Fizz of the future

It’s practical. It’s elegant. And it’s 100% biodegradable. French designer Cedric Ragot has created groundbreaking packaging for Veuve Clicquot that ticks all the boxes.

Made of a bio-based material derived from potato starch, this innovative design is not only strong and light, it also keeps your bottle of champagne chilled for up to two hours. And, unlike most clunky booze boxes, this one has a nifty handle to make it easy to carry. Surely that’s worth celebrating?

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MINIartbeat

Beep beep! If you’re in London, keep a lookout for a MINI with a difference. Covered in over 48,000 high-res LEDs, this one-of-a-kind car is driving round London throughout August displaying live animation.

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Moment to moment

Levi’s sub-brand Made & Crafted has just released their first edition of Moment to Moment, a magazine created in partnership with super-cool quarterly publication THE THING.

The project is rolling out in ‘real-time’ across the summer and autumn, and will feature the work of 20 artistic contributors in the form of online videos, paintings, essays, animated gifs and photography.

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Everything must go

Like the bar stool you’re sat on? It’s yours. How about that stuffed rooster? Or the grand piano? Or the barman’s jeans? Pawn & Co is a new bar on Melbourne’s Chapel Street, where everything – and we mean everything – is for sale. (Nice one, Lyndal.)

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Man-uals

Which suit buttons should you do up? How do you make BBQ ribs? And is there a good way to break up with a girlfriend?

Realising that modern life can be tough for men – especially those who have stayed living with their parents until their mid-30s – brands and publishers are bringing out simple man-uals covering all sorts of everyday topics.

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Breathing new life into cosmetics

From acne cream to wrinkle cream… without a break. Shiseido is now targeting a younger audience – women aged 25-35 – with a new skincare line that tackles the stresses of modern life.

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By Gum

Gone are the days of men simply running their fingers through their hair before leaving the house. Gum salon is the latest brand to launch a collection of male hair styling products – with everything from a thickening shampoo to conditioning treatments.

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Everything for U

Toaster – check. Kettle – check. Bed, sofa, lampshade, desk, linen, pictures, cushions, chairs, glasses, cutlery – check. Spotting the trend for freshers heading off to university with more than just the bare necessities, Target has launched a back-to-college marketing campaign called ‘Everything for U’.

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Tweety box

Remember the agony of shopping for shoes with your mum? Having your feet measured, being made to pace up and down, and always having to choose the sensible lace-ups?

In an effort to make shoe shops more fun for children, Görtz has introduced a series of shoelace packaging called ‘Shoelace Birds’. Each of the five brightly coloured, tropical birds has the shoelaces placed in their beak like a worm – much more interesting than your standard lace-round-cardboard structure.

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All aboard the art train

Galleries don’t have to be in big, grand buildings. Or even in buildings at all. Station to Station is a cargo-train-cum-gallery, which displays works of art as it travels across the US.

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