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Storage space for the presents – and future!

18th December 2015

It was so nice to end the year with some good news in the headlines for a change. The Paris climate change deal and the safe arrival of Major Tim Peake on the International Space Station made all of us at Jali especially happy.

When it comes to eco-responsibility, we’ve been championing the need for sustainable materials and manufacturing methods since Jali was founded in 1990 – and we’ve been putting our principles into practice ever since.

astronaut_ice-creamAnd we’re always excited by advances in technology and science – our lovely designer/programmer Jim even spent part of his summer holidays at NASA.

He brought back some inventive and intriguing presents for the team – I got a tube of astronaut ice-cream (left) developed for the Apollo missions, of which more later…

Of course, I don’t need to remind you that another holiday is about to, er, launch itself upon us.

If you’re totally organised and on it – cards posted, lists ticked off, all presents bought and wrapped, menus planned and comestibles purchased – congratulations. Go to the top of the tree. Because, quite frankly, all you have to do now is sparkle.

On the other hand, if you’re not there yet, I’m in your gang. We’ll be fine, honestly. Perfection is such an overrated word…

Anyway, when it’s all over, or if you need some respite from all the mayhem and merriment, our website is open and working all through the holiday.And, if you’re lucky, you may need extra space for all those gorgeous presents you’ve been dropping hints about…

So you can take a good look at those awkward or under-performing areas around the house, have a think and a measure, browse through our products and decide which of them would give you the best storage capacity and style pizzazz for your space.

For example, a wall between two windows, for which a standard size bookcase would be either too wide or too narrow:

Jali bespoke bookcase, from screen to realityPerfection! (Yes, I know I just said it was an overrated word, but there are exceptions.)

If you have any questions, or have an idea for putting several Jali products together to solve a storage problem, contact us via the website over the break – the office closes for the holidays at 5.30pm on Friday 18th December, or call us on 01227 833333 when we’re back, on Monday 4th January.

And don’t forget that you can still place orders via the website over the break; it means you’ll also be first in the queue when we return in the New Year!

In the meantime, thank you so much for your custom over the last year, and for sending us feedback and photos of your projects; it’s fantastic to see what you’ve created. And it’s a real privilege and joy for us to make furniture that goes right into your homes and becomes part of your lives…

The ice-cream of heroes

Oh, I nearly forgot – that astronaut ice-cream. Well, itastronaut_ice-cream was… interesting.

Flavour: Neapolitan (allegedly). Texture: little balls, looking a bit like the polystyrene packing material that you find in parcels. Crunches if you bite it (not usually a feature of ice-cream.)

Not cold (also an unusual feature) but it’s apparently real ice-cream, freeze-dried into tiny drops, so it could be sent on long-haul spaceflights, such as to the Moon, and to reduce the weight of the water and oxygen normally found in food. Sweet, does melt in the mouth. Nothing crackles or fizzes.

Yes, it may be ice-cream, Jim, but not as we know it. And one question still nags at me: in zero gravity, wouldn’t all those tiny ice-cream balls go floating about the cabin? And rounding up that lot up would make the average post-Christmas lunch clear-up look like a piece of (Christmas) cake…

However you’re spending it, have a wonderful holiday!

A very merry Christmas from all of us at Jali!