Envisioning the home in the new normal

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As the Sars-CoV-2 virus continues to ravage India — the country now has the second-worst outbreak of the disease in the world, behind only the United States — many have begun to turn their homes into multi-functional spaces. The house, which has now turned into a school, playground and workspace, must cater to a variety of demands.

German manufacturing company Vitra recently published a “set of hypotheses” on the future of the home. Among the most radical of post-pandemic design implications was a so-called broken plan — hive off existing spaces to create new multifunctional spaces for family members.

“Now that we are spending more time at home and having to share that limited area with our cohabitants, we need to work on optimising the available space. Partitioning off or zoning our interior between various activities and people, or during different times of the day,

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A Five-Bedroom Turnkey Apartment in London’s New Chelsea Barracks Development

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Location: Belgravia, London

Price: £33.5 million (US$43.7 million)

This fully turnkey five-bedroom apartment is among the first to be completed in the much-anticipated 13-acre Chelsea Barracks development in Central London.

Residence 12 takes up the entire fifth floor of the boutique condominium building within the newly finished section of Chelsea Barracks.

“It’s the only one to occupy the entire footprint” of the 13-unit, seven-story building, said Miles Wood, sales director at Qatari Diar, the developer of Chelsea Barracks.

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The fully decorated apartment is being used as a model unit for potential buyers.

“We had five show apartments, and we’ve sold three,” Mr. Wood said.

Residence 12 features interiors inspired by the classic Singer Porsche 911, the sought-after collectors item among car aficionados that was named after the legendary Porsche engineer Norbert Singer, according to

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Japanese airline testing hands-free bathroom doors

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(CNN) — Even before the coronavirus pandemic ignited global conversations about hygiene, there was one part of an airplane that nobody wanted to touch — the bathroom door.

That’s why Japanese airline ANA is testing a new hands-free bathroom door that passengers can open with their elbow or forearm (see above pic).

One of the challenges of designing anything for an airplane is the lack of space. Lavatory doors open inward (less aisle blockage) or have small, flat handles instead of doorknobs.

But what you’ll see on ANA’s prototype is something that is hygienic but also conserves space: The familiar silver latch lavatory door handle now has a spring attached to it so that you can open it by pressing in instead of by pulling out.

Inside the bathroom, the locking mechanism looks pretty familiar, with a button you slide from one side to the other. A larger sized button

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