A New Design of Apple Macintosh

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The Macintosh or just Mac, is a series of several lines of personal computers, manufactured by Apple Inc. Steve Jobs introduced the first Macintosh on January 28, 1984. It featured two things – the mouse and the graphical user interface. At the beginning Macintosh was targeted for two primary markets : knowledge-workers and students. Steve Jobs hoped that this new computer would become the second desktop appliance.

The evolution of Apple design

Apple II.  1977 with famous rainbow Apple logo

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Apple III. 1980

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Apple IIe 1983

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Macintosh 1984

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Macintosh Plus 1986

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Macintosh Classic II 1991

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Modern Macintosh 2015

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 Modern curved Mac has similar technological components as the current macbook “air” and it also features the same high-quality aluminum casing that is used for macbooks, iPhones and iPads. You can still notice few differences as 11.6 inch touchscreen controlled either by mouse or by keyboard with the illuminated logo on the back. This new model is available in silver, gold and gray variants.

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Cows As an Inspiration for Shipping Container Restaurant

Nowadays shipping containers have been becoming a great boom in numerous architectural applications. Shipping containers can turn into beautiful houses, bars, clubs, schools, gardens where you can enjoy your beer,  but also into amazing restaurants. One of the examples is this very special vegetarian restaurant called Till The Cows Come Home. 

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The image of cows coming down from their pastures in the mountains at the end of the summer served as an inspiration for the restaurant’s name. Till the cows come home, they take time for the food.

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This Berlin-based slow food kitchen is set in 40-foot-long cargo container designed by Natalie Viaux who used Norwegian birch wood with copper details. The outside of the container has been painted a vibrant green. A view of a expansive outdoor terrace, that which features a mural of cows grazing in alpine pastures, is provided with its five-meter-long window. They use a selection of products sourced from regional sustainable and biological farming for their recipes.

So if you are in Berlin, don’t miss this sustainable restaurant and try their biological specialties!

Shanghai Metal Corporation as a manufacturer of shipping containers can make your dreams come true.  Just visit our website, search for more information or send us inquiry. English speaking stuff will help you to find the most suitable product for you. Follow us also in Social Media platforms and learn more about company and company products.

    

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Wonderful Chain Art

Metals are everywhere around us and sometimes you don’t even notice that an object next to you is made out of steel, copper or aluminum. For example a simple metal chain doesn’t have to serve just for securing your bike against the railing. Why am I mentioning a chain? Well let’s sit comfortably and have a look.

Urban art has many interesting variations. Here, artists used their imagination and metalworking skills to create something really extra-ordinary. By using CHAINS!

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I am a bit curious who would wear shoes with chain higheels, it seems almost impossible to walk with that.

Everyday urban landscapes may seem shady that’s why artists accentuate the beauty of these places to make the environment nicer to people.

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Fashion designers also got inspired by chains and implemented it into their urban fashion style. Many of you probably don’t approve it but at least they stepped out of mainstream and created something unusual.

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Not only fashion but also furniture can be created with chains. These kind of chairs, sofas or tables will lighten your house and bring unique style.

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This urban style is not for everyone but if you like it you could visit our website to see what metal products we offer. Shanghai Metal Corporation offers good quality and a quick service. You can also send us inquiry and our English staff will guide you further. Follow us also on Social Media platforms and find our more about our company.

    

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Boom in Billboard Designing

There is an article about architecture that turned a billboards along the road into homes for homeless people in our blog. (read here). An interesting concept that can solve the problem of homelessness in the world. This time Zaha Hadid, well-known architect, rethought roadside advertising with a new billboard design.

Outdoor advertising company JCDeaux asked Zaha Hadid to create a “curved and flowing” billboard for south side of West Cromwell Road that is the main route from Heathrow airport in London. The billboard is housed within twisting bands of thick sheet metal. It is supposed to reduce vehicle headlights and glare from the sunlight. The idea is make steel structure and facade panels integrate into one shell.

A strip of lightning across the curved back of the structure illuminates the pavement. They chose metals as a material for building this structure because it can be pre-fabricated off site in large sections. The screen of this billboard will be available for safety messages, travel updates, also it will show work of local artists, architects and designers. (via Dezeen)

JCDecaux Advertising Sculpture by Zaha Hadid Architects
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JCDecaux Advertising Sculpture by Zaha Hadid Architects
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Metals can be used in various applications, architecture, design, automotive industry and many others. Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leading manufacturer. We provide and supply high carbon special steel and steel pipes and tubes. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking staff will guide you further. Download our new application by scanning QR code below and follow us on Social Media platforms.

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The End of Metal Keys?

We don’t really pay attention to small things around us that are naturally just here, existing with us quietly and serving us. One of these are KEYS. Nowadays, they are most commonly manufactured metal objects in the whole world that enable us to open our physical properties – cars, buildings, safes and many others.

As a lot of things, origin of keys also dates back to ancient Babylon and Egypt, when first locks appeared. Egyptians used a wooden toothbrush-shaped key for lifting small pins in wooden locks and unlock the blot. The big disadvantage was that keys and locks were made out of wood and they were quite heavy and bulky.

In ancient Rome, engineers and inventors managed to improve a wooden Egyptian design of locks and keys. By using iron and bronze were able to produce much stronger and smaller locks and keys that could be carried on person.

Old Rusty Keys

Modern “flat keys” were firstly introduced to the public by Linus Yale in mid 1800’s. By using tumbler lock and more sophisticated way of regulating the pins, these flat keys become instant success across entire world. However nowadays electronic locking become more and more popular.

Hotel industry was one of the first that introduced key cards (Atlanta, US, 1979). It was basically a simple card with few holes in it that helped to reduce the electricity waste, hotel staff knew when the guest was still in a hotel room and what is the most important, they didn’t have to change the lock when the key was lost.

Electronic keys are becoming trendy, many brands of cars have key-less ignitions, Hilton hotel chain in US is planning to enable their guests to open their rooms with their smartphones. Electronic keys might control your front door via Bluetooth, open the door automatically when you are nearby, send virtual keys to your relatives and friends or control what time certain people have the access.

Many people may argue that their homes are too precious to entrust technology, key-less systems and smartphones. It could stop working when there is a fire or power cut. What to do then? Although this idea is brilliant and with current innovations might work properly and give us new options, metal keys are still cheaper and safer way of protecting and locking our homes.

Shanghai Metal Corporation manufactures and provides various types of metals, galvanized steel or copper that can be used in many applications. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking staff will guide you further. Download a new application by scanning QR code below and also don’t forget to follow us on Social Media platforms.

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Bottles’ battle – the Winner Is…

There have always been discussions about what kind of water bottle is the best. Plastic? Stainless steel? Aluminum? Or glass bottle? Due to protect our environment, everybody wants to purchase a reusable water bottle but sometimes it is hard to make a right decision and the amount of different products makes it even harder. Here is some information to make you choose easier between aluminum and stainless steel bottles.

Stainless steel water bottles

Stainless steel was the standard for buildings and also a sign for the economic growth in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Nowadays it found its way to reusable bottles. Stainless steel bottles are usually crafted from culinary-grade stainless steel and come in various sizes and colors. If you are concerned about manufacturing techniques or toxins, stainless steel bottles are a good alternative to plastic bottles. As stainless steel is non-reactive, bottles do not leach, they don’t have to be lined and the don’t affect the taste of drink. Stainless steel bottles are probably not really suitable in hot climates because the metal heats up more quickly. On the other hand you can be sure that it will last you a lifetime and can withstand daily wear.

PROS :                                                                       CONS :

– dishwasher safe                                      – can dent if dropped

– durable                                                         – heats up in hot climates

– 100% recyclable                                     – not microwaveable

– high-quality design                              – energy intensive manufacturing

– no plastic toxins                                     – possible metallic taste

Aluminum water bottles

Aluminum has a variety of applications, but aluminum is probably most used for packaging of beer, soda, tea and other drinks. Aluminum bottles and stainless steel bottles often look and feel similar. But aluminum bottles have are dramatically different. As aluminum reacts with certain liquids, aluminum bottles are usually lined with an enamel or epoxy layer. The most popular aluminum bottles have narrow necks which makes them difficult to clean, dry and load it with ice. Those aluminum bottles with certain types of lining are not recyclable.

PROS :                                                                               CONS : 

– trendy                                                                       – not dishwasher safe

– lighter than stainless steel                          – can dent more easily

– less expensive                                                     – difficult to clean

– keeps beverages cold                                     – chemical leaching possibility

Shanghai Metal Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality stainless steel and aluminum. We offer an excellent service and a great durability of our products to fulfill customers’ needs. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking staff will guide you further. Download a new application by scanning QR code below and don’t forget to follow us on Social Media.

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Home Sweet-Metal Home

What if almost everything in your apartment was made out of metals? If warm wooden kitchen cabinets, floors, furniture and other furnishings were cold grey wouldn’t you feel like in a prison? It would definitely differ your home from others but calling it a “sweet home”…Although I have to admit that it looks modern and minimalist and some people might love it.

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Peter Kostelov, a designer who created a metal home in Moscow, Russia, uses industrial materials for almost everything. The apartment has steel walls, doors, windows, floors, furniture, even sofa is made mostly out of steel. He divided the wide-open space into a series of individual rooms. Materials that are natural part of a construction process became the core element for style and decor in this project. This concept seems a bit extreme but perfect for industrial lovers.

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If this metal interior is too much for you, you can still apply incorporate in some decorations to make your home luxurious as the one in Shanghai, China – Xintiandi Penthouse. Hong Kong architect Joyce Wang “celebrated metal” in this three-story apartment. She got inspiration in three concrete metals, sheet metal, weathered metal and metal cabling.

The curved staircase up to the roof of the penthouse is created out of bent sheet metal and living room’s walls are lined with corten steel.

Xintiandi Penthouse by Joyce Wang

Metal cabling was woven between the balustrade and the baseline of the apartment’s central staircase and it created screened-off dining area.

Xintiandi Penthouse by Joyce Wang

What is very interesting, the bedrooms in the apartment don’t have any windows. Instead, windows line a shared corridor which leads to the bedrooms. Read more here.

Xintiandi Penthouse by Joyce Wang

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Shipping Industry Insights – The Blue Denmark

Despite Denmark’s small size, this country has one of the world’s largest shipping industry. It is a global maritime industry leader with long-standing activities and advanced technologies. There is a term used for all of the maritime companies and professions in Denmark – The Blue Denmark.

The Blue Denmark

This term includes shipping companies, ship yards, industry suppliers, off-shore companies, educational institutions and authorities. The core of The Blue Denmark is formed by 100 Danish companies along with shipyards and maritime suppliers. Denmark transports 10% of the total world trade (approximately 1 billion tonnes).

China and The Blue Denmark

In 1974 the Chinese-Danish agreement on Maritime Transport was signed signed in Beijing by the Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping and Danish Prime Minister Paul Hartling. On 10, October 2014 Chinese and Danish representatives celebrated 40 years of official maritime cooperation. Nowadays, China as the largest shipbuilding nation is even more important for Danish suppliers and Danish ship owners.

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Environmentally friendly shipping

Among the leading countries in the world, Denmark is well-known for environmentally friendly shipbuilding and repairing. Shipping is already a climate-friendly way of transport, but Danish companies together within The Blue Denmark have been trying to make even greater effort to protect the climate and environment. The biggest Danish company A.P. Moller-Maersk Ltd with others created a forum “Green Ship of the Future”. Involved members are trying to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution from ships. The vision of this forum is to develop energy-efficient technologies that can be achieved by connecting specific research. (more information)

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Creative Ways of Using Copper

Copper – a nice colored metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity is used in many industries, by architects, artists. designers, sculptors but also by common people in every day life, you can even make a new world record with copper or hover over copper.

Copper in your house

Kitchen is one of the rooms in our house or apartment where you spend some time preparing favourite meals. Copper cookware and design copper bowls can not only serve you well while cooking but when you don’t use it, you can decorate your home with it. Copper plates can be a nice wall arrangement, copper pots are great planters, large copper kettles can hold your fresh flowers or you can make some copper pot lamp!

In living room decorated with copper you can enjoy your icy vodka cocktail in copper mug. Why copper mug?

1. copper mugs have been used for drinking since ever

2. copper mugs can offer you chilled drinks as this metal is highly effective at insulating the cold temperature of any drink

3. it just looks cool

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Copper in architecture

Copper doesn’t have to make just cents. Architects use it quite often for creating spectacular copper architecture. Many of the architects use copper because it can age naturally and after some time it will rust to green and merge with a natural landscape. Copper is bright, reflective and has many practical benefits. Sometimes it can add a “retro-futuristic” copper style to your house.

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Shanghai Metal Corporation provides various types of copper for whatever your application is. We offer copper clad, copper sheets and plates, copper fittings and others. For more information visit our website or send us inquiry. English speaking stuff will guide you further. Download our new application by scanning QR code below or follow us on Social Media.

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Charge Your Phone with 3D-Printed Jewelry

Solar panels on our houses’ roofs are pretty normal nowadays. As a modern trend is to follow everything what is eco-friendly and sustainable, the idea of jewelry that can charge your phone or mp3 players seems to might have a success.

SOL collection of jewelry collects and stores the energy when it is worn in the sun. Then it creates the alternative way of charging small devices for example as your phone. Design of this jewelry is inspired by Islamic patterns and art. Each piece of jewelry has a slot for a solar panel unit that  has a USB slot used for charging devices. This collection of jewelry is created by using 3D printed steel and some plastics. (via Inhabitat)

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