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Miami Business Highlight: Plant the Future

Greenery in the spaces that we inhabit is one of the goals of the Miami-based design studio, Plant the Future. When we used to think of nature, it only supposed to exist outdoors and only a small portion of it indoors; but now, the lines are blurred and the divide between indoors and outdoors is closing  in as nature begins to become a more integral part of our spaces and of our lives.

According to its founder and chief creator, Paloma Teppa, the concept of Plant the Future is based on biophilia – the innate desire of people to share a deep connection with nature. Connection with nature can pave the way towards better understanding of ourselves. Teppa believes that plants can guide us towards learning why we are alive and what our purpose is in this world. By knowing these valuable insights, we can live with wisdom and with peace.

The concept of Plant the Future may have began during Teppa’s childhood in her hometown in Córdoba, Argentina where she grew up surrounded by beautiful mountains and nature. After studying industrial design in Argentina and studying fine arts in Italy, Teppa moved to Miami, Florida and started working in a flower shop. It was during around this time when she realized how her interaction with plants has helped her heal and that she wanted to share this newfound wisdom with others. With her passion to bring people back to nature through her talent in the arts and design, she created the design studio Plant the Future with her husband, Yair Marcoschamer. By doing this, Teppa combines her love of nature and various disciplines in arts and design into one enterprise. Just like how the ecosystem operates through interconnectedness, plants, arts, products, architecture, and humans can all coexist in harmony.

Not surprisingly, Teppa draws inspiration from nature, specifically from biomimicry. Her art and her designs, which predominantly uses plants and other elements of nature, aim to replicate the beauty and functionality of the natural environment. She is also inspired by different practices and philosophies all over the world, such as the Ikebana and Feng Shui.

The Miami-based company wants to infuse man-made environments with nature. Plant the Future design studio uses plants incorporated into well-designed products and works of art to decorate not just private residences but also hotels, coffee shops, co-working spaces, corporate offices, hospitals, airports, and anywhere else that is in need of nature. High profile clients of this company includes Starbucks, Ritz Carlton, American Express, Nobu, and many more.

To make the designs work, Plant the Future considers the amount of time that will be dedicated to maintaining the plants, the activities in a certain area where the design will be located, and the function of the design and the space. The top priority of the design studio is to create designs that will last long and will work best for both the plants and the people in the space.

Aside from their online presence and working on-site for renovations and maintenance, Plant the Future also has a brick-and-mortar shop that people can visit located at the Little River Arts District in Miami. There, they also host plant workshops for both kids and adults

Orlando Pool Decks Now Offering Concrete Services

On Sunday, January 29th, Orlando Pool Decks announced the addition of its concrete services division.  This promising news came in just 2 days after a series of internal meetings, which sources say were held off-site in the Winter Park area.

Orlando Pool Decks is Florida-based concrete contractor known mainly for their impressive array of pool deck work, despite offering numerous other services.  Having performed concrete installations for 3 large hotels, 2 water-parks, and hundreds of residential customers across Orlando and the surrounding region in the past few years, it’s no surprise that the company plans to open a concrete division focused on other areas of work.  Unlike their brand name suggests, the team does much more than just decking.  Their skilled contractors do everything from repairing concrete patios to resurfacing driveways.  After speaking with the owner, it became clear that he was not satisfied with remaining in just one line of business.  He was quoted as saying, “…We’ve found a bottleneck in our business.  We’re great at what we do, but if no one knows about it, that part of the company will never grow.  We have gone ahead and added the concrete services we provided to our website in the hopes that local residents take notice.”  Clearly, this was a miss during the initial marketing phase.

In conversations with some of the Orlando Pool Decks employees, we learned that their team is now offering services related to driveways, foundations, patios, retaining walls, and sidewalks.  Another exciting note to mention is that they have negotiated with local providers to source their raw materials at lower margins, which means that new customers will receive even higher quality workmanship without any increases in pricing.

For more information on Orlando Pool Decks, you can reach them by phone at (407) 871-3826.

Perfect Pave Announces New Location in Albany

Late Monday, Albany paving contractor, Perfect Pave, announced the grand opening of its new location at 57 Broad Street in Albany, NY.  This exciting news comes 3 days after Chief Executive Officer, Jake Anderson, approved a local expansion plan targeting the greater Capital Region.

Perfect Pave has served Albany county for more than 10 years, providing residential asphalt paving services to homeowners across the region at affordable rates.  With a seemingly endless supply of positive reviews and a plethora of great press coming from social media and word-of-mouth, the company’s driveway resurfacing work has never been more popular.  Their 2nd location on Broad Street now allows Perfect Pave’s contractors easier access to downtown Albany, Pearl Street, Washington Avenue Extension, and more.

In responding to questions about the expansion plan, Mr. Anderson stated, “It’s been a whirlwind year for our team and we’re excited to start the next chapter as we open up our second office in Albany.  We’ve been doing a lot of hiring lately and have been extremely picky with whom we’ve selected to represent us, so we’re all anxious to see how this affects our business going forward.”  Mr. Anderson also mentioned that upstate paving has increased in popularity over the past year to the point where Perfect Pave may consider opening additional locations in Troy and Schenectady by June 2020.

In addition to residential work, Perfect Pave readily handles commercial asphalt paving in Albany as well.  Parts of both the I-787 and I-90 highways were resurfaced under their oversight.  Furthermore, having successfully finished numerous projects for the city government and 3 of the area’s top universities, including SUNY Albany, Saint Rose, and Siena College, Perfect Pave has established itself as one of the premier upstate paving companies.

For more information on Perfect Pave, you can visit their website at www.AlbanyPavingNearMe.com or contact them by phone at (518) 223-9346.

Apple’s New Real Estate

Apple’s new real estate is located in Cupertino, California at 1 Apple Park Way.  The parking for this land can hold 14,200 and the land cost was estimated at $5 billion.  Their campus is quite impressive real estate.  Here’s some information about the company and why they’re in the news:

Apple Inc. is an American multinational company that designs, produces, and sells personal computers and consumer electronics. It also provides software services. The company was founded by Steven Paul Jobs, Stephen G Wozniak and Ronald Gerald Wayne in 1976 and is headquartered in California.

Apple’s simplistic designs and technical innovation has made it one of the most popular brands in the world. It strives to continuously create new products by using its own software, hardware, and operating system.

Apple has its own website and retail store for selling its products.  The products are also distributed through indirect channels that generate around 70% of the company’s revenue. The indirect channels include resellers, third-party retailers and network carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

The company was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1997 and Steve Jobs is largely credited for reviving it. Jobs is known as a tech guru and was widely respected for his business acumen. He had a net wort of around $ 6 billion in 2010 and came 42nd on the list of richest people in America.  Under his leadership Apple created a range of products that became highly popular and went on to capture a large market share.

Apple has purchased large amounts of real estate in each state in the US to ensure that they have apple stores accessible to everyone.  In addition, their land acquisitions help them expand.

Following are the most popular products manufactured by Apple:

Mac

Macintosh popularly known as Mac is a range of personal computers developed and marketed by Apple since 1984. It runs on Mac operating system (MacOS). Mac was the first computer to have graphical user interface and it enabled people to use devices and programs with ease.

In 2005, the company launched its popular range of computers powered by Intel. The computers were known as MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The new models were created to replace PowerBook, iBook and Power Mac. These Intel powered models have been updated continuously as newer versions hit the market from time to time.

iPhone

The first iPhone was launched in 2007 and since then it has been one of the most popular smartphones in the world. The iPhone brings together an iPod, a computer, a digital camera and smartphone into one device that has a touchscreen interface. The iPhone is credited for its sensitive touch and runs on iOS, which is an operating system designed and sold by Apple.

In 2017 the company launched iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Apple made some significant improvements in its technology and the iPhone 8 models were positioned as the new versions of the previous phones.  However, Apple envisioned iPhone X as the first in the series of next decade phones. The new features included the A11 bionic chip with artificial intelligence, a high-resolution display and a camera with better quality. iPhone X has a Face ID feature for unlocking the phone and OLED screen technolog.  Also, the smartphone has a bezel-less design and a steel and glass form factor.

iPad

iPad is a series of tablets manufactured and marketed by Apple. The first iPad was launched in 2010 and the device has a multi-touch screen with a virtual keyboard. iPad was designed as an ideal tablet for sending emails, browsing the web, and enjoying music and videos. The difference between an iPad and a tablet is that the iPad runs on iOS where as other tablets run on Android.

iPod

Apple released iPod, its very first portable music player in 2001. The iTunes software created by Apple is used to transfer music, photos, and videos.  The iPhone and the iPad have the same media players as that of an iPod, however, they are viewed as separate products.

In the 2018 fiscal year the annual global revenue of Apple was $265 billion. Apple continues to be the largest IT company in the world in terms of revenue. It is also the third largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world.

 

Lamborghini Makes the News

Lamborghini made the news once again with another brilliant car design that’s blowing away user expectations, albeit for a ridiculous price.

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian company that manufactures SUVs and sports cars. The company was founded in 1963 by Italian manufacturing tycoon Ferruccio Lamborghini. The aim was to come up with a sophisticated touring car that can compete with other luxury car brands such as Ferrari. Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The present CEO of the company is Stefano Domenicali.

The company also provides servicing and maintenance of its cars. These luxury cars are sold through a network of dealerships around the world. The company’s logo is a raging bull and many of the cars are named after fighting bulls such as Diablo, Miura, Murcielago, and Gallardo.

Rumor has it that Francisco once owned a Ferrari and he was facing an issue with its clutch. When he reported the matter to the owner of Ferrari, it did not go down well with him. After the disagreement Francisco took it as a challenge to come up with luxury sports cars that work better than Ferrari.

In 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini set up a state-of-the-art facility to manufacture high performing sports cars. Lamborghini 350GT was launched in the same year and became instantly popular. The company launched its first sports car called Miura Sports Coupe in 1966, a two-seater that could go beyond 185 mph. The luxury sports car was in high demand by the end of 1960s. Its impressive design and performance became an instant hit with sporting enthusiasts and celebrities alike. Ferruccio Lamborghini retired from the company in the year 1973 and moved to Umbria where he went on to establish an automobile museum.

Lamborghini was sold in 1964 to Georges Henri Rosetti and Rene` Leimer. The company went bankrupt in 1978 and was bought by Patrick Mimran in 1980. Patrick Mirman is widely known for saving the company as he invested large sums in its expansion and added newer models such as LM002 and Jalpa Sports Car that were in high demand.

Though the brand is immensely popular for luxury sports cars, it also produces motorbikes and marine engines. The most popular cars manufactured by the company include Espada, Jelpa, Urraco, Reventon, Gallardo, Sesto Elemento, Diablo, Countach, Veneno, and Miura. The latest cars developed by the company are Huracan and Aventador. The Aventador has two models named Roadster and LP700-4 Coupe respectively.

The company manufactured a few motorcycles in 1980s and they were called Design 90. Lamborghini collaborated with Boxer, a French motorcycle company to come up with six protypes of Design 90. The bikes had a fiberglass body and were designed after Lamborghini Countach, which was launched in 1988. Lamborghini has also been successful in developing marine engines.

Lamborghini was bought by the German company Audi in the year 1998. This led to Audi AG solely owning the company Automobili Lamborghini. After the takeover Lamborghini was finally able to find stability. In 2003, the company produced Gallardo, which was equipped with a V 10 engine. In the year 2008, Lamborghini manufactured 2,430 cars and the majority among them comprised the hot selling car Gallardo. Around 600 of these cars belonged to the flagship model Murcielago.

To date, this company has one of the most unique and striking modern designs for sports cars. The designs look similar to fighter planes with their steel cut body. The cars continue to be incredibly fast, as the Huracan model made a new top speed record with a speed of 259.67 mph in the Shift Sector Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack in Colorado.