Monthly Archives: November 2012

Make a date with whisky

This holiday season, instead of finding a sickly piece of chocolate behind the cardboard doors of your advent calendar, upgrade to man level! (Cheers, Elliot)

The Whisky Advent Calendar provides you with holiday cheer every day, in the form of a tiny bottle of booze. One ‘door’ even includes a micro-dram of $550 single malt scotch – the perfect winter warmer on a chilly morning!

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‘I still love NY’

Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralysed after the hurricane. Unable to work and tired of watching the horrible disaster unfold on the news, Errazuriz decided to design something to help raise much-needed relief funds. This idea occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district. (Nice one, Jamie C)

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A new form of storytelling

Check out these columns in the West Lobby of Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas. Created with LCD monitors behind a mirror, each column updates in real-time – featuring works of art and moving images. The columns also connect to virtual spaces on the internet, creating a ‘live’ conversation.

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More than a market

How do you help a community feel more connected, whilst providing access to healthy food at a fair price? The answer – open a grocery store. The People’s Community Market in West Oakland is funded by the community and investors, who in-turn keep some of the profits. Once it’s built, the market will provide jobs, educate families about healthy living, and provide a space for people to get together. A cornerstone for this Californian community.

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Who gives a…

If you’ve ever thought ‘there isn’t anything left that a social entrepreneur could attach a buy-one give-one model to’, then clearly you haven’t met Simon Griffiths.

Griffiths is the founder of Who Gives A Crap, a company that sells recycled toilet paper. His business donates 50% of their profits to Water Aid, who use the funds to improve sanitation in Africa. Apparently his recycled rolls are lovely and soft, too – making this social enterprise beneficial to everybody.

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Best night ever

Online retailer ASOS has launched its Best Night Ever Christmas campaign, featuring shoppable videos where you can click to buy clothing and instantly pin items to your Pinterest profile. Find out more here: http://youtu.be/JhetSyL_GO0

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Wash-day social

A French website is taking social sharing to a new level, by matching people whose washing machines sit unused during the day with those who need a handy place to wash their clothes.

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Beer in the woods

Considering Brick Lane’s reputation as a go-to food and drink destination, what better place to open an unusual pop-up bar? Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig whisks people away from the urban jungle outside and into a calm Scandinavian Winter Forest, from its 12-day space at the Truman Brewery. (Cheers, Jamie C)

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Single-udder butter

Familiar with single estate tea and single estate olive oil? Well now you can buy single-udder butter! (Thanks to Laura for spreading the word)

At Stone Barns, chef and owner Dan Barber serves ‘single-udder butter’: butter made from the pasteurised milk of a specific cow. Chloe, for example, is an alpha-type cow who chases after the best grass. Her butter is typically a darker yellow than Sunshine’s – an erratic, moody cow.

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Freshly bottled

Spotted in a New Jersey supermarket, POM pomegranate juice marketing themselves alongside the fruit! (Cheers, Benbo)

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