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Hubble, bubble, boil and trouble

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Organic produce. Health food. Juice bars. What images come to mind? Rustic wholesomeness, raw wood and chirpy chalkboards, most probably. Time for a change? Just what Chicago’s rather rebellious Owen+Alchemy thought too.

In Logan Square they have created a juice and wholefoods bar that is part enchanted forest, part curiosity museum, part modern herbalist’s coven. Plants hang in geometric cages, bell jars showcase ingredients and a living moss installation ups the 02 levels. All combined in a convivial atmosphere, inspired by the gnarled wooden table that dominates the space.

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This sense of collaboration continues into the invigorating menu, concocted and co-curated by a circle of chefs and herbalists to cast a spell over health-conscious Chigagoans. Bet their mushroom soup’s magic too.

Via. https://www.lsnglobal.com/seed/article/16978/black-magic-bewitching-juice-bar-explores-organic-s-dark-side

 

Dishonour bound

Dishonour bound

There have been few more chilling news stories recently than the ‘honour’ killing of Shafilea Ahmed in 2003. Suffocated by a plastic bag stuffed into her mouth, the 17-year old was murdered by her parents, in front of her young siblings.

It is this real life horror story that inspired Cosmopolitan’s limited edition February cover. The wraparound plastic sleeve smothers an image of a woman asphyxiating. It’s a shock tactic to raise awareness of honour-based abuse, with the aim of creating an annual day in memory of its predominately female victims. That’s 5,000 reported worldwide, 12 from the UK.

Killed or violently abused for bringing perceived shame to their families, this type of abuse also includes forcing a woman into marriage, often the catalyst for the cruelty to begin.

To see an end to it, get involved at #britainslostwomen and check out the petition on www.change.org to establish a day of remembrance worthy of the young women who lose their lives at the hands of their loved ones.

Via. http://www.psfk.com/2015/01/cosmopolitan-suffocating-cover.html

 

Just jiggle it

Just jiggle it

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7lt0CYwHg

Bingo wings wobbling. Flushed jowls joggling. Mascara running faster than you are… If you shudder with recognition at these images, you’re probably a woman. A real one, who finds motivation the hardest part of keeping fit. And one who’s not alone.

Sport England have hit upon the insight that women worrying about how their bodies will be perceived is often the reason they’re less physically active than men. Cue their ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, with its video celebrating every last, glorious, womanly wobble.

The advert champions sisters of all ages, shapes and sizes, working out without holding back, no matter what wiggles wetly at the camera.  Sports, dancing, swimming and waddling are all depicted in high-def delight, with slogans that drip with attitude such as ‘Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox’ and ‘I kick balls, deal with it’. A refreshing change from the images of unobtainable female perfection more usually associated with female sport.

And a clever example of presenting the motivating ‘why’ to consumers – not the more pedestrian ‘what’…

Via. https://www.lsnglobal.com/seed/article/16977/shake-it-off-ad-encourages-women-to-embrace-their-jiggle

 

You can coco

You can coco

The times when the chocolate urge hits are usually the times when you can’t really be bothered to trudge down to the shops. What if you could, say, just download some chocolate? Like, print it out and get guzzling? All without moving from your desk / sofa / duvet? Mike TV and Willy Wonka though it was a pretty good idea. And Hershey does too.

Yes, choco-locos, your dreams have finally come true. The Hershey Company has partnered with 3D Systems to cook up CocoJet: a printer that squirts molten chocolate into delicious designs, just like a 3D printer streams filament. Only much, much tastier.

Lucky users can choose from milk, dark and white chocolate (what, no peanut butter?) and select a pre-programmed design, or delay the moment of pleasure by devising their own bespoke chocolate sculpture.

When this piece of printing genius will be released is yet to be announced. But it’s fair to say that custom confectioners must be a tad concerned that their corner of the personalised chocolate market may soon be in the sticky hands of the very happy consumer.

Via. http://www.psfk.com/2015/01/cocojet-custom-print-hershey.html

 

A cure for bacon lovers

A cure for bacon lovers

There’s nothing quite like the pride you put into making a bacon sandwich: the Saturday morning ritual; the selection of ingredients; the skill of assemblage. Not to mention the bacon itself – sizzling, crisp and succulent – pressed between soft slices of bread that’ve been laminated with butter and sauce (red, brown or both). Who wouldn’t want to make the most of it?

Now you can take your kitchen-counter epicureanism to aromatic new heights. Cleverly seizing the curly tails of both the current trend for DIY culinary processes and our passionate love for the rasher, are award-winning Cotswold fine food company, Ross & Ross. (Nicely curated, Tim.)

They’ve created a handy, all-you-need-to-cure-your-own-piece-of-porker-at-home kit. It comes complete with a choice of bacon curing mixes, muslin wrap and curing bags, as well as a butcher’s hook. Imagine that hanging off your Ikea utensils bar!

To be a true Hugh F-W, all you need to do now is catch your pig.

Via. http://www.specialityfoodmagazine.com/content/product_news/the_homemade_curing_kit

 

Bright old things

Bright old things

Fully on-trend with this Flat Age Society showcase, Selfridges has put a twist on its annual Bright Young Things talent scheme by featuring work from a somewhat more mature creative scene. (Thanks to fellow Flat Ager, David Whitbread.)

14 artists, designers and musicians – all strictly 40-to-80-somethings – have been invited to design window displays and present limited edition products online and in store at the Bright Old Things Boutique.

So shuffle your bones along to the iconic department store to be inspired by the experience-informed imaginings of a 70s punk legend, an architecturally-trained topiarist and a food writer-turned-folk-artist. She’s the one with the super-fresh specs, by the way. Who, when asked what inspired her to change career, quipped,

The menopause. Or I had a psychotic break. Or the muse bit me in the bum. In other words, who knows? It hit me like a bolt of lightning and changed my life forever… Of course, I am not really an old woman, just cleverly disguised as one.”

You go, girl. Follow #BrightOldThings on Twitter.

Via. http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2015/january/bright-old-things

 

Must-have home features

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Ever wondered if your face is –ahem– alarming? You’re about to find out.

Welcome to the facial recognition intruder alarm, simply known as… ‘Welcome’. Unveiled at 2015 International CES, French company Netatmo’s first home security device houses a camera that can tell the difference between your domestic tribe and a dodgy trespasser.

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As soon as movement is detected, the device alerts your smartphone, putting a name to the face if recognised. You can also snoop around your home if a stranger is detected, via the Welcome app’s camera feed. Darkness offers no protection to prowlers either, thanks to infra red night vision technology.

Puts a new spin on being the head of your household.

Via. https://www.lsnglobal.com/seed/article/16943/ces-2015-the-camera-that-lets-you-know-who-is-in-your-home

 

Arm yourself with information

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Is your forearm ready for the future? It could be your new interface, if French tech start-up Cicret bring their ‘working prototype’ to market.

A game-changer in functionality, if not wearable aesthetics, the Circet Bracelet projects a touchscreen directly onto your skin. So you can flick through emails, play (one-handed?) games, and navigate calls or city streets all with a click of the wrist.

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If crowdsource funding continues as planned, we could see this device gracing arms by the end of the year. It’ll be interesting to see how the handsomely hirsute, or multiply-mole-speckled arm will fare in the glare of a beamed-out screen…

Even so, Apple Watch better watch out – this is tech to give your left arm for.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/113899910

Via. https://www.prote.in/en/feed/2015/01/cicret-bracelet

 

Outdo you

Outdo you

Outdoing others is not the zeitgeist for 2015. Beating yourself is. We’re not talking self-flagellation, but self-motivation. Or rather, Nike is.

To inspire runners across the pond to out-perform their 2014 track records, they’ve turned to man-of-the-moment illustrator, McBess, and data gleaned from its Nike+ members. The result is more than 100,000 personalised animations that feature your own, big-eyed avatar training in your home city, complete with the actual atmospheric and aerobic challenges you battled through in the last 12 months.

With content shaped by location, weather and movement data, crafted into the French-born illustrator’s signature style, runners can relive their last year’s achievements and – hopefully – feel like smashing them for 2015. A sweaty workout has never looked so cute.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKU6ueDwzic

Via. http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1328456

 

Perfectly repulsive beer

Perfectly repulsive beer

A sweltering tropical night. A campfire and cold one. And the inevitable, uninvited guests, swarming round and putting you off your punchline. Mosquitoes: the bane of the alfresco beer drinker.

The solution? Holiday in Papua New Guinea! There, the Heineken-owned SP Brewery has created an ingenious, eucalyptus-infused carton to deal with the pests. This natural insect repellent, sprayed onto the packaging, releases bug-bothering fumes when chucked on the flames. So now the national hobby of enjoying a fireside beer can continue without the malarial party crashers. Definitely tastier than Deet, too.

Via. http://youtu.be/2HbA-jdJKxI

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