Smart Mazda CX-3 for safe driving

IMG_0019.JPGThe Mazda CX-3 is a new innovation from the Japanese manufacturer. According to the company, the new model was launched globally in June 2015. There are plenty of new elements embedded in the car for secure and safe driving. The car itself is a good example of the new wave of sport utility vehicle, which can offer you different new technology innovations. The aim is to lower the CO2 levels and increase the safety and comfortability in the car.

”Skyactive-technology” in the car

According to Mazda the ”Skyactive-technology” is a comprehensive design philosophy, which offers you economic and lower CO2 emissions, but still having the same driving experience and usability. After the test driving I can say the usability and steering of the car is good, reversing and parking are easy to handle because of the great view from mirrors.

This kind of easy driving but safety embedded is a good choice for weekend and city driving, but it also gives easy access to a cottage road, because of high ground clearance. We recommend the car would be equipped with four-wheel drive. The CO2 emissions are from 105 to 150 g/km according to the company information (different models) and the consumption is around 6 liters per 100 km.

Safety on the roads

Mazda has developed several different smart solutions for safety. For example the sensors in the car makes driving safer, because the system alarms you if there is another car next to you when you are about to change lanes or if you are near to exit your lane on the road accidentally.

Then there are small, but important things like automated wind stoppers during the rain, engine stops automatically when you are stopped on red lights, Bluetooth – integration for your own music like Spotify and automated braking in low speeds if there is possibility of an accident.

The new Mazda CX-3 is very easy to drive and the dashboard is well-organized, it is easy to access every button while driving. Navigation is a supplementary element, so it is not integrated.

Testcar used had 120hp, which accelerates the car from 0 to 100 km/h (0-60mph) in 9 seconds, so it manages well with different occasions on the road.

We liked the overall design of the car, it is sporty and modern, but still somehow unique. The safety software and low CO2 emissions are elements one can enjoy, when using this car during for example the weekend travels.

Päivi Härkönen

Technical details of the test car:
Mazda CX-3 Skyactive G (2,0) 2015
Fuel: Petrol
Consumption: 5,9 liters (Combined)
CO2 g/km: 137
Hp: 120
Front-wheel drive
Manual transmission


Business Design Tech

Tesla car, as you like it

Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) is charger and automobile manufacturer, pioneer of the industry. Tesla is currently producing one car, it’s called the Model S. There are four different versions to choose from, major differences between these versions are if the car is equipped with double engines, which gives more power, faster acceleration and is all-wheel drive included or not. The most luxurious choice of these four is called the Model S P85D, it has petrol and electric engines. Those two engines totals up to 691hp, which means acceleration from 0 to 60mph (0-100 km/h) takes only 3,1 seconds and yes, it is an electric sedan. The car fits up to five people, interior is really luxurious and modern with gigantic 17” touchscreen on the dashboard aimed towards the driver. It has the most advanced vehicle interface to date, there is so much you can control with the touchscreen. For example opening panoramic roof is done just by sliding your finger downwards the screen. The interface is not the only thing which makes this car innovative and something we haven’t seen before.

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The touchscreen on the dashboard

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Interior of Model S










Safetyness is also on the new level, car brakes automatically if it comes too close to car in front of it, using Autopilot Model S changes lanes when just tapping the turn signal, keeps the distance safe between you and the car in front and can park by itself, just to name few features. Therefore Model S was awarded with ”Highest safety rating in America” by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and MotorTrend named it the ”Best car of the year 2013”.

Easy charging

Tesla has made their own network of charging points, these points are strategically located and they are free to use if you own a Model S. Supercharger points cover basically whole North-America and the west of Europe with some in the Asia-Pasific. Areas covered by charging points are expanding really fast and it’s the fastest way to charge your own Model S. Charging points can be found using the touchscreen or own Tesla app for your smartphone, just a 30min of supercharging gives enough electricity to drive 170 miles (273 kilometers). Other remarkable feature for your car is the Powerwall, it is home battery, that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, during power outages it also keeps your electricity on. One awesome feature regarding charging your car is fuel door is hidden, it’s not possible to see it until you approach the driver’s side taillight with charging connector, thats when the hidden charging port automatically opens.

Design Studio

Tesla has their own Model S Design Studio, which is integrated into their own website. Using the Design Studio it is possible to design your own Model S, as the way you want it. Everything from color of the interior into size of the wheels is possible to change using that tool.

Model S P 85D is equipped with so many features it’s impossible to tell them all, all what is possible to say about this car is it’s something we haven’t seen before. It’s so innovative, game-changer of the industry and it gives us a taste of the future. It is one of the most ecological cars up to date and it can accelerate faster than some super sportcars, while having seats for five people and luxurious interior.

After the summer of 2015 Tesla starts producing new car, called Model X. It’s an electric SUV, which means it’s larger than Model S. Model X will have 7 seats and ‘falcon wing doors’, there is not much information available for the new model, but we will be waiting with great interest, thats for sure.


Ville Koski

Design Lifestyle

TEFAF 2015 Maastricht – The world’s leading art fair

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The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) is the leading art fair in the world with presenting 275 world’s leading galleries from 20 different countries and circa 75 000 visitors attend the fair annually. Every piece of art is examined carefully by international experts and in 2015 total of 175 international experts made sure the art pieces which are shown are in best condition and quality. This is to make sure it is possible to buy the work of art without being insecure. The fair is held annually in Maastricht, which is the southernmost city in The Netherlands. During the 10 day TEFAF there are much going on in Maastricht, after visiting the fair it is possible to enjoy high-quality shows of dance, opera, jazz and on the second weekend of TEFAF there is event called City Polo Maastricht, which is held right in the city centre. The visitors of the art fair vary from everyone who is interested in arts to very wealthy and internationally recognizable persons and every year about 225 representatives of world’s most prestigious museums also attend the fair.
The exhibitors of this art fair vary from leading galleries to yacht companies and high-end jewelry manufacturers and the pieces of art have timeframe of 7000 years. The reason why the exhibitors decide to come to TEFAF and Maastricht is really simple, ”because everyone is here, including our clients”. The floor plan of the fair was really nicely planned, each type of art had it’s own section and the hallways were named after famous streets, for example Madison Avenue which led to Times Square in the fair. The floor plan also included Sunset Boulevard, Rembrandt Plein and many other recognizable names. The floor plan of course also included specific business areas.
This art fair is so impressive with about 33 000 pieces of art so there is so much to see and everyone finds something really interesting, even the flower decorations at the entrance are breathtaking. With the other activities outside the art fair during TEFAF it is really a good way to spend a couple of days in beautiful Maastricht.
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Ville Koski
Design Lifestyle

Google to expand to telecom services in the US

Google is planning to launch its own telecom services in the US. The company announced the project at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Google is working with network operators Vodafone, Telefonica and Telstra.

According to the company, the project include hot air balloons that provide high-speed 4 G connectivity in areas where it is difficult to build traditional infrastructure.

Google also announced its plans to build totally new headquarter with movable buildings and structures in Silicon Valley. The company is experimenting new canopies that would liberate the buildings from traditional architectural limitations like walls, windows and roofs. This new idea is also engaging more with local community and companies. The leading architects will be Bjarke Ingles from Denmark and Thomas Heatherwick from London.

Business Design

What are the main topics in CES 2015 in Las Vegas?

The growing demand of consumer electronics is a economic factor. If you think about the world largest consumer electronics exhibition (CES) in Las Vegas this year, the city is full of everything: press releases, events, 20 000 new prodcut launches, business peopleWhat´s new in the CES this year?, journalists and investors. Now also a dedicated stage for startups. So, it is hard to pick the best of the huge event, but here is a short list of what is going on in Vegas:

Cars: If you think about the car industry, there are two big trends that are driving the industry at the moment. First, electric cars and cars with renewable energy. For example Tesla Motor has a unique business strategy with their own software and batteries compared to other automakers.

The second trend is the self-driving cars: for example Volvo, Mercedes and Audi have followed the road of Google cars. Volvo is experimenting a new model of self-driving cars so that there are several cars in the chain and the leading car will take care of the speed of others. During the fairs BMW also launched their new model of a car, which can park itself. In-vehile technologies have grown so much that this industry sector is now one of the biggest in the fairs.

This rapid growth is also raising the question of car security and safety. Which operating system is taking care of the information & entertaining panels ?

Wearables: I have written about wearables and the need for more classy-style and finally we have seen – The Swarovski Shine. This crystal maker and wearable company Misfit have combined forces and the outcome is marvellous. This is a collaboration of a fitness and sleep tracker…this beautiful wearable will be in the shops in China, HongKong and the US by the end of March.

This is also a good example of product differentation. All the others from Apple, LG, Microsoft, Motorola to Sony, show pretty much the same design models in their wearables. Blackberry announced that they will support the Android operating system wearable in their own products.

Home: Home security continues to be one of the topics as well. Kitchen appliances and different new gadgets will be part of the internet of things (ioT) in all the home electronics. According to Google, it is estimated that in 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet.

For example Samsung estimated that 90 procent of its products will be ioT devices by 2017 and all the devices by 2020.

As Intel´s CEO Brian Krzanich said in his presentation:” We are going to experience Computing Unleashed, where computing gains a new dimension. From that two dimensional world, to a three dimensional world. Computers are gaining senses. They are going to be able to see, and hear. And that will result in their ability to understand. They are becoming wirefree, giving new meaning to portable and mobile,” he said.

Consumer electronics are expanding rapidly and the Las Vegas CES is now International. The first Asian fairs will be running this spring in Shanghai.


Photo: Ville Koski, 2014

Design Tech

London properties in focus

When I visited London a couple of weeks ago, I was surprised by the buzzing feeling and action there were. People were busy and the atmosphere was positive. Greetings also to the start-up and growth companies I met there!

This city is now a place where big real estate companies are heading. For example the India´s biggest real estate developer has announced that they are developing new buildings in London. And the real estate prices are showing upward trend. For example Financial Times reported that in Mayfair several luxury flats have been sold with new record prices. And new flats and blocks are on their way.

The reason why this is happening is partly because the pension funds are rising their asset allocation in real estates. Pension funds are seeking long-term investments and London properties are one of the metropolis in the world that are looking attractive for many investors. Also the oversees funds like Canadian pension fund Ontario Fund have landed to the European real estate market and they are expecting to invest several billion euros in the properties.

Investors are looking for good returns with third-party rating systems like LEED, which is widely used in office buildings globally. But there are also other systems and some banks have developed their own property rating methods. These systems analyse for example the technology level of the building, energy efficiency and environment issues as for example health and wellness issues.

The tightening energy efficiency legislation drives also investors to focus more on ESG issues. Green Buildings offer good rental yields, cost savings and higher premiums in sale. ESG-factors also help investors to mitigate regulatory, market and physical risks related to properties.

So, it is not surprise that investors also want to learn more about BIM (Building Information Modelling) in order to make better real estate investment decisions. This system helps all building stakeholders like architects, designers and project managers to work together. The costs savings in time and resources are remarkable.

And maybe we also see more modern wood houses and flats in the future. This is absolutely the trendiest thing at the moment.

Päivi Härkönen

Business Design

And first there was a dream – Music and arts for all senses

10_03_-®Agence Rudy RicciottiIt all started in 2005. A dream about music, arts, literature and ballet with passion, at the same place.  It is about music with the very best acoustics of the world. Where this could be? The first concert in this magnificient music house could already sound in 2017/2018 and Gstaad.

–        We wanted to create a place where our quest can enjoy the very best music of the world and enjoy also the art exhibition, literature and ballet, says Markus Kappeler-Steffen, President of the Foundation Board, Les Arts Gstaad Foundation.

The designer of this inspirational hall is French architect Rudy Ricciotti, a man behind the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisation in Marseilles  and with Grand Prix National a´Architeture. According to Ricciotti, the concert hall will reflect local traditions with wooden spirit and the aim is to enrich the beautiful landscape and nature. And one cannot say more. The pictures of this music hall are master pieces.

A place for 1200 people

It is calculated that the construction of this music hall will take 4 years, while there will be infrastructure changes in the town Gstaad. According to the plan, there is a need for a new tunnel and new street in order the get the logistic working. The new music hall will be placed by the Gstaad railway station.

The new concert hall in Saanenland will have places for 1200 people, and it will challenge the music places in Lucerne, Genf and Zurich.  The idea is to offer weekend stays with high-class music concerts and international art exhibition with lux atmosphere.

The concert hall will be energy efficiency and take the environment requirements into account in different part of the house. There is calculated to be 30-40 concerts in a year and 300-400 visitors per day.

Whether the new building will use for example Leed certification or something else is still under consideration. This project could get the Platinum level of Leed with all the logistic, material and transportation aspects. So, it is no wonder that investors are interested of this fantastic building. It is estimated that the building construction cost could be 100 million CHF.

Focus on interior and design

The focus is to get the best possible acoustics in the house inside. The concert hall will be designed to give a very warm and welcoming feeling.

–        It is our way of thinking that people come here to see and listen to music and that they can feel themselves relaxed and cozy at the same time, he says. And the aim of the concert hall is to make a music building one cannot find in Europe elsewhere.

Part of the building will be underground, but the rest of the building will be like a haystack in a field. The building is a mixture of wooden aroma, harmony with the mountains and emphasis on high-quality. This house will create its own magnificient place to present and play international and local arts in a modern way, but still with tradition.

Päivi Härkönen

images: Agence Rudy Ricciotti, Les Arts Gstaad

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