

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Bill Pilat on his home’s new roof deck, which was completed in May, in Southwest Center City. A roof deck is one way for homeowners to increase their property’s usable outdoor space.

One level features Adirondack chairs and garden boxes with vegetables and herbs. Up a few stairs sit wood tabletops and bar stools, and, under a pergola strung with lights, a couch and fire-pit table. Pilat’s Rat Terrier mix, Zucc, likes to spread out “full starfish” on the roughly 400-square-foot deck, Pilat said. During the pandemic, he’s had socially distant gatherings with friends and brings his computer up to the roof while he works from home. A dozen or so other roof decks surround his.


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Blue plaque to be unveiled for woman who was Churchill’s ‘favourite spy’

Krystyna Skarbek posing for the camera: Christine Granville smuggled microfilm that proved Hitler’s plans to invade the Soviet Union.

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Christine Granville smuggled microfilm that proved Hitler’s plans to invade the Soviet Union.

She was a Polish countess and Churchill’s favourite spy whose many dazzling accomplishments included smuggling microfilm across Europe which proved Hitler’s plans to invade the Soviet Union.

But while she devotedly served the British government Christine Granville was also horribly let down by it, struggling to get full citizenship after the war and forced to work as a bathroom attendant on cruise ships.

On Wednesday Granville, born Krystyna Skarbek, will finally get recognition many people believe is long overdue when a blue plaque is unveiled on the Kensington hotel which, when it was run by the Polish Relief Society, provided her with a bed until her death in 1952.

“I am so thrilled,” said Granville’s biographer Clare Mulley of the unveiling. “I proposed the plaque with English Heritage about six years ago and

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How Lindy Chamberlain let go of her past

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton et al. posing for the camera: Almost 40 years since the tragic death of baby Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru, her mum Lindy Chamberlain is finally able to let go of the terrible past that’s haunted her for so long.

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Almost 40 years since the tragic death of baby Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru, her mum Lindy Chamberlain is finally able to let go of the terrible past that’s haunted her for so long.

Having suffered one of the worst injustices in Australian history, when she was wrongly convicted and jailed for murdering her baby daughter, Lindy Chamberlain should be full of bitterness yet this inspirational mum could teach a masterclass in forgiveness.

Even today, four decades after the horror of that terrible night when a dingo savagely snatched her tiny dark-haired girl from a tent at Uluru – and the shocking aftermath to her tragedy – she’s haunted by the loss of Azaria.

“You can’t turn it off,” she shared with Woman’s Day in a previous interview during an emotional pilgrimage back to the Red Centre.

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton posing for the camera: Brave and resilient, Lindy made a return pilgrimage to Uluru nine years ago.

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Inside the Hong Kong home of jewellery designer Corina Larpin, where statement art and scores of skulls inspire

a screen shot of a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Corina Larpin's Repulse Bay flat. Photography: John Butlin. Styling: Flavia Markovits. Photo assistant: Timothy Tsang

Corina Larpin’s Repulse Bay flat. Photography: John Butlin. Styling: Flavia Markovits. Photo assistant: Timothy Tsang

House hunting in Hong Kong can be a long-drawn-out process but not, it seems, if you are Corina Larpin. The uber-glamorous owner and creative director of luxury jewellery brand StefEre, whose client list reads like a roll-call of the rich and famous, had little more than one month to find a home to buy and furnish.

“We opened (the StefEre) office in Hong Kong eight years ago, but as we were travelling back and forth between here and Geneva, we lived in an apartment in The Peninsula hotel until the summer of 2018,” she recalls via a Zoom call from her villa on Mykonos, Greece, where she is working on a renovation project as well as designing jewellery. “At that point, we decided to move here more permanently but it all depended on whether my

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The Cyber Elephant in the Room

While virtual private networks once boosted security, their current design doesn’t fulfill the evolving requirements of today’s modern enterprise.

The quest for security has shaped our species for thousands of years. Since the earliest traces of civilization, we find evidence of fortifications that were erected in order to protect one tribe from another. 

The desire for security persists in today’s Information Age, though many of the measures we take to ensure security are often little more than window dressing. We purchase complex and expensive cyber defenses that prove so difficult to operate that misconfigurations continue to permit attackers unauthorized access to information. To deter employees from stealing, we see frugal business owners installing replica surveillance cameras. We enforce byzantine password policies for workers that are easily undone by a simple phishing campaign.

Do these actions actually make us more secure or do they simply make us feel more secure?


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