The standard dials can usually be replaced easily by removing the instrument panel and overlaying a pre-printed panel. White backgrounds are popular and these have the added advantage of being easily seen at night. Strangely when the dash illumination turns on at night the numbers will glow and the white background will go dark, at least that was the effect in my Corolla. Companies sell complete instrument binnacles, or kits to convert the standard one. Most will require some disassembly of the dashboard to install.
The new Astra also can come with a special bike rack attached to the bumper. It is almost hidden when not in use, but can be slid out from its compartment like a drawer and hold two bikes. This means you don’t have to worry about lifting the bike up onto a roof rack that you have to install yourself, or attaching any other type of bike rack.
A theme will be a consistent idea that is utilized throughout the room to develop a feel of completeness. Styles should not be confused with designing concepts, or higher-level parties, that include a fuller understanding of architectural context, or the socio-cultural and programmatic needs of a client. The themes oftentimes follow styles of a certain period. Instances include: Art Deco, Gothic, Indian Mughal, Minimalist, English Georgian, Mid-Century Modern, Feng Shui, International, Victorian, Islamic, Louis XV, Louis XVI and a lot more.
There are several upcoming business models in which it is not the designers that are stars, it’s all about machines and new innovations that steal the client’s attention. This shows the level of digital revolution around the world. Designers have to think beyond emerging technologies to enhance the quality of living and culture, adhering to their codes and regulations.
Louis XV – During the early 18th century Louis XV or more likely, his talented and cultured mistress, Madame de Pompadour, sculpted this heavier style into something considerably more delicate and feminine, introducing the most French of attributes – the curve. From 1723 – 1760 these curves took on a rather frivolous manner of their own resulting in the style called Rococo, where symmetry was lost and nature took over as branches, leaves, icicles and waterfalls were the favoured decorative motifs.
The classical arch became popular again, panel mouldings were simplified and walls were plain plaster or simply painted in neutral colours, such as grey. Symmetry found its place again and decorative devices came from classical figures, swags, garlands, laurel wreaths and urns. Flamboyance could still be seen in the beds where ostrich feathers adorned many a corona and the fabric of choice was the eye-boggling Toile de Jouy. (Take care when examining these fabrics as they often showed the events of the day in all their gory glory including the guillotining of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.)